I love Autumn.
Everything about it, the crisp feel in the air; the symphony of colours; the return to order and routine and all of the many projects and courses available on line!
I have been very neglectful of this LINARstudio blog, though not out of lack of creativity! Quite the opposite. I've been very busy creating and writing and thinking and mulling and DOING all kinds of ideas and projects.
My current and upcoming projects include:
Telling Stories Deeply on BPS being taught by the brilliant and insightful Karen Grunberg, also of Creative Therapy. This course continues through September 30th. I am probably not going to share even 1/10th of what I've learned, but it has been wonderful to explore that part of myself and my stories. I do believe my writing has improved and I'm thankful for all of the brilliant insight imparted in the course of the last few weeks.
I've been thrilled to be Guest Designer over at Feeling Scrappy: Simplify the Season. I've joined the lovely Jayne Jones, and her team of talented designers, to put together a fresh and new Christmas class. I've had such a blast getting to create projects so completely out of my comfort zone: I am not a card maker. Oh, correction, I was not a card maker, but now I've made quite a few! This class runs through October 12th. I am an alter-er and that was so much fun! I'll be posting all of those projects starting November 1st so you can see the creative bounty the class produced.
I have been participating in Me: The Abridged Version over at BPS with my hero, Cathy Zielske, at the helm. Wow. I've absorbed so much on the message board over there. Really, really, supportive and creative group. This, I expect, is my last "me" focused album project for a while and I'm glad I've chosen this course as the finale. Where else would I have the opportunity to let those who come after me know that I'm directionally challenged, an emerging germophobe or that in my heart I'm really an introvert? Mind you, since every album page I ever make is from my perspective every album is one about me to some degree, right?
I'm all signed up for my third go at LOAD on Flickr which is hosted by the ridiculously energetic footwear fanatic Lain Ehmann. Recognize the name? She is also the driving force, with Angie Lucas, behind brilliant new Ella Publishing Company. The challenge is running from October 1 through 31 with the plan to make 31 layouts - a LayOut A Day, for the month of October. So anxious to get started. Itching to make a layout ... or 31.
Feeling Scrappy is offering Sketchapalooza 5 which will start on October 26th and run through November 23rd. I'm so glad to follow up my LOAD challenge with another opportunity to continue making layouts. I'm anxious to get back into the groove. I have never been disappointed with the sketches offered at any of Jayne's classes and fully expect this course to be just as challenging and inspirational!
Yesterday and Today with the talented and driven Ali Edwards is one of those courses I'm not sure why I signed up! I don't know that I'm terribly keen about resurrecting much about my past, let alone that of my parents. My focus for so many years has been to face forward, I don't know if I can turn around. But, I have faith that I will learn a ton. I have faith that I'm in capable hands with Ali Edwards and it will be money and time well spent.
I so enjoyed Susannah Conway's Unravelling course last spring that I've signed up for the follow-up course: Unravelling Further which runs through the end of the year. The course starts on October 12th and runs for six weeks. I think this should be a wonderful challenge since one of my five senses, doesn't work, at all. I wonder how I'll work around that little bump?
As for blogging creativity and sharing:
I hope to get into and fully participate in Creative Therapy on a weekly basis. I have always enjoyed their projects and there is a weath of ideas from which to choose. I'm thinking of just starting in the archives and creating whatever appeals to me at the moment rather than going in any particular order. You know. Change it up a bit.
One Little Word is a fascinating little challenge blog I've often found appealing. I started following when they were around Challenge #12, they're now at Challenge #61. Clearly I've been mulling way too long! I must schedule in their challenges and just get them done ... and posted. That and the sketches on Pencil Lines and Creative Scrappers. Again, very appealing. I'm also enjoying the Scraplift Tag over at the Just Cre8 community. You might want to check it out.
Assignments to finish:
You know, those projects we all have, those "great intentions" projects that just don't get d.o.n.e. completely. Finished and wrapped with a bow, you know? Do you have those? I don't have many but they are daunting. I know I'll feel wonderful when they're done and fortunately there are only three that have to be completed:
- Family Gratitude Photo Spinner
- Everyone Can Write a Little
- The Challenge of Me
So no, I'm not trying to not be here at the virtual LINARstudio, only because I'm actually IN the real LINARstudio (my basement workshop) making a huge mess! I intend to be far more mindful and post all those things being created ... when they're completed.
What have you been doing? Are you looking for something? I'm sure, of the 22 links in the post above, you'll find something that tickles your creative fancy!