How’s Your Creative Journey Going? – #CIJ Party 2016

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

I love the book The Artist’s Journey by Julia Cameron. Amidst other great advice, she reminds us that when we nurture our creativity, it often leads to breakthroughs in problem-solving. The form of artist-brain ‘mulling’ cracks open our normal rigid ‘point a to point b’ thinking. As we serve a hobby, such as gardening, pottery, or cooking, we reap spiritual benefits never previously imagined. We are freed from the demands of the ego — allowing us to have a perspective that is lost in the everyday world of work.

We asked our great CIJ colleagues to tell us how their creative journey was going, and to share some items that represented the experience — here’s what they shared with us.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

 I usually find that if I work on my digital art any given day I learn something new. I can’t quit because not only is this fun but I haven’t yet stopped learning new things.

I’ve been trying some of the new things lately and love the way some of my paper packs are turning out. Too much fun. I am inspired by color combinations, and mint seems to be popular these days, so I have tried it out with a couple of combinations – this one is coral and mint.

paper pack

Coral and Mint Digital Paper Pack, 14 Printable Papers, Scrapbooking, Card Making, DIY Invitations, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

 True to form, we have been learning the hard way and continue to constantly evolve the products in our shop and the design options in our portfolio. We are working on adding even more options for all of our favorite spirits and for every spirited occasion. We get rid of design options no one selects and create new designs to give our customers a variety of options. We also accept custom design requests!
We originally offered stemless wine glasses or stemware and have now grown our product selection to include heavy bottom stemless wine glasses and a more traditional stemless wine glass offering both in either red or white wine. We have added a diamond-shaped wine glass in addition to our other glass and crystal stemware. We have added a few additional monogram options, expanded our font lists, and updated our listings with calculated international shipping options as well. We hope our customers appreciate our work and look forward to working with them to make every gift giving occasion a personalized experience.

Design Your Own Monogrammed Stemware Personalized with Our Monogram Design Options & Font Selection (Each)

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

 I seem to have lots of ideas of things to create running around my head nearly all of the time! I really need to just sit down and write them all down in a book. At the moment, I am enjoying making different envelopes and cards using Japanese origami papers. I think they are lovely! So here are some bird themed envelopes I have done. I just love to see how they turn out!

Bird envelopes, bird stationery, snail mail japanese style, handmade envelopes, set of 6, patterned, spring

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

 I am in love with the world around me and I’m proud of how our shop photography reflects that, but I am equally excited about the graphic design I have been creating lately. I have so much fun learning and discovering new ways to reflect feelings or concepts. Our ‘Milky Way’ prints and printables have been a labor of love. So many layers were used to create the starry sky background!

Sweet Dreams Milky Way Printed nursery decor, 8×10 blue galaxy typography, space art for boys girls, baby shower gift nursery decor wall art

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots  says:

A recent break up forced me to step back and re-evaluate where I stand as a crafter and designer, and has left me without inspiration and motivation. To keep my mind off of things, I have tried my best to keep up with my crocheting, which is currently in the form of working Crochet Pattern Reviews of others patterns – one of those being the Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug, designed by my good friend Rhelena of Crochet n Crafts. A beautiful piece that has also brought me much comfort in both the crocheting of it, and in being able to wear it around.

Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug-Sage and Ivory

Bead & Lace Cocoon Shrug-Sage and Ivory













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Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

Reading “The Artist’s Way” revolutionized my artist’s practice. It represents the point where I made a conscious decision to turn towards creativity. It gave me the confidence to call myself an artist and cemented by commitment to pursuing a creative life.

Things were happening in my life and I could have participated in one of the other twelve step programs where the focus is on recovery from the addiction. I decided instead to do Julia’s program due to its focus on creativity.

It felt right for me to put the energy into building something, rather than to step into a maze of self-reflection. I’d done a lot of that. What I needed was to redirect the energy to making and developing and growing.

I am by nature pretty enthusiastic and get excited easily! I choose to use this force to bring new things and positive energy into the world. Joining etsy and offering my art for sale is a part of this.


ORIGINAL art – Ink drawing – Hand drawn – Unique artwork – Abstract – Collectible – Colorful – Detailed – Line art – Pattern – Quality

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states sometimes I wonder myself how my creative journey is going. It seems it is mainly going detours!

I fell in love with photography very early in life, before I was ten years old. However, I never truly thought to pursuit it seriously. I took the typical travel and landscape pictures, and that was it.

When I moved to the States at the age of 41 I finally realized that there is an artistic side in me that has been dormant since 10th grade when I had my last inspiring art teacher. I started to scrapbook and make greeting cards, quickly moved on to stamping and then started to paint. I love painting, but I often lack the time to do – I always seem to be pre-occupied with something else.

I also re-discovered my love for knitting and have become quite the expert knitter by now.

However, throughout these years I have always come back to photography. When I got my first digital camera it was quite a change after having shot film for 35 years. But I quickly saw all the possibilities of digital photography and the immediate learning from mistakes. I took classes in Photoshop and Lightroom and use both of these programs frequently. Altering photos is a special pleasure. This photograph of an old barn in our county was processed by layering textures and giving it a distressed, old world look. It is a very popular item in my shop.

Old Barn Photography -Fine Art

Old Barn Photography -Fine Art

Susan Burton from SusieBDesigns says my creative journey has been a life long process. As a child my Mother sewed all of my clothes and even though I didn’t appreciate it at the time, she instilled a creativity in me that has never stopped growing.

During my college years and young adulthood, I turned to sewing out of necessity so I could afford to have the latest styles. I would go to department stores and examine garments to see how they were made and then buy bargain priced fabric and make my own pattern.

When I got married and became a Mother, I of course made my own maternity clothes but discovered a new creative outlet when designing my baby’s nursery. Soon I started making pillows and quilts and the sky became the limit. Home decor design and creation became my new passion.

I never lost my creative desires but the demands of raising a family and a demanding day job left little time for creativity. Things got put on hold and the only sewing I did was the occasional special outfit or gift for a friend or family member.

Fast forward 30 years. My kids are grown and thankfully employed and my husband and I recently moved to a new city and bought a very old house where I have my own design studio. I have a new and still demanding day job but I try to find time to create each day. It is my happy place! When I am designing and creating I can leave the world behind and become completely absorbed. It is great therapy!

I opened my Etsy shop in 2010 and had no clue what I was doing; it just felt like something I needed to do. Recently I have become interested in painting fabric and have made some pillows from my designs. This is my current favorite.

Abstract Hand Painted Pillow

Abstract Hand Painted Pillow

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Many thanks to all who contributed — awesome creations and talent here!

Until Next Time,


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