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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal Giveaway!


As a 2017 Creative Team Member for Get Messy Art Journal, I have the incredible opportunity to give away a free year-long membership to Get Messy! When I first joined Get Messy last year, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was quickly greeted with support, encouragement, and a whole lot of love. Whether you are just beginning your art journal journey, a seasoned art journaler, or somewhere in between, there is something for you. Plus, there's an amazing community of artists and creatives that will be with you every step of the way sharing tips, trying new techniques, and inspiring you to find your own creative voice. Get Messy is beyond anything I ever thought it would be, and I'm so happy I get to share this with you!

The giveaway is taking place on my Instagram: @sweetashleyann. Once you find the post about this giveaway, follow the steps I have outlined below to enter.

How to enter:
1. Follow me @sweetashleyann and @getmessyartjournal on Instagram
2. Like the photo for my giveaway (It's the same photo as above.)
3. Comment below the photo telling me why you want to be a part of the Get Messy community
4. Tag your friends for a second entry

The giveaway ends on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:59pm EST, and a winner will be announced on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The new season of Get Messy starts on February 1, 2017, so get excited!

Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Year! New Goals!

Happy New Year, everyone! (I know, super late!). Nevertheless, I hope the new year is treating you well and you're remaining steadfast in your resolutions and creative goals. Since we're already halfway through the first month of the year, I figured I should go ahead and share one of my own creative goals with you!

This year I want to make it a habit to art journal on a regular basis. I love art journaling, but I don't often make much time for it. I often have these creative spurts that fill my heart to the brim, but afterwards I go weeks without creating anything and I start to feel a bit discontent. So, this year I've decided to create 12 art journals for myself, and my goal is to complete one for each month of the year.

I enjoy creating in small-sized notebooks and journals the most, so I made these journals 4.5 x 6 inches in size. I folded four pieces of sketch paper to make about eight full spreads inside, and I used some of my favorite scrapbook papers for the covers. After I added washi tape to the spine, I used a three-hole pamphlet stitch to bind each one.

In December, I signed up for Mindfully You, an art journaling email course that promotes mindfulness and encourages introspective art journaling. Each month a set of prompts and a mini tutorial is sent to your email that promises to inspire your creativity. In this spread, I was reflecting on my one word for the year, Plan. I have dreams, but I need to start planning day to day and create an outline for my life in order to achieve them. I also know that God has a plan for me, one that is greater than my own, and it is my desire to tap into it faithfully and wholeheartedly. First, I smushed watercolors on the page. Then, I used adhesive letters to spell the word "plan" in the center of the spread. Finally, I added a little bit of journaling to complete the page.

This is another introspective art journal spread. Earlier in the day, I was listening to the song "You are Loved" by Stars Go Dim, and I felt inspired to create this page as a little "note to self". For the background I smushed some watercolors around in hues of orange, yellow, and green. All the floral elements were cut out from various scrapbook paper patterns, and I added a few paper doily bits as well. Then, I drew a scribbly line across the page and added a tiny word sticker to tie it all together.

I love that I am making day to day progress in my art journal. I can't wait to share the whole journal with you at the end of the month!

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Have you chosen a word to guide your year? What are your goals for the year, and how do you plan to tackle them?