About this Course
Join me as I take you through a super fun, effective and artsy journey to create the life that you really, truly want…the life that is intended for you…and a life that you will love! I am doing this course right along with you, creating my own life plan.
Through art and projects, we will be making tools that will help you identify your goals, commit to your goals and break your goals down into bit sized chunks…and before you know it, you will be doing all of the things you’ve always wanted to do.
NO MORE EXCUSES, ok? I’m putting my excuses away….I am ready to feel ELATED at the end of each day because of how I spent my time, I am ready to do what it takes to live the life that I truly want to be living. I am ready to stop wasting time, stop procrastinating and make a REAL PLAN. I know you are ready too….LET’S DO THIS!
Together we will create a plan for your life by creating and artsy book filled with your dreams, plans, goals and life mission.
About the instructor
I love being part of Brave Girls Club and sitting in this big worldwide circle of sisterhood....it has changed my life in all of the best ways. I am profoundly grateful for all of it, and I work hard to never take it for granted.
I'm an artist, teacher and entrepreneur. I have started and owned a few different companies and written many books. I have sold and licensed my art all around the world, which is what I had dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. In 2004, my husband sustained a traumatic brain injury which changed the direction of our lives dramatically and led me to my TRUE life's work.
Taking care of my husband and holding my family together while my business and the rest of my life fell apart all around me left me feeling broken in every way. I used art and journaling to heal the fragmented parts of my soul, and once I felt healed I wanted nothing more than to share what I had learned and how I had healed with my sisters all over the world. That's where Brave Girls Club came from...my curriculum is what I have used to heal myself and make my life joyful again.
I live in Star, Idaho where my husband and I have raised our 5 children. My husband made a miraculous full recovery which we consider a tremendous miracle that has prompted us to spend our life helping others out of the kinds of dark times we were in for so long. Our greatest treasure in life is our family, ...especially the grandchildren who have come to us! We plan to spend the rest of our lives doing more of what we are doing now....enjoying life, helping where we can, creating beauty, and spending as much time as possible with our beloveds...at home and all over the world. We appreciate every new day we are gifted with, and life is beautiful! So happy to be here with all of you!
You will need:
life restoration supply list
- A big hard-bound sketchbook (approx 8×11 or 9×11). You will be collaging in this book. Spiral bound is just dandy. Melody always gets hers in the clearance section at Barnes and Noble or places like that.
- A simple lined journal for writing in, any size.
- A sturdy recipe box that can be altered, painted, and collaged on. Wood or chipboard/cardboard or something similar is best.
- 100 unlined index cards and a set of tabbed dividers that fit in the recipe box
- Artist’s Canvas or Canvas Board, 8×10
You’ll also need:
- Access to a good printer and good bright white copy paper (not recycled) to print everything onto (at least 100 sheets)
- Some good waterproof pens such as Sakura, Zig, or Sharpie Ultrafine
- An old typewriter or a computer/printer with a vintage typewriter font. Here is a good one that is free to download: http://www.fontspace.com/tension-type/my-underwood
- Mod Podge or other collage medium. Matte or gloss. Note that gloss tends to stay tacky, especially in humid climates.
- Clear acrylic sealer spray or an old white taper candle. (These are to seal and protect your collaged pages and keep them from sticking together and getting ruined. It’s important! You can either use the spray, or rub the pages with an old white candle… both work great.)
- Paintbrushes for applying Mod Podge and paint. Inexpensive brushes are fine. We recommend a multi-pack, about $8
- Photocopies of pictures of yourself that you want to work with. Print on high quality paper for best results. If your photos tend to smear when you apply Mod Podge, try putting them in the freezer for a few hours after printing. We hear that works! Or spray with sealer before doing anything with them
- This and that. Ribbons, buttons, jewels, felt shapes, other miscellaneous embellishments and ephemera and findings that you might enjoy using.
- Acrylic craft paint in a variety of colors you like.
- An assortment of papers: paper scraps, book pages, scans of book illustrations, wrapping paper, sheet music, magazine clippings, etc., that represent you or your life.
- Rubber stamps and inks
- Junk mail, cereal boxes, cardboard, random things with interesting textures
- Fabric scraps
- Texture mediums, paper clay, etc. (These can be spendy…found in a variety of forms at craft and hobby stores in the paint department.)
Art Techniques: You will be given access to a library of videos showing art techniques that you might choose to try on your projects such as these:
- Collage layering with different materials such as paper, fabric, metals, etc.
- Chip-Art tools and debossing of chipboard covers and shapes, leather, clay, and soft metals
- Paint, ink, and texture techniques
- Gold foil, glitter, and heat embossing
- Rubber stamp and foam stamp techniques
- Creative journaling using pens, paint, computers, and junk mail
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