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BYOC August – Show Your Work

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Today’s the day – time to share how you responded to the August prompt.

August’s Prompt: Travel

Your response to the prompt could have been about a trip you have taken, somewhere you want to go, or even something you could use on an adventure!

HOW I RESPONDED:

Unlike last month, I had so many ideas thinking about this prompt…perhaps too many ideas. It seems like having too many ideas can sometimes be even worse than not have any. It is difficult to know where to start or to trust which one is best when you are overflowing with ideas, because they can’t all be good. Right?

I wanted to do everything from making a mini-scrapbook to script art to knitting something I could use on a future trip. In the end, I decided to keep it a little more simple, yet still challenge myself.

Early this year, I signed up for Caroline of Made Vibrant’s Better Lettering Course (it’s awesome and only $20). Since then, I have been trying to practice hand-lettering here and there. When I am on Pinterest, I drool over all the beautiful examples of hand-lettering that are out there and then want to do them myself. I definitely need to commit more time to it. I am still very much a novice.

Despite that, I thought it would be a great time to pick a quote to hand-letter. Because the prompt for this month is travel, I picked an Irish proverb to hand-letter.  I have been to Ireland twice and it is my favorite. It’s definitely one of my happy places. I can’t wait to go back again.

When I was done hand-lettering the Irish proverb, I used Photoshop to play around with a photo my husband took on our last trip to Ireland and then pasted the hand-lettering on the photograph. (I learned how to do this using this tutorial).

It is by no means great, but I do like the way it turned out.

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Most importantly, I challenged myself to try something creative that I am not really good at (yet). That can be hard to do. Often times, we want to default to what is easy and what we are good it, because it can be a little scary to go out of our comfort zone. But, I am happy I did.

Now that you saw how I responded to the prompt, don’t forget about these inspiring ladies who practice creativity in different and awesome ways, Be sure to check them out and see how they responded to the July prompt.

Jenn from The Spare Room Project: website; twitter; facebook.

Emily from Eltscott.com: website; twitter, instagram.

Julie from In Tandem: website; instagram, facebook.

Allie from Allie Explores: website, twitter, instagram.

Gabrielle from A Life of Gab: website; twitter; facebook.

final Thoughts on BYOC

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in BYOC this summer. It was so much fun and inspiring to see what everyone made and created based on the same prompts. It is so cool to see how all of our creative minds work in different ways.

If you didn’t join in BYOC this year, I hope you will reconsider next time around.

Don’t forget to share your response to the August prompt!  I can’t wait to see how you responded to the prompt and what you created. Be sure to use #byocreativity.

BYOC – August Prompt

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Throughout the summer, I (and some cool creative ladies) have been participating in in BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. It’s an extremely simple, fun way to practice your creativity this summer. Hopefully you have joined in at some point, if not, this is your last chance (until next summer).

I’ll be sharing the August prompt today. Interpret the prompt and complete it in whatever way your creativity speaks to you and makes sense.  These prompts are completely open-ended and can be interpreted by writing, drawing, sewing, knitting, hand-lettering, painting, taking photos, songwriting, building something, etc. The possibilities are endless!

On the 25th of August (or shortly thereafter), anyone participating BYOC, will share how we completed the prompts…and we truly hope you will do the same! The prompts we are using were specifically chosen to allow room for true creative expression. Share how you responded to the prompt using #byocreativity.

Your prompt for August is…travel

Your response to the prompt could be about a trip you have taken, somewhere you want to go, or even something you could use on an adventure! Use both past and future adventures as your inspiration!

If you have an idea of what you might create, then awesome, go create! If you need some help getting started, keep reading.

First make a list of past trips and potential future trips. Don’t include every trip you have ever taken, but the ones that stand out the most to you for one reason or another. Take a look at my list below if you need some help.

Join the Bring Your Own Creativity Party! The prompt for August is...travel. Click to learn more and join in on the fun!

Go back through your list and choose the trip you feel most inspired by – it doesn’t matter if you experienced it 5 years ago or if it is in the distant future – if you are excited about it, then you should choose it.

Once you have chosen your trip, you need to decide what medium you will use to create:

  • Photography
  • Song-writing
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Painting
  • Construction
  • Drawing
  • Other???

It is totally up to you to determine how to best answer the prompt. Remember, the prompt is open-ended for a reason – so you don’t feel too constrained. If you have an idea, just go with it. Don’t forget to share using #byocreativity. I can’t wait to see what you create!

 

BYOC July – Show Your Work!

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Today’s the day – time to share how you responded to the July prompt.

July’s Prompt:

Make a gift for someone

The inspiration for this prompt came from the notion that many of us give gifts around the winter holidays or on birthdays when it is expected, so wouldn’t it be fun to make something for someone when it is completely unexpected?

How I responded:

I didn’t have any ideas going into this month of how I wanted to respond to the prompt. So I gave it a few days to see if an idea would just come to me. Didn’t happen.

Instead of trying to think of who I wanted to make something for or what specifically the gift should be, I tried something a little different. I made a list of possible activities I could focus on this month:

  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Hand-lettering
  • Card-making

From there I decided that it had been awhile since I sewed anything, so it would be a great way to challenge myself and get back into sewing. Next, I decided I would force myself to finish my project without buying any new materials. This is not as difficult as it sounds because like many people I have a decent size fabric stash as a result of not being able to pass up pretty fabric when I see it (even if I have no idea what I am going to use if for).

After going through my fabric stash, I decided on the fabric shown below. I absolutely love it. I bought it when I was pregnant with my daughter knowing that I wanted to make something special with it for her.

July BYOC - Make a gift for someone. Using this fabric, I made a gift for my daughter.

I spent way too much time searching on Pinterest for different ideas before coming back to what is very likely the easiest project to sew ever: a pillowcase! Not very exciting, but after giving it some thought, it made a lot of sense. It is not clothing that she will quickly grow out of, instead it is something we can pull out every Christmas and she can use for the full month.

It was an incredibly easy project, but one that I am happy with the results.

Once again, I am loving BYOC not only because it is a great kick in the butt to make my creativity a priority, but also because by creating/making one small project, I am inspired for a number of other projects – big and small. Since I had my sewing machine out, I quickly finished a few other small projects that I had been putting off for awhile.

**I didn’t actually give it to my daughter yet, because she is only 16 months and won’t know the difference, but I am excited to pull it out around Christmas for her to use.

Now that you saw how I responded to the prompt, don’t forget about these inspiring ladies who practice creativity in different and awesome ways, Be sure to check them out and see how they responded to the July prompt.

Jenn from The Spare Room Project: website; twitter; facebook.

Emily from Eltscott.com: website; twitter, instagram.

Julie from In Tandem: website; instagram, facebook.

Allie from Allie Explores: website, twitter, instagram.

Gabrielle from A Life of Gab: website; twitter; facebook.

Now it’s your turn. I can’t wait to see how you responded to the prompt and what you created. If you haven’t already posted, be sure to use #byocreativity.

If you missed the instructions for BYOC, click here to read more. DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER SO YOU DON’T MISS Any BYOC UPDATES.  

BYOC – July’s Prompt

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Whether you are just joining us for BYOC or you participated in June as well, I’m so happy you are here. In June, I had the pleasure of seeing so many creative ways to respond to the prompt of summer. I’m really excited to see how everyone responds to July’s prompt.

Once again, this prompt is very open-ended. However, I think that is part of what makes this project so great is that it allows for all different types of creatives to participate and share their ideas with others.

July’s Prompt:

Make a gift for someone

Many of us give gifts around the winter holidays or on birthdays, but what better time to give one than when it is totally unexpected?

BYOC - Summer 2016. July's Prompt - Make a gift for someone!Your response to this prompt can be simple or elaborate – it’s totally your call. It can be as easy as taking 15 minutes to make a handmade card for someone (don’t forget to send it!) to something much more elaborate such as building a treehouse. Mine probably won’t be that elaborate:)

I like this prompt because by making something for someone else you are sharing your creativity + you are giving yourself the gift of time to practice your own creativity. Win Win!

I can’t wait to see what you make!


Don’t forget to follow along with these creative ladies and see how they respond to July’s prompt:

Jenn from The Spare Room Project: website; twitter; facebook.

Emily from Eltscott.com: website; twitter, instagram.

Julie from In Tandem: website; instagram, facebook.

Allie from Allie Explores: website, twitter, instagram.

Gabrielle from A Life of Gab: website; twitter; facebook.

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER SO YOU DON’T MISS ANY BYOC UPDATES.  

BYOC: June – Show Your Work!

Looking for a fun, easy way to practice your creativity this summer? Join BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity. Click to find out more.

Hey there. I’m so excited you decided to come join the party – The BYOC: Bring Your Own Creativity Party! No worries if you didn’t complete the prompt for June. In just a few days, I will be sharing the prompt for July. But back to June for right now.

So the prompt was “summer” or whatever season you are currently experiencing – depending on where you are in the world.

Here is the list I created as part of a braindump to figure out how I wanted to respond to the prompt:

  • Parties
  • Sun
  • Grill
  • Adventure
  • Friends
  • Time
  • Fun
  • Family

After making that a couple of things came to mind.

For the past five years I have been saying that I am going to plant a garden. But every year, come May, I just don’t do it. Each year I have a different excuse, but basically it comes down to I don’t know where to start, and instead of making a plan and going for it, I just put it off until summer is over and then say I will do it next year. Well no more! My friend Tracy (who has a beautiful veggie garden that I am always jealous of) offered to come over and help me.

  1. We sat down together and drew up a plan. She told me what to buy.
  2. With my husband and kids we went to a local nursery to buy some veggie plants and seeds.
  3. Tracy and her two kids came over to help us dig up the yard and plant the veggies.
  4. Tracy told me what I needed to do to take care of it.

Yay for actually doing something that I said I was going to! Yay for great friends! Yay for creativity.

I responded to the June BYOC prompt by FINALLY planting a veggie garden!

I actually accomplished this very early on in June and was feeling so good that I decided to tackle another creative project. Back in March (during my Spring Break week), I bought this knitting pattern from Wool and the Gang. I had been eyeing it for a long time – I just love it. So I finally bought and then went to my local yarn shop to pick out the yarn I was going to use. However, by the time I got around to knitting, Spring Break was over and so was my free time.  So even though a big warm scarf is not exactly the obvious answer to the prompt “summer” it still makes sense. If you take a look at my braindump list, I put the word “time” on there. For me, summer is all about time (I am a teacher). So this is my time to get stuff done that I don’t get to the rest of the year. Now truthfully, I have not finished it yet, but I am making great progress and it is looking beautiful!

How I answered the June prompt for BYOC!

Now that you saw how I responded to the prompt, don’t forget about these inspiring ladies who practice creativity in different and awesome ways, Be sure to check them out and see how they responded to the June prompt.

Jenn from The Spare Room Project: website; twitter; facebook.

Emily from Eltscott.com: website; twitter, instagram.

Julie from In Tandem: website; instagram, facebook.

Allie from Allie Explores: website, twitter, instagram.

Gabrielle from A Life of Gab: website; twitter; facebook.

Now it’s your turn. I can’t wait to see how you responded to the prompt and what you created. If you haven’t already posted, be sure to use #byocreativity.

If you missed the instructions for BYOC, click here to read more. DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER SO YOU DON’T MISS Any BYOC UPDATES.  

July’s prompt will be posted on the 1st.