Monday, February 1, 2010

Did You Get the Year off to a Creative Start?

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How did your January go? As always time somehow just went zipping past. I haven't even gotten used to saying 2010 and now January's gone. Did you know that January is supposedly the International Creativity Month? I think it's quite à propos considering all the resolutions, changes, self-improvement... ballyhoo going on. I, for one, have already come up with a looooong list of creative projects I want to do this year. I think my list covers everything from art and writing to crafts and parenting. I think I took the creativity thing to heart as I even wrote an article about sparking it. I just shared some of the things I normally do to get the artistic juices flowing. Here's an excerpt from Ten Tips to Tap into the Artist Within (this is tip# 3, I believe):
I know “notebook” is not a verb, but I’m going to use it as one. Notebook obsessively. Bring one everywhere. Document your feelings, the scenes you encounter, the ideas you come up with, the interesting remarks you hear… Free write for kicks, make lists, record dreams…  Practice elegant penmanship, doodle, insert interesting found objects… Several pages into a notebook and you’ll realize that not only has the notebook become a source of ideas, memories, and inspiration; it in itself has become a creative product... Read entire article


 
Notebooking (that red underline thing is shooting me dirty looks - it cannot get through my thick skull that "notebook" is not a verb, or in this case, a verbal, lol) definitely gives me pleasure. While I love the act of filling a notebook with content, I actually love the notebook itself too. I have something akin to a paper fetish - or I can just go outright and say that I do have a paper fetish... I prefer recycled or tree-free paper though in case you ever think of gifting me with a notebook. ;-p Anyway, the notebook above dates back to 2004. It was given to me by my SIL. You can find two kinds of feather and a movie theater ticket among other things inserted between the pages. I believe the black feather was from a crow while the yellow and black one was from a black-naped oriole, just two of the many tropical birds that abounded in the neighborhood we lived in up in the mountains. I used to go for long walks and pocket interesting things I found, stuff like feathers, pretty rocks, skipping stones... Anyway, I don't know if you can see the title of the movie on that ticket, but it's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember the entire school turning up at the cinema to watch on the first day. The following day my 7th and 8th grade classes (just the girls actually, with much heckling from the boys) divided into Team Diggory and Team Krum (I think I leaned towards Team Diggory myself - not that I'm on Team Edward now, I don't really play the Twilight game. Honestly, I find Bella annoying... which means I've read the books and for all my impatience with the hoopla, I do envy Stephenie Meyer her fortune, lol)... Okay, this was supposed to be a short post. I do blather endlessly sometimes.

8 comments:

Sharkbytes said...

Ivy- I never could make myself do the notebook thing and make it anything I wanted to keep. But that pile of yarn looks very interesting.

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Sharkbytes. Son gout a chacun, I guess, lol. Without these notebooks, I'll be lost. Thanks for stopping by. :)

David DeWall said...

Where DID January go? The notebook is a good idea, never tried it yet. Enjoyed reading the post!

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, David. Thanks for stopping by. In a way, blogging is like notebooking, except more public and, well, hi-tech,lol.

Vera said...

I've semi decided to do the notebook thing too. Having a planner again this year has already sorta started me out because it serves the same purpose. But having another notebook, or notepad, or lots of sticky notes handy, would be good so I could take notes whenever i read something that gave me insights. It's a wonderful "thing" to be doing :)

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Vera. Hope you find the process just as helpful :)

Randall said...

Glad to see you recognize January as Creativity Month. I am the founder of International Creativity Month so I always appreciate people who spread the word and celebrate their creativity in January!
Randall Munson
Randall@CreativelySpeaking.com

spinninglovelydays said...

Hi, Randall. It was a pleasure posting something about creativity. Thanks for stopping by.:)