Joyful Things March 03 2016, 5 Comments

Can you believe that another month has come and gone? There's no denying that 2016 is off to an amazing and creative start! As usual, the Art Journal Emporium is buzzing with awe-inspiring art, supportive camaraderie, and thought provoking conversation, so it's no surprise that my inspiration this week came from Tangie's latest Art Journal Caravan Itinerary.

The prompt "JOYful Things" truly spoke to me this week. All too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget to breathe deep and enjoy the little things. I've written before about the power of gratitude and, at its core, a list of things that bring us joy is a spin on documenting your gratitude. 

Joyful Things: Art Journaling Your Gratitude

[Credits: Tangie Baxter & CO’s February Grab Bag, now available as separate kits: Tangie Bundle No.18, Rebecca Bundle No. 18, Art Journal Emporium February Collage Sheets - available as part of the Art Journal Emporium and available in the TB&CO store the following month]

Figment: Tangie Bundle 18 - Tangie Baxter

Much like when I document my gratitude, as I journaled this list, I had to keep bringing myself back to the task at hand; I was continually lost in reverie. Each item on the list brought with it a barrage of imagery and happy memories. I could feel the joy wash over me at even the idea of the warm sun on my face, or that first sip of coffee in the morning.

THIS is the power of art journaling and practicing gratitude. I know these winter months can to be long and cold, but if you can focus on just a handful of things each day that put a smile on your face, the world looks a little less grim. I cannot express in words the deep peace that art journaling has brought me these past few years, and today my joy comes not just from creating, but from sharing with you in the hopes that you will do the same. 

If this is not your particular brand of happy, no fear. Each Art Journal Caravan Itinerary is packed to the brim with idea and inspiration. Learn more about how you can join the adventure in 2016

[Posted by Karli-Marie]