Insight Through Artistic Play

Artist and coach, Barb Kobe describes the “ART Paper Doll” as a symbolic, embodied art form. To me it’s a fun, easy to access structure for personal discovery and expression and it has so many applications – including product development.
Let’s play with YOU as your BEST, most successful, creative product creator/creatress.
If your best product creating self were an art paper doll, would it be a he, a she or something else? Would it be a child, an adult or an elder? Perhaps it has animal or plant characteristics?
Think about the strengths and characteristics your product creator/creatress brings.  Don’t over think this as you begin to gather images from magazines.
Find just the right head, hands and feet (or take pictures of your own). Find images to dress and embellish You. Include tools and props if desired. Really follow your intuition as you put it all together as a collage art paper doll.
When finished, take a moment to reflect on what shows up.
Are there surprises?
Does it speak to you? What is the message?
Try having a conversation with your successful, powerful product creating self. He or she just may have the answers you are seeking. Check in with him or her often through your product creating process.
If you would like to use a pattern for this process and learn about other ways to use art paper dolls, download Barb Kobe’s free ebook – it’s awesome – lots of great pictures that will inspire you!  Self-Discovery ART Paper Dolls

Add Creative Flair to Your Planning

Adding color and visuals makes planning more fun.
Here are two fun sources for free printables to use with your planner or journal.
Both offer a variety of free sheets that you can download and print out. Then it's cut and paste. I use adhesive sheets for that. You can back your 8 1/2 x 11 downloaded page with it then cut out what you want, peel off the barrier paper and stick it in your journal or calendar.
Have FUN!

Top 20 Creative Resources for Play, Productivity & Well-Being

It's Finally Here – The Brand New Updated Top 20 Creative Resources Report
I think you will love the fresh, newly updated, Top 20 Resources Report!
I'm excited to say I found lots of great new resources for you including a few cool apps.
Each resource listed has a description and a link.
You will find a broad range of resources:
  • Creative inspiration for  workshops
  • Powerful assessments
  • Productivity tools
  • Mindfulness and well-being resources
  • Plenty of inspiration
  • And even a few that will simply make you smile and invite you to play.
All of the resources are in service of your well-being and success – personally and professionally.
Not only are these great resources for  you personally, they are awesome resources for clients. It's so nice to have these types of resources readily available in one place. 
I made it super easy to access a link to a specific resource quickly.  The table of contents has a quick link feature for each resource. You don't have to scroll through the whole report to find a fav.
You can get your free copy here: Top 20 Creative Resources & Apps on the Web
I'd love your feedback on this collection and if you have a favorite resource I missed-please share!

Play Time, Creative Writing Prompt

Prompt3A writing prompt is an easy way to stimulate new thinking on a project and it doesn't even need to be a writing project.
You could be creating a workshop or planning a birthday party or anything else that could use a creative bump. 
Give it a try. 
Here's a writing prompt excerpted from the F A M E Cards, one of many creative tools we carry in the store. 
Choose a random word and write that word 100 times and note the flow of images
I did it and the images surprised and delighted me. Images have a way of being a step ahead of you on your journey and bring such a wealth of metaphor.
Have fun with this!
To learn more about the F A M E Cards go here: F A M E Cards – Productive Play For Creativity and Self-Confidence

A new updated MindMeister

Logo_header Mind Maps are a great way to think through ideas, brainstorm new ones and create plans to move them forward.  Having cool online tools like MindMeister makes it very easy.


MindMeister has been around for awhile but they have just launched a new and improved version. 


They have updated the visuals, you can now share your mindmap via email and twitter, it's easier to use and there are more templates. One of the cool features of Mindmeister is that it can be used collaboratively. Depending on the package you get, you can have a team working on the same mindmap in real time. Mindmeister is now also available for the ipad, iphone and android platforms.  Very cool.


Check it out: www.mindmeister.com