Monday, July 27

Meditation through Creation | Adult Coloring Books

Since 2013, coloring books targeted to adults have topped bestselling charts, selling more than 1.5 million copies in over twenty-two languages. Five of the top thirty titles on Amazon’s bestseller list are coloring books aimed at adults. Skyhorse Publishing’s first four adult coloring books featuring the paisley and mandala motifs have already sold out four printings, selling at bookstores like Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, and at specialty stores like Michael’s Arts & Crafts and A. C. Moore.

Not unlike the adult summer camps and wine-and-painting parties that have surged in popularity over the last couple of years, coloring is a nostalgic activity that allows people to unplug and fend off the stresses of daily life. With our screen-weary culture, it’s no surprise that adult coloring events have begun to pop up across the US attracting “colorists” to unplug and unwind in social settings.
                



The recent surge in adult coloring is not just attributed to nostalgia but also its therapeutic effects. Coloring encourages creativity without the intimidation of staring at a blank page. In fact, research suggests that coloring within a premade design might help fight anxiety. Clinical psychologist Kimberly Wulfert of EverydayHealth.com explains that “In coloring, you’re being mindful, and when you move in a rhythmic fashion for an extended period of time, that becomes a meditation.”

Unlike most coloring books, Skyhorse’s books have sixteen pages of full color for inspiration along with perforated pages, allowing budding artists to photocopy, gift, or display their beautiful creations! This twelve-book series features vibrant illustrations and detailed introductions highlighting the histories of themotifs, including paisley, mandala, art nouveau, zen, mehndi and whimsical designs.

Whether you’re interested in the mindfulness movement, in therapy for seniors, or in a business trend that’s dominating the book business, adult coloring books are hot!

Skyhorse presents
12 new titles to help you achieve mindful
meditation through creation.

For a world full of stress, there is no simpler way to unplug and relax!

Here are a few samples for you to enjoy!

These books can be purchased at AMAZON
(affiliated links)

 

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I printed my pages on white cardstock and I love the way my sharpies are so crisp!
Hope you enjoy coloring a few of these pages!
 

Thursday, July 23

Handmade For You | Jillibean Soup

It's not anything new that I love creating! I made this layout using some Jillibean Soup Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup and a Clear Cut from Bella Blvd.
Have you ever created a page about your love for scrapbooking or other?





Supplies :
Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup/ Sew Cool, Sew Original.
Bite Size Bits:  Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup
Pea Pod Parts: Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup
Coordinating Stickers: Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup
Mini Rub Ons: Sew Sweet Sunshine Soup
Happy Hues: Bashful Blue

Bella Blvd : Clear Cut / Bell Pepper Confetti

Other: White Cardstock, Sewing Machine, Enamel Dots, Glimmer Glaze

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Sunday, July 12

Thursday, July 9

Life Documented | Simple Stories



I'm  happy to share a Life Documented spread featuring Summer Vibes by Simple Stories and A Flair for Buttons!

These are photos of my nieces and nephew from a beach vacation last summer. Our summer here on the East Coast is a bit slow this year!!

The colors in the Summer Vibe collection are perfect for beach and summer photos. Since most of my pictures were brown .. of sand it was great to mix in some fun colors in this spread.

I used the Flair Buttons on top of my pocket pages - i like that better than inside my pockets - it just gives me less clump in my pages ;-)



Here are a few close up pictures of my pages. 
I added chipboard pieces and also diecuts on my cards for a bit of extra decorating. I love doing that -- it's always so easy to make a spread when you have coordinating pieces of a collection.









This is the right side of my spread. I carried over the theme of adding diecuts, and chipboard pieces as well as flair on top of my pockets again. 



 

 Thanks for coming to visit today, and I hope you feel inspired to scrapbook those beach pictures!

Enjoy creating with your Simple Stories collections ;)