It’s Giveaway Time On The Blog!!


That’s right, all you Documented Lifers or those wanting to get started, Art & Whimsy is giving away, to one Lucky Follower, The Documented Life Project’s Cover Story Workshop!

*The workshop was created for The Documented Life Project 2015: The Journal but suitable for any journal cover.


To Enter: You Must be following the blog at AND leave a comment telling us what having a creative outlet like art journaling,  scrapbooking, etc has done for you.

That’s it…easy peasy!

Our giveaway is open worldwide and will run until November 22nd, when the WINNER will be announced!

To find out more about The Documented Life Project or the Amazing ladies at Art to the 5th, it can be found Here.

46 Comments on It’s Giveaway Time On The Blog!!

  1. papict
    November 7, 2014 at 2:34 am (6 years ago)

    How fun!

    For me, art is something that makes me feel more me. I feel less like myself when I’m unable to create because art is just part of my identity. I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember so I suppose it’s just in the fibre of my being now. In the year in which I was emigrating and all my possessions were in shipping crates, it underlined how much I need art in my life. During all of that tumultuous change, all that stress, not having art as an outlet, as a means to express myself, as a way of soothing my soul and calming me by providing focus and an opportunity for “me time”, certainly took its toll. As soon as I was able to start creating art again, I began to feel more settled in myself again. In short, art is essential to me.

  2. Sandra Martin
    November 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

    This is very exciting. I’m a mixed media artist, and I find that art enriches my life in numerous ways. I love telling a story through collage. I love breaking out the paints and playing inspiring music and allowing the mystery to unfold on the canvas or art journal. I find answers to issues I’m going through and learn a lot about myself. I also experience the joy of making art for others, and I can speak in their life as an act of prayer or healing, sharing the message Papa God lays on my heart. Art is my passion, my wings, and infuses every part of my being. And it helps me find my way in a larger community of artists and generous souls. Blessings!!!

  3. mickiet123
    November 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I craft, including art journaling, as a stress reliever. I have a high pressure job and my doctor gave me a choice of prescriptions or a hobby. At this point, the prescriptions would have been cheaper but the hobby is way more fun! 🙂

  4. PTaviss
    November 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm (6 years ago)

    It started as therapy and is now is pure joy. I retired this year and starting in January have been gobbling up blog posts, videos, FB groups and trips to Michael’s. The transformation has been incredible. I am still learning so many techniques. So I do art journalling, SMASH books, Whimsical Lettering, Zentangle, and whatever else floats my boat. The freedom this has provided is absolutely awesome. I have graduated from children’s art supplies to quality products. Still a bit nervous when I pull out the really good paper. Really looking forward to 2015 when the training wheels come off.

  5. Amber
    November 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I have to create, it soothes my anxieties it fills my heart. I keep colour journals, written journals , collage journals and journals full of everything. I make elemental dolls and craft their journey. My soul and inner child need the creative outlet

  6. mjmarmo
    November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I have always scrapbooked to preserve memories for my kids. Now that they are adults with husbands/fiances, jobs and homes, I am scrapping less. I thought I would give Mixed media a try and from there have grown into art journaling and even making canvases. I am sometimes my own worst enemy – feeling my work is awful, etc. I want to play and have fun! I want to take advantage of every opportunity to learn more and feed my creative side.

  7. potterclod
    November 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow, I have been through so much in the past year alone and art has been my therapy. My working through some difficult emotions and then the finished art piece is such a blessing then to share with others. Thanks for allowing me to share in this great challenge and chance for the workshop. I am happy for whoever wins.

  8. Dianne Thompson
    November 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm (6 years ago)

    So Simple, being with the D.L.Project has kept me sane. (Art Saves)

  9. MamaTrader
    November 8, 2014 at 12:41 am (6 years ago)

    I began focusing on art to help with the grief of losing my mother. So many emotions, I needed something to allow me to express all of them. I’m always surprised when I really let go, how much my art shows how I’m feeling, even without words. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  10. Denise Spillane
    November 8, 2014 at 1:54 am (6 years ago)

    Hi, I took my first art journaling peek in 2013. It was a lifesaver. Going through several big losses and depression it helped me realize I had so much to do and love. It helped pull me up and out. Art truly does heal. I observed 2014 DLP and am now ready to participate. Still shy about showing work but I am doing art and that makes me so happy and inspired.

  11. SusanLH
    November 8, 2014 at 10:17 am (6 years ago)

    art journaling had become a wonderful therapeutic experience. I’ve learnt about myself and meet like minded people all over the world. It’s changed my life in more ways than one.

  12. April Lopez
    November 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Art is so important to me. It’s a safe way to express my feelings and I just need to paint to feel whole.

  13. CraftyHope
    November 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m following your blog through Feedly, I hope that’s acceptable. What a generous gveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.
    As for having a creative outlet. . .I make jewelry and very recently stumbled into the art journaling world. Having these outlets proves to me that I am a creative person and adds so much color and fun to my life. It lets me get out of my head and keeps my fidgety hands busy! 🙂 Thanks again.

  14. sparklerama
    November 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I hope I’m not leaving multiple messages, having a little trouble with the comments for some reason. anyway, my creative outlet so many but my biggest are probably painting in art journaling. having a creative outlet has been tremendously helpful for my health and wellbeing. I often say that it is my best therapy. this looks like a fun class, I hope i win! xo

  15. Lura Brown
    November 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm (6 years ago)

    art is my life. after my injury and i could no longer work i needed an outlet. i volunteer for charity wings art center, and i do art as much as i can. i believe art heals. i would so love to win this. thanks for the chance. xoxo

  16. Tora Geirs
    November 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I´m going to think positively now and hope to win (I never win anything like this)
    I´v been doing art journal since February 2014 all because a friend sent me looking at it on facebook with Art to the 5th and I love it, I has shown me that I can make art and I can make it into art journal. I´t has told me to stop thinking “I can´t do this” and made me realize how healing and helping art journaling can be and how much it gives me. I would so much love to win a place at the Cover Story Workshop that would be so awesome. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

  17. tshap
    November 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Love this blog!

    Art journaling for me is what meditation is for many people. I am able to zone out and let everything else go and refresh. After a little time spent with my art, I feel like I’ve just had the best power nap!

    I would love to be able to do some of the workshops!

  18. Lissa
    November 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm (6 years ago)

    When I create, be it art, fibers, beads and wire I go into a land of no stress. I get lost in my imagination and time flies. Thanks for the generous giveaway

  19. hereibeme
    November 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Art makes my heart sing and keeps me grounded.

  20. Amy Chan
    November 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    art journaling is an outlet for me cos’ my hubby has bi-polar and i’m usually a ‘psychologist’ to him, listening and accepting him for who he is, and part absorbing his darkness. i won’t know what to do without art- it had rescued me from many bleak moments, so i can still fight the fight.

  21. Angel
    November 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Scrapbooking and art jouranling help me relax and learn about myself: what I like, how I feel, and how I view the world I live in.

  22. Pat Kozak
    November 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I love art journaling and mixed media! Love the give away and without a doubt would love to learn more in this area? I love looking at what others create and playing with different art supplies and seeing what they create…. I always seem to surprise myself and what I can do! I am retired and love, love, live my artsy hobby!

  23. millennialcreativity
    November 21, 2014 at 1:29 am (6 years ago)

    This is really cool. I think that having a creative outlet-drawing, painting, scrapbook, writing, music…. all of it creates a space for me to really be myself. Creativity allows me to step back from the craziness of everyday life and refocus on what’s most important: family, friends, God. Finding that sense of belonging, and learning to love who I am and the gifts I’ve been given.

  24. Barb
    November 21, 2014 at 1:46 am (6 years ago)

    After a long delay, I finally mustered up the courage to start an art journal this summer. I started with ICAD (Index Card A Day) Doing so allowed me to be ok with making mistakes, starting over or trying new techniques. I am still doing an art piece a day and loving it. Journaling/creating frees me from my own stoic mind. It allows me to try different mediums, to be confident, to be brave. This past weekend I was in my first ever Art Show and sold two pieces~~Something I could never have imagined!

  25. Mary Dean
    November 21, 2014 at 1:47 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the generous giveaway! Art Journaling is a wonderful healing outlet for my creative expression. It has given me more confidence in my artistic abilities. It has also introduced me to a wonderful world of artists, blogs and classes!

  26. linda
    November 21, 2014 at 2:19 am (6 years ago)

    Art is simply a part of me! Finding the DLP group has been a lifesaver for me. I lost my health, my job, and my husband all in a two week period. My income plummeted with all this. I have learned and grown in my art from all the wonderful and generous artists. The happy mail is a real joy. To win this opportunity would be a real blessing. Good luck to everyone and thank you so much for including me.

  27. Susan M. Brown {sbartist}
    November 21, 2014 at 2:53 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the generous prize! Art journaling is so relaxing and therapeutic – just freeing and time to play. Subscribed via email 🙂

  28. Wanda Arce
    November 21, 2014 at 3:06 am (6 years ago)

    would love to be the winner! I’ve admired your pages on the DLP and happy to be following your blog!

  29. jsey3
    November 21, 2014 at 3:13 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve heard it said, art is not a hobby, it’s a way of life. This is certainly true for me. I have always been creative and have tried my hand at many things over the years. Several years ago I discovered art journalling and it soon became a way of life for me! My journal and small bag of art essentials go with me everywhere. Playing and experimenting with color, texture, composition, etc. has been so liberating and given me much more confidence in my art adventures. In addition, the community of artists involved in art journalling never ceases to amaze me with their encouragement and inspiration.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot for the class the A5 gals have put together. I will keep my painty fingers crossed!

  30. Judy Craik
    November 21, 2014 at 3:38 am (6 years ago)

    Art soothes my soul, makes me calm and relaxed.

  31. Laurie Sherwin
    November 21, 2014 at 3:52 am (6 years ago)

    Have been trying to follow this year an have really enjoyed what i have done..Love painting and learning new techniques

  32. Maria
    November 21, 2014 at 4:05 am (6 years ago)

    Helps me keep myself sane. My daughter and grand kids live with us. So it has been a huge change and we love them very much.

  33. Linda
    November 21, 2014 at 4:19 am (6 years ago)

    I art journal because I can’t not do it. It has become such a big part of my life now. If I spend time away from art journaling I begin to feel like I am missing something important.

    Very nice blog, I hope it ok to follow by email. 🙂

  34. reneeverret
    November 21, 2014 at 7:04 am (6 years ago)

    It’s like a therapy for me. It’s my way of meditating and letting my feelings out 🙂 Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  35. Gisele Cabral
    November 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Mixed Media changed my life. I was a crafter, and was looking for something more. Mixed media was the perfect solution. I could play, not have to be perfect, and use up lots of my crafting leftovers. WOW, love at first sight!!!!!! I also ended up getting a job teaching mixed media, and sharing my new found passion, to people who I would have never have met. Today, I am thankful for my new journey of pure happiness. It changed my life, and it makes me HAPPY!!!! 🙂

  36. aintnoninny
    November 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm (6 years ago)

    I suffer from clinical, seasonal depression. Art and creative pursuits of all kinds keep it at bay. Anything and everything I feel goes into my art journal and poetry and photography and provide an outlet for my emotions. It is something I look forward to every day. It keeps me SANE!

  37. poppy89408,Shawnee Charles
    November 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Since I found July I have had so much fun creating..Art and I am improving on my note keeping and been just having fun. I love to learn new techniques since I am a Newbie but I have thoroughly enjoyed every post!

  38. potterclod
    November 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow what an awesome Birthday gift this would be. I would love it for sure. DLP has been my God send in my art journaling experience and meeting all the awesome people involved and learning new things all the time.

  39. Mary
    November 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I love to do scrapbooking & art journaling I wish I had more time to it but when I do I feel energized & excited That I’ve accomplished something

  40. cheekakc
    November 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I love creating things – always have. Now it’s art journaling, mixed media – for me it is a creative outlet that helps having a very non-creative job (legal secretary).

  41. Valerie
    November 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi! I love art journaling. Sometime I am in awe and Amazed at some of the things I have created, and I am always inspired by the work I see in the DLP group and other places

  42. Sarah
    November 22, 2014 at 12:30 am (6 years ago)

    I have been scrapbooking and journaling since middle school. I am now in my 30’s and started to create again with my Mother when we did a Brene Brown workshop. Being creative allows me to de-stress, think about life from a different more positive angle, spend time with my Mom, and spend some quality time with myself. My Mother always urged my creativity and for that I will always be grateful. It makes me a more positive, happier, nicer, thankful and grateful person.

  43. tinaj
    November 22, 2014 at 2:56 am (6 years ago)

    Art journaling is therapy. It Helps Me Document My GOOD AND Bad Days (I HAVE Been Diagnosed With Fibromyalga

  44. Belen Sotelo
    November 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm (6 years ago)

    And The WINNER Is… Dianne Thompson! Congratulations, Dianne, you are the winner of the Cover Story workshop! Enjoy & have fun!


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