A few weeks ago I posted my Amy Tangerine’s Creative Handbook Review Part 1, and here I am with Part 2 – the rest of my pages are completed!
If you haven’t already got it then you can check out the handbook here: Amy Tangerine’s FREE Creative Handbook. Just head over to Amy’s blog, fill in your email address in a box in the sidebar (in the sidebar of her blog, or at the top of her website homepage), and you’ll receive a link to download the handbook. It was designed by Amy and her friend Jamie Waters to get us creating more!
At the end of my last review I had completed one of these ‘practice 3’ sheets already, but I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t resist doing another one:
And I chose a Roald Dahl quote (‘if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely’) for the bottom half of my sheet:
I painted this using watercolours – something I’ve seen Amy Tangerine do and I wanted to try it out, as I don’t usually to paint words, just pictures.
Check out Amy and Jamie’s video for practice 4 HERE. It’s about not ‘feeding the bad wolf’ ie. your negative thoughts. You have to write your negative thoughts at the top left and the positive thoughts you should be thinking at the bottom right. I chose to write about blogging-related worries as I am trying a lot of new stuff this year (see my 2015 Blogging Goals HERE) and I’ve been bouncing back and forth between thinking I can achieve things or thinking they are impossible!
I realise I need to be brave and just take it one step at a time.
This is the last practice (see Amy and Jamie’s practice 5 video HERE), and it’s about how we usually start crafting with a blank canvas, but for this one you work in reverse, starting with a page filled with text and blocking most of it out:
My text was an interview with Judi Dench from the Christmas edition of The Radio Times.
I got a bit over excited (it was fun using my gold sharpie!) and kept blocking out words I meant to leave open, so I copied out what it was supposed to say into the middle. My poem reads:
I realise how good that gift
I always want to improve
In a wonderful way
You have a Family Pattern.
I laugh through my tears!
I quite like it. I think I might use it as journaling on a scrapbook layout – maybe with a collage of photos of everyday life. I might take off the last line about laughing through tears though.
There’s one last page in the handbook – an ABC list which you can use how you choose. I decided to quickly fill it out with the first words that came into my head when I thought about blogging and creating:
I have really enjoyed using this handbook. I liked some pages better than others. I definitely think I will be printing the Practice 3 page again and again as I can keep changing it up and sticking it up on my wall! Considering this is FREE and Amy and Jamie created videos to help inspire us too I think it’s awesome! If you haven’t got it already I suggest you get it now. You can download it and then just print off the sheets you think you will use, or you can push yourself to complete the whole thing as a creative exercise!
You can also see what other people have been creating with the handbook by checking out the hashtag #amytangerinehandbook on Instagram!
In the meantime, you should watch Amy and Jamie’s new series called ‘Design On Time’. They are challenged to use three embellishments / techniques and then have 15 minutes to create a layout using those. The videos are sped up, so they are quick and fun to watch! You can see them on YouTube HERE.
I hope you are having a great week!