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Process Journal

Keeping a Creative Process Journal::www.laurabraydesigns.comLately, I've been keeping a process journal for all my projects. Whether painting, crafting, or writing, I record my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the project. This is beyond a sketchbook in that I am doing a lot of writing. When I'm frustrated or come across a problem, I write about it in my process journal. When I change course and a project starts to become something different I write about it. When I'm frustrated or angry or just "not feeling" the project, I write about it.

I got the idea from the book,The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity . Many writers utilize a process journal as a way to keep notes on not only what they are working on, but how they feel while they are working on it. The idea is to have a record of your creative process. Once you have done it enough, you can start to identify patterns in how you work. You may notice that you always become disenchanted and frustrated two weeks into a project. Or maybe you start to see that you are regularly struggling with color theory in your work or some other technical challenge. After a few entries about different paintings and how I felt the colors in a piece weren't working, and I was able to identify a need for me to make time to study color theory.

So far, I've enjoyed working in a process journal and think I will continue. I do believe that once I get a few months of entries under my belt, it will be even more beneficial to me.

Mother’s Day Musings Series: Favorite Creative Books

Favorite Creativity Books for Kids: LauraBrayDesigns.com

Ready for some more motherly advice? Last week, I shared some of my favorite child-rearing books, this week I wanted to share some recommendations for my favorite craft books. All of these books have wonderful advice for introducing creativity into your family's life. Creativity has been one of the most important ways my daughter andContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: My Favorite Books on Parenting

Mother

Mother's Day is a month away and I'm finding myself reflecting on my nine (almost 10!) years of motherhood. While I don't claim to be an expert, I've learned a few things over the years that I really wished I had known earlier in my journey. So I thought I would do a little seriesContinue Reading

Semi-Homemade Easter

Give yourself a break! Semi-Homemade Easter//LauraBrayDesigns.com

Remember Sandra Lee of Semi Homemade fame? She would doctor-up cake mixes or store bought food to create something that tasted homemade, but without the amount of work homemade food can sometimes take. Today, I wanted to talk to you about "Semi Homemade Crafting". I think sometimes people don't attempt to craft because they feelContinue Reading

Right Brainers in Business 2015 Video Summit

Sailboat Quote copy

I am currently in the midst of taking the Right Brainers in Business Video Summit. I signed-up on a whim and I'm so glad I did! People who know me best usually tell me that I have the ability to switch between my right (creative) and left (business) sides of my brain, but sometimes thatContinue Reading

Organizing Paperwork in Your Home

Organizing Paperwork:: LauraBrayDesigns.com

I think one of the biggest struggles in our home is to harness the constant flood of paperwork that comes into our house. Between mail and schoolwork, it feels like a constant battle. Especially for a neat freak like me! I hate clutter. And I especially don't like piles of paper on my counters andContinue Reading

Creating a Meal Planning Process

Meal Planning Ecourse! It

I have some exciting news! I'm offering a new ecourse. One of my goals for 2015 is to write lifestyle ebooks and ecourses that will help creative and busy women (like you!) get a bit more organized. Now you probably hear "organized" and think Martha Stewart. Which is scary because who has time to beContinue Reading

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Snail Pattern by Laura Bray Designs

This weekend, I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp. It's an intense, two day, online course that teaches you how to make patterns using Photoshop & Illustrator. I have to admit, I have only completed about 3/4 of the first day. The weekend is hard as my family is home, but more than that, I wasContinue Reading

What I’m reading

I haven't shared my reading list awhile. Each month, I try to read one book of fiction, one non-fiction, and one children's classic. Here's what I read in January: This is the story of a strong-willed woman who wants to travel the world with her husband, a captain of merchant ship, but when she getsContinue Reading

Family Adventures: Getty Museum

Tips for Families Going to The Getty Museum

My family is dedicated to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. These are field notes about our adventures. On ourContinue Reading