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Gratitude Junk Journal 2017

Thirty days of amazing gratitude and creativity!


We are making gratitude a habit. We are experiencing tiny miracles everyday. Let's explore and embrace them…together!

It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.

Join me along with 9 WONDERFUL instructors as we practice gratitude, play with mixed media techniques, and experience our own gorgeous art, and a little bit of junk


Class starts November 1 - November 30, 2017.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • how to create a beautiful, altered book journal for keeping your thoughts and art.
  • how to make 14 awesome art journal pages that you are sure to love
  • to practice gratitude daily through art, writing, fun exercises and sharing.
  • how to use (junk), bits and pieces from around the house and your craft stash to make great art.
  • how to work with yummy layers, colors and textures.
  • techniques for creating wonderful backgrounds.
  • techniques that will empower you to make great art again and again.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Step-by-Step Mixed Media Tutorials
  • Video Tutorials
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • 2 LIVE Sessions to laugh, play and create together.
  • Wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to expand their creativity and practice more gratitude in their life.

You’ll leave this workshop with:

  • 14 AWESOME art journal pages.
  • 1 gorgeous, altered book journal
  • a great reference you can use again and again
  • many reasons to be grateful, some you may not have thought of
  • beautiful mixed media techniques you can use again and again
  • a little less junk, we’ll dip into your stash

1 AMAZING BONUS:

  • ALTERED BOOK JOURNAL. You’ll learn to transform a hardcover board book into an AMAZING art journal. You’ll not only transform the outside but the inside, as well. It will be ready for holding all of the GORGEOUS art journal pages and gratitude you will create during this workshop.

Meet the Instructors

Nicole Edgecombe is an intuitive artist from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where she wears many hats as a mum, wife and Clinical Psychologist. As someone who has lived with chronic physical conditions for the past 4 years she views her art practice as a vehicle for healing.

Through her art she transmutes fear into hope, pain into joy and despair into optimism. As a self-taught artist she revels in what she does not know, enjoying the freedom of discovery and the mystery in mistakes and she shares all that she is learning with students in small group workshops. In those moments where she is not actively engaged in her many roles she can be found singing raucously at the top of her voice or basking in the sun and sea of her beautiful island home.

Connect with Nicole via her website here


Jackie Barragan is a Mixed Media artist from Orange, CA. Though she has always been creative, it wasn’t until 2013 that she discovered her love for art and the liberating joy of Art Journaling. Soon she realized that art was part of her life’s purpose. Her passion lies in Mixed Media due to its messy and imperfect nature.

Along the spiritual path of looking inward, Jackie began to experience the healing properties of creating art. She feels that art is a reflection of our souls.

Jackie’s style focuses on the gifts that life’s challenges have given her: Courage, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, trust, acceptance, hope, and love. With every piece she creates; with every lesson she teaches, she experiences further validation that creative expression is a powerful means to healing the wounds of the past.

As an instructor, her hope is to help others discover their courage… courage to stand in their truth; to be authentic; to follow their heart; to trust their inner voice; and to let go of the past and heal their soul through art.

Connect with Jackie via her blog here.


Cindy Gilstrap is a self taught mixed media artist from Texas with a love for art journaling, messy paint palettes, vintage paper, vintage fabric, and new art supplies. It’s not unusual for her to run errands with paint on her clothes. She loves combining old and new, creating quirky art, and inspiring others. She believes creative play is so important and tries to make it a daily habit. She is a Creative Team Member of StencilGirl and teaches classes online at Big Picture Classes and on her own site.

Connect with Cindy via her website here.


Sherry Canino a mixed media artist from Upstate NY, who has a flair for color. Her style is light and whimsical but with depth and meaning behind it. She loves to inspire others with her art. She has worked doing art therapy at Ophelia’s Place and has been published in Syracuse Women’s Magazine. She is currently a member of the following creative teams: Tiare Smith Designs, StencilGirl Products, and Roben-Marie Smith and a former member of the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team. You can find her most evenings finding some quiet time in her home studio art journaling with her 3 beloved pugs at her feet.

Connect with Sherry via her web site here.


Tiffany Goff Smith is a lover of all things colorful and textured. She lives on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and found her love of arts and crafts from her mother. As a child she remembers watching her mom tat, knit, make porcelain dolls and anything else you can imagine. It wasn't until 2013-2014 she found art journaling it just clicked the ability to "art" journal my thoughts and feelings felt more natural than writing them. The rest is history she tries to carve out a minimum of 15 mins a day for journaling.

You can connect with Tiffany via her web site here.


Deanna Jinjoe is mixed media artist living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The journey that enabled her to find her artistic self wasn't an easy one but now she wouldn't trade it for the world. A few years ago she was dealing with serious, chronic health issues. Having migraines almost daily and intense back pain that made life very challenging. The doctor’s solution was to prescribe Tylenol 3’s by the hundreds.

Driven by this pain to seek a solution other than her doctor’s Deanna happened to discover the joy of making art. She started playing and dabbling, taking a few online courses and what she quickly realized is that no matter how much physical pain she woke up with, she no longer felt that pain once she sat down at her easel. Now, a few years later, pain is no longer a significant part of her life. It was the release from the pain while playing with art that gave her the hope she could move beyond the pain.

Deanna has heard so many stories about how art has changed the lives of people that she is moved to get that message out to anyone who will listen. Her mission is to help people understand how a creative practice can change their lives and that ANYONE can create. You don’t have to be a Picasso to create work that is meaningful and beautiful to YOU. It is about the process and what the process gives you more so than the finished product.

You can connect with Deanna via her web site here.


Cristin Stevenson is a mixed media artist, art journaler, jewelry creator, guitarist and coffee enthusiast.
She currently lives in Saint Joseph, Missouri with her husband, Frank. Since leaving the corporate world in January of 2015 she has been diligently pursuing art full time. She has had artist features locally and a opportunity to expand instructing in online workshops.
Whether it be a commissioned painting, a mixed media piece, a page in her art journal… she is constantly creating.
Art is the way that she expresses herself, capture moments and release and she loves sharing that with other people.
Her aim is to never be content – to never stop learning, and never stop creating.

You can connect with Cristin via her web site here.


Natalyn Bradshaw is an artist, creativity facilitator and voice teacher working with women to cultivate creative practices. Natalyn has been a working artist in the form of an opera singer, jazz singer, worship leader, photographer, visual artist, teacher and writer. She loves talking about creative self-care, tending to one's soul, seeing oneself correctly and lovingly, and engaging one's creativity as a normal part of life. Her love language is words of affirmation followed closely by gifts (like art supplies, coffee dates and bubble tea). She is an Atlanta native and currently lives in Virginia with her husband and children.

You can connect with Natalyn via her web site here.


Your Instructor


Tiare Smith
Tiare Smith

Tiare Smith is a self-taught mixed media artist and instructor.

Born with art in her heart she lost her way from her art for 18 years. It came back to her life in a burst of emotion and anxiety. By practicing techniques of love, positive self talk, and action which have helped her to overcome other areas of struggle, she now enjoys her art in a free and inspiring way.

She inspires creatives to embrace their inner artist while also nurturing their hearts and memories.

She has not only been featured on HGTV but has had numerous works published in a variety of crafting magazines and blogs.

She aims to help women embrace the artist within through lessons infused with love, happiness, confidence and creativity, empowering them to experience and express their art more freely.



Class Curriculum


  Gratitude Junk Journal Getting Started
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  Day 1: Making Your Gratitude Junk Journal
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  Day 2: Quote for the Day
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  Day 3: Gratitude Sadness and Loss with Sherry Canino - Art Journal Lesson
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  Day 4: A Reason to Be Grateful
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  Day 5: A Question of Gratitude
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  Day 6: Gratitude for Friendship with Cristin Stevenson
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  Day 7: Quote for the Day
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  Day 8: Gratitude for Life as it is with Jackie Barragan
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  Day 9: Reason to Be Grateful
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  Day 10: Gratitude for Play with Tiare Smith
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  Day 11: A Question of Gratitude
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  Day 12: Quote for the Day
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  Day 13: Gratitude for Intuition with Nicole Edgecombe
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  Day 14: Reason for Gratitude
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  Day 15: Gratitude for Your Body with Deanna Jinjoe
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  Day 16: Facebook LIVE Session with Tiare
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  Day 17: Gratitude for Coffee with Tiffany Goff Smith
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  Day 18: Question of Gratitude
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  Day 19: Quote for the Day
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  Day 20: Gratitude Art Journal Lesson with Tiare Smith
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  Day 21: A Reason to Be Grateful
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  Day 22: FB LIVE with Tiffany Goff Smith
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  Day 23: A Question of Gratitude
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  Day 24: Gratitude
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  Day 25 : Quote for the Day
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  Day 26: A Reason to Be Grateful
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  Day 27: Gratitude for Freedom in Creativity with Natalyn Bradshaw
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  Day 28: A Question of Gratitude
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  Day 29: Art Accents with Tiare Smith
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  Day 30: Facebook Live with Tiare
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course is facilitated November 1-30, 2017. Afterwards, it begins when you sign up now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Students will have "lifetime" access to the replays and preloaded content. Lifetime means the lifetime of the class. However, some courses may be retired after 24 plus months
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We do not issue refunds for this course once it begins on November 1, 2017. Once it begins you have instant access to the available content. We ask that you read all the details on this page and purchase mindfully.

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