Thursday, 29 December 2011

Being Creative Gallery Check In ~ December (and what happens next)


I'm bringing you the Gallery Check In for December a couple of days early this month, with it being New Year and us still very much in Holiday Mood!

I hope you've all enjoyed your Christmas, wherever you are in the world - this Gallery Check In is the last one of the year, and this post will also explain what will be happening to the Being Creative Project Group in 2012.

The theme for December was WINTER.

I decided to include my recently re-found painting, Yorkshire Snow to the Flickr Group Pool, as this conveys Winter to me just perfectly...dark dry stone walls, a white patchwork of snowy fields, tiny farm cottages and swirling snow storms...

I hope you've enjoyed the theme this month, and I look forward to seeing your contributions in the Flickr Group and in the Gallery - you can add your link to the widget at the bottom of this post to link back to relevant work on your blog, website or photo hosting account.  PLease do not link back to any online market place such as Folksy or Etsy please, many thanks!

I've really enjoyed hosting the Being Creative Project this year, it's allowed me to discover some amazing souls the world over, and it's been a pleasure to connect with these people and make new online friendships.

So, you may be wondering where the group is headed in 2012...?

I've given this a fair bit of thought.  I knew that I wanted to continue to host a facility for people to come and be inspired, to be creative amongst a group of like minded souls and to be able to share images of their work.  I wanted the Project to be flexible yet supportive, and I knew I wanted it to be informal and friendly and accessible.

In 2012, the Project will operate in a slightly different way - it will still be up and running and there will still be themes for you to work from.  What I'm going to do is launch a Theme Pool (which you can access on the Being Creative page of this blog above from early January).  The idea is that there will be a whole heap of themes for you to choose from, so you get to choose something that really lights your creative fire rather than be stuck with one that perhaps doesn't.

You can also choose how long you want to work on your theme; you might pick one a month like before, or pick one to turn into a year long might also want to work with a different one each week - the choice is yours.  I hope this flexible approach makes the group more appealing and accessible for you all.

Another change is that I'm not going be hosting the monthly gallery pages any longer.  You will be able to share images of your work in the Flickr Gallery Group which is already hosting some amazing works of art and craft and is a really inspiring place to visit.  You can add your images there whenever you like, and there is also a discussions forum if you have any questions or require some support.

I will also continue to send out the Being Creative Project newsletter - this will be sent to you on a happily random basis and will be bulging with inspiration, guidance, advice and tools for you.  If you haven't signed up already, you are most welcome to do so and can find the sign up form on the Being Creative page (click tab above).

So for the last time, I give you the gallery to host your Winter themed work.  I'm looking forward to seeing your contributions this month!  The gallery will be open for one month so you have plenty of time to add your links.

I hope you are happy with the changes, and that the group still provides a friendly and supportive space for you to get creative.  If you have any questions, i'd be more than happy to hear from you.

Sending you love for your creative journey, and wishing you all a sparkly and marvellous 2012 ~ thank you so much for taking part, hope to see you all next year!

Julia x x x


  1. Hi Julia, it sound perfect. Thank you very much for your project idea and for inspiration from everybody who took part in 2011! I am registering for the 2012!

    Happy New Year!

  2. But can't anyone create what they want at any time anyway? Why do you need to register to do that? I

  3. Hi Anonymous ~ of course anyone can create what they want, when they want without signing up to anything. The whole point of the Project was to provide themes for people to work from, and to give them the opportunity to work within a group structure and to receive support and guidance should they need it. I've received heaps of emails from people who feel the Project has really helped them rediscover their creativity so for me this means the Project has, and continues, to serve it's purpose. There is more info about the Project on the Being Creative page here which you are welcome to read - no pressure for you to sign up at all, if it calls to you great, if not, then that's fine too.

  4. So glad Being Creative is continuing - it's really helped me to focus on actually doing something rather than just thinking about it! Thanks for all your input this year and I look forward to the new format in 2012!

    Happy new Year!

  5. Looking forward to a flexible challenge! Happy 2012.

  6. hola! I'll continue following you next year. Happy New Year!!

  7. I have really enjoyed the Being Creative project and loved the fact that there was no pressure to complete every single project. Looking at everyone elses work has been truly inspiring. I am so glad that the project is continuing next year and am looking forward to participating! Thank you for setting up the project, your hard work is really appreciated!
    Happy New Year!

  8. your snow painting is so beautiful!

    wishing you a lovely, happy, peaceful, creative and blissful 2012 xxx


  9. Hi Julia,
    Happy New Year to you and yours, hope 2012 brings lots of joy and creative fun x
    Andrea x

  10. Hi Julia,
    I, for one, am really happy about the changes.

    the main reason being, that since I joined the group, I havent participated in it yet.

    This is mainly due to being in an opposite season to the theme list, and just couldn't work up the inspiration for winter in the middle of summer, etc.

    I believe I will now be able to be a more active participant.

    Looking forward to a creative New Year.


  11. Hello Julia,
    I have really enjoyed being part of the Being Creative community, I have challenged myself and received the most amazing positive feedback. However I must say the best parts have been making some good friends, with many varied talents, and being inspired by lots of fabulous creativity out there!
    The change in format will give me a New Year's resoluion - to get to grips with Flickr!
    Thanks to you for all the admin and support, and hope you have a happy, healthy, creative, fun and successful year ahead!
    Ali x


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