Friday, December 22, 2017


For the first time ever, I'm actually participating in a retreat from the very beginning... okay, I'm a couple of days behind but that's because I hadn't checked email. I hadn't noticed the dates to see that I was just getting in at the start date.

I listened to the first video last night about putting our journal together and decorating our cover. I chose this lovely college-ruled composition book from Clementine that I'd picked up at Marshalls. I had no clue at the time what I would use the notebook for but the ombre sunset tones spoke to me so in the basket it went. 

I didn't want to cover up the beautiful ombre tones but knew my cover needed 'something' that spoke about my journey on this retreat. In the introductory video, Amber spoke about about opening the door to our heart. She also mentioned 'monetary passion' - which is exactly the path I'm starting out on in 2018! I won't say she is psychic but the synchronicity of this project and my determination to participate in the retreat couldn't have had better timing.

To keep with the colors, I chose to collage my heart from torn pieces of the Painted With Love Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! Spring 2018 Catalog. 

After gluing the pieces to a heart I'd torn from printer paper, I coated the whole thing in clear gesso. Once that dried, I glued my heart to the front of the journal.

I talked about my concept on the inside front page:

      Something Amber said about the heart spoke to me. Opening our heart's door to the possibilities. 
At first I thought about actually making the heart as a pair of French doors. Then I knew I didn't want to separate the whole. Instead, I chose to make the heart the front of the cover -
   Opening this journal opens up a world of insights into those possibilities.

Periodically, over the 10-day retreat I'll share bits and pieces from my #womanunleashed journal. I look forward to the discovery and how the pieces of my heart's desire fit together to form the whole of my dreams.

Creative Blessings!


  1. Your journal looks fantastic and it sounds like you're already benefiting from the retreat. Your beautiful Christmas card arrived today, thank you so much for it. It was totally unexpected but made my day x

    1. wow.. that was quick! Glad you enjoyed the card. Creative Blessings in 2018

  2. Such a beautiful journal - and I love how you incorporated how it spoke to your heart! Opening doors and possibilites - has such a nice ring to it :) Thank you for the lovely Christmas card, Kelly! I wasn't so successful this year in that department - but hopeful for 2018!

  3. Hi Kelly, hope your Christmas was good. just popped over to wish you a very Happy New Year. Sending hugs, Angela xXx