Bloom Where You Are Planted

Image:  Close Up from Bloom

I have spent the past full year dedicating my blog post to a different chapter from my book, “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you have been keeping up with the weekly post.

It has been wonderful having a year of blog post “in the can” and not really having to work at it. But now that the year is finished, I am back to trying to figure out what to post.

During this past year I have also started creating a new style of art – Mixed Media Collage.

Image:  Close Up from full image "Bloom"

I have been have so much fun learning how to create collage background that I can use my art with. I love the look of the multiple layers of papers and then even more layers of paint.

Image:  "Bloom"

Of course I am always going to take every opportunity possible to add a positive saying or phrase. I have been enjoying making mixed media collage paintings and I will be sharing more of them with you in the future.

 

 

 

 

12 Doodle Days of Christmas

This year for Christmas I thought it would be fun to create my own version of the classic “12 Days of Christmas“. With that in mind, this year I created the “12 Doodle Days of Christmas” of which I have been posting a new day everyday on Facebook and Instagram. If you have missed it, here is the entire “12 Doodle Days of Christmas” for you to enjoy! Hopefully by the end you will find yourself singing along!

Image:  A Paisley on a Teapot

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Two whimsical butterflies

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  three ladybugs

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Four Doodle Flowers

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Five Swirling Vines

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Six Hooting Owls

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Seven Swimming Fish

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers,

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

Image:  Eight flying birds

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight birds a flying,

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Nine loving hearts

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying,

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Ten dancing leaves

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image:  Whimsical Birdhouses

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eleven birdhouses,

ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

Image: Whimsical Ornaments

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, twelve ornaments dangling,

eleven birdhouses,

ten leaves a dancing,

nine hearts loving,

eight birds a flying

seven fish a swimming,

six owls a hooting,

five swirling vines,

four doodle flowers

three ladybugs,

two butterflies,

and a paisley on a teapot.

 

I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas With love,

Debi

 

 

Artist, Dreamer, Eternal Optimist: Business Card Designs

Most people who have a job or business have a business card. That card usually has such information as the company name and contact information. It also has the person’s name and their position or title. To me the most interesting part of a business card is the position or title. Some of these positions and titles are typical like, President, Account Manager, Administrative Assistant, etc.

Several years ago I started seeing “Mommy Cards”. These were very interesting and creative, (not to mention handy). The title on most of these cards were along the lines of “Heather and Johnny’s Mom”.

In the be beginning of starting my business, my title on my card was just simply “Artist”. About three years ago, I changed my card and this is what my business card has been since then:

Debi Payne Business Card

The title under my name now is “Artist, Dreamer, Eternal Optimist”. This title line is very important to me, because in a nutshell, this says who I really am.

As things are changing in my art and in my business you are going to start seeing more of the “Eternal Optimist” part of my title. Some days my eternal optimism is through the roof and on other days it is on pretty shaky ground. But regardless if it is high or low, it is still always there!

So many people let their business card designs define who they are. Unfortunately, that definition has usually come from somebody else. I would love to see everybody carry and hand out a personal business card where they are the one that has defined themselves.

If you had a personal business card, what would it say? What title would you give yourself on your card?

If you would like to make you own card, here are several templates you can use. Just click on the card and it will take you to the template where you can create your own card.

Enjoy & have fun!

Cubism Heart Biz Card

Fancy Florest Biz CardHeart & Swirl Biz CardBirdie Village Biz Card

PS: This week I am going to be designing new biz cards for personal use. If you would like to see the new designs as soon as I am finished, be sure sign up for my newsletter so that you can see the new designs as soon as they come out… FYI… they are going to be so cute!!!

 

 

 

Doodle Time Coloring Book

It has been several months since I have published a new coloring book and everybody has been asking me when I am going to have a new one… Well here it is!

"Doodle Time" Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

“Doodle Time” Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

Doodle Time is a collection of some of the doodle drawings with sayings that I have created over the past couple of years.

 

Doodle Time Close Up #1

Now it is your turn to color these fun drawings and sayings in the colors that you want.

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Also, when you are in a calm, meditative state while you are coloring, you mind will also absorb the motivational, positive saying that you can also color.

3 Samples

Some designs are more intricate than others to fit whatever mood you are in at the moment.

 

"Doodle Time" Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

“Doodle Time” Grown Up Coloring Book by Debi Payne

 

Doodle Time is available on Amazon, to see it, click here.

 

 

 

Accomplishment Journal

I am all about getting things done and having accomplishments. Every night after I go to bed and before I go to sleep, in my mind I list five things that I am grateful for. Then I list five things that I accomplished that day. And then I think about my goal. Since I started this practice I have noticed how much more I accomplish every day.

Granted, most of my accomplishments are small, but it seems as though the bigger accomplishments are getting bigger and they are happening much more frequently. To me this just proves the point the more you focus and think about something, the more you will have it in your life.

This was the premise behind creating my new “Accomplishment Journal”. I wanted to find a way to help other people have more accomplishments in their lives.

"Accomplishment Journal" by Debi Payne

“Accomplishment Journal” by Debi Payne

The “Accomplishment Journal” consist of 12 monthly 2-page spreads with a small box for each day of the month for your to write your daily accomplishment. Each monthly 2-page spread also feature a whimsical design with a motivational phrase in beautiful full color.

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In addition to the 12-monthly, 2-page spreads there are four 2-page sections in the back of the book for you to write your wishes, hopes & dreams, special celebrations, things you are grateful for, and any special thoughts or ideas you have during the year.

Here is a video that shows each of the pages.

When I first designed the book I was afraid that the boxes might be too small, however, since my intent was to write just a brief statement about one thing that you had accomplished that day they turned out to be the perfect size. It wasn’t designed to write a list of everything you did that day along with all your thoughts and feelings. It was meant to be just a brief statement.

I wanted to make a sample month to show how it could be completed. I thought it would be fun to put in what other people had accomplished. So, I went onto Facebook and I asked everybody to tell me what they had accomplished the day before. Then I wrote their answers in the boxes.

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As you can see, the boxes were large enough. Granted I probably write smaller than others, which showed me that you can write larger and have plenty of room. Or you do like I did and take advantage of the empty space to draw a little doodle.

Here are some close-up photos of the daily boxes with text and a little doodle.

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Regardless of whether or not you write large or you write small and add doodles, the point is to write down at least one accomplishment every day.

I have kept journals like this for the past 2 years and it is some much fun to go back and look at them from time to time. I know with regular journals, I will write in them and then never look at them again. But these journals are different for me! I find myself frequently going back to my books to see when I did this or that. Then on top of that, it is a pretty book and that makes it even more fun to keep up with it!

Start your journal on January 1st and write in it all though the year. Then at the end of the year you will see the treasure of accomplishments you have had throughout the year.

To purchase an “Accomplishment Journal” for yourself, click here.

Here’s to your accomplishments!!!

 

 

 

Every Day

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We have all had what seems to be a bad day. One of those days that seem to last forever. One of those days that seem to never end.

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Actually our days are never filled with bad things or good things. Our days are simply made up of ‘things’. How we perceive these ‘things’ will determine if they are bad or good.

"Every Day" by Debi Payne Designs

“Every Day” by Debi Payne Designs

Even if our day is filled with things that we perceive as bad, there is always something good in that day. We just have to allow ourselves to see the good.

Next time you are having what you perceive to be a “bad” day, take a minute to find something good. I promise, it is there, you just have to take the time to see. When you do, celebrate the good and the bad want see so bad!

 

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Define Your History

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One of the things that I think about a lot is, “what am I leaving behind?” By this I mean, when I am dead and gone what have I done in my life time will remain in this world once I am gone.

Once I was asked what I wanted to do with my life. My answer was, “I want to create something that when I die little pieces of me will be left all over the world.” That is exactly what I am doing with my art!

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When I am gone from this Earth, people will still have my art. They will still have my stories. Every day I am writing my own history.

"Define Your History" by Debi Payne Designs

“Define Your History” by Debi Payne Designs

We all have a history. We all have the same opportunity to write our own history. Either we can write our history while we are alive or we can let other people write our history after we are gone.

Personally, I prefer to tell my own story rather giving somebody else the opportunity to tell their version of my story.

What are you doing to define or tell your history?

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Drama All Around

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I must admit, I don’t like drama! What strikes me funny is how many people say that they don’t like drama, but they are the ones in the middle of it and stirring it up.

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I have gone to a movie, paid for a ticket, went in, sat down and started watching the movie. I didn’t like the movie, so I got up and walked out. I am the same way when it comes to drama.

"Drama All Around" by Debi Payne Designs

“Drama All Around” by Debi Payne Designs

When drama is all around me… I leave! You can leave too!!! You really do not have to participate in the drama around you. Next time drama is all around you, walk away!

 

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Biggest Obstacles

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We all go through times when life presents us with a new opportunity or challenge and our minds immediately start playing out all of the “what if” scenarios. ‘What is the bad thing happens?’ Or ‘What if that problem occurs?’

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We have all done this. The trick is to be able to stop your mind for all the negative thoughts and turn them to positive thoughts. If you start turn those negative “what if’s” to positive “what if’s” you might find the possibilities of success are far greater than the possibilities of failure.

"Biggest Obstacles" by Debi Payne Designs

“Biggest Obstacles” by Debi Payne Designs

Don’t let you own mind be an obstacle and create a barriers for your getting all the things in life that you want.

  

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Don’t Tell Me

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Have you ever told somebody that you wanted to do something only to have them give you the long list of all these reasons you shouldn’t? They can tell you every worst case scenario as if it is based on fact and there is no other option.

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I call these people “dream stealers”. Dream stealers like to tell other people how to live their lives based on how they perceive life and the world.

"Don't Tell Me" by Debi Payne Designs

“Don’t Tell Me” by Debi Payne Designs

Just because those people can’t perceive anything beyond their believe system doesn’t mean that you have to too.

Don’t tell me that the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!

 

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