Mar 14 2017

Art Journal Pages

My very good ART-ing friend, Janne, recently visited from Norway and while she here she inspired me to make a new journal. And I’m so glad I did! It feels so good to slap some paint down without any inhibitions or expectations. To experiment and play. To write down random thoughts and words. To collage in little scraps of doodles I’ve been piling up not knowing what to do with them. Below are the pages I have done so far in my new book.

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Mar 2 2015

300 Days of Creating – Progress Report

This 300 Days of Creating project has been unbelievably motivating for me! I’m realizing that every day I have a goal to be creative. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, it’s on my mind and something that is present. I’m also realizing how much I love looking back to see what I’ve already accomplished and the progress that’s been made. And THAT in and of itself is incredibly inspiring!

I’m going to attempt to do a monthly progress report here on the blog. Next month I might try to be a bit more detailed about certain pieces but for now, I’m just going to show the pics.


To date I’m at 24/300 days. And there are 304 days left in the year. That means I have a little wiggle room to meet my goal, but not much! When I calculate it out I think I can only miss approx. 2.5 days a month from here out. Oy!


As you can see, my counted days range from photo shoots to art journaling to painting to doodles. I’m not setting any boundaries . Just focusing on being actively creative! How is the project going for you??? Are you staying motivated?

And again, it’s not too late to start!!! There are still 304 days left in the year! 😉


Feb 17 2015

Things I want to Accomplish in 2015

Looking back, some of my best years of productivity and happiness have been the years that I make a list of things I want to accomplish in that year. I’m realizing though that it’s not JUST the list writing, cause truth be told, I do that every year. It’s been the times that I put my list of goals out there, document the progress and really reflect on my list that seems to make the things on my list actually come to fruition.

These are all things I REALLY WANT to do. But I get tired. And lazy. And distracted. The list helps me to stay on track. And putting it out here for all of you to see, gives me a sense of accountability.


I like to break my list up into different categories, as you’ll see below.

Personal/Family Goals:

  1. beach trip
  2. acts of kindness month
  3. print 2013/2014 book of pictures
  4. eat at Beast or Biwa
  5. family pictures
  6. make an article of clothing
  7. window treatment for living room
  8. landscaping in yard
  9. finish fence
  10. put on a Neighborhood Gathering
  11. TRAVEL out of the USA
  12. get misc. ART FRAMED
  13. hike BEACON ROCK w/family
  14. float river in Bend
  15. make a living will
  16. Hike Dog Mountain
  17. Eat at Lardo & Broder Nord
  18. chat books
  19. go see Steve, April & Marlo/ Sunny
  20. hike FOREST PARK
  21. Portland Art Museum
  22. plant cutting flowers
  23. go to Blue Star Donuts or Pips & Katchka
  24. go somewhere awesome for our anniversary
  25. eat at Maurice & Podnah’s Pit BBQ
  26. go to Sweedeedee
  27. clean out garage
  28. make over guest room
  29. make over tv room
  30. headboard for bed
  31. make over jessica’s room
  32. go to Rowena Crest in the Gorge

hiking dog mountain
I’ve already marked off “Hike Dog Mountain“!
My friend Stacey and I trekked the 6.9 mile hike last Friday and it was awesome!

dog mountain columbia river gorge
There was no view of the Columbia River Gorge to be had, but the frozen fog was quite magnificent.

Business Goals:

  1. art night in studio
  2. T-SHIRTS made for ADS
  3. STICKERS made for ADS
  4. business cards made for ADS
  5. handmade gifts for Christmas for customers/friends
  6. 2015 ornament (year of the?)
  7. blog my list for accountability
  8. take Mary Kate Mcdevitt’s or CD Muckosky hand lettering class
  9. volunteer at the Food Bank as a studio
  10. yummy pictures showing our products being put to use. being made.
  11. monthly meetings  *1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12
  12. take illustrator workshop Bonnie Christine on creative live
  13. get bag line together and launched
  14. take camera in for cleaning
  15. 300 Days of Creating Challenge

eating healthy tomatoes

Health Goals:

  1. yoga class (at least try it!)
  2. work up to running 10 miles
  3. lift weights


  1. drink more water/ take vitamins every day/exercise several days a week
  2. paint or create every day for at least 30 min. (300 day challenge)
  3. weekly family meals- sunday evenings *

I love the quote “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail”.
I know it doesn’t hold true in every case but for me, planning definitely increases my productivity. And being productive, makes me happy.

For the items that are a weekly or a monthly I’m adding a * each time they’re accomplished.  


Feb 2 2015

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me.
I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind.
And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative!
Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far…

7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor mountains, makes me sad.

8/300 If all I get done in a day is a sketch, then I count that.

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9/300 Love this wonky guy. “Angst Expressed”

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11/300  I decided to make and  keep a journal of the 300 Days of Creating as well as my 2015 Goals.

If you want to see more, follow along with me on Instagram (allendesignsstudio).
Also, check out the hashtag #300daysofcreating to find others who have joined me in this challenge!
And, it’s not too late to join! There are still 331 days left in the year!!!

p.s. if you want a pdf copy of the 300 Days of Creating lettering from above, make sure to sign up for my mailing list as that will be included in the next newsletter 🙂

Jan 22 2015

new goal: 300 days of creativity

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone seems to be doing these wonderful and inspiring 365 day art challenges.
Everyone that is, like these amazing artists- Pam Garrison, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and Sonya Penn.
Through much thought, I’ve decided to “KIND OF” jump on the bandwagon!


I really try to set goals that I think I can achieve. With travel and life, I figured there would be NO STINKING WAY I could actually meet the 365 day challenge. Therefore, I’ve decided go for a 300 days of Creating challenge. Attainable and yet still challenging.

michelle allen doodles

The 300 days of Creating can be made up of time spent doodling, painting, crafting, sewing etc. Just as long as I’m creating something. Cause to be honest, I can go weeks without doing anything creative. Then I almost fear it as though I’m fearing a workout. Scared I’ve lost my touch and not knowing how and where to start again. I’m hoping that with this challenge I will be in better “creative shape” and that I will have a more productive and artistic year.

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These pictures are all samples of what I’ve counted towards my 300 days so far.
Please feel free to follow along with me as I document on Instagram (allendesignsstudio)!
silk screened bird art
Better yet, JOIN ME!!!

Let’s have fun together!
Use the #300daysofcreating hashtag on Instagram or let me know in the comments below so I can follow you. 🙂