Friday, April 18, 2014

Because of Him.....Easter week

If you've been following me on Instagram, you've seen the Photo-a-day challenge “Because of Him,” focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
It all goes along w/ 2 amazing & impressive videos that focus on Easter----the real meaning of Easter. 

I love this! It's ALL possible....because of Him! Here are some of the images I shared on Instagram. Photos & art credit: lds.org & edited w/ my Rhonna Designs app PLUS my photos of flowers/greenery! 


And this is the 2nd video....Starting today You can change your life, because of how 
one day started, 2000 years ago.
Again...chills. I just LOVE these 2 videos, the week to focus on my Savior & the feelings that I've felt of gratitude for Him.
Happy Easter, everyone....we really DO have so much HOPE, JOY, LOVE & PEACE...



Thursday, March 27, 2014

100 cReativity exeRcises

I've blogged about my 100 cReativity exeRcises before, & even shared about the feature a couple of years ago in Digital Somerset issue, but Stampington/Somerset just came out w/ a NEW publication: Digital Inspiration. I'm featured again in this w/ the same article & it still uplifts and inspires me!
Here's an exerpt that I Instagrammed from the magazine: 

"People ask me all the time if I ever get into a creative rut. The answer is 'NO!', because I work my creative muscle every day through my 100 creativity exercises. When I earned my degree in art education, I had a professor who challenged us to hone in on what makes us creative, record these things, & make a list of what will creatively inspire us. I've kept a list for over 15 years & I ended up creating an online workshop that has 100 of my tried-and-true creativity exercises. It's become a habit for me to pull one of my exercises out of my jar every day, which is how I begin any of my creative projects. It really works. I am never in creative ruts...in fact, I've got so many ideas swimming in my brain, it's hard to slow them down!" 

I think the thing that I LOVE about these exercises is that they really work when you use them consistently! I have this jar that I pull a strip of paper (in the kit, you print it out & cut them up so you can put them in any kind of container to house your exercises) & I get to DO something creative every day! I put the one I used in another bowl & just rotate the exercises until I'm done. Then, start again. You might think: 

"Wait. You mean to tell me that after doing these same 100 exercises for years you never get bored?"  

The truth? NOPE! That's the fun part. Even though I've done these exercises before, I get creative in how I do them again! 

For instance: #86 of my exercises is: 
'Write a mission statement. a mantra. live by it.'

Since I've been doing this for many years, I've been able to hone in on what my mission statement truly is. I've gone from 'Enjoy the Process' 
to 
'Follow My Heart'
 to
 'Savor Every Moment'
 **to name a few** 

& my most recent mission statement is:
"Live With An Abundance Mindset'

Do you see how over the years & over the evolution of the same exercises I'm able to tailor, get creative & really LIVE my mantra? It's been amazing to see how each of these exercises have evolved ME, as an artist/creator, & my creativity! 
But...they won't work unless you DO them & exercise your creative muscle consistently....just like our physical muscle. That's why it's so important to do these exercises every. day!

I truly attribute my ideas & creativity to this habit I've formed. I'm forever grateful for a college professor that really taught me this! and, of course, for God whom I believe blesses us with ALL our creative ideas. They are His & He gives them to us...it's up to US what we do with them!
What will YOU do with your creativity? I hope you'll exercise it! *grin*



Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Cancer Cutie Awareness: P.S. I Adore You

Happy March! This month, I'm honored to help out P.S. I Adore You with the fight against childhood cancer.


GO HERE to donate EVERY PENNY to help out Bethany..& every purchase you make they also donate a percentage!
So, this month, let me introduce you to Bethany! She's a fighter. She's a brave girl. She's amazing! 


Read her mom's words to be #upliftedandinspired:

Written by Jonette Wells (Bethany’s Mother)

On January 23rd,16-year-old Bethany went to a routine Dr.'s appointment.  Two hours later, after blood work and an x-ray, we were sitting in Kneaders having dinner when the phone rang.  It was 7 p.m.  Not good news.  Hodgkin Lymphoma - a large cancerous mass behind Bethany’s sternum.  I looked at her - a typical teenager - large blue eyes, long eyelashes she is always complimented on, thick hair she has been growing out for over 3 years, delicate fingers that are perfect for playing her harp and creating the art she loves.  Bethany, who is sensitive to other’s suffering, who just started a job as a private aide to an autistic boy, who always strives for excellence in school and in every endeavor.  

The next day we were up at Primary Children's Hospital in the oncology ward talking about Hodgkin Lymphoma, Stage II B. Tears and sleepless nights followed, and an overwhelming grief over the abrupt change of "life as Bethany (and each of us) knew it" and the fear of the unknown road ahead.  It was too sudden to process.  One day you're on one side of the door; the next day, you're on the other.  And when CANCER happens, it happens to the whole family.

Bethany’s family includes her mother, a single-mom completing her last class in communications disorders and a speech teacher in the Alpine School District, her older sister Laurel (20) who is home from college and awaiting her March 18th MTC date, with a call to Puebla Mexico, her younger brother (13) who loves soccer and hockey, her grandparents who live with her, and her dad and extended family in Seattle.

A blur of appointments, consultations, tests and procedures followed the initial consultation.  Friday, January 23, Bethany returned to PCH for four surgical procedures: the placement of a port, a lymph node removal for a biopsy, a bone marrow aspiration and bone marrow biopsy in each hip.  Her sister Laurel stayed by Bethany's and my side for the 14-hour hospital stay.  It was traumatic - the environment, seeing her sister pre- and post-op, trying to absorb the reality of this all.  Recovery followed for a week at home.

And now today, we walked through the familiar lobby and up to the 4th floor. Oncology.  Cancer.  The words still seem unreal.  Washed and disinfected, we were admitted into the inpatient ward.  I sit here watching as the first chemotherapy drug is being administered - Vincristine.  Today, her regimen is 6 powerful toxins, toxic enough that the nurse is draped in blue plastic with purple gloves.  Bethany looks so healthy - a pink tint on her cheeks, long eyelashes and hair, a coordinating outfit -- she looks like she's going off to a day at High School. 

Only this isn’t High School.  This is a battlefield.  For Bethany, who returned to High School for only one day, the oh so common angst of others students - whether they have a date for the upcoming dance or whether they were having a bad-hair day -- seemed trivial.  No longer just a high school student, Bethany is beginning an education of another form.  Life behind that door.

Bethany will do four cycles of chemotherapy, possibly more.  Radiation may follow.  We don’t know the long-range plan yet.  For all of us, this is just the beginning.  We are on the other side of the door. But that other side is not all fear and darkness and pain.  There is light -- the light of other cancer patients and their families, the light of family and friends who willingly go through that door with you, the light of compassionate medical personnel, and a host of other supporters. What is unknown to you, until you have to walk through that door, is that on the other side is a community.  A community bound by a common thread - cancer.  Hope, spirit, bravery, and knowledge reside there.  And now Bethany has become one of the brave, or as her dear friend, Trish Howard, (who is fighting her own Hodgkin battle) says, you are one of the SURVIVORS.  For every day you battle this disease, you are a survivor.


My heart goes out to Bethany & her amazing family. I have a 16 year old daughter, so I can only imagine how difficult this must be. But, I LOVE how Jonette said it: 
THERE IS LIGHT! 
And WE can be that light by joining in the fight against childhood cancer! Run on over to PS I ADORE YOU & sign up for their newsletter so you can be in the 'know' for their items for sale. EVERY PENNY you donate HERE will go to Bethany's family for the entire month of March since she is March's #cancercutie. And every purchase you make,  a percentage goes to her family as well.
Spread the word. 
Donate. 
Shop. 
Pray. 
Support.

thank you...from the bottom of my heart.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Newest Update: v 1.8 (iPhones) & v1.3.2 (Android)


It's here! the latest update in my Rhonna Designs App! woohoo!


We've got a NEW browse feature!
new designer fonts 
(for commercial license info see HERE.)
new sticker pack 
(Spring Circus, Glittered Up, Vintage Tags & Quatre Foil tags!)
&.....
SEE it all in this video tutorial plus a little creative process!
ENJOY!


Plus, other super cool news: Amazon is now carrying our Android version! It's the same as in the Google Play Store, but it's for Amazon products like your Kindle Fire! Awesome, huh? Have fun!

***NOTE: Android version won't have the colored stickers built into the app for a little bit.  Please be patient as our wonderful app developers build this fabulous feature into the Android App. For questions & support for the Android app, please contact bryan@niftybytes.com  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Newest Update in Rhonna Designs App: 1.6 for iPhone 1.2 for Android

Here's a short video to take you through to see the 4 new frames included in the update PLUS the in-app purchases & NEW colored stickers! (you'll see some of my 'vintage' designs in there...circa 2006!)

I'm sooo excited for the possibilities! So many fun things coming in 2014! I'm giddy! like...some things that are completely new! *wink wink*


We always have to wait 'in the queue' in the Apple Store, so as SOON as it's in your updates, I'll let you know! Happy creating!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Rhonna Designs Creative Contributors

I'm so thrilled to welcome Nancy Wyatt & Rosemary Watson to as my 2014 Creative Contributors here on Rhonna Designs Blog. They have both been with me as Creative Team members from 2011-2013  & both contributed so much to uplift and inspire!
 Nancy has been so awesome with her Rhonna Designs video tutorials. Go on over to subscribe so you don't miss them!
And, remember Rosemary's AWESOME promo video as Rhonna Designs App came out? It's so fab!
Both are amazing photographers & so creative w/ Rhonna Designs. I'm excited to have them on board & encourage you to go follow them on Instagram! You WILL be uplifted and inspired!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year. New Inspiration: One Little Word, One Little Goal 2014

Happy New Year! Many of you have heard me talk about my One Little Word. I've done this for a while now....ever since Ali Edwards started her movement. I fell in love w/ the idea of just choosing one word instead of overwhelming myself w/ tons of New Year's Resolutions. And...then, it evolved into my One Little Goal, as well. You can read all about that HERE.
Last year was Strong & I had NO idea how strong I'd need to be. It proved to be one of THE most rewarding, yet difficult, years! And, this year my word found me: Simplify.
I've catered to that Over-The-Top-Beast ( #OTTbeast)  for far too long. I tend to over-do things. And this year, it's time to Simplify. I've been feeling it for a while, but wasn't quite sure HOW to do it. So, this year my journey will be learning to simplify! my word. my goal. I can do this one step at a time.

I LOVE this quote by DaVinci! perfectly perfect, don't you think?

So...here's to a New Year.  A New Word. A New Goal. &  a New ME!

Aaaannnddd.....with this whole movement in mind, I created Insta Word & Insta Word2 kits! 
I'm in LOVE with these....and, you don't HAVE to use them just for a one little word project...LOOK! I created word art w/ 2 of the words & added some of the NEW colorful stickers coming in the next Rhonna Designs App update! woohooo!
Also, check out the 2 other Insta Fonts on my site: Insta Adore & Insta Sports...just in time for Valentine's Day & the Olympics! ;)
Happy cReating!