Create your own personalized “Wreck This Journal”

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Have you heard of Wreck This Journal?  It’s a super awesome book by Keri Smith – on each page, there is a different prompt to “wreck” the page, and by the time you finish all the pages (which could take anywhere from a month to years, depending on how dedicated you are to it), your book will look *nothing* like it did when you bought it fresh from the store!  My friend Amber introduced me to the book – she bought a full sized one and showed it to me over coffee one day… a few days later, I went out and bought myself the pocket sized travel journal (called Wreck This Journal Everywhere) for my trip to Newfoundland.

One day, Amber was upset because she spilled a full cup of tea all over her journal (and even though it’s called “wreck” this journal, I can definitely empathize with not wanting to actually destroy the entire thing).  So,  I decided to make her a personalized journal, to cheer her up.

The first thing I did was go out and buy a plain notebook – I found a set of 3 hardcover, pocket sized notebooks with a plain white cover and plain white paper inside in the dollar section at Target, and they seemed perfect for the task at hand!  I made the cover using coordinating scrapbook paper, and included a little pocket, with a matching bookmark that slid right inside.

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The next thing I did was to think up different page ideas and ways for Amber to wreck her new journal.  In the exact middle of the book, I created an “about me” page:

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I created different instructions for every page.  Some involved interaction with other people (there’s an “autograph” page and a page where she will have a friend write her a letter), some involved interaction with the environment (think leaf rubbings, gluing in random objects found on your journeys, etc) – but I tried to keep most pages focussed around things that really reminded me of Amber.  One of Amber’s favourite things in the world (and one of my favourite things about her) is her love of music… so of course, there were a few music-oriented pages in her personalized Wreck This Journal:

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I used some journal prompt cards from my craft stash (these ones came from a K & Company Smash Pad) and taped them in using washi tape in coordinating colours.  Not all the pages had something taped on the opposite side though, because I wanted to leave some space for doodling and answering the prompts.  I also only taped the top down, so that they can be flipped up and doodled under, if desired.

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Creating your own wreck this journal is a super fun process, because you can make it really specific to yourself (or your friend!).  Are you a foodie?  Create food-inspired prompts, like listing a random set of ingredients and making a recipe out of them.  Are you into sci-fi?  Create a page where you doodle a monster from space.  The possibilities are endless!

I do think it’s way more fun to create a journal for a friend (and have them create one for you!) because then the prompts come from someone else and they’re more unexpected!  It’s also a great idea for a quick gift for a birthday, or any day, present.  Will you create one?  What are some of your ideas?


Personalized Digital Art: Tinker Bell Portrait in Photoshop

Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 4.29.42 PMFor family birthdays, I always try to go with a present that is personal, creative and significant.  So, when I was taking a Photoshop class in the spring, I created my final art piece with my niece’s birthday in mind.  The project was to take a personal, family photo, and transpose it into something entirely different.  My niece loves Disney, just like me, and she is especially loving Disney Fairies, and Tinker Bell in particular, lately (Just like her auntie!  Girl after my own heart)

When I received the assignment in Photoshop class, one of my first ideas was to take a picture of my niece and turn it into something whimsical and fantastical.  And what is more whimsical than Tinker Bell in a forest?!

Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 4.29.22 PMI started with this photo of my niece dressed up as Tinker Bell, posing on the front lawn.  And then I eliminated virtually everything from the picture.  Using stock photography, Photoshop Brushes, various gradients and techniques I learned throughout my photoshop class, I was able to create a forest scene with a little Nicole-fairy dancing on a magic mushroom.

I replaced the small Tinker Bell costume wings with dragon fly wings that I created myself by turning them into Photoshop brushes.  I downloaded various grass and mushroom brushes, and combined several pieces of stock photography for the final piece.

When it came time to have it printed, I had a bit of trouble finding a place that would print an extra large square photograph, so I ended up resizing it slightly to fit in an 11×17 picture frame.  I picked up a sparkly black frame at Michael’s, and had the photo printed at Walmart.

When she unwrapped her present, it took her about two seconds before she realized that it was actually herself in the picture, and then she was absolutely ecstatic.  It was so cute to see the expression on her face.

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If you would like a gift like this for someone special in your life, hit the contact tab, and we can discuss the details!

Quick Creativity: ICAD

I’ve been keeping pretty busy lately between my two night school courses, my photography job and my own Superflash projects – but one of my new favourite things that I’ve started doing is “ICAD” – aka, Index Card A Day, a project by Daisy Yellow Art.  This is a great project where you design one 3×5 or 4×6 sized index card each day for 61 days (all of June and July).  There are prompts that you can follow, or you can choose to do whatever you want – the point is to take a bit of time each day to be creative!

So far, I’ve been following the prompts.  I’m not sure if I’ll stick with that through the entire project, but I’m enjoying it for right now!  Here are my first 5 cards:

ICAD #1: Prism

Day 1: Prism

ICAD #2: Circus Tent

Day 2: Circus Tent

ICAD #3: Hello my name is...

Day 3: Hello, my name is

ICAD #4: Puzzle

Day 4: Puzzle

ICAD #5: Galaxy

Day 5: Galaxy

Are you participating in this project?  Have you ever done anything like this to challenge you to be creative every day?  Leave your thoughts in the comments – and if you’re participating, leave some links to your cards too!

May The Fourth Be With You

May The Fourth Be With You by Superflash Creative Happy Sunday, and May The Fourth Be With You!  Are you a Star Wars fan? Today’s the day for you to celebrate!  Are you doing anything special to mark Star Wars day?  Dressing up as your favourite character maybe?  Or just wishing this wonderful greeting to everyone you meet?

Here’s a little art piece I created in Photoshop.  I’m thinking of using Yoda as a full resolution printable – what’s your favourite Star Wars quote?

Share in the comments below, and let me know what you’re doing to mark Star Wars Day this year!

There Is No X!

I’ve found myself with a bit of time off work lately, so I’ve been exercising the creative side.  I’ve had this idea for a print to hang in my kitchen for a long time, and now I’ve finally gone and made it.  The meaning of “There Is No X” is of course, for all the people who pronounce this amazing Italian coffee as “eXpresso” instead of espresso (a nice, soft s sound), a total pet peeve of mine!  I have a few other ideas in mind for future prints with the same theme.
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I created the espresso pot, cup and coffee beans using my own little vector technique in Photoshop.  I figured that I would offer it up for sale on the same site that I list my photography, because I’ve ordered prints from them, and they always turn out great. is a great resource for photographers and graphic designers, as they will print photos and canvases in just about any size, with just about any frame and matting you desire.

The full size print is a high resolution file with no web crushing, as you see in the preview.  It does not have the “superflash creative” tag at the bottom.  I also created a version with a wider border that would look nice as a gallery wrapped canvas.

If you would like this print, but you want the colours customized, please send me an email and we’ll work something out!

It’s October! New print available on Etsy!

October has always been my favourite month of the year. My birthday, Thanksgiving (in Canada), Halloween, all those beautiful fall colours, Pumpkin Spice Lattes… what’s not to love?! Living in Florida is a bit different – it’s still getting into the 90s during the day (nights are a bit cooler, but nothing like Toronto fall!), and there are pretty much no fall colours to speak of – everything here is pretty much green, year round (except when the leaves fall off the Frangipani trees and leave them looking like weird random sticks. That’s just not so pretty, if you know what I’m talking about!)

But anyway, October in Florida is awesome in its own way – especially this year, because I have my parents & one of my good friends from home arriving this week – and with plans for concerts and Disney, who can complain?!

To commemorate the awesome month of October, I created a print that is now available over on my Etsy store. It’s a high resolution PDF print, featuring one of my favourite quotes by Lucy Maude Montgomery from Anne Of Green Gables – “I’m So Glad I Live In A World Where There Are Octobers” – Aren’t we all?!

October quote print at Superflash Creative

Sail on over to Etsy to pick up this print today!  (Please note – the full resolution file does not have the “superflash creative” tag at the bottom)

Paper Flower Bouquet

Paper Flower Bouquet I have always loved making 3D works with paper, and I’ve always loved the look of paper flowers, having previously decorated my condo with several vases full of them.  This bouquet took a lot of work, but it became a beautiful representation of me.

The bouquet consisted of about 24 different flowers, made out of different types of turquoise, red, black & white patterned and solid papers.  I also added pompoms, jewels, feathers and tufts of tulle throughout the bouquet, and fresh jasmine flowers as well.

Once I crafted each flower individually, I enlisted the help of my friend Kim who works as a florist by day, to help me create the shape and structure of the bouquet itself.  When it was put together the way I wanted it, we then wrapped the stem in satin ribbon and added a bit of bling.

It was a lot of hard work and dedication to create this bouquet but definitely worth it.

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