Creative Every Day Challenge

Welcome to the Creative Every Day info page!

 

The Basics:

I started Creative Every Day Challenge in 2008 to help infuse my life and lives of others with daily creativity.

Creativity is meant in the broadest sense, so it doesn't have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be in cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of collage, paint, or clay...or whatever!

You do not have to post every day! I know for myself that having to post every day for a year would be too much. You can post about your creativity in whatever form you like, whether that be once a day, a few times a week, once a week, or once a month. Do what works for you!

This is a low pressure challenge, with the idea of bringing more creativity into our lives. I will not be the creativity police. I hope that we can all find ways, simple and grand to express our creative selves. Have fun with it!

If you'd like to join in, sign up on the participant page. If you find this challenge after the 1st of January, you can still join in!

Keep reading for more information on how to sign up, the monthly themes, how to participate, and how to post the CED button to your blog.

Sign up!

To sign up for the 2014 Challenge, go to the Sign-Up page. If you want to join in the remainder of the 2013 Challenge, feel free to join in the weekly check-ins and then sign-up for the new year!

Themes

The (totally optional) monthly themes are purely for inspirational purposes and to give some focus to anyone who needs it.The themes can help spur you on, or you can ignore them. It's entirely up to you! I post the next month's theme at the end of the previous month.

2014 Themes

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: Past, Present, & Future
  • February's (totally optional) theme is Heart
  • March's (totally optional) theme is: Transition
  • April's (totally optional) theme is: Spring
  • May's (totally optional) theme is: Decorate
  • June's (totally optional) theme is Green
  • July's (totally optional) theme is Fireworks

2013 Themes

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: Dark
  • February's (totally optional) theme is: Light
  • March's (totally optional) theme is Black & White
  • April's (totally optional) theme is Color
  • May's (totally optional) theme is Flowers
  • June's (totally optional) theme is Childhood
  • July's (totally optional) theme is: Summertime
  • August's (totally optional) theme is Cycles
  • September's (totally optional) theme is Rhythm
  • October's (totally optional) theme is Healing
  • November's (totally optional) theme is Art Every Day Month
  • December's (totally optional) theme is Celebrate

2012 Themes:

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: New
  • February's (totally optional) theme is: Night
  • March's (totally optional) theme is: Mixed-Media
  • April's (totally optional) theme is: Language
  • May's (totally optional) theme is: One
  • June's (totally optional) theme is: Opposites
  • July's (totally optional) theme is: Round
  • August's (totally optional) theme is Shadow
  • September's (totally optional) theme is Time
  • October's (totally optional) theme is: Trees
  • November's (totally optional) theme is: Art Every Day Month
  • December's (totally optional) theme is: Celebrate

2011 Themes:

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: Cosmos
  • February's (totally optional) theme is: Passion
  • March's (totally optional) theme is: Nest
  • April's (totally optional) theme is: Small
  • May's (totally optional) theme is: Big
  • June's (totally optional) theme is: Metamorphosis
  • July's (totally optional) theme is Blue
  • August's (totally optional) theme is Red
  • September's (totally optional) theme is History
  • October's (totally optional) theme is Autumn
  • November, there isn't a theme because it's Art Every Day Month. Whether you participate in AEDM or not, feel free to choose your own theme if you'd like!
  • December's (totally optional) theme is: Winter

2010 Themes:

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: Body
  • February's (totally optional) theme is: Home
  • March's (totally optional) theme is: Stories
  • April's (totally optional) theme is: The Five Senses
  • May's (totally optional) theme is: Intuition
  • June's (totally optional) theme is: Bliss
  • July's (totally optional) theme is: Life
  • August's (totally optional) theme is: Fire
  • September's (totally optional) theme is: Water
  • October's (totally optional) theme is: Earth
  • November's (totally optional) theme is: Art Every Day Month (or if you aren't participating in AEDM, you can choose your own theme or focus on the idea of daily practice.)
  • December's (totally optional) theme is: Air

2009 Themes:

In 2009, I started doing a monthly theme. You can check out the 2009 themes below.

  • January's (totally optional) theme is: Play!
  • February's (totally optional) theme is: Words
  • March's (totally optional) theme is: Dreams
  • April's (totally optional) theme is: Color
  • May's (totally optional) theme is: Nature
  • June's (totally optional) theme is: Sound
  • July's (totally optional) theme is: Self
  • August's (totally optional)theme is Move
  • September's (totally optional) theme is Inspiration
  • October's (totally optional) theme is Connect
  • November's (totally optional) theme is Art Every Day Month
  • December's (totally optional) theme is Recycle
  • I will post about the next month's theme about a week before the month starts on the Creative Every Day blog.

How to Participate:

There are a variety of ways to participate. These options are here for you to enjoy, not to pressure you, so use any or all of them as you see fit. The simplest way to join in, would be to sign up to state your commitment to a year of creativity and leave it at that. That said, I think it's helpful, fun, and motivating to share what you're up to with a supportive community, so I've also provided lots of optional ways to get involved below.

Participate with your blog: A blog is not required to participate, but if you have one, it's a great way to share your work! You can post on your blog about your creative activities daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever you'd like, and then share a link in the weekly check-in post (every Monday) on the blog.

Participate with Flickr: There's a Creative Every Day Challenge flickr group where you can share images of your creativity and see the wonderful things others are creating.

Participate without a blog: A blog isn't required to join in the fun! If you don't have a blog, you can share what you're up to in the comments in the weekly check-in posts every Monday, post to the flickr group, share on Twitter, or just sign up and participate on your own!.

Participate with Twitter: If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #CED2011 (#CED2012 starting in January) to help other participants find your challenge-related tweets. I'm on Twitter as @leah_art.

Participate with the Weekly Check-In: Every Monday, I will post a Creative Every Day Challenge check-in post on the Creative Every Day blog where you can leave a comment and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget to post the url of your blog posts or links to images for the week. If you're unfamiliar with the Mr. Linky widget, here's a picture of what it looks like (don't try to use this one, it's just a snapshot):

widget

How to use Mr. Linky: To leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget, you will put your name (in my case, I put "Leah - creative every day") in the name box, and the url to a blog post or flickr image in the url box (an example of one of my blog posts is: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2009/11/pond-reflections.html), then press enter. You can see an example of what a weekly check-in post with a Mr. Linky widget looks like here.

I'm now using Mr. Linky thumbnail links, which is very similar, but you'll be able to pick an image from your site (choose the option to pick an image from your site). 

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In case you're interested, here's the background on the challenge:

I started the Creative Every Day Challenge in 2008 and I welcome anyone who is interested, to join in!

Every November, I loved the way the Art Every Day Month challenge (AEDM) created a great sense of community, brought people with different styles and backgrounds together, and gave me a kick in the butt to keep on creating when I might otherwise have done nothing. I'd been wanting to find a way to extend the process, but as much as I admired those who created and posted a piece of art every day of the year, I knew that would burn me out. Besides, it was not really my goal to create a piece of art every day. But I did want to be creative every day.

Originally, I was going to call my blog, "Everyday Creative" which to me means a person who is creative in their day-to-day life whether that be through making a piece of artwork or doodling on a receipt or cooking something or taking a walk to gain inspiration in the colors of nature or re-decorating a room or knitting or whatever! That domain name was taken, so I went with CreativeEveryDay.com and included Everyday Creative in the tag line. One of the things I aspire to, is to be creative every day and also to inspire creativity in others, whether that be through my blog, my art, through leading groups like AEDM, teaching workshops or (hopefully someday) writing a book. I know that challenging myself in specific ways helps to keep me productive, so I'm hoping this challenge will serve as a daily reminder of what I want for myself.

I loved doing CED in 2008 and 2009. I met some wonderful people and having the challenge, helped keep creativity as a focus in my daily life. I believe that what we focus on expands and that was certainly the case for me and many other participants. So I decided to continue in 2010!

The idea behind the Challenge will be to encourage myself and others to find creativity in every day and in the everyday things of life. I won't post daily because I think that would be a bit too much of a burden for me, but I will post about every day's creativity in some form or another. And I'll encourage others to do the same, whether that be every day, every few days, once a week or once a month. Throughout the year, I'll also be posting creativity tips that help me and hopefully will provide some inspiration to anyone looking to infuse their life with more creative goodness or who might need a little push to get out of a stuck place.

Thanks and happy creating!

Posting the CED button:

In order to use the Creative Every Day Challenge button, located in the sidebar (and below), simply right-click on the image (ctrl-click for mac users) and save it to your computer. Different blogging applications have different ways of adding images to your blog, but all have help sections which should be able to direct you to instructions on how to do it.

      

If you use typepad, I wrote a quickie tutorial for posting blog buttons for a different group hereHere's a tutorial from a blogger user on adding a picture to your sidebar, and here's a page on how to add an image to a wordpress.com blog.