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Journaling Prompt – Your Freedom (and a $50 Gift Card Giveaway)

April 8th, 2009 by Avital
Freedom
[Photo by: H. Koppdelaney]

Today is Passover’s Eve. The Jewish people are celebrating their freedom. I think it is a great opportunity to explore our freedom today. To think what makes us “free” or what do we need more (or less) of in our lives to set us free.

What freedom do we seek? Is it financial freedom in the current recession? Is it freedom of love? Freedom of thought? Freedom from an oppressive workplace?

What tools do we need in order to obtain our desired freedom? Do we need some more courage? Do we want some less responsibilities? Do we need to take an initiative and leave or maybe to regroup again?

For this week’s journaling prompt lets explore our freedom or our yearning for freedom.

  • Do you feel you are living your life as a free person?
  • What aspects in your life makes you feel free?
  • How would you define your freedom? What does being free means to you?
  • In which facets do you feel deprived of your freedom? What would you like to change? What can you change right now?
  • Where do you seek your freedom? (Finance. Romance. Friendships. Traveling. Education. Career. Family. Art. Religion. Nationality. Physical abilities.)
  • What traits can help you become more freestanding?
  • What traits do you already have to assist you in finding your freedom?
  • Describe a life absent of any constraint. How would living those life feel like?

$50 Gift Card Giveaway for Scrapbook.com

To celebrate our freedom I am giving away to one of my readers a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to: Scrapbook.com. That means the winner is FREE to choose his/her own fabulous prize!!!

This giveaway is open for everyone, from all over the world.

This is how you can enter the drawing: (feel FREE to choose ANY of the following options. You may even choose more than one option!)

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling what would you like to see more of on Creativity Prompt.
  2. Link to this page on your blog, spreading the love to your readers. Then leave a comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Link to this giveaway on a forum or a group discussion board and then let me know by leaving a comment on this post with a link to your post.

Rules -

  • You have until April 14th 2009 at 10pm PST to participate, afterward comments will be closed. The winner will be announced later on.
  • The winner will be picked at random out of all the comments on this post.
  • Each person can leave only one comment per option (in total, up to 3 comments per reader).
  • Leave a valid e-mail on the comment’s form, as the gift certificate will be sent digitally to that address.

Update

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87 Comments to “Journaling Prompt – Your Freedom (and a $50 Gift Card Giveaway)”

  1. Sally Hackney says:

    Hi, I really like your blog and I can’t think of any way to make it better. I would always like to see more crafts but truly there is a good balance of thinking and doing in your articles. I have had days that I’ve written your quotes in my journal. They are thought provoking. Thanks for having the drawing. Sally

  2. kirsten says:

    Avital,
    I love your site! You are my first RSS feed…I feel so techy. After looking at your site for the last few months I created an e-journal with your prompts for my mother and myself. We have had so much fun trying to answer the questions. I would love to see more of your projects, I would love some “top ten” like journaling questions like; ten things I love about you, work, children. Ten places I would like to visit and why, ten things no one knows about me, etc. As I think about leaving memories for my children I think they would like to look back and know that their mother had secrets too!
    Kirsten

  3. Judy Jung says:

    This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed the discussion and thought provoking questions about freedom! Much to think about and appreciate. This is a good nudge to start journaling. It can be overwhelming to start. Thanks!

  4. Deloris says:

    Read your post on the Hero Arts Flickr site and stopped by to check out your blog. Love the thought provoking ideas!

    I posted a message on my new blog about your blog candy.

    Here’s a link to my blog:

    http://stampingatthelake.blogspot.com/

  5. Deloris says:

    Hi,

    I tried to post a comment earlier today, but it hasn’t shown up so I decided to post again.

    I think you have a wonderful blog and the posts are very thought provoking.

    I posted a message on my blog about your blog candy.

    Thanks!

    Deloris

  6. ruthi says:

    freedom for me has nothing to do with the world we live in, as all people i am involved with are living the the part of the free democratic world. the real freedom we should all strive for is the inner freedom to be ourselves. to be creative in whatever we are doing, to be able to express ourselves without having to be afraid of how we will look like in the eyes of others, without being scared of making changes whenever we feel the time would be right to make them. this is the real freedom in my eyes.
    and this freedom is the one that only you can give yourself. happy pessach and chag sameach.

  7. Skrapbuker/Flower says:

    Hello! I love your blog and videos!

    Right now I think I’d like to see mini album tutorials. That’s the first thing that popped into my head. :)

  8. Lorena says:

    Hi! I recently discovered your blog and I want to say big thanks for all the great ideas you give us. Currently in love with the fabric covered board for the fridge, which I will be trying this week.
    So, what I would like to see more often in your blog? I guess it has to be that kind of ideas -cheap, easy and earth-friendly- along with tons of your scrapbooking tutorials. I’m a newbye scrapper and that info is sooooo welcome!
    Thanks and congratulations on your blog from a spanish crafty mum living in Uruguay :)

  9. Hello! Cool blog! I’d like to see you explore more prompts about memory and guilt. I think sometimes we aren’t even aware of all the stuff we feel guilty about! It’s good to clear the unconscious air. :) –Michelle, blogattoday (~!~at] gmaildotcom

  10. I tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/sweepstakesgirl/status/1478136657. –Michelle, blogattoday (~!~at] gmaildotcom

  11. Ginny says:

    Love this blog! Hard to think of something to make it better. I guess my suggestion would be to have prompts that vary, even though I already think you do. My main thinking is, some days have rather easy ones & other days really thought provoking ones. I love anything that can be used for my scrapbooking as well!

  12. marla says:

    Love this blog and I love watching the how do videos for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

  13. Mabel M says:

    Love you creativity and all time that you spend for give us! really cool tutorials and ideas for create! Thanks for sharing!

    Mabel

  14. Jill F. says:

    I just discovered your blog and have added it to my favorites…I’ve got lots of archives to go through :-) so it’s difficult to say right now what I’d like to see more of just yet.

    Your FREEDOM entry got me thinking about things that I need to be grateful for, even though they aren’t always clearly obvious. Thanks for creating an outlet for that “spark” that we sometimes need to become more conscious of things in our life!

  15. Kara says:

    Hi – Love your blog!

    Maybe add some sketches to go along with a creativity prompt? I love sketches – helps me get going!

    Thanks!
    Kara

  16. Kathy W says:

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog. It’s very interesting! Lots to think about. Thanks!

  17. Susan McRae says:

    Great inspirations at this blog. Makes you actually think. I really like videos, can’t get enough of them. Keep it up. Thanks.

  18. jeanie nieva says:

    more giveaways and tutorials please! :)

  19. Judy says:

    I have just discovered this blog and am looking forward to reading more.
    One thing, I would find helpful is more creativity prompts dealing with
    creative blocks– things to help your creativity flow. Also, I always
    enjoy videos and projects for inspiration.

  20. Alina says:

    Hi!
    I like the concept of your blog, I personally think that journaling is the very heart of scrapbooking so I really love all the ideas you give your readers.
    I would like to see some photography tips. Maybe inspire us to take more photos or to do so in a more meaningful way.

  21. Cathy Green says:

    I think tutorials are always a great choice. I love to learn new things! Cathy

  22. Amy says:

    I just followed a link on over here. So glad I did. What a treasure trove! I’d love to see some prompts about how to find or make time to fit more creative activities into everyday life! Thanks for sharing so much wonderful, thought-provoking inspiration and the great giveaway.

  23. Raimi says:

    Your site it great! I would love to see more projects.
    Keep the inspiration coming!

  24. Megan says:

    I am new to your site, so I don’t feel like I can justify telling you how to make your site better. So far, I really like what I see! I am looking forward to having a chance to explore it more and get creating!

  25. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    Love this journaling prompt. I plan to link it to my iGoogle page so that I can read your blog daily. I don’t know how you can improve it – this is my first visit. Thanks to Jennifer McGuire for sharing!

  26. maryD says:

    everything is just perfect. this blog is great and I love the inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  27. I LOVE your site.. Your freedom post has prompted me to do a new layout. I’ve had such a block.. I’ve only done three layouts this year :(
    Thanks for the awesome blog! What an awesome, original concept!!

  28. Elena says:

    Wonderful thought provoking site! Love your tutorials, especially the album and journal making ones. Please keep them coming! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. I just told everyone in the Fiskars Fiskateer board about your site. There are over 6000 Fiskateers now so you should have lots of newbies come over to check out this awesome site :)
    http://www.fiskateers.com/community/topic/16158

  30. Groovy Deborah says:

    I am always looking for great thought provoking journaling prompts and these, well these have hit the mark! Excellent questions for a BOM that I cannot wait to sit down with. Starbuck’s, pen and paper…I’m on the way!

    Thanks so much, Deborah

    p.s. LOVE the photo!!!

  31. Angela#5876 says:

    I love you site and have been following it for a while. I a technique artist and love to learn different techniques that can bring a different element to my scrapbooking and altered projects. I would love to see more ideas and different ways that you can use different products to acheive cool looks.

    Here is my post to my blog describing you wonderful site:

    http://scrapjournalofangelah.blogspot.com/2009/04/check-this-out.html

    Oh, and I had to share the love by posting to one of my favorite forums on “Fancy Paper Crafters” here is the link:

    http://fancypapercrafters.ning.com/forum/topics/here-is-a-great-site-to-check

    My email is scrapdiva78@att.net

    Keep the inspiration alive!

    Angela H.

  32. von says:

    More video tutorials would be great! I can’t get enough of them. I need to see things being done to get it!

    Thanks for the wonderful prize!

  33. isabel says:

    love your blog… love to see more videos… so fun

    thanks for the chance

  34. Oh wow – came across your awesome site via Jennife McGuire’s blog … I have linked your giveaway to my blog …

    http://www.tracyscharmedlife.blogspot.com

    Thanks.

    Tracy G

  35. I doubt that I could improve on your Creativity Prompt section but I would love to see more “outside of the scrapbook” ideas – ie. decorative ideas …

    Love, Tracy G

  36. Great blog. I have linked you to my blog too…

    http://sallison.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-candy_14.html

    More video tutorials would be awesome.

  37. Sandy~Turtlelady #1715 says:

    I love to journal but don’t seen to do it as much as I used to. I always think I will have time to do it later and then just never take the time!!! I often feel people will laugh at my “serious” journaling also.
    Tkx for this awesome site.
    Turtlelady

  38. Jett says:

    I’m new here, but am already in love with what I’ve seen. I struggle with journaling, with knowing what to write, fearing it will seem corny. But with the prompts here, I’ve decided to start a journal, where my thoughts will be viewed by just me.

    Thanks a mil for what you do.

  39. alexandra says:

    more videos to share new technics !!!
    thanks for the giveaway

  40. isabelle says:

    whaou, thanks for this giveaway !!! I would like to see more layout and links to scrap sites where there is inspiration…

    isabelle

  41. ~Sandy~ says:

    Hey there. I left a link to this on a message board I am a member of but it is a private board. So I don’t think you will be able to see it just by clicking on a direct link. You would have to join the board. But it is at http://pinkyscraps.proboards.com/index.cgi in the forum for scrap chat.

  42. ~Sandy~ says:

    As far as what I would like to see on the Creative Prompts section I think you are doing a fabulous job of a variety of things there. But I would love to see some more cute little home decor things. And even more ideas on how to vamp up store bought embellishments.

  43. sandyh50 says:

    These are great journaling prompts! I came over from the Fiskateers board! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    sandyh502001 at yahoo dot com

  44. Candy says:

    I am fairly new into scrapbooking and find it difficult to deal with large printed paper. You know the ones with the big dinosaurs, sports figures, etc. I can manage to do a layout with plain cardstock/papers and the smaller prints but doing a layout with those larger all over prints seem to throw me. I would love to see some articles/videos on how to tame the large printed papers.

  45. {vicki} says:

    First visit to your blog but will be checking back.

    I like to watch videos that are posted on blogs.

  46. Kerri Yarus says:

    Hi this was my first time visiting your blog and wow do you hav some great information… I love all your prompts and your tutorials are great. I will definitely be adding you to my blog roll. Left ya some love on my blog: http://kerrikr8tions.blogspot.com/2009/04/wanna-50-gift-card-from-scrapbookcom.html

    And I also posted on my forum at http://www.startascrapbook.com in our blog thread about this give-a-way!!
    Thanks for the chance a a great prize!

  47. Kerri Yarus says:

    Posted a thread for ya on http://www.startascrapbook.com for ya telling them all about this great give-a-way!!

  48. Kerri Yarus says:

    As far as what I would like to see, inyour creativity prompts, I would like to see some prompts of using things I already have laying around the house– and altering them. I would love to something about becoming more resourceful and using what I have rather than having to buy, buy, buy!!

  49. Krysti says:

    I’m here for the 1st time – going to wander around a bit… A fiskateer sent me over (Jenny) – I’m horrible at sitting down and actually getting anything on paper… To be honest i need freedom from myself above anything else.. Giving myself a little slack is something i have a problem with.. Working on, but very hard – We are our own worst enemies.. Thanks for the chance! Happy Tuesday!

  50. Mel says:

    I just really enjoy the blog, and the creativity prompts, especially those for journaling…they really help me write and think about my writing in a different way.

  51. Susie says:

    Great giveaway and I always look for mini books and albums, they’re my favorite! Great blog!

    Susie

  52. Nicole Miraty says:

    I love the web site, it’s hard to imagine a way to make it better.

  53. Tonya says:

    I love your site and have gotten some great ideas. My journaling has been inspired by so many things since beginning to follow your posts.

    I would love to see more organizational tatics that can help me let my creativity grow…right now, I find I am always looking for something and so I spend way too much time trying to get to the creative spot. LOL!

    I learn best from seeing so video tutorials would be good too.

  54. Lynn Brown says:

    I just found my way to your blog via Jennifer McGuire’s blog. After browsing around, I don’t see anything that needs improving. I’m off to look at more of your blog!

  55. Peggy W. says:

    I love organizing ideas and videos help me to visualize. Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. ~ alli ~ says:

    Oooh! What a fun giveaway! I found this on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. How to videos are always good to *see* the creation process.
    Thanks!

  57. ~ alli ~ says:

    Check me out – I linked to your site on my blog! :D
    http://alliallaround.blogspot.com

  58. Jacquie Hart says:

    WOW I need this site a friend sent me here, and I think it is great that you have this inspiration, since I am new to journaling I couldn’t tell you what more to add as of yet.

  59. Erica says:

    Hi! This is great! Your blog looks really nice! http://www.ericahendrix.blogspot.com

  60. Eliane says:

    I love to watch the step by step videos. It is easier for me to understand. Thanks a lot for this great giveaway!

  61. Margaret says:

    I put this up on my blog to be shared! Great giveaway!! Thx!

  62. tammy g says:

    My scope of on-line sites I visit is limited to scrapbooking. So I was so glad to see yours on journaling. What a great idea!

  63. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I have posted a link on my blog. =)

  64. Barb Yurich says:

    Hi! I’m a fairly new visitor to your blog and all I can say is keep up the fabulous work!! I am not a particularly ‘come-up-with-a-great-idea-first’ kind of crafter, but I can take others ideas and soar with them. so thanks for all the inspiration…I use it all!

  65. Allison S says:

    I like your “how-to” videos, pictures and step-by-step guides. I would love to see more because I can never get enough inspiration and ideas!! =)

  66. Janie Boots says:

    I really like the look of your blog and I would love to see some more of your work on here.

  67. Wendy Lust says:

    I just found your blog and it looks great to me. I’m going to spend some time getting acquainted!

  68. Kristin Yong says:

    I am very new to the world of scrapbooking and recently journaling too, but have found your site to be a wonderful resource to get me started. I would love to see more mini projects and challenges to get me more motivated to stay on this course:)!

  69. Tamikko Gordin says:

    This is my first time to your blog. I like it! Great ideas! I love the mini album case :)
    Right now I really just want to see more of the site. So much I feel I’ve missed.
    Love what I’ve seen so far. Someone asked on a blog once where they could find a daily affirmation or sayings/quotes that are meaningful and memorable etc. I think alot of us would love to see more of that, but I think you’ve got everything else covered.
    So happy to find your site :)
    thanks for the chance to win.

  70. Chris Savin says:

    Thanks for the wonderful chance to win. Love seeing the journaling prompts – they are helpful.

  71. MizDenise says:

    Thanks for your site – especially the videos! Seeing you in process has prompted me to get out some tools I never use, plus pick up some others.

    The one thing I’d like to see is more of your hands on the videos – when you pull your hands closer to your body to do some detail work, sometimes the work you are doing gets cut off the top of the video. A couple of times that particular step was the part I was struggling with and I scared my family with my groan of frustration when your hands went off-camera! (*smile*)

    I hope my entry won’t get disqualified because of my complaint, but that’s the main thing I’d like to see more of: you at work!

  72. BrendaLea says:

    I am always looking for more craft projects (maybe). But you really have a nice variety of items on your blog. It’s so even keel that you really don’t need to change a thing. I love the journal prompts that you feed us and not sure I would even be able to write in my journal if it wasn’t for your prompts. I so appreciate all the hard work you put into this blog for us. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win this grand prize.

  73. Barbara Smith says:

    I’m so happy Jennifer McGuire sent out your blog site info so I could find you. Of course, I’d love to win the giveaway — but, no matter, I will be back often! I like what I’s seeing and reading! Thanks . . . Barb

  74. Julie says:

    Wow what great blog candy! I heard about your site from Jen McGuire and now I have posted your site on my blog! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome products from Scrapbook.com!!!!!

    http://www.scrapping4twins.blogspot.com

  75. Julie says:

    I found your blog from Jen McGuire and now I’ve posted your blog on my blog! Say that three times fast! Thanks for a chance at some awesome blog candy!

  76. Angela McAtamney says:

    YAY for a world-class blog and a bigger YAY if I win ROFL!

  77. Virginia L. says:

    Dear Avital
    My first time here at your LOVELY blog. Just found all these cool things to see and do. Thanks for the chance to win! Love the scraplings tutorial!!

  78. Char- D says:

    I would like to see different styles of journaling, such as starting your paragraph with a calligraphy letter.

  79. Nadia T says:

    This is a fantastic site. I appreciate all your ideas. I am just getting back into card making and scrapbooking and these tutorials are super helpful. I would like to see more projects using recycled materials. I liked the project using left over paper bits. I often punch out shapes from old paper bits and try to make my own embellishments. I also have two nieces that love to craft with paper so I make embellishments for them like flowers for instance. They are not as particular about the the papers matching so they appreciate funkier combinations. Thanks for your creativity.

  80. Ruth H says:

    I think that many of us take our freedom for granted. I am reminded of the generations that have fought for freedoms,life, liberty , free speech before me. Hard times make us a little more reflective on what is really important. I am impressed with your blog and think that asking the important questions as you have, is one of the best things you can offer. Please continue to ask those important questions!!

  81. Sammie says:

    I think you provide a good mix of techniques (love the videos) and inspiration. The only thing I would also like to see is more color prompts. I always seem to have trouble combining colors, so I like color prompts and color challenges. Thanks!