Giveaway + #artbreak from Plumb

Everyone has 5 minutes a day to take a break. Even the busiest of people. A little time to find some stillness. Quiet the mind. A little time to relax. To calm your mind and body. And to help you with that, Plumb and House Of Hipsters thinks everyone should take five minutes a day for an #artbreak. Just 5 minutes, you, a pencil and some paper. Can you handle it?

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See I’m a high strung, high anxiety type of person. My mind is constantly going a mile a minute, and it rarely slows down. At one point, I got so stressed, I went to the doctor complaining of headaches, tooth pain, sinus issues. After my exam, I was told I was fine and to see a dentist. Maybe I had a cavity or needed a root canal. After x-rays, I was told besides grinding my teeth and constantly clenching, I was fine. I headed back to the doc. Dude! What is wrong with me? Stress he said. I was told to chillax. I start seeing an acupuncturist who taught me the ways of mediation and deep breathing.

Why am I telling you all of this shtuff? And what does it have to do with notebooks Kyla? Well, did you know taking an #artbreak provides many of the same benefits as meditation. It boosts your immune system, reduces anxiety and stress, aids healing and gets those creative juices flowing. When I started to take my daily #artbreak, it was almost like my stressy right brain shut down and my chill left brain was like, “Hey man, what’s up. Haven’t seen you in awhile.” I’d stop doodling and realize I wasn’t thinking about anything except, “This bird is kinda funny looking.” And that was a really good feeling.

Plumb Notebooks and Giveaway

When Plumb contacted me not too long ago, we started chatting about the concept of #artbreak, and I got so excited. What a great and simple idea! As some of you know, may day job lies in the realm of graphic design. I’m the Creative Director for a small advertising firm. Art is my life. But in a weird way, I’ve lost a little imagination in my career. Or maybe I should phrase it as freedom of imagination. I focus on brand standards, get sucked into Helvetica, forced to use specific colors…I am boxed in to a brand.

#artbreak inspires the mind. Forces you to use your imagination. Freedom. You don’t have to know how to draw. Just draw something. Anything. Doodle. Just start writing. It’s fun! Did you see the picture up there? I’m no Rembrandt. Yes, that’s a balloon with a heart on it…a very chill, stress free balloon with a heart on it.

I mean don’t get me wrong, when the notebooks from Plumb arrived, I just kinda sat there and started at them for a few days. It’s a good thing they are really pretty to look at. Beautiful covers. But hmmm, now what. Looking at a blank canvas can be intimidating, but after a few stars, a couple doodles, I couldn’t put them down. I have them by my bed, in my office, one in my bag. They are scattered around the house.

Then I started to do something I haven’t done in ages. Collage drawings. I collect vintage photographs, and The Boy knows I could spend hours thumbing through picture after picture, box after box at the flea market. When I was a kid, I use to take old catalogs and cut out the models and headlines to create my own stories. I was having some fun with a few old photographs below. My 5 minutes turned to 15-20 minutes when I had the opportunity.

Plumb Notebooks and Giveaway

Alrighty, so how about a little giveaway? Plumb has been generous enough to give not just one but two sets of 3 notebooks. That’s right, you get 2 chances to win one of these two sets that I personally hand picked just for you!

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Plumb Notebooks and Giveaway

So what do you guys think? Are you down for one last giveaway of the year? Excellent! Enter the Rafflecopter below. You have multiple opportunities to enter by visiting Facebook, Tweeting and Pinning. You can also check back and tweet daily for additional entires. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below as to how you’d use these notebooks and which ones are your favorite. If you win, I’ll try to accommodate. Must be a US resident to win and let’s keep it over 18. Good luck you guys, and I’ll see you again tomorrow because I’m guest hosting #thriftscorethursday on Instagram! So if you have any fabulous thrift store finds, be sure to head on over, you might even get featured!

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  1. Coco @ homeschoolapalooza December 3, 2014

    I can’t decide which one I love more!! Hmmmm…. I’m going to go with the cool tones – that blue one is soon pretty!! I would totally love to take a 5 minute #artbreak – it seems like I always forget to relax and draw something! Also, wanted to let you know I have a link party on Wednesday, hope to see you there! Can’t wait to party with you at 🙂

  2. Kristie December 3, 2014

    So pretty. I color to relax as there are always tons of cute (free!) coloring sheets laying around my library.

  3. Rebecca December 3, 2014

    Definitely cool tones and even if I don’t win I’m ordering—this may finally be a way for me to meditate since regular meditation stresses me out 🙂

  4. Grace @ The Big Reveal December 3, 2014

    I will take one of each. Please and thank you.

  5. Angela December 3, 2014

    I don’t know why, but if my art supplies aren’t visually appealing to me I won’t use them. I guess it’s the motivating factor.

  6. Brandy December 3, 2014

    Nuggets! I mean ok

    • kyla December 3, 2014

      BAHAHAHAHA! You saw that too huh? Ha! He got me good!

  7. Brandy December 3, 2014

    Everything is so pretty! E and I color a lot together as a stress reliever

  8. Brandy December 3, 2014

    The cool tones are great! #artbreak

  9. Anna December 3, 2014

    Blue-green-blue! Er, I mean , yellow-orange-biographyofaplant! Hmm. Yellow. Yes, definitely yellow.

  10. Danielle Walker December 3, 2014

    Love the cool tones set! Perfect for my studio!

  11. Colleen Pastoor December 4, 2014

    Ooh myy! I love the spiral notebook. It’s become my fave 🙂

  12. Mari Orr December 7, 2014

    Both are beautiful, but I’m a tiny bit partial to the cool set. No, the warm set. Ooh, I love both! I would fill these up with inspiring words, flower sketches, and random doodles.

    • kyla December 7, 2014

      Good luck Mari!

  13. Erin M. December 9, 2014

    Both of them are beautiful! But I really love the the warm tones!

  14. Laurie December 9, 2014

    I have always had a small obsession with notebooks as well as purses:) What a great idea to take an art break as I can’t seem to get much reading in right now. And it’s always something I can do with my wee ones:) Love ’em all but really love the warm tones!

  15. Ashley Gebauer December 9, 2014

    I really love the cool tones. I myself, am a doodler. If I have a paper and pen, there is always something being written, or just a doodle. I honestly, have never realized until reading this blog post that doodling and what not are like a relief from stress and anxiety. Thanks for this opportunity.

  16. shannon j December 9, 2014

    Pretty notebooks!

  17. Hillarie Higgins December 9, 2014

    Art is essential. It definitely helps to keep me balanced. Love the cool notebooks! The green and black…perfect. What a fun giveaway!

  18. Coco @ homeschoolapalooza December 10, 2014

    10 minutes left!!! Pick meeeeeee!!!


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