Anyway I went about my business, messing around with all kinds of other projects, but I think if I don’t do something Holtzy I get a bit anxious and fidgety. I swear I think I’m Holtz junkie.
So then the 13th of July rolled around which is my birthday and I got a sweet horde of Holtz-aphenalia….which I generously gave myself as a birthday present,everybody should save up all year to do one big bank-busting Tim Holtz buy for their birthdays right? In addition to that – I received an order from Inspiration Emporium. And you know how that goes – once you get your stash, it takes an extreme amount of self-control and pleasure delaying to stop yourself from wanting to play with your goodies….
Inspite of the haul and the intense desire to cut, copy the July theme, and paste ideology charms and adornments I was still stuck for an idea that would fit somewhat with the theme.
Then the 18th rolled around which in my country is celebrated as Mandela Day as it is his birthday. This year he turned 95. The celebrations were less pomp and festive than usual as he currently lays gravely ill in hospital. As we collectively held our breath for news of his wellbeing, an idea started forming in my head. Yes we don’t celebrate American Independence Day but we do have a new and very worthy July tradition - the 67 MINUTES tradition. The concept of 67 MINUTES is a pay-it-forward sort of deal.
In recognition and honour of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela (known affectionately in my country as Tata or by his clan name Madiba) selflessly served in the aim of greater good, we give 67 minutes of our own time to do something good, charitable, courageous or gracious. Madiba being such a genuine example of humility, benevolence and grace – asks that the day be marked not by some kind of reverent worship or adoration of him, but instead be marked by your own 67 minutes of good deeds on this day. I think this is an awesome way to honour a man that I have utmost respect and gratitude for. And that is what jump-started my idea for the July entry into 12 Tags of 2013 challenge.
The concept was “freedom” in a sense. The idea is that doing something good frees your soul. I also wanted to share the idea of the 67 minutes challenge. One of the other great gifts I received this yeas for my birthday (from someone else this time) was a copy of a book called “The Secret”. The ideas contained in this book speaks to the power you have within you to attract that which you desire if you are in alignment with the Universe (It is lot less hocus-pocus-chant-Aum-gaze-into-my-crystal-ball-New-Age-magic-sparkle-unicorny than I am making it sound).
The basic premise of the movement is that within the universe there exists a law of attraction – like attracts like. It espouses that the Law of attraction enables you to call goodness into your life by just focussing on it, wanting it and envisioning it.
If you persist in negative thought patterns, you by default invite negativity, if you dwell on positivity you by default attract positivity. Your thoughts are your intentions. You cannot change the outlook of others but you can change your outlook.
I thought about what I most wanted in my life (I always thought it would be unlimited credit at Ranger) but it turns out that what I want more than anything else is to love unreservedly, be good and be surrounded by love and goodness. I want to challenge myself to spend at least 67 minutes of each week doing something constructive, positive and benevolent.
The book offers a tip on how to bring this into conscious awareness and thereby into conscious manifestation by advising that that you should try putting visible reminders of what you want up where you can see them. What better visible representation of what I want and hope to be than a pretty tag that reminds me of the 67 MINUTES challenge?
If you know my style at all – you will see that I have deviated from my usual style which is often dark, moody colours with jarring eye-poking contrast. This month’s tag is a little lighter and softer – I worked a colour palette that I have never felt at home with before – a kind of sorbet,pastel palette. This already might be the effect of the law of attraction in operation. I am starting to feel lighter, my heart is starting to feel softer, less anxious and not so at odds with the world and I think it is starting to reflect in my every day life, including my choice of colour palette.
Back to the tag - as always – here’s a blow by blow photo show of my whole process – even though it is not as super detailed as I usually do it.
I brayered on Distress Stain – in various colours and then over that in the opposite direction I brayered on White Picket Fence Distress Stain, Loved how it it toned down the eye-pokey. Following Tim’s instructions, I random stamped incomplete images all over to make a pretty collaged background.
I used a couple of Alterations dies for this tag – Fanciful Flight, Sewing Room and the leaves were from the Tattered Florals Strip die. I crackle-painted and baked in the Walnut Distress Stain on the wings – loved that porcelain look. I also put some glow in the dark paint on the outer wings – this is both cool and a little creepy when you turn the lights off.
The flower on the bottom left is a tissue tape flower. I used a variety of different tissue tape on this tag.
The quote comes from one of the Visual Artistry Clear Stamp sets. I thought it was perfect – Madiba himself achieved the somewhat impossible by his dream of being more. I stamped on Vellum, heat embossed and then used Distress Ink and Stain to colour the vellum. I Distress Stained the little strips behind the sentiment. Those cool strips are so awesome, they used to be a window blind, I cut it up, cos I am a rebel like that.
I attached the wings to the dress-form with brads, added the INSPIRE token – I kinda wanted it to look like a medal as if your 67 minutes that you give frees your soul, you “win” by inspiring kindness in others as well.
When I was little we got “stars” if we did something right or good, they represent the same concept – I crackle-painted and glossy accented those. They were so tiny though, your fingers get a little crampy, and you get a headache from trying to get your aging eyes to focus so while the awesome grungy end might justify the physical trauma of method - I am going to have to admit that it took effort and supreme determination to stay committed to that effect.
I ought really to go to bed now cos it is 3am and I have two classes to teach tomorrow. I hope that you were inspired to act on your 67 MINUTES as well. I love this quote by Marianne Williamson (often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugral Address btw) – I am going to end this post with it.
"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love -1992