Archive for February, 2009

The Positive Page Contest!

Enter the Positive Page Contest to Win a great 120 page blank 7  1/2  x  10″ Moleskine Journal Package. The package includes the Journal and other items to make journaling fun!

The Rules are simple. Submit 1 to 2 Positive Pages from a Journal created by you.  The pages should be colorful and creative. They can contain no profanity or vulgarity.  The Theme is: Positivity!

Send your pages by mail to: Diviacity, P.O. Box 1012, Pleasanton, CA 94566 or submit by jpeg format no larger than 1 mg per file to:  Pages will not be returned so please submit copies.  Also, please note that all pages received will be entered into the Positive Page Project to be completed by December 2009 (subject to change depending on snafus and acts of nature).

All submissions should be received by March 15, 2009. The winner will be posted on this blog, The Altered Divas, by March 25th, midnight.

The Prize will be shipped within 3 days of contest end.

Have fun, and Journal On!

10 Smooth Reasons to Journal

Find out more about my Journals on Blog Talk Radio at : 

Oh How I Wish

Oh How I Wish


By Stephanie Jordan /


1.     It’s Healing (Mind and Spirit)

Sometimes when things are overwhelming or we have a lot going on we tend to internalize. Journaling helps you release thoughts that hinder from your mind.  Once you have brought them out you can visualize them and you can deal with them immediately or realize that they are really not as much of an issue as you think they are.


I sometimes suggest writing out each issue that is consuming your thoughts first. Then going back a little later and writing out ideas on how you can deal with them reasonably and even quickly, if they in fact need to be dealt with!

2.  It’s Educational (Mind)


You can use your Journal to document things you learn along the Journey through life about yourself and about the things around you.  It can be a source for you to return to time and time again for information.

3.  It’s Healing (Self Outlook)

Did you over react today when someone said something you didn’t like, or someone cut you off on the road. Did you feel hurt when someone criticized or maybe you were overwhelmed when someone encroached on your personal space. Write it down.


Now write down what you did right before this incident and right after. Get it? Sometimes without thinking about it, we let little things that happen effect us and we bring them out unknowingly when emotions are high. Once in a while keeping track helps to figure out why we do what we do, and then recognize it in the future.

4.   It’s a way to keep record of your life.

Do you remember the day you realized you were grown? Do you remember exactly where you were when you heard some really good news or how it affected you? Maybe a conversation with your kids you’d like to remind them of when they have kids of their own?


5.  It’s Healing (Can improve your outlook on life)


Reminding ourselves of good things that happen in life, in our own lives or the lives of those around us can really go a long way when we are feeling in a rut or that our Journey is stalled. If you believe everything happens for a reason, keeping a Journal of the things that happen in life can sometimes give you direction when you seek answers.

6.  You can learn so much about the choices you make and how you deal with them.

Ever wonder why you have bad relationships, over and over again. Or why you keep ending up in dead in jobs or any other repetitive actions.


Looking back over Journals you’ve written in the past can sometimes show patterns that were repeated when you didn’t realize it. It can explain why by showing you what things you did in those situations, how you handled them and how you resolved them.

7.  It’s Healing (Forgive and Forget)


Sometimes to heal we need to forgive and forget. And sometimes, we need to say “I’m sorry!”  Keeping track of who we are and what we do can shed light and teach humility when we don’t realize that we need to take that path.

8.  You can learn about self defeating habits and how to stop them.

This is no joke!  I wrote about twenty or more times in a one year period about the wonderful cakes and desserts I’d made.  I was single.  I ate those desserts!  Need I say more!  Well, as I guiltily snacked on a bowl of peach cobbler while I read back over that Journal I realized that I was doing some serious damage in the kitchen! I was doing way too much!!

9.  You can learn about your strengths… and weaknesses.

Art is a strong point for me.  Staying organized is not! Hmmm, It’s never been. Thanks Journal! Thanks!


10.  YOU LOVE YOU!!!

And by Journaling you can find out just how much and why it’s a good thing!  It’s a damn good thing!

Speaking of Journals…

An Old Book with a New Key
An Old Book with a New Key

Wednesday, Feb 25th I will be a guest on Conversations with Linda at

Among the things I will discuss I will talk about why Journaling is so important and the benefits of keeping a Journal.  Drop by if you get a minute!

Find out more about Linda Lawsons show and othr guests at

Remember I’m collecting positive Journal pages for my Positive Page project.  You can send your page by email to with the subject line : My Positive Page or you can mail a copy to Diviacity, P.O. Box 1012, Pleasanton, CA 94566.  Your page can be in text or picture form, however you journal.  Please include any information you want to share about your page.


My Inspirational Design

My Inspirational Design

The Positive Page! I’ve just thought of something. What if a bunch of people sent me one positive Journal page. Just one (or more if you like). Imagine the great energy that could come out of a gathering like that!  I’d love to put together something like that so I’m calling out to all of my Journaling, Blogging friends. Send me a page, I’ll put them all together and see what we come up with. I’m smiling just thinking about it! On my next radio interview I’m going to ask the listeners to send a page as well. I’ll let you know how it turns out! You can send me any kind of positive page, text and/or artwork. 

Mail it to with the subject line: My Positive Page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

This Journal was designed using Microsoft Word to collage. Visit my YouTube to learn how to create one of your own.

On a Hot Tin Can!!!

Learn to make a can like this in under an hour!

Learn to make a can like this in under an hour!

You can learn to make a can of your own as a Valentines gift or just for fun and it will only take you an hour to make.  Check out my instructional vid on Youtube at

So I’m on a roll to make my self imposed challenge of 20 projects in a month. I’ve figured out that challenging myself like this makes me more focused, keeps my mind off the funk that is filling our air 🙂 and helps me grow. And after all of that…I’m having a whole bunch o’ fun!

Happy Friday, and if you celebrate it…Happy Valentines Day!

New How To Video on Youtube

A Diva’s Journal

Chipboard Butterfly Book

Chipboard Butterfly Book

All About the Fashion Baby!

All About the Fashion Baby!

I’ve been spending a lot of time creating lately. Working on the Journals and more.  These little numbers are fun books with even a little space for journaling.  You can learn how to create these books by checking out my instructional video on Youtube at:

Well Happy February!

Wow, has this years started with a bang, a boom, or what! Lots of stuff going on. Lots of friends laid off, hek, even I’ve been laid off…by phone no less (on my birthday!) LOL LOL. But…. I think I’ll just roll on, and remember that it will all get better soon, it always does, eventually.  I have to admit, when I was younger it would have stressed me out to the max, now it just pushes me even harder. The company I worked for was really really bad with the people skills so it was a really negative energy anyway and hard to stay focused.  But I do pray for the people that will not take it that way and will be devastated by it. Laid off does not mean Laid under! or down, for that matter.  I just have to continue to stay focused on the dream.
From Fashion Queen

From Fashion Queen

Glimmermist colors, Olive Vine, Red Coral, Copper. over Gesso. Page coated with Diamond Glaze.
I really encourage Journaling during this time of bad economy and worse energy. We never think about the fact that we went through the good the bad and the ugly and survived after it’s over so we never think about what we did and how we related during those times. Why think about it?, I’d say for the lessons we can learn and the lessons we can teach. I constently tell my children (who are grown) that things will get better, that we have the power to ward off the negative and keep on going. But it’s better to prove it to them by showing them what they have already come through and how they did it.
Lady Butterfly pages

Lady Butterfly pages

These pages are chipboard topped with White Gesso, and Glimmermist, colors are Patina, Pineapple and Midnight Blue. The page is sealed with Diamond Glaze (one of my favorites. I simply brush a light coat over the top of the finished page)
My January challenge was met and now on to February.  I think for February the challenge is to stay focused on the dream, to create at least 20 new projects and to continue on my Journal Journey! LOL…hmmmm