New “My Vision for 2012″ Theme Prompts for February!

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February: My Vision for 2012: Knowledge -

Prompt #1

January welcomed a new {free} blog mini-workshop here on the Studio Tangie blog called “My Vision for 2012″ where you create art journal pages defining your vision for 2012. You can look back at these prompts here or by clicking on the individual links below. January focused on Health. February will focus on Knowledge, scroll down to see this week’s Prompt #1.

January Prompts Review:


February Theme Introduction:



noun \ˈnä-lij\

obsolete : cognizance
a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b (1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) : the range of one’s information or understanding <answered to the best of my knowledge> c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned <a person of unusual knowledge>

Examples of KNOWLEDGE

  1. She has little knowledge of fashion.
  2. He has devoted himself to the pursuit of knowledge.
  3. She gained a thorough knowledge of local customs.

What will be your vision of increasing your knowledge for 2012?

Let’s start by taking an overall look at what it’s like to continue your learning and education as an adult, whether or not it’s formal…it may be as uncomplicated as learning through conversations, reading, listening to music, self-learning, or it may involve enhancing your qualifications, earning certificates, accomplish trainings, or start/finish Bachelor degree, a Masters degree, and/or a Doctorate degree. (

Why participate in learning?

There is a theory that there are three groups of people to be classified as learners, and these may overlap:

  • Goal Oriented learners use education as a means of achieving some other goal.
  • Activity Oriented learners participate for the sake of the activity itself and the social interaction it provides.
  • Learning Oriented learners seek knowledge for its own sake.

Furthermore, there are theories as to the reasons why people participate in learning. Learners see education as a process of developing increased competence to achieve their full potential in life. Do your interests fit into any of these clusters?

  • External Expectations: complying with the wishes of someone else with authority.
  • Social Welfare: desire to serve others and/or community.
  • Professional Advancement: desire for job enhancement or professional advancement.
  • Escape/Stimulation: to alleviate boredom and/or to escape home or work routine.
  • Cognitive Interest: learning for the sake of learning itself.

Merriam, S. & Caffarella, R. (1991). Learning in Adulthood. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 83-86.


Let’s start with learning from the books on our to-read list!

Our prompt this week is going to deal with our quest for knowledge and the books on our to-read list. Now, I have to admit that most of my reading is done on the internet. I am so addicted to my favorite websites the past few years that I haven’t set aside much time for reading. When the Twilight books first came out, they were the first novels I have read in several years, although I buy a lot of scrapbooking design and mixed media books. Recently, I read The Help that was given to me by my mother-in-law after she read it. It’s pretty pitiful that I’m reading less than 5 novels per year, and easy reading no less. While researching for this article, I stumbled upon a blog post addressing this issue in adults titled “The 26 Major Advantages to Reading More Books and Why 3 in 4 People Are Being Shut Out of Success“. Here are her top 15 reasons there are advantages to reading:

1. Reading is an active mental process
2. It is a fundamental skill builder
3. Improves your vocabulary
4. Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places
5. Improves concentration and focus
6. Builds self-esteem
7. Improves memory
8. Improves your discipline
9. Learn anywhere
10. Improves creativity
11. Gives you something to talk about
12. Books are inexpensive entertainment
13. You can learn at your own pace
14. New mental associations
15. Improves your reasoning skills

Read the full list of 26 advantages here.

{My Vision for 2012: Knowledge – Prompt #1}

What books do you want to read this year? Journal about several books, the genre, and the reasons why they appeal to you. Create a page, upload it to a gallery or blog, and link it to this blog post.


Knowledge Prompt #1 Inspiration

Heather aka sparklyduck75


A Few Things to Read This Year by Heather

CREDITS: What I Love to Do collab by Tangie Baxter and Re Kneipp. Ball fringe and stitching from Thinking of Thee by Tangie. Marilyn Monroe photo by Michael Ochs, from the Internet. FONTS: 1942Report; Pea Lex Valentine by Fonts for Peas.


Julie Ann


My Vision for 2012: Knowledge Prompt #1 by Julie Ann Shahin

I had this planner template for a while and never used it. Since it had a section for movies too, I went ahead and filled that out…partially with movies on our DVR and some recent movies that I want to see. After I made this page, I thought of a handful of more books that I want to add to this list! I might have to do a quarterly or bi-yearly list! I have to say that I am not really a list-maker, but there was really something refreshing about making this list, not so much for the movies but for the books. I am really excited about checking each one off as I read them.


stitches: my fairy friends, los muertos tres
border: AJC 11 parcel 46, quickety split borders 3
circles: AJC11 parcel 48
papers: journal anthology 7, journal anthology 6, journal anthology II, journal anthology 5
word art: she journals, librarian
hand: steampunk bandwagon
splattergraffit: splattergraffiti up up away
font: Art Journaling Font Tweedeldee ALt
Other – template: Erica Hite SS Digi LO Template Plan On It 2

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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2 Responses to New “My Vision for 2012″ Theme Prompts for February!

  • Heather says:

    Love your lists, Julie! I didn’t even think of a movie list–how fun.

  • Julian Fred says:

    Yahoo! Looks “My Vision for 2012″ brilliant theme review. :roll: I love this fantastic creation my pal. Thanks for sharing with me. Keep up coming exciting presentations. Thanks! :) :oops:

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