15 Books to Inspire Creativity

15 Books to Inspire Creativity

{This is List #1 in my ‘52 Lists‘ series}

Here are 15 of my favourite creative books, listed as they appear in the photo. All of them inspire me in different ways and if I’m having one of those days where I just can’t seem to get started, I know I can pick up any one of these books to get the creative spark I need.

1. ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book‘ by Emma Farrarons

2. ‘Everything Is Going To Be OK‘ by Chronicle Books

3. ‘Wreck This Journal‘ by Keri Smith

4. ‘Art Doodle Love – A Journal of Self Discovery‘ by Dawn DeVries Sokol

5. ‘Cultivating Your Creative Life‘ by Alena Hennessy

6. ‘Finish This Book‘ by Keri Smith

7. ‘Listography – Your Life In Lists‘ by Lisa Nola

8. ‘Print & Pattern‘ By Bowie Style

9. ‘No Excuses Art Journaling‘ By Gina Rossi Armfield

10. ‘20 Ways To Draw A Tulip‘ by Lisa Congdon

11. ‘Taking Flight‘ by Kelly Rae Roberts

12. ‘Carve Stamp Play‘ by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

13. ‘Journal Spilling‘ by Diana Trout

14. ‘Paint Mojo‘ by Tracy Verdugo

15. ‘Creative Doodling & Beyond‘ by Stephanie Corfee

Do you own any of these books? Are you tempted to read any of them? Which ones do you think would be your favourites? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!


Zoe Sig


Junque Journal Pages

My daughter, the award-winning-teen-blogger-extraordinaire, told me she is ashamed that I haven’t blogged since November. She was joking (I think) but with my butt well and truly kicked, I decided I would show up today and let you into a few more pages in my Junque Journal.

Last time I showed you the ‘befores’ where you could see how I put the pages together in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s online class, but today I’m just going to show you the ‘afters’. Still very much Juliefied work though! Love her ❤

If you like to read other peoples’ diaries my rambling writing, you can click the images to see them bigger; the most private stuff is blurred out ;)

art journal page zoe ford

art journal pages zoe fordart journal page zoe fordYou are good enough‘ is from a stencil by Tamara Laporte.

art journal pages zoe fordMy favourite page from these four is the last one because of the face. In Julie’s ’30 Days In Your Junque Journal’ class, she gave me the confidence to try sketching a face using a paint marker rather than a pencil. The whole point is that it gets you waaay out of your perfectionist zone because you can’t erase any perceived mistakes. So, she is drawn completely in paint pens – black, white and yellow Uni Posca pens. There’s something about this face. I like looking at her.

I also love the Max Ehrmann quote from Desiderata on that page (click below to Tweet it!)

Thanks for reading!

Zoe Sig



2 Weeks in my Art Journal

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on two online workshops run by one of my favourite people, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. In ‘Make Your Own Junque Journal’ she has taught me how to make my own art journal, with sewn pages and hardback covers, with end pages and a solid spine.

junque journal topfloortreasures.com

The reason it’s called a Junque Journal, is because literally the whole thing is made out of ‘junk’ that’s just laying around.

junque journal topfloortreasures.com

Each page is made out of scrap pieces of various kinds of paper, and washi tape. One of my covers is made from chipboard while the other is an old canvas board that I had painted on but was unhappy with.

junque journal art topfloortreasures.com

In ‘Thirty Days in Your Junque Journal’, Julie shares her art journaling techniques which I’ve loved learning about! I feel like it’s really improved what I do and how I think about what I do on my art journal pages. It’s also made me write more and that’s a really good thing. Sure, it’s nice to have pages that just feature a quote or an image, but what’s even better is if you write about why you’re including those in your journal – what they mean to you.

So, do you want to see some of the pages in my junque journal? OK! I’ll give you ‘before and afters’ so you can see how the page was originally put together out of paper scraps I had laying around, and how it looked after it got ‘Juliefied’ ;)

#1 Before: a piece of an encyclopedia page, painted and Gelli-printed paper scraps and scrapbook paper…

1 before

#1 After:


#2 Before: more paper scraps as before, with the addition of some stenciling…

2 before

#2 After:


#3 Before: 

3 before

#3 After: The only thing that remains from the original page is the inside of the lettering up the left side…


#4 Before: A very bland page, nothing there that I particularly want to keep…

4 before#4 After: …so let’s just cover up the whole thing!


#5 Before: A cut-up acrylic painting of mine on the left – hated it, hence the cutting up!

5 before

#5 After: I kept that sideways heart from the painting on the left and used it as a motif in other places on the page to bring it all together.


Well that’s all for now folks!

Thanks for reading,


My Art on Your Phone!

A few days ago I set up a new store on the society6 website, and to celebrate the opening I’m pleased to be able to offer you $5 off any phone case with free worldwide shipping! This is a very limited time offer so take a look now and don’t miss out!

phonecases offer


These are the available designs so far, and they are available on the following models:

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5, 5S and 5C
  • iPhone 4 and 4S
  • iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • iPod Touch
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4

I’m over-the-moon-happy with them! I hope you like them too.

Happy Friday!


Junque Journal Covers

You might remember me saying last time that I was excited to be starting a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer e-course called ‘Make Your own Junque Journal‘.

Well, I started on Monday, zoomed through all of the video tutorials for the first 2 modules and got both of my journal covers almost finished in record time.

I say “almost” because I think I will end up adding some words and doodles to the front cover, but I’m leaving it alone for now.

So here’s the front cover:

Junque Journal front cover WIP by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

The front cover is made out of a 10 x 8 inch canvas board that already had a doodley painting on it, but I didn’t like it that much. I covered over most of it with various pieces of Gelli-printed papers. I’ve left some of the original painting showing on the left side, but that will be covered up by the journal’s binding at a later date.

The back cover:

Junque Journal back cover by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

I didn’t have another canvas board the same size as the front cover so I decided to cut up the piece of chipboard that was on the back of a sketchbook and use that instead. Thrifty! :) Again, this is covered in various pieces of Gelli-printed papers and as you can see, is very vibrant.

Both covers are very sturdy and are covered in gloss gel medium to protect the papers so they don’t lift up at the corners over time and start to peel off. Julie mentioned something about coating them in clear tar gel too, so I might look into doing that. Tar gel is something I haven’t used before, so I’m not sure.

The backs of both covers are painted black, and I’ve inked the edges with a black Staz-On ink-pad. *Note: the thick black edges you see in the photos are just the backdrop that I took the photos against.

I can’t wait to start the next module!