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Living Out Loud - Kick-start your creativity

Updated on November 4, 2014
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Author, Illustrator & Guerrilla Artist

If you haven't come across Keri Smith before you're in for a treat! She's a 'rebel' artist and author who helps and encourages people to find their passion and creativity, while not following the rules.

From the titles of some of her books you'll be able to tell; Wreck this Journal, The Guerilla Art Kit and Tear up this Book! This one, Living Out Loud is my favourite. There are lots of books out there that I love about tapping into your creative spirit, but most of them are 'How to' books, this is a 'do it' book instead.

We've all grown up...

Smith believes that unlike children, we've forgotten our passions, ignore our instincts and have lost our joy. To help us reconnect with our centres and remind us of our natural inspiration and true selves we should learn how to play again.

Now you may be ready to move towards something new, recreate a moment when you lost all track of time and throw yourself into something you really enjoy, but do you know what that is and do you know how to do it? No, probably not - or you'd not be searching for a book to help - you'd be doing it!

Well this book is the one for you. Learning to play might sound scary - ridiculous even, but that's the point. What Smith is really trying to do here is get you back in touch with yourself, to a time when it didn't matter what you thought, or what others thought of you... And she even touches on ways in which to make sure you have support through the process.

Just do it!

But this book is about fun, not thinking about it! It's split into four sections, Starting, Connecting, Letting Go and Dreaming Work and then there are subjects and topics under each heading. There are written sections plus lots of activities; so not only does she give you the ideas to get your creative juices following, but also the tools.

The great thing about this book is that it's spiral bound, so it opens up flat. You can follow it through or just dip in and out of it. There are cards and pull-outs, stickers and instructions, and it's all so beautiful too, but in a fun way; not so precious that you'd never want to use it, but frame it instead!

I love this book. I can always to turn to it when I feel stuck or uninspired. If I get caught in a rut and don't know what to do with myself I can pop this off the bookshelf and it will always make me smile and inspire me.

I personally recommend it - it's great fun and you tap into yourself more than you realise. You won't regret it, join in the fun and enjoy!

Brilliant book!

5 stars for Living Out Loud

And if you've already got this Keri Smith book, why not try one of these?

How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum
How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

Find ways to look at the world with a different pair of eyes and discover new things.

 
The Guerilla Art Kit
The Guerilla Art Kit

Release the inner artist and produce something in the real world for others to discover.

 

Inside Living Out Loud

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A snap from my copy.Look inside...
A snap from my copy.
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Wreck This Journal (Duct Tape) Expanded Ed.
Wreck This Journal (Duct Tape) Expanded Ed.

The extended edition of the original. An extra 15 pages or so...

 

© 2013 DreyaB

Have you discovered Keri Smith?How do you tap into your creative side?

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      You're more than welcome OhMe. I think it would make a brilliant gift, either for inspiring blocked or stuck creatives or engaging and motivating new ones. I must admit to loving my copy. Thanks so much for stopping by. :0)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This would make a great gift for some friends and family members. I hope to be back soon and make a purchase. Thanks for the heads up.

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      That's exactly it RaintreeAnnie. I tend to dip in and out of it as my mood takes me, but it could be brilliant as an ongoing 'course'. I'm sure we all get those moments of feeling stuck or blocked, or if you don't then I'm so jealous! I love to take another person's perspective and try something different or new and Keri Smith is certainly fun and different. :0)

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      This is interesting. Learning to find your passion and creativity again. Yes it is possible to get worn down by the practicalities of life and forget our dreams and passions, so this sounds inspiring and in a fun way! Sounds like a book you can either dip into or use as a course for yourself?

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      I have one of those lists too Ruth and it just keeps getting longer! More goes on than the number I can buy, but if you do get chance to buy/read it I'd love to know what you think. Thanks for the second comment btw. :0)

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      Ruth Cox 2 years ago

      I put Living Out Loud on my To Be Read list when I first saw your review. Here I am, months later, living my quiet little life. I think I better get this book to the top of my Buy Now list!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @marsha32: I hope so Marsha, that would be so cool! It's great for giving your brain that little shove in the right direction when you're feeling stymied. Thanks so much for stopping by. :0)

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I've heard of this book and I think I could really use it.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @junecampbell: That's great news nightcats, I'm so glad I've managed to inspire you to take a look - I love the style of these of course. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. :0)

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have not heard of Keri Smith before now. I will be looking up her books for sure.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I can see me opening up a random page of this book, doing what Keri Smith suggests and checking it off when I do! Living Out Loud is now on my TBR list thanks to you! Great, fun, review!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Ashley Creative: You're welcome cravemycreative. I just love this one - it will always kick my brain into gear if I'm stuck or in a rut. And you're right, she's just so much fun. Thanks for sharing too. :0)

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      Ashley Horton 3 years ago from United States

      I have the wreck this journal and i love it! Some of the things she asks you to do are.... mind boggling. It is just so much fun! Thanks for introducing me to this before, as I havent seen this one!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @DeborahDian: So glad I've been able to introduce someone new to them! They really are great inspiration and fun. :0) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are great book ideas. I had never heard of them before!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @SusanDeppner: Oh, I certainly think she would Susan! I think everyone should - provided they have a puddle of course... ;0) So glad you liked the page and thanks so much for taking the time to have a look. :0)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very inspirational! On my lens about celebrating the first day of spring, one of the suggestions is to jump in a puddle. I think Keri Smith might approve of that idea to inspire joy!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @betsayv5591: Thanks betsayv5591, glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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      betsayv5591 3 years ago

      i LOVE your work they look good!!!!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @smine27: Without trying to influence you unduly, I have to admit to loving this one. This certainly is fun and quirky too. Somehow Keri Smith taps into something in me that makes me want to take part. Even if I just snatch a few short minutes with the book I always feel better for it. Whether it's the illustrations and colour, or titles like 'Become your own Superhero' or 'Living with less and enjoying it more' I find it hard to resit a smile if nothing else. If ever you do get it let me know what you think. :0)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've been trying to decide whether I should get this book or not. i've seen her other books and I've always been attracted to them. They look like so much fun and I can see how it could help get your creative juices flowing.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @boneworld: Thanks for the lovely comments! That's the great thing about this book, you don't have to have loads of time, though I do know what you mean. Sometimes I just take a few moments to dib in to the book and I always end up with a new idea or great reminder. It's one of those 'go to' books on my shelf. I have to admit I'm trying to take a new approach towards time and incorporate things into my days or weeks. If things work out I'll share the results too! :0)

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      KarenCookieJar 3 years ago

      This looks like a really cute book!

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      This book looks great to me. I'd love it, but to be honest, I'm not sure exactly when. Sometimes, time itself is the killer. Anyway, this was a great review, and I could see myself getting into this eventually. Great review!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @KarenCookieJar: It sure is! Great size, content, design and illustrations and so much fun! Well worth a try. Thanks for stopping by too! :0)

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @JoolsObsidian LM: You're more than welcome JoolsObsidian. It truly is a gem of a book. Always makes me smile when I feel the need to turn to it. Thanks for taking the time to comment. :0)

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Tricia Deed: You're very lucky knowledgetoday sometimes I can't turn off my brain, but sometimes I just get so stuck in a rut and blinkered I can't function. It's times like that I drag this little book out again and give my brain a kick start. If you ever do need inspiration or your friends need a hand Keri Smith is always interesting and different. Thanks for sharing too btw. :0)

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      JoolsObsidian LM 3 years ago

      This book sounds great, I can definitely think of several people who would enjoy it! Thanks for the heads up!

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Keri Smith is new to me. I have an imagination that does not seem to quit. A word, a picture, a sound, any number of things can trigger my creativity.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @RoadMonkey: You're so right RoadMonkey this really is one of those permission books, in fact it encourages it! It is a great little book. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What a great sounding book. I love being creative and sometimes we just need "permission" to tap into our creative side and play. Reading a book like this gives us "permission" and ideas we might not have thought of.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Scarlettohairy: You're welcome scarlettohairy! If you like fun and inspiration to be creative then it probably is! Thanks for taking the time to join in. :0)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I hadn't heard of her but this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the introduction!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @TerriCarr: Thanks holisticwriter, you're absolutely right. Having fun and finding was to engage is really the point in the end. Though it's always great to have fun anyway! Thanks for stopping by. :0)

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Great book! Sometimes all you need is a little stimulation to get the creative juices flowing. Books presented in a playful spirit like this one remind us that creating doesn't have to be intimidating.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Diana Wenzel: You're more than welcome RenaissanceWoman and I'm so glad you like the page and the book! It's true I find it very hard to resist these items by Keri Smith. I was only leafing through another one the other day in a bookstore. If you get chance to pick one up I'm sure you'll enjoy it. :0)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      What a great book to review. How could one resist these titles? I love that the whole point of this is to do and not over-think. Sounds like my kind of books. Thank you for bringing them to my awareness. Appreciated!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @Charlino99: Not a problem at all. Glad you liked it. I just love the ideas she throws at you. Sometimes all you need is a trigger, rather than a deep soul search...

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      @IreneL11: Yes, let's! :0) Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Tonie Cook 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for introducing Keri Smith. My creative side is often tapped when a good muse triggers an idea or two.

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Let's have some fun! :)