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Soul Songs

Spinning the fragments of
your world into wholeness & beauty through SoulCollage®

Issue #23           May  2007
Theme- SoulCollage Card Making


Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul newsletter, and the only newsletter which features SoulCollage® ideas, resources, and artists.

Our intention is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, soul-solace, and delight. Whether you are new to SoulCollage® or already immersed in the creation of your deck, Soul Songs is for you.
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May we continue to allow SoulCollage® to transform us from the inside out,
so that we are able to sing the songs we were born to sing,
every day of our lives.
KaleidoSoul Cafe
Grab your favorite beverage and cozy up to the computer.
Here's what's new and exciting in the world of SoulCollage®.

This month's theme is SoulCollage Card Making 
Have you made any SoulCollage cards yet?


Kaleido-Deal of the Month
May, 2007 

Purchase this fabulous little e-book and we'll give you a fr*ee ticket to our May tele-class* (see below).
Both are specifically about SoulCollage card making,
and both will give your SoulCollage work
a jumpstart that will fuel your creative fires
 for months to come!

The tele-class is worth $10.00 (but it's yours fr*ee).
The e-book only costs $7.00.
                                           You do the math!
         Click on the e-book cover above          
              for more information now.

*If you can't attend the tele-class in person, we'll send you the audio recording instead.

Note: If you are a KaleidoSoul Kindred Spirit Member,
then you already have fr*ee access
to our monthly tele-classes.
and the e-book is discounted 50% in your Kindred Spirits Shop.


Ideas, Inspiration & Tips
for SoulCollage Card Making

(a playful, interactive tele-class)
with special guest, Cheryl Finley from AcapellaSoul
Date: Friday, May 18 2007
Duration: one hour
Time: 8 pm EST
Location: anywhere in the world, just pick up a phone and dial!

More details... give it a try!
It's a great way to deepen your SoulCollage practice.

Note: These tele-playshops are FR*EE to our Kindred Spirit Members, as are the audio recordings of them afterwards.  If you are a member, you will receive the phone number to call in the May 14 issue of Soul Treasures.


Soul Singing With Anne Marie

Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, then this column is especially for you!

Suggestions for Newcomers to SoulCollage:
  • Find a SoulCollage Facilitator near you.
  • Download the Getting Started with SoulCollage
    Workshop in a Box
  • Visit KaleidoSoul and click on What is SoulCollage, SoulCollage Deck, and Making the Cards on the left menu.
  • Seena Frost is the one who created SoulCollage®. Visit Seena's website and see what four cards come up for you in the automatic reading, then read some of Seena's articles.
  • Read Seena's book, SoulCollage. 
  • Listen to Seena's CD, Introduction to SoulCollage. 
  • Don't forget to take it easy and always, always trust the process!

    Where Do I Begin?

    When it comes to creative projects, it can be hard sometimes to just get started.  This is why I have a huge box full of beads, stringing wire, and silk thread on my art table that I haven't even touched.  It's also why I have shelves and drawers of collage papers and ephemera that I haven't looked at in months. 

    I simply don't know where to begin, and thinking of all of that "stuff" simply boggles my mind.  There are so many choices that these creative projects are actually quite overwhelming to me.

    The same can be true with SoulCollage.  I've found that even seasoned SoulCollagers sometimes get "stuck" and have a hard time getting started with their card making. 

    So... where to begin if you're just beginning?  Where to begin if you're simply stuck?

    Here are some simple steps to get your SoulCollage card making off the ground:

    • Sit down with a stack of magazines and start rippin' and tearin'. Don't use scissors, simply rip out the entire page of any image that you like.  Let the images choose you, as Seena Frost likes to say!
    • After you have a good-sized stack, spread them all out in front of you and place them in little piles according to theme or color or energy or idea.  You are the only one who can sort them, because it's YOUR soul that called those images to you.
    • Choose just one stack of images and make a card (or several) from them.

    If you'd like some great ideas about where to get magazines and images, what kinds of materials to use, and how to layout/arrange your SoulCollage cards more imaginatively and meaningfully, you'll enjoy the KaleidoSoul E-book,
    102 Tips and Tricks for Creating SoulCollage Cards Full of Beauty and Meaning
    which is now available in the KaleidoSoul Shop.  Plus, if you purchase it this month, you'll receive FR*EE access to our May Tele-Playshop (see details above).

    Anne Marie Bennett is a freelance writer, self-
    taught artist and SoulCollage® facilitator who trained with Seena Frost. Her background is elementary education, computer software training, writing, and mixed media art. She
    lives, laughs, writes, and sings (and makes her own SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA. More of Anne Marie's cards/interpretations are available on her blog, Inner Surprises.

    Click here for:
    upcoming workshops/retreats with Anne Marie.

Soul Symphonies With Karen
My name is Karen Mann and I'm a SoulCollage® facilitator from Melbourne, Australia. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover the symphony of voices inside of you and around you.

Happy Accidents
While Making SoulCollage Cards 

Have you ever had an "accident" happen when you make a SoulCollage card?

Has a picture ever slipped?

Have you ever ripped an image when you were trying to glue it?

Or has there ever been a bit of text that you just couldn't cover up easily? 

I have learnt that by "letting go" and letting it happen however it is "meant to" that the messages I have received have gone deeper than the messages I would have gotten if I had succumbed to my need to "control" my card making processes and tried to fix the "mistake" 

In my card called "Hurts So Bad" (left), the head of the man with the megaphone ripped off accidentally as I was gluing it down. I made this card after the suicide of a workmate and this ripped-off head came to represent my conflicting anger, sadness and helplessness.  This ripped-off head helped me to acknowledge the confusing emotions I was experiencing and also to begin to express myself more clearly. Some of the statements about this figure include: 

  • "I am the one yelling to try and get someone's attention and help them.  I am the one who hurts so much I feel like I could "explode" 
  • I am the one who is sick of trying so hard with no result. I feel helpless.  I've been yelling so hard my head flew off!!  But all that effort to no avail. 
  • I am the one who is now angry!  I'm yelling my head off! I'm angry that you can't hear me.  I'm angry at the wasted lives of the depressed.

This accidental rip really helped me tap into and express some powerful emotions that I don't think I would have gotten to if this "happy accident" hadn't occurred.

Another example can be seen on my "Vulnerability" card where a "ball" of glue got trapped under the image leaving an unsightly mark on my image right on the throat of the central figure. This taught me a very important message about expressing myself. 

This "mistake" has drawn my attention to my throat, and my issues with feeling vulnerable and scared of communicating exactly what I think for fear of being rejected.  It has also helped me to see that part of being authentic is putting myself out there, whether I am "perfect" or not.  Both of these are key issues for me in being vulnerable AND true to myself!!!!! 

For me, learning to let go and see what happens in my SoulCollage cards has taught me lessons that reach further than just my SoulCollage deck.  I am learning to let go of the need to control all aspects of my life.  I'm learning to wait and see what happens and enjoy the gifts that "happy accidents" bring into my life that wouldn't be there if everything was perfectly planned in advance. 

So the next time you have an "accident" while making a SoulCollage card, I dare you to not try and fix it, and instead... see what lesson you can learn from this unexpected gift.

Karen Mann is an artist, art teacher, Lifestyle Coach, yoga and meditation teacher, and SoulCollage® facilitator. Karen has been working with SoulCollage cards for more than three years and facilitates a variety of SoulCollage Groups. She also works with individuals. Karen is based in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, or to contact Karen, please visit her website, Flying Colours Creativity.

We are also pleased to announce that Karen will be joining us at our KaleidoSoul SoulCollage Retreat (There's A Universe Inside You) this September in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. Find out how you can save $50 on this relaxing, creative, inspiring SoulCollage weekend.

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The journey is yours to take!


SoulCollage is a trademarked process created by Seeea Frost.

For more information on Seena, the origins of SoulCollage, or SoulCollage Facilitator Training, please visit her website www.SoulCollage.com.

All articles in Soul Songs are copyrighted by
Anne Marie Bennett and Karen Mann, 2007,
unless otherwise noted.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.





KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring four SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue. Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Suit: Committee
Artist: Maria
Location: Brazil

I am the One who is not seduced by the money. I always look up, higher than me and I know the power is in me but comes from God ( Energy) . The true power is in me.

I am the One who still believes that love can change the world.

I am the One who keeps the mind young and protected by seductions of the money.

 I am the One who can appreciate the beauty of life that is free to everybody.

Suit: Unknown
Artist: Holly
Location: Ontario, Canada

I am the one who knows
that life is a gift.

I acknowledge my wanting "things" but my soul knows all I yearn for is within my self.

I am all I need and when I nurture myself I will indeed grown and prosper.

Humanity's Suffering 
Suit: Council
Artist: Michele
Location:  New York

I am the one who cannot deny humanity's suffering. 
I am the one who will not remain silent. 
I am the one who stands in truth!

Suit: Committee
Artist: Iris
Location: Scotland

I am the one who once hid at the back, not wanting to be
in the spotlight. Now I'm up there at the front, in full view
of others who hide at the back.

I am the one who found confidence.

I bring you a reminder of how far you have come in life;
how much you have learned
and the creative capabilities you are not putting to good use.

I want you to get back out there
and be the person
you really are;
the person you discovered you could be when you discovered confidence.

Remember the ones at the back
who have been helped and inspired by you standing out there in front, encouraging them to find confidence.



Note-worthy sites & resources that are proven to be worthy of our readers!

Your Heart Knows the Answer:
How to Trust Yourself and Make the Choices That Are Right for You
, by Gail Harris
A simple, powerful guide on recognizing and trusting the voice of the heart to make better choices. Includes ceremonies, prayers, and affirmations.

The Artist's Soul: Daily Nourishment to Support Creative Growth, by Linda Coons.
This little book of daily readings is a must-have for anyone who seeks to create (that's US!).

How To  Avoid Making  Art, by Julia Cameron. Best-selling author of The Artist's Way, will have you laughing (or at the very least, smiling) at yourself if you've ever come up with an excuse for not sitting down and letting your creativity have full reign.

SoulCollage card by Susan W, Massachusetts 
Click on this logo above to find out how you can save $50 on this
wonderful weekend of SoulCollage and community.