Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Life Book 2017

For questions about Life Book contact Tam, Gracie or Maddie on willowing.arts AT gmail.com. (Or leave a comment below)

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you'll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

Registration Now Open!

Class Starts: January 1st 2017

Hello dear one! My name is Tam! Thank you for stopping by and checking out the Life Book information. Life Book is SUCH a precious project to me, I pour my be-end all into this baby. Let me tell you all about it. It's kinda an offer you can't refuse I'm sure! Over 3600+ wonderful people joined us on Life Book last year (and over 12500+ people have joined it since its inception in 2012!), it's been an incredible experience (it's still going as we speak).

People have learned so much! They've created such beautiful art work and they've been so brave when digging deeper into some of the personal development exercises! I receive uplifting emails almost daily from participants telling me how Life Book has enriched their lives (check out the testimonials by scrolling down or clicking here) I'm so honoured and blessed to be the host of this fantabulous course each year. I count my lucky stars every day!

In a nutshell, this is the Incredible Life Book 2017 offer:

A minimum of 6 in depth Mixed Media Art Lessons + a Minimum of 4 Bonus Sessions by me: Tam  (it usually ends up being more than that though because I get excited about all the new things I learn and find it difficult not to share haha!)
◙ 21 In depth Mixed Media Art Lessons by Spectacular Guest Teachers (see below who the 2017 guest teachers are)
◙ 21 (Smaller) Bonus Activities like: extra PDF prompts & step by steps/ artist interviews/ ATC swaps/ give aways/ audio meditations/ writing prompts etc by Tam &  Guest Teachers

In other words: a minimum of 1 lesson or session every week! A minimum of 52 creative, inspiring, encouraging, enabling, liberating, colourful, insightful sessions throughout the year!

Watch this fun promotional video for information
about Life Book 2017 and a dose of ‘happy’! :)

So basically you continue to receive creative inspiration and prompts WEEKLY (without fail, every week there is something for you to enjoy) and all that for ONLY £89 GBP or approx $115 USD (the course content is valued at over $2000+ so you get a year filled with incredible lessons and inspiration for only a fraction of the retail price, is that awesome or awesome?) There is no catch here, just me and a bunch of awesome other artists wanting you to have access to a 'library' of inspiring & educational art lessons and personal development tools that help you enrich your life. Simple as that. :) I personally believe that practising self care through art & self enquiry creates happier people and happier people equals a better world (happy people are nice to others and spread light and goodness! and sometimes: muffins!!!). :-) But seriously though: happiness is serious business, in that, it truly benefits you and the world & people around you! 

I'm so excited about all the fantastic contributions this year! We have a range of truly incredible artists contributing their wisdom, light, beauty and artistic talent to the course, people like Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Misty Mawn, Andrea Gomoll and Annie Hamman are only a handful of the amazing teachers contributing to Life Book 2017! (Scroll down to read about the entire teacher line up for LB2017!!)

Isn't this just awesome? Of course, I am totally biased, but if I came across an offer like this myself: I would jump at the chance! Not only because you can download all the videos which means that even if you fall behind or if you can't participate for a while, you can revisit the lessons at your own time in the future should you want to. :)

Ready to sign up? Excited?! :) Just pick one of the packages below, hit ‘add to cart’ and we’ll get you all set up to have a fantastic 2017! :) If you’re unsure still, scroll down further to find out more and read testimonials! :)

Oh and just so you know; if you can’t wait until Jan 1st to get art-making, we’ve made some of our ‘premium packages’ EXTRA affordable this year! If you sign up to one of the premium packages, you get access to the self-study courses you’ve chosen within 24-48 hours so you can get your creative juices flowing in prep for Life Book 2017! Yay! You won’t have to wait until Jan 1st to access to your extra courses. Cool huh?! :D

 If you are buying the course for someone else, or if your paypal email address is different to the one you want to use for the course, please include a message in the ‘message to merchant’ section on paypal letting us know which email address to send the invites to. If you can’t find that section, please email us as soon as you can on willowing.arts AT gmail.com notifying us of the correct email address, thank you!

NB: all sales are in GBP, paypal will automatically convert your currency into GBP when the sale goes through.

If you want to GIFT Life Book to someone, simply buy the package you want for them and leave us a message in the ‘message to merchant’ section with the recipients email address (or email us letting us know their email) and we’ll invite them instead! :) 

Basic Package
£89 GBP
(approx $115 USD or 103 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person.

Add to Cart

Premium Package
£99 GBP
(approx $128 USD or 114 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to one of Tam’s other self study courses (choose below).

To find out more about the self-study courses you can choose
 click here.

Which other course of Tam's do you want?:

Rainbow Package
£108 GBP
(approx $140 USD or 125 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to two of Tam’s other self study courses (choose below). 

To find out more about the self-study courses you can choose click here.

Which other course of Tam's do you want?:

What is the 2nd course you want?:

LB2017 Extreme
£121 GBP
(approx $157 USD or 140 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to one of the “Life Book Tam Editions” (choose below) – Please note: Life Book Tam editions include all of Tam’s Life Book lessons for that year: these classes DO NOT include the Life Book guest teachers’ classes from previous years – you’re only buying extra Tam classes from previous Life Book years.

To find out what Tam’s Life Book Editions include click here.

Which other Tam Edition course do you want?:

LB2017 Double Extreme
£144 GBP
(approx $186 USD or 166 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to two of the “Life Book Tam Editions” (choose below) – Please note: Life Book Tam editions include all of Tam’s Life Book lessons for that year: these classes DO NOT include the Life Book guest teachers’ classes from previous years – you’re only buying extra Tam classes from previous Life Book years.

To find out what Tam’s Life Book Editions include click here.

Which other Tam Edition course do you want?:

Which 2nd Tam Edition course do you want?:

LB2017 – ALL (the life book products)
For total and complete Life Book junkies! :))
£266 GBP
(approx $344 USD or 307 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to all five of the “Life Book Tam Editions” (LB 2012/ 2013/ 2014/ 2015/ 2016 Tam Editions) – Please note: Life Book Tam editions include all of Tam’s Life Book lessons for that year: these classes DO NOT include the Life Book guest teachers’ classes from previous years – you’re only buying extra Tam classes from previous Life Book years.

To find out what Tam’s Life Book Editions include click here.

Add to Cart

Art Explosion Package!  
£284 GBP
(approx $368 USD or €328 Euro*)

Includes access to Life Book 2017 for one person + life long access to all five of the “Life Book Tam Editions” (2012/2013/2014/ 2015/ 2016) –(Please note: Life Book Tam editions include all of Tam’s Life Book lessons for that year: these classes DO NOT include the Life Book guest teachers’ classes from previous years – you’re only buying extra Tam classes from previous Life Book years.) + life long access to two of Tam’s other self study courses (choose below).

To find out what Tam’s Life Book Editions include click here.

Which other course of Tam's do you want?:

What is the 2nd course you want?:

Pick & Mix!
Create your own personalised package! :)  


No size fits all right? And not all of our Life Book packages fits all either! If you have a package in mind that is not on this list, we will HAPPILY create this package for you, just email us with your wishes and we’ll provide you with a great deal! :)  

Email: willowing.arts AT gmail.com 

Life Book 2017 3 x Payment PlanPay £34 GBP 
three times every 4 months
(approx $44 USD or €39 Euro*)

Standard Payment Plan Options Close after end of April 2017.

Please note that the cumulative amount of plan payments amounts to more than a one-off payment. There is an increase of 15% for 3 x plans & 20% increase for monthly plans. This is because managing payment plans requires a lot of extra admin/ management time. The extra costs incurred is to cover this extra admin/ management time. Thanks for understanding.

Please understand that payment plans are not subscription plans. Once you sign up to a payment plan you commit to paying the full amount and you are signing up for the entire year. The payment plans have been created to help people who struggle financially. Please sign up with the understanding that you commit to making the entire year payment in full by the end of your plan and that the plans are not created as subscription plans to be stopped half way through the year. Thank you so much for understanding and respecting that.

Terms & Conditions: 

 * All other currency listings are approximate and depend entirely on the daily exchange rate – check www.xe.com for currency conversions

Refund Policy: Before the start of the course you can request a refund for the full course fee up to 60 days after the date of purchase (paypal does not issue refunds after 60 days). No refunds can be given after the course has started (Jan 1st 2017) or if you request a refund 60 days after the day of purchase. 

Other payment methods: If you can’t pay via paypal and want to make a bank transfer, please email us on willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com 

 Terms & Conditions. When you buy any of Willowing Arts Ltd products you agree to their Terms & Conditions which can be read here


Exciting right? :-) I get daily letters (deeply moving ones) from Life Book participants letting me know Life Book has enriched their lives. I feel so blessed and lucky to be able to provide a program that truly helps people feel better about themselves! But let me stop gushing and let some of the Life Book students have their say.

Praise for Life Book by Previous Participants

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You can read many more testimonials here and here. :)


Life Book - More Information and Teacher Line Up!

How does Life Book work?

Once you have sent payment through you will be added to a private group on the willowing.ning site and you will be invited to join the Life Book
Facebook & Flickr Groups. Each week a new lesson is posted in the ning group. You will be notified by email every Monday that a new lesson is up. You will find download instructions in the lesson thread. 
You can then watch the lessons at your own time at home, do your work and share your work in the groups (should you want to - it's not necessary to share your work if you do not want to). You can create your paintings on single pages which by the end of the year will be bound into a book, a Life Book :) Sounds exciting no? :)

How are the lessons structured?

Tam will provide 10 mixed media lesson throughout the year which will be posted on every 1st Monday of the month and this year there are 23 contributing mixed media teachers who will each provide a lesson for a month they've been assigned to (these lessons will be posted each 3rd and 4th Monday of the month).
In addition there will be extra things happening the other weeks: artist interviews to inspire you, journal prompts to encourage you, extra art exercises, meditations, ATC swaps, art tips and tricks, give-aways you name it! This course will be overflowing with lessons, inspiration and stuff to keep you busy the whole year!!
You will become part of a thriving, buzzing, creative community with opportunities to make new connections, learn many new mixed media styles and techniques and make new arty friends!

You will be able to:
    • Download all class materials to your machine, keep them forever
    • Learn many new mixed media techniques and styles
    • Grow and develop both personally and artistically
    • Receive extra inspiration, like PDF worksheets, art journal prompts, ATC swaps, guided visuations & meditations, artist interviews etc!
    • Connect with like-minded creative people
    • Make new artistic connections
    • Become part of a buzzing/ thriving art community for a whole year!

About Tam's Life Book Lessons
Tam provides completely new (unseen) art lessons to Life Book each year (there are no repeat lessons apart from the binding videos posted in December). Please note: the personal development themes will overlap/ be similar and be repeats from previous years and may include meditations that have been included before. Though the art lessons are new each year, techniques that were covered in previous years may be repeated. Tam's Life Book lessons become available in a self study group once the Life Book year is finished. These classes are called; Life Book Tam Editions.

Download the Life Book 2017 Yearly Class Schedule
to see what classes are on offer this year:


Who can sign up to Life Book? I haven't ever done any art, can I join too?

Darling, OF COURSE YOU CAN! Life Book is for EVERYONE! :) Sure, the course will be easier if you've done some art already, but don't deprive yourself of learning the awesome magic making and healing power of art just because you haven't done it before! The course is suitable for beginners/ intermediates and masters alike! Everyone will get something different out of the course. The course is run in an open, supportive, inclusive and encouraging environment where you can play, experiment, make a 'fool' of yourself and start all over again! There will be no judgement, we will only love you and encourage you! :) All lessons are conducted in such a way that you can follow the tutors step by step, so you can do what they do, and if that bores you, then you can go totally off the rails and do your own thing inspired by their lesson! Sounds good? :) You are loved and welcome here, no matter what skill level, for serious! :D xoxoox

Things to consider before joining:

Life Book is all about "inclusivity" and welcomes every person no matter gender, ethnicity, religious background or age. That said, the course might not be suitable for you if:

  • You are under the age of 18 - it is recommended that children and teenagers do the course with a parent or custodian mainly because of the personal development element of the course. (Many parents have done the course with their teenage or younger children, if you have questions about this pls email us on willowing.arts AT gmail.com).
  • If you are bothered by references that are more 'new age/ "woo woo"' in nature. We may refer to concepts such 'the inner goddess', 'the muse', "Intuition", "Shamanism", "Mandalas", "Crystals", "Yoga", "Sacred Ritual", "Being Here Now" etc.
  • If you strongly do not enjoy or if you do not want to be exposed to personal development/ healing concepts (though these sections can be skipped)
  • If you are hoping that each lesson will present a completely new technique and that no technique is ever repeated. Each lesson is fresh and newly created by each teacher, BUT we all work in the same field, so we will likely overlap with some techniques here and there. That doesn't mean you don't learn anything new because we all do something different with each technique, each teacher has their own unique style and creates amazing work, just be aware that some techniques may overlap or that some styles are similar.
  • If you hope that Life Book can be the sole treatment for an existing mental health issue (Life Book can be used in support of a therapy treatment, but should not be used as the only treatment for a mental health issue.)
  • If you don't like drawing faces/ portraits. Though all lessons are different and many lessons will not include drawing/ painting a face, expect approx 30-40% of the lessons to include a face of some sorts (either attached to a little whimsical body or as an actual portrait by itself). The rest of the lessons can include: abstract shapes, natural shapes (flowers/ trees etc), animals, landscapes including houses etc.

 What do I need and need to know in order to join Life Book 2017?

  • You will need a highspeed internet connection to be able to download and the videos. If you have a slower connection you can stream the videos online and/ or learn through the PDFs, but the best option is to have a highspeed internet connection.
  • It will be helpful to have a basic understanding of IT, like reading emails, navigating sites like Facebook and flickr etc. If you're having trouble with some IT related stuff some help can be given, but in depth IT guidance cannot be given.
  • If you are planning on downloading and keeping the videos you will need to make sure you have "a few" gigabites available. Each video can be between 200 - 900 MB in size. Multiply that by at least 32 lessons and you can see you'll need quite a bit of space! (Aim for a minimum of 80gbs - we recommend you buy a separate external harddrive to which you can download all the lessons). Unfortunately I am unable to offer the entire class on DVD/ CD (it would be at least 20 DVDs).
  • Be aware that you will have access to the Life Book content until the end of January 2018, so make sure you download what you want throughout the year, DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, because the content will really disappear after Jan 31st 2018.
  • With regards to the personal development exercises: please understand that none of the art teachers on the course are qualified psychotherapists or psychologists. Therefore if you are prone to depression or if you think you might be triggered through one of the healing exercises it's important that you only embark upon the healing exercises knowing that you have an adequate support system around in the form of friends, family and/or a therapist to help you deal with painful stuff should this happen. Though there will be an 'emotional support thread' on the course available, the teachers and I are not able to provide you with in depth emotional support (as much as we would want to!)
  • This course should not be considered a substitute or a replacement for face-to-face therapy. It is designed to help and encourage the participant to love and accept themselves more fully through personal development exercises and connecting with their inner creative nature. Participants who suffer from any kind of mental health issues are advised to seek the help from mental health professionals. Life Book can be used as a supplement to any therapy treatment, but should not be used as a main form of treatment for any mental health issues.
  • The course is not based on any specific religious faith but may refer to and base lessons on and around 'non-dual' teachings. The course is inclusive of every human being regardless of their chosen faith (or non-faith). The theme focus of the course is 'self-development/ self-love/ self-healing'. We may refer to concepts such as: "The Goddess in You", "Intuition", "Shamanism", "Mandalas", "Crystals", "Yoga", "Sacred Ritual", "Being Here Now" etc.

Download the suggest basic supply list here.

Who are the awesome artists contributing to Life Book?
Hold on to your seats, guys, we have yet another fantastic line-up!! :D

I am so privileged and honoured, excited and joyful to have the following amazing artists contribute their skill, time, knowledge and energy to Life Book 2017! 

If you want to read more about these gorgeous artists and see some examples of their beautiful works, make sure to download the ‘teacher profile pdf’ from this link/ image:

(just right-click and choose ‘save target (or link) as’):

Or from this link:

More Praise for Life Book!

 “I always thought my creativity and abilities would not be enough to paint anything worthwile. I started life book, learned so many differend methods and developed so much personally and artistically that I now think about starting a creative business! When I really look at my life I always wanted to do something creative and didn´t have the guts... I thought I was not skilled, creative, good enough even to try! Life book changed that feeling and my art skilles about 180°! (Thank you, Tam!!!) It makes you stretch out of your comfort zone and makes you reach for the stars - and you will reach at least the moon! :-)” - Leila Freiburg (a.k.a."Amy"); Germany

An amazing course that spans a whole year, and has lessons from some amazing artists that have really inspired me to try new techniques.- Monique Green, Surrey (UK)

  “It's a fantastic self-paced course with world wide, well known instructors teaching methods in a way that anyone can create great works of art. The course also helps to expand the mind opening the door to creative thoughts that have been dormant in some and locked in others. With visual instruction along with readable content and available help 24/7 makes it THE online art course to enroll in! “ - Connie Foster Bissell - Marshfield, MO USA

  Life Book is a wonderful, Year Long, Art course. With new lessons by different teachers each week. It's fun, and challenging, and it's full of amazing techniques, I'm learning about new to me mediums, which is great! And there's a personal development aspect too, which I love. There is so much to it and it's very reasonably priced .... it's exciting and wonderful! And at the end of the year all these pieces of art you created will be bound into an amazing book. You get lots of support and encouragement... and help when you need it. And you work at your own pace. "WOW" ....I really LOVE Life Book! ;) “ - Phoebe Thibault-Sherrard, in Kitchener, Ontario

I am taking this amazing year long art class. It has so much information to learn and is so incredible. I can't recommend it enough!” - Stacie Spencer,New Market, Maryland USA

  There's this GREAT class called Life Book, available on-line! The cost is affordable...and it is so nice to have something to look forward to each week. You can work at your own pace, you can download information if you choose. The teachers are varied in style & lessons vary in content so there really is something for everyone. I've LOVED being part of this experience!” - Patricia Bleecher, MA., USA***  


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