Hi I’m Abi,
I’m so glad you are here.
If you know that you come more alive when you are creative, if you want to enjoy being creative and make beautiful and meaningful items then there is encouragement for your creative soul here.
I’ve been working with a group of writer friends and creatives to bring you a new magazine full of hope filled content. If you love good design, creativity, reading, and music, – iola is for you. If you’ve ever wondered about how to manage all the things: family, meaningful work, creative pursuits and how not to lose your self in the process, – iola is for you. If you have faith in God but at times might describe your relationship with him as complicated and have been hurt on life’s road, – iola is for you.
Over the last few years I have been writing to enourage you in your creativity, especially if you have got stuck. I believe that it is good for the mind and the soul to create and when we are prevented from expressing our God designed creativity it can be damaging to us. I hope to help you be creative again.
You can find creative project tutorials and posts on creativity on the website. You can also find a free gift store with phone screens, prints and e-mags to encourage your creativity.
I wrote a creative devotional book: Re:create, restore your creative soul, for creating beautiful and meaningful items for your home whilst spending time with God. There is a special deal when you buy a group pack of five.
If you want to receive encouraging letters from me around once a week then you can sign up here.
More about Abi
I love that in running this website I get to combine design and my first love of writing. My guilty secret passion is magazines, ever since I first created them for friends when I was eight and then on the youth group photocopier. This website is a continuation of those first issues of the ‘Sunvale Sunshines’ that I made with stapled paper sheets and came with their own free word searches! This is the latest version of that early edition!
I live on the edge of the Cotswolds, close to Oxford in the UK with my husband and three children. I studied English and Publishing at university, ran a design agency with my husband, ran creative workshops for a while and am now writing and designing here to encourage others to create. I know the power of creativity, how it can help with mental health, and how it connects us to who we really are.