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How did Get Messy get started?

You can hear us chat about it in the first Messy Conversation.

One day, two ordinary girls who loved paper, scissors and pretty pictures decided to not be ordinary girls anymore. Each girl hoarded paper, stickers and ideas. Lots and lots of ideas. Big ones, small ones, scary ones, silly ones, fantastic ones. One girl was blonde, African by birth and German by heart. One girl was a brunette, American by birth and explorer by heart. They were both a little impulsive and jumped from one shiny new project to the next seductive new class on a whim.

On that fateful day, being frustrated at work with no creative direction, the brunette said, “lets commit”. The blonde was always up for fun and a challenge. They made a pact by bathing in glue and showering in glitter (that’s the secret to making it stick). After purchasing a lovely and inspirational art journaling class from ABM, both girls decided it was time to hunker down in the crafty trenches. They began making. And making. And making. Through their pact they created 2 art journal pages a week and shared them on Thursdays. Then another sparkly, gluestick wielding girl caught the fever. Then another and another. The 2 girls looked up and they were no longer alone in their desire to create and learn and hone and focus and grow, now they were in a circle of 7 talented friends who wanted in on the pact….

Months later there were almost 100 artists, creators and friends, spanning the globe and sharing art journal pages under the hashtag #getmessyartjournal every Thursday. Obviously, the world wanted in on creating consistently.

Now Get Messy has 1500 community members and over 30 000 pieces of art made and tagged on the hashtag. (yay!)

What are seasons?

Get Messy runs in seasons. A new season starts on the 1st of every second month – February, April, June, August, October, December. The season titles are announced on the day they launch.

Seasons make it easier to commit. Promising to art journal once a week for a season is far less overwhelming than committing to making art for a whole year. Seasons also help to change things up a bit – each one has a fresh focus and theme.

We are excited about every single new season.

What are prompts?

During each of the six weeks of a season (or eight weeks as from 2018), a new set of prompts is released to inspire your art journaling. You will find these prompts posted on the website every Monday. Annual members will also receive the prompts by email. The number of prompts may vary from week to week, but you will see a mix of art and journaling prompts (for example, a technique to try and a quote to respond to).

Do I need to respond to every single prompt?

No! There are no rules when it comes to what you create, when you create, how often you create. The prompts are offered to provide you with inspiration and to build community around art journaling. We love seeing the huge array of responses Messians come up with from a single prompt.. You’ll find that some artists respond to some or all prompts directly, while others take the spirit of the week and go in their own direction. All art making is good. (Repeat that three times, please.)

So, uhm, how do I approach the prompts?
Great, and common, question! Everyone approaches the prompts differently. Some people use them as an idea generator, some ignore them completely and some do every single one exactly as stated. For tips, ideas and to see how we and others are using them see this blog post with answers + a video showing the process using a prompt
Who are Caylee and Lauren?
We are your hosts! Here are our faces:

I know. We look like twins. To tell us apart, just remember that Lauren is the tanned one and Caylee melts like a vampire in the daylight.

Lauren does words and money. Caylee does tech and branding.

You can read more about us if you’re bored or quizzy lizzy.

Who are the creative team?
Each year we have an amazing team of artists who lead the way to inspire, educate, and help you reach your creative dreams. We hardcore love them. Check out the 2018 team, as well as our 2017 and 2016 teams.
Why is there such a focus on accountability?

Being a successful art journaler requires only one thing of you: that you show up. It’s just like any other skill – some day’s you’ll suck, some days you won’t feel like it, some days you’ll have no ideas and nothing to say. But if you turn up to your journal anyway you’ll start to see results over time. You’ll make more work that you actually like, you’ll start to experience the sense of wellbeing and achievement that consistent artistic practise bestows.

The thing about Get Messy that gives us more pride than anything else is the way that the community we’ve created supports artists of all skill levels. At our very heart we are about sharing, encouraging, and educating each other, and being accountable to each other as we learn and grow. There are lots of ways you can tap into the collective power of that community, and you get to choose how to do that. You can connect on Instagram through the #getmessyartjournal #getmessy #getmessyhabit hashtags, and by following your fellow Messians. The Facebook group is always full of friendly peeps who will answer your questions and provide moral support if you need it. And of course Lauren, Caylee and the creative team are always here to help. If you’re ready to make a commitment to art journaling – whether it’s to make a page a day, or just once a week – we are here to help you maintain that commitment.

How do I stay accountable?
We encourage you to share your art journal pages once a week during the season. This is not mandatory, but a great way to challenge yourself and grow as an artist. You can set a goal for yourself and create a habit or routine around sharing your pages on a consistent basis, you can use an accountability partner (ask for one in the Forums), you set a reminder on your phone, or you can start a hashtag to collect all your own posts such as #getmessyyourname.
How do I improve my art journal skills?

The best way to improve is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. And sharing your progress can be a great motivator.

We suggest setting a consistent time to post your art journal pages to your blog or Instagram. For example, we like to post on Thursday, along with some of our other Messy friends, and we hold each other accountable for this. Having a consistent posting schedule is a great way to keep yourself creating, and to share your progress with your friends.

Where do I find motivation to art journal?
We’ll leave you with these really important words:

Motivation is not a source, it’s a result of action.


If you have any specific questions about your billing, please email Lauren.

How do I manually renew my membership?
Annual and Seasonal options do not automatically renew. Renewed memberships start from the date of renewal, and not at the end of the original membership period. If you would like to renew your membership more than a month before your current membership expires, please email Caylee.

In order to renew your membership, simply do the same process for creating a new one, and instead of creating a new user, choose the “I have an existing account” option.

Where do I find my membership details?
All your membership info is on the Membership page (also accessible through your Dashboard). Over there you can find your username, what membership option you have, and your join date. All financial stuff is handled between you and PayPal.
How do I cancel my monthly membership?

We chose to give Messians complete control of their membership. Because of this, all monthly and automatic billing is controlled within PayPal. All billing and cancellation is handled via Paypal and is accessible to you at any time through your personal account. To cancel, follow this PayPal tutorial.

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Profile at the top of the page.
  3. Click My Money, then click Update beside My preapproved payments to find your payment.
  4. Select the payment, and then click Cancel.

Please note that cancellations are immediate and you will no longer have access to the private blog. We suggest setting an alarm to remind yourself to cancel your membership at the end of your desired month. You will be charged on the day you registered initially each month. We will not issue refunds due to forgotten cancellations. If you are having issues cancelling your membership please email Lauren at

Please note that due to the digital nature of our content, we do not offer refunds if you forget to cancel so please set a reminder in your calendar if you would like to cancel by a certain date. 

How do I pause my monthly membership?
Follow the steps for cancellation, and when you are ready to come back, just follow the instructions for renewal.
I’d like to switch from monthly to annual
  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Profile at the top of the page.
  3. Click My Money, then click Update beside My preapproved payments to find your payment.
  4. Select the Get Messy payment, and then click Cancel.
  5. Come back to Get Messy and purchase an annual membership. 
  6. Use your same username and information to switch your membership level. 
How does the annual membership work?
Your PayPal account will be charged only once and not recur one year after payment. You will need to manually renew. The year starts from the date you join, so no need to wait until January.
How does the monthly membership work?
Your PayPal account will be charged each month, on the date you first registered, until you cancel your membership.
PayPal is being weird.
Please send Lauren an email.


Where should I share my art journal pages?

We encourage you to share your art journaling. This is a wonderful way to stay accountable, grow as an artist, and motivate your fellow Messians. 

Share on weekly link-ups:

Come back to the weekly prompts blog posts to add a link to pages you’ve shared online (your blog, Instagram posts, etc.) and scroll through the links shared by fellow community members.

Share on social media:

You may choose to share your pages on your blog, Instagram account, Facebook page or anywhere you prefer to share online. Some Messians have created social media accounts specifically for this! (And now that you can toggle between two Instagram accounts, it’s easier than ever to have a personal account as well as an art journal account). Be sure to use the hashtag #getmessyartjournal and tag @getmessyartjournal to connect with the rest of the community.

We ask that you don’t share journal pages on the Facebook group, as we find that conversations and questions get lost among the art.

Is there a standard blurb I should use on my blog to explain Get Messy?
You may use your own explanation, but if you’d like a blurb, you may use this:

The Get Messy Art Journal Community is a place I nurture my creativity, become the artist I desire to be and find my creative community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who value consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things.

Where can I find Get Messy images to share on my blog or social media?
If you would like to share with the world that you are part of our group. Please do! We’ve put together some images for you to share on your blog or social media. Just click on the image to download the original, save it to your phone or computer and use it from there. The first image is saved with a transparent background, so feel free to place it over one of your own photos.

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What are the ‘rules’ for the #getmessyartjournal hashtag?
Feel free to share any art journal pages you are making under this hashtag, they do not have to be only pages made for Get Messy! The more the merrier, lets all be inspired by each other, ok?!
I’d like to share, but I don’t want to do it publicly.
There are a few options for this – make an anonymous blog or Instagram account, create a private Flickr gallery, blur out the words on your pages or put a piece of paper over them, store journaling in an envelope, upload your own photo from your computer to the link ups and in the title make a note saying that it’s private.
Why can't I share my pages on the Get Messy website?
We encourage building your own creative home. We don’t want to make this website where all the goodness happens. We want your goodness on a place where people know it’s yours.
Can I share the prompts on my blog or Instagram?


Please do not share anything from the Get Messy private site with the rest of the internet as it unfair for Messians. The prompts, and tutorials are for members only. But! You can share the general idea of the title of the prompt ie ‘My Love Language’, just be mindful of not giving away too much information.

You can share the general idea of the prompt, but please don’t share it explicitly or in full.

You may definitely share anything you have made as a result of what’s on this site.

Are we allowed to pin images from the Get Messy blog?
No. Do not pin any images from this blog. Instead, follow links shared in link-ups to the original sources, and pin from there if you are allowed. Do not claim anyone else’s images as your own.
I’m sharing, but no one is commenting 🙁
At Get Messy we believe in giving, giving, giving. Receiving comes as a nice addition. If you consistently check out the #getmessyartjournal hashtag and visit the pages in the linkups, and leave thoughtful comments on your favourite pages… well the universe is just going to respond in kind.


If you have any specific questions about the community, please email us.

How can I connect with fellow Get Messy members?
There are always new and exciting ways to connect with fellow Messians. Check the Dashboard announcements for opportunities for mentorship, accountability, community chats, mail swaps, charity projects and more.

You can also chat to someone directly, ask in the Facebook group, leave kind comments on Instagram, and cheer others on.

What are the rules for the forums?
The rules are the same as the Facebook group:

  • Be a nice human
  • No self-promotion except for in the Self-Promotion forums group
  • No page sharing (that is for the weekly link-ups on the site)
  • No technical/membership questions, rather please contact us directly to ensure that we see it


If you have any specific questions about a class you’re enrolled in, please contact the teacher directly.

are the premium classes included in a Get Messy membership?
No. They are separate. Your class access will never expire and does not depend on your Get Messy membership.
Where can I find the classes I have purchased?
You’ll find your classes under My Classes in the top menu right at the top of the site.

Alternatively, save the email you received after enrolling with the direct link.

Where can I find new classes?
If you do not have a Get Messy membership, you can find them in the Shop.

If you are a Get Messian, you can find the classes at a 30% discount in the Messian Shop.

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