Creative Sandbox Community - a lab for women's leadership through creative expression Friends, family, co-workers… Not everyone understands your hunger to create. They think it’s frivolous. They look at people like us like we’re kinda weird.

And it's wearing on you.

Have you ever heard that you’re not fun to be around anymore?

Do you find yourself snapping at your kids or your partner?

Dreading going to work in the morning, procrastinating when you’re there.

You know that life shouldn’t be this way and feel this hard. But you feel stuck, and despite all your best intentions, night after night you find yourself watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, and wasting time until it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again tomorrow.

When did your life go off the rails?

What if I were to tell you that you don’t need to spend a lot of time, a lot of money, or make wholesale changes to your life, for things to be different?

The truth is, when you play in a Creative Sandbox, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Just a little bit is enough to make you look forward to your day, be more patient and kind to the people most important to you, and feel more like yourself again.

I'm Melissa Dinwiddie, and I invite you to enter the Creative Sandbox Community

Melissa Dinwiddie, founder of the Creative Sandbox Community, author of The Creative Sandbox Way™We are a community of open-hearted women, recovering our creativity together in the spirit of play.

We know that living our lives in shades of grey is not the only way to live. Making time and space — even just a little bit — for creative play turns up the saturation on our lives.

The Creative Sandbox Community exists to help women get creating, because when you give your creative spirit free rein (like she had when you were four!), it allows the True You, the Authentic You to come out.

It allows you to step into the biggest possible vision for yourself and for your life.

Why is giving your creative spirit free rein so powerful?

Because making space in your life for creative expression requires risk-taking.

Think about it: every time you write, paint, make music, sew, bead, or however you like to create, you have to:

  • Carve out the time (i.e., time-management and prioritizing!)
  • Set limits (which means learning to say “no” to anyone/anything impinging on that time)
  • Lean into fear and uncertainty (after all, if it’s not uncertain, then it’s been done before, which means it’s not truly creative!)
  • Tame your self-doubts (if the gremlins win, nothing gets done at all!)
  • Overcome all the temptations and distractions tugging at you (willpower is your friend here!)
  • Get back up when you stumble (which you will, so self-compassion is key!)

In other words, my dear, despite what you may have been told, doing the fun creative stuff you long to do isn’t frivolous self-indulgence.

Gimme a break — those are some badass leadership skills right there!

And the beautiful thing is that every time you do your creative thing you are strengthening those leadership muscles!

Not to mention modeling to others that creative expression is important, not frivolous.

Which is in itself important, because of course you and I both know that the world hasn’t caught on yet. 

(And goodness knows if you don’t make money from it, Capitalist society sure isn’t gonna take you seriously!)

But you don’t have to make money from your creative thing for it to be really, really important.

Your creativity is important. Which is why we need to gather people like us together. Other women who “get” us, and can help keep us going, when the world feels cruel and unfeeling.

The Creative Sandbox Community - a lab for women's leadership through creative expressionOther women who can inspire us:

  • To think about something in a new way
  • To try a new creative technique (drawing, painting, writing, music…)
  • To apply for that job
  • To ask for that promotion
  • To step out onstage to speak
  • To finally clutterbust that Closet of Doom

That is the power of the Creative Sandbox Community. These kinds of changes, and more, are happening in the Sandbox every day, and we’d love for you to join us!

  • Dr. Angi Orobko
    I'm gaining so much just sharing with such wonderful women, and I can't imagine not being in this group!
    Dr. Angi Orobko
  • Leslie Coop
    The Creative Sandbox Community has helped me tremendously with accountability to help me get moving and keep going on my chosen work, with sharing daily (or at least frequent) creativity prompts to get the ideas moving, and with emotional support during a difficult time. I am immensely enjoying getting to know women from all over the world who share my love of art, writing, and all things creative. The resources, both human and informative, are priceless.
    Leslie Coop
  •  Kristine Boyle-Topee, Communications Professional
    Just wanted to let you know that in the short time I've been in the Sandbox already that I've been inspired, not only to move forward in my creative efforts, but have made the beginning steps in starting a business that I've been wanting to do (and talked myself out of) for several years. I have taken several leaps of faith in the last couple months, and it has led me to believe that the time is right to do this.
    Kristine Boyle-Topee, Communications Professional

What to Expect & Why You Should Join Us

Women's leadership development• Meet other creative, open-hearted, like-minded women (From all over the world, at every stage of the creative journey)

• Support, encourage, and learn from each other (Get answers to everything from art supplies and techniques, to how to overcome your latest creative block)

• Find inspiration every day (Through weekly activities and a 365/24/7 online forum)

• Bathe in our drama-free, kindness-infused culture (Practice sharing your unique contributions in a safe space — the ideal leadership training ground!)

  • Omaste Witkowski, Photographer<br>
    I love the sandbox because it is a great place to be creative with other like minded people. It is easy to feel disconnected and this group makes me feel connected 24/7. A special place to meet special people. :)
    Omaste Witkowski, Photographer
  • Allison Culley, Accounting Professional
    I am enjoying the Creative Sandbox because of the vibrant community. I can honestly say two of my current creative passions, altered books and negative space, were directly inspired as a result of joining this group.
    Allison Culley, Accounting Professional

Here's What You Get Inside:

• 24/7 access on web & mobile to smart, generous, kind, open-hearted women like you, who get it that your creative side is essential to who you are — we are here to support you as you grow!

Creative Sandbox 101 — my flagship 7-day eCourse. ($40 value)

• Monthly member-hosted creative challenges — a different member volunteers to design and host each month’s challenge, so there’s always some creative inspiration if you need it!

• Accountability — accountability threads to help keep you motivated and moving forward.

• Virtual Playdays — come into Melissa's studio! Draw, paint, or otherwise create with me in real time, and peek over my shoulder while I share exactly what's going on inside my head while I work on a piece. Ask any questions that come up — about your creative practice or anything else — and I'll answer them in real time.  


BONUS: Hefty discounts on live Retreats and Playdays with me. (Over $218 value)



Ready to Jump In?

For a limited time Basic Charter Membership is just $200/year or $20/month $100/year or $10/month.

Join Now!

About Our Founder,
Melissa Dinwiddie

Melissa Dinwiddie, founder of the Creative Sandbox Community, author of The Creative Sandbox Way™A full-time freelance artist and calligrapher for 15 years, I developed a set of tools, based on the metaphor of a "creative sandbox," for pushing past creative block out of sheer desperation, to deal with my own decade-long crushing perfectionist paralysis.

Over time, I realized that the tools that worked to open up creative flow — for me and hundreds of my students and clients — transformed not just their creative lives, but all areas of of life, especially when the tools were used in the context of a supportive community.

I founded the Creative Sandbox Community as a women's leadership lab for practicing my Creative Sandbox philosophy in August of 2015. Then in 2016 I quite literally wrote the book on the subject, The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life. 

The Creative Sandbox WayI also host the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast, and am founder, CEO, chief instigator and lead facilitator of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a creative consultancy that helps leaders, teams, and organizations cultivate mindsets and cultures of creativity through the strategic use of play. 

In other words, whether in the Creative Sandbox Community, on my podcast, or with my consultancy, my goal is to help you be you... only better! Using the tools of play and creativity.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the Creative Sandbox tools we learn and practice inside the Creative Sandbox Community! 

"The world needs your contributions! Come practice them here. See you in the Sandbox!"
- Melissa Dinwiddie, Founder of the Creative Sandbox Community

  • Jessica Sanders, Artist & Skillshare Instructor
    I wouldn't be [a Skillshare instructor] now if I hadn't been in the Sandbox. The encouragement, gentle pushes forward, and support has been an important key helping me move forward in creativity, art, and life. Thanks a million, Melissa!
    Jessica Sanders, Artist & Skillshare Instructor
  • Judith Sharon
    I really enjoyed the call today. It gave me a lift for the whole day! Consider this a testimony!
    Judith Sharon
  • Laureen Marchand, Artist <br>
    Has anyone noticed how so many people in this group are artistically focused and producing? But all of us became group members because sometime in the past we felt unfocused or stuck or unworthy to create. Then we worked with Melissa Dinwiddie and something changed. Thank you Melissa!
    Laureen Marchand, Artist
  • Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist<br>
    Invaluable and worth every penny.
    Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist

Join the

Creative Sandbox Community

 A Lab for Women's Leadership through Creative Expression

For a limited time, Basic Charter Membership
is just $200/year or $20/month  $100/year or $10/month

Jump In the Sandbox!
$100/year or $10/month

Lock in current member pricing and your price will never go up for as long as you retain your membership.

24/7 access on web & mobile to smart, generous, kind, open-hearted women like you, who get it that your creative side is essential to who you are — we are here to support you as you grow!

Creative Sandbox 101 — Melissa's flagship 7-day eCourse. [$40 value]

Monthly member-hosted creative challenges — a different member volunteers to design and host each month’s challenge, so there’s always some creative inspiration if you need it!

Accountability — accountability threads to help keep you motivated and moving forward.

Virtual Playdays — Join me in my studio as we create together and I answer questions in real time!

BONUS: Hefty Discounts on live Retreats and Playdays with Melissa. [$218+ value]

What Members Say

  • Vicki Gierach, Aesthetician/Fine Artist<br>
    The Creative Sandbox has helped me stay connected with other people who are also struggling with inner gremlins and finding the time to be creative. Knowing that I'm not alone has led to a small miracle: I PICKED UP A PAINTBRUSH AND STARTED PAINTING AGAIN! I would recommend the Creative Sandbox to anyone who wants to dive deeply into their own journey of self-exploration and creativity. I am so thankful for this group.
    Vicki Gierach, Aesthetician/Fine Artist
  • Cathy Duffy, Entrepreneur
    I love the Creative Sandbox. I was initially hesitant to join, fearful that the “comparison trap” would just add to the gremlin voices in my head, but I have found quite the opposite - a group of incredibly talented and supportive people who encourage and inspire me. As I see kindness modeled, I am learning to speak kindness to myself. No matter the level of talent or ability, we all struggle with the same issues at one time or another. Being part of the Creative Sandbox keeps my toe, so to speak, in the flow of creativity - which makes it so much easier to just jump in and play. After a long, difficult and dry season of my life, it feels really good to discover the joy of creative play again. Thank you, Melissa!
    Cathy Duffy, Entrepreneur
  • Nana Campana, Speaker/Educator<br>
    You've been the catalyst for everything great in my life. Thanks to you, I became AWAKENED and empowered to finally DREAM BIG and know that I could actually reach what I placed before me. I will forever be grateful to you for having reawakened my heart and my passions. It is something I will forever owe you.
    Nana Campana, Speaker/Educator
  • Petrea Tomko, Calligrapher/Artist
    Whatever Melissa offers, I want to be a part of. Inside the Creative Sandbox I found weapons to fight the gremlins. You have people giving you honest helpful feedback for your work. You get to explore new media without damaging repercussions. You get courage. You get hope. When you get down, you get help getting back up. You make friends you long to live near. It's a win-win for all.
    Petrea Tomko, Calligrapher/Artist


What am I going to learn in the Creative Sandbox Community?

That's completely up to you! The Creative Sandbox Community isn't a course, it's a lab for women to reclaim our creativity and step into our full potential together, wherever you are on your journey. 

Members are continually addressing the kinds of issues that hold us back — as creatives and as women — but more importantly, we look at what works to move us forward. 

Most importantly, this is a space for women who are ready to take action, not for people who want to stew in the "poor me's."

If that sounds like a good fit for you, we'd love to welcome you inside!

How is the Creative Sandbox Community different from a free Facebook group?

The Creative Sandbox is a private, dedicated online space, free from the distractions of advertising and a zillion other groups and Facebook-sponsored ticklers pulling at your attention. We exist to support you in doing more of your creative thing — not dump you in a zone of distraction!

Plus, most free Facebook groups exist as marketing tools: the owner of the group provides free space as a way of more effectively marketing their products and services to you. Nothing wrong with that, but the main goal of those groups is for marketing, not community.

Community-building isn't an afterthought for us, it's the reason the Creative Sandbox Community exists. We are a paid community because we want to attract members who truly want to be here, not "freebie-seekers" who aren't truly invested in growing our community together.

If that resonates for you, we'd love to have you join us! 

Will I fit in? Do I have to be an artist?

The Creative Sandbox Community has members ranging from early 30s to late 70s. Some members identify as "artists," but many members do not. Some identify as scientists or accountants or writers or designers or teachers or musicians. A lot of us are "passion pluralites," with a lot of creative interests.

Some members still do not think of themselves as particularly "creative," while others are full-time artists or designers. We've found strength in our diversity. 

What we all have in common is a desire to bring — and keep — creative expression at the forefront of our lives. We know that the wider society doesn't tend to support this desire, and we've found a tribe that supports us and helps keeps feeling sane and happy.

If you'd like to join us, we'd love to welcome you inside! 


Do I have to use the mobile app?

Nope. It's up to you. Our platform is hosted by Mighty Networks, and there is a Mighty Networks mobile app (available at both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store) which makes it easy to take the Creative Sandbox Community with you wherever you go. However, none of our content requires the mobile app to make use of it.

Lots of our members find that they check in more often than they would a traditional online forum because they have access to the app. 

Of course, you can also access the Creative Sandbox Community on your laptop or desktop computer.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Nope, the Creative Sandbox Community membership is a non-refundable investment, and here’s why:

Part of the reason we struggle with creating (and sharing) creative work is because of the emotions tied to it. This community will, by its nature, bring stuff up. That’s one of the reasons a membership in the Creative Sandbox can change your life!

The Creative Sandbox is a container to work on that stuff. It would be irresponsible of me as a teacher and changemaker to offer you an easy out anytime you get the tiniest bit uncomfortable.

In other words, please do not click that buy button unless you’re sure you want this!

I have more questions…

Shoot me an email. Or phone me at 866-538-8268. I’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you’ve got!

  • Jessica Sanders, Artist & Teacher<br>
    I've been following Melissa for quite some time now. So, when she opened up the Creative Sandbox, I was interested. With my busy schedule, I wasn't sure I would have time to participate. I signed up at the last minute with just because I wanted to be involved with the group. The community Melissa has created is so amazing. There's no pressure, yet there is accountability. We're all here to learn, to grow creatively, and to support each other. We face many of the same challenges -- it's so nice to have the support and friendship I have found here. :)
    Jessica Sanders, Artist & Teacher
  • Claudia Tammen, Photographer<br>
    I am learning 2 things from the Creative Sandbox with Melissa. First I notice it is becoming much easier to sit down and make art. Melissa has given us the tools to deal with fear, perfectionistic tendencies, and comparison to others. Now I just sit down and play -- and ideas come all the time. Secondly, I am becomming more compassionate with myself. The permission to "make crap" is so positive. And the group is so supportive with each other. I enjoy posting what I've done and seeing posts from others. Thanks, Melissa!
    Claudia Tammen, Photographer
  • Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist<br>

    Hi Melissa,

    I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your programs and how much I've gotten out of them.

    As you know, I've done a variety of them now, and I keep coming back because your groups have a really special blend of enthusiasm and energy. I never fail to make true friendships that have continued on outside of the groups, and deeply relish the special connections within the groups that I make with fellow artists or folks in the process of discovering their creativity. We all have different starting points, but it's wonderful to walk together.

    Beyond the connections, there is something about the blend of energy and focus in the groups that gives me that little extra push when working on my own goals, whether it be clutterbusting, creative exploration, or playing in the sandbox.

    Invaluable and worth every penny.

    Thanks for all that you do, your vision and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to enjoying more of your programs!

    Jeannie Harwell, Jewelry Artist
  • Sharon Wildwind, Author<br>
    I love to see the variety of projects that people work on. Gives me great ideas. And it feels like such a safe place to show things and to ask questions.
    Sharon Wildwind, Author

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