So You Wanna Take a Selfie

Guest Post: So You Wanna Take a Selfie | Erika Gibson

Today Jon, the artist-musician with the pretty hair, is bringing us a post on killa selfies.

Jon King is a Graphic Design & Music/Vocal graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is the founder of Jon King Design and, for the past two years, has spent most of his days dreaming up beautiful logos and print material for creative entrepreneurs, bloggers and business owners. Once “work” is over he can be found making hand-lettered posters, cement jewelry and leather crafts, all whilst belting some Sam Smith song and sipping on a glass of wine or whiskey. He is an Instagram fiend and someday soon would like to add recording artist and fashion designer to his résumé.

I was once a hater of selfies. The word conjured up images of duck-faced celebrities on the shore of a certain state, taking super classy bathroom pics of themselves in the mirror. About six months ago I got over my loathing and saw the error of my ways. I learned that selfies are not only an acceptable narcissistic indulgence, but your friends, family, and followers may want to see the person behind the camera. They want to see you!

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Extra Chocolatey Almond Butter Brownies

Guest Post: Extra Chocolatey Almond Butter Brownies | Erika Gibson

Guest Post: Extra Chocolatey Almond Butter Brownies | Erika GibsonToday Regina of By Regina brings you a brownie recipe that might just be as sweet as she is. 

Regina typically blogs about, well, blogging. And the business side of blogging. And pretty much whatever other blogging topics you can think of. I think my favorite posts would be either be 10 Non-Icky Ways to Make Money Blogging, 12 Essential Steps to Starting Your Freelance Business, or 33 Things to Do When You’re Ready to Get Serious About Blogging. She’s a fantastic identity designer, creative business consultant and author, and the co-founder of the Indecisive Designer Support Group. If we have snacks, it’ll be these brownies. Read on for her awesome recipe.

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Quality Creative Supplies: How to Get More Art for Your Buck (Pt 1)

Quality Creative Supplies: How to Get More Art for Your Buck | Erika Gibson

A lot of times, people see the words “art supplies” and think, oh no, that’s not for me. I’m not good enough/talented enough/serious enough for that.

You do not have to have a degree to make art.
You do not have to be trained to make art.
You do not have to understand art history to appreciate art.
You do not have to have the best materials to make art.

But you do have to have some kind of materials to make art. Otherwise… it’s all just thoughts in your head. (Anyone else guilty of that? We should start an anonymous group. Maybe right after I make this big plan on how it will work…)

So, let’s talk about what kind of materials you can use. There’s all sorts of things out there, endless amounts, really. And there’s all kinds of reviews online, too. For now, I’m going to talk about what I’ve had experience with.

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DIY: Silver Liquid Leaf Flats

DIY: Silver Liquid Leaf Flats | Erika Gibson

With the wedding coming up (less than two weeks away!), I’ve been working on lots of little things for the big day.

I was originally looking for gold shoes, but at the last minute I changed my mind. I wanted silver.

All over Pinterest are multiple DIYs for glitter shoes or metallic tips. But, try as I might, I could never find quite what I was looking for. I wanted metallic, but not glitter. I didn’t want to use spray paint. And I definitely didn’t want to spend a ton of money.

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Review: ClipBook

Review: ClipBook | Erika Eagle

ClipBook was created to improve upon the traditional clipboard. Designed and handcrafted in the USA, Clipbook is durable, ultra-slim, protective and flips naturally like a notepad.

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Review: Leuchtturm 1917 Journal

Review: Leuchtturm 1917 Journal | Erika Eagle I was lucky enough to receive a Leuctturm Notebook with ruled pages and a coordinating Pen Loop at NAMTA this year. The notebook I was given is 5.75” x W 8.25” (145 x 210 mm), which makes it perfect for holding A4 paper that’s been folded in half, or for photocopying or scanning the contents of your notebook. The pages are thread bound, and are said to lie flat, though I still find that I have to break the spine, if you will, to write on the left-hand side. This particular notebook is available in fourteen lovely colors. The paper is 80 gsm, acid-free. It’s a slightly warm white, with a similarly warm grey ink for the lines and various printed texts. The paper has a bit of a tooth to it, but not so much that you could call it cold-press or anything of the sort. Continue reading