Project Life 2014: Working Backwards + July

Project Life 2014: Working Backwards + July | Erika Gibson

Sometime towards the end of May, I decided that I was done with doing Digital Project Life on a weekly basis. I was unmotivated and having a hard time finishing spreads. There are some crafters like Caylee that can pull of lovely layouts week after week. I am not one of them. After closely watching what Elise Cripe did with her Project Life this year, I finally decided to be done with the weekly schedule and do the monthly thing.

I’m so glad I did.

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Baking Macarons // Part One: What Not to Do

Baking Macarons // Part One: What Not to Do | Erika Gibson

“We learn from failure, not from success!”

For a while now, macarons have been all over Pinterest. Every food blogger worth their weight in salt had at least one macaron post, if not three. The crème de la crème, macarons have been said to be temperamental, complicated and frustrating. Making a proper macaron was a rite of passage for bloggers and pinners alike.

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How to Buy a DIY Sketchbook

How to Buy a DIY Sketchbook

I’d like to preface this post by saying that this is not a DIY to save money with. If you need an inexpensive sketchbook, there are a million and a half DIYs on how to do that. This is not one of them. This is the kind of DIY you do out of love.

I’m very picky about sketchbooks. I’ll end up ripping out pages, and with a pre-bound sketchbook, that ends up really messy really quick. For a few years now I’ve used three-ring binders, which work well enough, but aesthetically lacking. This sorta-DIY will end with a lovely leather sketchbook with removable (and addable!) pages.

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Goodbye July, Hello August

Goodbye July, Hello August | Erika Gibson

Hello, lovelies – long time no talk! I promise I haven’t been avoiding you… just my blog itself. I had a minor tiff with the old design, and originally I dealt with it by not looking at it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go so well, as it ends with me not posting. Ever.

So, instead, I redid the design. Yay!

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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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