Pinterest Picks – Paper Flowers

September 22, 2014

I recently posted a gorgeous Paper Flower Bridal Bouquet tutorial
by Lia Griffiths, here.

You see,
I absolutely adore making paper flowers. I have Created a myriad of flowers in my time in many shapes, colours and sizes. I just love using the Creative efforts of others as a spur to try a new technique, medium or manner of display.

BUT,
in the early days of my Blogging,
I would constantly compare my work to that of other Creatives.

A HUGE mistake!

Mark Twain did say,
“Comparison is the death of joy”.

Nowadays, I get such a thrill from seeing
the imaginative constructions of others.

It genuinely inspires me to ‘have a go’ and try my own version
of their beautiful composition.

So feast your eyes on these inspirational fleurs.

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Pinterest Picks - Paper Flowers

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1. Emily’s Board: paper flowers
2. Kathryn Grady: paper flowers
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. Classicly Amber: Paper Flowers
4. Shannon Bell: Paper flowers

 As always, if you do make some of your own spring blossoms,
then share a link in the comments.

I would genuinely love to see what your hands Create.

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My Pinterest Picks

July 28, 2014

As I am a confirmed lover of Paper Crafts, I thought it was highly appropriate that my latest choices for my Pinterest Picks series encouraged this passion.

So please ‘click’ and enjoy.

`Pinterest Picks - July

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1. Robin’s board: Paper Crafts
2. Ghyslaine’s board: Fleur en Papier
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. Lia’s board: I Heart Paper
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. Gee Cecil’s board: Paper Crafts

And there’s always my Paper Crafts board for inspiration, too.

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Pin It Real Good

June 25, 2014

I am such a fan of Pinterest.

The amazingly wonderful website is used by some for business, others to plan their wedding, some for a craft/fitness/finger nail(?)/cooking/raising children addiction and others to build an in-depth resource for their favourite hobby.

I am on Pinterest because I am passionate.
I am a truly passionate person; I love creating things with my hands.

There is something so incredible with having a vision in my mind  and working towards it’s creation. The mistakes, the trials, the practice and the triumph (& occasionally the failures).

I try a few times a year to go to my Pinterest account and clean it up. Organise any new boards and then check that the ‘pins’ have gone into the correct ‘Board’. It’s quite cathartic .

How Many boards do I have?!?!

How many boards do I have?!?!

So what’s your Pinterest passion?
Do you have a particular board that has a special place in your heart
that you just keep adding & adding to?

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Pinning Well – Is Difficult

March 21, 2014

I know that this title sounds grammatically spastic – but it’s not.

You see I am referring to ‘pinning’ on Pinterest.
and I am also trying to convey, how difficult it is to ‘pin’ succinctly
to make my business grow (and make $$$).

It’s all such a juggling act.

So what am I doing to try to make things betterer?!?

This . . .

  1. I did a webinar with Melanie Duncan – it was fantastic.
    Melanie is insightful and knowledgable. I was impressed with her data and links.
    And it was FREE!
    `M Duncan
  2. I have converted my Perfect DIY Wedding Pinterest page to the ‘Business‘ setting.
    This will entitle me to statistics and other ‘goodies’ that a regular Pinterest user does not have access to.
    `Bus Covt
  3. I have been researching different methods to include the ‘Pin It’ button onto my blogs
  4. I have created and been using watermarks on my uploaded photos/images – check out my cool tutorial here.
    PDIYW Watermark - Medium

So, it’s all part of the journey to
give myself
a business and life that I love.

How is your journey going?

Have you started making your dreams come true?
I’d love to know :D

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Photo Editing – Totally Wicked, Man!

March 7, 2014

Although I still look back fondly
at my simple and care-free childhood,
filled with sandpits, backyard cricket, hide and seek
& running through the sprinkler on a boiling hot day;
I do look at our current supply of technology with glee.

So many really cool things have been invented and
have become affordable and mainstream,
in the last 20 years.

Mobile phones, LED lighting, DVD’s + BluRay, laser cutting,
digital technology, etc.

My creativity is being stretched and coddled and excited
beyond anything I could have imagined.
It’s so wicked!

So what is my current ‘thing’?

Photo Apps

PicMonkey Collage

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There are so many mobile device (smart phones + tablets) Apps
and websites
that offer FREE or inexpensive (we’re talking $2 a month)
software that transforms not only images from our everyday lives,
but also our thoughts that we want to display.

Our thoughts, people!!!

Dream Big

Created in under 15 minutes

We can make our own ‘Inspirational’ posters
on our mobile phones
and then send it to hundreds of people via sms, social media or email.

This just blows my mind!!!

So what are these Apps that I am talking about?

I happened upon a thread at the B-School FB page
(B-School begins next Monday,
insert real terror here – )
that listed the most awesome catalogue of Apps
and I just had to write them all down.

So here they are.
Check them out and let me know which one is your fave :D

FYI
I have listed whether it is compatible with
Android (Ad) + iPhone (iP) + + Tablet (Tb) iMac (iM),
where I can :)
Sorry if I have made any errors.

Feel free to correct in ‘Comments’.

A Beautiful Mess – iM, Ad, iP, Tb

Adobe Photoshop Express – iM, Tb, Ad, iP

Afterlight – iM, Ad, iP, Tb

Be Funky – iM, Ad, iP, Tb

Camera+ – iP, Tb

Canva – iM, Ad, iP

Gimp – iM

Hipstamatic – iM, Ad, iP

Instaquote by Red Cactus – iM, Tb, Ad, iP

Keynote – iM

Lemeleme – iM, PC, iP, Ad

Phoster – iM, Ad, iP, Tb, PC

PicLab – iM, iP, Ad, Tb

PicMonkey – iM, PC

Pinstamatic – iM, PC

PixelMator – iM

Pixlr Express – iM, Tb, Ad, iP

pixlr-o-matic – iM, PC, iP, Ad, Tb

Over – iM, iP, Ab, Tb

Overgram – iM, Ad, iP

Quotes Cover – iM, PC

Quozio – iM, PC

Rhonna Designs – iM, Tb, Ad, iP

Sketch Guru – iM, iP, Tb

Snagit – iM, PC

Stackables – Ad, iP

Statigram – iM, PC

Studio Design by Overlay Studio – iM, Ad, iP

Typic – Tb, Ad, iP

VSCO – iP, Ad

Word Swag – iM, Ad, iP

NB – If you have tried to use one of the listed software Apps above,
and have issues or problems – then PLEASE SHARE in the comments.
I will use YOUR comments in a review of this post in the coming month :)
Thx in advance. xxx. Pia

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So what do I use?

Well, currently I am a PicMonkey devotee.

I love that I can create collages REALLY easily and I also love their fonts.
I”m a font addict!

Don’t get me wrong – I’m a total novice
and I am constantly making mistakes that look cool!
I just figure I’ll make sense of ‘how to’,
over time.

However, they also have a pretty cool blog,
that shares tips, trends and “how to’s”.

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So do you have a favourite?

Go on,
you can tell me ;)

Share your opinion in the comments.
I’d luv ya to!

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Font Fetish – I Love the Look of Letters

January 6, 2014

I have always loved Fonts.

Being a calligrapher from a young age (11+)
how could I not be in love
with the lines, and swirls and connections of different fonts.

It’s so cool.

So imagine my delight
upon stumbling across
a Periodic Table of Fonts.

Oh Em Gee

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- Master Cell -

– Master Cell –

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Click on source to go to an expandable version :)

Click on ‘Source’ to go to an expandable version :)

Source: LOGOBR

So what Fonts do I have a fancy for?

My current favourite . . .

Bickley Script

Bickley Script

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Tempus Sans

Tempus Sans

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American Typewriter

American Typewriter

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Creating A Watermark for Your Photos

January 3, 2014

Recently,
I have been trying to get my shizzle into action.

So many crappy things have happened to me in the past four weeks,
that I thought it was time that I
forgot all about it,
and just got on with my life.

So . . . . .

One of the jobs I had to tackle
and just always ignored,
was making/creating a ‘Copyright Watermark’
for the myriad of photos I upload
to the Interweb every year,
and the hundreds I intend to upload
THIS year.

So I did a quick search on my favourite Search Engine** – Pinterest

I came across a STACK of great tutes
for creating bibs and bobs on
PicMonkey.

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I use to be a Photoshop,
then PhotoBucket, fan
but I have found PicMonkey to be easier to use.

No,
I did NOT receive an endorsement
for talking about PicMonkey

(Jeez – I wish!),
it just happens to be a brilliant photo editing website.
It IS free,
however I pay the $4.99 a month
for the Upgraded version – bloody worth it!

Anyhoo,
I checked out a few of the ‘Pins’ to see which ones
best suited what I needed.

This one at Tempting Thyme, almost did it for me,
however wasn’t quite what I needed.
And of course, being a blogger,
she TOTALLY linked back to where she got her info from,
which meant I could go check out her source, for myself.

If only MainstreamMedia and BigBusiness were this ethical
– imagine how awesome our world would be !!!

So I went to Beginner Beans,
and followed Trina’s brilliant and oh-so-easy tute
on how to Create A Watermark
for my own use.

Awesome!

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And here is the final copy of my efforts

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So whatta think?

Any good?

What about the tutorials?
Did you find them useful.

Go on, you can tell me . . . .

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** Yes, yes! I know Pinterest is not a Search Engine 
(as such), 
but realistically it’s an awesome way to locate something 
that you KNOW will be there ;)

 

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