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Blogcademy Auckland – the recap!

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Oh boy oh boy. Where to even begin.
This past weekend I attended The Blogcademy in Auckland and was not only exhausted with awesomeness but – more than ever – I am so overwhelmed with inspiration, passion and love for the blogging world.
Gala Darling, Kat & Shauna filled my brain with so much useful information, beautiful stories and glittery glam – that I am now ready to take hold of Clouds of Colour with both hands and work 10 million times harder than I have before.
Sitting in a room of sparkly bunny earred, creative woman was one of the best experiences of my life. I especially loved the fact that it was ok to Instagram and hashtag every moment from the weekend. I guess that what happens when you’re surrounded by bloggers!

If The Blogcademy happens to come to a city near you, I have two simple words … DO IT!
You’ll be mesmerised by their down to earth amazingness and come out with a notebook crammed full of ideas!xobec

 


10 ideas to keep creatively inspired

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Something I get asked a lot is how I stay creatively inspired. Well, I have a mixture of techniques that I’ve learnt over the years and today I’m sharing a few of these…they may not work for everyone but its cool having some ideas up your sleeve just in case! Here goes…

❤ Grab yourself a takeaway coffee and head to the beach for a long walk – enjoy & take in your surroundings! Chances are you’ll come back full of fresh & exciting ideas.

❤ Pinterest! It’s one of my most favourite ways to stay inspired. Create a new board that involves something from your bucket list. My favourite one is ‘dream home’ – I can drift away for an hour pinning like crazy!

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❤ Go out with your camera for the afternoon and capture things you wouldn’t normally notice. The wobbly crack in the path, that ladybird on a leaf, the textured clouds at sunset. Anything that is different and beautiful in its own way.

❤ Go to your local bookstore and immerse yourself in the sweet smell of new books & magazines. Pick up ones that interest you and just browse.

❤ Read through your favourite blogs. I have a routine now where I save my faves to my desktop and every morning I read them. There are so many amazing people in the world and filling your own life with the best is important.

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❤ I love going to craft stores when I’m stuck on a creative project. Walking up and down the isles – looking at everything sparkly, crafty, patterned and pretty.

❤ Recycle centres & thrift shops! What I love most is that you never ever know what you’re going to find. It’s like diving into a treasure chest of glistening goodies. I’ve had days when I desperately need a new idea for a painting (and nothing is inspiring me) and then there sitting right at the back of an antique store shelf is a beautiful china teacup decorated with floral goodness – the perfect object to sketch ideas from.

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❤ Positivity! This one is massive. If you’re being negative about a creative project, it’s never going to flow or be what you imagine. Be positive. Love yourself and the creative process.

❤ Try a new healthy recipe from a different culture! I like to imagine everything I’m doing when I cook, is being photographed. That way, I take pride in what ingredients I’m adding, I appreciate the combinations & colours and I take time with the final presentation of the dish!

❤ Music!! The whole time I paint – or actually as soon as I get up, I switch on music. Music is amazing for the soul and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. Have a good old dance and sing if you wish!

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If all of these fail, I’ve found is that taking an hour or two to just not think does a huge amount of revitalising. It stops you putting stress on yourself to complete something like a painting or homework or blog posts. Go for lunch, have a bath, go to a movie, hang out with friends or just chill on the sofa. Everyone needs a break!
Do you have any other ways of keeping your creativity inspired? I’d love to hear them…
xobec


Inside Out

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I discovered this magazine a few weeks ago and am absolutely hooked. Every page is packed with beautiful images and inspiration for your home. They also feature favourite blogs, emerging artists and delicious food ideas. I just wanted to have a little rant about how awesome it is and if any of you are interested, you can check out their website here. What are your favourite magazines?xobec


DIY: Paper doily notebooks.

Another super easy and quick DIY idea for y’all! I bought these kraft notebooks and knew they needed covering, I decided to use some paper doilys but you could use anything :) They also look cute as a whole set.
Supplies needed: Any coloured kraft notebooks, paper doilys, glue and scissors.

This really is the most simple DIY… paste on paper doilys and cut off any pieces that come over the edge of the notebook. I found it better to keep the book closed when pasting it on and also to flatten it out with the top of the glue stick lid as the glue comes through the holes!

I made one to keep all my blog ideas together and its the perfect size for my bag. How do you brainstorm ideas for your blog? xo Bec


5 DAYS OF FLOWER ART: Day 4, Lilies

Day 4 of mine and The Little Leaf‘s flower art project! Some simple lilies :)
Thank you all so much for your feedback and love towards my blog, in the past few weeks especially. Im getting closer and closer to living my dream and having my own creative business for all to enjoy! xo Bec

Lilies, pencil on art paper