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Making Something Out of Nothing – Digital Printables!

Have you ever wanted to make something but weren’t feeling the whole plan-gather-execute process? Sometimes you don’t have the time or the energy to make a Project with a capital “P” – you just want the creative equivalent of comfort food. Yep, me too!

Digital Printables to the Rescue

Times like these are perfect for a digital printable project. Choose something that suits your fancy – I like tags and cards myself. Then, print, embellish as much or as little as you feel and Poof! You have a finished project!

It’s easy to make a printed tag or card super fancy with glitter, dimensional embellishments like crystals and stickers finished off with a glamorous organdy ribbon tie. It makes a great little gift all by itself.

The finished tags and cards are especially nice to have on hand for impromptu gifts or add-ons to something larger. They make practically anything more special.

What do you do when you want to create, but don’t have the juice for a big project? Drop me a note – I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Creating!

Monette

PS The short of it: Digital Printables for when you want to create NOW!

 

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Your Secret Dream – Your Own Creative Tiny Business?

Do you sometimes wonder what it would be like to have your own shop? A little creative business of your own? Sort of a secret dream you haven’t told anyone about?

I’ll bet I got pretty close to the truth there. Most every creative person I’ve talked to has a dream of their own Creative Tiny Business. Something small, but fulfilling; manageable and sustainable.

Creative businesses are one of my passions. And, to help creative folks like you make and sell better things, I’m launching a new project to help you start your own creative tiny business. It’s going to be in early release soon!

In the meantime, if you’ve got business dreamy questions, head over to the Shiny Designs Facebook group and catch me there. I would love to hear from you!

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Three Essential Practices to Develop Creative Curiosity

Are you curious? If you’re like most deeply creative people, your curiosity, about everything, knows no bounds – even though you might keep your relentless questions quiet from time to time to not annoy your friends.

Curiosity is the gateway to creativity. Asking questions is the natural way to move forward. After all, the creative process itself is often sparked with the question “What if?”

Harness Your Curiosity

Curiosity is a great start but to really make creative gains, you’ll want to direct and amplify that force. Here are 3 essential practices to develop your creative curiosity.

Keep a Journal

Yes, we’ve all heard this time and again, but it really is the beginning of a meaningful creative practice. It doesn’t matter if your notebook is plain or fancy, lined or unlined or bound or loose pages – it only matters that you carry it with you and use it regularly. Don’t worry about being “writerly” or “artistic” either. Use it for everything that strikes your fancy.

Mine are usually smaller notebooks that I can carry with me that I use to make notes, sketches, lists (sometimes it’s just my shopping list) and even attach clippings and other scraps that interest me. The pages are a mash-up of my daily life and aren’t very often beautiful, but they’re mine. This is the one I’m working in right now:

Ask, Ask, Ask

Of course, asking questions is the realm of the curious but how often and how deeply do you really question what you encounter everyday?

Start a new page in your notebook for something in your daily life – say your commute to work or a project you’re working on – and ask the basic questions: Who is involved? What happens? When does it happen? Where does it happen? How does it happen? and Why does it happen?

Don’t be overly concerned with the answers as you write and try for multiple answers even if they seem silly. Make sketches or lists or margin notes if you like, the point is to become more familiar with questioning. Bonus points for finding answers that move you forward!

Try New Things

Do you have a daily routine? Most of us do and some parts are useful and necessary like brushing your teeth every day. But, other parts are ripe for change. Trying new things doesn’t have to mean big, bold life altering changes.

Start small: vary the route you take on a routine errand or to work, try a new brand of food, personal items or art supplies on your next shopping trip, listen to a different station for unfamiliar music, etc. Make a point to change something regularly and see how it affects your creativity.

Creativity is in the Questions

While curiosity drives creativity, it can be hard to hold on to that questioning spirit when the world around us wants to get to the right answer without enjoying the creative questioning that takes time to unfold a truly new answer. What ways do you keep asking your creative questions? Let me know – I’d love to hear!

 

*This notebook is covered in the Shiny Designs Signature Print and has both lines and space for drawings. That’s hard to find, so I made this one! Grab yours from Amazon here!

Shiny Designs Signature Print Notebook on Amazon