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BLOGGING | 6 Sources to get Inspiration for your next Blog Post

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Are you in a creative rut, ran out of ideas for your next blogpost or simply crave something new? Well, you have come to the right place! Because I have collected and wrote down my 6 favourite sources to get inspiration!

The question that I get asked the most is ‘where do I get my inspiration from?’ And my answer would always be that I don’t now, it just happens. But after the last time that somebody asked me this, I started to think about it and I realised that I had been untrue with my previous answers. It doesn’t ‘just happen’, I do have a few inspirational sources, I just didn’t realise that I did.

Looking back on my blog projects most have them have a hidden inspirational source and today I would like to share those with you, so that you can see that all of the inspiration that you need is probably already inside of you!

There really is no need for extreme measures to get an ‘original’ article or one-of-a-kind project, my main sources of inspiration are so simple that it probably won’t take long before you have written a whole new set of articles for your blog!

In the six categories below you will find tips on how to use certain mediums for your own work in combination with examples of my inspirations and results combined to show you how easy it can be!

Scroll down for the list of sources to get inspiration for your next blogpost.

Or jump to a favourite topic within this post:
– Art
– Movies
– Other Creatives / Pinterest
– Nostalgia
– Music
– Daily Life / Travel

 


ART

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Art too artsy for the DIY and fashion blog community? No way! Art has been making it’s way unto the runway for years now (think Iris van Herpen) and the DIY community is also starting to embrace the traditional idea of art and combining it with approachable projects.
Visiting museums, flipping through photography books, or making art yourself. These are all things that can help you to get inspired for your next blogpost. They can be abstract watercolours for that new desktop wallpaper, still-life paintings for you next bouquet arranging course, sculptures to help you think of 3d DIY projects, you name it!

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I have been using the Rijksmuseum ( a Dutch museum) website a lot for my DIY projects. On their website you can view and download high ress. images of their art collection. They even encourage you to use them for projects! I have been inspired by all of the floral paintings and drawings and after using it for a Temporary Tattoo DIY, and a Shoe Transfer Project, it was time to take it to the next level and combine my favourite works into two fabric prints and turn them into a purse project.

This shows that the art scene has an unlimited amount of visual beauty to inspire you for just about anything!


MOVIES

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Movies (and tv-shows) can be oh so inspiring. There are many things that you are probably already unconsciously ‘borrowing’ from your favourite movies. But you can also be inspired by a movie and use that in a practical way : think of the colour-schemes and how rooms are decorated in the movie; why not sew a similar cushion cover or re-think the placement of your furniture.

Special tip: My all-time favourite movie inspiration sources are the movies by Wes Anderson. The sets, the costumes, they are just moving moodboards on my screen!

Not only decorating ideas can be used from your favourite film, costumes and fashion statements are also a big part of the movie experience. Annie Hall’s tomboyish suit, Audrey Hepburn’s classic outfit in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Kate Hudsons retro coat in “Almost Famous” and my favourite: all of the over-the-top colourful outfits Fran Drescher wore in “The Nanny”.
These can all be used as examples and inspiration for your next outfit post, whether you dedicate the blogpost to your favourite character or simply get inspiration from a small detail in a movie scene.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Unconsciously, I think that we all ‘borrow’ things from each other when it comes to thinking of where an idea came from. Being inspired by something and trying to recreate it is one thing, but looking back at your own work and realising that it has so many similarities to something else that you just can’t imagine that you didn’t notice it before, happens to me a lot!

This outfit-post that I did for instance, (left photo above) is as retro as one of my favourite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums. The character ‘Margot’ that Gwyneth Paltrow portrays is such a great personality to capture on camera.
Whenever I do an outfit post I like to experiment and for this one I wanted to go retro and a bit ‘moody’. I guess I must have watched that movie in the same month, because the colours and my choice of ‘mood’ really match Margot’s style.

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Are you really struggling for fashion photography shoot inspiration? Go Disney! I think that all of the girly girl fashion bloggers have done at least one Disney character-pose without even realising it! I am also guilty of that fact in my Bright & Bold outfitpost. Opening a window, rosy cheeks, a slight smile on your face and red lips to match.. All that is missing is a singing bird helping you get dressed:)


OTHER CREATIVES / PINTEREST

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Maybe not one of the most ‘unexpected’ sources on this list, but definitely one that can’t be missed: other creatives aka friends/blogs/Tumblr/Pinterest, etc.

“Everything has already been made and done, but… not by you!”, this is one of the first things that they taught me at art school and it has been a helpful reminder whenever I felt insecure about an idea.

For me the quote means that you can get inspiration from others, (I actually insist on it!) and use that inspiration to transform an idea into your own style, taste and uniqueness.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

When looking for inspiration for a new Do It Yourself project, I usually go to Pinterest and see what has been made in the last few years. While browsing and collecting, my brain is already coming up with ideas about what I am missing in my lists or ideas about how to transform existing projects into new and improved ones.

My clock project for instance: I had these pieces to make my own clock, but I needed a surface or platform to transform the pieces into an actual clock. I found that people had made clocks out of stuffed animals, mirrors, wall paint, you name it! It was so much fun to see the endless possibilities and it truly inspired me.

The same goes for my concrete planter. Concrete has been a very popular DIY material in the last 2/3 years and I have been so excited to see all of these amazing projects that are made out of this raw material. The only thing that I wanted to do different, was to make it as accessible as possible to make something out of concrete. No special and/or expensive molds, just basic supplies. And it worked!

What would you do differently when it comes to DIY trends?


NOSTALGIA

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Did you hear? The 90’s are back! What a better way to get new inspiration than browsing through your old family albums! (no matter which decade;)

For me that means a lot of pictures of me and my sisters wearing bright colours that didn’t match at all. I am not sure how my sisters feel about this, but I am actually thankful that my mom would dress us up like that, because I think that it is the main reason why I love prints and colours so much!

Oilily, the brand that you can see in the picture above, was the brand that my mom loved to dress us up in. (I think that we actually had that yellow dress in the middle) and the prints and mixed styles is something that still puts a smile on my face when I look at the picture.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

To use your childhood wardrobe for your next blogpost, you don’t have to wear or copy your style. But it might help to look at a few older pictures of yourself or look the clothing brands up that you used to wear and see if there are parts of it that you still like.

For example, I am especially still inspired by the colour combinations that Oilily dares to use and applied them to my Granny Square Sweater DIY (on the left).


MUSIC

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

From song lyrics, to videoclips and album art. Music can easily be used as a visual inspirational source! Growing up with MTV, music videos had a great impact on me and gave me a lot of ideas on what type of things I wanted to make when I got older.
But even these days, music is one of the most important inspirational sources to me. I never craft without music in the background and biking without music in my ears is very unheard of.

One of my most recent music-inspired blogposts was my Canvas Cutout Star Light DIY. The black and white star was inspired by my hero: David Bowie. His last album before he passed away is called “Black Star” and I loved the simplicity of his albumcover and merchandise.


DAILY LIFE / TRAVEL

  BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

There are a lot of people that say that they get most of their inspiration from ‘daily life’, but I never really understood what that means before writing this post. To me it was always a very vague term, that says that even brushing your teeth can be inspiring. But scrolling through old photos, I did recognise a lot of things that I used for this blog and started to realise what ‘daily life inspiration’ truly means.

The subway tile photo above for instance was taken here in Berlin and matches the timeline when I started to use the blue/white/black color-combo a lot in my styling photography.

Finding that subway photo helped me to understand how we can use everyday visuals into new projects and work, without taking it to literall. Tile colours, typography on posters, wallpapers in restaurant bathrooms, these are all things that we could try to notice more and use for our own memory moodboards.

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BLOGGING | 6 UNEXPECTED SOURCES TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR NEXT BLOGPOST

Speaking of “daily life” and travel, growing up in The Netherlands, it is unimaginable not to have a project that is inspired by a Dutch windmill like my DIY painted mugs.
And I am sure that you have also seen a few landmarks or suddenly realise that you can use a certain iconic image from your childhood or travels and portray them in your new post project!


Are you inspired yet?! Hopefully these tips and my stories have helped you to get out of your creative rut.
Do you have other inspirational sources? Let me know in the comment section!

I can’t wait to read all of your new inspirational blogposts!

HOW TO | 10 PRACTICAL Tips Every Blogger Should Learn

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Guess what? Being practical about blogging can be dull! I mean I have been blogging for almost three years now, and I think I only started to care about this stuff a year ago.

What do I mean when I say practical stuff? You know, the things that are the least favorite part of having your blog: seo, mediakits, analytics, Finally getting paid to blog! Well, they will not be your least favorite part for much longer!

Already getting nervous and planning to throw your laptop out of the window when reading about these things? I am still the same way! It frightens me, it feels like making a huge effort to learn about this, when all I really want to do is craft all day and blog about it.

So why is it so important? Because,

Don’t you want people to see all of your amazing work?

Or read the articles you spend so much time writing on?
And what if I said it isn’t that hard at all! All it actually comes down to is connecting with your readers. And how to do that is to create a nice blog layout or help them find you online.

So let’s learn together!

After blogging for a while now, I thought it was time to share all of the practical info I learned so far with you. Now you can learn from the mistakes I made and the positive things I discovered!

Take your time,(bookmark it, if you need) get a cup of tea, sit down, relax and let me do all the talking while you learn about 3 years of blogging tips in 10 steps!

Lets start:


 

1. blogger vs wordpress

I recently made the decision of migrating my blogger blog to wordpress. And unlike a lot of fellow-movers I was reading about, it is not because I didn’t like blogger. I actually waited a little too long because I liked my blogspot blog so much!

So why move? Because blogger has it’s limitations. The reason why I loved blogger so much is because it taught me how to write my own code, no actually scratch that: it forced me to write my own code. Blogger is an extremely simple platform without plugins, just a simple theme. What you see is what you get, unless you write your own code and change the lay-out all by yourself. Hard, frustrating but to me the best way to learn how to design my own blog without any help.

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↑ blogger vs wordpress ↑

I guess it’s very personal, that is why I made a pro and con list on
blogger vs selfhosted-wordpress:

Blogger

Pro’s
– easy for beginners. You pick your theme and you are done, it’s that simple.
– Blogger will host the pictures for you. No domain needed.
– You can start small learn how to use and write code.
– Blogger takes care of you: seo (how people find you on the internet), spamfilters,etc. it’s all taken care off.

Cons
– Writing and learning code takes time, you’l have to like doing it or else it will be no fun at all:)
– Blogger owns you, if they don’t like what you are doing you will not be a happy person.
– It eventually has it’s limits and I ended up deciding to use my new knowledge of writing in code to create my own website.

Selfhosted WordPress

Pro’s
– You are hosting your website yourself, you are in control.
– Plugins instead of writing code.
– A lot of free themes to choose from and to make a pretty awesome layout.

Cons
– when you begin you can pick a theme, but still have to read through a lot of information to figure out what the options are and how to self host the website.
– It costs money to host your own domain.
– Plugins are needed for everything. You will need to keep up with what is needed.(spamfilters, seo,etc.)


 

2. WordPress Plugins that everyone forgets to tell you to get!

Oh, I wish someone would have told me this sooner: setting up a selhosted wordpress blog requires a lot of plugins you just wouldn’t think off!

I mean, I knew I needed plugins, but I still forgot some really important ones:

Pinterest Pin It button – Because you will want to make it as easy as possible for your readers to share your work
Subscribe to comments– This is one of those that you would not think of, but is extremely important! When you have a new comment, you will want people to know that you replied to them right?! Now they will receive an email!
Backups – No, it doesn’t back everything up automatically ;)
– Wp to twitter – Now everyone will know straight away when you posted a new article!
Google analytics setup & wordpress plugin – this is helpful to see who, when, where, and how people came to your blog. Read it, learn it and most of all use the info to improve traffic!
SEO –  Google won’t recognize how great your content is, you will have to let people know by yourself. Use this plugin to get the most out of your blog.


3. SEO

This one is still scary to me, I am still learning about it. For those of you that do not have a clue on what I am talking about. This website explains what SEO is in a cute way.

For now, I installed a SEO plugin that I heard good things about, and I don’t seem to have lost any followers or experience less traffic since I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress, so it seems to be working.. I will let you know once I learn more about it;)


4. Google Analytics will rule your world!

I mentioned it before: who, when, how, where and a lot more answers about your readers will come your way once you get hooked on google analytics!

Not only is it helpful to know your readers and which posts are doing well. Advertisers and companies will also be interested in these numbers during the collaboration.


5. Newsletter

I recently started a newsletter after officially canceling my feed burner account. What is the difference you say? They both let people subscribe to a service you offer, but a newsletter is more personal.

Feedburner will send an email to all of your subscribers every time you post a new article on your blog. That article will be in the email they receive.
I noticed that people got annoyed with the amount of emails they received on the weeks that I was more active in posting articles. And because the content of the post was already visible in the email, my readers didn’t have to visit my website anymore, resulting in lower traffic.

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↑ my mail chimp account ↑

That is why I moved my subscribers to a newsletter. I created one through mailchimp (free if you have less than 2000 subscribers). And I just send the first newsletter last week.
In my mailchimp account, I can view who opens my newsletter, who subscribes, who unsubscribes and which links they open within the newsletter. It seems to be working well so far, and I love that I can send a personal note to the subscribers!


6. (finally) Getting paid for blogging

Now unto the stuff not many people ‘really’ talk about. Getting paid for blogging: the real story.

There are so many articles online about how to monetize your blog. I can read past those, because they are obviously sponsored posts. But what I can’t ignore are a small group of bloggers that are doing very well and will give advice on how they made money. Don’t get me wrong, I love those bloggers and I am a true believer of the blogger community and some can be helpful when writing about their stories, but most of the posts just make me extremely frustrated.

Here’s why: Most of the time I read things like: ‘contact people in your niche’ or ‘gain more followers’ or worse: ‘ post more content’.
Gaining more followers or posting more content doesn’t feel like a choice, you can be aware that they are helpful, but it’s not something you can control a hundred percent. They both take time and effort, and some people have fulltime jobs on the side;) You can only work so hard.
I get that what people are trying to say is that you should work hard and that readers will not just start following you out of the blue. Or that if you post one article each month it makes sense that not many people will follow your blog. (this, by the way is not an attack on bloggers that took the time and effort to write a helpful post, I am just trying to make a point by exaggerating a little bit- love to all!)

These tips and advice can come in handy, but it will not make companies knock on your blogdoor! In fact not many people have been knocking on my door by following these advices…

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So how to make money?

I have to be honest here, I am making money out of my blog, but it is not enough to blog fulltime. So these are just things that have worked for me, but I can obviously not give you any guarantees.

Advertisements – You can put advertisements on your blog. I use google adsense. The amount of money you make depends on the amount of clicks the ad receives. The more vistors you get, the more clicks you will get. I think you get the point;)

Contact product companies – Be bold and set up a mediakit (see next item) and contact companies that fit the style of your work and blog. This is how I made most of my money and received free products. Once every so many months I search for companies that would make a nice match with the image and feel of my blog.(making sure they are affordable and I would actually shop at).
Than I do my research on the company and contact them. You could just have an email ready to send to everyone you want to collaborate with and email a lot of companies at once. But I prefer to make it more personal and write a message saying what I like about their products, I think it shows that you believe in their product (and you should!). To me this has worked a lot of times and I have met some really friendly and cool people that sell some fabulous items!

promote your work/expertise on your blog – Have a section or tab saying how you can help people with your expertise. Let them know that you are for hire and that you don’t only make and post things on your blog, but that you can also be hired to help other people with those skills!


7. Mediakit

Like I mentioned above in step 6, contacting companies can really help you to monetize your blog. I mean why wait for people to approach you, right? Now you can pick the companies you actually like and match your blog! I contact companies by adding a mediakit to my emails. What did she just say, a what? Don’t worry many things are called mediakits, the one that I am talking about is very similar to a promotional ad.

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↑ my mediakit frontpage ↑

You can simply set up a word document (or pages or indesign,etc) with information that you think is important for advertisers to learn about.
These are some things that will definitely have to be in there:
Statistics and numbers – how many followers and visitors does your blog have?
Contact information – blog url, email, etc.
Images – what does your blog like? (you can never be certain that they will actually go through the trouble of going to your blog, so make sure they get an idea of what it looks like)
Mission statement – what kind of a blog do you have, why is it special? Promote yourself!
– and most importantly: how do you want to collaborate? (advertisements, sponsored posts,etc.)

You can put more things in there, like something about yourself or other companies you have worked with, just make sure that it is easy to read through and that it is not too overwhelming with information and images, keep it simple. Oh and send it as a pdf file!(make it easy to open for your future collaborator friends;)


8. #Social Media

This has been a tricky one for me from the beginning. Because I love to be active on social media, but it also takes time away of actually writing content for my blog. That is why I have been struggling to find the best system to maintaining regular posts and share you more of my personal life and keep in touch on social media.

The way that I do things right now is not ideal, but I think it’s the best system I have worked out so far.

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First off, these are the platforms I am ‘active’ on (and so should you!):

Facebook – I have a businesspage, to keep my non-crafty-close friends from being bombarded with my blognews:)
Pinterest – My daily source of inspiration. I have a ton of secret pages, for projects outside of my blog or for inspiration for future projects. I also love to see what my readers are pinning to see if I am still making things that they are interested in.
Instagram – I love this platform, but it is also time consuming. I have to scroll a lot to see everyones new posts. And I am very critical about the quality of the pictures I post, making me post less than I should..
Twitter – No images (sort of) but words. Making it difficult and easy at the same time.

My goals on social media are simple:
– Gain more followers
– Be actively in contact with readers and fellow bloggers
– Share my new blogposts
– Read more about you(!) and share more about ‘me’ outside of my blog
Not necessarily in that order;)

What makes it all a lot easier is to link some social media to one another. I linked my social media with the help of these:
Instagram to Twitter and Facebook account
Facebook to Twitter account
WordPress to Twitter account
Pinterest to Twitter Account

This way one post will reach more people! I still have and want to post frequently, but this way it saves time to reach everyone that follows the blog on social media!
And one extra note: whenever I have something extremely important to announce (like the launch of my new blog layout), I also share it on my personal Facebook. That way it will reach more readers!

 


9. Helpfull websites, because friends are the best!

I would not have figured anything out if it wasn’t for some fabulous amazing bloggers! After blogging for almost 3 years, I keep being amazed at the variety of incredibly talented people out there. Not only is it good to keep up to date with what is new, but it is also good to learn from each other!

That is why it is good to have a selection of your favorite blogs bookmarked, it will save you a lot of searching the web when you have selected some sites that will be able to help you!

About blogging:
By Regina – Oh my, how I love her posts! They look like she spends weeks on every single post and I have learned a lot from them!
By Dawn Nicole – her blogging tips page, (which she frequently updates) is amazing!
Fabulous Blogging – This blog has the best page on how to move your blog from blogger to wordpress!
JustK – A fellow Dutch blogger and an expert on social media (and a lot more things, just check out her blog and you’ll see!)

About crafting:
A Beautiful Mess – already extremely popular, so I am obviously not mentioning them to help them gain followers;) they are just gorgeous!
Studs and Pearls – Kirsten is the best in making unique and trendy projects!
I Spy DIY – Jenni dares to use colours and her projects always look like magazine worthy easy achievable DIY’s.


10. Treat yourself with: Investments & skills

Blogging is hard, takes time and costs money. But to me, it is the best job in the world! Because  all of us started our blogs out as a hobby or a small side-thingy, it is practical to keep educating yourself. Invest in yourself! I for instance just gradated in my bachelor of Theatre Design. Not much to do with blogging about crafts or outfits; so you would think!
But having to photograph all of my projects myself helped to practice my photography. And I ended up doing a photography research for my graduation assignment. Without all of the practice I did for my blog, I would never even have considered doing photography without a proper course or study. But the blog gave me the confidence to go through with it.

The same goes for posing for photographs or sharing my work with you. I have always been very shy and hated to have my picture taken or show people my work, but it is slowly changing and all thanks to blogging!

So what practically can you do to invest in yourself?

Equipment – I bought a new camera ( I saved up for a long time!). This made it even more fun to practice my photography
Study your interest – Do tutorials online, watch video’s and use it for a certain article to give it a direct purpose. This way it doesn’t feel like wasted time and you end up with a better article and a new skill. (for example a photoshop tutorial or a tutorial on how to write a better blogpost)
Food! –  Are you a foodblogger? No words necessary I guess, tasting is part of the job right?!;)
Try things out and dare to make mistakes – Some outfitposts only show about 5 images in the blogpost but cost me 300(!) photos to take. But who cares? Nobody will see them, but me! So scream, jump, go all out and crazy and I will promise you that it will give you more confident and spontaneous pictures!


 

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That was it! You survived the 10 steps! I hope it was helpful and please leave a comment with questions or if you have something fabulous to add to the list!

 

5 WAYS | To Unclutter

 
Chaotic? Messy? Lots of stuff? Trust me it’s not just you, I think we can all relate to these clutter problems.
 
Because even though I am always a bit embarrassed to say, that I love to organize( It always seems so ‘un’-artsy ;) I still had a pretty messy workspace for a very long time!
A big part of organizing it all is to sort the clutter that has been piling up in your home. And it doesn’t have to take long, but once you’ve done it it will save you a lot of time on the long run and for me personally, it gives me more room in my head.
AN UNCLUTTERED MIND–  The best way to unclutter is to start with your head. If you have multiple projects going on or have a busy social life, it’s best to find a system to organize everything. I organize all my project ideas in a book with post-its and order it by category. It’s perfect, I can rearrange the post-its and remove them when I am finished. You can use this method for everything and arrange it in so many ways!
 
Another very important thing to unclutter is your computer! It will save you many minutes/hours/days to keep everything in order. I designed a special free desktop wallpaper to organize my folders and I can’t believe I ever lived without it!
SORTING– I have a LOT of stuff! And that means that I am constantly trying to find new ways to store everything. And over the years I found that it’s best to sort everything to keep track of it all. 
And sorting can be done in many ways, for example: by color, material, size, etc. 
Above is an example of my button collection, I bought these cheap pots in the kitchen section from Ikea  and figured they would be perfect to sort my buttons!
But it’s not just craft supplies that can be sorted, just think of clothes, shoes, bags, books.
JEWELRY– I wonder if any woman ever found the real cure for tangled necklaces:) I hope to think that my solution is getting pretty close. I always try to give things multiple purposes to save space. And my mannequin is one of those things that always gets in the way and actually doesn’t really fit in the room, but I do need it.. So I gave it another purpose: as a necklace display! 
It will still be in the way, but now at least it looks pretty! 
Another way to display your necklaces is to place them in empty picture frames like this.
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SAVING SPACE– There are so many ways to use space in your room or home that you normally wouldn’t think of using. Like the wall behind your door, the side of you closet, or even underneath your bed. 
I came up with this idea to arrange my scarfs and tights by hanging them on clothespins. But besides arranging them, I discovered that there are many places to hang them! First I had them on the outside of  my closet, because that side was not very visible. And right now I placed them behind the door of my room, because my door is almost always open (because of my cats:)) and that space is otherwise lost space.
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COVER– Ok, sometimes uncluttering is not enough. You can be as organized as humanly possible but it can still look messy if you have a lot of small items, which I know you do;)
I have this problem and I have been looking for a solution for a long time. Finally, last week I decided to give in and bought two long curtains and placed them in front of my closet (I took the closet doors out). This way I can store things on top and between my closets and not be annoyed with the messy look of it. 
And I am so glad that I did! Because it looks so much better! The room is a lot lighter and everything is still easily accessible. 

 

Have a lovely monday everyone! And let me know if you have more unclutter tips!

DIY | Business Card Upcycle

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I am always so excited when I can use a new method in a DIY! I just discovered this stamping kit from Staples, that lets you create your own text on a stamp! 
And stamping itself is always great fun, but I wanted to see what else I could stamp on and discovered that it stamps on ribbon to!
So I immediately thought of a new fun way to restyle my (boring) business cards into cute tiny looking gifts :)
 
DIY:
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1. Supplies: Business card (you can order them online or make them yourself) | ribbon | Stamp like this one or you can order a customized stamp on Etsy | Ink pad
2. Prepare the stamp by placing the letters.
3. Dab the stamp in the ink.
4. Stamp your text on the ribbon.

All done!

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5 Ways: To Stay Creative

Here is the second post in the 5 Ways‘ series for you! 
 
Today I want to share you my experiences about staying creative. It can sometimes be difficult to have a creative job or hobby and stay inspired. Everyone has those days where you just came up with nothing new. (and I actually think that having those days isn’t really a bad thing)
But it can become a problem when you just feel ‘stuck’ in your own head, and you feel that nothing creative is coming out.
So I have written 5 tips to stay creative for you. These ways really help me whenever I am stuck, and I hope that it can help you to:)
 
 
1. Collect and write down new ideas wherever you are.
 
I have a notebook at home with all my project and post ideas, I write every new idea in there on a post-it by category. Even the ideas that might not seem that great. When I am not at home I carry a stack of post-it’s with me, this way I can write new ideas down wherever I am and not loose track of them.
I do this because most of my ideas come to me when I am not sitting at my desk, but when I am being inspired by a different environment.

2. Put yourself in a creative environment
 
I am always so grateful for having a home that is big enough to have my own ‘craft’ room. Because I just come up with new ideas by seeing my stack of fabrics or other materials that I have collected over the years. But for those of you that don’t have this, not to worry. Because you can create a creative environment anywhere: 
– Go to the library and grab a stack of books and magazines filled with inspiring images, and just soak it all in.
– Prepare a basket with wool, yarn, etc and go to the park. Just sit down and start a new project. You can also make it a creative assignment: just pack random things and try to create something new out of them.

3. Collect items that you may not need now, but will come in handy later.
 
I think that every designer/crafter/maker has a little bit of a hoarder in side of them (but in a good way of course:)) Like I said before, having a creative environment can help you come up with new ideas. And I always find it very annoying that when I have a new idea that I want to start on right away, I realize that the shops are closed. That is why I am always on the lookout for new fun items. Some of them trigger me right away in coming up with new ways to use them, and others I just purchase, knowing that they will be included in a project in the future.


4. Be inspired
 
One of the most important things to stay creative, is to stay inspired. As long as you can find the medium that inspires you, than the creativity will almost always come along with it. There are many ways to find inspiration, for me the following things really help me: 
– Browsing trough books and magazine. Just looking at the pictures or maybe just even the colors can bring new ideas in my head.
– Visit blogs. I think that I read at least 10 blogs every day, and it is one of the most inspiring sources for me. (you should check out bloglovin, to easily follow all of your fav blogs)
– Go to the movies, or a museum. Just go out and see some culture. Watching something that someone else has made, usually triggers a person to start a creative project.

 

5. Keep it spontaneous and fun
 
Try not to force it to much. When you already have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to be in the mood to create something. But when you have a creative job, you cannot afford to just skip a week of making new things. What I usually do is just make something that I always wanted to make, or just make something that is really fun to create. For example: I was working on restyling a sweater for valentine’s day, but I was feeling a bit under the weather and really wasn’t in the mood to take a picture of me in the sweater with my flu looking head :). So I decided to just skip it, thinking that hearts can be worn anytime anyway, and decided to make a necklace that I have always wanted to make.
What I am trying to say here, is that you sometimes need to remind yourself of why you are doing this, and remember that you started out because you enjoyed created things. So just make sure that you keep enjoying it!

5 Ways: To Create Your Own DIY Project

 

There are a lot of incredible and original DIY projects out there. But what if you’re like me and want to come up with some of your own tutorial projects once in a while? Well, not to worry I have come up with 5 ways to create your own DIY project!
 
1. Find a subject or category that you are interested in. One of the things that sometimes holds me back is wanting to much. There are just so many things that I would like to do: redo my kitchen, learn to knit a new hat, start a portrait photography project, etc. I think that the first step to a DIY project is to think of the things that you would like to do the most, and what is the most fun for you to do. You can’t do it all at the same time, so pick one for now and focus on that. 



2. Let’s get some inspiration! This has always been my favorite part of a project, finding the right inspiration. Now that you have chosen your category/project, let’s find some inspiration that fits in your style. Let’s start looking for images, materials, artist that inspire you, etc. This will help you to come up with ideas to personalize your project. For example: let’s say you want to start an upcycling project in the category fashion. There are so many things to upcycle and so many ways to do it in, that it can be confusing sometimes. I usually start looking for upcycling projects online and see what has already been done. Then I combine those finds with things that inspire me: pictures, fashion, prints, etc. You will see that all the things that you find will fit together in one way or another and start to blend in to a very original and personal DIY idea!
(as an extra tip: use Pinterest boards to help you collect your images)

 
3. Let your project stand out from the rest. One of the things that can make me insecure about a project is that there is that pressure to be original. Just keep in mind that everything has already been done, but it has not all been done by you! Nobody has seen your version of a project, so let’s show them, shall we :)  The most important thing about standing out is to stay true to yourself. Don’t try to imitate someone else’s style just because they have more online followers. When you keep following your own taste and believe in your own style, then people will start to notice the originality and will recognize your projects. Just try to think of what defines your taste and how you would describe your work and projects, and you will see that there is a pattern there and that everything already seems to match.



 
4. Let your camera do the work. I find that one of the most important things about a DIY project is that it is mostly visual. You can write everything down step by step, but pictures say so much more. Just start with capturing the process step by step. If you are doing a before and after project, make sure that you photograph the before part, and maybe think of how you would like to show people your before and after pictures. And always make sure that you put your best effort in the finished ‘product’ photographs. That is the ‘product’ that you would like people to see as an example of what they can achieve by following your DIY.

 
5. Start sharing your hard work. Now that you have finished your project, let’s get some people to notice it! First decide what your target group is. Did you make a photography DIY, or a fashion DIY, etc? Who do you think will be interested in your tutorial? If you have a blog, then post it on there and ask people to comment and see if they liked your tutorial. Share your project on Pinterest, you can do this by sharing your end endresult image or choose to use one of your tutorial images as a teaser and link it back to your DIY blogpost. You can also go bigger, and contact websites, blogs, magazines that you like and ask them to feature your project. Let the world know that you have created something great and that you are willing to share!

Please let me know if you have any more advice, I would love to hear it!
This post will be part of a ‘5 Ways’ series. I will be posting tips and results of my own researches on how to improve anything creative in 5 ways!
I am very excited about this and can’t wait to start sharing all my other research and ideas!