Monday, June 29, 2015

Venture Planner l Make time for ADVENTURE in your life!


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You probably remember me talking about my friend, Sarah, from Sarahshotts.com  She is my kind of friend.  She's creative, curious and loves adventure!  I am supposed to be doing this guest blog post to help her promote her VENTURE PLANNER, which is super cool. 

"The Venture Planner is made to help you build mini-adventures into your daily life." 

There are three types of adventure prompts in the planner... daily micro-ventures, weekly ventures & monthly ventures.

My venture for the review of this planner is . . . the actual making of this planner work for me in my daily life.  It's a biggie for me, because my planner has been through so many iterations, it's not even funny. :(  I decided to end that insanity and once and for all make myself the perfect planner for me.  Some of Sarah's planner pages are simply perfect for me and the adventure she brings to it is ideal.  I super love that idea!!

I am working on a paper version of this planner to include in my MEMORY PLANNER which is part of a challenge I just finished up last Wednesday's blog post with Francine and Cara.  Go have a read if you haven't yet.  My planner is still in the works and coming along slowly, but surely!

So for this blog post, I am going digital!!  For this particular page that Sarah designed, I am going to shrink it down to a 3"x 5" index card size. 



This page will go in the practically perfect planner "body" that I made in another challenge with Cara back in February!  That one was super fun too!  This is my go-to planner that carry with me in my purse.  

To print the cards I just made up a template in Publisher (old school, I know) with the planner page shrunk to as many 3" x 5" cards that will fit on an 8 1/2" x 11" paper and then I print that out in draft so as not to waste ink.  Then I tape my index cards directly to the pre-printed sheet using washi tape.  I use the washi tape because it removes so easily without tearing the paper and I can reuse it many times!

 




Below is the approximate size of the Venture Planner I will be using for my desktop. (It looks like Sarah's planner is having an adventure already!)  I love how these look and I'm so going to make some of Cara's "cakedori" planners too, maybe a 100 or so!  (I'm serious!) I'm pretty sure I'll use these pages, as is, with no tweaking.  Sarah's designs are very well thought out.




Tardis

Below is another version of the above pages.  This one is directly from Sarah's planner and as you can see, she knows what she's doing!!  Her style and sense of adventure are just what my planners need!  Oh, did you notice the stickers?  Sarah writes on her "Venture Planner Page"

"Print & cut out your own stickers including adventure prompts & watercolor illustrations to decorate your planner."

Ummmmm . . . yes, please!






My Memory Planner , desk top version will be made from a composition book I picked up on clearance at Target a couple of years ago for 10 cents . . . actually I picked up about 100 of them!  I  think the 1/2 page size should work well for me.

I will be doing another blog post or two or three, letting you know how my adventure in perfecting my planner for me is coming along.  Thanks again, Cara, for all your inspiration and thank you Sarah for your help with not just "planning" but seeing the adventure in it!

So guys, go check out Sarah's Venture Planner and make time for adventure in your life too!  Maybe we can work on some adventures together!

My friend, Richelle, says "This is an adorable little planner and a great way to add a little adventure to your life!"  Richelle and I are collaborating on a super fun adventure coming in July, so stay tuned ladies . . . it's going to be Amazing!

To adventure!




xoxoxo
Nancy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Memory Planner Challenge-Week 3 | My DIY Washi Tape Blog Editorial Wall


This is my third post is this Memory Planner series that I've shared with my friends, Francine of Calalloosoup.com and Cara of Thehootingpirate.comThese ladies are so talented!  I get so much inspiration from them!  (I'm pretty sure I said that in previous posts, but really, they both blow me away!!



Here is what I did with my Washi Wall of Wonder!  It took me a while to figure out exactly the best ways to use this beauty!




I finally decided on making it into a Blogging Editorial Calendar and I couldn't be more excited!  The clipboard below will hold a notebook with all my blogging "stuff" inside, all organized like.  

I still haven't finished that step yet, but you've probably seen that my part of the 3 part series is not complete.  There is more to come!  Like I said in the first post, this is going to be my "final" planner for my biz and personal use.  It's a system that I am totally customizing for ME!



The part that I'm still working on for the blog editorial calendar, is the digital worksheet that I am designing, to keep me on top of my blogging game.  That will be next weeks post. :)



I've got such a humongous supply of paper, pocket cards and washi tape and it thrills me to be able to use them in such a productive project!



The designer paper that I've washi taped stays up all the time.  The white grid pocket cards I can easily remove and put in my notebook when I need to update them or if I'm working on it somewhere out of my studio.  I've used fabric "washi" tape for pocket cards as it seems to retain it's stickiness longer, since I'll be taking them up and down rather frequently.  I used it on the cards that I taped on the clipboard as well.  Don't you love the bright colors?



I am so happy the big plans I had for this wall have finally been realized and I am in love with it all over again.  Yay!  If you want to take a look back on the other washi wall blog post, here is that link.



These were such helpful posts for me to do.  Thank you both, Francine and Cara for joining me in this challenge.  You girls always make me step up my game and help me in so many ways!  

Thank you so much!!  And thank you readers, for exactly the same reason!!


xoxoxo
Nancy

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Memory Planner Challenge-Week 2 | My DIY Digital Designs



Week two already??  What?  Where does the time go?  So, here's what I've been working on this past week.  This is my basic memory planner page, my everyday go to page.  I'm showing you just this one page for today, but this should give you a pretty good idea of where I going.

I spent a lot of time figuring out how exactly I worked, and how I worked best. . . so that this planner would work BEST for me! I made myself my ideal client and got to really "know" me!  This is exactly the step that I take when doing some custom graphic design work.  This step actually comes after I have the customer pick out at least a dozen ideas on Pinterest and pin them in a secret board that I've set up just for their project.  I can pretty much take it from there and then come up with the concepts  and mood boards that I'm showing you below.


I made it with my favorite colors in mind.  Colors that would make me happy and inspire me every time I looked at them. The above is a mini mood board for color choices.


And the above photo is  mini mood board I made up for the graphics that I wanted to include on this page.  Below is another version of what I could do with a layout.  I personally like the first one better. I just wanted to show you a different way,  layed out with the same elements, gives it a whole different feel, don't you think?




I'll be designing and making some of the usual pages that everybody does like . . . shopping list, meal plan, notes, ideas, etc.  I also want to include my biz stuff too, such as a blog schedule and editorial list, a social media planner page and marketing schedule, etc.  Like I said , I want this planner to be perfect for me . . . my perfect planner!!

Well, that's it for this blog post.  I've so much more to show you next week!!  Be sure to pop on over to Francine's and Cara's blogs to see what they've come up with.  You can count on it being both very organized and super cute!! You can check out my last week's post to get all got up if you need too!


Thanks for stopping by guys!  Quick question for you before I go though.  Suppose I were to make one like this for you.  Would you print it out in color or would you preferred it was optimized for black and white printing?  Or would you like both options?  Thank you for letting me know in the comments below!  You are the best!!





Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Memory Planner Challenge with the #MemoryPlannerPals Domesticraft ♡ Callaloo Soup ♡ The Hooting Pirate


MEMORY PLANNER CHALLENGE
CREATIVE PARTICIPANTS:
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and me . . .


Hi!  Today I'm getting together with an old friend and former challenge partner, Cara (planner challenge/cute showdown back in February . . . see below photo) and my new friend, Francine.  We are doing a 3 part series on Memory Planners.



I suggested this collaboration to both of these super creative ladies mainly because they both bring out the best in me . . . both creatively and with their warm & helpful spirits, their positive vibes and their lovely sense of humor.  You are going to adore them too! ♡


I am going to give you just a brief idea of what a memory planner is, because I know both Cara and Francine will know way more about it than I do.  They eat, breathe and sleep this stuff!  I just want to make one and take lots of pretty photos along the way!  And you know how I love a good challege!  The hubs would say I'm just a wee bit competitive!  (He's right)  So, I am ready for another "CUTE-OFF"! 

A Memory Planner is . . . well, it's a . . . ummmmm, it's like a . . . sheesh!  I had no idea this would be so hard for me to explain!  Here's my take on it because that's exactly what I think it is:  YOUR TAKE ON IT!  Your way of doing it, or not!  I am not a very good rule follower and kind of like to do things my way (see this post on another blog series I did with Cara, (this is our third collaboration!) called No Scrapbooking Police * Busted for fraud!


I did my research and this is my conclusion and it may be totally different from Francine's and Cara's vision.  And given they are a lot more scrapbook savvy than I am, I am super curious to see their ideas!! Oh, this is getting exciting already!!

The photo below is to show Cara and Francine, that I am not in the least bit worried about a showdown and being able to bring my stuff to the table! This is me plating up dinner when I've got guests coming over!  Let's see what you can cook up Cara!  Yeah, and what about you Francine? Bring it on over, my friends . . . I've got my apron on!!  (This is scrappy smack talk, in case you couldn't tell)



My Memory Planner is going to be MY final be-all-end-all of all the planners, scrappy stuff, ideas and other things that I've been creating, curating and checking out for the last 9 months or so.  Time for this baby to be born!!

So I'm going to put it to my #MemoryPlannerPals (I am talking to you Cara and Francine) that today will be our introduction to what we're up to and then next Wednesday (June 17th) we will give our readers a preview of how our Memory Planners are shaping up and then the last Wednesday (June 24th) we will have the SHOWDOWN!  

I am even thinking further, that we could have a giveaway on showdown day to show our appreciation to you all for helping us share our blogger challenge #MemoryPlannerPals on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest, and and/or all of your favorite social media platforms.   Follow us too, if you'd like . . . we'd love it! 

So, be sure to check out Francine's post over at Callaloosoup.com and Cara's post over at Thehootingpirate.com

Does anybody else do Memory Planners?  I would like to hear your take on it too!  Let me know in the comments below.  I would love to incorporate any good  ideas into my final memory planner "baby"!




 XOXOXO


Monday, June 1, 2015

Bonafide Boss Lady Instagram Challenge June 2015


Instagram Photo-a-day Challenge.
All of June | One week at a time.

Use the hashtag:  #bonafidebosslady
and tag: @domesticraft and @dapoppins

Bonafide Boss Lady is an exciting and unique, like you, Photo-a-day challenge.  This informative and interactive concept is meant to truly challenge you AND inspire you!

bo·na fide
ˌbōnə ˈfīdē/
adjective
adjective: bonafide
1. authentic; genuine; real; true; actual; valid; legit.

To join in, just respond to the challenge in any form that works best for you.

1.  You can take a photo & post it in the usual way.
2.  You can write or type your response & take a photo or screenshot.
3.  You could make or repost or screenshot a quote giving credit and/or a tag.
4.  You could post a photo of a flower or something cute or inspiring and leave your response in the comments.
 
Join in any time and as often as you can!  Have you got more than one tip, idea or thought?  We'd love to hear them!  By the end of the month we should have an encouraging collection of actionable ideas and motivational tips to draw on!  From Bonafide Boss Ladies just like you!!

 


Every Sunday we will post the following weeks prompts.

Every Monday during the challenge, both Dana and I will be doing a recap of the previous week by sharing some of your photos, tips and strategies.  We will each pick one Bonafide Boss Lady to spotlight and will feature her and her biz and share on our social media platforms such as:

www.facebook.com/nancy.gaines.12
www.facebook.com/domesticraft
www.pinterest.com/domesticraft
www.instagram.com/domesticraft

this is the link to the Bonafide Boss Lady Infographic!
( https://instagram.com/p/3Xt6ZETOps/?taken-by=domesticraft ) 

Here is a list of Dana's social media stuff!

www.facebook.com/dapoppins
www.pinterest.com/dapoppins
www.instagram.com/dapoppins

PLEASE SHARE with as many Bonafide Boss Ladies as you can!  Or wannabes!  Let's share our knowledge and spread the happy!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Domesticraft rebrands! Styled Stock Photography now availble!

ANNOUNCEMENT!!

I am still moving forward with the GRAND OPENING of  the business part of The Stockpot Photographer on June 1!  HOWEVER . . . I am not going to use the name The Stockpot Photographer!  I am going to use the name Domesticraft and just  do a bit of rebranding!  This was not an easy decision, but it feels right, so onward and upward as they say!! :) 

So I need YOUR help, guys!!  I need a new tagline to merge the two into a cute, colorful & cohesive online presence! 


Here is the official definition of rebranding:  Rebranding is the creation of a new look and feel for an established product or service in order to differentiate the product or service from its competitors.

And here is the official definition of tagline:  A tagline is a catchphrase or slogan, especially as used in advertising.

Right now:  Domesticraft: a craft happy social venue.


You guys know me and Domesticraft and how it is now.  The changes that would happen are as follows:   I would like to grow with tutorials and online workshops and occasional fun products for sale.  For the photography side of Domesticraft, I will offer a LARGE styled stock photography library with photos taken exclusively in the square Instagram format, (This is how I am able to offer you such screaming deals) with a monthly and yearly subscription plan.  In addition to that, I will create custom styled photography and graphic design work . . . all at an affordable price for the everyday, hard working VIP BOSS LADY! ♡

So start thinking now but don't overthink . . . that's why I need your help, I've totally overthunk it! ;) 

The giveaway is going to be a doozy!  I will make for YOU, the winner, a custom styled collection of 3, yes THREE photographs in my "desk top" or "frame" mock-up style.  I will post an example of what the heck I'm talking about after I do a photo shoot later today! (if you can't wait, just put styled stock photography in Pinterest search or Google images)  


These would be great for your blog, website or social media platforms.  You get to help in the design process if you win!  This means you can chose a fave color or a special layout, a unique item or maybe even text and I will totally accommodate you to the best of my ability!  I can' wait!!

But, wait!  There's more!  Anyone who enters and shares this post will recieve a FREE social media art graphic of their choice from a collection of 4 that I've posted in the blog post!  You'll notice that they each have a number on them.  Just let me know which you choose in the comment section and I will send it to you via email. 

Get on the VIP Boss Lady mailing list by just entering your email at the top of the blog!  You know . . . where it says VIP Boss Lady!  Now hit send!  I will get your free art graphic sent to you via email just as quick as possible!  (Don't forget to tell me which one you love the most, in the comments below!


I've got lots more fun news and juicy details coming very soon, too!!
Thanks for all your amazing support ladies!  I so couldn't have done it without you!  I can't wait to get started on this next iteration of Domesticraft!!

 



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

5 Reasons to write stuff down! Final No CRAP EXCUSE post!


That's right!  Because, I said so!!  

Does that sound like something your Mom would have said?  Or maybe still does?  Does it pain you to realize that sometimes it's just as simple as that??   That if you don't, you will be soooooorrrrry!

So, instead of trying to analyze and figure out why I don't do it like I should, because that would just be another way to delay and use it as a "crap excuse", I am just going to do it!  Because I said so!  My Mom is no longer around to tell me this, but it's her voice I hear in my head saying it!!





The giveaway for a custom social media art graphic is still going on.  You decide on what you want me to put on it . . . maybe something cool for your Mom?  Just sayin'.  If you have any questions, just holler!  Comment below to be entered to win!  Tell me what your favorite time management tip is or anything you want, relating to this blog post!  I will choose a WINNER on Saturday and will make it for you as soon as you get me the information you'd like on it!  I can even use your photo if you'd like!  Just let me know:)

Thanks, ladies!!

XOXOXO
 

NANCY


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