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


Monday, May 4, 2015

My toughest time management problem . . . ME!




Time management.  Whew, just saying it sometimes makes me feel so guilty.  I know I don't manage my time as well as I could, not by a long shot.  It's not that I don't want to, or even that I don't know how, it's just . . . WHAT?  Excuses.  Nuff excuses.  I'm made the graphic above as a reminder to myself to cut the crap.

It's not been a big enough pain point for me.  It is now.  I am really sick of it!  Sick and tired of not managing my time like I should.  Letting time control me!  So not cool.


My dream job is on the line!  I created it and now it's up to me to work it!  And work it LIKE A BOSS!  The Stockpot Photographer is a styled stock photography biz and includes stock and custom social media art graphics available for creatives and their blogs, businesses and social media platforms.  

These three photos are an example of what some of my stuff looks like!  You can see a lot of it here on my blog and also my Instagram account and both my Nancy Gaines facebook and Domesticraft facebook accounts and even Pinterest!


So, I am doing this blog party given by Sage Grayson, who is a "Life Editor" and time management babe!  Here is a quote from her blog.  "I’m crazy excited to be able to share my time management expertise with ambitious women who are ready to finally start their own businesses."  She really is a dynamo!  The course she is running looks awesome!  It's called "Start up in 60" and I know it will be packed with so much goodness and brains and help and did I mention, lots of smarts?  

Plus she is as cute as a button and full of energy and spunk and a super sweet disposition! I like her a bunch!  Here's what her adorableness looks like!




I've not taken the course yet, but it is totally on my radar AND she offers TONS of  super valuable free "Sage" advice on her blog!  Much of which I am going to pull from in these next couple of weeks before I launch The Stockpot Photographer!  A lot!  


Did I mention I am opening in mid May?  Yes, Sage, throw some TMT's (time management tips) all over me like glitter and confetti!  

I am going to do this blog post in a three part series.  

Day 1, today Monday the 4th, I intro you to Sage and confess how I suck at time management.

Day 2, Tuesday the 5th, I follow grown up rules for peeps who want to run a successful biz.  Some from Sage, some from my hubs, some from others.  Some stuff I know already too, I just need to implement it.  NO EXCUSES!

Day 3, Wednesday, the 6th, I will follow through with keeping on track and In sha Allah (God willing) I will have good news to report to you! :)!

So now I want to give something to you!  For holding my hand, during this true "responsible adult" time for me, I am going to have another giveaway!  Woot!  Man, I am a sucker for a giveaway . . . love to give 'em, love to win 'em too!

This one will be for a custom social media art graphic just for you.  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 anything you want relating to this blog post!

So, I'll see you tomorrow and I will totally be thinking about you, knowing you are rooting this old gal on!!  Share it on social media as much as you have time for.  Thanks, ladies!!

XOXOXO
 
NANCY



Friday, April 24, 2015

Colorful DIY Washi Tape Keyboard Tutorial Part 2

When I said "I'll see you tomorrow", I really meant ummmmm . . . Friday!  I hope everyone had an awesome week and have some fun plans for the weekend! 

So, here we go with Part 2 of the most colorful washi tape keyboard in the world!  (Maybe)


If you'll recall in part 1, I was going to use the white gel pen for lettering.  I changed my mind.  I do that a lot when I'm crafting.  That's the "creative" part!  ;)  I loved how it looked on my laptop, not at all on my portable keyboard, (which by the way if you type way faster than you text, like me, this keyboard is amazing and now it's super, over the moon cute too!)  I am getting ahead of myself though.  We'll get there in a minute.


I finished cutting all my little washi tape squares and randomly placed them where I thought they would look good and when I say random, I do mean random, in a totally go with whatever you feel looks good to you way! You are the one who will be looking at it every day, so you want it to make you smile and virtually pat you on the back for a DIY job well done!!

Then I mod podged it.  I just used a q-tip dipped in a little bit of the mod-podge that I had poured into the cap.  Not too heavy a coat, cause it just doesn't need it and it will take too long to dry.  It will also make writing your letters a little difficult.  So, just a light coat will suffice. 






*BE SURE TO READ THIS PART!

*You'll never guess what I did next!  Well, actually, I think quite a few of you will be able to figure it out!  See the photo below?  If you can guess what I did by looking at the photo, you will be entered into a drawing for 3 rolls of washi tape!  Let me know in the comments below.  Hehe . . . this should be interesting! ;)





I was not loving the white gel pen, like I said earlier.  I took my exacto knife a pulled it up.  Mod Podge is glue.  It is like Elmer's white school glue mixed with about 1/2 glue and 1/2 water.  That's it!  Buy the glue when it goes on sale for school time and you will be set with Mod Podge for life!  I found this out after I had purchased my Mod Podge.  I'm cool though, I use the empty bottles to make and store my own.  Also, Mod Podge makes a gloss finish, which I used here, but truth, I don't notice that much of a dif.  Maybe on a larger project or on cardstock. 

What I did instead of the white get pen was use some stickers.  
These were by Tim Holtz Idea-ology and are called label letters.  They are adorable! They look like little pieces from a Dymo label writer.  LIGHT BULB!!  When I redo my laptop, I think I will try my dymo lable writer out!  I have some different colors and I'm thinking red might suit me to a tee!  I'm sure I'll still mix in some washi tape as well!  



Now the only thing left to do is Mod Podge it one more time, again . . . lightly.  This is to make sure my stickers don't slide around after they lose their stick from all my fast and furious typing!  This will also give it that much more durability and a longer and cuter life.  

 And, lastly, I used a ultra fine point Sharpie Permanent Marker to make the little symbols and wrote directly on the washi tape.  I did mine after, cause I forgot, and due to the fact it now has two layers, albeit light, of Mod Podge, it made it more difficult to write on.  So, it totes needs another going over with my Sharpie.  No biggie.


That's it guys!  I really love how it turned out and it really does make me smile every time I see it and/or use it!  And it looks pretty hot in a photo shoot too, don't you think?  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Let me know if you want more!!  I'm working on a 1 page PDF for this tute, short and sweet.  I let you all know when it's ready for download!

CRAFT HAPPY!
 
NANCY
XOXOXO

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Colorful DIY Washi Tape Keyboard Tutorial Part 1


Well, I am not even sure this qualifies as a tutorial.  It is just too easy peasy!  I'm pretty sure you'll be winging this yourself with a style all your own! 


I could give you all kinds of to-do's, and I will give you a few . . . but this is one of those crafts you just can't really mess up!   

Example: This is a photo of my laptop keyboard.  Still pretty cute, huh? ♡  I washi taped it almost 4 years ago, come this July!  (And now you know the secret to my rather large washi tape collection . . . years of collecting AND I've only bought two new rolls, when I was at my sister's house last November!)  


So you see it's quite durable and even though it's looking a little scruffy due to my gamer grandson playing on it non-stop for a week.


So here are the tools and materials you'll need:

1.  Keyboard
2.  Washi tape.
3.  Exacto Knife. (optional, use only scissors)
4.  Scissors.
5.  Self-healing cutting mat (optional, use a bread board if you want)
6.    Mod-Podge (optional, but this does make it semi-permanent and
      way more durable.  You can make your own "mod-podge" too 
      and save a little bundle of casharoo!
7.   White gel pen.
8.   Q-tips.
9.   A ruler. (Optional)*
10. A photo of your keyboard before you start covering it in cute
      washi tape!  Or you could get one off the internet like I had to 
      because I hadn't written this tutorial yet!  Hahaha!

*Even though I did my cutting on a mat with measurements printed on it, I didn't use them.  I winged it. (wung it? sp?)  I am so not an exact science kind of crafter . . . I cook the same way.  That could be why sometimes my creations are so wonderfully crafty and at other times they are just plain crappy!  :)



That's it!  I had to get up and go look at the photo shoot in progress for Part 2 tomorrow, to see if I was missing anything and NOPE . . . that's really all it takes to achieve this techno-yumminess that will make you smile every time you look at it!  Seriously!  I am still in love with mine!


So are you wondering why in the heck do I need a part 2 for this tutorial, if I say it's so darn easy!  Mostly cause I'm still catching up from gbaby #10 ♡.  I'm getting back on track, but pacing myself, ya know?


You probably won't even need part two, cause you're good at winging it too!  But, I am going to finish it for you tomorrow anyway!  

And yes, I know.  It's seems like just a big, fat excuse to do a fun and crafty photo shoot! ♡  I'ts my other addiction along with the washi tape, but you already knew that too, right? :)






















So, I'll see you tomorrow guys!  It's good to be back!  Let me know in the comments what you would like to see me do a tutorial about next.!  Or let me know what I can do to improve on this one!  Do you have anything you've been wanting to try?  Let me know!

Oh, and a BIG, GIANT, HUGE THANKS ♡ to all the ladies who purchased the Mixed Media & Scrapbooking Kit last month! 


CRAFT HAPPY!

NANCY
XOXOXO

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