Alt Chat Wednesday: Making Your Original Photography Stand Out from the Crowd

What grabs your attention as you frantically thumb through your feed of favorite blogs and social media? Eye catching visuals. Maybe a splash of color used strategically. A pattern. A luxurious fabric. Whatever it is you can bet the “it” was intentional. 

Here are four ways to make your visual branding stand out from the crowd, along with tips for where to find those crave worthy props and get imagery if you’re not a photographer. 

    5 Things Bloggers Can Learn from Scrapbooking

    At Close To My Heart, we love creating beautiful artwork to celebrate and preserve life’s most precious moments. We also love sharing inspiration, for crafting and for life, on our blog. Like scrapbooking, blogging is an art form, and the two share many parallels.

    Here are five things bloggers can learn from scrapbooking.

    Blogging with Photography and Copyright in Mind

    When starting out as a blogger there’s a lot you need to learn, like copyright law! A lot of us included “round-up” style blog posts and simply shared the link to the original creative in small print with the word “via.” But there’s actually a little more to it than that. 

    Below are 6 tips and further resources for thinking about proper use of photography, along with links to articles and sites with more information. 

    Alt Chat Wednesday: The Art of Content Curation

    Curation is nothing new. And it’s definitely not scary. Every museum has an art curator. They’re responsible for your experience, from finding the artists to showcase to setting the context for selected artists and the chosen pieces. 

    Online we’re all curators. Want to discover great sources to share from? Or tools for streamlining your curation? Join Flipboard—another of our amazing Alt Winter 2016 sponsors–and the Alt Community for #AltChat on Twitter December 9th at 9AM PT/12PM ET/5PM GMT for answers to these questions and more! One lucky participant will have a chance to win an iPad mini!

    Alt Chat Wednesday: Creating a Space That Showcases Your Personality

    Creating a space or special event that showcases your personality can feel overwhelming without a plan or set brand guidelines. Join us Wednesday for a Twitter chat with Hayneedle! We will discuss inspiration, event spaces, and how to create spaces that showcase our personality. It will be a fun, informative chat! 

    Alt Chat Wednesday: Celebrating the Holidays on Your Blog

    Can you believe the holidays are fast approaching? Regardless of whether or not you share holiday specific content on your blog or social media, it’s important to think about how the holidays can affect your workflow.


    Join Minted, one of our Alt Winter 2016 sponsors, and the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday November 18 at 9AM PST/12PM EST/5PM GMT for an hour-long chat about bringing the holidays home. And read on for seven simple things you can do to keep the holidays from overwhelming you.

    Alt Chat Wednesday: 80 Days Until Alt Winter 2016

    Creatives dream big. Making those dreams come true is often the challenge. The culprits? Creative Perfectionism. Perseverance. Or more specifically, the gap between our taste and the work we produce.

    So how do you get past the gap? How do you keep going when your work doesn’t match your expectations?

    Join us Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT/4PM GMT on Twitter to chat about strategies and techniques for overcoming roadblocks and managing creative perfectionism. We’ll be talking about what we’ve found that works and what we’ve tried that didn’t.