5 Tips for Sparking Creativity

Today’s #AltChat is sponsored by @workmanpub and they are offering not one, but two Paint by Sticker books – one aimed for you adults and one for kids! The chat topic is all about finding the joy in your journey and expressing creativity in this world of work and hustle. Join us at 9am PT/12pm ET and don’t forget to tag #AltChat and @workmanbub for your chance to win! 

What’s in Your Bag with Lorissa’s Kitchen

We loved having Lorissa’s Kitchen at Alt in January and not just because they were handing out tasty treats and spoiling us with beautiful bags. Everyone from Lorissa’s Kitchen was energetic and so much fun to hang out with. Join us tomorrow March 2nd at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat on Twitter all about what you keep in your bag. To kick things off Lorissa’s Kitchen wrote this guest post to share what they love to keep in their bag. 

The Secret to a Stand Out Signature Look

How is it that the most successful people tend to look the most put together? Well, it is all about the perspective, the strategy. Just like using accessories to complement and complete an outfit, supporting elements (accessories) can complement and complete your blog. 

Think about it, your blog is your outfit and each social media platform acts as an accessory.

Finding Your Signature Color: Starting in Your Closet

Coco Chanel said it best. You pick out clothing based on what color looks good on you. You know what color makes your eyes pop and what color washes you out. Why shouldn’t it be the same for picking out paint color for your home?

Join Alt Winter 2016 sponsor Sherwin-Williams on Twitter this Wednesday January 13th at 9AM PT/12PM ET/5PM GMT to chat about color. 

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. 

    Holiday Roundup

    We love seeing the fun holiday posts that everyone in our community creates. Sometimes the hustle takes over leaving no time for holiday crafts, gift wrapping, and table preparing until the very last minute. Good thing lots of our friends have done the heavy lifting for us.

    Here are five holiday crafts from Alt Alumi that you still have time to complete:

    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.

    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.  

    Strategies for Overcoming Creative Perfectionism

    As creatives we have so much going on each day: multitasking, planning business strategy, collecting inspiration for future content. And at times it can feel overwhelming when we want to reflect our very best. 

    In short: our own perfectionism can limit our future success when we don’t find ways to manage it.

    10 Free Ways to get Inspired

    Gathering inspiration offline is such an important process to keep things fresh and authentic. And best of all it, doesn’t have to cost a thing. Here are my top ten ways to find creative inspiration that don’t dive into your pockets. Here are ten ideas to get the creative juices flowing and you back on track in no time at all!