Creative Life Diaries

Happy 1st of December

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I feel like this year fly by so SO fast, especially these last two months. I’ve been a little quiet due to personal matters related to family and health. November to me was a roller coaster of emotions, so much has happened and I felt like I was on auto pilot and numb going through each day, but thankfully things worked out for the better and I’m slowly trying to get back to my usual routine. I feel very gratefully to everyone that was so supportive and understanding, especially my lovely agents at the Bright Agency.

The last three months of the year are definitely my favorite, it is a season that I truly enjoy and makes me happy so my goal for this month is to soak up as much of that joy as I can and recharge for the new year. My tree and decorations are up, Christmas radio has been playing non stop this week and I already started planning some yummy Christmas treats and edible gifts.

I hope everyone stays warm and have a lovely Holiday season.
Happy 1st of December!
Sofia

 

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My TOP10 creative business resources | CLD

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The internet is full of resources, websites, ebooks and articles that can help bloggers and artists manage their business, increase their productivity and make things run smoother. Today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite, go to online resources, that I use very often (some even daily) to run my business, that I find extremely helpful, and hopefully you will too!

DROPBOX
To me, Dropbox is a quick fix on USB pens. Besides using it to share project folders with some clients, I save the files I need on my laptop and they are synced automatically to all my devices (they have apps for iPads, iPhones and Android users). For example, most of my Instagram pictures are first taken with my Samsung camera and then I upload them with dropbox to my tablet or phone, edit them there and then I finally upload it to Instagram (long process I know, but it’s worth it). Or if I want to post a wip picture, I simply print screen my laptop screen, upload to Dropbox, and then it is on my tablet, ready to be uploaded to Instagram. Another feature I find really useful is that once my files are uploaded, I can work without internet, anywhere I go – I just open dropbox and there they are.

MAILCHIMP
I started using Mailchimp when I created my first monthly newsletter. I use it to keep my clients and subscribers updated about new blog posts, new work and other bits and bops about my business. If you’re not familiar with email marketing and newsletters and want to get started, I’ve written a blog post on ‘How to set up a newsletter’, using Mailchimp. I find it to be super user-friendly, easy to edit and customize, and if you’re not keen on investing in a paid package, they have a very good free plan, that includes a free account signup, 2,000 subscribers and you can send up to 12,000 emails a month.

WORDMARK.IT
I think that most of us have been there: you’re working on a project and you know you have that perfect font on your computer, but among your trizillion fonts you can’t seem to find it and/or remember its name. Yes, I’ve been there. Or when I’m working on a creative branding project and I want to have a full view of what fonts I have to pick a few to try, it’s time consuming to go through all of them using the type tool on Illustrator. BUT, worry not! Three years ago I found the light at the end of the tunnel. Ever heard of Wordmark? No? Now you have and you’ll thank me later!
On Wordmark, you simply type in any word or phrase you want, and the website loads your word in every.single.font you have on your computer. You can change the font size, make it smaller or bigger, see in negative or positive, see the fonts you clicked/selected at the end – this online tool has saved me hours!

LOST TYPE CO-OP
If you are on the hunt for some good, free, high-quality fonts, look no more. Although they don’t have a huge collection, Lost Type has lots of great fonts available.
Note: If you are planning on using the font for commercial purposes you will need to purchase a commercial license. It allows you to use Lost Type fonts in situations where the typeface is used for commerce, including projects like logos advertising campaigns, printed goods, websites, software, e-books, etc.

Other sites with free fonts: DaFont and FontSquirrel.

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How to set up a newsletter | CLD

How to set up a neswsletter using mailchimp | creative life diaries

After having a couple of people asking me how I created my mailing list, I decided to make a blog post about it. After I started using mine, I noticed an increase in both my blog and site traffic and wouldn’t go back for anything because it has definitely proven to be an essential tool to grow both your business and blog.

For those who don’t know what a mailing list is, it’s basically a collection of email contacts that usually have other data attached (like name, country, website, etc.) that you collect from your subscribers when you use email marketing services such as MailChimp, Benchmark Email, Mad Mimi and others. Each service has its pros and cons so if you’re not sure which one to pick, do a little research and see which one works best for you. Almost all of these services have free and paid plans so if you’re not planning on spending money, choose one with a good free plan.

For me, the best option was MailChimp and till today I haven’t had no major problems using it (besides taking sometimes way too long to send a confirmation email to the subscriber). It’s simple and their free plan has all the basic features and tools I need to manage my subscribers and newsletters. Here are a few (more…)

The art of doing nothing | CLD

The art of doing nothing | creative life diaries

Between all goals, lists, deadlines and expectations to do better, mixed with all the “outside” noise, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and sometimes, we forget that, stepping away from everything once in a while, is more beneficial than we think.

Trying to do everything at the same time is counterproductive and sometimes we confuse effort with effectiveness. I’m one of those people that even when I should be having some “me time”, my mind is all over the place thinking on things I still have to do. This ends up not being healthy nor good and I would return to work feeling guilty for taking a break and feeling like haven’t done enough. I think nowadays most artists, especially the freelancing ones can relate to this, we can’t relax and enjoy the “nothingness” because “doing nothing” can be perceived like a waste of valuable time.

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Pinterest Spring Cleaning | CLD

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When you hear the word Spring what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Flowers? More hours of sun in a day? The start of barbecue season? (hell yeah!), but I bet some of you also associate the beginning of this season with… SPRING CLEANING!

To me, it feels really good to be able to open all the windows and let the house (and the closet) breath before starting to give it a good ol’ scrub from head to toe, windows included. I usually part the shores into tiny tasks in a way that I can squeeze some in during the week after or before work, while the rest is left for the weekend. It was during this Saturday’s cleaning when I was browsing through my feed (while I was waiting for the hallway floor to dry) that I realized my Pinterest could use some spring cleaning too.

Last year I shared a blog post with 6 ways to improve your Pinterest account with ways to follow the “DOV system” so today, I’m sharing a few tips I used to spring clean my Pinterest and some tricks on how to customize your page and make it “more you”.

1. Take 30
First of all, if you’re committing to a full spring cleaning you need to put aside some time, so you don’t rush or do things by half. Half an hour was all it took me, but if you’re planning on customizing your page or you have more than 2,000 pins put aside at least one hour to do it. (more…)