Creative Activities For Your Everyday

Maintaining that productive momentum throughout the day can be tough as not every day is the same but this also means it has the ability to throw a surprise curve ball in the mix that we have to deal with. Not every day is a 'work' day but you can still do little activities that keep your creative levels ticking over till you need it. Even some of the most mundane tasks can be surprisingly influential in this respect, here are my everyday tasks that help my inspiration - what are yours?

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Why You Should Have A Mood Board

When I was first introduced to mood / vision boards it was more for the fact that I got to do something creative with my hands, whilst that is still the case they can offer so much more. They're a complete essential when starting any kind of creative project, they can be more generic in purpose or can be incredibly focused. A mood board at it's basics is a vehicle to put your visual ideas can be digital but I prefer making a physical one as it feels more personal and considered (plus fun). Here are a few reasons why I will always wax lyrical about the joys of a mood board and how something so simple can be so effective.

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Things No-one Tells You About Content Creation

If you're any kind of writer or creative you'll know that creating new, exciting content that you like can be a lot of hard work and even harder still to maintain that rhythm for any longevity. When you start to build your own online space, products or create for someone else you don't always realise how it can affect you, so here are a few lessons I've learnt from my own content creation (and still getting to grips with).

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Favourite Things To Do When Not Working

It's no secret that i have a full time 9-5 job role and also run this online space, the latter is a passion, joy and creative escapism of mine however it's also a lot of work. It is essential to take a break to truly relax away from everything to stop take stock and recharge for the next round. Although this is not a new concept and how I spend my time away from any kind of work is not revolutionary but here's what I do in my downtime to replenish that positive energy, what do you in those quieter moments?

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Ways To Choose The Perfect Image

So you've taken your images and you're either excited or dreading the end results but the route from camera to the final chosen picture isn't always so smooth as it sounds. Everyone has their own way of working and every creative job can bring it's own challenges however this is the basic train of thought, for me, when choosing the best of the bunch - this process rarely has any tweaks but sometimes doing this differently can be that essential spark for an idea. How do you choose 'the one'? What do you look for in your final images regardless of project?

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Some Ways To Physically Alter Your Imagery

As a creative you'r always looking for new ways to improve your work, finding a new outlet for your style or just generally experiment and play - there are always little tasks to try. One of my projects at college was to intentionally physically alter our images, it was a fun way to broaden or understanding of what it means to construct an image. Here are just a few basic ways to change your imagery and add another element to your work. How do you edit your photographs physically or digitally?

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Attempting The Spring 10 x 10 Style Challenge

Those of you beady eyed folks will know that I completed the #spring10x10 style challenge over on my instagram, if not it can be found in my 'creativity' highlight section on my instagram profile. It's a task created by Lee Vosburgh over at Style Bee (the basics you can find here), that lets you use 10 items from your wardrobe to construct 10 outfits over 10 days but this can be chopped and changed to suit your needs. It's an incredibly interesting idea to explore and can be great in helping you realise new potential possibilities with your style / wardrobe. This challenge is a way to really look at your wardrobe contents, how you style it and how you consume 'fashion'. I've also done a previous attempt from Summer '17 which had varying results which can be found here. Here is my experience of the latest experiment from my outfits, lessons and what I'm taking forward. Did you attempt the Spring 10 x 10 challenge or do you participate in any other style projects?

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Keeping The Blog Productive (Even For Down Days)

It's a known fact that blogging takes up a lot of time and even if you love it, sometimes you need tasks that aren't so intense but still keep the productivity ticking over till you're ready for your next big burst of energy. I'm a big fan of the batch way of doing things especially as I don't have all the time during the week to blogging. When you're not in the mood for those bigger jobs here are a few activities I save for those moments when your still crave some creativity but not on an heavy level. How do you spend your blogging down days? How do you keep your blog going during the week?

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What I Learnt From Taking Some Time Offline

Hello Internet, my name's Emma and it's been a month since my last blog post. Originally I had planned to take a few days off whilst I finished up my work for my previous job role and made the slow transition into my new position however it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So here's an update on what's been happening during my break plus what has the time away has taught me. Do you take periodic holidays from the internet or do you have techniques that keep you from feeling overwhelmed or addicted to a screen?

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The Good Points Of Changing Your Blog Output

At the beginning of the year I invested in a session with Sophie from A Considered Life through her Content Strategy Service, she gave me a lot of stellar advice (a lot of which I'm still implementing) but one of those ideas to take some of the strain off myself was to lessen my weekly blog post output  from 4 to 3 days a week. It's been a hard adjustment but welcome one as there is still a lot of balancing to do in other life aspects, I've no idea how other talented folks do it because it's a real toughie, however cutting down blog posts was actually a good thing. How do you schedule your blog posts? Are you a daily / few posts a week / whenever the mood takes you kind of creator?

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Some Favourite Photography Reads

Whether you're a complete amateur or a seasoned professional it never hurts to leaf through the pages of a good book that speaks to your passions, for me it's of course photography. It doesn't all have to be about the technical aspects, it can embrace creativity, business and inspirations. Here are a few of my favourite reading materials related to photography, what are yours? Any recommendations?

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Current Favourite Blog Props

When you're a photographer, artist and creator having some reliable props you can fall back on can take away the worry and stress that can come from styling your own imagery. As your style can develop over time so can the items you constantly reach for but it's good to experiment and see what works. I tend to stick to familiar items, shapes and colours and here are my current prop loves, what are your go to items?

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How I Edit & Create My Instagram

Of late I've been really trying to keep a curated Instagram I can get on board with, unfortunately I'm not one of those people who can't throw caution to the wind and have a completely spontaneous or random layout. So to keep things simple for myself and to build a foundation I'm happy with - here's how I do things from beginning to end in terms of posting an Instagram picture. How do you go about creating your theme?

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What My Productive Sunday Looks Like

I find Sunday's can be some of the most relaxing yet productive at the same time and in wanting to keep the good vibes going throughout the week (including the dreaded Monday blues) I try to build a rough working schedule that still give me that weekend feeling. Weekends present me with the possible biggest chunk I can dedicate to my creativity however that's without taking into account spending time with friends, family and my gent - which makes time for myself and passions limited. Here are some of the tasks that are perfect for a Sunday. Do you have a productive Sunday or do you prefer to completely unplug in preparation for the upcoming week?

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What My Blogging Uniform Looks Like

As the majority of my week is spent working in an office role and the commute associated with it, the blogging part of my time has to happen at the weekend. The weekend is the time to not only relax but get away from the weekly stress and do what you love, for me my style (when left to my own devices without the hassle of going out) is not only minimal but relaxed too. Here are some of my style essentials for a weekend of blogging, what does you sartorial weekend uniform look like?

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Some Ways To Showcase Your Work

As any creative you can amass a lot of imagery and a bad habit a lot of us share (including myself) is to let them sit in our hard drives without any further use. As a photographer there are GBs worth of older work and whilst a big chunk could be filed away into the recycling bin but there's some successes you can sing about in various forms.  Showcasing your work can not only can give you a mental high-five for a job well done but in some cases push you out there to a bigger audience.Here are a few ideas to give your work more of a center stage, how do you get more out of your imagery?

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Non Techy Blogging Essentials

If you run a blog or any online space then you'll have your own way of doing things, including what you class as necessities that you can't be without when working and what you don't, all of which can change in an instant. Personally, I like to keep some elements in my routine as it means they aren't solely rooted in the online arena plus not being technology related will add more variety and can give you a break for your health. Here are a few of my much needed essentials that don't need the interference of technology, what are your blog & business fundamental items that you need for productivity?

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The Joys Of A Rucksack & What's In Mine

A couple of months before the end of 2017 I gave up my usual shoulder bag to my sister & her pregnancy needs which I was happy to do but it meant my trusty ruck sack came out of retirement and since then it's come with me everywhere including photography days. Having a bag that is supportive and roomy without being as big as a house is important especially when you're off on a day of adventures. Here's what is usually in my photography / everyday bag?

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