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5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively

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Hey Sweeties,

Sometimes, it seems my blog has no direction, but it does. That’s ALL THINGS CREATIVE. I have cookies, cakes, and crafts. When you’re creative and have a head full of ideas, you get bored with doing the same things repeatedly.

In the same way, I wasn’t a crafter, I wasn’t a cake decorator or an artist, BUT I was always creative. Nothing ever stood in the way of my imagination and creativity. No one should stand in your way. So first, I learned to draw, then bake, I learned to decorate, and I soon learned to craft. I can take food and make paper or take paper and make food. Worded weird, but you catch my drift. There are many things I’ve seen that I like as a food or non-food and feel like I should bring them to the other side. And no, I’m not the only one out here doing this, but I’m the only me, doing it my way.

With that being said, this blog post will put you on the starting path of combining what you love and want to do and making it what you imagined. It doesn’t necessarily have to be baking and crafting. You can be a chef and a clothes designer. Here, I will use what I do and show you how to apply it to yourself.

Baking & Understanding It

Like anything else, baking is one of those things that some of us love but can’t do. Some of us don’t know how to boil water. It doesn’t have to be rocket science because it’s not. One thing I can tell you about baking is that everything matters. When I say everything, I mean eeeeeevrrrrythang!

The boring definition of baking is the process of cooking bread, cakes, etc. I define it as a form of cooking that requires you to be the most accurate, or what you’re making isn’t going to turn out right. It can be in adding the ingredients, the mixing, or it can be in the baking. The best thing to do is pay attention. If you’re reading a recipe to understand what you’re making, read it twice and look over it again. Don’t dive into it thinking you can throw stuff in the bowl and make a dessert. Yeah, there are one-bowl wonders, shortcuts, and substitutions, but before you think about a shortcut or substitution, learn the basics….that’s with anything.


Decorating Cakes & Cookies

I’ll show you my tips, tricks, and things I’ve learned from others on my cake and cookie decorating journey. For the non-bakers and non-crafters, you can apply this same thing to what you’re doing. It will take a bit of thinking outside the box, but you can make any “Technique With a Tweak” work when you’re getting creative.


Where Baking & Crafting Meet

Here is where it all comes together. For me, it’s where baking and crafting meet. (If you’re not baking and crafting) For you, it will be where your first love and your new love meet. Learn to merge the two and make them work together. You may not think this is important, but it will save you time and money when seeing how interchangeable tools are. It’s not all about shopping at a specific store or catching every sale (BangQuality)!


All-Around Crafting

My ideas are what they are, from the heart. When looking for inspiration, I can see forty different versions of the same thing but come out with something completely different. I’ll show you how to look for inspiration, make it for others, and not fall in the line of duplication; kids call it copycatting. Before anyone takes offense, there is nothing wrong with duplicating, but there is no growth or creativity in that. You want to be the creator, not the assembly line.


Brainstorming, Planning, & Getting It Done

You have the right the underthink and overthink everything, but doing too much of either can hurt your process. If you underthink something you want to create, you may not like the finished product. If you overthink it, you either don’t finish it because you’re overwhelmed or bored with it. There’s a reason people say “less is more” and “more is more.” I’m going to help you figure out if you’re a “less is more,” “more is more,” “balanced,” “chaotic,” or “moody” type creator. When you figure out what type of creator you are, we’ll go through brainstorming, planning, and getting it done.

  • We know brainstorming is when we generate ideas and put down things to figure out what we want to create.
  • Planning takes what we have and brings it all to one cohesive idea.
  • Getting it done is what it is.

Not to say we have to plan every little thing we do. We can wing it. Winging it is good when you want to get something off your chest, when you want to relax, and enjoy what you’re doing without thought. The only thought is to do it. Not saying you’re going to love it, but do it. Even our biggest, most well thought out plan doesn’t give us what we want at times. Don’t get discouraged.


Conclusion

I said all that above to say this. If you want to learn how to take your creativity to another level, not in one place but many places. Let’s see how far you take your imagination, not how far it can take you. So instead of letting your imagination lead the way, hold your imagination’s hand and walk by its side. You’ll never stop coming up with ideas, and you’ll never want to stop creating.

Over the next few posts, I will talk about each part mentioned above, how I apply it to my life of creativity, and show you how you can use it in yours. You’re gonna learn some crazy terms like “BangQuality” and “Technique with a Tweak.” There are a few things you’ll get used to as well, like “Learning How to Buy It.”

Join me for future posts, videos, and whatever else I have for this 5 Things to Help You Become Better, Creatively series. Make sure you subscribe to the blog and turn on your notifications. I’ll be posting once per week.

See Y’all Later!!

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One Stamp, One Journaling Card | Crafty Individuals | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

This was created using a Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-210

Hey Sweeties,

Here’s another simple project for everyone. One stamp, one journaling cad. For this project, I used a Crafty Individuals stamp and some scraps. I did a little coffee dying (not on camera), stamping, a pinch of watercoloring, and paper burning. I want so bad to make this a series. We’ll see! Enjoy the video posted below!

One stamp, one journaling card
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NEW!! Sweet Stuff Digital Product Demo: Butterfly Embellishment | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

Hey Sweeties,

This project here turned out to be a beauty. What was supposed to be a butterfly journal ended up being a simple layered butterfly. I used a simple butterfly from the Cricut Design Space. I duplicated, resized and used the offset option to get the different layers. The black area is the offset and the patterned part is the reshaped butterfly. I made two of these, but you’ll have to check out the video to see the other one. Enjoy!

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Using Your Unused Papers to Make an Ephemera Journal | Thelisha’s Stash Builds

Hey Sweeties,

This is a bit of a late post, but Ive been working so hard lately on keeping the content coming. Over the next few posts, I’m going to be looking back on what I’ve created since posting my April Projects post.

In the three videos posted below, I’ll be showing you how I made an ephemera journal from paper I’ve had sitting in my stash for quite some time. The journal is a 6 in by 9 inch journal, full or pockets and tucks, and photo inserts. The paper I used for the foundation and decoration are from Colorbok. I don’t want to tell too much here. I hope you enjoy the videos.

Part one of the video includes the base of the journal.
Part two includes covering the journal.
Part three includes the finishing touches and add-ons.
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Making Clusters w/Scraps Challenge

Hey Sweeties,

Two weeks or so ago, Mrs. Pham of Livie’s Lovelies by Pham made a video about a challenge with some quick ephemera. The challenge was to make a card and send one back to her and make another to send to a friend. I won the kit and took on the challenge. Even though I’m not big on making greeting cards, I still thought it’d be fun to do it….it was and I did it. I made her a card as I was supposed to, but while I was making that card, I added a twist. I’ll be sending her the card, but I’ll also be sending her the goodies I made in the video with some pieces for her to make her own. She can take on the challenge and keep passing it along or she can keep the supplies for herself.

How Did I Pick What To Do?

I know Mrs. Pham likes my layered projects. So what better way to bless her with some layered goodies and some stuff to build her own.

I’ve been on this scraps crafting lately. I haven’t been shopping for anything but tools, and I hardly do that. I have so many paper packs and store-bought stuff that I want to use and/or get rid of. I find it more fun to use scraps. I went as far as thinking about chopping all the paper up so I can use it that way. Paper scraps are fun.

If you’d like to see how I made these, check out the video. If you’d like to participate check out the information below.

How to Participate in the Challenge

The rules for this project are similar to Mrs. Pham’s. You can participate if you’d like. Share with others, share with me, and I’ll share with you.

The rules are as follows:

  • Have fun
  • Make something easy and small (a greeting card, tag, cluster, embellishment, etc.)
  • Build a kit and send it to a friend

The only requirement with this challenge is if you request a package from me, and I send something to you, you must participate in the first round at least. The first round consists of sending something you made with items in the kit and returning one to me and sending the other to a friend. If you want to carry the challenge on, build a kit and send it. If you want to stop after the first round, just send the item you made with no kit.

If you have any questions about the challenge, comment below.

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April’s Projects

Hey Sweeties,

This month, I feel like I was at my best. Not cramming everything at the end of the month. Enjoying and sharing the projects in a peaceful manner. However you say it, I’m happy with it.

Here, I’ll be talking about my monthly projects all in one post. The WBCM PICS page One-Word Prompt, Livie’s Lovelies Index Card Art and Artsy Solutions’ Monthly Blog Challenge.

One-Word Prompt

I really love puzzles. As a kid, I would spend hours putting them together. Not your everyday 300-piece puzzles, but 2,000+ pieces.

Check out the video.

52-Week Index Cart Art

Check out the video.

Monthly Blog Challenge

Like the March project for Artsy Solutions, I made another shadow box.

Check out the video.