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An Introduction to Amanda Creek Creative

The lovely Alex Beadon suggested doing a 7 day blogging challenge, and of course I decided to take her up on that challenge. :) So, here's a little step back into the history of Amanda Creek Creative and how & why it all started: I started Amanda Creek Creative in 2012, about half way through my first year of design school. Having already finished my first Bachelor's degree (in Fine Art back in 2005) and having started my photography business ...

Design Surface Patterns From Scratch Blog Tour

Recently I wanted to listen to something while working, so I navigated my way to CreativeLive to see if anything interesting was being broadcasted (which is a typical habit of mine). I stumbled upon Bonnie Christine's workshop Design Surface Patterns From Scratch and within 5 minutes purchased the course because this chick knew what she was talking about, and was teaching things that I hadn't learned in school. Considering that I just finished up my graphic design degree, I knew this ...

Behind the Scenes Blog Tag- About Amanda Creek Creative

Recently I was tagged by April at Blacksburg Belle  to complete a questionnaire about what goes on behind the scenes here at Amanda Creek Creative. First of all, April is one of my business heroes, so I pretty much danced around the room when she tagged little ol' me. Secondly, I've been wanting to do a post that involved what happened in my day to day, but just hadn't worked it into my blog calendar yet (so thanks April for kicking ...

Free Daily Productivity Worksheet

One of the things that has held me back in the past from moving forward in my business has been a lack of focus in my day to day. From too many ideas with not enough time, to feeling like I need to check my e-mail every twenty seconds; I have definitely become stuck on more than one occasion. I've put myself in this place of feeling guilty because I didn't get enough done, but what I realized is that ...

Surface Pattern Design | Color Inspiration

Next week is the big day where I reveal my very first surface pattern designs after taking Bonnie Christine's course on CreativeLive! I'm excited about sharing my designs with the world, as well as to be starting on this new journey of creating and crafting things from my own personal perspective. I just wanted to remind everyone to keep an eye out next Tuesday, September 30th on the blog for my first designs. Here's some color inspiration for you this ...

Design Surface Patterns From Scratch Blog Tour

I recently watched a course on CreativeLive by Bonnie Christine from Going Home To Roost about Surface Pattern Design. I loved Bonnie's method of teaching and how down to earth she seemed, so of course I decided to sign up and follow her on all social media. Recently she posted on Instagram the chance to be a part of a Design Surface Patterns from scratch Blog Tour. So, though I hadn't gotten very far into my own pattern designs, I ...

My Full Sail University Adventure

It's been a full month since I graduated with my second Bachelor's in Graphic Design from Full Sail University. Being now in my 30's *gasp*, I definitely had a different take on school than the first half of my life. I was so much more excited to do my school work, and much more dedicated. I am actually a little sad that I'm finished, and haven't yet decided on whether I will continue on to get my Master's in Graphic ...

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

I recently stumbled upon a post by Crafty Bookkeeping that included 20 questions and answers of things that you may not know about the blogger Lisa, and it looked like fun so I decided to give it a whirl! Here are 20 fun things that you may not know about me: Question 1: How tall are you? 5'2 shortie here. Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? My husband tells me that my hidden talent is ...

Finding Blog Ideas for Posts

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood If you've never blogged before, blogging can be quite a difficult task. At times you may ask yourself what in the world are you going to write about, and you may be tempted to be inconsistent when ideas run out. Here are a few methods that I use regularly to keep ideas coming. 1. Make lists. I love list making. I really can't express to you ...
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4 Ways To Increase Creativity In Photography

You don't have to be a photographer to challenge yourself to be more creative with the photos that you take. Perhaps you want to take more interesting and creative photos for your Instagram or Pinterest sites, or better photos for your Etsy shop. Or, maybe you just want to do something to spark your creativity for other projects. Whatever the case may be, here are four easy ways to increase creativity in your photography: 1. Do something new. Go to ...