Creative Collaboration Club Begins!

In my last post I mentioned that a collaboration was brewing between myself and Anastasia from Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming (and Percival Road!) and Sally from Jambo Chameleon.

How it works
Each week one of us will post a creative work of some kind on our blogs and the following week the next person will create something inspired by that and we can do this in any medium.  It’s an exercise in riffing off each other creatively, a space in which we can just have some creative play time and where we aren’t pressured by too many rules!  Actually, the only rules are that we have to take inspiration from the previous piece (or pieces), and we take turns!

It’s Started!
The first piece has been posted over at Jambo Chameleon and Sally has served up this little gem to get us going.  There is so much in it.  It’s the perfect starting piece and I’m already dying to see what Anastasia will come up next!  Also, I’m so freaking busy right now, but I still can’t wait for my turn!  Ah, but this is why we started doing this.  Many hands make light work!  A perfect plan for the busy, yet compulsively creative! And our readers get a post on the project every week.  Stay tuned!

The Blog Society & a Collaboration

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Yesterday I went to the Blog Society Workshop Launch: Embracing The Art of Digital Story-Telling.  I’ve been a little neglectful of my blog and thought I should go for a little jump start.

I went quite early and had a coffee at a cafe in The Rocks (oldest part of colonial Sydney) before I met up with Anastasia from Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming and Sally from Jambo Chameleon for lunch and a catch up beforehand.  I love the grounding feeling I get from catching up with other creative people and seeing how they’re doing juggling the whole life/work/family/design/make/blog thing. It’s nice to know we aren’t all superhuman and that doing it all is a struggle for most (I suspect all) of us.

It was nice to hear the blogging stories of Jaclyn, the founder of Blog Society and blogger from Little Paper Trees, Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict and Vivian Mansour from Ish & Chi.  After listening to their stories we wandered around and asked questions of various experts on photography, styling and some of the commercial ins and outs too.  Aside from getting great advice we were also able to apply some of this with all the props they brought along for us to play with.

Here are some tips that I took away from the workshop.

  • When you’re setting up a photo, position objects to lead the eye around the shot by using objects that have a relationship to each other (such as the same colour)
  • Using all hard angles can be jarring and it’s nice to contrast a hard line with something curved or soft.  It’s also just gives the shot some more interest.
  • Blog about something you are truly passionate about. (Done!) Make it something you could talk about endlessly.
  • Make a connection. Although I think we’re all trying to do that and I think this is often what drives us. That’s what I’m trying to do here: give people some access to the person behind Paper Ivy and share my creativity with others.

I should also mention that the refreshments being served were lovely.

straws and oj

Apologies for the blurry shot. I was trying to get out of the way quickly so others could grab something to drink!

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Jars from Rainy Sunday

We were given pretty awesome goodie bags as we were leaving: with everything from organic chocolate to Gorman socks.  Nice!

I wish I could’ve gone out for a drink afterwards, but I didn’t feel it was fair to be coughing around people anymore (seriously, when will this cough go away)!  Despite the reassurance I received that the alcohol will act as an antiseptic barrier of some kind, it didn’t feel right!  I hope everyone had a great night.

Before I go, I should also mention that towards the end of the workshop Anastasia, Sally and I ended up talking about pretty much the same thing we started with before the workshop: how it’s hard to do everything and THEN find time to be creative.  So aside from wanting to pay more attention to our blogs, we also talked about how it would be good to sometimes just forget about the commercial side of the creative stuff we do and just release the creative valve without worrying about how it would fit in with everything else.  Sally connected the dots and suggested that we do some sort of collaboration that allows us to do what we want, but doesn’t add to our already unwieldy to-do lists too much, allows us to have some creative playtime AND also gets us to post on our blogs. A plan was hatched, but more about that in another post!

Paper Ivy in Postal Travels Magazine

I was very excited to wake up to an email from Tee at Postal Travels Magazine.  Both Tee and Karina reviewed some Paper Ivy items and they are in the latest issue.  See what they have to say here!

Go to pages 40-41 for the review of Paper Ivy products.

ptm_coverPostal Travels Magazine is an online zine for letter writers and the pen pal community at large.  They review stationery, books, sites that help letter writers and letter writing related DIY’s.  They have a bulletin board where you can post messages or request a pen pal. In this edition, they even do a letter writing set up: give you tips on organising your writing materials and keep your letter writing process organised (this is especially helpful if you have more than one person that you write to regularly). Honestly, I need to put some of these strategies in place so my correspondence has a better turn-around time!  You’d think I would be all over this, but noooo.  I need to work on it!

Did I mention that they are also super nice people?  They are.

Check them out in these places!
postaltravels.tumblr.com
postaltravelsmagazine.blogspot.com