Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
I really didn’t expect June to be such an awesome month but this June mood board says it all. It was a month of amazing travels and yes, summer is here, too.
Top highlights have been the trip to Sweden and Disneyland Paris. I went to visit my lovely friend who moved back from London to Stockholm in order to spend a traditional midsummer with her. I posted a snapshot of me here but do expect a more detailed post about Sweden soon. I also surprised my boyfriend and planned a trip to Disneyland Paris with friends for his birthday. It was beyond awesome and I need to tell you where to hang out in Paris if you ever want to explore the city of love.
Last month was already amazing because I traveled to Iceland and I really didn’t know that it can be topped. Okay, my travel plans are over now for a while. I need to save some money for the next trips (can’t wait). Where have you been? Have you any travel plans?
Check out my previous mood boards to get inspired!
PS: I want to mention my granddad here who died a few days ago. A sad moment this month but I know he doesn’t have to suffer from his cancer anymore…
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
There is nothing more motivational than reading quotes about creativity. These are the top 10 creative quotes which inspire me every day.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. – Oscar Wilde
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to. – Jim Jarmusch
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. – Pablo Picasso
I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice. – Erich Fromm
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
“Creativity is a continual surprise.” – Ray Bradbury
What’s your favourite quote?
Friday, June 26th, 2015
I actually found The Sketchbook Project a while ago and I even subscribed to their newsletter so I won’t forget looking at their website for updates. In a nutshell, a group of people organises global, collaborative art projects in Brooklyn, New York, and The Sketchbook Project, a community-supported art project, is one of their most well-known international projects.
Personally, it’s a great inspiration for me. I finally started my own art journal – one of my creative goals for 2015 – and I decided to practice minimalism. I know that sounds silly but I’m a huge fan of minimalism despite finding it quite difficult to execute. I want to write about what minimalism means in another post soon by the way.
I really like the diversity of The Sketchbook Project. You can submit your own sketchbook – physically or digitally – and be part of the art community. Obviously, there is a website showcasing a digital library of (all) submitted sketchbooks. But there is more. They also tour around the US with a so-called Sketchbook Project Mobile Library where people can see the original sketchbooks. I wish I could fly over there to catch the van. But what I can do eventually is buying the book they’ve published recently. It’s definitely on my wish list!
Once I have progressed a little more with my art journal attempts I’ll put up a post about it on my blog. In the meantime, have a look at my Instagram account where I showed a little peak of my art work.
Do you have an art journal yourself or want to start one?
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
I had the best time ever in Sweden last week. I always wanted to go back to Sweden and especially visit Stockholm. When I was 15 years old I spent two weeks in Sweden with my aunt, uncle, and cousin but that was ages ago. Since my friend Ia moved back to Sweden I told her I wanted to visit her during midsummer time and this year it finally happened.
The above snapshot was taken whilst celebrating the traditional Swedish midsummer with Ia, her boyfriend and all their lovely friends. Here is a very funny video which explains the Swedish midsummer in detail. I love the video!
I made the flower crown myself after a little starting help. What do you think?
I need to give you a proper update on my holidays in Sweden but for now this is a nice snapshot from last week. Can you see how happy I was? Well, and a little bit tipsy already as well. Stay tuned for a proper Sweden update.
Have you ever been to Sweden and maybe even celebrated midsummer?
Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Remember my triangle obsession? I’m not saying it’s over but I also fell in love with clouds. I think I was always in love with clouds but now it’s an obsession. Don’t you think they’re beautiful?
That’s my favourite part when sitting in a plane, watching the clouds. It feels like heaven although I obviously have no idea how heaven feels but it’s an imagination. Usually, clouds are evil because they hide the sun and most of the time clouds mean it’s going to rain. I’m in Sweden right now and I can see a lot of clouds right now. Yes, and rain…
But when you illustrate clouds they’re fantastic. Clouds with raindrops are even more beautiful.
I’ve recently heard about a Dutch artist who creates real clouds in a room. Clouds as art installation, who would have thought of this?! Pinterest is my absolute favourite and a gem when it comes to cloud research. It’s fascinating and I’m very happy I have this obsession with clouds.
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
I’m a big fan of an alternative resume. When it comes to resumes I like it a bit different. Since my first application – it was for an advertising apprenticeship – I always try to tweak my CV a little bit so it stands out from all the other applications. Sometimes it’s nothing big but a little play with colours for example. Think out of the box because there’s so much creative potential in designing your personal CV.
I remember when I didn’t have any references I asked people in my life, e.g. teachers and family members, to write a few words about what I’m good at. A little bit like LinkedIn (ha basically LinkedIn was my idea). Then I attached the quotes to my CV. I like a visually strong resume. When I moved to Singapore I put together a PowerPoint presentation which I uploaded on Slideshare so that I can easily send this link in an email or share it on social media platforms.
I always have a standard resume (Word) if people require one but the alternative resume is also there in order to send someone a first (hopefully positive) impression. They should get curious about who you are. I never put all the information in my CV because what’s the point for them to meet me anymore? It just needs to be strong enough to get their interest for an interview.
Here are few questions to push your creativity:
Below are a few screenshots from my Slideshare resume but if you want to see the whole presentation you can find my alternative resume here.
What are you doing to stand out with your CV?
Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Actually, I think it was the other way around. Vanessa Quijano found me and I can’t tell you enough how glad I am she did. I mean she lives in Puerto Rico – how cool is that?! – and she found my little blog in London, at the other end of the world.
Let me introduce you to Vanessa Quijano in three questions.
1. In a couple of sentences. Who is Vanessa Quijano?
I am a freelance photo retoucher, a travel photographer and a self-taught jewelry and graphic designer, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With a degree in Photography, my main focus became Photo Retouching, meanwhile, taking on the occasional Graphic Design job, creating a jewelry line and traveling in between.
l am lucky to do what I love, to be able to combine my passion for travel and photography through retouch, and turning it into a career. My photo blog and online shop have been a recent part of this journey and it is a great privilege to be able to share and sell my work to the world.
2. Share 5 facts about you!
3. How do you stay creative?
A few things actually…
Wow, I’m very inspired by her creativity and willpower to make things happen. What a superstar, wouldn’t you agree? She creates stunning photography prints as well as jewelry AND writes a blog which is very inspiring.
Furthermore, Vanessa wants to spoil the Found Some Paper readers. She provided an amazing prize from her own design product line: an Abstract Art Pouch. Thank you so much, Vanessa!
There is more! Vanessa exclusively created a Found Some Paper ‘Travel Pack List’ for summer travels. Head over to Vanessa’s website and download the print for free. You should never forget a thing for your summer travels again.
Thursday, June 11th, 2015
I recently joined a morning full of inspiring talks organised by my company at the Facebook headquarters in London. Because I found the talks quite useful for people who want to put more effort in their account I thought I share a few learnings from an Instagram expert. Although there was also a member from Buzzfeed talking about content, in my post I want to concentrate on Instagram and share the perspective of Instagram Europe’s creative lead. I hope it’s as insightful for you as it was for me.
I’m going to talk about two things: what you’re probably doing right now and what you can do to improve your Instagram account. Please bear in mind these are tips from an expert based on how Instagram has developed in the past four years since its launch. It’s shaped by their users and most of it are observations. People come up with new ideas every day and that’s what makes Instagram an exciting platform to be on. Everyone is free to do whatever they want with their Instagram account, of course. But if you want to learn from others you can keep these few thoughts in mind when creating your profile.
What you’re probably doing right now
First of all there’s nothing wrong with it. There are no rules as I mentioned before. But if you wondered why not a lot of people pay attention to your account it might be because you lack consistency and strategy. Al, the speaker, told us that Instagram started to analyse its audience and although the results are just the beginning I can already share a few discoveries with you.
Why people visit Instagram
Here are a few things you can change today
My personal conclusion: A few things sounded familiar to me but one bit stood out which I got really excited about and I didn’t think of it before. People feel inspired to create and to do more. That’s the mission of my blog: to inspire people to create something themselves. Though I created an Instagram account for Found Some Paper I kind of posted random stuff from my life, very similar to my personal account. Now, I want to experiment with my account more and try to communicate my blog’s mission on Instagram as well. I’m sure I won’t get it right straight away but I can definitely learn along the way by trial and error as well as from other inspiring Instagram accounts; I mentioned a few profiles below.
Inspiring Instagram accounts:
Did this post help you a little? What are you doing already and where can you improve?
PS: I think I’ll keep my personal Instagram account as it is because I quite like to post whenever I feel it without thinking too much if it aligns with all my other photos. But having a beautiful and creative Instagram account for my blog is a challenge which I’m happy to take on.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
This post is about two things: my perspective on love and a book. What does love have to do with creativity? In my opinion a lot. You want your life to be adventurous or at least to be interesting, right?! So why would you just stay in a relationship without inspiring each other?
Of course, the book The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm inspired me a lot and it gave me confidence in relationships in general. By the way, did I mention it’s my most favourite non-fiction book of all times?!
Let’s see what I have learned from the book and from life likewise. It might help you to understand love a bit better too.
Bonus: Something which makes me really happy is when it’s Uli-Day. Yes, every now and then my boyfriend says ‘today we do whatever you want to do’. A treat day! My boyfriend selflessly sets aside all his wishes for one day and accompanies me in whatever I want to do. Vice versa, he has his days as well.
So what have I learned from the art of loving? Never stay still. Your relationship is your creativity, you have to nurture it to stay alive and to be happy.
“Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.”
― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
― Erich Fromm
PS: I bought this book a couple of times, read it and gave it a friend. I always wanted to read it first so it’s more personal. Yes, I read it multiple times and I think I have to read it soon again.
I’d be delighted if you share your thoughts about love with me.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
I’m a networking junkie! I just love meeting people offline and online. When I moved from Vienna to London – after finishing university – I barely knew anyone in this big city. I was lucky enough to meet one person via Twitter who introduced me to my first Meetup event. As far as I remember it was called The London Bloggers Meetup where I met a lot of travel bloggers despite not being a blogger myself at that time. This was it! I loved it so much I attended many more events and found other events which were of interest for me. Of course, the free booze and sometimes even food was a great incentive for me too as I confessed in an earlier post already.
Today, I want to introduce you to my four most favourite creative networking events. Three of them are organised all over the world so continue reading even if you don’t live in London.
These events are free and as you could guess they take place in the morning before office hours so people who have a full-time job get the chance to attend as well. There’s always a speaker who talks about a specific subject. Ruairi Glynn, an installation artist, talked at the last event I attended. These mornings happen all over the world, in fact in 116 cities on the planet. I’m sure you’ll find your city here. It’s also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
This event is organised by women for women from the creative industry. Their regular events are fully booked straight after they announce their speakers – at least in London – so you can imagine how popular they are. I met one of my very good friends at a SheSays event more than two years ago. It also seems they’re opening up new events in more and more cities every month so make sure to check them out. Powerful women in the creative industry are very inspiring!
This is also one of the first events I joined in London. Glug events invite creative people and artists to introduce themselves to the crowd. I remember I was once listening to a guy who talked about making furniture in the woods. You’ll find the most creative people there and get the chance to connect with them. Everything started in London but because their events are so popular they expanded to many other cities like New York City, Birmingham, Beijing, Brighton, Edinburgh, Auckland, Stockholm, and Leeds.
OMN London is a bit more digital led than the above events. Having worked in social media and digital this was always a subject which interested me a lot. I’m going to the next event on Thursday and I hope I can learn a lot again. The organiser invites tech companies and start-ups to inspire the audience. Most of all though, these events are perfect to make new connections. It happened to me a few times that I met people there which I talked to on Twitter before.
If you’re a creative person you should definitely go out there and meet new people every month. I just listened to an online course at work where it says the most effective business / career progress happens when you meet people and I can just second that. I met wonderful people online but also had the courage to attend creative networking events in the real world. You should give it a try!
Have you ever been to one of the above events and would you go if you have the chance?