My Biggest Creative Project At The Moment

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

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Okay, my biggest creative project at the moment is maybe not what you think it is. Although it’s highly creative it has nothing to do with painting, drawing or DIY. If you need a reminder what ‘being creative’ means, read another blog post of mine here.

Since I started my own business, The Social Hunter, a lot of things have changed and I now try to combine my profession (social media) and my passion (this blog). So I partnered up with a friend to found Digital x 2. We want to run workshops and talks around social media and digital communications. But we don’t only want to talk about the usual stuff; that’s why we developed the ‘Become Your Own Brand Influencer‘ workshop. Our first workshop / talk will take place on 3rd November 2016 at Campus London. I’m so thrilled that the event is fully booked already but don’t worry we’re planning on running this workshop a couple of times due to high demand.

The idea of Digital x 2 started when my friend Emelie and I figured out we have so much expertise and stories to share. We wanted to speak to people and help them out. Our workshop should inspire people to think out of the box and be more creative in their professional lives. All this is a very exciting journey for me. I can talk about creative ideas all the time – here on my blog but also when I meet new clients.

Whatever you do I think these three steps might be useful in order to start a creative project.

  1. Create a website (we used a WordPress template)
  2. Get some nice photos (in this case we took some photos of us & collaborated with CMoreVision)
  3. Start one or more social media channels around the project

Everything else will follow and you will figure things out on the way. Once we have run the workshop I will tell you all about my learnings. Promised!

What do you think of my new creative project?

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Digital x 2 Found Some Paper

Photo by CMoreVision

Digital x 2 Found Some Paper

Photo by CMoreVision

 

Found Time And Created Some New Digital Designs

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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The other night – yes, night… I seem to work much better at night – I created some new digital designs. I actually watched a video series on Skillshare (looooove it) about choosing vintage imagery which has been collected and archived on the world wide web to create collages. It was such an inspiration. So I just looked for cool vintage images on the Internet and here are the results. My favourites were the octopus, the butterfly, the fish, the flowers, and the bees. They’re all quite nature related, aren’t they? And since I’m also obsessed with geometrics (see my triangle obsession) I thought I combine both. I love to create contrasts like nature and geometrics.

I’ve already published these designs on my Instagram account but I was thinking I should make these designs also available on Casetify and Society6. What do you think? I used to update my profiles all the time and now there is so much on my plate. I don’t want to complain because I love all the projects I’m working on.

You probably already know but I’m a social media consultant and therefore, I’m always on the lookout for collaborations. Let me know if you’re a freelancer in whatever category, e.g. graphic design, copywriting, photography, etc. Connect with me on my blog or on Twitter here. Besides my new digital designs I also just launched my client’s new website which I created on WordPress. There was a little proud moment when it went live. Check it out here if you want.

Don’t forget to send me your feedback! What do you think of my designs?

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Found #The100DayProject – What Will I Do?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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For a long time I wasn’t sure if I should participate in #The100DayProject but I see announcements everywhere and there’s one blogger who kept talking about it, my good friend Natasha from Graphique Fantastique. She also wrote a blog post about it mentioning her project from last year where she focused on triangles #100daysoftriangles (sooooo loved it).

It was really hard to ignore this project and I finally gave in. I’m going to participate! Let me quickly explain what the project is about. Starting tomorrow, 19th April 2016, people create something every day for 100 days based on their own topic and share it on Instagram. Have a look at the hashtag #the100dayproject and see what others are planning to do. Natasha just decided to do #100daysofgraphique and I’m excited to follow her journey.

You probably think it’s really hard to do something every day for 100 days and it probably is, I won’t deny it. But it’s also a great opportunity to get creative. A lot of people are with you and there’s a community you can connect with. Just do it!

Do you remember my art journal? I’m going to draw into my art journal every day for 100 days. I might not share a picture on Instagram every day (I know it’s against the rules but I don’t want to spam my account for 100 days). I think the most important part here is to do something every day. And I want to prove I’m going to do that by sharing my progress on Snapchat every day. It might be that I just have 5 minutes time during the day but I’m definitely going to draw into my art journal every day for 100 days. I call the hashtag #100daysofdoing.

The project starts tomorrow. Are you participating?

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Found 5 Easy Steps To Start An Art Journal Today

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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I finally did it and started my art journal. It took me nearly a year to start and I don’t want this to happen to you, too. I think it was a combination of different reasons why I didn’t start an art journal immediately.

  • I was over-thinking it a lot
  • I didn’t really know how to start
  • I wasn’t sure when I ever have the time to sketch
  • I was asking myself why am I doing this

Well, have a look at my results by scrolling down and let me know what you think of the beginning of my art journal!

It’s really easier than I imagined it and now I want to introduce you to a few simple steps on how to start an art journal today.

  1. If you already have the intention to start an art journal I can imagine you already bought a sketchbook because that seems to be the easiest and most fun part. There are tons of amazing notebooks out there. I got the pink one from Undercover by the way.
  2. Get yourself some pens, pencils, crayons, felt-tips or anything you like really. I want to clarify that there are no rules just guidelines to help you start.
  3. All set! But what to draw? Get your inspiration from Pinterest. Seriously, it’s an amazing place to get inspired. I created boards like ‘pattern‘, ‘graphic design‘ and ‘art journal‘ to collect a variety of inspirational graphics. Pinterest is a wonderful design search engine. I’m into geometry a lot lately which you can see in my latest Easter DIY blog post.
  4. That’s it! The rest is experimenting a lot. If you see all your drawings and sketches as an experiment there’s less pressure in your head.
  5. Extra tip: Try to sit down half an hour a day. It’s very therapeutic and helps you start the day relaxed or calm down in the evening after a challenged day. You don’t have to finish your page in 30 min. I came back to many of my drawings. It takes time, don’t rush yourself. It’s fun!

I’d love to see your art journals on Twitter – @foundsomepaper – if you’ve started already. If not, what are you waiting for?

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Found The Easiest Easter DIY

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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When it comes to DIY, I like it quick and minimal. Therefore, I thought I present to you the easiest Easter DIY. I haven’t told you yet that I have started an art journal this year – which was a goal I set beginning of 2015 (yes, it took me that long to start) – but don’t worry there’ll be a blog post on this soon. I mention this art journal in this post because I concentrate a lot on geometric shapes. I’ve taken this recent passion to make some cool Easter eggs.

Here are the few steps you need to take.

  1. Buy white eggs
    You might struggle finding white chicken eggs (at least when you live in the UK; in Germany they’re white most of the time). My boyfriend had the brilliant idea of getting duck eggs from our local market. Duck eggs are white. Buy as many as you want.
  2. Boil the eggs
    There are 2 reasons why I preferred to boil the eggs rather than blowing out the egg white & yolk. It’s easier to boil them (hello, laziness!) and I don’t really want to keep the DIY eggs till next year (hello, minimalism!). It just takes 10 min to boil the eggs. Done!
  3. Get inspiration on Pinterest
    Sometimes the biggest challenge can be what actually to draw on the eggs. I really love Pinterest as a resource. I created a pattern board a while ago and you’ll see my inspiration for the eggs mainly came from this Pinterest board.
  4. Use your pens
    You can use any pens, black or coloured. Again, I loved to be minimalist and stuck to black so it looks consistent. I used STAEDTLER pigment liner 0.5, Copic Multiliner Brush-S, Pentel Permanent Marker Chisel Point and a King Size Sharpie.
  5. Be creative
    The most important part: Start drawing! I started drawing in the middle and then let them dry a little in eggcups. After a couple of minutes I painted the top and the bottom of each egg.  I’m going to have the eggs in salads or for breakfast. Voilà!

If you create some Easter eggs yourself make sure to tag #foundsomepaper so I can share them with everyone.

Otherwise, do you have any DIY plans for Easter this year?

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Found Time To Start My Own Etsy Shop

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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Yay! I finally started my own Etsy shop. This was on top of my to-do list and it took me just two weeks in the new year to finally publish it. It’s still tiny but I’m super excited.

I made some interesting graphics as well which I’ve printed already; I’m just waiting for them to arrive in order to add them to my Etsy shop. You can have a little preview on my Instagram account if you want to. This is all part of my goals for 2016. I quit my job, went freelance and now I’m starting to make and design my own things. This is really a dream and I will do everything I can do develop it over the next couple of years.

Of course, there is the fear that I won’t sell anything. And it might happen. That’s why I’d be absolutely thankful if you can give me feedback.

  • Do you like the look of the Found Some Paper Etsy page?
  • Do you think the photos are good enough?
  • Does the description motivate you to buy any of the items?
  • Is there anything missing?
  • Is there anything particular you would like to see in my Etsy shop?
  • What’s your favourite product in my Etsy shop?
  • Any other feedback?

Don’t hesitate to give me any feedback on my Etsy shop. I really want to improve it and make it the best experience ever but I know I still have to learn some things.

Thank you so much!

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Found Some Secret DIY Xmas Gifts

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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The reason why I mentioned ‘secret DIY Xmas Gifts’ is because they are secret and I’m unable to reveal anything on my blog before Christmas. Don’t stop reading here though. I want to explain everything properly.

This year, instead of buying gifts for my family and friends I decided to make them all by myself. After all, this is a creative lifestyle blog and I need to show you that it’s worth coming by. I discovered that I read a lot about creativity but the ‘creating’ part is not enough in my life. So, I’m on a mission this Christmas! I have no idea what the result will look like, i.e. I can’t guarantee success but I can promise you a lot of fun, inspiration and behind-the-scenes footage.

As I mentioned above, I obviously can’t post anything about the gifts before Christmas on my blog because my family and friends are watching this space. I do have a solution though if you’re interested in what I’m creating. Subscribe to my email newsletter and I’ll send you regular updates of my creative chaos… ehm… I mean of my perfect DIY processes.

Of course, after Christmas I’ll post all DIY projects on my blog and I probably will also be able to tell you if my family liked it or if they were utterly disappointed. Fingers crossed it’s not the latter!

For secret DIY Xmas gifts SIGN UP HERE

What are your plans for Christmas?

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Found Lots Of Letters: The Letter Project

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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More than a month ago, I started The Letter Project on my blog. I haven’t written a letter since I was 10 years old so I was quite excited to try out if other people would join me in brining back the letter. I was overwhelmed by people who were interested in participating. We had 30 people who wanted to make a letter. I’m saying ‘make’ because look at the beautiful letters below.

Everyone put so much effort in their letters, I was so happy with every letter I discovered on Twitter and Instagram. A few people also sent me their photos via email so I hope I won’t spoil anything because I think not every letter arrived yet. Sorry, I couldn’t wait sharing the enormous creativity with you. I’m truly inspired by everyone.

I think The Letter Project is already a great success although there are still some letters on their way despite the deadline I set. I’m not a fan of deadlines – they remind me of work – but I thought people will wait for their letter forever and might never receive one if there is no end date. I think that’s something I learned from this project. Creating a letter takes time and effort. I’m really happy that everyone is so passionate about this project and I hope that I will be able to update you again saying that everyone has received their letter. Watch #foundsomepaper on Twitter and Instagram, I’m sure there will be more letters posted soon.

Would you be interested in participating in such a project?

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Found A Stunning Video Of The Bloggers Picnic

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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It’s finally here! The video of the bloggers picnic. I really love it and I hope you feel the same.

If you’re new to my blog let me quickly recap why I’m so excited about this video. End of August I organised my first blogger event in a park in London. If you want to see more photos go to my previous blog post. It was a great mix of some awesome bloggers, supporting friends and exciting brands who made the picnic unforgettable.

It’s probably best to watch the video in order to know what I mean.

Here you go!


What do you think? Would you like to attend an event like that?

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Found The Letter Project

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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When was the last time you wrote a letter? I bet you can’t remember. I understand it’s quite a hassle to write a letter, maybe even to make it pretty and then to send it to a friend compared to an email, a Snapchat, or a Whatsapp message.

I’m not saying I’ll make it less a hassle for you but I want to motivate you to get back to it, with The Letter Project. I already mentioned a few projects around writing letters at the very early days of my blog. Since then I have not stopped thinking about it and even sent two letters to my lovely friends in Germany. It’s not enough though. I really want to send more letters. I think it makes the receiver happy and it gives me the opportunity to be creative.

So here’s the plan:

  • Comment below with your email address or send me a message to foundsomepaper@gmail.com
  • I’m going to collect all the details of the participants
  • You have till 20th September 2015 to join us
  • Everyone (you don’t have to be a blogger by the way) will get a pen pal. YAY!
  • Send your letter by the 20th October 2015
  • Don’t forget to show us a picture when you receive/send your letter

I actually found an inspiration for The Letter Project. Gude from The Paperdashery got in touch with me and she just started her stationery brand. Part of her dreamy business is to create and send beautiful letters and packages. Whatever you need to ‘make’ your own letter you can find it in her shop. You probably noticed by now that I talk a lot about creating a letter. For me it’s not only about writing a few lines and sending it to someone, it’s an art itself. If I send a letter to a friend I want it to be special. When they open the letter they’re going to have an experience, a moment of happiness.

I found The Paperdashery’s Pinterest boards very inspirational so make sure you check them out. Gude will be also here (in the comments section) if you need any inspiration or have any questions about creating your letter. In order to get to know her a little better here are some questions for Gude.

  1. Why did you start The Paperdashery?
    I am a total stationery addict and also a keen snail-mailer with loads of fantastic pen pals, so this seemed the perfect way to combine my love of paper goods with happy mail (it also means I never run out of washi tape)!
  2. What makes your business unique?
    I truly believe in the positive power of happy mail.  We can make the world a better place by sending love to each other.  I’ve set up the #MamaMail project (happy mail for new mums) at The Paperdashery to do just that.  It’s a free service and all mamas who sign up get a discount code as a thank you for taking part.
  3. How do you stay creative?
    I like to be creative with the little things in life – making an origami card for a friend’s birthday, taking a photo of something I find beautiful in nature, I even find an absurd amount of pleasure in wrapping gifts (and orders)! I am inspired every day by my amazing Instagram feed – there is SO much talent out there from bloggers and crafters to artists and photographers.  And my boys (aged 3 & 4) love sticking, cutting, painting and constructing as much as I do.  They are fearless in their creative projects and are always keen to try out new materials and ideas, which means I feel free to experiment too without judgement or criticism.

I hope we get a few people together from all over the world. Gude and I are already two. Let’s do it!

Are you participating in The Letter Project?

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PS: If you want to get anything from The Paperdashery shop you can use the code foundsomepaper to get 20% off till the end of September. Happy creating!

*This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with a fellow blogger. I love supporting new businesses and I’m happy to promote these if they’re relevant for my blog.

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Welcome to my blog! I'm glad you're here because this is the right place to get inspired. Together we can live a more creative life and discover the curious world of art and design. I'm Uli & if you want to collaborate with me, send me an email at uli@foundsomepaper.com.

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