PROJECT BROWN BAG

whimsical balloons by laura ruth Oh hello, friends. Things are heatin' up with Eat Drink Create right around the corner! The artsocial headquarters is a wonderful mess of balloons, goodie bag treasures, and name tag assembly lines. This event is going to be off the heezy! And I only bust out that phrase when I reeeeally mean it.

So while I don't have June's Project Brown Bag recap for ya quite yet, the PBB train must roll on. Louise of Laid Off Mom is hosting the final round of PBB - psst and there's a twist!! So head on over to Laid Off Mom for the deets and to sign up to be a contributor!

It's only the best collaborative art project around. No big deal.

Image: Whimsical Balloons by Laura Ruth.

OUT OF THE OFFICE

lesconfettis Hello from Yosemite! Since I'm off enjoying the great outdoors this week, I've passed the Be Happy linkup baton to Laid Off Mom. Head over there to join today's linkup!

Can't wait to get back and catch up on your happiness posts! See you next week, friends! xo

P.S. when I get home, I'm totally redecorating my office like this...

Yes, I am.

Yes, huh.

Image via Les Confettis.

PROJECT BROWN BAG // JUNE

summer vacation project brown bag It's here! A new Project Brown Bag! Get excited, friends. This month's theme is one that will surely inspire you like cray. Cray, I tell you.

June's theme is: SUMMER VACATION. This time of year always reminds me of my childhood - eating Otter Pops, running through the sprinkler, going to the "beach" aka Cherry Creek Reservoir. Summers are so magical... I could totally go for an Otter Pop right now. Louie-Bloo Raspberry.

What were your summer vacations like when you were a kid? Tell me... visually. Oh yeah, we're gettin' creative like that. Join myself and Laid Off Mom for the most awesome collaborative art project around. Here’s how it works:

01  The first 3 commenters to leave a “Hell YES” in the comment section will have the privilege of being our art contributors for the month.

02  Contributors will email me their mailing address and a 200 x 200 pixel image of themselves, to be used in a blog post. (Please send to artsocialonline@gmail.com)

03  I will mail an art canvas to the first person to comment, and brown paper bags & mailing labels to each contributor.

04  Based on the theme of the month, the first contributor will add their own interpretation of the theme onto the canvas, using whatever art supplies/medium they wish (within the allotted time limit: 2 days) then that person will insert the piece into the provided brown bag & mail it to the next contributor whose address is provided on the mailing labels. (You get the art piece, you add to it, you send it out)

05  Once the canvas has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to me, the host. The host may/may not make their own contribution to the piece, then they will blog about it the following month with an intro about all our artists.

After a full year of art projects, we can look back and enjoy the artwork that has passed through so many different talented hands throughout the country!

* all contributors will be providing the postage

** all contributors must live within the contiguous United States

There is no right or wrong way to decorate or add to the canvas. Create what you want with whatever supplies you have!  I’m a fan of confetti… that’s not required, but I’m just sayin. As long as the canvas fits into the bag, you are good to go.

READY? SET… COMMENT!!!

P.S. check out last month's finished art piece on Laid Off Mom today!

Image by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG: SPRING

project brown bag Spring was last month's theme for the monthly art collaboration Project Brown Bag, and holywow did this crew do a fabulous job!

Layers of bright colors, sunshine, flowers bursting from the canvas - spring has been captured y'all. And the quote! Oh guys. The quote is so beautiful I can't stand it.

LIVE TO THE POINT OF TEARS - CAMUS

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Isn't that the perfect quote for spring? When life is everywhere and the world is an abundance of flowers and opportunities! Okay, maybe that's just my interpretation... but spring makes it so easy to live and experience fully, don't you think?

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Great, great job ladies. You nailed it. High five to April's contributors: Sara, Alyssa, and Alyssa!

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What do you think? Did they capture spring?

Project Brown Bag is a monthly art collaboration hosted by artsocial and Laid Off Mom. Like pen pals only waaay cooler. Want more information? Heck yeah, check it out!

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

project brown bag The monthly art project, Project Brown Bag, is getting GOOD, y'all. I got the final piece back from February's PBB contributors and was blown away. February's theme was celebrate. I'm so so impressed with the results. It's like each one of them knew exactly what to add to the canvas to make me fall in love with it. I mean pink poms? Glitter confetti? A CAT WEARING A PARTY HAT? Oh these ladies are good.

HUGE thank you to our contributors!!

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The canvas traveled from Amy to Lizzy to Lisa; Massachusetts to New York to Maryland. Well I think it's safe to say the East coast rocked PBB. What do you think?

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Louise of Laid Off Mom is hosting this month of Project Brown Bag, so head on over to her blog for more details + a chance to enter to be one of our art contributors! Go, go!

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

celebrate Last month, Louise of Laid Off Mom and I debuted a new monthly art project called Project Brown Bag - hollaa. January's group did an amaazing job. Guys, you are so dang talented.

It's time for another round of collaborative creation... ya ready? Here's how PBB works:

1.  The first 3 commenters to leave a “Hell YES” in the comment section will have the privilege of being our art contributors for the month.

2.  Contributors will email the host their mailing address and a 200 x 200 pixel image of themselves, to be used in a blog post.

3.  Either Louise or myself (whoever the host is for the month) will mail out a brown paper bag, an art canvas (to the first person to comment), & mailing labels to each contributor.

4.  Based on the theme of the month, the first contributor will “add” their own interpretation of the theme onto the canvas, using whatever art supplies/medium they wish (within the allotted time limit: 2 days) then that person will insert the piece into the provided brown bag & mail it to the next contributor whose address is provided on the mailing labels. (You get the art piece, you add to it, you send it out)

5.  Once the canvas has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to the host. The host may/may not make their own contribution to the piece, then they will blog about it the following month with an intro about all our artists.

6.  After a full year of art projects, we can look back and enjoy the artwork that has passed through so many different talented hands throughout the country!

* all contributors will be providing the postage

** all contributors must live within the contiguous United States

There is no right or wrong way to embellish or add to the canvas. Create what you want with whatever supplies you have!  I'm a fan of gold spray paint... that's not required, but I'm just sayin. As long as the canvas fits into the bag, you are good to go!

Ok, are you ready to get creative PBB-style? February’s theme is: CELEBRATE. Valentine's Day is coming, my birthday is almost here, my new site design is nearly complete... ahhh! Let's celebrate, huh?

Host – Erin

READY? SET… COMMENT!!!

 

Image by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

tim-walker Friends. Are you ready to get creative? You know I am. Well, me and Louise of Laid Off Mom have created one awesomely creative project for you guys, called Project Brown Bag. Get excited. Here's the gist:

We'll mail out a brown paper bag, art medium, and mailing labels to three people. Based on the theme of the month - psst January's theme is renewal - the first contributor will add their own interpretation of the theme onto the medium, using whatever art supplies they wish, then that person will put the piece into the provided brown bag and mail it to the next contributor (whose address is provided on the mailing labels). Once the art piece has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to us. Then we will blog all about your rad creations the following month.

That Louise has got some great ideas, eh? She's hosting this month of Project Brown Bag, so head over to her blog for more details and to enter to be one of our art contributors!! Wahoo!

 

Image by huckleberryyy found here.

INSPIRED

Is there anything better than getting a letter in the mail? YES. Getting handmade inspiration from one of your best bloggy friends, complete with star-shaped confetti and a handwritten note (folded old school style where you pull the tab and the letter unfolds). Yeah. That's better.

A while back Louise of Laid Off Mom and I decided to mail each other letters full of inspiration and motivation. Nothing expensive, nothing fancy.... and, ya know, it was the BEST thing I got in the mail all week. And that's saying a lot cuz I had ordered two pairs of shoes online.

L's letter totally made my day... maybe even my week. Last week was tough. In this blogging game it's so easy to feel unsure of yourself. I am so incredibly grateful to have stumbled into a community of strong, supportive, and endlessly inspiring bloggers. I heart you all so much. Wow, sorry to get all emo. All that from a letter, powerful huh?  Let's write more letters.

Oh! and guess what Laid Off Mom and I are planning for next Tuesday?? Guess. Nope, I'm not telling you. You'll just have to wait until Tuesday... omigah you're gonna love it.

 

P.S. - I'm so not used to writing letters, I actually typed out my letter to Louise and then wrote it... is that cheating?

Image one by Laid Off Mom | Image two found here.

DIY DATE // 3

A while back I wrote a post called Crafting for the Crafting Inept. That's because I'm a super impatient/not very skilled crafter. I want it to look uh-mazing and put very minimal effort into it. Unreasonable?

That, my friends, is why I looove digital crafts. Ok, some of you may be thinking that digital crafts aren't really crafts. Glue, scissors, physical materials must be involved. You might be right... but when MJ of Parscaeli picked "typography" for this month's DIY Date, I immediately rejoiced because I could create a typography diy of sorts right in good ol' Photoshop. No overwhelming trip to the craft store, no clean up, no Meowmers getting into my craft bag and ripping up my construction paper. This DDIY (digital DIY) is gonna be grrreat!

Plus I love Photoshop. I use it basically daily (whoa, computer nerd much?). I'm gonna show you a suuuuper easy way to use Photoshop to take your photos and/or Instagrams to the next level of awesome.

To add a little pizazz to your photos, Instagrams, or those phenom images you find on Pinterest, follow these easy steps:

1. open your image in Photoshop. If you want to add text to an Instagram, use a site like Instagrid or ink361 to save them to your computer... and then let the fun begin.

2. in Photoshop, select the type tool (the "T" in your toolbar). Cool shortcut? Just hit the "T" key on your keyboard to select the type tool.

3. now for a rad font. On the top bar you'll see a drop-down menu for font styles, font size, etc. Click on the drop-down menu to select the font you'd like to use. While Photoshop comes with plenty of options to pick from, I highly recommend browsing sites like Font Squirrel or Da Font for fun and FREEEE fonts to download. No more boring fonts, k?

4. click anywhere on your image and a cursor will appear. write your message, yo. I love finding inspirational quotes from my beloved text | image pinboard and typing them on my photos to create my own little art prints...

5. find the best spot for your text. To move the text around, use the "select" tool at the very top of your toolbar. Cool shortcut? Press "V" on your keyboard. Oh yeah. These seconds you save add up, ya hear.

6. Text too big or too small? Select the type tool once again and double click your text. This should highlight your text. Now go back to the top bar, click the font size drop-down menu to select a different size.

Easy, yes? You could totally print these off, frame them, and have yourself one awesomely unique gift...

This was a super quick lesson - if you have questions, please ask!! I'd love to help. I know Photoshop can be cray... artsocialonline@gmail.com.

Next up will be the "NOT SO SIMPLE" text lesson in Photoshop... stay tuned, friendies.

TABLE FOR ONE

Happy Wednesday, friends. Louise of Laid Off Mom has got one grrrreat post for you guys. Let's dive right on in... Two is always better than one….

Cookies. Cupcakes. Pigtails. Socks.

Did I mention, cupcakes?

Dining alone isn’t even fun unless you have someone to split the bread and dessert with.  It’s taboo!  Who does that anyway?!

I do.

I used to think that eating alone, RSVP’ing to a wedding alone, let alone showing up to a party sans a partner, was crazy!  Just plain cray cray!  Rachel Green never dined alone…so I sure as hell wasn’t even gonna dare do it!

That was until college.  I lived in San Francisco for 3 years during college, and barely knew anyone.  So I really had no choice when it came to dining alone or going somewhere…alone.  I had roommates, but we were busy with our own lives most of the time.  With the exception of my boyfriend at the time…I just had me.  And believe it or not, it was great.  Gave me a chance to think a lot, to explore on my own…to be me.

Ever since then, anytime I hung out with my friends or was invited to a dinner…I never minded going alone.

One thing I noticed when I’d be with a group of my girlfriends, is that “birds of a feather, flock together”.  You always try to stick with your pack.  Which is great, don’t get me wrong!  But there is beauty and joy in going to a party and branching out…. meeting new people and creating great friendships that otherwise you wouldn’t have done, had you been with your girlfriends, and only with your girlfriends.

I attended the Floof Bug launch party last month, and did just that.  I went alone. Brought no one with me, and I had fun!  And I met a fellow blogger, Megan of The Nerdy Girlie, in the process.

I used to be nervous that I’d be “that” girl, when I was alone at a party, or at a restaurant.  But not anymore.  While I am accompanied by my hubbs & my girls most of the time, I don’t rely on their company.

Being alone shouldn’t be feared.  Relish in the moments of solitude, of bravery, and welcome new friendships.  There are friendships to be made and places to discover…if only you let go.

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