SO, Big news! Last week I joined the Stampin’ Up! Team as a demonstrator. I will now offer all sorts of paper crafting classes. I have always wanted to be a teacher so now I can share my love for paper, design, color, and spending time with other creatives. Classes will include everything from card making, scrapbooking and decor. I will share more about stamping up throughout the week!
I have a lot of different fun class ideas and I plan on hosting an event for each one of them. I will also be posting mini tutorials on the blog and in my newsletter! Each class will include all of the supplies you will need to make at least one item to take home. If you would like to host a class at your home, you can email me at email@example.com.
November 9th Card Making Class: You will Learn to make:
- 2 Chirstmas Cards
- 1 Card Mystery
- 1 Christmas goodie bag (candy Included)
- $10 up front to secure spot
(I have to order the supplies with your payment)
- Deadline to book is Nov. 2nd
- Supplies to make 3 cards and one goodie bag included
- If you pay and then can’t make it, you will still
receive your supplies and instructions
- The class will be held at my apartment in Little Rock
you will receive the address upon signing up!
- Get the chance to win during the class:
Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle ($25 value)
- Snacks and beverages included!
- If you get a friend to come, you will get $5 off your next class
Only 8 spots Available!
To secure your spot in this class click the button below. (You do not have to have a Pay-Pal account to purchase your spot. Pay-Pal also accepts credit/debit cards.)
This past weekend, my friend and I went for a fun day out on the town. We visited many thrifty and vintage stores but, two of my favorite were Galaxy Furniture and Arkansas Record & CD Exchange. We had such a great time looking around and I loved so many things in both stores. I would definitely go back to both!
The above couch is vintage and amazingly comfortable! My friend actually bought it that day (sorry guys, you can’t have it!) Check out those side tables!
They had all kinds of vintage table set ups all over the place. This one happened to be my favorite! That bowl and that painting, would look great in my house! I mean my walls already match theirs, it is meant to be.
The neon bagel sign is something that I really would love in my house. Talk about FUN!
I didn’t happen to snap any photos in the Arkansas Record & CD Exchange, but I LOVED it in there. They had records, new and old, all over the place. They also said that if there was anything they didn’t have, they would order it for us! Too cool! Vinyl just has this raw sound that gives music a little character.
I would love to have more days like these sometime real soon!! By the way, I was not paid to say any of this, I just had a great time and enjoyed their stores!
What are you planning to do this weekend? You still have a little of the week left to plan something cool or you could be spontaneous like us and just explore your own town! – xoxo Jessica
If I were to ask you right now, if you knew who you were what would you say? Why does it matter? It matters if you are trying to start a business or it could be that missing bit of information that helps your company grow. Crazy huh? Knowing the in’s and out’s of your own personality, thoughts, and beliefs can help you figure out more about your brand than you think it could. That is the first thing we are going to go over today with this new mini series all about branding. I am not sure how many of these I will do, hey, I may do them for a long time. I am just going to share everything I know! These first few things are just a few things to think about when branding or re-branding your company. Knowing who you are as a person is just the tip of the iceberg.
What is branding anyway? Branding is what makes your company YOUR company. It is not simply just a logo, website, and matching marketing materials. Everything you put out into the world effects your brand. Even your personality will reflect back onto your business. People will see you and think, “Oh I know her, she is so sweet I bet her business is the sweetest thing, I better check it out.” Or they could think, “Oh I know her, she doesn’t really have it together yet, I bet she has a hard time keeping that business going.” OK OK! maybe they won’t be so cheesy and think that exactly, but subconsciously, they will have all of these pre-conceived notions about your business before they even know what it is about. That is how people are, even without meaning to be.
Lets start talking about your morals. With having your own business you can follow (or not follow) whatever morals you like. It doesn’t matter really, but it is good to know what yours are and stay true to them. You don’t have to go telling everyone what you do and don’t feel is right and wrong though. Just by the way you handle situations, people will get a feel for them.
Next, think about your priorities. These are a big deal because you need to know what is most important in your life. That way you have a starting point and can set hours for yourself and you can work towards something. Do you put your family first? Maybe you want to do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be, no matter the cost. Is it important to you that you make a lot of money or are you looking for happiness? Whatever priorities you have will help you in situations that may be tough. If something comes up and someone asks you to do something for a lot of money, but you don’t really think it will make you happy, you can politely turn them down because maybe your top priority is happiness. See how it works?
A few other questions to ask yourself before branding or re-branding is: What are your dreams with this business? What are your current routines? Are you a flexible person? There are plenty more to think of too. The point is, knowing who you are can hopefully help you push through with a little more confidence and direction. Just remember that with owning a business, YOU make the decisions and you don’t have to meet anyone else’s criteria. Another thing to keep in mind is that people change over time and you probably will too. Priorities, morals, routines, they are all changeable, but it helps to know where to start!
Do you know who you are? If not that is okay, you will get there! Next week I am going to talk about the visual side of your branding and why it is important to hire someone who knows what they are doing with creating the face of your business.
I hope you all have had a fantastic Wednesday! This week has been a very interesting one! I thought I would check in and let you all know that today (if you haven’t noticed already) and tomorrow, I will not be posting as normal. I will be back Friday with a little weekend inspiration and next week will be back to the normal schedule!
In the mean time, get out and enjoy the rest of the evening. Enjoy your loved ones. Enjoy your life!
I will still be on Instagram and Twitter though so don’t be afraid to reach out if you are needing a little boost or just want to chat!! As always xoxo – Jessica
This month I have been working on creating new habits with a 30 days of effort challenge that I have come up with for myself. In the beginning I listed a few goals that I wanted to accomplish and I wanted to update you all on how all of those are going! It has been a crazy month, but that could be a good thing right?
1. Boost social media traffic – So far my friends and followers across all social platforms have slightly increased, but haven’t significantly shot up. I am okay with this though because I want this to be an organic process. I want to gain true readers and followers, not just a bunch of people who don’t really care what I am talking about. I have actually made a few friends along the way too.
2. Boost blog traffic – My over all blog traffic has doubled since last month! This is good, but there hasn’t been as much interaction as I had anticipated. That will be my next focus.
3. Create more content – I have been doing well at creating new content every day. I am interested in seeing some of my current topics grow a little more. I am also excited to add new things and maybe ditch a few things. Over I feel like I am doing a lot better at creating content though.
4. Work from an editorial calendar – I have done well at this, half of the time. I feel like it is still definitely a win though. I created an initial calendar and I feel like I have stuck to it on most days but needed to improvise on others because I didn’t feel like what I had planned was relevant or I just didn’t feel any fire about the topic any more. The biggest issue I am having now is that I haven’t posted at consist times during the day. Though It is a work in progress, I am definitely happy with how far I’ve come.
5. Illustrate more – With excitement, I have been doing really good at this. I have illustrated digitally or by hand, every single day! Wooot!
6. Update portfolio – I have hardly focused on my portfolio this month, but it is an area I still need to work on. This goal will stay on my list and I will need to come up with some mini goals to make sure this gets done.
7. Work on plans of income – This goal is still in a planning and research stage. On last Friday I shared some of my favorite finds, though I found a ton. I will talk more on this a little later.
8. Update blog design – This is one of my favorite goals to work on so far. I definitely have something in the works, but I don’t want to ruin all of the surprise with too many details! I can’t wait to share!
9. Plan to collaborate with someone – Wow, surprisingly enough, this one sort of fell into my lap. Again, I have a few things in the works for this goal, but I am definitely working with others. Yay!
10. Wake up early every day – Apart for last week when I was sick, I have woke up around 5 every day (even at 6 or 7 on the weekends might I add) . I have been trying to spend every spare second I can creating and learning to make my business the best it can be.
It is only day 23 of my 30 day challenge, so why do you think I am re-capping so early? Well the truth is, this challenge is meant for me to just make an effort every day. I will still be doing that long after the 30 days are up, but I would like to start focusing on some new goals and I wanted to give everyone a bit about what has been going on this month with my first set of goals. That is the beauty about running a business, if you don’t like something, you can change it. I will talk more about my new goals soon!
Have you been working on making an effort everyday? Let me know how in the comments! Also, how did you like the free printables last week?
Should I make more? - xoxo Jessica
Sometimes as bloggers we can get so carried away with creating content and having a great blog that we may lose sight of how we can engage our readers. When creating a post, there are a few things to think of that may help you keep your readers tuned in. Ask yourself these questions before creating content.
1. Does this blog post help someone in some way? Your content could help them understand something better or give them the knowledge to do something.
2. Does this blog post inspire? Post creative photos, graphics, or an inspiring read.
3. Does this blog post invoke emotion? If you create content that your reader can connect to on a personal level, they will more likely feel the need to speak up more often.
4. Does this blog post contain useful resources? When I am surfing blogs for resources I am always very appreciative and will save the link and often share it.
5. Am I in love with the content of this blog post? This is the most important question to ask yourself. If you are in love with the content you are creating, it will shine through to your audience and THAT is something that can’t be replicated. People love to interact and be entertained by the personality you have to offer in your posts. So be YOURSELF!
If you cannot answer yes to at least one of these questions, maybe you need to go back to the drawing board. If you are not at least creating content you love, then its time to re-think what you are writing about.
Engaging your readers is important to the community of your blog. Your readers are what make your blog thrive. Not only will you be able to keep your content fresh, your readers will also give you valuable feedback. This is information you would never known if there were tumbleweeds rolling across your blog front.
How do you keep your readers engaged? As a reader, what blogs tend to keep you more engaged? – xoxo Jessica
I have been really digging the color yellow lately and this tiny pop of yellow is enough to make me swoon.
On another note, this Sunday is my husband’s birthday. I can’t talk about it yet because it’s a secret still but I AM EXCITED! I hope you all have a great weekend. Do you have plans? Let me know in the comments! - xoxo Jessica
“Ouch!” my ring fingernail broke off right at the quick. A tiny bit of blood came out as I was rummaging through all of the trash in the bottom of my old jeep. “I just need one more quarter.” I must have muttered out loud because as soon as I had, my throat clinched. I had found a nickel, 2 dimes, and one quarter. One more quarter was the only thing that stood in the way of me not having to choose between sending my mom a postcard and buying another 25 cent jug of water.
It had been almost 6 hours since I drank my last drop of water. The Arizona sun was unmerciful, the floor of the desert was hot, dry, and ready to take me under. My finger stung from all of the dry sand getting into my open wound. The search for a quarter didn’t seem too hopeful, it looks like my mom will have to wait to hear from her little roadie. She didn’t even want me to go on this adventure of the States. I hope she forgives me.”
This is number 3 of a 10 part series of made up book covers and excerpts. Today’s book cover is about a girl who is traveling the USA by herself. She is broke in Arizona and is desperately needing water. She also needs to send her mother a postcard because she hasn’t found a public phone for days. How do you think her story would end if this was a real book? Let me know in the comments! – xoxo Jessica
Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! Don’t forget on Wednesdays there will be free background downloads. I have included the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 background versions. Some of you may recognize this photo from a previous post, BUT oldies are goodies and I just LOVE this as my own background. So please enjoy!
The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station Museum was another fun adventure for my husband and I on our first anniversary trip. For only $5 we could see all of the buildings on the grounds including the light house.
The Light house tower is 175 feet tall, and is the tallest lighthouses in Florida. They say it is one of the tallest in the nation!!! FYI, they close the tower if there is any lightning but you can get a rain check if you just want to come back later or a different day. I bought our tickets and as soon as I stepped up to go inside the tower, they closed it’s doors to let the storm pass.
The beautiful view was so amazing. We could see so much. This little quite harbor was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. I have always wanted to live in one of those towns that have one.
The stairs were very narrow and steep! Let me tell you, do not wear sandals or any other slip on shoes when you are climbing them!
I was so caught up in the beautiful horizon that I didn’t really get a good photo of me, so here is my husband Calvin. I hope you enjoyed the photos. What is the tallest structure you’ve ever been on?? – xoxo Jessica