Design Tip Tuesday-Write, Draw, Scribble. 

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When the inspiration seems to be sucked out of your brain, get back to the basics.

Write
Take time to write your vision and the goals ahead. If your work requires daily updates, it’s good to create a schedule for the month of what needs to be posted or shared. If making a schedule for the month seems overwhelming, start by creating a schedule for the week ahead.

Also, define your project by writing down colors that you’re thinking of using and design styles that will compliment the project. Be sure to write down the audience you’re trying to target and the overall purpose of the project.

Draw
If you’re really stuck, just draw. Draw anything. Pick up a paint brush and some paint and just draw. Or use some charcoal to sketch out ideas. Seeing your ideas in different mediums, textures and paper, will help you navigate through the lack of inspiration. Going old school, getting a bit messy, will help you see things you might not see if you’re behind a computer screen.

Scribble
It doesn’t have to be perfect. As much as I love for my designs and images to look close to perfection, I know that there must be a certain level of quirk in order for it to look authentic.

While jotting down ideas, scribble, write your ideas up and down the paper, write in cursive, or try scribbling your current mood with an illustrated emoji. The less perfect, the better. The idea is to scribble and write ideas in a way you haven’t tried before. You might find something unique and beautiful while letting your imagination flow. And in turn, those illustrations or scribbled ideas can be used for your project and designs.


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Design Tip Tuesday-Take Great Pictures

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One way to make a positive impact on your design and brand is by taking great pictures, posting great pictures, and capturing unique images.

Using pixelated and bad quality images can devalue your brand identity and design. I’m not a photographer, but I’ve learned what a great picture looks like by researching great photographers’ work. And I’ve also learned to take good pictures when I don’t have a photographer readily available.

Posting good quality images on your social networks can also increase your audience, which in turn will bring more business. It’s better to take your own pictures than taking something from Google. At some point, if you want to be deemed as a professional, you can’t steal pictures from Google. Using your own photography makes your brand stand out from the rest. Images that are unique to your brand distinguish you from the competition. And by investing in your own photography, you’re creating a voice for your brand.

Aside from taking unique and good quality pictures, it’s good to keep in mind the Rule of Thirds (especially when you have a low budget and need to take your pictures). The Rule of Thirds is a fundamental composition principle both in photography and design.

The Rule of Thirds states that an image is more appealing when it’s objects are composed along imaginary lines (think of the Instagram grid when you’re cropping your picture) which divides the image into thirds, both vertically and horizontally.

Positioning points of interest in the intersecting parts of the lines can create a more appealing and balanced image.

Here are some examples:

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I hope you enjoyed today’s design tip. Is there any specific tip you’d like to read about next? Write to me at info@styldbygrace.com.

Also, I would love to connect with you on Instagram. Tag your pictures with our handle @styldbygrace on Instagram. We might repost your pic ;) Can’t wait to see your amazing pictures!

Special thanks to my friend/photographer Nick Gulla for taking these amazing pictures at Bill Baggs Cape Florida Beach, Key Biscayne.

Anchored by God-Hope

Faith

Written by Jenny Ortega. Follow her blog at anchoredbyhispromise.com!


When Theresa asked me to write about being anchored in God, I immediately doubted myself. I felt intimated. I felt like I wasn’t worthy.

As my mind was drowning in negative thoughts, God reminded me of who I am IN Him!

  • I am a daughter of the Most High God.
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • I am redeemed.
  • I am precious.
  • I am chosen.
  • I am loved!

This is why God is my anchor! When I doubt myself, when the raging waves surround me, and I am in the midst of a storm seeing no way out, I cling onto Him.

My Anchor holds me in place despite what surrounds me.

But in order to be anchored in God I need to know who He is and who I am IN Him.

When God created Adam and Eve, He walked with them daily. From the very beginning, God created humans to have an intimate relationship with Him. In order to know Him intimately, He provides us with:

His Word
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG)

Prayer
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace… This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.” – Matthew 6:6,8 (MSG)

I encourage you to spend time reading His Word and in prayer! It takes a lot of discipline to become consistent, but you will see how God starts working in you as you learn more about who He is!

As a first year teacher, I constantly doubted every move I made. Due to my insecurity, I tried to mimic every teacher around me. I didn’t know who I was and because of that I became everyone else.

When we don’t know who we are, it’s so easy to be swayed by the waves of this world. Our family, society and the world are constantly telling us who we are. But when we are secure in our identity in Christ, in who He called us to be, we are no longer tossed back and forth by the waves. Instead, we stand firm in who God created us to be!

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14 MSG)

I pray that you will allow God to become your anchor! When the storms of life come, remember who He is and who you are IN Him!

For IN Him, we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

I’ll leave you with this:

Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. (Psalm 62:5)

We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure. (Hebrews 6:19)

Cling onto Hope!

Design Tip Tuesday-Simplicity

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Simplicity

Keeping your design simple and straight to the point is most effective. The more you add to it, the less it’s legible and appealing to the eye. When there’s too much texture, copy, and color, there is no “take-away” from it. When designing, there should always be a specific element that stands out. Keeping it simple helps you achieve that goal.

Next time, you’re creating something or dressing up, take something OUT of the design or from your outfit. It will showcase the elements that really matter. Simplicity adds sophistication and a modern edge to any design. Not all artworks are created the same, though. Some will require more “stuff”. But if the goal is to still make the most with less, you will have a beautiful, well-executed piece.

Anchored by God-Introduction 

Faith

  
Hello there! 

Summer is here and it’s scorching HOT in Miami! I love the summer. It’s a time to hang out with family and friends and kind of take it slow. In Miami we go to the beach, have cook outs, go fishing, visit the Keys, and go to Disney World.

For sometime now, summer for me, has been a time to relax but also to seek God in the quiet. When the hustle and bustle goes down a notch, I make it intentional to seek God in a deeper way. There’s something about the quiet that helps us listen more intently to God’s voice in our lives. 

This summer will be no different! So I’m taking this summer to share what it means to be Anchored in God. Some of the thoughts that immediately come to my mind are:

  • What does it mean to be anchored? 
  • Who or what is currently anchoring me? 
  • If God should be my anchor, shouldn’t I know who He truly is before I fully understand this concept?
  • How can I remain anchored and devoted in my walk of faith? 

I’m looking forward to learning and diving into these thoughts with you. For now, I’ll leave you with something simple. A definition and bible verse.  What exactly is an anchor and what does it do? And what does God’s word say about it?

An anchor is a heavy object attached to a rope or chain, used to secure a vessel to the sea bottom. In a figurative sense, an anchor is a person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation. 

And the bible says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NIV)

So, will you be joining Styld by Grace in this mini devotion series? What are you looking forward to learning?

P.S. My girlfriends and I headed to the beach to take some fun pics for this mini series. Will be sharing more throughout the summer!