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What Creativity Means to Me

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SPONSORED BY LIFEWTR | Live Colorful

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I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want. I know this because I grew up listening to stories about the power of imagination, just like the stories LIFEWTR is sharing through the artwork on their bottles. That’s what gets me excited about partnering with LIFEWTR and 7-Eleven, and bringing you amazing inspirational stories to create and refresh your creative soul.

I was thinking about why creativity matters so much to me the other day, while I was trying to explain it to a friend. I told her a few stories of my childhood and how both of my parents are extremely creative.

My dad used to draw amazing portraits, and I’m reminded how talented he is every time I go to my grandma’s home and walk up the staircase. An uncle was telling me a story one day and he mentioned how my dad used to sit down at the table in the corner of their bedroom to draw until midnight, and how much they hated it because the light was on for hours. He and his six brothers shared a “bedroom”, that was more like an open space on the second floor of their home. I always think of that when I complain about the space I have in my home for art and crafts.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

My mom developed her creativity from early age, and more from necessity than anything else. She didn’t have much as she grew up, which lead her, and her siblings, to use whatever they could find to create the things they needed to survive. Growing up like that defined my mother’s character and her confidence to believe that she could create whatever she imagined. I looked up to her all my life, because she inspires me to dream.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I like to remember myself at four years old when I used to sell my artwork to neighbors for 50 cents. I remember that, and how 11 years later, I found one of my old neighbors and she told me that she still had one of the painting she bought from me because it reminds her how brave I was that day, knocking on her door and selling her my adorable artwork. It was a bit weird, but also kind of awesome, to know that one person in the world kept something I made because it made her feel something positive.

Walking through 7-Eleven, and finding these colorful bottles featuring art from three young artists who have discovered the empowerment that comes with creativity, made me feel really inspired to come back home and create.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I believe, just like LIFEWTR believes, that inspiration is as essential to life as water, because it moves us forward by unleashing our creative potential. Their series 4 bottles focus on ‘Arts in Education’ and the focus is to bring art back to schools. You can learn more about that initiative here!

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

Every few months, LIFEWTR will be launching a new series of LIFEWTR bottles focused on a unique aspect of art, and putting the spotlight on three new artists. I can’t wait to see their Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottles and I’m sure they’re going to be super colorful, too!

Find these amazing LIFEWTR bottles at your local 7-Eleven and tell me, what does creativity mean to you? What is LIFEWTR inspiring you to create today? For more LIFEWTR inspiration, click here!

Beautiful Animal Art

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Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

I have been a renter for almost 8 years! And I have to confess that I kind of like the idea of decorating different homes every two years or so.

This new home that we are renting now is smaller than the last one we were living in, but we love that it is bright and it has big windows and smooth walls and ceilings. The walls are still empty, but I’m excited about filling them with special pieces of art and illustrations from friends from around the world.

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

My friend Ana Sofia Castañon sent me two of her pieces a few days ago. She told me these illustrations were inspired by her kids, which makes them even more special.

I know the perfect place for her pieces in my home, one is going to be above Jaxon’s dresser and the other one in a small charming nicho that is in this new home’s hall. I can’t wait to see them framed :)

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Ana Sofia Castañon art | Live Colorful

Check out Ana Sofia Catañon’s website to find out more about her work. She is amazingly talented and I’m sure you are going to love her work as much as I do. More animal art prints here

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers

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This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with Hobby Lobby. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I have been wanting to make a fun paper flower display for my studio for a long time. I wanted to create something colorful that would cheer me up while in crafting. So when Hobby Lobby invited me to participate in this campaign, I got extremely excited. I knew it was the perfect excuse to bring the outdoors in with beautiful Spring colors and textures.

So I took a trip to my local Hobby Lobby to get all the material. I honestly could spend hours in their paper craft section, the cardstock displays look like rainbows! But I needed to focus, and after a couple of minutes wandering, I finally decided to take home a couple 12 x 12 sturdy cardstock in varying textures and colors.

I got home and I started brainstorming about the project. At first I wanted to make one giant flower of each color, but then I thought mixing all the colors and textures in one flower would create a more interesting effect, and I was so right!

Check out the easy steps so you can create your own indoor floral display to decorate your home or to make a  pretty photo backdrop for an upcoming spring party.

MATERIAL (to make one flower):

  • Cardstock. I used 12 x 12 inch cardstock in seven different colors. Six different colors for the petals and one white cardstock for the center of the flower.
  • Printer paper sheets. I used three sheets to sketch the petals
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

STEPS:

Step 1: Draw three different sizes of petals on white printer paper sheets to make molds.  

Step 2: Mark the center of the 12 x 12 inch cardstock and draw the petals using the mold. 

Step 3 and 4: Mark an X that cross the flowers in the middle and mark it pressing gently with the exacto knife. That is going to help fold the petals to create an interesting 3D texture.

Step 5: Cut the flowers leaving the petals connected by the center.

Step 6: In total you should have six flowers. Two flowers of each size of petal.

Step 7: Glue the flowers together. I started with the biggest petals to the smallest ones and I arranged them so you can appreciate all the six colors.

Tape your giant colorful flowers on the wall and start enjoying them!

TIPS:

To make the center of the petal use the white cardstock or a white printer paper sheet and draw skinny long petals of about ¼” x 1” and connect them with a skinny line just like the pictures below. Then roll them and glue them together. You can also use giant pom poms as the center of the flowers!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

Next week I’m hosting an Easter party for my kid’s friends and mommies. I’m going to take these paper flowers for the patio to make a picture backdrop. That’s the awesome part about these giant flowers, I can move them around the house as much as I want and enjoy them for different occasions!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I know you are going to have lots of fun at your local Hobby Lobby this spring! Here is a  40% off coupon so you can get all the material you need to craft all season.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.