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A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life

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I’m lucky to partner with BLOT supplies this holiday season, and inspire you with this fun and colorful stocking stuffer idea that every creative mom, student, kid will love to find on Christmas morning!

We finally moved into our new home and we couldn’t be happier to see the house looking organized and clean.

We opened the last box over thanksgiving weekend, and it was a box full of Christmas decorations. I was so excited about getting the house ready for the holidays, again! since we already had the decorations out in the other house days before we knew that we had to move. It’s funny now, but it was chaotic for a few days. I still can’t believe we decorated two houses in a month!

So the magic happened last Saturday night. I made hot cocoa, and we started to put together the christmas tree and spread around the house some ornaments, lights, ribbons and our cute Christmas stockings.

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

This is the first time we have a fireplace to hang the stockings. It’s exciting to imagine Jaxon’s face when he discovers that there are presents inside the stockings!

It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of cute and colorful school supplies, since I love making TO-DO lists everyday and I’m all about being productive and creative. Jaxon loves doodling with that kind of material too! For some reason gel pens and highlighters are way more fun than crayons. That’s probably why I got the idea of asking dad to fill our stocking with pretty coloring pens, highlighters, sticky notes and other cute things from BLOT supplies.

Check out more about BLOT and their products. I’m sure you can find some fun supplies to give as gifts this holiday season!

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You Can’t Force Creativity

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When Jaxon turned two years old, I began to worry that I could not make him sit down to paint or work on any crafty activities. It’s silly now, but at the time I actually felt stressed about the whole situation, especially when his teacher started to ask questions about Jaxon’s behavior at home.

He took him constantly to classes for toddlers where they tried to make him paint or glue pieces of paper and make art. But every time, I ended up tired running around and doing the activity myself. It was really frustrating, especially when I wanted him to join me and sit down with me and paint and he wanted to jump or do something totally different.

It was hard at the beginning, but one day I simply accepted that all the things I love doing were probably not going to be the same things that my child would love to do.

I started to pay more attention to the things that made Jaxon smile, just to discover how incredibly creative he was, but in a totally different way. He loves to act, sing and create imaginary spaces like ice cream shops and farmers markets where he oftens sells imaginary clothes, rocks, and chocolate.

I also discovered how much he loves being in nature and how much attention he pays to the things I say or teach him if we are in a park or hiking in the mountains. I joined him, and together we started to enjoy more of these activities that he likes to do. One day we built houses with leaves so the ants wouldn’t get wet in the rain, we also made a paper boat once, then jumped on it until it was completely destroyed. Something about smashing things catches Jaxons attention. He is extremely curious and active and sometimes is hard to keep him entertained.

Taking myself out of my comfort zone made me think about how he might feel when I try to sit him down and make him paint. Can you imagine trying to create something while all you want to do is run?

Today I finished taking a bath and while I was putting on my makeup I discovered that, on his own, Jaxon had taken out his crayons and was sitting at his desk along and painting.

So maybe I was all wrong, maybe, kids change and all is not lost, and the world does have meaning, and everything really is awesome.

How to Make your Own Coloring Page

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As a creative person and obsessive planner, I appreciate a good pen. I care about how it feels, how it looks and of course, the vibrancy of its mark. That’s why I was extremely excited about partnering with Pilot Corporation of America in this fun sponsored collaboration.

I have been a fan of Pilot Corporation of America for a long time. I heard amazing things about friends who already tried G2 gel ink pens before, and I wanted to feel the same excitement about planning, color-coding and overachieving my daily tasks.

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My two favorite things about G2 gel ink pens, are probably the vibrancy of their color options thanks to their special formula using pigments instead of dyes resulting in richer lines. I also enjoy the smooth texture when writing and the durability.

I have been using G2 gel ink pens in different ways in the last few days. I wrote to-do notes, grocery lists and even made some doodles that I translated into digital illustrations with success. That gave me the idea of making my own coloring page just for fun, and because I knew a coloring page and G2 ink pens would be awesome stocking stuffer or holiday gifts!

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How to Make your Own Coloring Page

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  1. The first step to make your own coloring page is the most fun one. Grab a cup of coffee, paper sheets and your awesome G2 gel ink pens and start doodling all over the sheet.

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  1. When you finish your doodles, scan your drawing.
  2. Edit the scan, if possible using your scanner editing options. You can also use a photo editing software or phone app. The key is to add about 80% of brightness and 90% of contrast into the image to make the lines more saturated, and give them that look of a coloring page.
  3. Crop any defects on the page if necessary and save your new page as PDF or JPG.

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  1. Now print your coloring page as many times as you like. It’s that easy! Especially using such a rich pen as G2!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

Get your G2 ink pens here and use the coupon code: G2SWAY for 20% off ALL G2 products (G2 Fashion, G2, G2 Metallics, G2 Mosaics, G2 BCA, G2 Pro, G2 Limited). Valid now through 12/31/16.

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I can’t wait to see what you make with your new G2 ink pens!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.