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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!

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

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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.

How to Create an Inspirational Desk Space

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My baby was 9 months old when we moved to this house. He was crawling and extremely curious and I wanted to keep my desk away from him as much as possible.

I left the desk inside the bedroom and it worked great for us for a few months. Then one day I got tired of it. It was getting stressful, you know, to have the desk and the mess just next to the bed.

So I decided to move it to the living room area. That way I could continue working on small projects, editing pictures and working on simple things while my baby is playing with his toys.

My desk is now next to a big window. The view ended up being really nice. It feels refreshing.

But soon after I moved the desk to the living room, the place where I spend half of the day, I realized the importance of keeping everything organized and also looking interesting. I just didn’t want to have everything in one place, I wanted to create an inspirational workspace that flowed with the decoration.

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There are so many ways to create an inspirational workspace, since it’s something personal. The key to getting started is to collect a few things that are special for you. Then, play with the way you display it. Everything should look organized but also meaningful, so you are always motivated.

Here are some of my favorite things to incorporate in your desk space to make it look organized and special:

Artwork

It can be an abstract painting with colors you love, a print with an inspirational quote, or a photo of your family, kids or friends.

There is also another cool idea that I like to try from time to time. Make a vision board about your creative business’s goals or about your personal dreams and frame it so you can see it all the time.

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Flowers and plants

It doesn’t matter if these are fresh, dried, made out paper, silk or glass. Flowers and plants will always make you smile.

Colorful office supplies

Get the most interesting or colorful office supplies to make every boring task a bit more fun.

Candles

Stimulate your brain and senses with an aroma you love. Plus, candles containers are a pretty decorative element.

Books

I like the idea of using books as decoration. Organize them by size or color.

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Special things

Incorporate elements that are special and inspirational for you. For example, over my printer I have a hand printed handkerchief that I got in a vintage store. It reminds me of my love for patterns and prints from around the world. I also have a heart made of perler beads that I bought from a little girl in the park. It makes me think of her confidence.

Recently, I received a doll from Emily Johnson, owner of Mushroom Spring. She creates magical soft sculptures, marionettes, mobiles and illustrations. She sent me this cute handmade doll with pink hair. I instantly felt animated, something about her whimsical and playful look made me smile. Her doll was the perfect element to add into my workspace because it feels special and magical.

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Check out more of Emily’s work on her website and Instagram.

Other thing that helps is to maintain your desk always current. The world changes so fast, we change so fast, so it’s normal to have new goals, new favorite colors and new books to add to our desk space. Keeping it new and fresh will help you feel inspired.

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Tell me, what is your workspace area like? Is your desk filled with inspirational things? What’s the most special object in it?

Crafting with Blogger Friends is Fun!

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A few days ago I joined a Creatives Box Swap (#CreativeBoxSwap) that my friend Dean from Mrs.AOKaworkinprogress hosted on her blog. As soon as I saw the invitation I got excited because well, snail mail is awesome and getting to connect with other creatives from the country sounded amazing and fun.

I was paired with Colleen from Colleen is creative. I loved her digital scrapbooking pages with her family. It inspired me to make something similar with my baby’s pictures.

I sent her an embroidery pendant kit, stencils, washi tape and pink paper goodies! since pink is her favorite color.  I told her that I really want to sew more, so she sent me some adorable and colorful fabric squares and scraps, and a pocket coloring book that is so perfect to take with me everywhere I go.

This box swap was not only a great opportunity to make new friends, but also to push ourselves to get creative! and have fun crafting with new material!

I can’t wait to show you what I make with all this fabric, the first thing that came to my mind is to create a mini quilt, but I think I want to try something different, I just don’t know what to make. I found this project that I think it’s kind of cool, any ideas?

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