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Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

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Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

A few months ago I received an email from a lifestyle director inviting me to collaborate with Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine on a few projects inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration. I remember reading through the email and thinking that it must be a small collaboration for their website, but it ended up being an actual feature in the printed edition of Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine!

We worked together for a couple of weeks. Sending emails back and forth with ideas, inspirational boards, sketches, drafts and photos of the actual finished projects.

Their team was amazing and really helpful! I remember the day I had to send the finished products to their offices in New York for the photoshoot. I was exhausted that morning because I had to stay up late the night before, finishing all the details on the sugar-skull pillows and then as you can imagine, my motherhood responsibilities woke me up at 6am! I survived the morning in Jaxon’s class with tons of coffee. That afternoon I put Jaxon in his crib hoping he would take a nap, but he didn’t love the idea.

It’s funny, but I was so scared the mini paper nichos were going to get ruined inside the box, so I packed them inside some tupperware next to the memory card game and tons of tissue paper. I also watched a youtube video about how to pack artwork to make sure I was as protecting the tissue paper transfer art piece.

Some pictures of the projects before finishing them below:

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

  • ABOVE. The tissue-paper transfer art piece took me a long time! I had to figure out a way to make the project easy to make for the kids, but when I got the perfect material and created the template everything was fun and simple!  Find the DIY tutorial and template here: 4 Fun Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

I wish I had a picture of me walking from the parking lot to the USPS offices. I put Jaxon in a stroller and on top of the stroller, a humongous box. I maneuver like an expert with one hand, trying to protect Jaxon’s head from the box and holding the tissue paper transfer art piece in the other hand. I’m sure it was hilarious to watch from far away.

Two days ago, I finally met Grace Bastidas, the editor of Parents Latina and Ser Padres at the #WeAllGrowFamilia conference in Los Angeles. We talked about the collaboration and she gave me a copy of the Parents Latina issue with all the projects I created. It felt great to see the projects in print after putting so much work into them.

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

I invite you to check out the 4 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids that I created on the Parents Latina website. You can also find some templates there and all the instructions to create something amazing with your kids.

It makes my heart smile when I think about the Day of the Dead as the inspiration behind the projects I created. Seeing the pictures of the projects brings back memories of my childhood. I can see my mom, beside me, while I hold scissors, glue, felt and paper, and together creating memories while we talk about abuelito and tia rosa.

Dia de los Muertos is special because of the meaning behind the tradition, but also the colors. It connects with me on a deep level, because just like live colorful, day of the dead is all about celebrating life and cherishing the moments we spend with the people we love, even if they are not with us anymore.

Elba’s Craft Room Tour

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Turning a walk in closet into a special workspace or craft room.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

When we moved to this new home I was a bit sad because it had just two bedrooms. I didn’t want to share my baby’s nursery with my office anymore, and I didn’t want to have my craft material everywhere around the house.

After I finished unpacking the boxes for the bedrooms and living room I discovered that the entrance walk-in closet was still empty. I got excited because I knew I could use that space just for my craft material.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

My craft room / walk-in closet turned out to work surprisingly well. All my material is organized inside, and I even have space for a tiny work area. I added a chair and I’m able to doodle, color and sew in there.

I painted it recently because the walls were a little dirty and they looked boring. I added some horizontal lavender stripes. It looks cleaner, and even bigger thanks to the stripe effect. You can check out how I transformed the walls in this post: How to bring your boring closet to life.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

What I enjoy most about my space is being able to display some of the most special things aside the craft material that I use for my posts and YouTube videos. I have my favorite coloring books, personal doodles, illustrations, fabric samples and handmade items that remind me of Mexico and my family.

Since the video is just in Spanish, I didn’t want you to miss a sneak peek of my craft room so I took some pictures of my tiny but special space and some of the things I cherish most, especially the first stamp I created with Live Colorful’s logo back in North Carolina when I was selling handmade earrings. So many noteworthy things!

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

 

What’s your special space at home? Do you pin craft room inspiration too? Share your boards!

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

Make Time for Things that Make you Happy

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How to make time for the things that make you happy | LiveColorful.com

Back in 2014, before I got pregnant, I had so much free time. I used to spend so many minutes getting ready for the day, putting on makeup, choosing my clothes, taking selfies, reading, doodling and of course, making time for the things that made me happy like coloring, illustrating and making patterns. I particularly enjoyed the last three things on that list. I wanted to create more fabric and work on challenging sewing projects. I believed that with my baby, things would be hard of course, but possible. I naively decided that I was going to make the time to make patterns and draw every day while the baby slept.

Then, Jax was born. And with the blessing and happiness that he brought to my life, the responsibilities and tiredness appeared. One day after crying for hours, I realized that I needed to decide between spending my precious free time illustrating or sleeping. I decided to sleep, and it was the best decision or I wouldn’t have survived the crazy first months as a new mom.

Then when things got better what happened is that I got busy with well, life. Between projects with the blog, family and me trying to find myself in this new world as a mom, I forgot to make time for the things that made me happy.

A few weeks ago, I found one of my old notebooks with all my doodles and illustrations. I checked out my Spoonflower shop, that I hadn’t update in a whole year, and as soon as I scrolled down the shop I realized that I missed it. I missed the creative process, the search for inspiration and the joy I felt while illustrating and creating patterns.

How to make time for the things that make you happy (Elba Valverde Designs and Illustrations (@LiveColorfulCo) | LiveColorful.com

Just days after I found my notebook, I went to Los Angeles for the #WeAllGrow Summit and there I meet Dariela and Dariana, owners of daridesignstudio.com and artlicensingdesign.com. We had been virtual friends for a long time ago and I admire their work so much. Meeting them in person sparked that curiosity of getting back to old dreams and to pursue them again, this time as a team with my sister.

Here are some of the amazing things that happened at We All Grow Summit 2016 | LiveColorful.com | Photo credit: Dari at MamiTalks and Dari Design Studio.

I’m back to making time for the things that make me happy, like designing products, patterns and creating art and illustrations. I’m finally challenging myself to create something new everyday and I’m feeling creative again.

Filling blank pages in a new notebook is bringing me a great feeling of accomplishment and happiness. Something I didn’t appreciate enough when I had all the time of the world. Now a few minutes being creative are making a huge difference in the way I feel and I act. I’m inspired and excited and I count the hours to sit down and doodle at night, while my baby sleeps.

Have you found yourself feeling like you need to get back to doing something you haven’t done in a long time? How are you finding the time? Any tips on being productive as a creative person?

How to make time for the things that make you happy (Live Colorful Designs and Spoonflower shop (@LiveColorfulCo) | LiveColorful.com