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Survey Results. It’s Time to Create!

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Live Colorful Studio.  Elba Valverde

This weekend was hopeful for many of us who believe in a country guided by kindness and acceptance. It was a reminder that we are together, and that when we unite, we can achieve great things. I want that for Live Colorful too. To create a community of dreamers, makers, artists, color lovers, who are always in a search of a better version of the world and themselves.  

Friday night, I sat down to draw a quote related to the march on Saturday in my journal. That quote ended up looking unintentionally like a woman raising her arm in a white dress, with a heart on her chest.

Love is the Movement. Live Colorful

It’s funny, because I didn’t realized that it looked like that until my husband pointed it to me hours later. My plan was to make just the quote, but then I drew something I didn’t like on one side, so I decided to cover all the edges with paint. Thinking about what I decided to make, and how it ended up looking. It made me feel like art journaling is indeed, helping me process my thoughts and emotions.

I started an art journal at the end of 2016, without knowing that one of the scariest things in my life was about to happen just a few days after. I had a car accident three days before New Year’s Eve. I felt how my world was shaken and I have found a way to heal fear and anxiety in paint, watercolors, ink and markers.

Art Journaling Love. Live Colorful Studio

Some people, like myself, find regular journal writing difficult to maintain. But art journaling comes easy, and even relaxing and fun.

A few days ago I created a survey for my Instagram community to get to know what they would they like to see more in the blog. These were the options:

  1. PERSONAL POSTS AND LIFESTYLE. vegan colorful recipes, cruelty-free beauty, art projects, motherhood tips, everyday inspiration.
  2. ART, JOURNALING, AND MOTIVATION. Art supplies reviews and recommendations, art techniques, sketchbook, journaling, quotes, doodles, daily inspiration.
  3. BLOGGING TIPS. I can share my tricks about how to make creative videos, take colorful photos, styling and product photography, blogging and things like that.

I was honestly surprised that the most popular option was indeed art journaling, motivation, and art techniques. My heart smiled when I saw the answer because it’s something I’m incredibly passionate about right now. It’s giving me positive results, and it’s making me feel creative everyday.

Live Colorful Survey 2017

I believe art journaling can be therapeutic. I’m loving it because it helps me process my thoughts. It also allows me to practice, learn, mess up and try again art and illustration techniques without the pressure of making it perfect. I believe that my art journal is a safe and forgiving place. A place without expectations and rules.

You guys also told me that you prefer content in English, and that videos in YouTube were your favorite way to learn.

Thanks so much for your support. I’m excited to share more about these topics with you, so we can make colorful messes together! Subscribe to the blog or follow us on Instagram for new adventures 😉

A Year in Review: The Best and Worst of 2016

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Heart-shaped strawberries. These are perfect to decorate cocktails, desserts or pancakes this valentine's day! |

2016 was not the best year for me, but it wasn’t a total disaster. It was the year I decided to slow down from projects and work, so I could be more present in my toddler’s life. That decision came after I realized that I was suffering postpartum depression (mi historia en español aquí: Así es como se siente la depresión postparto), and I accepted that I wasn’t taking care of me, and my family.

All the changes I made in my life during 2016 actually made it a very productive year. What changed? I said no to many opportunities, but that led me to work in just projects that really interested me, which was fulfilling and exciting. One of those projects was collaborating with a Digital Fabrics and creating my first home decor fabric collection. Since I wasn’t working on many projects, I enjoyed tons of fun moments with my toddler. I also discovered new passions, such a sewing and watercolors, that really have helped me unplug after a chaotic day and bring me back to peace and focus.

In the search for a new balance between work and life, I started to incorporate new good habits in my everyday routine, such as waking up at 5:30 am to enjoy a few minutes of quiet time, do some yoga and finish projects while my toddler and husband are still sleeping.

Lali & Elba Valverde | Live Colorful

Even when 2016 wasn’t that bad, it felt like ‘a punch in the stomach’ sometimes. My sister suffered a traumatic robbery a few months ago, I was heartbroken to see her go through a really bad PTSD and being so far away from her. I was also worried about my parent’s health since they had a few scary incidents.

Then, last December 28th, I had a really bad car accident, a trailer from a truck in front of me got completely disconnected. I do not remember much sincerely. Only that I saw how one of the pieces, a block of concrete or something like that, hit my car on the right side and pushed me two lanes over to the other side of the highway. The man who was driving the truck fled, leaving me alone. In a couple of minutes, which seemed endless, the police arrived. They stopped the traffic and helped me move the car to the other side of the highway where it was safer.

I feel really lucky and blessed to be safe and at home with my family today, but I’m not lying if I tell you that this was the scariest moment of my life, and it’s taking me some time to process it and leaving it behind.

Although I was fine, I couldn’t get rid of the idea that it could have been worse. The policeman told me that I made the right decision when I veered left. If the piece of concrete had come at me directly at the windshield of the car, maybe I would not be telling this story.

Thinking about all the decisions that we make everyday, that shape our life and destiny, has been flying in my head since last night. A few hours before the accident, we were thinking of canceling the meeting and moving it to another day. On my way to the mall, I missed the exit, so I had to drive a few more minutes, finding myself behind the truck.

Those things that you cannot control are what is scary. The idea that I was just living a normal day, and in the simplest moment, something terrible could have had happened.

From this experience, I got an immense feeling of gratitude for everything I have in my life, and the decision to start a new year doing everything with purpose and intent. I’m positive that 2017 will be nothing like 2016. It will be a happy, better, more kind and more colorful year.

I want to bring this enthusiastic energy into the year, so I can start creating a life full of creativity and joy.
Live Colorful will not be the same this year, but I still don’t know how it will change. In the meantime, we decided to continue making YouTube videos, so you’ll see more of those in the upcoming weeks. We are also growing our community in Instagram, I hope you can join us there!

Here some of Live Colorful favorite posts from 2016:

Live Colorful. A Year in Review 2016

  1. Rainbow shaped pancakes for Valentine’s Day
  2. Make art with your coloring pages
  3. Transform your dining room with a happy bright color
  4. How to make colored bath salts
  5. How to make pretty acoustic panels
  6. A peaceful master bedroom
  7. Soft homemade play-dough for toddlers
  8. How to get your home ready for a spring party
  9. The easiest way to decorate chocolate skulls for Day of the Dead
  10. Modernize your bathroom with a bold color
  11. How to paint a fun chevron pattern in your walls
  12. How to make a coloring page
  13. Where Frida Kahlo Grew Up
  14. Home tour to our second apartment in California
  15. How to make a wall herb garden
  16. How to make a swinging bookshelf
  17. How to make an amazing easy bean bag chair
  18. California strawberries farm tour
  19. How to make a flower crown with ribbons and pompoms 
  20. Easy DIY curtains with VIDEO
  21. My craft room / closet transformation

I wanted to share this post last week, but between dealing with our car insurance, buying a new car and having plumbers for three days repiping our whole duplex, I honestly didn’t have the time until now. I guess new pipes is a good sign right? New year, new pipes: a fresh start.

Happy New Year. Let’s make 2017 worth it, shall we?

How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair

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How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair | El tutorial más fácil para hacer un sillón puff | Live Colorful

I’m excited to share a new project created in collaboration with Digital Fabrics. It’s an amazing simple DIY tutorial to make a bean bag chair using 2 meters of heavyweight fabric (147 cm wide). I used one of my favorites designs from the LIVE COLORFUL collection, named cheery.

I was inspired by a simple tutorial that I found in Pinterest. I used the idea, but added some fun curves to make it look more organic. It was such a fun project and so easy to make!


  1. 2 meters of heavyweight fabric. I used waratah drill (147 cm wide). Design: Cheery.
  2. 2 packs of bean bag chair refill (100 Liter refill bags) (affiliate link)
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Thread
  5. Scissors
  6. Pins


  1. Fold the fabric and measure approximately 30 cm on one side of the fabric. Cut a curve.
  2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise again. Measure approximately 15 cm on one side of the fabric. Cut a small curve.
  3. When you unfold your fabric, it should look like this.
  4. Then fold the fabric again, but backwards and add a few pins to keep the fabric in place.
  5. It’s time to start sewing!
  6. First, sew those two sides of the bean bag and leave an opening of about 20 cm to be able to fill the bean bag later.
  7. Fold the fabric again, so you can see the front of the bean bag. Add pins and sew to close the bean bag.
  8. Use a zigzag stitch to sew along the raw edge of your hem.
  9. Turn the fabric inside out and start filling the bean bag!
  10. Hand sew the bean bag closed.


You can make a bean bag liner using the same tutorial so you can wash the bean bag later 😉

How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair | El tutorial más fácil para hacer un sillón puff | Live Colorful