13 DIY Ways to Display Patches

13 DIY Ways to Display Patches

If you’ve got a fun collection of patches, you don’t have to a) hide it away in a drawer, or b) pay a professional framer to display it for you.

Instead, check out these DIY version for patch displays. With this many ideas, there’s sure to be something here to inspire you!

1. Backpack

If the patches are ones that you’d be proud to display while out and about, why not make a special backpack especially for them? This DIY backpack is made to display a kid’s Junior Ranger badges and patches while the kid explores–and earns another badge!

Of course, you don’t have to sew a special backpack; you can sew patches onto any backpack that you already own. Be wary if you want to iron on your patches, though, as some backpacks are made of a polyester fabric that doesn’t take well to ironing.

2. Cloth Book

Let’s say that you want to keep your patches organized, and you want to be able to look at them, but they don’t need to be mounted to your wall. How about making a cloth book to display them?

Velcro and felt would make them repositionable, and sewing them on would let you keep them forever in place, perhaps adding embroidered embellishments or captions or even photographs.

3. Felt Banner

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SO! I have no idea if this is a thing or not but after making pin display flags, I thought it might be cool to have somewhere to display patches. Many of the businesses I have bought pins from, also do patches and while I’d love to buy them, I don’t have a denim jacket or bag or whatever to iron them on to. That’s when I came up with the idea of displaying them on flags too, but these are made of denim rather than cotton, to imitate that look of a denim jacket or jeans etc. These two are just ideas, one even features a pocket, but I haven’t attempted to put designs on them yet. The great thing is you can also display pins too. Anyway, I don’t really know if there is even a need for these things but let me know what you guys think or any other ideas you may have! Sorry for the quality, it’s so dull in the house today. (Patch and pin companies are tagged in the pictures.) #closetgeeksite #pins #patches #pindisplay #patchdisplay #etsyseller #etsystore #handmade #etsyshop

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This is very similar to a SWAPS banner that I made for my Girl Scouts, but here the patches are very carefully ironed onto the felt. If you don’t want to iron your patches, here’s how to sew them on. This is a great display for a children’s area because it’s a soft display and keeps the kid’s evidence of all their hard work accessible.

4. Flag with Fussy Cut Wooden Hanger

I love that the wooden hanger for this patch display is cut to fit the theme of the patches. You’ll need a jigsaw or Dremel to handle this project, but it’ll be worth it!

5. Framed Cork Board

Did you know that you can paint cork board to give it a completely different, non-cork look? Try it sometime! Without a glass front to the frame, this display is as quick and simple as it gets.

6. Model Hide Rack Display

A kid could probably make this display, intended to resemble a hide rack, almost independently. It’s a good way to practice those fine motor skills with hole punching and knot tying!

7. Poncho

A poncho is one of the easiest projects to sew, and because it’s usually made of wool felt or a similarly warm and sturdy fabric, it’s a suitable surface to sew patches onto for display. Just make sure you use a heavyweight needle and thread–I’d recommend tools that are used for sewing denim, to be safe.

8. Poster Board and Hot Glue

I can’t imagine a simpler solution than a poster board backing, a store-bought frame (pro tip: I get all of my frames from thrift stores and just refinish them if I don’t like them), and hot glue to mount the patches.

If the patch has a plastic backing that’s intended to make it iron-on, the hot glue should easily peel away from it later. If it doesn’t have a plastic, iron-on backing, gently iron a piece of freezer paper to the back of the patch and use that as your attachment point for the hot glue.

9. Quilt

I actually have one of these in progress (shh! Don’t tell my girls!). A patch quilt is especially good for a kid to take to camp, if you’ve made it from her old Scout patches, or to keep in your RV if you’ve made it from travel souvenirs. The patches add a lot of heft, so the quilt is warm and sturdy and travels well, although it’s heavy.

10. Shadow Box and Pins

A shadow box is plenty roomy enough to display patches, even if you insert an extra padded backing so that you can easily pin your patches for display. Look for stainless steel pins, as thin as you can find.

11. Tote Bag

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This is the flip side of my patch bag, filled with plenty more amazing patches from some fabulous designers {swipe to see what this bag looked like a couple of years ago} ✨🌈❤🌈✨ #patches #patchbag #patchgame #embroideredpatch #onrshop @onrshop #emilycoxhead @emilycoxhead #thehappynewspaper @thehappynewspaper #pilfered @pilfered #punkypins @punkypins #finestimaginary @finestimaginary #katieabey #nutmegandarlo @nutmegandarlo #luckydipclub @luckydipclub #aliciasouza @aliciasouzauk #jadeboylan @jade_boylan #andsmilestudio @andsmilestudio #sararrocha @sararrochaillustration #zabbyallen @zabbyallen #sostrenegrene @sostrenegrene #petrabose @petraboase #tonibee @tonibeehq #handm @hm #extremelargeness @extremelargeness #vintagelittlefairy

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If you like to sew but still want to keep your display simple, this might be the easiest option: a simple canvas tote bag! Sew each patch on by machine or by hand and move on with your life!

12. Velcro Display

Some patches come with a Velcro backing, and for the ones that don’t, just add a small strip of Velcro, yourself. This DIY Velcro display frame uses a special display fabric, but you know what? Regular old felt also works with Velcro!

13. Vest

How to Copy an Existing Piece of Clothing

This vest is the same concept as the backpack, above, and is also meant to be worn to show off your patches. I made a vest for each of my kids to display their Junior Ranger badges and patches. They’re pretty well full now!

Do you have a special way that you’ve displayed a fun collection? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!

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Creative Photo Challenge No. 6 – Play With Shadow

Creative Photo Challenge No. 6 – Play With Shadow

By looking at shadows the same way you look at light, you can create textured backgrounds or unique patterns in your photos. Among her techniques, Lindsey will employ tactics as simple as using a piece of lace and a single hard light, to cast a patterned shadow on her subject’s face, for example. So now, its time for you to get creative in how you use your light and shadows to create textures and patterns in your images.  


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Inspiration comes from anywhere and its no different when it comes to shadows. Ultimately as photographers we use what is at our disposal on site. Whether its light slashing through the blinds, a unique geometric pattern cast from a fence or long cast shadows from things like buildings and trees — we are our best as photographers when we are able to recognize the myriad inspirations around us and use them to our advantage. In the studio, Lindsay Adler will use Gobos and artfully constructed patterns that she cuts out to get the desired effects that she is looking for (read more about it here and watch her full inspirational video below).

But when she’s out in the field, she relies on the natural objects, light and their interplay to find inspiration and get the perfect shot. Below, you can see a few results from inspiration Lindsey found in the studio with a piece of lace and a single hard light.

Play With Shadow

So – its time for you to show us what you got. Whether you use natural objects, props or studio effects, for this challenge, its time to embrace the shadows to show us how you can use patterns, darkness and intricate details to bring new layers of depth to your work. Read the full details here.

Play With Shadow

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30 Stash-Busting, Scrappy Ribbon Crafts

30 Stash-Busting, Scrappy Ribbon Crafts

Life is too short to guiltily hoard a drawer full of ribbon bits and bobs and scraps and ends (*awkwardly raises hand*). I know you probably acquired all of that gorgeous ribbon to use in projects especially meant for it, but with a little inspiration–which I’m about to provide!–you can find lots of beautiful, useful ways to use up those ribbon scraps…

…and leave room in that drawer for more craft supplies that you can guiltily hoard.

Check out the tutorials below and let me know which is your favorite!

1. Bead and ribbon dragonflyChoose a high-quality ribbon and use your beaded dragonfly as a hair ornament the next time you dress fancy.

2. Cardigan sweater remakeDo you have enough ribbon to line two halves of a sweater? If so, welcome to your brand-new cardigan!

sweater to cardigan

3. ChandelierI love how kid-friendly and open-ended this project is. And as the post shows, it’s perfect for collaborating within a group.

4. Christmas tree ornamentIf you’ve got lots of green ribbon scraps in your stash, this is a fun and easy ornament to make.

5. Curly ribbon hair bowsA bin of ribbon scraps is a bin of future hair bows! I LOVE the method used here to make the ribbons stay tightly curled.

6. EmbroideryYou guys, you can EMBROIDER with skinny ribbons! Here are tons of tricks and tutes for embroidering with ribbons.

7. Flat bow for scrapbooking and card makingI’m already a fan of handmade cards, so I’m really into the idea of using itsy bitsy ribbon scraps to make bows that will lie flat and not increase my postage.

8. Gift-wrapping bowsIf you’ve got some wired ribbon taking up your stash, you can transform it into a stash of gift-wrapping bows, instead.

9. LanyardA lanyard is a great choice for a kid who needs to keep track of a bus pass, school ID, or library card. And a homemade lanyard is a lot more fun than the one leftover from your last comic-con.

10. No-sew ribbon headband holderJust because you have a lot of ribbons in your stash doesn’t mean that you need to sew. This handy headband holder is a no-sew project; all you need is hot glue!

11. Pandora ribbon braceletThis bracelet uses lots of fancy ribbon scraps and one chunky Pandora bead to tie it together.

12. Ponytail ribbon streamersTrust me that these are, indeed, a thing. As cute as they are, how could they not be?

13. Rag ribbon garlandThis project is similar to the ribbon banner, below, but it’s designed for a smaller space, such as a mantle piece or dining table.

14. Ribbon and button bookmarksHere’s an easy way to upcycle both ribbon scraps AND stash buttons!

15. Ribbon banner. Okay, this might use up all the rest of your ribbon stash. If you need more material to pad it out, you can tear some stash fabric into strips to embellish it, as well.

16. Ribbon bow tieThis scrappy ribbon bow tie looks just like a fabric bow tie–but it’s a RIBBON!

17. Ribbon buntingUse bits of ribbon as the pennants on a twine bunting. This bunting would look super cute on a cake or cupcake, or in a potted plant that you’re giving as a gift.

18. Ribbon-embellished Christmas treesThese ribbons aren’t wrapped around the cardboard cones; instead, you’ll glue loops of ribbons to the cone, making your Christmas tree super fluffy. You could even add ornaments!

19. Ribbon wand. Wow your favorite little ones with their very own magical, flowing ribbon wand.

DIY Ribbon Wand

20. Ribbon roseI’m sure you’ve seen these around. Make some of your own!

21. Ric-rac and ribbon-embellished shirtI love how nice the ric-rac and ribbon look embellishing this child’s shirt–and there’s no sewing needed!

22. Spiky ribbon bowThere’s also no sewing required for this cute bow, made from trimmed and stacked ribbons.

23. Ribbon-wrapped clothes hangerHere’s an easy way to fancy up your boring hangers.

DIY Ribbon Hangers

24. Tassel keychainUsing ribbons will make this key chain stand up to wear a lot better than if it was made with a yarn tassel.

25. Wall hangingThis project is similar to the ribbon chandelier, above, but I like it even better because you can use a found branch as the base. Don’t forget to bake your branch in the oven for a little bit first to make sure that you don’t get a lovely larval surprise a few months later!

26. WindsockThe windsock in this tutorial is Independence Day-themed, but of course, any color and style of ribbon would work–the more chaotic, the better!

27. Woven ribbon and bead braceletTweens and teens, especially, would have a lot of fun making themselves bracelets from your ribbon and bead stash using this tutorial.

28. Woven ribbon heartThis little ribbon heart would be perfect on a hair clip, or you can starch the heck out of it and turn it into a pendant.

29. Woven shamrockI NEVER have anything green for St. Patrick’s Day, ugh. Next time I’ve got some green ribbon in my stash, I’m going to make myself one of these woven shamrocks and make sure that I’m all set for next year.

30. WreathInstead of using a Styrofoam wreath form, look for one made of cardboard or straw.

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12 inspiring books on creativity, leadership, and finances to add to your summer reading list

12 inspiring books on creativity, leadership, and finances to add to your summer reading list

If the warming temperatures and longer days aren’t enough to rekindle your creative spark, adding a few books on creativity, entrepreneurship, and finances could waken that creative drive. From managing finances to building leadership skills, the right book can help heighten creative prowess or find that missing piece to running a small business or managing your own finances.

Compiling both books written by CreativeLive instructors and work suggested by the same, here are some of the best books on creativity, leadership, and finances right now.

1.The Latte Factor by David Bach and John David Mann

Stashing away enough cash for financial freedom and living for those dreams sounds great, but can you actually do that without drastic lifestyle changes? Financial expert and bestselling-author David Bach says that it’s not only possible, but easier than you think. In The Latte Factor, Bach and co-author John David Mann mesh financial advice with the story of a young woman that figures out how to get out from under a mountain of debt, making the book a quick and enjoyable read. Find those same financial secrets from the book in his class, live and free now through _____, How to Retire Early: The Latte Factor with David Bach.

No time to read? Discover how to achieve financial freedom and retire early in David’s online class class based off his new book. Learn More!

2. Becoming by Michelle Obama

The memoir of one of the most iconic women of today, Becoming by Michelle Obama captures the First Lady’s story from childhood to motherhood to the White House. The book comes highly recommended by Amanda Lucidon, the photographer working with the First Lady during her time in the white house. Ahead of her upcoming CreativeLive class, Amanda recommends digging deeper into Michelle’s story with the best-selling memoir.

Big news from the CreativeLive camp! Michelle Obama’s official Whitehouse Photographer, Amanda Lucidon, will be teaching a new class on May 21st! Sign up now to tune in free.

3. Imagine it Forward by Beth Comstock with Tahl Raz

Find the courage to embrace change, reinvent the possibilities and hurdle over your failures. In Imagine it Forward, author, speaker, and business leader Beth Comstock discusses creativity and the power of change — and building the courage to embrace both. Critics call the book candid and fresh, earning the book a spot on the 2018 Best Business Book Pick by Fast Company. Join Beth and explore the concept of leadership through imagination in Imagine it Forward, then find additional insight into courage and creativity with Beth’s class, Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change.

More of a visual learner? Gain the courage to develop & defend creative ideas and organize your business to make room for what matters. Learn how to join Beth Comstock for her CreativeLive debut.

4. Broke Millennial Takes on Investing by Erin Lowry

Many millennials graduated college or started a career in the midst of a recession — but that should stop the young adult generation from taking control of their financial future. In Broke Millennial Takes on Investing, Erin Lowry breaks down investing basics for the millennial generation. After graduating from college debt-free, Erin shares what millennials need to know about investing while you still have student loans, investing apps and more. Learn the basics in the book or in Erin’s class, the Beginner’s Guide to Investing.

Fast track your learning and discover where your roadblocks are to financial success in Erin’s new online class. Learn more!

5. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Research professor, author, and speaker Brené Brown puts her years of studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy into a guide for leadership. In Dare to Lead, Brené shares insight and actionable steps for building leadership skills. The book is based off a seven-year study of leadership and bravery — Brené shares snippets of the research in an interview with Chase Jarvis.

6.The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Making a major change doesn’t have to mean months of work — in fact, entrepreneur, speaker, and author Mel Robbins says it just takes five seconds. In The 5 Second Rule, Mel gives readers the tool to take five seconds to push yourself to become more confident and to stomp out doubt and uncertainty. The instructor for How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence shows how to stop holding yourself back in this highly rated book.

Get extended learning in Mel Robbins online class crafted specifically for the CreativeLive community “How to Break the Habit of Self-Doubt and Build Real Confidence.”

7. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday

There are those books and movies that make a huge debut then fizzle out — and then there are those that becoming longstanding classics. In Perennial Seller, Ryan Holiday discusses the difference between the two and how creatives can sell work that lasts. For more inspiration from the media strategist and author, try the course Smart PR for Artists and Entrepreneurs or check out his interview with Chase Jarvis.

8. Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women by Anna Francese Gass

This isn’t your ordinary cookbook. In Heirloom Kitchen, Anna Francese Gass explores the recipes and traditions of immigrant women that helped make American cuisine what it is today. Those stories are punctuated with images from CreativeLive instructor and photographer Andrew Scrivani, who will release his own food photography book in the fall of 2019.

Photo by Andrew Scrivani

9. I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi

Long a bestseller, I Will Teach You To Be Rich is now in an updated second edition that guides readers through smashing debt, saving cash, investing smartly, handling big purchases, making money and more. In the book, financial expert Ramit Sethi leads readers through the tools to both earn more and save more. Critics say the book offers advice for every generation, with a language designed for the younger generation.

Take control of your personal finances, earn more money on the side, and land your dream job with a high salary with strategic advice from Ramit Sethi’s online class.

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10. Herding Tigers, and The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

Working in a creative career means coming up with great imaginative ideas on a budget — so how do creatives manage to, well, create, on a regular basis? In The Accidental Creatives, Todd Henry shares how creatives can maintain focus and energy and build a support system for creativity. Then in his latest book, Herding Tigers, Todd shares tools to build leadership with a creative team.

11. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

From the device you are reading this on to the appliances in your kitchen, design plays a major role in today’s products — but design can also play a role in your life. Stanford design professors Dave Evans and Bill Burnett walk through using design concepts to shape your own feature in a book ideal for anyone stuck at any point in life. The book also sparked a CreativeLive class by the same name.

12. A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon

Extraordinary women know age is just a number. In a series of interviews, essays, and profiles, Lisa Congdon shares the stores of women that found their creative passion — and started living their best life — after 40. Mixed with art, stories and women like Vera Wang and Laura Ingalls Wilder, critics call the book both colorful and delightful.

“I came into the world of art as somebody who is going to a foreign country and doesn’t speak the language or know the cultural norms.”

Being an artist is hard work but if you figure out the systems around it and are persistent in your belief, you too can make a living at it. Check out our artist profile on Lisa Congdon.

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How To Sew a Patch

How To Sew a Patch

I am REALLY good at sewing on patches, and this ability is endlessly useful. It opens up a whole new world of DIY, both for adding awesome band patches to all of your awesome stuff (or awesome Girl Scout badges to your awesome Girl Scout’s awesome vest), and for, you know, actually covering up holes in your beat-up but still awesome clothes.

Yes, many patches these days are iron-on, but iron-on patches are the pits. It takes longer to iron them than it does to sew them, and that’s even assuming that they’ll stay on, which they will not, or that your iron won’t get too hot and melt them into the fabric, because that will totally happen, too. And if you wash your fabric, just assume that at some point, sooner rather than later, the iron-on patches will fall off in the wash.

You can even sew on iron-on patches. Sewn-on, they’ll be sturdier than ironed patches and never fall off, and you won’t have to worry about whatever that iron-on plastic mess is off-gassing into your house and killing your birds.

Tools & Supplies

If you’ve got a sewing machine, I urge you to give sewing on a patch a try. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sewing machine and thread. You can sew on a patch by hand, but it’s more physically challenging. Definitely use a thimble!
  • Glue stick. This is my secret trick for perfect patch placement.

Directions

1. Repair Broken Mends

If you’re using your patch to cover a hole or tear, repair the mend first. This is the most important thing to remember: a patch does not cover a hole; a patch covers a mend!

2. Choose matching thread

The bobbin thread should match the fabric that you’re patching, and the top thread should match the patch. If your patch is multi-colored or otherwise hard to match, use clear thread for the top. If you don’t want to use clear thread because it’s plastic, just choose the color of cotton thread that matches your patch the closest.

3. Glue the patch down.

Here’s my best and most secret trick for perfect patch placement: before you sew it, stick it down with a glue stick!

Because the patch plus the fabric below it is so thick, it’s really going to want to shift while you sew it, and that thickness also makes it impossible to pin. Temporarily sticking the patch down with a glue stick will allow you to keep its exact positioning while you sew it into place.

4. Sew the patch down.

Set your sewing machine to its longest stitch length, and sew around the patch. Don’t forget to back-stitch at both beginning and end! Some people are really fond of sewing patches with a zig-zag stitch, and while you need a good satin stitch to sew down a homemade patch, you really don’t need it for a finished patch. Additionally, a zig-zag stitch increases the profile of the thread and can make it more noticeable. Trust me: a nice, long straight stitch is all you need.

As you can see in my top photo, you can even overlap patches when you sew them–try doing that with an iron-on! You can also sew a patch onto any fabric, whereas you’d have to be veeery careful trying to iron a patch onto fleece or felt.

Now, go get all those band patches back on your denim jacket where they belong!

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Creative Photo Challenge No. 5 – Take Control of Color in Photoshop

Creative Photo Challenge No. 5 – Take Control of Color in Photoshop

Color is one of the most compelling elements in an image so why not make sure each color is completely under your control? Using a photo shot with natural light, Lindsay Adler will walk through how to use the Photoshop layers panel to target and adjust your hue and saturation to enhance the colors in your portraits.  


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“Color is one of the most important visual weapons in our arsenals as photographers. It can set a mood, create high impact, and direct the viewer’s eye throughout the frame. In one challenge in this book, you created an image all about a single color.


For this challenge, you will create an image where the use of color is essential to the impact of the image and you can use as many colors as you want! Here, however, you will utilize Photoshop as an important tool for helping to make your use of color purposeful and under your control!”

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What Makes Beautiful Photography? Behind the Images that have Stood the Test of Time

What Makes Beautiful Photography? Behind the Images that have Stood the Test of Time

From the photos that required several steps and chemical baths to the instant images from pocketable iphones and Android smartphones to powerful hdr cameras, the process behind the photograph has changed. But while the process has changed, the factors that make beautiful photography have not. The photos we find in museums and splayed across glossy pages in National Geographic by travel photographers capturing the likes of India, Iceland, France or China have several qualities in common. Several of these images are from the historical archives and still others capture the mundane — farmland in Indonesia or springtime in a flower field somewhere in the United States. Often grainy, sometimes blurred, and usually in black and white, these images are never lacking in beauty.

Some of these historic photos have survived on historic value, but many mix that moment in history with qualities photographers still explore today. The Rule of Thirds. Light. Timing. Emotion. Here are the principles of beautiful photography that have stood the test of time and made these images outstanding.

Emphasize the Eyes: Migrant Mother

Beautiful Photography Emphasize Eyes

Migrant Mother by Dorthea Lange, Library of Congress

An iconic image of The Great Depression, Dorthea Lange’s Migrant Mother shows what portrait photographers today know remains a priority: the eyes. Even without reading that the woman in the photo had seven children who survived by gleaning frozen vegetables from the field and eating small birds, one look at the image and the viewer can feel the worry in her eyes. Along with the prominence of her eyes, the photo embodies other important qualities, including the placement of her hands and the two children mirroring each side of her.

The image is far from the only historic photo that illustrates the importance of the eyes in beautiful pictures — Steve McCurry’s Afgan Girl is another.


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Timing: Muhammad Ali Vs. Sonny Liston

Neil Leifer’s image of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston as Ali became the heavyweight boxing champion in 1965 is an iconic sports image. And as every sports photographer knows, timing is essential. The image isn’t a perfectly timed punch, but a perfectly timed moment of victory for Ali as Liston is splayed out on the ring floor. Besides that perfect moment and angle (notice all the other photographers in the opposite corner of the ring) the image also uses strong composition and lighting.

Emotion makes a photograph: VJ Day Kiss at Times Square

Beautiful Photography with Emotion

VJ Day Kiss at Times Square by Lt. Victor Jorgensen, US archives

Today’s photographers using modern equipment could pick apart the art direction of the infamous image of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square the day Japan surrendered after World War II. The subject is a bit soft. The crop just below the knees is awkward. There’s a random arm at the edge of the photograph. There’s no beautiful sunset creating a golden hour glow.. And yet, the image is not only a beautiful picture but one of the most requested photos from the National Archives. So why is the image so beautiful? Emotion. Few images capture the joy at the end of the war more than Lt. Victor Jorgensen’s image. If an image can capture authentic emotion, that image can be beautiful.

Leading Lines: The Tetons and the Snake River

Beautiful Photography in Nature

The Tetons and Snake River by Ansel Adams, National Archives

There are several qualities that put this image of Wyoming’s Grand Tetons among the list of beautiful photography — after all, it is an Ansel Adams. But besides the setting sun making for outstanding light and exposure, the way the Snake River leads the eye to the mountains is now a staple for landscape photography. The winding line of the river draws the eye through the image and combined with the light, creates an image that’s far from a boring snapshot.


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The use of lines is hardly exclusive to landscapes or the time period, as evidenced by Richard Drew’s Falling Man, a horrifying image depicting a man that had leaped from the falling World Trade Center with nothing but the lines of the building behind him.

The Rule of Thirds: The Flag Raising at Iwo Jima

Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 Iwo Jima flag raising in Japan is an iconic image of the war that illustrates one of the first rules new photographers still learn today: The Rule of Thirds. The image meets one of the intersecting lines on the grid created by the rule in two places, at the flag and at the first solider. Countless historical images and current images use the Rule of Thirds as a guideline, while others use the guide to break the rules knowing exactly how the composition will influence the image. Interestingly enough, Rosenthal spotted the Pulitzer-winning moment without enough time to bring his eye to the viewfinder.

Color: Earthrise

Beautiful Photography of Earth

Earthrise by William Anders with NASA

While many historic images were captured at a time when color images weren’t yet possible, the astronaut that first shot the iconic 1968 image of the earth while orbiting the moon actually first shot in black and white. As the first astronaut hurriedly tried to swap out the film for color, another had color film in a Hasselblad ready. Color makes the image stunning on first glance and draws the eye to the only color in the image, that blue planet we call home.

Creativity: Untitled Film Still #21

Accomplished photographer Cindy Sherman challenged the idea of a photograph as documentation and instead treated an image as performance art. Her self-portraits were unusual at the time and propelled the fine art photography category forward. Her image she called the Untitled Film Still #21 is beautiful yes, but also highly creative. Part of the reason it’s so creative? It’s not a still from a film, but an imaginary scene she created that’s right on the mark.

The list of beautiful photography could easily continue into novel-length territory — but all the images have some things in common. They capture a personality through just the eyes. They capture (or evoke) emotion. They use leading lines, the Rule of Thirds and other framing techniques to create a compositionally strong image. Beautiful photography has the right timing, the perfect color and many are bursting with creativity. And besides teaching history, these images can also teach us about amazing art.

What’s your favorite beautiful picture that has stood the test of time?


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Find Financial Freedom for Life in ONE day

Find Financial Freedom for Life in ONE day

Once you became an adult, you realized there was a lot more “adulting” involved being full-time creative. If you’re asking yourself how to save for financial independence, how much money do you need to retire early, or what your spending habits compared to other industry professionals, you’re not alone.

Creative entrepreneur and financial guru David Bach has been there and done that (for the last 23 years) and knows the secret to solve our financial challenges! Here are some of our favorite lessons pulled from his 9 consecutive New York Times bestsellers including The Automatic Millionaire, Start Late and Finish Rich, Smart Women Finish Rich, and soon to release The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich.


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1) How to Become an Automatic Millionaire:

You need to make your financial life automatic to become an automatic millionaire. You start this process by paying yourself first. Next, you set up an automatic withdrawal so that the money goes directly from wherever you’re earning it right into a retirement account.


“Increasing your savings rate by automatically investing just $10 per day into your retirement account will save you $3600 per year.” – David Bach #TheLatteFactor
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This could be a 401(k) retirement plan, an IRA retirement account, and if you’re self employed it could be a SEP IRA or a solo 401(k) retirement plan. Increasing your savings rate by automatically investing just $10 per day (the price of a couple lattes #TheLatteFactor) into your retirement account will save you $3600 per year. By earning interest on those savings, you can achieve financial independence and potentially early retirement!

2) How to Crush Your Debt:

Debt is a part of life that many of us experience. David Bach suggests getting involved in debt counseling programs, since high interest debt can really hurt you. He states, “ It’s not like therapy, it’s just like coaching. This stuff works. Not only have I learned a lot from these nonprofit credit card counseling groups, but when I wrote Debt-Free for Life I really dug into the legitimacy of nonprofit credit card counseling. I wanted to make sure that if I recommend things, that I’m recommending things that are really safe.”

Once you achieve financial freedom, you’ll want to put your money to work for you (by getting interest on your money) instead of working against you (by paying interest for borrowed money).

As a self employed musician and artist, I have been a long time follower of David Bach! Every penny made as an artist counts, and David will help you make the most of it. This class and his books are life changing! I started following him 15 years ago. Financially I have had amazing years, and very rough years, which I know is very typical for artists and musicians. With David in my corner, I’ve always had peace of mind.

Maxximillian, September 2017

3) How Smart Women Finish Rich:

According to David, “The number of millionaires has skyrocketed and 48% are women. This number within 10 to 15 years will be at least 60%. Women are going to control the bulk of the wealth in America. You’re also earning $12 trillion a year. It’s been expected that somewhere between about $20 trillion will transfer to women in the next 10 to 20 years.”


“The number of millionaires has skyrocketed and 48% are women. This number within 10 to 15 years will be at least 60%. Women are going to control the bulk of the wealth in America.” – David Bach #TheLatteFactor
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David explains how women are generally better investors in the stock market, whether in index funds or low-cost alternative investments because they are generally more attentive to detail, panic less, and are more conservative. His theory hypothesizes that women typically do more research before investing, they tend to trade less, and because of their research tend not to panic.


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Creating passive income through David’s principles is important to increase your net worth, avoid a “traditional retirement”, work part-time, and be resilient to increasing living expenses, health care costs, or a market crash.

Learn more actionable tips about how to apply The Latte Factor principals to your financial future in David Bach’s new online class How to Retire Early.

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Creative Photo Challenge No. 4 – High-Key Portraits (w/ DIY Softbox)

Creative Photo Challenge No. 4 – High-Key Portraits (w/ DIY Softbox)

Creative Photo Challenge #4

Learn how to create your very own DIY softbox in this weeks Lindsay Adler Creative Photo Challenge!

Soft Boxes can create a beautiful glowing light, but building a studio setup can get expensive fast! Achieve the same look with items you have laying around the house with the help of Lindsay’s DIY solution. All you will need to create two DIY soft boxes are a bed sheet and a semi-transparent shower curtain to create a high-key fashion portrait.  

Watch the full demonstration of Lindsay’s high-key photo shoot using her DIY softboxes below.


Looking for more challenges to spark your creativity? Sign up for the full 10-week portrait challenge available to start anytime. Step outside of your routine, see the possibilities and discover what you love to capture!


Posing doesn’t have to be complicated. Start building your posing repertoire  with Lindsay Adler’s Posing 101 streaming free this week! Learn more.

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30 Handmade Plant Markers

30 Handmade Plant Markers

If you do not use plant markers, you will regret it.

Yes, I know you’re SOOOOO excited to plant that watermelon seed that you don’t think you’ll ever forget exactly where and what it is. But you will. I give you until mid-June before you’re looking at it and thinking to yourself, “Squash? Gourd? Watermelon? Bindweed?!?”

There are enough surprises in gardening. The location of your plants shouldn’t be one of them.

Instead of dealing with an entire summer full of surprises, just make some of these awesome plant markers. You’ll know where everything is, and your garden will be even more chock-full of character than it already is. Check out the tutorials below and get inspired!

1. Butter knife and Scrabble tile plant markerThe butter knife part of this plant marker worked a peach, but the Scrabble tiles needed to be replaced this year. Fortunately, they’re just wood, so I tossed them into the mulch pile, but I bet that a good coat of clear sealant would allow them to stand up better to the weather.

2. Decoupaged metal spoonsWhen you run out of Scrabble tiles, turn to pretty paper and thrifted spoons and make a whole other set of plant markers.

3. Paint stirrer plant markersLiberating paint stirrers from the hardware store for this project is NOT upcycling (and don’t take those paint chips, either!), but after you’ve used a paint stirrer for its designated purpose, it’s actually perfectly set up for this project, complete with the background color!

4. Plastic animalsI love the idea of upcycling my kids’ old plastic animals into plant markers. It makes me feel like less of a hoarder for not wanting to give them away yet!

5. Wine bottle corksYou’re drinking wine for a good cause when you upcycle the corks into these plant markers. Pro tip: you can wood burn onto a cork, and it’ll last longer than even an oil marker.

6. Wooden plant flagsIf you want to put a little more work into your plant markers but still use entirely natural and/or upcycled materials, check out these wooden plant flags. They look great and require nothing but wood scraps, raffia, and markers.

7. Wire-wrapped found object plant markersThese are a lot of fun, especially if you’re a jeweler or scrapbooker. Epoxy glue and lots of teeny-tiny found object embellishments make each plant marker a unique work of art!

Wire Hanger and Found Object Plant Markers

8. Beaded garden markersIf it’s mostly piles of beads that you have in your stash, try making these beaded plant markers, instead.

9. Flattened and stamped spoonsThese spoons end up looking delicate, but there’s a lot of fun hammering that goes into making them. It’s a good way to get out your aggression!

10. Mason jar lid plant markers. When Mason jar lids get dings or dents they’re no longer suitable for canning, but there are still a ton of useful ways to upcycle them, including these lovely plant markers.

11. Peeled stick garden markersThis tutorial also shows you how to paint your peeled stick garden marker to look like a gnome, because you KNOW you need that!

12. Plant saucer and copper wireOld terra cotta plant saucers and copper wire from the hardware store make surprisingly sophisticated plant markers.

13. Plant flagThese cute and upcycled plant flags aren’t suitable for outdoor garden markers, but they’re perfect for including with a gifted plant, or even for an indoor potted plant.

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14. Clothespin plant markers. I love the idea of clothespins, but washi tape is NOT going to hold up. Instead, I think that you should wood burn them!

15. Painted shoe stretchersThis is proof that you can figure out a great way to upcycle anything–including vintage wooden shoe stretchers!

16. Placemat garden flagUpcycle a placemat into a flag that marks off a certain part of your garden.

17. Stamped polymer clayThese markers won’t weather, but they’re on the delicate side, so best suited for potted plants. They work with any kind of polymer clay, so save up the scraps from your other polymer clay projects and use them up for this.

18. Wine bottle capsules. This is such a smart idea. Those wine bottle capsules are hard to upcycle!

19. Painted stonesThis is a terrifically kid-friendly plant marker. Small kids can do all the background painting for you, and big kids can do everything from the decoration to figuring out how to spell the Latin name for the sunflower!

20. Painted stone on a stick Worried that your painted stone will get lost at ground level? Give it a little elevation!

21. Wooden spoonsHit up any yard sale or thrift shop for bunches of wooden spoons that would be perfect for this project.

22. Stamped can lidWhile you’re thrifting wooden spoons, also grab a handful of forks. They’re exactly what you need to mount these upcycled can lid plant markers.

23. Etched aluminum cansThese aren’t as sturdy as the stamped can lids, but they’re easier to etch and you can make them quite decorative.

24. Wired aluminum can flagsI really like the look of these plant flags, also made from aluminum cans.

25. Fence stake plant markersYou can upcycle just about anything into a plant marker if you’ve got a moveable alphabet to play with. These fence stake plant markers are perfect for marking out a larger area of plantings.

I made this DIY garden sign for a friend, and it was so much fun that I made another one. And another!

26. Bottle cap garden artSometimes you don’t need to know the names of what you planted, just that there are plants there. In that case, don’t bother with labels, and instead make some art!

27. Broken terra cotta pot markersI think that these look super-duper cute, like little flowerpots partially buried in the garden. I have a couple of pots on which the bottoms are broken off, and I like to place those completely around a little plant for a similar adorably organized look.

28. Fabric flagsThis would be an easy way to color code your garden–one fabric pattern for herbs, one for veggies, one for flowers, etc.

29. Stamped metal washersI really like the low profile of these handy labels. After all, why detract anything from the beautiful visual of your flowers in bloom?

30. Stepping stonesWouldn’t it be cute to have a garden path that also marked out where the plants were?

Do you have a tried-and-true way to make plant markers? Share it with me in the Comments below!

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