We are working on some very exciting things to switch up content on this site, so as you may have noticed the blog posts are slowing. But that doesn't mean we won't be here from time to time. In fact, we still plan on posting at least twice a week!Read More
What grabs your attention as you frantically thumb through your feed of favorite blogs and social media? Eye catching visuals. Maybe a splash of color used strategically. A pattern. A luxurious fabric. Whatever it is you can bet the “it” was intentional.
Here are four ways to make your visual branding stand out from the crowd, along with tips for where to find those crave worthy props and get imagery if you’re not a photographer.
However you are celebrating the upcoming holiday, we hope it is full of laughter, love, and lots of good food! We will be taking some time off ourselves and will see you back here on Monday, December 28th.Read More
At Close To My Heart, we love creating beautiful artwork to celebrate and preserve life’s most precious moments. We also love sharing inspiration, for crafting and for life, on our blog. Like scrapbooking, blogging is an art form, and the two share many parallels.
Here are five things bloggers can learn from scrapbooking.Read More
When starting out as a blogger there's a lot you need to learn, like copyright law! A lot of us included "round-up" style blog posts and simply shared the link to the original creative in small print with the word "via." But there's actually a little more to it than that.
Below are 6 tips and further resources for thinking about proper use of photography, along with links to articles and sites with more information.Read More
Curation is nothing new. And it’s definitely not scary. Every museum has an art curator. They’re responsible for your experience, from finding the artists to showcase to setting the context for selected artists and the chosen pieces.
Online we’re all curators. Want to discover great sources to share from? Or tools for streamlining your curation? Join Flipboard—another of our amazing Alt Winter 2016 sponsors--and the Alt Community for #AltChat on Twitter December 9th at 9AM PT/12PM ET/5PM GMT for answers to these questions and more! One lucky participant will have a chance to win an iPad mini!Read More
So you want to start a blog, or maybe you already have. But, how on earth can you narrow down all your life interests into one solid topic?!
We get it; it's not an easy task. However, if you have a clear vision then everyone knows what to expect and your blog will grow. So, here are a few tips to help start the conversation.Read More
Creating a space or special event that showcases your personality can feel overwhelming without a plan or set brand guidelines. Join us Wednesday for a Twitter chat with Hayneedle! We will discuss inspiration, event spaces, and how to create spaces that showcase our personality. It will be a fun, informative chat!Read More
Can you believe the holidays are fast approaching? Regardless of whether or not you share holiday specific content on your blog or social media, it’s important to think about how the holidays can affect your workflow.
Join Minted, one of our Alt Winter 2016 sponsors, and the Alt community on Twitter Wednesday November 18 at 9AM PST/12PM EST/5PM GMT for an hour-long chat about bringing the holidays home. And read on for seven simple things you can do to keep the holidays from overwhelming you.Read More
Creatives dream big. Making those dreams come true is often the challenge. The culprits? Creative Perfectionism. Perseverance. Or more specifically, the gap between our taste and the work we produce.
So how do you get past the gap? How do you keep going when your work doesn’t match your expectations?
Join us Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT/4PM GMT on Twitter to chat about strategies and techniques for overcoming roadblocks and managing creative perfectionism. We’ll be talking about what we’ve found that works and what we’ve tried that didn’t.Read More
As the weather starts to get chilly, it is easy to start daydreaming about the holidays and enjoying some time off with your family. So, what can you do now to prepare for some down time in the future?
Planning ahead can take some effort, but in doing so you are able to enjoy specific events with less on your plate. Here's what you can do.Read More
When it comes to building a brand there are lots of choices we make consciously and unconsciously. Here are eight steps you can take to curate your aesthetic so that it reflects who you are today.
Join us this Wednesday September 30 on Twitter at 9AM PDT / 12 PM EDT / 4PM GMT to chat about how to find your aesthetic; how to curate your work and social media to reflect that aesthetic; how to communicate that aesthetic with brands and potential collaboration partners; and more.Read More
Now that fall is officially here, the web has exploded with pumpkins, wreaths, and goodies to eat. So the real question is, how do you make projects that stand out from the crowd? Here are some tips that might help you navigate that question. And for more autumn posting inspiration, please head on over to our Pinterest Board and feel free to leave us links in the comment section if you have posted about fall so that we can pin it, too!Read More
Phone photography is versatile, lightweight, and increasingly common in capturing everyday moments. While full sized cameras still have their place in photo shoots, smart phones can beautifully capture family, life, and quick photo styling moments for social media.
Here are four tips for working with your iPhone camera.Read More
You work hard. So why shouldn’t you be excited about what you do? And why shouldn’t others share that excitement? Join #AltChat on Twitter this Wednesday September 23 at 9AM PDT / 12PM EDT / 4PM GMT as we talk about how you can get your community excited about projects you’re working on.
Effortless reveals don’t just happen. They take practice and planning (just like successful photo shoots!). A great idea. Impeccable execution. Gorgeous images. Here are seven steps for sharing what you do.
Successful photo shoots have one shared characteristic. They all involve planning. Want to increase the likelihood your content will be shared? Before you begin taking any photos, start with the end in mind.
Here are four things to do when planning and executing your photo shoots.Read More
What makes a signature style? Is it the angle from where the photographer shoots? Is it the fact that the image has low- or high-key lighting?
Often what makes an image or series of images immediately identifiable are the props. So where do Alt community members find their props? In a recent AltChat we asked them just that. Here are some of their favorite shops for memorable, on brand, eye-catching props.Read More
Healthy living can look different to everyone. These four teams wanted to explore what healthy living meant to their various communities and got creative when introducing coLAB in an inspirational way.Read More
Images grab your attention two ways: the composition and the execution. Get one wrong and an image gets scrolled by on social media. Nail both and scrolling stops, your message may be read. But other than an image being in focus, what else goes into successful execution?
Join #AltChat on Twitter this Wednesday September 16 at 9AM PDT / 12PM EDT / 4PM GMT as we focus on the basics of photography and how we’re working to perfect our visuals in an ever changing social media landscape. In the meantime, check out four things you should be doing with your photos.Read More
Yesterday we went over the four most important things you need to know about Periscope and today we are digging into Snapchat. I know that I am not the only one who spent way too much time trying to figure out how to work it like a pro. Am I right? It is a little confusing! Here is what you need to know about the benefits of Snapchat.Read More