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Congratulations! That video is so cute, your excitement is so heartwarming to watch :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on it's a girl! at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Totally agree on the square format only point! I've been wondering how do you take the 'from above' shots? You had a brilliant black and white one on the aircraft on the way to Maui. When I try, my arm always gets in the way!
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Just thought of another way to GIVE and grow your business. Give your readers the ability to join in with the DIYs by selling kits (like you used to with the mini books and paper supplies). For example, if one of the DIYs is a quilt you could partner with an online fabric shop to curate a selection of fabrics that go well together in the right quantities. The shop sells and ships the kit and you get paid a commission.
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Sounds like a great idea! I followed that link back to the (3) black-and-white checked blanket post(s) and it reminded me how much I enjoy that style of in-progress blog posts. Somehow it's even more inspiring to read about a project in real-time, than one blog post detailing the project from start to finish. Probably because it's fun to follow along with your super-fast progress!
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I first found your blog in 2012 when looking for inspiration on using PSE to design my wedding invites, and became a regular reader after I discovered Feedly in 2013. Sure I'm not the only one to have gone back and read through the archives and I often delve into them to find something I remember being inspired by the first time. But in the nicest way possible, please don't send me the blanket - my favourite thing about your blog is that it inspires me to make things for myself. I've just finished my first cowl and I adore the felt wreath I made following your tutorial. I'm excited to knit my own blanket! Sell me workshops and goal-setting tools and supplies (love your aesthetic and ability to pair colours and patterns) but I'm hanging on to the sense of achievement for myself if that's ok? It's just so addictive! Thanks for all the inspiration!
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I'm sure whatever you create will be awesome, but if you are conducting market research, here's a feature I would love but have never found in a planner: I like to have a large notebook to give me space to plan, but I work outside the home and commute on foot so don't want to carry a large format book with me. I end up ripping pages out to take with me, but then I have a load of loose sheets of paper. Or I'll be at work and have an idea, but my planner is at home. I'm not sure what the solution is (detachable pages?template stickers I could write on at work and paste in when I get home?), but if you could crack it it could be a neat USP?
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Great links as usual. Reading #2 and knowing your interest in goal setting I thought you might be interested in this article http://99u.com/workbook/23961/the-lily-pad-mindset-or-the-dangers-of-having-goals To me the two aren't incompatible - the lily pad mindset just reminds us to focus on short/medium term goals, giving ourselves permission to change direction and not worrying if the long-term goal isn't yet clear - which I find very encouraging!
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2014 on weekend links / 36. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was funny, heartwarming and so so interesting (bet you'll like the book cover too - great design). Life After Life by Kate Atkinson has been my other favourite this year. It's looooong (didn't realise how long at first as I was reading it on my Kindle) but that was good as I didn't want it to end!
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on august book report. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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I’ve been thinking about cloud collages ever since I saw this post on 1canoe2‘s beautiful Instagram feed. The idea percolated for a bit and came back to mind when I spotted an advert in my alumni magazine. The advert featured a gallery wall full of framed pictures of the sky.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Free Your Photography
Hey Elise, any news on whether you'll be launching digital stamps this year? I was working on a digi layout last night that was just calling out for your 'you are here' stamp. Was even using the Seafoam kit for the rest of the page so would have been a perfect match. Fingers crossed this is on your plan, in the meantime have a lovely and relaxing holiday :-)
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on around here. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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It's been a mere 16 months since our wedding, 13 months since I ordered our wedding album and 8 months since I started this blog. And here today is the follow up to my very first blog post with details of our wedding photobook. Why the delay? Well as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Free Your Photography
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It's that time of year again. I never get around to ordering photo desk calendars before Christmas, which is a shame because they make lovely gifts. Instead, I make sure to order them in the January sales. I like to use photos taken in the relevant month from the year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Free Your Photography
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First, an apology. A few weeks back I promised a post on “one of the easiest, cheapest, most thoughtful photography gift ideas you've ever seen, just in time to DIY for Christmas.“ I was thinking of those of you who like to have your gifts selected, purchased and sometimes even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Free Your Photography
Oh and since you asked for Podcast recommendations, my constant companions for housework, commuting and cooking are The Digi Show, Paperclipping, Improve Photography, CaptureYour365 and, for laughing until I cry, BBC Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy (the News Quiz seasons are better than the Now Show but both are great)
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If I hadn't been browsing app magazines at WHSmiths I would never have heard of The Daily Digi App. And if I hadn't downloaded the Daily Digi App I'd never have started listening to The Digi Show Podcast. And if I hadn't started listening to the Digi Show I'd never have heard of Project Life, Pinterest, Feedly or any one of the other game changers that have changed how I live my life over the last year. And if I'd never heard of Project Life I wouldn't have found your blog, which would be a travesty. And if I'd never found your blog I don't think I'd have been inspired to start my own. So what this overlong comment is trying to say is: I am grateful for newsagents, apps, podcasts, anything that introduces me to something new. And as you've clearly showed an aptitude for trend setting, I'm sure a podcast from you would be awesome!
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Have you heard of Capture Your 365? It's a website/community/concept that encourages you to appreciate the everyday details of your life by documenting what you see around you day to day. Along the way you pick up photography skills and inspiration from other members of the community. Life changes, sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Free Your Photography
It's clear from reading your posts and the comments that everybody takes something different from what you write. We apply your musings to our own lives and find insights, inspiration and strategies for change. You have a real talent for writing in a way that encourages this, so thank you.
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Today I’d like to share with you one of those projects that is so simple, but turned out brilliantly. Can I share a secret? I’m obsessed with taking panoramic photographs. Put me in a beautiful location and you’ll soon find me slowly pivoting on the spot, snapping half a dozen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Free Your Photography
... there's not been a lot of blogging going on! I am attributing this mostly to not enough sleep. My husband has been on holiday 5000 miles away. Skype has been amazing for keeping in touch, but the 9 hour time difference has meant a few late nights. While he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Free Your Photography
Had to come back a week later to say I love the video and thank you so much for introducing me to some great new music via the soundtrack. Couldn't buy ithe album through your affiliate link as I'm UK based, but downloaded it on iTunes and it's been on an almost constant loop ever since! It made a 400 mile drive over the last two days much more bearable!
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2013 on wall of shelves. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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One of my photography goals for this year was to get some pictures framed and displayed around our house. Because we rent I’ve always been reluctant to hang pictures on walls, but this post from one of my favourite bloggers helped change my mind on the topic. Still, I’m starting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at Free Your Photography
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We’re off to a wedding this weekend! I’m very excited to see one of my uni flatmates get married (good luck Beth!) and feeling a little nostalgic, so have been flicking through my uni memories photobook. If like me your university days were full of quirky activities and in jokes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Free Your Photography
OK, I realised my last post wasn’t much use without a list of companies to evaluate your options against. I was hesitant about writing about this so early in my venture into photobook printing; surely it would be better if I could give you a complete list with recommendations against... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Free Your Photography
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So, hands up if you thought today’s post would reveal which company I picked for our wedding album. Sorry to disappoint, but nearly three months after placing my order I’m still not satisfied with the end result and want to continue my dialogue with customer service (and test a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Free Your Photography
I'd made photobooks before, but this was our wedding album and I wanted to invest the time to research where to have it printed for the best results. So I googled "how to make a photobook" and "photobook review UK" and was less than enthralled by what I found. Advertisements... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Free Your Photography