Happy Thursday! I'm sitting in a hotel room near Atlanta as I type this, preparing for the Bloom Workshop today. I drove in yesterday and helped prep for today's event, and I was blown away by the venue and all of the preparation that they put into everything. Not a detail was overlooked! I'm excited to meet other bloggers, designers, and photographers, learn from Michaela and Ashley, and even participate on the panel toward the end of the day, answering questions about design. I can't wait to share more!
In the meantime, here's a look at some of the latest Elle & Company blog series, just in case you missed them:
How to Start a Blog
I've been sweetly surprised by the number of inquiries I've received from other ladies about how to start a blog. And while I certainly don't have all the answers, I do have some tips and advice to share from my own blogging experience. It's no secret that I'm passionate about blogging, and if it's something you're interested in, too, then this series is for you!
Weekly Truth - Beatitudes
I'm digging deeper into the Word to discover what these 8 verses in the book of Matthew mean for us as we go about our day-to-day lives, and I'm adding in design by sharing a free phone wallpaper (because as much as I hate to admit it, I often check my phone more frequently than I open my Bible). It's helpful for me to see a verse several times throughout my day, not only for memorization, but to be reminded of Truth.
New Branding Projects
I officially launched my branding services this summer, and since then I've had the opportunity to work with several talented business owners, helping them create a visual presence through a new brand and website. I have several in the works, but here are the first two that are up and running!
Running an online business has numerous benefits (less overhead, more flexibility, the ability to work from home, the potential for passive income).
But it comes with its own share of struggles. The biggest one, I’ve found, being a lack of community and interaction with other people.
We’re unable to see the faces of those who are reading our posts, tuning into our webinars, and following along on social media. It’s more challenging to get to know people when you aren’t seeing them and interacting in person.
But all hope isn’t lost!
The internet actually allows us more opportunities to build and foster community around our businesses; we just have to know where to look for them.
Designing a logo is much more difficult than it appears on the surface.
As with anything that looks easy, there are many tricks of the trade involved to make a logo look visually pleasing and appeal to the right audience.
You may have discovered this already, whether you’ve tried your hand at designing your own logo or you’ve designed logos for other business owners.
But over time, as you learn more about design and gain more experience, you start to pick up some tricks of the trade and learn to avoid some common logo mistakes.
Here are 7 that I come across fairly often (along with some easy ways to fix them!).
Recent Coffee Dates
If you were to sneak a peek at my Daybook Planner, you would find at least two coffee dates penciled in each week. Not only do I love a good excuse to get my Starbucks fix; I soak up spending an hour (or three) of one-on-one time with the sweetest, most encouraging ladies I know. Each Friday, I bring that same laid back atmosphere and warm conversation to the blog and introduce you to some of my favorite people. These women are all in different seasons of life, they come from different backgrounds, and they have great stories and wisdom to share. My hope is that you'll walk away feeling encouraged like I do each time I'm around them.
New Library Additions
The Library is our printable collection of paper goods, and members subscribe monthly for unlimited to access to all sorts of art prints, gift tags, greeting cards, notecards, Daybook inserts, recipe cards - you name it! I add at least one printable to the Library each week, so it's always growing, and I have a couple big things coming to the Library in the near future... But until then, here are a look at the most recent additions!
Home Suite Home
Jake and I have a unique living situation while he's in seminary - a cozy one-bedroom Mother-in-Law apartment that we lovingly refer to as "the Suite". My talented friend and interior designer, Michaela Noelle, is helping me redesign our borrowed space on a budget so that it feels more like ours for the 2.5 more years that we're in Charlotte, and we want you to participate in the transformation by following along and helping us make design decisions. As you can imagine, this is one of my favorite series at the moment!
Today's Top 3
A fun little series where I share some of my favorite things, from blogs to recipes and everything in between!