While a tool called Fotogramme and a variety of scheduling tools have helped me to manage the two accounts I own, along with several client accounts, it’s been rough. I was thrilled to learn that Instagram has finally shared the ability to manage multiple accounts on Instagram without having to log in and out repeatedly.
Manage Multiple Accounts on Instagram
It’s simple enough to pick up, but I thought I would share a quick step-by-step on how to manage multiple accounts on Instagram using the new feature.
Open Instagram Account Settings
Scroll Down to “Add Account”
Enter Account Details
Easily Switch Accounts + Add New Accounts Utilizing Top Navigation
Each January the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) hosts a tradeshow for industry buyers. The show features the latest and greatest in craft products, typically before they show up in stores.
If you’re following me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have seen a preview of some of the fun items I came across last week at the 2016 show. Today I am sharing the 10 best NEW items I came across at the show this year and hosting a fun giveaway with my friend Jen, from Tatertots and Jello.
Craft and Hobby Association Show Top 10
1. We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board
We R Memory Keepers is known for creating and showcasing innovative tools. This year was no exception. The Alphabet Punch Board allows the user to punch out any letter in the alphabet with one tool – crazy.
The Alphabet Punch Board would be perfect for classroom bulletin boards, banners and a variety of other projects.
Check out the Punch Board in action…
The Alphabet Punch Board is not currently available in stores, but should show up in the next month or two. Suggested MSRP is $35.
2. My Mind’s Eye Party Fans
Paper party fans provide the perfect backdrop for any event – our DIY party fan post continues to be one of the most popular on the site.
The My Mind’s Eye party fans are absolutely gorgeous and they’ve come out with even more beautiful patterns, from basic colors to holiday-specific collections.
Remember all those friendship bracelets you made as a kid? They’re the perfect starter craft for boys and girls alike.
With the iLoom connected to an iPad (any size), kids can learn to make and share a variety of friendship bracelet patterns. Kids can complete projects and earn points toward the purchase of new patterns or the patterns can be purchased in app. Patterns include both video and written instructions.
Gorgeous iced cookies are the darling of the internet right now and Sweet Sugarbelle’s creations play a staring role. Callye is known for repurposing basic shapes to create something totally different. For instance, did you know that a simple bell easily morphs into a fox? Neither did I
Callye spends hours, upon hours, upon hours working with cookies. Initially I thought, hmm…this may not before me, but she makes it seem so very easy!
Callye’s baking products aren’t currently available for purchase, but look for them to show up in the next couple of months.
5. Fiskars THICK Punches
The Fiskars THICK punches were my first wow of the show. Basic punches do not punch thicker material well. IF they punch, they snag, tear and pull, leaving a poor end result.
Fiskars is a leader in punches, trims, shears and scissors so I anticipated a good product. What I didn’t anticipate is how EASY it would be to punch through the thicker material. I punched through copper sheeting, cork and cardboard with the same ease I’d find using a regular punch on paper or cardstock. GREAT news!
Heidi always nails it. I can’t remember a year when she hasn’t come out with something new and entirely SPOT ON. There were several new reactive toner products released for use with the Minc, but the true highlight for me was the new Lightbox.
Lightboxes have been showing up in home interiors for the last couple of years, but purchasing an industrial lightbox was a little out of range. Heidi has created an affordable lightbox with loads of fun, interchangeable words and phrases perfect for the on trend home.
ARC wood products are perfect for crafting. The wood sheets, envelopes and tape are created with natural, uncoated wood. The products can be cut with scissors, punches and die-cut machines. They also run through inkjet printers, hold stamp ink, embossing and paint.
I think my favorite product was the tape.
I also loved the variety of wood, from birch to cherry each product is available in.
Each year trend setters in the design industry eagerly await Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. In the recent past bright, bold hues have taken center stage…
Pantone Color of the Year
This year, Pantone has taken a far different direction with far lighter, more muted colors. It’s also the first time the company is focusing on not one, but two shades to serve as the Pantone color of the year. Meet Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Explaining their choice, the Pantone cited “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”
I’m not sure I typically consider political and cultural issues that closely when considering a purchase, but I do like the Pantone color twins. Although they’re a pair, they don’t have to be used together. An easy way to bring these colors to your home is by using them as accent colors throughout your home.
What do you think? This winter Rose Quartz and Serenity will pair well with cozy cable knit blankets and warm sweaters in neutral colors. While in the spring, they will pair well with florals and loose lightweight fabrics.
Will you be incorporating these colors into your life this year? And, will you be working them together or rocking them alone?
Whether your interest in color is based in simple inspiration or a desire to track trends, we’ve rounded up eight online color resources to help you out.
Eight Online Color Resources
Pantone. Pantone is nearly synonymous with color. For more than 50 years, Pantone has provided color matching services and color intelligence reports.
Each year, the company causes a stir in the creative community when it announces the Color of the Year (typically, the first week of December) and shares it’s Fashion color reports. These reports are incredibly helpful to creatives who rely on trend forecasting to stay ahead of the curve. Oh, and the Pantone accessory shop is pretty fun too.
Design Seeds. If you’ve ever surfed Pinterest (and if you haven’t, who are you?), it’s likely you’ve come across Jessica Colaluca’s work. In Design Seeds, she has one of the most simple, yet beautiful blogs devoted to color.
Each entry on her site is a simple celebration of color consisting of a single photograph, with an accompanying color palette. It’s a great place to find pre-prepared color inspiration for mood boards and upcoming projects. Find daily inspiration by following her @designseeds on Pinterest and Instagram.
ColourLovers. Is stocked with thousands of color palettes and patterns uploaded from users around the world. What really makes the site unique, is the category breakdown for fashion, home, craft, wedding, etc.
The idea is that it’s a one stop shop for identifying color trends in each category. The projects posted may not be the most trendy, but the opportunity to see colors in terms of a relatable medium makes this a great site to check out.
Let’s Chip It.Sherwin Williams paint company has developed a fantastic app that allows you to plugin ANY photo from the web to develop a color chip set. Check out this quick chip made with the promotional image for last year’s Door Decorating Contest.
This tool is FANTASTIC for home DIY enthusiasts looking to take abstract color inspiration to reality. Create your color chips and take your custom palette into the store to pick up paint! Genius.
While the site’s design is basic, it does provide specific hex codes light, medium and dark color palette, which is handy when the colors show quite as you’d anticipated. If you’re looking for color inspiration for an updated website, this is a great resource.
Sensational Color. Kate Smith is a well-known color expert and trend forecaster, who works with Fortune 500 companies looking to engage consumers through color. Her site is chock full of useful articles and color resources.
Kate’s articles are short and provide great tidbits of information, but I really like to follow her Pinterest account. Each of Kate’s Pinterest boards are organized by color.
The Perfect Palette. A resource for weddings and parties, The Perfect Pallet is filled with stunning imagery organized and categorized by color.
From styled shoots, to color tips, The Perfect Palette is all a great source of inspiration for creative and colorful styling ideas.
Adobe Color.Play around with Adobe’s color wheel to create an inspiring palette or browse through hundreds of thousands of user generated color schemes.
You can download the palettes as exchange files for use in the Adobe Creative Suite products.
I work at home and with the exception of Jersey barking for attention, it can get a little quiet around here. It’s rare for a day to pass where I don’t tap into my iTunes playlist for a little juice.
With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been pumping out holiday tunes. There’s nothing I love more than a traditional holiday jingle, but when I am working I love the soft tone of indie rock. Today I am sharing a list of 25 totally chill indie Christmas songs that I’ve been playing in the background.
Sufjan Stevens ft. Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry – Silent Night
Sixpence None the Richer – Carol of the Bells
Kate Rusby – Sweet Bells
Barenaked Ladies Feat. Sarah McLachlan – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Megan Trainor – I’ll Be Home
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song
Ellen and The Escapades – By the Fireside
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Maroon 5 – Happy Christmas
Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside
Florence and the Machine – Last Christmas
Anya Marina – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Bright Eyes – White Christmas
Dido – Christmas Day
Snow Patrol – When I Get Home for Christmas
Ingrid Michaelson – December Baby
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
It’s amazing how a fun song or can bump my productivity and spark my creativity. Do you work with music in the background? I’d just love to know what holiday songs are a must during the season for you.