One of my favorite podcasts, Happier, with Gretchen Rubi referenced this quote and it really stuck with me (and not just because I love Dolly Parton). You see, Dolly Parton doesn't read music; neither does Paul McCartney, and neither did Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, or Jimi Hendrix.
"These musicians didn’t have a thorough education in music, they lacked arguably crucial skills—but that didn’t stop them. They loved music, they wanted to play, create, and perform, and they figured out how to do that."
Tiramisu For Breakfast is all about doing things in your own way. People often ask us how long their video should be, what's the best time of day to post. The truth is, there are a million ways to do something. The details are often not what's important.
TEXTURE: I LOVE this app. The $14.95/month fee includes current and back issues of a huge selection of magazines. I get:
Martha Stewart Living
O, The Oprah Magazin
I screenshot layouts and colors I like from magazines, websites and email newsletters and add them into a Google slides document I call "Design Inspo."
I screenshot layouts and colors I like from magazines, websites and email newsletters and add them into a Google slides document I call "Design Inspo." I use this to help me store ideas. I send screenshots, iPhone photos and forward branded emails to my virtual assistant, I loved the look of this newsletter from Gal Meets Glam, and it immediately thought about the photos C'estlabree took of me with a pink background. I combined this with a pink text background I saw on something else to make this page of my pitch deck.
FLAT ICON: Camden told me about this one and it's awesome! Edit the icons right within the site and download as PNGs. I used this to create Insta Stories covers for At Your Door Pediatrics.
The most exciting part, I think, is seeing how the designs have evolved. I started sending monthly emails in MailChimp (a program I highly recommend), in January. Here's a look at my very first newsletter.
CREATIVE MARKET: My friend Arshan told me about this one.
BEAVER BUILDER: One of the most frequently asked questions from my students is "What should I use to build my website?" There are countless options, but Wix, Squarespace, and Adobe . Portfolio are some of the most popular.
FONT BUREAU & WHAT THE FONT
Beaver Builder: I still source out. I bought the upgraded version.
A big learning for me has been buying pre-made designs instead of trying to work with a designer to make everything from scratch.
I'm a big fan of doing what I can on my own and then getting help to take it to the next level. Inspiration can come from anywhere.