A Thought On: Blogging

I'm taking the week to reflect on the blogging that has happened here during the past month. I really enjoy writing, but I want to make sure I'm using my time well. I'm hoping in the coming months to blog a bit about the process of design. It is something that is really important to me as a designer. I also have a few people lined up for the "Have You Met" series! 

Let me know if there is anything you want me to blog about! (To anyone who actually might be reading this!)

Happy March!

Adventure: Starved Rock State Park

This adventure was the recharge I needed. Starved Rock is gorgeous during any season, but nothing has taken my breath away there the way frozen waterfalls did this past Sunday. I was so giddy the whole drive there, and even during the first part of our hike. You guys. Winter is a beautiful season. The shades of blue, green, and grey. Everything is peaceful.

The paths were completely covered with snow and ice, except a few stairs here and there. We've decided we should probably invest in better hiking shoes for me, and possibly even clamp on ice shoes for the both of us! The hike to this next canyon...was...interesting. I'll leave it at that. The river was also almost completely frozen. Aaron thought the wind blowing across the vastness sounded like a dragon trapped under the icy surface. Correction from Aaron, "But it wasn’t the sound of wind over the ice that made that sound: it was the ice cracking and reverberating in itself as the temperature changed." I wish we would have had more time to gaze at this view, but darkness was approaching quickly.

Such beauty in creation.

Adventure Preview

Over the weekend, Aaron and I ventured to Starved Rock State Park. Starved Rock has a huge spot in our hearts. We starting dating there, got engaged there, and had our engagement photos done there. We have been wanting to visit in the winter since we started dating, and it finally worked out! Here is just a preview of our day, as I'll blog more photos tomorrow.

Adventure Preview // Starved Rock State Park

Adventure: Living Letter Press

Back in November, Aaron and I had the pleasure of attending a workshop at Living Letter Press. We both took printmaking classes in college, love weird historical things, and enjoy learning about all types of various printing methods. This was a true treat for me, because I do 97% of my design work on a computer. It was so refreshing to be back in a studio environment.

Adventure: Living Letter Press

John led our class, and we really enjoyed asking him questions about his life and how he got to where he is today. Living Letter Press is a little gem in Champaign. I even got to work with them in a professional setting for this project. John was great to work with! Now I'm craving an adventure over there.

Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press

So, this was a holiday card workshop, which I was super excited about. We never sent out the cards though...we were kind of too busy writing thank you notes from our wedding. Next year!

Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press
Adventure: Living Letter Press


Writing Prompt

"There’s no longer breathing room in our lives. We can’t wait in line, watch a sunset, or even use the bathroom without taking out our tiny devices to fill an imaginary void. When these small gaps are constantly filled, we close the room our creativity needs to flourish." 

Death to the Stock and Medium collaborated to bring images and writing prompts together. I've enjoyed the process, and wanted to pass it along.

Writing Prompt // Paul Jarvis // Death to the Stock // Briana Kapper

How do you give yourself the space necessary to create?

Earlier this week, I mentioned how I enjoy my spot on the blue couch in our living room. Although it is a spot of comfort, where many thoughts are spurred on, it isn't where I feel most creative. My job is to be creative and solve problems all day, so creativity in my free time has become tricky. Graphic design involves a lot of face time with a computer screen, so I find taking a step back is the best.

Writing Prompt // Paul Jarvis // Death to the Stock // Briana Kapper

Here are some ways I've found helpful for finding the space necessary to create–guess what? None of it involves technology. 

  • Aaron and I enjoy being outside. There is something so invigorating about fresh air, moody skies, and nature. Even though it takes me forever to build up the courage to face the cold, it's always worth it. Even dancing in the rain is thrilling.
  • We visited Nashville for our honeymoon and found ourselves talking so much about art, people, community, and faith on our drive home. Getting out of your daily routine is great for creativity.
  • Exercise. Exercise gives me the space necessary to create. It helps to remove stress, it focuses my mind on something else, and my body feels refreshed and motivated to work on a project.
  • Cleaning. Having a clean workspace when I'm overwhelmed kind of makes me forget everything and I can really focus on what I'm doing.
  • I love cooking. I like making somewhat complicated meals, learning to time things so everything is done at the same time. Cooking is creative. It makes wheels turn, I get to eat delicious food, and then I'm ready for whatever is next.
  • Sometimes I just doodle or sketch. Especially if I'm having a hard time with concepts. Even if I'm just processing things in life, I find it helpful to write out my thoughts and prayers. Paper. Always use paper.
  • If all else fails, coffee with a friend is always a real treat. I'm focused on someone else and enjoying coffee. For some reason that's a magical combination and I leave feeling inspired.
Writing Prompt // Paul Jarvis // Death to the Stock // Briana Kapper

How do you give yourself the space necessary to create?

All images, the quote, and the writing prompt were found here.