Gift Guide Alert! 20% Off Last Minute Gifts for the Creatives in Your Life
One of the absolute best parts of the holidays is the gift-giving part. And unless your friend is a Harry Potter fanatic (in which case it’s super easy to shop for them) or the ultimate foodie (also easy to shop for), it may be kind of hard to figure out what to get for them, especially this late in the game (Christmas is in three days, folks). Have no fear, because the gift of learning is a perfect gift for anyone. Even if your friends don’t think they’re particularly creative or crafty, these classes are great because a) they’ll learn how to tap into their creativity and b) there’s no need to worry about shipping because they’re online.
Psst! Today only (12/22), ALL online classes are 20% off. Use code HOLIDAYGIFT at checkout!
1. Bounce Lettering Basics Online Class: Brittany Luiz will teach your bud how to use Tombow dual brush pens to draw both script and block-letter alphabets, use the right strokes and amount of pressure to create whimsical, bouncing words and phrases and use blending techniques to make sure your designs wow. Your friend will come away with their own hand-lettered cards — you might even get one as a thank you for giving such an awesome gift! ;)
2. Photo Styling Online Class: Meredith Staggers of Cake & Confetti will show your friend how to set up photos like the awesome ones they see on their Instagram feed. Your pal will learn how to use different filters and settings from different apps, and give their on-brand photography a boost. This class will help them segue into collaboration with other brands by taking awesome Insta shots, if that’s what they would like to do.
3. Intro to Ink Illustration Online Class: Lauren Hom of Hom Sweet Hom will teach your bud how to turn everyday objects into adorable ink illustrations using basic techniques and incorporate lettering into illustrations. They’ll also learn layout and planning best practices. No more boring finished pieces!
4. Photography for Bloggers Online Class: Lindsay Ostrom, photographer and culinary mind behind Pinch of Yum, is here to teach her students how to take photos that will complement their content. Students will learn how to use manual controls on a DSLR and the best ways to use lighting. Lindsay will also demonstrate styling — perfect for getting those detail shots for the how-tos you see on blogs. Tell your pal to prepare for a big-time reader boost.
It’s the age of creatives, and the holidays are the season for giving, so we want to help you in your gifting mission by giving you something too — how does a discount on all of our online classes sound? Good? Okay, here are the deets:
Use the promo code HOLIDAYGIFT when you check out for 20 percent off ALL online classes. Hurry though! The discount expires today (12/22) at 11:59pm PST.
Get gifting! And maybe snag a class for yourself too. After surviving 2016, you deserve it.
Tell your friends to share their projects with us on Instagram by tagging @BritandCo and using the hashtag #iamcreative!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.