Tips for updating your digital branding.

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It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger, a Grammer, A YouTuber, or even a small business, if your thinking about taking your hobby to the next level, you need to think about digital branding.
Updating my own digital branding is something I am currently in the process of doing, so this topic seems so relevant to me right now! that I am super excited to be sharing the tips that I am currently using ready for my rebranding launch.

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Do your digital branding research

Before you start rushing in to creating your brand, do a bit of research first. Have a look at what others use and include, Have a look around, I recommend searching on Pinterest, It is useful to get an idea of what kind of things look good, and see what Popular themes there are. Obviously don’t just steal there’s, come up with your own.

Decide what your style is

I know this is such a tough one if you not used to brand schemes, however, deciding and finding your own style and becoming familiar with it is such a good thing to conquer as soon as possible. It goes without saying that your digital branding should reflect you, and what it is you are doing.
Once you have found your style it is going to be a lot easier for you to come up with your brand scheme.

Pick a color scheme

it’s time to choose your favourite colours for your scheme. This is one thing I struggle with but I am working on at the moment.
your colour scheme can be whatever you like. But it is nice yo pick colours that actually go together.

At the moment, my colour scheme is all over the place. Which is one of the things I am working on at the moment. This is something I also am enjoying the process of the most at the moment as my current task is messing around with my favourite colours and seeing what suits my personality. especially as I’ve been working on digital art so much more recently! Personally. I’m in love with pastel and burnt colours at the moment. Pastels more so.

Create a clear logo

Having your own unique logo is a brilliant way of standing out from the crowd! your Logo should be something that reflects who you and your brand is, as well as being clear and identifiable. Something that you will be proud to see on all of your beautiful sites and things.

Thinking of starting your own blog, how about reading my how to post, here.

Choose a preferred font style

when you are deciding the brand scheme you want to be consistent with as much as possible. this includes your font style. I would highly recommend using font freebies online, and making note of what fonts you are using. There are so many beautiful available fonts out there. Using a font that is bold and quirky will really make your brand stand out! which is of course want you need to achieve to be able to grow.

Be consistent

consistency is so important when it comes to growing your brand. Your brand should be what you most use across your website, digital stationery, and all of your social media. The more you stick with being on brand, the easier consistency will become throughout.

Don’t rush! And definitely don’t give up!

If coming up with your brand is something you are struggling with at the moment. I would honestly take your time until you have something that you are happy with. The happier you are, the more your brand will shine. Also, your brand is something that you will be used continuously, so if you are not happy with this from the start, it will annoy you throughout.

AlexaJade

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What to know before buying a Cricut setup.

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When it comes to what we have in our craft room, without a doubt, my favorite equipment, is my Cricut setup. I know that I have posted about my Cricut machine before, about why I love the Cricut so much, So I thought it was about time I did a more detailed post. I have received a lot of questions about buying a Cricut recently, So I am going to include everything I possibly can in this post! I’m creating this post as a 2 part series, as I will be posting again soon, on what to know once you’ve brought your Cricut.

buying a cricut

What actually is a Cricut?

Well other than one of the best crafting tools ever… Ok Jokes aside, the chances are if you are already considering making a purchase and buying a Cricut machine, then you already know a bit about what a Cricut is… Don’t worry if you don’t I am going to tell you anyway!

The Cricut is essentially a cutting machine, with the ability to cut a large variety of materials (some depending on the type of machine that you have). The machine is able to cut images by using the Cricut design space which is the software that is compatible.

Is the Cricut actually worth it?

Honestly! my answer to this question is always going to be yes! because the Cricut machines give you the ability to expand on what it is you are making.

You are either considering buying a Cricut as a Hobbyist, or a business investment.

What machine is best?

There is literally no right or wrong answer when it comes to what the best Cricut machine is. It is all down to your own user needs what would be the best machine for what you want to be able to create.

The question is less of which machine is best, more which machine is going to suit my user needs best?

Cricut Explore Air 2

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is the machine that I currently own. I have been using this version of the Cricut for over 2 years now! and oh my goodness, I absolutely love this machine! To be honest, I would say that the Explore is the middle-sized machine of them all.
The Cricut Explore Air is perfect for anyone who will be working with Paper/card-stock, or the various types of vinyl.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker is the largest machine in the family. One that I hope to own in the future. The Cricut maker has the ability to cut even more materials, such as wood leather, fabric, and way more. As well as being able to be adapted with other blades, and an engraving tool that looks badass! As I don’t personally have a maker at the moment, this machine Is something I won’t be speaking about too much as I only write from my experience! so hopefully one day I will be able to afford and talk about the Maker as well.

Cricut Joy

The Cricut Joy is the baby cutting machine of the family! and honestly, it is such a cute little device! perfect for small and fiddly projects or anyone who is wanting to make labels etc.

The Joy machine cuts the same kind of materials as the Explore, however, the particular difference of this machine is smaller in size. The mat size for this machine is 6x12inches. Therefore, if you’re looking to cut bigger projects, I would say you need to at least look at getting the Explore Air 2.

I am probably in my corner right now! cutting something out!

Is buying a Cricut worth the expense? and how expensive is it in the long run?

So let’s be real about the cost of the Cricut, and what comes after.

Depending on what machine it is you are thinking and what your purpose is for wanting to invest in this beauty, expense is always something you. No, the Cricut is not a cheap machine to buy at first, however I would always say that the decision to purchase should be based on your personal passion and user requirements.

Once you have brought your Cricut, there is an optional subscription cost that allows you access to the wide variety of images in there library as well as a few other perks.

The only other cost is your materials, to be able to create, and any upkeep of the machine, such as replacing mats and blades, however if you are not using your Cricut machine every day, then this will not effect you too much.

Where can I buy the Cricut machines?

The Cricut may have originated in the US, however, it is becoming increasingly more easy to purchase here in the UK. I would always suggest that you search for deals and bundle options, as these change all of the time.

I personally purchased my Cricut through Hobbycraft, however, since then, I buy most of my supplies for using with Cricut from Amazon.

What is this Cricut subscription stuff about?

There is one more expense you should consider before you purchase your machine.

Cricut have a subscription for their design studio, which costs £7.49 (converted from dollars) called Cricut Access.

The Cricut access subscription gives you access to 1000’s of cut & print and cut images to use from their library!

What is Design Space and do I need it?

The Cricut Design Space is the software that you will be using to create your projects. So basically yes, you do need it! and it is something you will learn to love to be able to create with your Cricut machine.

This is what Design Space looks like…

Design space pretty much looks the same wether you are on a Mac/Windows, a Phone or Tablet.

What is included when buying a Cricut?

So this is what to expect when you open your box, obviously, I am basing this on opening the Cricut Explore Air 2. The box includes your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, Design Space software (app and details), German carbide premium blade, USB cord, and power cord, an accessory adapter, 100+ free images, 50+ free project ideas, a guide to getting started, a pen and cardstock sample and a 12 x 12 inch Light Grip cutting mat.

The card stock you receive in the box will help you create a cute little card that helps get you used to use your machine!

What else do I need to be able to use my cricut?

There are a variety of things you may, or may not need when it comes to Cricut projects. So when you are buying your Cricut there are a few other things you may want to have a look at as well. Again it does depend on the type of crafting that you are planning to do, I mean If you are a paper crafter already! the chances are you have a ton on card stock and paper stock that you can dive in with, but if you are planning on expanding what you can create with vinyl projects, you will need to consider a few little buys.

The Cricut has the ability to draw with pens for you as well, there are pens that are compatible with your machine like these.

Why not check out my post on how to make 3D flowers with Cricut, here.

If you are planning to use Vinyl or HTV (heat transfer vinyl) you will need some weeding tools. (tools for removing the excess vinyl from your project). I highly recommend using the Cricut basic toolset. Or a toolset similar to this. You will also need some transfer tape, to be able to apply your adhesive vinyl to your canvas, (you won’t need this for HTV projects) Unless you have a lot of patience for attempting to apply without this! Not having transfer tape isn’t something that I would recommend.

Another accessory I 100% recommend having if you don’t already own one is a craft cutting mat. I use mine to weed my projects on as I tend to use a craft knife and tweezers a lot to take away the excess viynl, this protects my desk from taking a beating too!

Speaking of Craft knives, I thought I would mention that the Cricut knife particularly this one, has been my favorite craft knife that I have owned throughout the years. Cuts so nicely and smoothly. and the blades seem to be really durable.

What can I make with a Cricut?

The question is, what can’t you? Since owning the Cricut machine I have expanded my crafting capabilities majorly! Personally, I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut a variety of card stock, stick paper as well as a mixture of Vinyl projects.

When buying a Cricut machine there are a few bits that come with the Cricut to help you get started. This is a small project to test your machine out on.

What does the Cricut actually cut?

The Cricut machines can cut a large variety of different materials. From paper and card stock to vinyl, foam… All sorts, honestly!

The Cricut Maker can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick. So definitely a tougher machine if your planning to be doing a lot of cutting with thicker materials!

Can the Cricut machine print?

The Cricut machine is not a machine that can be used to physically print. However, if you own a printer then you will be able to create things with the print and cut option. This would involve printing your image with a printer, then placing it on your Cricut mat to be cut out.

Do I need a computer or can I use a tablet?

You do not have to have a computer system to be able to run a Cricut machine. In fact you can use your Cricut machine with any phone or tablet device. I tend to use both my laptop and my iPad to create with Cricut. However, it is mainly down to user preference.

There are some features I find easier to use from a laptop, but it definitely isn’t the end of the world if you do not have a computer system.

Any money-saving tips?

Firstly, it is always good to make sure you do some reasearch and shop around before making any kind of purchase, but when it comes to Cricut, I would always suggest, to ensure you are purchasing your machine from official Cricut stockists.

There are some brands that provide Cricut compatible tools, such as mats, pens, blades, etc. One brand particularly that I have noticed being used with Cricut, is Nicapa, Their resources are very reasonable and work perfectly!

By taking some time to learn some ‘Cricut hacks’ as well will also help you along your Cricutting journey. I often see videos on TikTok and YouTube showing really cool hacks on how to keep mats clean, so they last longer, and how to sharpen your Cricut blades! Definitely have a search.

Still have questions?

If you are thinking of starting your Cricut journey but you still have a few I am always happy to help! Leave a comment in below, or send an email to thealexajadeblog@gmail.com

AlexaJade

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The Craft room tour!

Hello again beauties I hope your doing well! This post has me absolutely buzzing. I have been planning to write this for months! honestly! I do not know why it has taken me so long! Today I am giving you a little peek into my creative space! with a craft room tour! eeeeeee.

not only is the craft room our creative space and office. It’s definitely my happy room of the house.

When it came to me and Emma searching for our own home, having our own craft room/office was the top things on both of our lists of what we would like in our home. I mean, Ofcourse… It would be right?

having a separate crafting room/home offices dream is something I am so grateful for. Especially as in this household, we live for creative lifestyle and making. I know many people who don’t have the space to do this so again. I am grateful for this beautiful space that we have.

we used to have as much of our craft supplies as possible in an otter man and boxes. It was so inaccessible that it really unmotivated us to peruse our hobbies and talents!

The craft room is where we spend alot of time, particularly myself. so we have been reguarly adding to it, and making changes where possible over the past year! (oh my goodness I cant believe its nearly been a year since moving in already).
we have so many more ideas and wishes for the room still aswell.

anyway. Let’s get into what we actually have.

So about the craft room…

Our craft room is where most of the magic happens! If not all. It’s where I go to sit and concentrate on blogging, planning and the most obvious thing and the things I am most passionate about Creating. Making. Crafting.

so obviously I’m gonna start with my corner. Especially since sometimes I pretty much live in that corner!

my desk is close to all of my sublimation printer, Cricut and my heat press. Which I love because although it may look snug! I have plenty of room and my laptop cables reach the machines.


Next to my desk I have this beautiful creative chaos. my craft cart! which is where I hold all of my go to stationery supplies, my happy planner stash and pen palling stash. Its my very own colourful chaos. And I promise it is more organised than it looks.

Both myself and Emma are spending a lot of time at the moment focusing on our small businesses. Emma is currently running EmmaCraftsGB, as well as running BAE Boxes with me. Ofcourse my focuses are still my blogging, and running a small stationery and sticker business! Which I am posting about on my instagram a lot now!

So one thing we have a lot of in the room is storage. I love our drawers! Although I would like to replace the clear set with block colour! As it can look messy! (the drawers have a-lot of supplies in)

all of our drawers are organised by the craft or the project we are doing, which makes finding things so much easier.

Finally here’s a little peak at where the magic happens with Emmas beautiful creations. She has a bit of a theme with her desk, can you tell what it is?

I would love to hear any storage tips that you use in your craft room and how you set up your work space. Where do you go to work?

If you would like to support me in the creative journey to run my small business check out my Etsy store, or give me a follow on Instagram!

Lots of love!

AlexaJade

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Facing our mental health during lockdown.

There is a lot of posts and talk about mental health during lockdown right now. As someone who has been feeling the drain that lockdown has been causing, I am sympathising with you all right now.

I have been feeling in a bit of a hazed fog lately, wondering why I wasn’t finding it very easy to be inspired when it came to my blog and everything else. Shockingly for me, I posted once during January and although January slugged by so slowly. Time really had just disappeared from me.

We all knew that a lockdown during the winter would be alot harder. I mean during the summer we had the benefit of being able to relax and enjoy our gardens. Drinking cider and lighting the BBQ to keep us sane. Something that you cant do during the crappy weather that we have been enduring.

I don’t think that anyone expected to be starting 2021 with yet another lockdown, but it’s happened, we are here.

mental health during lockdown

We’re all in this together.

Not once during 2020, or even now have we been facing this alone, although sometimes a lot of the time it can feel like it.

Mental health during lockdown has become a massively important topic for both adults and children. Together the whole world has been struggling for over a year.

Stop feeling guilty for feeling down.

When you are in a slump of being unmotivated, guilt is bound to follow you somewhere down the line, especially when you know that there is plenty of things that you could be doing, but your motivation and inspiration is on such a low, that your clouded on what to do. It is OK! You do not need to be productive 24/7. Know your limits, and be proud of the things you have achieved, not what you haven’t.

It’s ok to have a lazy day.

Allowing yourself to enjoy having lazy time is something I have battled with, however its not a lazy day!

It is about rejigging you’re thinking to be able to remind yourself, that a lazy day is something that we all need at times, Like I said above, you do not need to be on the go all the time. It is

Surround yourself with things that make you feel positive.

My message to this, is literally as bluntly put as I can make it. Fuck what everyone else is doing. Surround yourself by the things that make you feel positivity. Each person is different, so it does not matter if something that makes another happy, does not make yourself happy. It is about learning what it is that makes you feel complete happiness, and filling your life with that thing.

For me, surrounding myself with creativity and craft is one thing I am absolutely passionate about, and there are so many ways to stay creative especially whilst staying at home.

Be kind.

Remember there are so many people struggling to get by day to day right now. We all have different circumstances, and we are all going through different things whilst being stuck in lockdown.

Kindness really does go a long way in this world. You never know how your kindness is going to effect someone in a good way. Either it is a simple smile at a stranger, that gives a welcoming friendly vibe.

AlexaJade

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How to start living a creative lifestyle?

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Todays blog post pretty some s up everything in my life, especially recently. That is, Living a creative lifestyle.

Creativity, in my life, is something that I have been so passionate about from pretty much all of my life. In fact I had been planning to write this blog post for a little while now.

When you hear the word creative, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Having had a few conversations about being creative with a variety of friends. I got some very different answers.

creative lifestyle
my creative area is my happy place

Although there’s no actual right or wrong answer when it comes to someone being creative, there does seem to be a small misconception from a few that to be creative you must be into ‘arts and crafts’. This is not true.

To be honest, you do not need to be a pro with a paintbrush, or a a dab hand with the knitting needles, to have a creative mind. However of course in some cases this will help you a bit! (no matter what your media is).

Creativity can be as big or small as you like. It could be taking the time to grab your favourite colouring pencils, and colour

What is it to lead a creative lifestyle?

Living a creative lifestyle is the way of living a life to the full. Seeking new opportunities and possibilities. Using your time to explore, experiment, discover and be able to express yourself in a multitude of different ways.

It is being able to embrace things as they are, and use your mind and imagination to see what you could create out of those things.

Some people are already living a creative lifestyle without even knowing it, because they believe that being creative is just a small part of life, when really it is everything.

Being creative allows you to speak within media, to show your passions, and emotions, without even saying a word.

Using inspiration to then be developed into something amazing,The creative process is what we do to create beautiful work, and a beautiful life.

Creativity is known for being a valuable workplace skill. Being creative is useful for being able to create new ideas, as well as being able to find solutions to complex issues. So next time you are in an interview or having to dust off your CV consider including your creative skills as a way to impress your possible future employee!

Ways you can start living a creative lifestyle…

Surround yourself with Creatives.

There are so many people in this world that thrive from the ability to be creative, and express themselves in a creative nature. surround yourself with the people that value creativity the most. So many people are already living a creative lifestyle and these people thrive on inspiring you as well as themselves.

There is a multitude of creative spaces where you can connect with people that have similar interests as yours. Places such as Facebook groups, specialised apps, Instagram feeds and hashtags, online forums, Pinterest, Skillshare, and online teaching communities.
I would recommend taking the time to join these groups and check in with them. Making friends with other creatives is also so good for your mental health.

Think outside of the box.

one of my favourite things about leading a creative lifestyle is being able to think about things in a different way! like the ability to find an unexpected solution to an issue in a completely unique and imaginative way.

another thing I love about thinking outside of the box is being able to look at things differently.
Taking something blank and picturing and creating something amazing out of it.

Make time to actually be creative.

when it comes to being creative, and leading a creative lifestyle one thing that you need the most. Time.
think about it. Allowing yourself the actual time to follow your creative inspiration allows you the ability to create the life you want to live and express yourself in so many different ways.

Stop setting limitations.

One of the biggest blocks when it comes to creative mindset is setting yourself limitations! especially the ones that you don’t need to have. Limitations such as not knowing how to achieve something. However that does not need to be an obstacle of stopping you. In some aspects you can take the time to research and learn. Whilst, in other aspects, going back to thinking outside of the box, look for more unique ways of being able to achieve.

There are some limitations that we face that are not being caused by our mental state. Obviously, we all have limitations in life, things that get in our way, obstacles such as money. Money is a major limitation when it comes to being able to afford being able to achieve goals that you are setting yourself, which is something that I struggle with alot, as I have some exciting plans that I have had to break into very small milestones to be able to reach where I want to be.

Don’t pressure yourself.

Especially when it comes to a creative block, the last thing that you want to do is pressure yourself. Learn when it is necessary to take a break. stop pressuring yourself into productivity. By pressuring yourself to achieve you are causing yourself more harm. The feeling of, ‘I haven’t created in a while’ should not exist. the best creations and creative flow comes from a relaxed heart, and the ability to take your time. A rushed piece of work will not be your next masterpiece!

As I very well know, it is so easy at times to beat yourself up when your in an lack of inspirational state. However, just because your not feeling creative and productive 24/7 doesn’t mean you should put yourself down over it! it is ok to take a break and recharge, when you need too.

Ways to show your creative spirit.

  • Art.
  • Paper craft.
  • Knitting or crochet.
  • Embroidery.
  • Uplifting.
  • Writing.
  • Photography
  • Woodwork

This is just a very small list out of the thousands of options there is to express your creative spirit. If I wrote a full list of each specific thing, we would be here for hours.

What ever your media is, each and everyone of us has the ability to be creative in some kind of aspect. It doesn’t have to be a physically created product however, it could be the way you have done something, by using a creative process.

For example, the way you organise, the way you display something, or even The way you use an object for a different purpose then would normally be expected.

What does creativity mean to you?

I would love to hear from you guys your interpretation of what it means to be creative and lead a creative lifestyle?

Is there something you do that is different to others, I love to hear new ideas that involve the aspect of being creative.

AlexaJade

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What I would like to see from life in 2021.

Can you believe that we have actually finally made it into the year 2021, I am pretty certain at one point I didn’t think that 2021 would ever start. Well, it did feel that way anyway.

I’m not going to lie. I started writing a post about rounding up the year that was 2020. At the start of the post, I had written that I was going to try and remain positive. The truth is, that was pretty impossible. No matter how hard I tried to divert from the negative mindset I found myself listing way too many reasons why 2020 was hell for us. Then I found myself lost in a, how am I really starting this apparently fresh start year. (well, we won’t even get into last nights latest announcement!… Yeah Thank you for that Borris, last to follow through again)

Don’t get me wrong. I do like to keep it real when I’m talking about my life here on the blog. No one actually has the ability to be positive 24/7. Although one of my main goals in life has been to spread positivity where ever I can.

So I’ll do a short some up of what happened in 2020 with us.

We moved into our first home together.

first home

We had known for a few years, it would not be long till we were moving away from the farm, and finding ourselves somewhere. From January onwards, we were lucky enough to start our search for our new home. Our beautiful house was one of the very first houses that we looked at, and afterwards, nothing came in comparison, honestly.

We were moved in by March, Just days before the very first lockdown we faced. Our first home together, and it is very special. I can’t wait for our future adventures here.

So far we have already created so many memories, made new connections and friends.

This is honestly the main thing that happened to us this year.

We still managed to have some fun in the summer, whilst social distancing, when we’ve needed to.

That pretty much sums up 2020. (The positive version anyway)

2021 is a feeling of a fresh start. We do know that there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID pandemic. With the vaccination being rolled out, we should be back to normality by June or July.

Keeping a positive mindset for that I am excited at the thought of still being able to have our dream wedding that has been postponed till July 30th.

What I would really like to see from 2021.

This year I have made the decision not to make any New Years resolutions. The thing is, when it comes to resolutions, they barely ever are achieved. Setting a New Years resolution is almost as good as setting yourself up for failure. Most of the time anyway.

Interesting fact. Did you know that the 17th of January is national ‘give up your NY resolution day’? I am not lying. It is actually a thing. Shocking right? 17 days is the most anticipated time that we tend to stick to our ‘New year, New me’. Really gives you something to think about right?

Our perfect wedding day!

Well, my first one is pretty obvious. I would like to successfully reboot our wedding plans and get back on track to celebrate our love for one another for July 30th. I had taken a break from the wedding plans due to the utter uncertainty that 2020 left us. Choosing to postpone our wedding really was a heartbreaking and horrible decision to have had to of made. However. Onwards and upwards. I can’t wait to start the fun things we couldn’t do last year (Of course in the hope that 2021 allows us to do them). I’m looking forward to finding the perfect dress, preparing for our day, and having our hen nights!

I would like to regain control of my health.

For the past few years, I have really been struggling with my body, As well as my mental health. I still have been suffering from chronic illness, which is yet to be fully diagnosed, it has been nearly 2 years.

When it comes to my mental health, I can admit that 2020 made everything feel like it was coming down on me worse, I was Diagnosed with PTSD, and I am currently getting support. I am waiting to have trauma therapy at the moment.

It has not been easy at the best of times, but this year I am determined to try anything possible to get myself back on track.

Illustrations

For the past year, alongside my blogging, I have been absolutely addicted to the Procreate program.

I have been drawing digitally over the past year since paying for the program, I got myself an apple pencil! Honestly, I haven’t looked back since, the last few weeks I have been sharing my illustrations on a new instagram, which has really given me the confidence in what I have been achieving. Now I plan to open my own sticker, and label shop on Etsy. So watch this space for an official update on that.

2021

Positivity and happiness

Although like most I do have some quite specific goals, that I would like to achieve this year, my main focus is to concentrate on myself. My positivity and happiness.

The other day I read an interesting article, with the headline, when did positivity become so toxic. It is true, we should be taking time to work on ourselves, and come to terms with our emotions. We should not be feeling pressured to feel positive, but working towards the actual emotion of positivity. The real one, not the fake pretending to be positive.

What I’ll be doing to achieve my goals this year.

I am determined not to give up

I swear, one of the biggest flaws I know myself, that I have. Giving up. Sometimes the idea of giving up is just so much more easy, than actually pursuing.

Setting myself milestone

Honestly, we all have the right to be able to dream big, and I support being able to dream big. However to actually reach those goals, and have our dreams come true, we need to think smaller at first. Which is something that I have realised I hadn’t really been doing very well.

This year I am using my Mal Paper, daily goal setter journal, and I am breaking my goals up.

Taking more time to be creative

Creativity is literally my life. I love being creative, I craft, I write, I dream. All of these things I am so passionate about. So this year I have decided to stop procasinate, and give myself more time to actually create, craft, and inspire myself.

2021

No matter what it is you have planned for your 2021 year, I wish you the best with it. 2021 has the potential to be an amazing year. It may not be the best start right now, and yep we are officially in another serious lockdown, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We will get through this, together.

AlexaJade

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January Sales shopping tips you need!

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The January sales, Does anyone else get a slight tingle of excitement at the thought of the reductions on nice things?

The funny thing about Christmas is that we spend an absolute fortune all for one day! to then rush out the next day to a week, to spend even more money on things that we probably do not need! We just love a good old bargain! Am I right?

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So let’s talk January sale tips you need to know!

Pre Christmas tip – You need to know!

Shops often mark the items with a random letter and number that they are planning to place in the January sales. These will normally be written on the item label, something like ‘S16’, Often in biro. Avoid paying out on these if it is something you’d rather purchase cheaper in the sales.

Only spend what you can afford.

Look, Let’s get real for a minute. How many times have you spent out in the January sales, and left yourself out of pocket for the whole of January? ending up as feeling the longest month, days feel like weeks and weeks just feel like there never gonna end!

Save yourself some of the pain and give yourself a budget when heading out to the sales.

Stick to your budget & avoid the credit card!

It might be on sale, and it might be a really awesome addition to the wardrobe. Now is the time more than ever to stop making purchases outside of your means.

Avoid using the credit card! Maxing out your card, not only puts you in a worse financial situation, it can prevent you from a decent credit score in the future. Meaning financial back up when it is really needed may not become available to you.

Ask yourself, Do you really need it?

Is it that you really need that new top, or do you just like the price of it? You should only be spending your money on things that you genuinely like, need and know that you are going to be able to get plenty of use of! It is so easy to get embraced in the price of something when you’ve headed sale shopping.

Plan ahead, Where are you going?

Sale shopping is serious business. Crowds of shoppers, all doing the same rummaging that you are, trying to look for the best bargains to take home. A lot of the time not having a clue what it is they are looking for.

And. Going shopping for the day in main town centres are the most hectic places to be. Especially before the new year hits, whilst everyone is still off work. Thousands of people all having the same idea of getting some Bargains in, and making a day out of it.

List the things you genuinely need so that you can shop with purpose.

There is no harm in heading into the sales with a plan of stuff you need to find! It is a perfect time to buy things that you have needed for a while but has not been able to afford because money always tight (That definitely includes us).

Avoid shopping in the usual places!

If you think about it, why would you buy from the places that you usually by from! Check out the places you would usually say are more expensive! If there are specific shops that you love! but don’t often by from, these are the shops you are gonna want to be in!

Do a price check!

Especially when it comes to the more expensive items that you’re considering on spending out on, it is so worth doing a price check. I do like to check Amazon.

And finally, remember this. The January sales are not your only chance of getting a bargain.

The January sales are every year alongside so many more sales that happen throughout the year! if you can not afford it, you might be able to afford it later.

Most retailers, hold numerous sales throughout the year, as they want to encourage sales to maintain their business! No need to get in a stress when you do not need to be!

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Some Christmas festive digital drawings…

Hey guys, me again! For day 19 of Blogmas, We’re doing well hey. I’ve been spending a-lot of time recently practicing with my festive digital drawings. I find it really helpful for my anxiety, and I have started sharing a few pieces of work on my gram recently! I am planning to share lots more in the days to come as-well, as its one of my favourite past times along side crafting, and being generally creative.

So for the first of my festive digital drawings, I would like you to meet my winter bear, bobby. He’s a cosy lazy bear, who would rather be asleep, a little like me.

Next is DeeDee the deer, She is only little, and loves a sugary, sweet hot chocolate in her life, especially with a floating candy cane.

Finally, this is the Jingles the elephant. She is keeping herself warm with her Santa hat, waiting for the big man to come!

So what do you think of my festive digital drawings?

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How to cope with the feelings of, abnormal Christmas time.

Hey guys, it’s getting pretty close now. Christmas eve is just 7 days away, and we have been busy doing the normal getting everything ready for the big day, although as I’ve said before we all know that this year, being an abnormal Christmas, as we still undergo the impacts of Covid 19.

It is easy to get yourself in a tiz, especially as Christmas day lurks quicker and quicker.

abnormal christmas
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Communicate with your loved ones.

We all know that the normal gatherings are a no go this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t contact them. Make a special effort to get together virtually, for a Christmas chat. Or agree to meet them whilst following the government social distancing rules. You never know they may need the company, just as much as your feeling right now. Don’t forget we are going through this abnormal Christmas period, together.

Take it easy.

It isn’t often that you do not have to be surrounded by too many people in one house, this year you have every excuse to let the day go as it pleases. The rule of having no more than 6 actually puts less pressure on the Christmas day.

Remember it’s not forever.

Coronavirus may have taken up our lives in 2020, and led to an abnormal Christmas season. However, there is hope for the future, since we postponed our wedding. I am in high hopes of restarting the wedding plans, very soon!

And the same goes for now, staying positive is so important. Because although we feel sad at the moment, and we miss seeing our loved ones regularly and the normal things that we would be doing. 2021 is a new year, and it can only be onwards and upwards from here.

Enjoy yourself.

Christmas only comes once a year. Just enjoy it, it doesn’t matter if you have not afforded what you could normally, or if you have forgotten to buy something for the menu. You will survive that, just like any other day.

Merry Christmas.

AlexaJade

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