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Organization Tips Part 1

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Geeky Girl, Organization

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I’ve mentioned before that organizing doesn’t come easy to me.  It is not natural, always a work in progress over here.  This is a little long so I broke it into two parts.  I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

  • Put it back – I’m getting better about having a place for everything and when I’m done, I put it back.
  • Like with Like – I am grouping things together like a mad woman.  All hair stuff in one drawer.  All lotions, body butters and bath stuff in another drawer, etc.  All baking stuff in one drawer, all of the rare cooking utensils in one drawer and so on. This makes such a difference in efficiency for me and other helpers in the kitchen that aren’t even familiar with ours.
  • Using lazy susans in the cupboards for spices and alphabetizing them.  Could sound crazy to some but it helps a. lot.
  • Clearing off and wiping down the bathroom counters every night
  • Having as much as you can containerized.  In my purse and extra bag I have all of my on the go art supplies in a zip pouch, on the go beauty items in a zip pouch, etc.  Pouches are perfect for grabbing and taking to meetings, love.  In my extra bag I carry another zip pouch (I know) with more beauty stuff, my sketchbook, iPad, agenda etc.
  • Mani/Pedi Box- I use a hobby box from the Container Store that is actually for crafts but works perfectly for everything needed when painting your toesies.

What works for you?  Let me know, I could talk about this stuff all day.

Edit. Edit. Edit.

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Geeky Girl, Video

For the first time in a long time, this past weekend I messed around with video editing.  I forgot how much that takes out of you, well me.  I majored in photojournalism and minored in digital media in college.  One of the courses I took was digital video art.  This movie is called “One” and the assignment was to convey a mood/emotion.  We also weren’t allowed to use color.

I think it’s safe to say that video art is my least favorite.  Meaning that when I go to an art museum and see that little TV installation in the corner with flashing lights and an audio track playing, I don’t quite get it.  I’m more into paintings, sculptures, everything else.

So when we completed assignments for the class, those assignments were more on the abstract side.  I loved using Final Cut Pro, I had fun putting storyboards together and I was happy with my final projects.

I was editing a video of me painting this weekend but since I am using iMovie ’08 (super old I know), I can’t find a way to speed up the video.  No one wants to see me paint for 30 minutes….so….yea.

I’m working on it though.  I would love to share.

♥ Fun Fact - This was completed in college, early when Raul and I were just dating.  He is the mystery man shaking around in the box.  One of the signs he was a keeper.  True love. ♥

Girl Crush – Kate Spade.

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Geeky Girl, Organization

Kate Spade Rose Agenda 2014

In my ongoing quest for getting everything in order, I bought an agenda.  A real, tangible, velvety separators, college ruled and beautiful script filled rose Kate Spade 2014 planner.  It took me a good 20 minutes before I could write in it.  I was frozen just like I am with sketchbooks.

So so pretty.  I have resolved to have one spot for all of my plans, to dos, thoughts, “mind flies”, etc and this is it.  I tried the digital thing and it only took me so far but I can already tell that this planner routine looks promising.  Before I made the plunge I researched how to even use one and I found this excellent article which was originally about kids using planners but then there was a link that gave some back story/help so us adults can get familiar with the idea first.

Man, it is just so pretty.  My girlie side is showing.

Regional SCBWI Conference. Check!

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Geeky Girl, Out and About

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caroline stutson

I was so worn out from the local SCBWI conference yesterday that I came home and took a two hour nap.  Exhausted, but the good kind.  Where you absorb so much and you are crazy excited that your body can’t handle it anymore and gives out.

I don’t know where to begin.  So,  I have been absent here because I have been working on the Alphabet Book as well as cleaning up my websites.  Two of my goals with a deadline of this month were to clean up my blog and to fix my online illustration portfolio.  The portfolio just wasn’t working at all for awhile now because the navigation wasn’t the best and it wasn’t compatible with mobile devices that did’t work with flash.  Long story short, I now have www.erikabarriga.com that redirects you to www.cargocollective.com/erikabarriga.  When I was researching I found Cargo Collective and fell in love.  I found out they were invite only, gave it a shot and they gave me an account.  I am loving the interface, perfect fit!

So I said all that to say this, I did not want to go to the conference without a working beautifully navigated portfolio site.  This past week was spent deep diving in code, magazines, design, etc etc.  PLUS there was a part of the conference where you could present your work on a chair.  I chose to put some of my illos on foam core and present that way.  Since I just finished my website last night, I just finished my board last night as well.  Everything has been wild over here, trying to get things done while still being well-rested enough to actually enjoy the conference.

So now to the good stuff, I really enjoyed it.  This was my second time attending a SCBWI event, the first one was NY in last year.  I found this event to be more intimate all the way around.  I think I also made a conscious decision to make more connections and just talk more.  Glad I did.

Highlights:

I attended the conference with my friend Christie and her husband Nick – their first conference!
I learned ways to connect myself with my stories from a talk by Caroline Stutson
Met Adam Rex who has a crazy amount of knowledge and talent – loved his keynote speech!
Met Brooke Boynton-Hughes – we follow each other on twitter and now we’ve met in person, so nice!
Entered my much edited down portfolio to the portfolio review and received invaluable feedback

It was great!  Now it’s time to focus on more goals, draw some more and possibly write some too.

The creator of Scarygirl.

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Geeky Girl, Life

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Nathan Jurevicius is one of the artists that sparked my love for illustrating.  His style is insanity at its best.  He even has an online game now.  His work is just amazing and he’ll always be one of my favorites.  Years ago I was reading up on one of my favorite bloggers, Claire Robertson, and she mentioned her friend’s artwork and his interview.  I was in immediate awe.  I wanted to know how he was producing this work, what program, everything.  So I started researching and working with Illustrator.  I wish someone had told me in the very beginning that it takes a few programs working together to get the final product.  In the late 90s it was much harder to find resources let alone tutorials. Now I can find so many artists through social networking like Facebook and Flickr, digital art magazines and more.

I wrote both Nathan and Claire with questions and they kindly wrote me back.  It’s interesting to see how all of our art and interests have changed, a flourishing evolution of change in style and medium.  Gives me another swift kick in the behind to get my own work published.

Pretty cool stuff.  I ♥ the Internet.