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Best Places to Search for Creative Sparks

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-Emily Fraysse

I needed to find a clever Father’s day card. Stat.

Searching Google, I had a hard time finding something that I liked and that was creative. These days, I find that when I need some inspiration, I tend to stray away from using generic sites like Google and Bing. Finding that little spark of creativity or imagination can be difficult when you have an innovation block. Luckily, there are a variety of places you can visit to get that extra push.  As Pablo Picasso once said, “good artists copy; great artists steal.”

#1 Pinterest

Growing in popularity over the past two years, Pinterest (shown above) has become the new filing cabinet for online photographs. By easily organizing the photographs into different “boards,” you can easily access your favorite photos of people, places, and things.

#2 Instructables

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Tic-Tac USBtinyISP Programmer, Speaker Monsters, Laser Cut Record on wood, and a steam punk storm glass are only a few items that you can make step-by-step on this website.This site is chock-full of inspiration and information on how to make crazy things, and it allows the users to post what they make.

#3 The Matboard

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Similar to Pinterest, it allows you to categorize your photographs into different categories and moodboards while promoting inspiration. What’s different is it allows for the user to search for a specific talent or occupation to view portfolios and works from people in your area. You can also promote your personal portfolio board by connecting your page with other social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

#4 Gentlemint

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Finally, there is a Pinterest for men! Instead of a website with makeup tutorials, clothing ads, and other girly things, Gentlemint is full of topics like cars, alcohol, fitness, and, of course, Ron Swanson’s Man Rules.

#5 Do It Yourself

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Know what you want to do but don’t know how? DIY will help you get there. Appealing to both men and women, the site can teach you how to build a fancy fence, seal an asphalt driveway, or balance the pH in your soil.

#6 Lover.ly

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Made purely for weddings, the users can search by color or keyword in order to plan their dream wedding. Their mission is simple: “to make wedding planning simple and more fun. Discover ideas, things to buy, and people to hire for your wedding.”

#7 I Wanna Nom

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They nail their purpose, saying “if the internet is now the world’s largest cookbook, I Wanna Nom is the index where you can circle the tastiest looking recipes and dishes that you want to try later.”

And there you have it: seven whole websites to let your mind wander pages and pages of millions and trillions of photographs to get those creative juices flowing. Now to find that Father’s Day card…

The Key to Room Décor: Simplicity, Creativity

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-Rache’ll Brown

It was the fall of 2011 when I discovered the hobby—or more appropriately, the fetish—that is home décor. Color palettes, duvet covers, throw pillows, and more; I had never realized how meticulous interior design was until I left my family home. At my parents’ house, my room was just a chaotic collection of things: a pink comforter I had since the sixth grade, band posters I had collected at Warped Tour over the years pasted on the walls unevenly, and random knickknacks filled every surface. It was a mess. It was shameful. However, I looked at leaving my parents house as an opportunity to experiment with design.

This new-found hobby started in the dorms. My roommate and I immediately started coordinating when we got our dorm packet. The color palette was easy: black and white for a classic look with accents of purple (our favorite color). When we moved in and got everything settled, I was pleased. I thought I was the craftiest freshman in Walton complex. And then Pinterest came along, and my outlook on interior design and crafting completely changed.

When it came time for me to move into my first apartment, I had everything planned out. I’ve concluded that there is an easy formula to a cozy yet coordinated room, and I’ve decided to share my theory.

Pictures EVERYWHERE

Scour Facebook, Instagram, and your hard drive for pictures that have captured your favorite moments in life. There are so many things to do with photos, but my favorite ways to use them is to fill wall space. One of the easiest things I did was take clear fishing line and miniature clothes pins to create banners with my favorite pictures. I just hung a few points throughout the line with mini clear Command strips and everything was set.

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Simplicity is Key

Use simple a color palette, simple decorations, and a simple floor plan for a clean and put together look. Choose two (or three: two neutrals and a pop color) coordinating colors to purchase all comforters, pillows, rugs, etc. in. Ditch the cluttered look and keep only functional pieces around your room—overcrowding makes the room seem smaller and unorganized. If you find an ornate piece you think is a must, get it! But make sure you limit the over-the-top pieces to a minimum.

Get Crafty

Whether you rely on Pinterest or think of things on your own, put your creative hat on to figure out the most functional, thrifty, and aesthetically pleasing ways to utilize your space. For example, I have a lot of necklaces and a lot of wall space. I considered making my own jewelry board but had already spent my crafting budget elsewhere. So, I decided to take my extra mini Command strips and hang my necklaces on the wall (pictured at top). Voila! It’s thrifty, cute, and functional.

If you were lost on how to decorate your bedroom or apartment before—don’t fret now! There are simple ways to spice up your décor without too much effort, money, or time. So take some of my advice, get crafty, and your place will be the envy of all your friends in no time!

Making Cake Mix Your Own: A Guide to Baking With Two Ingredients

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-Rache’ll Brown

I’ll admit it, I am a lazy baker. I always try to find recipes with the least amount of ingredients, and my online search history is mainly, “how to make cookies/cupcakes/brownies without eggs/butter” (I don’t keep a lot of necessary baking items on hand—sorry).

A few weeks ago I was searching Pinterest for an easy recipe, as per usual. Suddenly, I stumbled upon something groundbreaking: two-ingredient cake. All that’s needed is a can of crushed pineapple and boxed Angel Food cake mix. Then I remembered that when I was younger, my mom used to make pumpkin muffins with boxed yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree. This made me wonder: how many modified boxed cake recipes are there? So I did my research, and now I am going to share it with the masses. You’re welcome.

Out of everything I found, one recipe in particular was screaming my name. One box of Funfetti cake mix, some Greek yogurt, water, and that’s it! I’ve never had a bad experience while subbing yogurt for oil; my baked goods are usually moist and delicious after using this technique, so I decided to give it a try. I did my own variation, one with a box of Devil’s Food cake mix, one cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, and one cup of water. I baked according to box directions, and it was delicious. Other options? Combine a box of Angel Food Cake with a can of pie filling—cherry, blueberry, lemon, etc. Also, dark cake mix with a can of coke, or light cake mix with a can of 7-Up apparently creates an airy treat. Regard the Internet for more inquiries.

So next time you’re in need of a cake, skip the eggs and oil for a more minimalistic approach. There really is no way to mess up a two-ingredient cake, so go forth and prosper—cake mix awaits you!

Decorating on a College Budget – Jewelry Board

-Sara Bianchetti

Let’s be honest.  As college students, we don’t have the luxuries (or the banks) to support lavish lifestyles—we can barely afford to buy groceries.  So, when we need to furnish an entire apartment or decorate bare walls, utilizing our creativity can be our greatest advocate.

When I moved into my apartment this year I had a vision but I didn’t have an unlimited budget to support it.  I needed to be innovative, resourceful and inspired, so I turned to Pinterest – a forum for social photo sharing of ideas, interests, and hobbies.  It was here that I officially became inspired to begin decorating my shabby chic room—on a budget, of course.

Fortunately for me, I started out with a solid basis of furniture from my sister’s old apartment: a bed, dresser, mirror, and vanity.  Anything that was in decent shape and could either be altered, painted, or reconstructed saved me both time and money.

One of my favorite pieces that I created and was Pinterest-inspired was my jewelry board.  It is simple to craft yet aesthetically pleasing and it fits in with the shabby-chic decor effortlessly.  Here’s a tutorial on how to make it:

First, start out with a corkboard of your preference. I recycled one that had a grayish blue border to coordinate with my room. Take out the corkboard and cover it with burlap using spray glue to attach it.

Burlap is popularly used today and gives the board a rustic feel while adding texture.

Once the board is completely covered, reattach the board to the frame and secure it with duct tape.  Most college students have duct tape.  It’s a basic necessity!

To display the jewelry, I went to a home improvement store and purchased an assortment of doorknobs and handles.  I placed them on the board, marked where I wanted them to go, drilled holes, and screwed them in.  Hang your jewelry and you’re ready to go. Simple. As. That.

To check out more ideas about decorating on a college budget, visit my blog.

Enjoy!