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How to add lettering to images using only your phone {Android)
I might as well admit it, my computer screen is bust, so besides actually typing my posts out, hoping the word is complete behind the portions I can't see, I really don't use my computer for anything.

Lettering is all the rage right now, and I have unashamedly jumped on that band wagon. I have collected quotes all my life and always loved handwriting, so to be able to combine the two brings me so much creative pleasure. Still there is always the digital world that many times can get in the way of sharing your creations.

So here is the way you can do both, pretty simply with your phone. {I have an Android and I am not sure if all the apps are available on both platforms, so forgive that if you have an iphone or some other kind of phone}

First what you need is some free stock imagery. You can find them many places, but I would recommend checking out THIS post by Olivia.Co She lists so many free places to find amazing images without copyright infringement. Yay! 

Also get your lettering ready on a simple piece of white paper.

Once you find your stock photo and are done lettering you can download the background eraser app 

Upload your lettering photo

Use the auto feature to delete the background

After you have used Auto as much as you can, switch to manual to get near the edges. You can adjust the size of it. {Be careful because it's tricky to control with your finger}

You can also switch the background color so you can see any places you may have missed

Save your erased lettering image.

Next, you will need the PhotoLayers App
and you will upload your stock image

Once you add that you will press the "add photo" button and add your erased lettering to the image

You can then use the color editor to achieve the look you want. If you want black letters turned to white,
slide the brightness all the way to the right.

Save and you are done!

Upload to your favorite social media site and your golden.

Are there any other things you have always wanted to know how to do? Maybe I could help you. Let me know and I will do my  best to help!

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Christian Hashtags to use on Instagram

For the past several months as I have be reconsidering the direction of my blog and how to connect to other like minded bloggers and others active through social media. I started looking into how to connect on Instagram, since it is my social media avenue of choice. If you use Instagram casually you may not know the vast power of hashtags, nor might you care, but if you are still reading this, than you may be interested in how, as I was.
Of course, if we are putting our time into creating something we want to share those things and using hashtags are a great way to do that. Most people use hashtags to simply add on more content to their description such as "My kid always seems to have a meltdown at the store" #noreallysomeonehelpme #allthepeoplearestaring . {you get the drift} I like this use of hashtags as it brings a small dose of personal humor to a post, but it's not really the purpose of hashtags. If you were to click on one of those add on hashtags there might be one other, possibly a handful of them if you are lucky. As I say, most people aren't concerned about this in the slightest, but should you want your content to be found and to find other like minded creatives or communities, sharing a well used hashtag is the key.
You can find several good articles about your general creative communities on Pinterest in regards to the best and most frequented hashtags. But for me, my focused niche is Christian women wanting to grow in their relationship with Christ; think Proverbs 31 ministries, Propel Women, etc. As I searched Pinterest and then relented to plain ol Google, I realized there wasn't much content about Christian Hashtags to connect on Instagram, so I decided to come up with a resource for us. Through my research I knew of several, but came across many more. Try them out, find some new Insta friends, and grow your community online!

**DISCLAIMER** Sometimes spammers will find well used hashtags to spread ads or worse, porn. Even something as simple as #weightloss. So before using a very general hashtag, check it out before your followers click through and die of a heart attack. Also, remember using hashtags is a way you WANT to be found by strangers. It doesn't bode well for those with private accounts or not wanting strangers liking your posts. Just as a heads up:) :)

Below I tried to categorize them as best I can, as well as giving you some general popular hashtags for simple creative posts that don't have a Christian theme as well. There are so many IG communities that if you research enough you can find whatever you niche is, these are just a few of my greatest interests.

Creative #
#inbeautyandchaos #theeverydayproject #lovelysquares #flashesofdelight #livebeautifully #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #pursuepretty #glitterguide #thrivewhereistand #abmlifeissweet #abmlifeiscolorful #lifelivedbeautifully #calledtobecreative #communityovercompetition 

Motherhood #
#blessedisshe #bissisterhood #documentlife #writeyouonmyheart #coffeeandcrumbs #nothingisordinary #letthembelittle #honestmotherhood #belovedlife #momswithcameras #wholeheartedjournal #thrivemoms

General Christian#
#christian #christianblogger #christianity #christianlife #christianmom #christiangirl #christianliving #christianwoman #faith #grace #truth #choosejoy #Godslove #GodlovesYou #Jesus #BibleVerse

Christian Community of Women #
#womenintheword #bedeeplyrooted #propelwomen #yourinfluence #influencenet #influencenetwork #makeithappen #givemeJesus #faithinspired #gracemakers #beautyfromashes #goodnewsfeed #shedelights #thecaptivatingwoman #chooselovely #leadhership #womeninministry #womenwholead #gritandvirtue #theuneditedmovement #pursuitcommunity #thepointedlife
Bible Study #
#devotional #seekHimfirst #shereadstruth #morningprayer #wellwateredwomen #goodmorninggirls #readthroughtheBible #butfirstJesus #intheword #womenintheword #womenoftheword #biblestudy #coffeeandJesus #powerofprayer #intheword #Biblestudymoments #lampandlight #womenlivingwell
Bible Journaling #
#prayerjournal #letteryourfaith #shepaintstruth #sheletterstruth #shedrawstruth #Biblemarking #biblejournaling #illustratedfaith #biblejournalingcommunity #bibleartjournaling #bibleart #journalingbiblecommunity #christiancreative

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5 Reasons Why Blogging Shouldn't Feel Like Highschool (but sometimes does) RERUN
Today for Blogging Positivity Week 
we're remembering how to actually 
in the blogging world.

Ashley at After Nine to Five wrote THIS great post with 5 ways to do that!
Check it out and participate as well if you would like!

I would like to share with you a post I wrote a while back called

"5 Reasons Why Blogging Shouldn't Feel Like High school 
(but sometimes does)"

{posted originally 4/11/2011, so time for a reminder for myself}


I have been reading a few of your posts lately about 
feeling inadequate
 in the blogging world.
I, too, have felt this way as there is always someone bigger and better to
compare ourselves 
to but this post is just to encourage you to
keep doing your thing and being you!! 
{This is almost more of a pep talk to myself as well!}

1) You're not sportin' designer: 
Listen, in highschool it was important to look cool and I know I felt looked down on because I wore the cheap clothes and shoes (you know, the ones your parents could actually afford) and not designer. This can translate into blogging, you have seen some blogs out there that just blow away design and might have paid bucko bucks for their look. Now there is nothing wrong with having money, or an awesome look, but don't you go feeling bad about yours if you don't have it. Get what you can afford and make it work for you!

2) You feel like you're not in the cool clique:
In high school groups are well defined. You were either in one, or you weren't, and usually you weren't asked to join in if you didn't already belong to one. This led to many hurt feelings and low self esteems. Believe me, I wasn't in any cool clique but I am sure I was in some kind of group.
You may have experienced this in blogging, I hope not much. I know sometimes we imagine people to be exclusive more than they really are. Sometimes we are already rejected in our minds before we are ever rejected in reality. 
This is not high school and you have something valuable to add to every community. What I have decided is that I am not going to exclude anyone and I am going to assume everyone likes me and wants to me my friend until they tell me otherwise. Don't be a self fulfilling propechy in that, you tell yourself no one will like you before you ever give them a chance to decide. People will like you and your blog, because you have something of quality to offer. Believe that.
(This can be for real life too!)

3) You say, "I'll never be as ________ as her"
We all compare. I want to be as thin, beautiful, great at homemaking, great at business, great at exercise....FILL IN THE BLANK. We want to be a better version of ourselves, sure, but how does the quote go? 

"Be a first class version of yourself, not a second class version of someone else." 

We all look to big bloggers to see how they do things, how we can emulate them etc. But take those things that you are learning and put it back into making you a better you and your blog more of a refection of who you are. You don't have to be "so and so", you do have to be you, however. So try not to compare! Today you might have dingy photos or 20 followers, but that is today..we have nothing but time to get better and keep trying! Another good quote "How you FEEL today, is not WHO YOU ARE!"

4) The "cool kids" are intimidating
When I first started blogging I felt like a fraud, I still do sometimes. I thought people would be annoyed with me if I commented on their blog, or if I asked them questions, etc. I have found the blogging community, in contrast, so amazingly helpful and supportive. Usually those "cook kids" or "big bloggers" don't have such a "I am so much better than you" mentality that we might think. They were where you were at one point, they know what it is like. Don't be intimidated by them, see them as your teachers and resources! Reach out to them if they are extra intimidating to you. 
A personal example for me, one blogger seemed "untouchable" too cool for me, so many followers, so beautiful, etc etc. I started getting an attitude towards her. I made myself start commenting on her blog, even asked advice etc. Now I think of her more as a friend and she has been so helpful to me and not "better than me mentality" at all!

5) Avoid the mean kids
Sometimes there are just bullies, people who want to make you feel small, in high school, in life, in blogging. There are those people everywhere, and we all know what insecurity can manifest as, usually this kind of attitude. Don't let it change you or make you question what you do or yourself, just avoid these kinda people. People are going to be this way sometimes, and there is not much we can do about it! Haters gonna hate yall. 
Just do you, and keep doing it well!

Have you experienced any of these feelings? Share and let me know how you dealt with it. If I get some great ones I will share them so we can all learn and be encouraged!

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