Y’all know that I’m a big treehugger. I pretty much majored in camping. I’m also a big fan of DIY craft projects. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am absolutely 100% in love with this awesome Kickstarter project: Create Change App: Changing the Way We Consume + Create. It comes from the minds of my friend Jenelle of TrashN2Tees and software developer Sean McKenna, two ingenius minds with an amazing idea.

Of course I have to help promote something that I know for a fact that I would use the heck out of. Jenelle was gracious enough to take a few moments to answer some questions for me about the Kickstarter project and the fantastic app that needs to be made.

Kickstarting the Interview!

Tell us what inspired you and gave you the idea for the Create Change kickstarter project.

My whole life, I’ve always looked at things & automatically wondered how I can contribute and make a difference. How can this be bigger, better, amplified, successful, brighter, stronger, happier, worthier? For a long time I truely viewed this trait as a character flaw. I’d catch myself asking questions like, “who do I think you are?” The truth is, this ‘flaw’ has always been one of my greatest strengths & assets. One that I am embracing.

The Create Change App is a manifestation of my business TrashN2Tees where I design clothing & accessories using reclaimed materials. Its focuses on ways that you can creatively reuse items and keep them from our landfills, instigating a movement that changes the way we consume and create.

Give us a quick run-down of how the app will work for those who haven’t seen the video.

If you’ve got 3 minutes- be sure to check out the video here. Did you know that 70% of the items in our landfills can be recycled or reused? The app is going to be a compilation of DIY tutorials on a searchable database. Simply search the Create Change app for your no-longer-necessary items (for example: bottle caps, bike tires, ripped shower curtain, and dryer lint), you will instantly see results featuring creative ways how you can repurpose the items instead of throwing them away. The Create Change tutorials will walk you through the steps.

Browse the beautifully photographed galleries by choosing a category on on the home page and be inspired to create change. These tutorials are original (and eventually curated) content. You can instantly share photos of your finished projects: show us how you infused your own personality! Post your favorite tutorials directly from your phone on Twitter & Facebook. Submit your own tutorials to possibly be featured in the curated updates! All of the budget friendly projects range from stylish modern industrial chic home decor builds to quick & easy kid-friendly crafts!

What’s your favorite part of this whole project? The marketing? The creating? The brainstorming?

I was going to cop-out and say I loved it all, but sat with the question a moment. I love the collaborative brainstorming being able to exemplify my vision through unexpected creative mediums.

What do you hope the Create Change app will accomplish? Big Hairy Audacious Dreams here!

Big scary things happen in the world everyday, and a lot of us think there is nothing we can do about it. That is bullshit, we can DO something. I want people to really look in their trash cans & think about what they’re consuming. Think about how it affects our environment and realize that it doesn’t disappear after the garbage trucks come pick up. The app instigates action: a movement to change the way we consume and create.

Any big projects after the Create Change app is a big success?

There is still a lot of work to be done, I’m currently looking for an intern to assist with organizing the Create Change Pledge Event in November. (Send applications to contact(at)trashn2tees.com) We’re going to be spreading Create Change with live events in your town: including hands on upcycling/creative workshops, live music, and eco-handmade vendors.

Conclusion

Conclusion? FUND THIS KICKSTARTER! Don’t you want to have this app on your phone? Right now, Jenelle has a little over $1300 and she needs to reach $17,000 in 15 DAYS! You can check out the video to learn more about where the money will go and how the app will be created. All I know is that this is an app that NEEDS to be made. How wonderful will it be to go to your phone to find a use for something you might have otherwise thrown away?

I for one have helped fund this Kickstarter. Will you?

New Editor for Fuel Your Branding!

As you know, I’m co-editor for the awesome illustration blog Fuel Your Illustration, along with Rondal Scott of Strange Kids Club fame. I haven’t done too much blogging there lately because I recently took on the role as editor of another Fuel site, Fuel Your Branding. I’ve been blogging pretty consistently over there for the past week and I already have four new posts scheduled for this week, so be sure to check that out. I will blogging about all sorts of branding topics – from logo design, website creation, content, voice, etc. I’m also looking for anyone who would like to guest post, whether it’s just once a month, or once a year. Interested? Go check out our Contribute to FUEL page and find out what you need to do. I would love to work with you on any ideas you have!

You can also follow Fuel Your Branding on twitter and facebook. Join me!

And The PrintRunner Winner Is….

Here we go! Drumroll please!

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AND THE WINNER IS…

Number 3! A fellow Niki and Wisconsinite! Congratulations to Niki Bivona! The two organizations that she supports are the Urban Ecology Center and the Hunger Task Force, both really awesome causes in my homestate of Wisconsin.

I will be giving your contract information to PrintRunner so they can contact you about the details of your win. Congratulations again! And thank you to Jess and Jenelle for taking part in the giveaway as well. You guys rock!

My birthday was yesterday, so expect a post with lots of pictures coming soon. It was the best birthday ever.

iDream a Dream: Influence & Inspiration of Steve Jobs.

The Start of a Career

I keep putting off writing this post. I feel like if I actually put it down, then it’s real. Dumb, I know. Hundreds of thousands of people have already written it down. It happened. It’s over. Steve Jobs, iGenius himself, has left us.

So here’s my story. I was a freshman in high school and there was one iMac in the whole school, in the corner of my home away from home: the art room. It was a huge blue box-y thing and it kind of sucked to work with because the screen kept flickering in and out of different colors. But I was in love with it. Totally different from all the other computers at school. Sleek. Clean. I found it easier to use AND it had art software on it. This was also my introduction to Adobe but it’s not as important right now. What was important was that I had discovered a new way to create art that no one had ever showed me. On that Mac, I taught myself how to scan my artwork and draw and color and quickly took this new-found knowledge to the Photo room where I began teaching some of the other kids how to manipulate photos. I also teamed up with other geeks on learning video and movie software.

What I’m getting at is, I would not be where I am, a digital artist, a cartoonist, a web and graphic designer and social media strategist, if it hadn’t been for that Mac. I wasn’t completely in love with computers until that one. And that one changed my life. So I, much like many people I work with and many people sharing their own stories, have an entire career to thank Steve Jobs for. Oh and Pixar. Holy crap, Pixar. Thank you, Steve, for Macs, iPhones, pretty little gadgets, and some of the best movies in history.

I’m seriously thinking about getting an iDream tattoo somewhere. iDream of [Apple logo]. We’ll see. Thanks for everything, Mr. Jobs. RIP.

Custom Letterhead Contest Winner!

And the winner is:

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Number 1: Ash & Kimmy of Green Eyed Monster!

I will send your information out to the sponsor and hopefully you’ll hear back from them soon. Congratulations on getting your new custom letterheads!

If anyone else has never checked out Green Eyed Monster, you should. It’s one of my favorite blogs and websites out there and Ash and Kimmy are an awesome pair of sisters. Be sure to stop by and see what’s new over on their blog and shop!

Congrats again, girls!