How to make use of INSTASTORIES

When I first saw the insta stories emoticon on my insta feed I was like what on earth is that! Was bit reluctant on clicking through them! I was honestly clueless as to what they are and what am I supposed to do with them!

Once I plucked the courage to did click through I was like ummm… I was skeptical about the success of that feature. The things that really ticked me off were the rawness of the images! no filter!! no editing!!! I mean its like a home video what is up with that!!

But once I got into clicking!!! there was no turning back! I went on and on and on with it! jumping right off from one insta story to the other! Even looking forward to the stories that were coming every single day!

I have to admit I was wrong about them! And it took me a while to figure them out!! Here are some things that I have learnt about them and how you can use insta stories to relate to your readers as well!



STORY TELLING

Its story telling at its best!!!! We looooooove stories!! We are used to telling them through our well established and polised insta feeds and this time we are practicing with the unedited real ones!

LACK OF SOPHISTICATION

While we are hard at work creating beautiful images and creating gorgeous feeds. Insta stories come as a relief!!!!! We don’t have to painstakingly style anything!!!!!!!! Really!! And we can still gain our followers love out of it!!!! Really! Really!!

REMOVED BARRIERS

Insta stories has REMOOOOOVED barriers!!! I mean I am making design decisions with Emily Henderson!!!!!!!

How COOL IS THAT!!!!

Its something very personal very fun and very creative!! All at the same time!!

TASTE OF THE PLACE

I once saw the insta story of someone, while in my bed at night exhausted and just drifting to sleep! This insta story was of a person who went to a beaaaauuutiful place to hike. And she posted a short video of herself standing in the midst of the daisy field which were bolwing with wind and looking up at the mountain peeks where the rest of the hikers were!

And the experience was unbelieveble

It was as if I was transmitted to the daisy field

And was feeling the wind passing by!!!!!

It was that powerful

Moral of the story: Nature is very powerful and when you share it unfiltered through the lens of your camera it can be mesmerizing!

So never miss out on an opportunity to share nature with your readers!!

SHOUTOUTS

Some brands like ikea have used it like those power point slide shows to promote and to announce promotions! And there are different factors which make them work!! Like the creative use of cute emoticons! The font and styling!!



No matter how you use it! It is a very effective and powerful tool! And it does have the power to suck you in!!!!!!!!!!!

Verdict: I am going to treat my insta stories like my oolllld insta feed where I was shooting as I go! and having fun with it! I love that I dont hve to worry about glamourizing each adn every image. And I love that it is still powerful in that respect!

And the rest we all know our tastes and strategies change as we go, We are constantly figuring out what goes best for us. Its like we are tuned into getting to know where we have to go.

How are you dealing with your insta stories? What is your favourite part about them? Did they ring any bell with you or prefer your insta stroll more over them? Would love to know!!

Follow me on instagram if you arent already! πŸ˜‰ @deeppurpleandblue and find out how I am using my insta stories!!

Take care!!!

DIY color block planters

Need any excuse to get your hands in this pic πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ pretty colors and cotton swabs.. aren’t they tempting

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I used them to create these color block planters..

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Well in this pic they are still in the process…

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For this simple DIY you need:

  • Planters of your choice
  • duct tape
  • acrylic paints of your choice: it largely depends on what pots you are using. Clay would need something else. But i used plastic. So acrylic paints worked fine for me.

Instructions:

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  1. Tape the planters in pattern of your choice or just random. Like I did!

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And Paint!!!!

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Now i have always had difficulty with acrylic paints almost on every material. So in this case too when I used paint brush, it gave me really dreary lines all over with a total yuck effect! So i dropped brush and used cotton swabs instead. As you can see in this picture the different strokes I got while using the two.

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Anyone else having this difficulty?!?!

Let me know your solutions or maybe the riight way of using acrylic paints πŸ˜€

So cotton swabs are a winner for me!!!

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And this is the end result!!!! I looooooove the pop of color and the life they are bringing to these plants! And my window sill!!

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I let them dry for a few days!! before peeling the tape off! Well it was more out of procrastination than any other reason. But when I did peel, they were completely dry and whenI peeled them I had to line the tape with a scale where the paint and tape were meeting. Just to separate them, otherwise it was the paint off!!

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That is all the work I put into this project!!!

Have a fantastic day everyone!!!!

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How to take better instagram pictures

I love instagram!!!I am totally hooked to it.. Way more than facebook!!!

I have to admit it took me a while to figure it out!

At first I was totally clueless.. taking not so oomph shots in bad lights and simply missing moments.. and than just drooling over the amazing pictures everyone else seem to capture so easily..

But like everything else.. after a while I figured it out!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Here are my pointers on taking absolutely fun pics on instagram.

Light is your friend:

LEARN TO FIND THE LIGHT!!!! this is the no one pointer i can give to anyone shooting with any phone or camera.. This is the basic secret ingredient about almost all drool worthy shots.. you think you can fix it with a filter.. but it turns out not always!! But if you take a pic in decent light! you wont might even need one!

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Set up a photo booth in your house:

Find a board.. maybe white or maybe brown.. IF you need a background you can set that up as well.. but mostly a board against a window works perfectly. Or open the door to let the light in or whatever works for you.

setting up a designated place for your creativity makes it so much easier for you to share the stuff you want to share in a moments notice. And also opens up room for ideas you want to create.

Honestly even I need to work on that! At the moment i just gather things and take them wherever I find light in the house!

Take pictures from top:

I love to take pics from top. There is something so whimsical and so fun about it. Its just a magical canvas.

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COLOUR!!!!

I am nuts about color!!!!! Train your eye to find color and you will be amazed what you can find. And what a fun fun thing it would be to add to your everyday to-do-list!

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Make a mess:

Just thinking abt it makes me smile. One of the coolest shots i have seen are of creative messes!!! ofcourse you love them too

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Find texture:

I realized I don’t work that much in this area. But I know alot of peopel who take amazing texture pics. They are pretty easy and fun and open to manipulation πŸ˜€

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FOOOOOOOOOD:

Everyone loves to share and view gorgoeous food pics!!! there are no hard and fast rules abt taking food shots. If you are doing the rest of the stuff. and you find tons of good light you will take magical pics anyways.

What takes it to another level is y0ur props!

 

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Landscape:

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SKIES!!

You can never go wrong with a sky shot!! its just mesmerizing! Just need to find your angle or the beauty in it πŸ™‚

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Go black and white: Nothing makes a stronger and an easier statement than black and white pics.So if you want to add some drama just turn it black and white.

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Find the right hashtags..

that is the key to save your masterpieces from drowning into oblivion! πŸ™‚

In the end its all about what you love and what you do! your creative expression of you and your life. So just have tons of fun with it! You can also use this as a list to expand on your instagramming skills.

Feel free to add more pointers to this list. I would love to hear what you have to say about me.

And follow me on instagramΒ hereΒ and share the joy of instagramming πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day!