20 October 2014

THE FREELANCE LIFE 26: MANAGING YOUR SCHEDULE

lettering cocorrina
ferns by Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

Truth is, i've been avoiding this TFL by all means. It was so ironic of me to write a post about managing a schedule while i was completely drowning in my own. Yes, there is a method behind the way i lay out my working hours within the week or even month, but it's so much easier said than done. Most of the times i'm a good girl and everything works perfectly fine.

There are those times though, you may overwork on one project, and then the whole days gets messed up. And by messed up, imagine me, starting work at 8am, and finishing at 1am with only lunch and dinner breaks, so the schedule won't stay behind. Yikes. 

Thankfully, when working loads of hours, my creativity and inspiration stay at the same levels. I've figured out that i work the best under pressure but my body completely abandons me. 

You've probably understood by now, that with schedule, i mean your freelance client projects. The goal -for me at least- is to start at 8, with my emails already answered, and a clean inbox, and finishing at 5pm. That's what i call a healthy day. 




Have a good big organiser.
Lots of you use calendar from mac, and i believe it's really helpful with all devices syncing etc, but i still prefer writing everything down - i'm a typical visual person. 

Write everything down. And i seriously mean everything. When your daily / weekly / monthly to do list gets bigger and bigger, there's no room to forget meetings, or turnaround times. 

Calculate your time. As soon as i get feedback from a client, depending the project, i give myself the room of days. For example if it's a logo, and the feedback is easy, i give it from 1-3 days, regarding the schedule. So on the 1st and 2nd day i note it down as a secondary project, so i can work on it for about 30 min. On the 3rd i write it as a primary project to be sent and calculate an hour. 

That way, it could be Tuesday, and i'll have a full week with scheduled days, on what projects i need to work on, when and for how long. When i have to send them, and when i have room to experiment. 

Set a timer. Staying within the schedule is the next most difficult thing. Depending the project again and its priority, i set a timer. And even if i could be close to finishing it, i close it once the timer rings and resume the next day. 

It's so easy to get distracted and 5 minutes you may promise yourself could become 30 without noticing it. And you may have finished one project, but you'll either mess up your schedule, either another project will stay behind. Be strict, and the quick project change, will keep you refreshed.

Don't get distracted. Emails come and go, and clients may ask something real quite that could take me 15 minutes probably. I say, keep your head down, and work until the timer rings. You can allow yourself 10 minutes to reply to emails, catch a breath and then resume.

Enjoy it! Find a way that works well with your needs. It's good to experiment and at the end of the day you'll be always on top of your list with happy clients!


previous tfl posts


17 October 2014

CELEBRATING CIERA 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY | GIVEAWAY



Graphic cover  designed by cocorrina

Oh Joy! More giveaways! I'm i'm not even close to stopping. Take the opportunity now coz this is a month only happening! This week, we're celebrating Ciera's 5 year bloganniversary. Such a long time right? I think i've lost counting mine. To be honest with you, i'd say i started 4 years ago, but actually blogged in the past couple of years. So let's say i'm still a newbie :) 

So let's talk prizes now. You can win a $400 gift card, and spend it anywhere in the world that accepts  prepaid Mastercards. So many things you could! If i where you, i'd already start making a list of everything i'd want to buy lol! Now seriously, what would you get? 




This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014
and is opened to international readers

Good luck y'all! 


16 October 2014

NEW MOO MATERIAL

Don't know if you missed moo's 20% off a couple of weeks ago, i'm sure i didn't! It was the perfect time to get some new things printed. I can't stop watching my luxe cards, not to mention i have to be touching one all the time. They are so beautiful! 

The only thing i regret, is that i wish i i had inverted the front of the cards. Black background, white logo. I guess i'll go with clean for now, and darker later. 



Besides printing those babes, my very next favourite step is start sending them to friends and clients. A small thank you note to awesome people, for being awesome, is the perfect thing to make both of our days! 

Although someone would think i spent hours working on the postcards, i swear it was tops an hour. The wreath is from a previous project that i was able to use, i'm kind obsessed with it. And 3 quotes, where i wanted to show 3 completely different styles. What i'm always amazed by, is the numerous options someone can write the same thing. 

And really, because it's been such a long time since i posted a wallpaper, i prepared my favourite quote of the lot (only because it's black) for you to download. And this time, the phone wallpaper is suitable for iPhone 6 and hopefully big enough for any type of phone. 

Don't mind me, i'll be sitting here, admiring the glorious i6 mockup. Can't wait to lay my hands on the gold one! 

download wallpapers below


15 October 2014

OBSESSION: SHAPE ART

Like all designers, my style changes every season. To say the least! Although it's not easy for me to get stuck, or obsessed with a particular design. Especially when it comes to line and shape art. 

It wasn't always my favourite, style wise, although i always admired the detail of it. Until i actually tried designing patterns with shapes and lines. Since then, it became my method of relaxation. 

What i like most about it, it's how i can completely relax, and let my imagination lead my hand, on what shapes to put and where. I didn't erase not one shape on this concept above (and below) i just went for it and kept going until i was tired. But that doesn't happen easily. You kinda get sucked into it and can't stop. 

It's extraordinary how everything begins with just a circle.

ps. don't forget, 15% off on Daniel Wellington watches with the code cocorrina. Last day today! 




14 October 2014

NEW IN PORTFOLIO: EP LOGO


It's always nice to experiment with styles, going to a bit more girly, or organic, vintage etc. But it feels amazing when you get to work on a project that screams 100% you. The project that won't need any rounds because you've got the client right away and that feeling is perfection. 

My client this time, was a high school friend who wanted a minimal logo, black and white cards for his obvious profession: hairstylist. Well, you know me, he said the 3 magic words and i jumped right in. When the client knows exactly what he wants, it's even so much easier to create something he'll love right away. 

Not to sound cocky or anything, but i swooned over those cards! So before 2015 i set a target on rebranding myself - once again yes - in a total black and white, minimal style. Maybe keeping the handwritten logo though, it's grown into me.


13 October 2014

THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE GIVEAWAY

original image from the Primecut  fall14 collection 

Well don't i have some awesome giveaways going on lately? I may have skipped a couple of posts last week, including the tfl, but it was all for a good reason. I'm working on an amazing project, and had to fly on a quick business trip, that turned out to be just what i needed. 

There's a lot of giveaways waiting for you this month here, what's not awesome about winning things right? But this one, is very dear to me. I've teamed up with my lovely ladies Latrina and Jessica to celebrate the shops we love. 

I could not help but pick Primecut bags, because, well it's one of the most amazing shops i know. We're holding mini interviews on our blogs from the shops we chose, so not only you get to win great things from them, you get to know all about them as well. 




Lizzie's style, aesthetics, collection is all i want to see. It's clean, special, stands out and you can definitely feel the quality and love she's putting to her creations. 


Where do you get the inspiration for your designs? 

I find inspiration for my designs through natural forms and textures. The materials that I like to use are most compelling in their pure, untouched and unaltered state. 

What's your favourite material to use? 

Right now I am obsessed with a small batch of goat shearlings that I came across. The hides have a very rich, nubby texture and are super soft. They are unlike any other shearlings I've seen. 

What's the process of designing a primecut bag? 

In general, I try to keep the forms as simple as possible so that the materials can standout. Since the materials I use are natural there are always markings, holes and blemishes that I have to work around. Each hide is unique, therefore it is important to look at the patterning and the way that the hair lays to determine what size and shape of bag is best suited for a particular hide. 

How did you get into the leather bags design industry? 

Primecut started as a total accident. At the time I was running a different bag company and working in architecture. I had just purchased a heavy duty industrial sewing machine in hopes of expanding to heavier materials. I stumbled upon a beautiful scrap of cowhide on my first shopping trip for leather supplies and ended up making a bag for myself. I fell in love with the bag and the natural beauty of the cowhide, at that moment I realized that it was the perfect opportunity to start a new endeavor. 


take a look at the prizes

LINT & HONEY on COCO&MINGO


The details: This giveaway will be running through until 11:59 PM PST on Monday, October 27th and is open to international readers. Remember, the more entries you complete the better chance of winning. 


8 October 2014

CUSTOM THEME BY NOOR | GIVEAWAY


As fall approaches (like really slowly here at least) it always makes me feel like it's the perfect time for a change. Usually this time around i'm already thinking of rebranding and updating my blog.

So here we are, teaming up with the really awesome Noor who besides having one of the most awesome style she's doing some pretty rad work on wordpress and blogger themes, running the shop Blog me pretty

The giveaway will run for a week, and it's open to all our international friends.
Good luck!