Just Be Revolution – “Your Way Or Their Way”

This is a very personal post today, I know that being comfortable and content is one thing but happiness is SO much more. Feeling ‘enough’ to receive anything is a struggle. To receive thanks, money, gratitude, compliments… name it.
I’ve already achieved much in my life but was it “My Way” or “Their Way”… enjoy!

“All my life, when I’m truly honest with myself I’ve always done the ‘right thing’ or ‘what’s expected.’ I passed high school well, I traveled for a year, I went to uni and graduated, got married, work hard, had kids, am a good mum and wife. I’m now 33 with 3 kids and although I’m content I do sometimes wonder what would life look like IF?”

https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/discovery-of-self-your-way-or-their-way
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Struggle Town- Population Jules

I have struggled for years with anxiety. This was a rough piece to share but I felt it truly needed light, especially sitting front and centre at the time of another episode. I hope those who find this, find a little peace.

” it’s extremely ostracizing and deeply painful. I shy away from social interactions, being around people other than my family unit… sometimes even away from my family. “

Click here to read more:
Just Be Revolution – Discover of Self Blog

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Just Be- Blog “Your Are Your Thoughts”

Please click on the link below to read more from my Just Be Revolution Blog post:

“When you spend so much time in a negative head space, you outwardly research and glean examples of why something is 100% truth. When you’re in a positive mindset, the same is true, however it’s not detrimental to your own self. Your beliefs are an equation of

Thoughts + Feelings + Research/Proof= Belief.”
https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/discovery-of-self-you-are-your-thoughts

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Penning the path ahead

I have been invited to be part of The Just Be Revolution and not only co-found this amazing revolution, but share my story and journey ahead coupled with artworks and imagery for each piece. Pretty cool from my perspective.
Just Be is…
A Revolution of courage, strength and love.
A Revolution of tolerance, kindness and confidence.
A Revolution to change how we feel about ourselves and to change how we see others.
Just Be is fighting for a future where everyone is accepted for who they are and how they look. The Just Be Revolution is a platform to share stories, and as our army grows, our voice will get louder. Together we are stronger and can make the world a better place for everyone.

Just Be is for everyone who wants to live in a kinder, more tolerant world where nobody is judged on their appearance. Just Be is for everyone who wants to help change what society sees as beautiful, normal and acceptable. Just Be is for anyone who has been teased, bullied, abused, beaten up, or worse, because of how they look or how they choose to look. Just Be is for everyone who is confident and happy to just be who they are.
We are fighting for a world where nobody is afraid to be themselves.

Many people have NO clue to my history and it’s not something I’ve ever shared. I’m finding though in my older years it’s becoming unwanted, disliked baggage that needs aired and dropped off along the road. I’m tired of seeing cyclic patterns arise and continue to prevail where change is growing.
I’m tired of the bullies and abusers.
The opinions that drive so many to lead pain filled, suppressed lives.
I’m tired of not living for me. For living how others perceive I “should”.
I’m tired of the ‘shoulds’ ‘musts’ ‘cant’s’ of life.
I’m tired of the abuse.

I just want to watch those around me thrive and blossom. I want to create art that speaks to those in transitions, pain, dark spaces and show them a path back to the light. It can be done- it’s not easy but it CAN be done.

So in light of this, here’s my first post for The Just Be Revolution: 

“I’ve battled my whole life to become the strong person I am today.  I’ve heard that what gets you through the first half of your life is completely different than what gets you through the second half of your life.
I know I’m not quite at the “second half” point yet, but I’ve been learning a lot about myself, and what I want for my life, over the last year or so. I’m doing a little reinventing early.”

https://thejustberevolution.com/blogs/the-just-be-revolution/introducing-julie-and-the-discovery-of-self-blog-series

To read more from the blog piece, please click on the link above.

I hope you enjoy the adventures and the imagery that accompanies this journey!

XJules

Fine Art Products Now Available!

I’m thrilled to have partnered with Fine Art America to offer Julie Clyde Creative Artworks for sale as prints and on merchandise. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing artworks finished by a frame, matt and glass or even as a canvas or metal print.

Fine Art America is home to 100,000+ of the world’s greatest living artists and photographers.   You’re able to browse their collection of 10,000,000+ images – all of which can be purchased as art prints, posters, framed prints, canvas prints, iphone cases, greeting cards, acrylic prints, metal prints, and more.   When you’re ready, they’ll deliver a museum-quality masterpiece right to your doorstep. Which I love!

Taking a step back from seeing the process through from start to finish, for me is difficult, but I know Fine Art America’s reputation, product and quality so I’m thrilled to be part of their site.

Here’s a few examples of our work, partnered with their finishes!

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From Tote Bags, to framed prints to circular beach towels!!!! (my personal fave) I can’t wait to see where these gorgeous pieces end up! Make sure you tag #JClydeCreative and #JCCInMyHome so I can see!

Thank you as always for your ongoing support of my business! ❤

Keep Smiling,
Love always
Jules

Travelling Brings with it Creative Inspiration

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“Latitude Bar” at Sandals South Coast, Jamaica. Photography by Julie Clyde Creative

I forget how much the ocean opens up creativity for me. Sitting in it on the first day here, I had a few minutes to reflect on the past 12 months at Julie Clyde Creative and realised just how far I’ve come to date but also how far I still have to work on to continually grow and develop this incredible ‘ little business that could’. SO many times I threw this business into the trash, threw my hands in the air and simply gave up. SO. MANY. TIMES. Shouty text is for me to remind myself that was the last time.

It brought up some interesting conversations with my friend, Vanessa, who I’m travelling with. She owns and runs View It Do It which is an incredible live stream business out of Norfolk, Virginia, USA. She can take her high def cameras ANYWHERE in the world and live stream your big event globally.

As we contemplated the end of day one here, we got onto a few topics which had arisen as part of the conference we are here with. There had been some tension and frustrations voiced throughout the day, which I was working my best to not jump in and offer some suggestions. I realised how common these frustrations are and why they actually happen.

When you have an organisation, you need structure. Now whether or not that is a board of advisers for your sole trader or LLC which involes a few friends, your mum and the cat or whether its a small to large comany, having directors, CEO, COO, CFO and what works for your company are imperative.

There needs to be people in these positions who are leaders. They shouldn’t be there because they’re deemed the strongest personality, or appear always in control.
This is a general observation from many businesses I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The companies who thrive and work the best together have been the ones where the CEO works with EVERYONE around themselves. Yes, It’s their ultimate decision on many things, BUT, they are not making all the decisions based on their own thoughts, agenda, ideals and what they want out of it. Even my business starting out, I had my husband as a big sounding board and a few of my business friends with a couple of my non business friends to sound ideas off. They have grown to be imperative to my own decision making and success. A great and supportive team are imperative to any growth be it in life or business.

The second key to your business is not your logo. I’m sorry that’s NOT your branding. It’s your brand MARK but not your brand. Some graphic designers create the most spectacular logos and marks and I really enjoy scrolling through websites and imagery checking those out. While these are part of what you do, in order to have a clear cut message and direction for your business, it’s imperative to your success you have a brand developer come in and work one on one with you and your board to get your messaging spot on.

If you sell toilet paper for example, and it’s the softest, whitest, prettiest designed toilet paper but your messaging says you sell gift wrap, you’ll attract the wrong audience and create a muddled brand for both yourself and your prospective clients.

Recently, one of my brands and I were talking about their brands message and their tag line in particular. For me I know when a message hits home. It’s like a huge light that goes off in my head. He was talking about his photography work and what could he have has his tag (I adore his work so this was a total thrill for me to work with him on this). It started out with bringing nature inside and creating my passion to inspire you. Which don’t get me wrong are still nice, but when he started to tell his story a little more and spoke of what emotion it brings his clients that’s when the light bulb went on for us all. He said “My mum always tells me that my work ‘Puts you there’ so maybe Place you there?”
I was hosting a workshop at the time and every single attendee looked up from their work and literally yelled at him, OH YES! You HAVE got to check out his work over at Russell Pugh Photography. We are still happily working together and I cannot wait to see where his brand and clarity drives his amazing passion and creativity.

Vanessa from View It Do It, when we first started working together’s tag line was “Where Everyone Gets a Front Row Seat” Which in itself isn’t bad, BUT it didn’t allow her clients to understand what it was she did from the get go. She changed it after we had some long branding chats to “Stream You Big Day Live”. Instantly people understand what she does and she is thriving daily.

For your brand to be fully understood you tag line is important but its also your essence and substance behind what you do. It’s your mission and vision statements. Its your commitment statements, key words, colours, font selections, messaging throughout everything you do. This is my passion and being able to watch business men and women realise their message and potential it makes me incredibly inspired within myself. At the end of the day, my clients should be, must be, more successful than I am and if they’re not, then I’m not doing my job properly.

New Art Available In Our Store!

Whilst creating branding for my clients, I sometimes get time to take some ‘self care’ for myself and just create. These pieces were SUCH a joy to make and I love each and everyone of them. From the ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Sunset Over The Land’ to ‘Sun Showers’ and “Snowstorm” I love each and everyone of them for different reasons.
Each of them are for sale via our Etsy Store in limited quantities so grab yours while they’re available!

From every purchase from the store, 10% of profits will be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project, USA and Soldier On Australia in your name. PTSD effects not only the returning soldier, but also their family and friends. We thank you for supporting our favorite charity and helping so many who serve and protect us, to find a little peace xxx

Keep Smiling
Love,
Jules

What is a Brand Style Guide?

We’ve all seen it. Someone hands you a business card with a great logo, but when you go to check out their website (or other marketing vehicles) they don’t match the look or quality. Situations like this are why understanding the importance of having a strong, consistent brand identity is essential in today’s marketplace. Making sure that your marketing tools have the same overall look and feel not only reinforces your credibility with your customers, but it also makes you stand out from the crowd. So how do you make sure your brand stays consistent? Well, this is where having a well-crafted Brand Style Guide comes into play.

What Is a Brand Style Guide?
A Brand Style Guide (also commonly referred to as a “brand guidelines,” “brand standards,” or a “brand book”) is essentially a set of rules that explain how your brand works. These guidelines typically include basic information such as:

– An overview of your brand’s history, vision, personality and key values.
– Logo set-up specifications — including tagline usage
– Visual examples of your correct and incorrect logo treatments
– Your chosen color palette
– Your chosen type style(s)
– Business card and letterhead design

If you’re just starting out and you only require a few key marketing tools at this point, focusing on the above areas may be enough. However, to make sure all your bases are covered, you may choose to go with a more detailed Brand Style Guide that also includes:

– Photography style
– Supporting graphic elements
– Design layouts and grids
– Social media profile page applications
– Brochure/flyer layout options
– Website layout
– Signage specifications
– Advertising treatments
– Merchandising applications
– Copywriting style (a.k.a. “tone of voice”)
– Editorial guidelines

These brand rules should be flexible enough for designers to be creative, but rigid enough to keep your brand easily recognizable and stylistically consistent. Occasionally, situations will call for rules to be bent — but never broken. Continuity is key, especially if you need the brand to extend across multiple media platforms.

When Should You Have a Brand Book Developed?
Ideally, your brand style guide should be developed by an experienced graphic designer or marketing agency at the same time your logo is being designed. This will help to ensure that all of your promotional channels are aligned — no matter who develops them for you in the future. Even if you’ve already had a logo designed, you can still hire a designer (preferably the same one who created your logo) to develop a Brand Style Guide that flows well with your existing logo.

Your finished Brand Style Guide should be a user-friendly PDF document that can be conveniently provided to any contact that needs to better understand your brand. Some businesses also include their brand guidelines on their website or via an online link that is only accessible to those designated to view them.

How to Use a Brand Style Guide
When promoting your brand you often need to hire third parties (i.e, advertisers, designers, photographers, printers, etc.) to help convey your company’s image, message and services/products. But there’s a strong chance that these vendors do not fully understand the brand. By meeting with them to discuss your objectives and supplying them with a copy of your Brand Style Guide, they will be better prepared to create tools that work as a cohesive unit.

Here’s a reminder of what often happens when you DON’T provide your vendors with your brand guidelines:
– Inappropriate use of your logo and tagline
– Incorrect used of colors, typefaces and design elements
– A lack of cohesion in the handling of the logo and overall design that gives a piece a cheap or confusing appearance
– Inconsistent messaging that result in poor sales

The Bottom Line
It’s important to understand that your logo is NOT your brand, but rather a key component in your overall brand strategy. How that logo is rolled out into each aspect of your business operations is really where the branding magic happens. By developing Brand Book in conjunction with your logo, you can help to ensure that all of your customer touch-points (i.e, brochures, advertising, invoices, Twitter page, etc) are carried out in a high-impact, consistent manner — no matter which designer, agency, photographer, or advertiser you hire to create your materials.

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By guest contributor, Matilda Jackson
http://brandmakernews.com/top-stories/7209/why-your-business-needs-a-brand-book.html

Team work makes the dream work

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Today is a thrilling day. I am so excited to announce that the new Modern Femme Movement website/community is up and running! Katy and Somer have been working tirelessly with the amazing team over at Carii to combine a site where a community can thrive away from social media but still be connected to their tribe. The site was built by the incredible Tracey French of Indalia Design. She’s done a bang up job combining the branding with her skills to bring to life this part of the Modern Femme Project.

Over the past seven months I’ve been working closely with Modern Femme to refresh their brand and help take it to the next level. It’s been a fun run of brand marks, media kits, sponsorship guides, brand style guides, buttons, icons and everything in between. Growing their brand and watching them thrive has been nothing short of a joy.

However it isn’t about me. I love seeing a brand being used and loved as much as I pour into it, but this has been a HUGE team effort. The collaboration of the tribe is what has made this successful. When you get to collaborate on this scale you don’t often see all the bits and pieces as they’re created as a final cohesive piece. So for me today feels like the birth day of a vision, that is seven months in the making for me but a couple of years for the co-creators.

I’m really proud to have been part of their movement to date and I’m really excited to see where it’s going to in the future. You both mean the world to me and I still have ‘pinch me’ moments when I think about what you saw that I didn’t and encouraged me along.

I can’t wait to join you both in May and celebrate our year together

Congratulations ladies!!!

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Check out these cute buttons!

 

Vision Boards with Kathy Eckhardt

I spent my Saturday taking part in Kathy Eckhardts vision board play shop here in Virginia Beach. I found a lot of interesting things about myself that in the spirit of transparency I feel I want to share.

So here goes… What’s strange with this board is it feels so familiar. It just evolved so easily and didn’t come from writing down any goals on the papers we were given. In fact that’s something I struggled greatly with on the day and everyday life. It’s something I’d love to crack open and see what potential and dreams could look like but the fact these images fell out of magazines I was looking at so effortlessly and easily, blew my mind a little.

The board below is a big fat crazy dream I’ve had for many years and having gone into the playshop with no pre-thought of ideas of what id create made it even more surreal.

The workshop was very impactful. I loved hearing Kathys stories and creating was complete therapy for me. It always has been. On the drive home with my friend Gale, I shared a story from my past and we have decided that ‘therapy time’ in my week will from here on in be called “Roxy time”. Roxy was a lady who worked with my dad many many years ago and lived near our home. She allowed me from an early age to go around anytime I wanted and just be. We crafted a lot. We made bears, jewelry boxes, painted, drew and talked. Dad at one point tried to stop me as I would be seen as a pest and Roxy said to him, don’t stop her coming- do you realise this is an outlet for her? I did end up going far less than I used to but it continued into much of my teenage years.

My grade one teacher, Mrs Young was one of my earliest memories of being impacted by art. She taught much of our first grade using art as the medium. So learning fractions we made pottery penguins, for spoons cups and measuring we baked bread. I still remember those lessons SO clearly. I’m not sure that educators these days really truly realise the impact their lessons can have on those they teach.

So in all I do now, I thank women like them for shaping and encouraging my creative side when others couldn’t see it or discouraged it. I will caviat here and say not all my creative classes were positive ones. I had a number tell me I was terrible and should be taking art. I had one ruin my major assessment and then try to blame me. I had design tutors think that stripping away their students confidence and shattering their ideals was the best way to ‘create’ and that industry demanded that. For me it made me see that again I was being shown what my path wouldn’t look like.

So for me, this board is a completion of that circle of learning. In my eyes this place will be a  retreat and family home for us to grow, create and inspire others in their own art forms. A place to grow the light bringers, world changers and love creators. A place where kids can come and share in playshop, adults can come retreat and paint, draw, sew or write. It will be away from the noise and hustle of town and exchanged for the deafening noise of the bush life. It will be light, airy and near a river/waterway.

Peace is not hard to restore, it’s sometimes just hard to allow into our lives. To quiet our brains and relax is considered a luxury which is not allowed for so many.

So whilst I spend some “Roxy time” this week creating for myself, let me know how you speak yours! I’d love to hear what your therapy time looks like.