Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Introducing the NEW RD Magic App! What's the difference between RD Magic & Rhonna Designs? well...

I'm so excited about our NEW app: RD Magic

It's everything I've been wanting in an app since we released Rhonna Designs, but just couldn't add it into the original app w/o it bogging down our phones...so...here we are: Check it out  HERE in the App Store! 

SO....what's the difference you ask? Well....they are the very best of friends! ;)
- they talk to each other, 
work together 
& help you create your ultimate MAGIC!
---->While Rhonna Designs App gives you the creativity of illustrations, designs, & text/fonts-- RD Magic App is a photo enhancing app that works in LAYERS and "talks" to Rhonna Designs App. (Makes it so you can toggle back & forth)

You can add 
light leaks, 
edges & 
import your own images in "My Magic". (blending looks so cool...see?)

With the ERASER tool you can erase bits of the colors, bokeh, edges, texture, etc... AND toggle over to Rhonna Designs to add a design or word, THEN, toggle it back to RD Magic to erase bits of the designs & words! It's #pureMAGIC! It can do so much, the possibilities are endless as you #sprinkleyourmagic on your photos! 

**be sure to watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL  It's like a mini class where I take you through each feature & show you the possibilities! From there... It's all up to you! #creativetoolstoempowerourcreativemind

The app has the signature 'starter screen', too- just like Rhonna Designs App, where each Friday I change it up to feature YOU- our amazing users! We were sooo thrilled to have RD Magic hit the top charts on the App Store at #3 in Photo & Video category! THANK YOU, everyone! And...App Store has us highlighted as one of the Best New Apps in the Photo & Video category...feeling so incredibly grateful! Thanks for supporting us in our dreams! You are #upliftingandinspiring! mmmwah!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Family First...on Mormon.org blog

I was so excited when Mormon.org asked me to be a contributor to their blog & share my thoughts on something SO important to me: my family!   You can read the whole article HERE. 
And, very cool to SEE THIS feature in Mormon Newsroom! 

But, I wanted to share a little bit more here in relation to my career & family.
I've had people ask me: HOW do you balance it all; family, husband, career, church activity, hobbies, etc.?  And you know what? That part in the article where I talked about 'getting distracted'? Well, that is HOW I balance...I don't LET the distractions into my life. There was a time in my life where I was so distracted-- I was moving a million miles a minute (all GOOD things, mind you). I look back & think: WOW--- HOW did I get so distracted? Now, don't get me wrong...my family has always come first, but even w/ that goal in mind, I still see how tiny distractions creeped into my mind & even though I was 'present' w/ my children & family...my mind was somewhere else.  I have this hard time of turning off my creative brain & I'd be decorating my house, or painting a picture, or designing something amazing all in my mind...NOT being FULLY present w/ my family.  While I LOVE technology, I have found that I literally have to put down my phone, walk away from the computer, or close the ipad cover so I am FULLY present & not distracted, too. THEN, it's easier to take that time for my family & focus on having harmony in our home.   When we fight, or have contention in our home, it rips us all apart. I try every day to focus on harmony & peace, but I HAVE to be aware of distractions to see clearly where I need to improve.

Another thing I've found that's essential is taking the time to BE STILL.  For me, an active person, this was really difficult to learn how to do. But, being forced to lay in bed with my fibromyalgia really taught me how to 'be still'; how to search for the peace in my soul & find balance in my life. Isn't that funny how my sickness is what made me stop the distractions, focus on the stillness, prioritize & be fully present? As difficult as it's been that past 4 years, I'm so grateful that I learned so much! And, bringing my family together to help each other out in times of need to have that harmony in our home has been a wonderful blessing as well. I'm here to say: even in BAD times, we can see the GOOD times! I believe that with all my heart. Family first. 

**did you know you can go to LDS.org/medialibrary & find word art of inspirational quotes? I've designs a few (like the one above- this was found under Images>Inspirational Picture Quotes>Dieter F. Uchtdorf) & we are all able to #sharegoodness with these images w/o copyright infringement! I LOVE that! Happy sharing!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NEW Rhonna Designs MAGIC App Sneak Peak video!

You guys!  I'm so excited to share this really QUICK sneak peek of WHAT RD Magic app has to offer!
REady? Set? GO!

We are just waiting for the app's approval for the App Store & then, we'll be shouting it out from the rooftops! But, until then, be sure to get on Instagram & search
for more info AND...I'll be putting up a new video with a more in-depth look at WHAT this app does! woohooo! Who's excited? MEEEEE!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Welcome Summer....

Well, if you haven't figured out yet....clearly, my new blog has become instagram! Instablogging is really more my vibe these days, since I LITERALLY do everything on my phone! and now, with summer...well....I'm afraid you'll need to follow me on Instagram to see what I'm up to!

 Did you SEE THIS? yup! 1 Year birthday of Rhonna Designs App! woohooo! And, if you've on Instagram, you can grab the FREE backgrounds I'm giving away! Like this one, this one...& watch for more!

And...THIS> yup...we had THE most amazing family vacation to celebrate a BUNCH of life changes, goals reached & years of hard work...it was so amazing!

I've been teasing for  a while about a "secret project' I've been working on...and, I've got to say: I"M GIDDY about it! On Instagram, just check out my hashtag: #rdsecretproject to see what I've got going...can you guess?

Ok...for now...ciao! Let's keep on #upliftingandinspiring in the Rhonna Designs community!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rhonna Designs + Latter Day Home PILLOW collaboration!

I'm so excited to share my latest collaboration with you! Love decorative pillows? How about gilded gold or charcoal designs that uplift and inspire! Yup- Latter-Day Home is all about fresh design & they have 2 of my family oriented designs: "We are family" & "Go & Do"!

Rhonna Designs pillow collaboration with Latter-Day Home

Rhonna Designs pillow collaboration with Latter-Day Home

The thing I LOVE about Latter-Day Home is they offer COOL decor for your home that is faith based. I'm all about surrounding my family w/ uplifting and inspiring AND cool decor! Who says you can't proclaim your faith stylishly!? *wink* 
AND I love what they are all ABOUT
"We strive to create products that feel like they belong in your lovely, eclectic, vibrant home. Designed and handmade by local artisans, every piece produced by Latter-Day Home is a tribute to the good and grand work you are doing within your four walls."

So....I'm doing a give away on my Instagram!  
You just need to do 2 things to enter:
2. Repost the pic below using the hashtag: #RDandLDH 
Rhonna Designs pillow giveaway with Latter-Day Home
These are perfect for Mother's Day gifts, don't you think? I'm so excited about these...the quality, gilded gold, fabric & cute colored zippers rock my world! Hope you join in! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Because of Him.....Easter week

If you've been following me on Instagram, you've seen the Photo-a-day challenge “Because of Him,” focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
It all goes along w/ 2 amazing & impressive videos that focus on Easter----the real meaning of Easter. 

I love this! It's ALL possible....because of Him! Here are some of the images I shared on Instagram. Photos & art credit: lds.org & edited w/ my Rhonna Designs app PLUS my photos of flowers/greenery! 

And this is the 2nd video....Starting today You can change your life, because of how 
one day started, 2000 years ago.
Again...chills. I just LOVE these 2 videos, the week to focus on my Savior & the feelings that I've felt of gratitude for Him.
Happy Easter, everyone....we really DO have so much HOPE, JOY, LOVE & PEACE...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

100 cReativity exeRcises

I've blogged about my 100 cReativity exeRcises before, & even shared about the feature a couple of years ago in Digital Somerset issue, but Stampington/Somerset just came out w/ a NEW publication: Digital Inspiration. I'm featured again in this w/ the same article & it still uplifts and inspires me!
Here's an exerpt that I Instagrammed from the magazine: 

"People ask me all the time if I ever get into a creative rut. The answer is 'NO!', because I work my creative muscle every day through my 100 creativity exercises. When I earned my degree in art education, I had a professor who challenged us to hone in on what makes us creative, record these things, & make a list of what will creatively inspire us. I've kept a list for over 15 years & I ended up creating an online workshop that has 100 of my tried-and-true creativity exercises. It's become a habit for me to pull one of my exercises out of my jar every day, which is how I begin any of my creative projects. It really works. I am never in creative ruts...in fact, I've got so many ideas swimming in my brain, it's hard to slow them down!" 

I think the thing that I LOVE about these exercises is that they really work when you use them consistently! I have this jar that I pull a strip of paper (in the kit, you print it out & cut them up so you can put them in any kind of container to house your exercises) & I get to DO something creative every day! I put the one I used in another bowl & just rotate the exercises until I'm done. Then, start again. You might think: 

"Wait. You mean to tell me that after doing these same 100 exercises for years you never get bored?"  

The truth? NOPE! That's the fun part. Even though I've done these exercises before, I get creative in how I do them again! 

For instance: #86 of my exercises is: 
'Write a mission statement. a mantra. live by it.'

Since I've been doing this for many years, I've been able to hone in on what my mission statement truly is. I've gone from 'Enjoy the Process' 
'Follow My Heart'
 'Savor Every Moment'
 **to name a few** 

& my most recent mission statement is:
"Live With An Abundance Mindset'

Do you see how over the years & over the evolution of the same exercises I'm able to tailor, get creative & really LIVE my mantra? It's been amazing to see how each of these exercises have evolved ME, as an artist/creator, & my creativity! 
But...they won't work unless you DO them & exercise your creative muscle consistently....just like our physical muscle. That's why it's so important to do these exercises every. day!

I truly attribute my ideas & creativity to this habit I've formed. I'm forever grateful for a college professor that really taught me this! and, of course, for God whom I believe blesses us with ALL our creative ideas. They are His & He gives them to us...it's up to US what we do with them!
What will YOU do with your creativity? I hope you'll exercise it! *grin*