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Heather Kraafter
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I am a COLLECTOR!

I love collections! I thought I would share why!

FOR ME
It surely makes it easy for me to collect the photos, posts and links and even videos in a grouped area so I can get back to them personally.
It has helped me define my posts a little more too. I even added a "Having Fun on The Plus" collection for the little bits I love to do filled in with the "work" I do here too.

I even made a couple private collections just for me, so I can get back to things later on. It is similar to bookmarking but all right here in my Google Plus world AND it is so much more than just a link storage. What if I wanted several links, a picture or two for inspiration from different sources AND a video to be sure I never lose that complete thought...well now I can just COLLECT THEM!

FOR THOSE THAT FOLLOW ME
It has made it so YOU can decide if you want to see all or some of what I post. Maybe you don't really like the "ART JOURNALS" posts because for some strange reason, you really are not interested in seeing all the reasons there are to enjoy expressing your art through an art journal. Well, no worries, just UNFOLLOW that collection!

Perhaps you were just needing a bit of inspiration to pop into your stream from time to time...well I have a collection you may want to follow for that called "Daily Inspirations"

If you want super tips & tricks on how to use social media effectively in your small business DELIVERED TO YOUR NOTIFICATIONS BELL then you might want to go to the cog wheel under the SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS & TRICKS collection to "turn on notifications" and you will see each time I post something there.

AS A SMALL BUSINESS
Collections has made it so I can gather those posts, videos and photos and links that I want to be sure to share with the public and gives me a great use of strategy without feeling like I am in self promotion mode. It feels so much more like a service now. A service to those who want to know!

If you have questions about collections, there is a great community here you are welcome to join - open to everyone interested in this cool new aspect to G+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104797282868426074024

If you are interested in what I collect...you are welcome to check out my "COLLECTIONS PAGE" 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HeatherKraafter/collections

Do you use collections?
I want to know how and what you collect! Share with me your favorite collection below!! (yours or another's)
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God bless people like you who are willing to take the time to teach people like me how to do things like this, that I've been struggling with for so long, but it helps me to get out of my own head (I've been chronically ill for many years and can't work anymore) I used to enjoy crafting/card making, but, long story. This just seems so neat! Again, thanks 🌸 
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Gelatos and Dylusions Paint
In this video by +Nika In Wonderland you will see so many techniques it is hard to believe it is only 5 minutes long.

~an explosion of warm colors using gelatos
~stenciling with various paints
~doodling with pencils
~neo color II for shadows
and so much more...

Enjoy!
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Altered/Art Journal  - 
 
Bible Journalling is a big deal and many in this kommunity are interested in it.

We have had conversations about the ability to "go for it" and how to "get started" and this even applies to regular old art journals too.

I found this post and thought you would enjoy it as much as I did.
http://www.thinkingcloset.com/2015/04/03/permission-pages-a-perfectionists-approach-to-the-journaling-bible/
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I thought some of you might like to see this... my artwork being professionally photographed.

This is so exciting! !!

Tell me if you have ever had this experience.

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Color me green! Really cool
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Kind Words
Yep! They really are THAT powerful!!

Is it really this easy? I think so. A better place we are in when kindness rains down all around us.
Thank you +Hoda Maalouf for bringing this to my stream.
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The metamorphosis
From gelli plate pulls to collage/mosaic.
Shaded and done!!!
#kraaftitlive #sheskraafty
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In order to keep the brilliance, I wonder what masonite or metal would run?
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My photographer friend has entered this contest with the image below - I would love it if you would flood their voting system and help her win!
Thanks
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Why is this working, and that isn't?

In this interview +Social Media Examiner had with +Tim Schmoyer you will learn how Tim found the answers to those questions and made a full time job out of it!

+Tim Schmoyer is one of my YouTube heroes and I learn tons from him everyday - listen and learn folks.
 
I was interviewed on the +Social Media Examiner podcast about building community on YouTube. I'd love it if you'd listen and leave comment with your thoughts. Show 'em what the Video Creators community is like. :)
Social Media Marketing Podcast 152, in this episode Tim Schmoyer will explore how to create a community with YouTube.
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I just had to share - the mini me is ready for her close up!

What a great project to do this summer with kids and grandkids too. it is okay to use them as the excuse to make one!!

#ShesKraafty   #MiniMeKit   #FlatStanley  
Keeping me company on my desk is a mini version of myself. What? You don't have one on yours?
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Lol
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Gelli Plate  - 
 
I meant to post this here so I am probably flooding streams.
Sorry!

I enjoyed the episodes for this so much and shading it today has made me so happy!!!
 
The metamorphosis
From gelli plate pulls to collage/mosaic.
Shaded and done!!!
#kraaftitlive #sheskraafty
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OH! WOW!!  This came out fantastic Heather!  I love it :)
You really out did yourself on this one.  This is really unique and beautiful!
Big Hugs!!
Reeah.
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Social Media ICON USES
Have you ever wondered what the rules are?

I had this great idea today - I wanted to make some social media icon wooden blocks to sell and to give as gifts. I thought it would be kinda cool to do my "art" thing and have something I think a few people might like to own as well.

I had a vision of what I was going to do, the experience and I knew what supplies I needed but then it occurred to me - am I allowed to do this?

A quick little search and a bit of reading has lead me to this share...
Which Social Media Icons and Logos Can I Print on Promo Items?
Granted, this topic and my original question are not the same, but I found this so interesting and learned so much I thought you would want to know too!

A couple shocked me!

~Instagram - WHOA!!! I had no idea you can use it at all. Period. Nada! on merchandise. Did you know that?

~LinkedIn - does not allow the use of it's logo on manufactured items! What? What does that leave you to put it on then? A new born baby??

Honestly, I was not even aware there were SUCH RULES IN PLACE!!
Tell me, did this shock you? Any of this news or are you saying, "DUH! Heather - you should have known!!"
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I never wanted to be creative with the icons or make money off of them...they have their own marketing and want to make money off all their stuff. That is just...simple. Of course they don't want to share that right.

None of that shocked me. The funny thing is the ones with the strictest policies are the newest and least popular.

I put the buttons on my business card so people can recognize and see what I can do.

They are all the same size. The issue was finding them and getting something people could recognize that looked good for the size needed.

The Twitter bird I used is not the official one. I don't like the Blogger B. My G is more orange than my P but I am using what I found not something I created.
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WHOOPS!
Major boo boos today!!!
It turns out there is an error that Business Hangouts is working on and therefore many of you missed the show or a big portion of  it.

I AM SO VERY SORRY!!!!

I want to shout out THANK YOU to my very special friends who helped guide and direct others to watch - +Sheri Whitfield you went above and beyond and it was noticed!!! THANK YOU!

I am sorry if it seems that I am ignoring you when you need my help to get in. I wasn't, I promise - I just do not see notifications until everything is over and it is too late.

The good part is we have the next couple months to get all the bugs worked out and come September - no one will remember this one at all. right!??!

For those that missed and would like to see - you may watch on YouTube (video below) or visit the Video Treasure Chest 
https://kraaftshaak.com/watch-now/this-that-thursday/

Again, very sorry! and thanks for hanging in there friends!!!
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+Jazzy JEC woo hoo!
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Helping the world find their crafty bone, one inky mess at a time.
Introduction
First and foremost, I am a child of the One True King, who is blessed to be married to my best friend and privileged to stay home and raise my boys. 

I began the Kraaft Shaak in 2010 as a way to experiment with crafting mediums and to teach others what I have learned and have come to enjoy as my creative passion.  

My art is a reflection of my faith and if you look close enough nearly every piece has a little more story hidden in the message. Each piece I create is one of a kind and crafted by hand.  No two will ever be the same!

You can find my Kraaft adventures on my website KraaftShaak.com where my wacky and not always totally successful craft attempts are recorded. Better yet, join in on the LIVE stuff to really see the fumbles.  It is all there on the site.

Be sure to visit Kraaft Shaak page for all the pictures and details, following the antics there ensures you never miss another beautiful piece of heART!

If you want in depth look into who I really am and where the Kraaft Shaak came from, please read these wonderful write ups:

I have also been featured on many Hangouts as a guest or even a participant in game shows.  Check them all out in the playlist below:

I use my Google + personal profile as a way to interact with other like minded folks who may be interested in crafts, mixed media, art and art journalling as a way of expressing themselves.
I also post about web tips and tricks such as using G+ Hangouts, Business Hangouts, website tools, social media tips & tricks and anything I think will help a small business person just like me.

I enjoy sharing great & helpful content when I see it - yours may be next!

Some of my favorite people & businesses who have helped me get here:

Ronnie Bincer, the Hangout Helper aka GENIUS!

Business Hangouts, an app that turns your hangouts into a smooth operator!

Debi Davis - communication guru, organizational whiz, process queen and all around great gal.  She helped me grow to where I am today and not one minute of one day goes by that I am not reminded of all she has taught me!

Jason T. Wiser, ontracktips.com the best web design, support system, hosting site around! turned my website into the fast moving, hot looking Ferrari I drive now.

Social Warfare, the best social sharing tool for my website and yours too probably.

PicMonkey, an online photo editing tool that even THIS monkey can operate!
Bragging rights
Handsome hubby who loves me genuinely, surviving the raising of boys, a delightful daughter in law and a gorgeous granddaughter and twins are on their way now too...they are all the legacy of my efforts.
Work
Occupation
Lead Kraaft Engineer at Kraaft Shaak
Skills
manipulate paper, paint and other mediums into fabulous works of art...or just play as if I know what I am doing.
Employment
  • Kraaft Shaak
    Owner & operator, present
    I perform live events on and off camera to show people just HOW to create something from the heart using the latest techniques, and some old ones too, with no limits on the "rules" of crafting. Be sure to visit my YouTube channel, Kraaft Shaak to watch as we make crafting real. Dubbed the "every day crafter" for my style is never to be perfect but rather to explore!
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