There may be times that we are called upon to be creative and fear sets in with the wrong mindset – “I can’t do that”.
For a few it just might be a time issue – not taking the time to perfect it; for others it just may be a lack of the realization that they are talented – not tapping into it.
I get it. Sometimes it takes others to recognize our talents and encouragement to try it.
Stepping Up To The Challenge
How many times have you been asked to do something for a client, you want to, but not sure how?
You take a moment and think about the intricacies that may be involved in the project and dig deep for the confidence to complete the request.
One evening a friend and business associate needed to have a marriage certificate created. She didn’t give me much advance notice as she was scheduled to marry the couple the next day.
This would have been a normal request that was no big deal, but this was a very special wedding. The wedding was for a couple that was being spotlighted on a float in the Rose Bowl parade. (Yes, all unions are special!)
This couple Aubrey Roots and Danny LeClair, who have been together for over a decade were finally able to legally get married and my friend Rev. Alfreda Lanoix was performing the ceremony ( EXCITING). All of them were going to be a part of the Aids Healthcare Foundation float in support of the parades theme “Dreams Come True.” – historic.
Of course, with that thought in mind, and knowing I had to get it done quickly, I stopped what I was working on and started working on the certificate. This had to be the best certificate ever.
I have created certificates for various reasons in the past, but had not created one for a wedding before. I searched for a template in a couple of places – no template! Now what?
It was time to step up and find alternatives.
There Is Always A Way
I am a firm believer that no matter what, there is always a way. When up against a challenge, or even an impossible situation a positive solution will always reveal itself, we gotta keep hope alive or there is nothing left.
Whenever I create something new, even if there are templates available in various software, I Google it. I search for other examples in the hope of finding creative examples that go over and beyond templates.
I am grateful for templates because it’s a beginning, but I don’t want the items I produce to “just” look like the template. My clients deserve better and often their branding is involved. They need to stand out as well.
In this case, there wasn’t a template that could get me started. I had to create it from scratch and considering the time, the pressure was on.
I found some really great examples and I had to pull from various places, and dig deep:
- I decided to create it in PowerPoint vs. Word or Desktop Publisher, because it would provide a great landscape for me to be creative.
- To save money, I wanted to utilize images that were available in Clip Art vs. buying images.
- PowerPoint provides a way to incorporate various effects on images which would help the look of the certificate.
- I researched fonts and found some relatively close that I already had and worked pretty well for this type of certificate.
- I found some great examples in Google, just by searching for images of wedding certificates.
Better than Expected
Putting our best foot forward provides the intention of producing the best results.
In the end, I was able to create several choices for my friend to choose from. Once I got the first one completed, more ideas flowed and I was really excited about the possiblities.
I sent the examples to my friend and she loved all of them. That felt really great. I suggested she print it at an office place like Staples or Office Depot, whatever was close to her.
The following morning she went to Staples, they printed it, and she found the perfect cover that matched the color. She was ecstatic, and excited to have such a professional looking certificate to present to them. I so loved hearing the excitement in her voice it warmed my heart, I was proud. The couple loved it too!
Here are a few of the samples:
The best part about being creative is when those that you created for love it. We struggle often with is that good enough, is it what they asked for, how can I make it better, what if they don’t like it?
At the end of the day, we have to do and be the best we can knowing we did our best with the best of intention, is reward in itself.
What keeps you from releasing the creative side of you? If not, what inspires you to be creative? I am always looking for inspiration, please let me know what you think below.