Sunday, March 1, 2015

30 Free Mobile Wallpapers for March


I’ve collaborated with a couple of designers for this project called Seeding Thoughts. We just want to bless everyone with free downloads for mobile wallpaper. Each designed quote will have the designer's name at the bottom of the quote. High-res printable A4 available for download at $2.99. All proceeds from the prints go to pencilsofpromise.org to build a school and we are aiming for USD 25000 to make this happen.


So if you really love the wallpapers, and would love to print them out. Frame them! Decorate your house with all these designed quotes.


So here are the 30 mobile wallpapers for a better March.


Let the work do the talking!

#1 Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of Brave Knights and Heroic Courage - C.S. Lewis
Artwork by @bysarahkim Download here

#2 Follow your bliss
Artwork by @beckandlola Download here
#3 Great things never come from comfort zones
Artwork by @beckandlola Download here

#4 Love is the new black
Artwork by @beckandlola Download here

#5 Soli deo gloria
Artwork by @mrsterrid Download here

#6 Bloom where you are planted
Artwork by @inksandletters Download here

#7 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Artwork by @inksandletters Download here

#8 Know this: You can start over each morning - Tyler Joseph
Artwork by @mandiekuo Download here

#9
Don't quit suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion - Muhammad Ali
Artwork by @mandiekuo

#10
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. - Helen Keller
Artwork by @mandiekuo


#11
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud - Maya Angelou
Artwork by @mandiekuo


#12
You must be prepared to work always without applause. - Ernest Hemingway
Artwork by @mandiekuo


#13
Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.
Artwork by @spoiltbytes


#14
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. - C.S. Lewis
Artwork by @spoiltbytes


#15
You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having. ― Frank Lloyd Wright
Artwork by @spoiltbytes


#16
By sharing things that are close to you, you will connect to other people who feel alone in the world.
Artwork by @tarawrites


#17
Have a bigger heart so you could have room for others.
Artwork by @tarawrites


#18
You don't have to be cool, you just have to be yourself.
Artwork by @tarawrites


#19
Be your own kind of beautiful.
Artwork by @janeeyfoo


#20
Live for a cause not for applause.
Artwork by @janeeyfoo


#21
Do what you love, love what you do.
Artwork by @janeeyfoo


#22
Constantly feed yourself with joy.
Artwork by @janeeyfoo


#23
Good things happen to good people.
Artwork by @jolandabarbier

#24
Your grace is sufficient for me.
Artwork by @spoiltbytes


#25
Dreams ignite creativity
Artwork by @spoiltbytes


#26
Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey.
Artwork by @spoiltbytes



#27
God is love
Artwork by @spoiltbytes

Download here

#28
Blessed to bless
Artwork by @spoiltbytes

Download here

#29
To live is Christ
Artwork by @spoiltbytes

Download here

#30
And if you were to ask me after all we've been through, still believe in magic, yes I do.
Artwork by @spoiltbytes

Download here

And you can download them here:

HAVE AN AWESOME MARCH! Also, leave a comment of the quote you would like to see in the coming months :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

How do Singaporeans get their projects on Kickstarter?



That’s one question I’ve been getting from friends, and also from backers. My project for those who haven’t seen it before, you can view it here. And the very question when I was looking through Kickstarter, I saw a couple of Singaporeans on it too! How in the world did they get to live their projects when the guidelines says project creation is currently available to individuals in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.


WHERE IS SINGAPORE?!?!!?!


HOW DID ALL THESE PEOPLE GET THEIR PROJECTS CREATED?!?!?!


HOW THEY DO IT?!?!


WHY STUPID KICKSTARTER DOESN’T OPEN TO SINGAPORE?


So here’s my story of how I got my project created on Kickstarter. Like all you guys I basically read through EVERY SINGLE PAGE of guidelines, FAQs and links (never been so hardworking when during my exams) I can find in Kickstarter to see if there’s anyway in. And what exactly do they need in order to get my project up. I mean there’s other platform to consider like indiegogo, but like all dreamers and creators, we want the best platform for the best maximum output. We want the best! If you can compromise on your project to hold it somewhere else, you are probably not sold into your project. Then I would probably ask you to rethink your project. It’s not a bad thing but it’s an achievement for me to get my project on Kickstarter and have it successfully funded!


I continued to dig harder into the Kickstarter pages and at the same time thinking if there’s any friends I can ask in the US since my BFF once studied there for 4 years in San Francisco.


So having my BFF in mind, I checked through their requirements.


US-based creator requirements:
You are 18 years of age or older.*  - DEF YES
You are a permanent US resident with a Social Security number, either creating a project in your own name, or on behalf of a legal entity with an EIN.  - Does visa counts? I’m not sure!
You have a US address, US bank account, and US state-issued ID (driver’s license). - I think she does.
You have a major credit or debit card. - Should be a yes.


It’s almost a 75% kinda chance right! I thought maybe I give it a try, however I can’t even pass the stage to verify that my BFF is permanent US resident so it’s a no-no. I really don’t want to get people that I can’t trust either. It’s not a crazy amount of money but it’s still quite abit! Can you imagine all that money going to someone you can’t trust and what’s more when the project is funded, your name is going to be on Kickstarter as the project creator and people are going to hunt you down for their rewards! Trust me, you don’t want to get there.



Back to me still wondering how to get my project on Kickstarter, I talk to friends and ask, I even googled online trying to look through every single forum. So my project is called 100 Verses One Heart, it’s a project where we gather 100 designers from all over the world to design their favourite verses. I have already committed to the 99 designers out there in the world that we will get this project funded on Kickstarter. I do know I could seek some help from one of the designers. However that didn’t really cross my mind during that time, and I don’t really know most of them very well. And I need to pay my 99 designers who are already doing the work, believing in faith that this project would actually go on Kickstarter.


Thank God, when I went for a holiday in New Zealand with my aussie friends. I happened to share with them the idea, then it struck me. Why didn’t I consider Australia since I have a few good friends staying there? So I told the couple about my project and they agreed to help!


So I went to cross check again!
Australia-based creator requirements:
You are 18 years of age or older.* - YES
You are a permanent resident in Australia either creating a project in your own name or on behalf of a legal entity with a Business Number. - YES
You have an Australian address, Australian bank account, and government-issued ID (driver’s license or passport). -YES
You have a major credit or debit card. -YES


100% ALL YES!!!!


So this is what you need to take note even if you are getting your friend’s to help, even after you submitted your projects you HAVE TO mention who is the person that you are submitting the information to you. What is their contribution in the project? What is their role? Their names HAVE TO be on your project description page, so as to make it easier for approval.


How I did mine, was to write a thank you note for my dear friend who helped me out.
Special mention
This project could not have been here if not my friend Jade Leong, who has supported to made this project happen(also a sister to one of the designers)!...”


Of course with this in mind, I also make sure that I have thought out the project description and all. I waited about 1-2 weeks for the Kickstarter admin to approve my project, after a few times of changes in terms of the questions he asked.


My project finally got approved! And thank God it got successfully funded!


And sometimes the soft side of our heart would want to come out when we do our projects, wanting to get people to give us money to get our project started, but to make it sound nicer we tend to be drawn towards, saying part of the amount given will be put to good use. DON’T.


It’s stated in Kickstarter, so don’t bother putting anything of good cause. Just put the amount whatever you needed to make the dream come true, additional money can come in due to very good response, you can use those to further some additional stretch goals for your project.


From Kickstarter:
Projects can’t fundraise for charity, offer financial incentives, or involve prohibited items.We’re all in favor of charity and investment, but they’re not permitted on Kickstarter. Projects can’t promise to donate funds raised to a charity or cause, and they can’t offer financial incentives like equity or repayment.


As my project is a Christian project, people tend to ask, what are you going to do the money that you earn etc, how much is going to charity. Well for me, for all the extras that I’ve received will go back into the project to create the second edition.


Unfortunately, due to my very bad calculation skills, I actually made a lost in over promising the cost of the actual goods. I had to stagger my mailing because I don’t have enough funds to fulfil the orders. So take note, for shipping too. IT CAN BE REALLY EXPENSIVE. I guess that would be one of my big learnings. Be transparent  and share on what you are spending on, and update often, and don’t be afraid to share your failures like mine in terms of miscounting the cost of the product. At least I manage to resolve the financial situation thanks to my husband.



Everyone who backed are wants to know about the project and be part of the process so I’m really glad for those who backed mine. It really does help in kickstart my project! It’s finally live on www.actseed.co





“It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world.” ― Amy Poehler


Hope it helps in answering your questions and doubts. Don’t let these technical issues not stop you from achieving your dreams!



God bless!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Actseed.co new project - Seeding Thoughts

If you have been following me lately on instagram (@spoiltbytes) you probably would have notice me writing up some quotes and posting them up. I really enjoyed doing them and I also notice a couple designers who are doing it on their social media as well. And sometimes I really wanted to screenshot the design and save it as my wallpaper but it’s just too low res. I end up doing it myself. I was thinking if I’m thinking this way I’m sure out there somewhere there might be someone like me too. Someone who wants to just screenshot all these design and print them out as reference or just to save as mobile wallpaper for aesthetic purposes.


So they are all available over on www.actseed.co currently, I will also be engaging different designers to come onboard to share their awesome designs of the quotes that really inspire them!

*** Designers who are reading this blog post and are interested do drop me an email over at hello@actseed.co***

Anyway other than just giving it free to the public, I was thinking why not I charge for the high res printable A4 files…  for a tiny fee of SGD 2.99. I mean like it is really a small sum to print all these pretty things for inspiration to stick around my studio to inspire me.

So this quote spoke to me:
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. - Mother Teresa



And I happen to read about pencilsofpromise.org who believe every child should have access to quality education. They create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

I’m blessed that I have parents who paid for my studies and allow me to venture my passion for design, so I want to not only open this for free downloads for mobile, but also all proceeds from the prints go to pencilsofpromise.org to build a school and we are aiming for USD 25000 to make this happen.

And if you are wondering how am I going to do that? I’ve already enquired about building the school and this is what one of their staff (Brittany Sebade) replied me:

It costs $25,000 to build a school with PoP. We build our schools in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos. When $25,000 is fundraised, we invite the fundraiser to join PoP on a school builds trip to see the progress of one of our schools. In addition, the school you fundraise will receive a plaque with your name and you will receive updates on the progress of the school. Each school takes a different amount of time to build. We partner with the local government in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos to identify communities with educational infrastructure needs and then hire local construction teams for our school builds.

So yea! Would love to see this happen hopefully by the end of this year or if you guys can help me spread it. Eventually I would create a campaign page at pencilsofpromise.org and update the sums I got from actseed.co onto there. This is not something that I can do alone, USD25000 is not a small amount.

And one of my favourite quote this season:
To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour. - Winston S. Churchill



That little download you going to make, your next mobile wallpaper could be the catalyst of an amazing thing that could happen for the children out there in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.

Let me show you some quotes that is available currently, I’m in the midst of getting more designers onboard so every week from now there will be new designs!

To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often. - Winston S. Churchill



To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. ― Joseph Chilton Pearce



When I stand before God at the end of my life. I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say I used everything you gave me. - Erma Bombeck



Nothing you have not given away will ever be yours. - C.S. Lewis



Life isn't just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide - Malala Yousafzai



Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.



Hope I seed some thoughts in your head today! Don’t forget to pop by www.actseed.co to download some wallpapers!

God bless!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Social Media Design Size Cheat Sheet 2015

Today I happened to see Dale posted a social media cheat sheet for 2015. Like the idea of it, but I wanted to paste it in my room, but I wanted to design it to make it visually attractive to me.

So here's my version of Social Media Design Size Cheat Sheet 2015!



Think there's more social channels than this, but it's good enough for me.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Re-potting succulents


I finally fix my GoPro and got my first proper video up!



And here are the succulents that I have re-potted. 







Happy planting!