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  1. Smartphone Affirmations & Daily To Do’s

    I wanted an app to display daily reminders or notes to myself, something that could be the first thing I see in the morning or anytime I grab my phone when bored.

    I didn’t actually get very far in my search, as I had an idea to use the iPhone wallpaper as space to show these positive notes to myself.

    I cleared a line of icons from the two home page screens I have (it doesn’t really work if the following pages of icons cover the text, the notes have to be visible on every screen) and created a Photoshop document I could add notes on to any wallpaper I was currently using.

    This is a little trickier to do than just installing an app, but the result is more permanent and has the added benefit of forcing you to declutter your home screen of icons.

    Here’s a couple of Photoshop template documents that will help get you started;

    iPhone 4 & 4s
    iPhone 5, 5c & 5s

    As you can see, my list isn’t full of affirmations, there’s a positive note to myself and three daily tasks; read something, promote yourself and post positive updates on social networks (mainly so my Timehop isn’t just me moaning). I initially put 6 items on the list, more daily to do list items, but that was too many, the individual notes were squashed on to those 4 lines, it looks too busy. I also think 6 items is too many to remember and work towards each day, less is sometimes more!

    So far it’s been a pretty positive experience, reading those 4 lines of text first thing in the morning and inserting them to the front of my headspace gives me a little boost each morning as well as a reminder of three of things I’d like to achieve.

    30th of September, 2014. 10:04pm
    Tags / #affirmations / #positive thinking / #recurring tasks / #daily reminders / #daily tasks /
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  2. 'ello to a New Social Network

    I first learned about Ello from a couple of people I follow on Twitter, I had a look (it looks very nice) and signed up to get an invite — and like most new services in beta and invite only, I quickly forget about them as I never expect a quick invite — Ello however got back to me the next day. Great!

    The premise to Ello is a simple one, a social network very similar to Twitter but without the adverts, promoted updates and the influence of shareholders disrupting your timeline. And so far it feels like the early days of Twitter, it’s a nice — and I mean this in the best possible way — simple place to be. 

    Media uploads are nice, being able to comment on (rather than reply to) people’s updates are really good, the two states of following people (friend and noise) is clever, there’s an iPhone app coming later this year — which is both good and very much needed — and so far each visit to the site has been really positive; getting feedback from other artists on a drawing I posted is always going to give me a good first impression.

    The people on there at the moment seem to be mainly creatives; artists, designers, developers, photographers, musicians, etc — if you’d like to be a person on Ello, contact me here as I’ve got a few invites available.

    14th of September, 2014. 10:37pm
    Tags / #ello / #social networking / #text / #blog / #ello invite / #ello invites /
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  3. Another print to give away, the second of my spares that recently hung in my study. All you have to do is retweet the following tweet.

    The print is 16 x 24in (406 x 610mm) and includes an extra 2in (50mm) border which gives it an overall size of 20 x 28in (508 x 711mm).

    The competition will end on Sunday the 14th of September and I’ll notify the winner via Direct Message on Twitter, I’ll need your postal address - I will of course send the poster anywhere in the world free of charge.

    If you’re not fortunate enough to win the print, then don’t worry, it’s available to purchase from my Society6 print shop here.

    10th of September, 2014. 8:38pm
    Tags / #scott pilgrim vs the world / #print give-away / #twitter competition / #retweet / #projects / #image /
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  4. Find Your Starting Point

    I really dislike cleaning and I don’t think I’m alone in this thought. So when it comes around to doing my bit (which is the upstairs of our house), I’ll usually delay or leave it to last in that day’s todo list.

    When I’ve run out of options and I need to get started, the one thing that helps me get into my ‘cleaning groove’ is the bathroom mirror. It’s a quick 30 second task; a couple of squirts of glass cleaner and a few wipes. I always notice the difference between how it started and the end result, this small patch of clean in amongst the rest of the bathroom is the kick I need to get on with the rest of the task at hand. Now I’ve started, I want to get it finished, I can’t undo cleaning the mirror and I need to get everything else up to the same level.

    So, if you’ve got a big task ahead of you and it’s something you’ve been putting off, find a small and simple part of the job that you can easily accomplish to get you started — it’s got to be quick and ideally it should have something that can follow on naturally — from there on it’s all about momentum.

    Work isn’t always a joy fuelled task list that you approach with a beaming smile and a bucketful of enthusiasm, sometimes it can be a chore that you just need to get through to the other side — and that’s OK. Just find your starting point, that one small thing that will get the ball rolling.

    6th of September, 2014. 9:10pm
    Tags / #productivity / #blog / #text / #todo lists / #get stuff done / #get things done / #gtd /
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  5. Society6 have just launched Long Sleeve T-Shirts, they’re brilliant and they’re already available to purchase on my Print Shop. There’s a few different colours available, you can choose from either white, red, navy blue, black and three different types of grey (heather, athletic and asphalt)!

    It’s pretty good timing, the weather has started to get a little cooler around here — autumn is definitely coming — so these will be perfect warmer upgrades to my selection of T-Shirts.

    Have a look at the full collection here; society6.com/martinlucas/long-sleeve-tshirts

    3rd of September, 2014. 10:38pm
    Tags / #long sleeve tshirts / #society6 / #projects /
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  6. Before my study at home turned into a nursery I had a few of my movie posters hanging in there, now that room is no longer mine (!) they’re going spare. So, who wants one?
I’m going to give one away each week, first up is my Inception alternative movie poster. You need to be following me on Twitter, then retweet this;

#RTandWin I’ve got a spare Inception print and I’m giving it away http://t.co/aaLfKu0ldA Winner selected Next Monday. pic.twitter.com/KQeRoOQjqh
— Martin Lucas (@martinlucas)
August 27, 2014
The print is 16 x 24in (406 x 610mm) and includes an extra 2in (50mm) border which gives it an overall size of 20 x 28in (508 x 711mm).
The competition will end on Sunday the 31st of August and I’ll notify the winner via Direct Message on Twitter, I’ll need your postal address - I will of course send the poster anywhere in the world free of charge.
If you’re not fortunate enough to win the print, then don’t worry, it’s available to purchase from my Society6 print shop here.

    Before my study at home turned into a nursery I had a few of my movie posters hanging in there, now that room is no longer mine (!) they’re going spare. So, who wants one?

    I’m going to give one away each week, first up is my Inception alternative movie poster. You need to be following me on Twitter, then retweet this;

    The print is 16 x 24in (406 x 610mm) and includes an extra 2in (50mm) border which gives it an overall size of 20 x 28in (508 x 711mm).

    The competition will end on Sunday the 31st of August and I’ll notify the winner via Direct Message on Twitter, I’ll need your postal address - I will of course send the poster anywhere in the world free of charge.

    If you’re not fortunate enough to win the print, then don’t worry, it’s available to purchase from my Society6 print shop here.

    27th of August, 2014. 7:53pm
    Tags / #inception alternative movie poster / #print give-away / #competition / #twitter / #retweet to win /
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  7. Last night I finally uploaded a set of new movie car drawings I’ve been working on to my Print Shop on Society6, the three original 1960’s Mini Coopers from the 1969 film The Italian Job.

    The Red, White and Blue Minis are all up on my Society6 page and as usual they’re available in lots of different printed products; from prints to device cases and from T-Shirts to rugs. There’s currently free worldwide shipping on Society6 at the moment - with no mentions of an end date for this offer - so order while it’s available!

    Red Mini Cooper: society6.com/martinlucas/the-italian-job-red-mini-cooper
    White Mini Cooper: society6.com/martinlucas/the-italian-job-white-mini-cooper
    Blue Mini Cooper: society6.com/martinlucas/the-italian-job-blue-mini-cooper

    26th of August, 2014. 9:36pm
    Tags / #projects / #the italian job / #1960s mini cooper / #mini cooper s / #michael caine / #movie car / #film car / #society6 /
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  8. Free shipping and $10.00 off duvet covers this week on my print shop on Society6 with the following link code;

    http://society6.com/martinlucas?promo=28d103

    Admittedly there’s only a couple of duvet covers on there at the moment, I haven’t had a chance to go through and resize all my artwork yet, hopefully this little promotion might give me the emphasis to do it this week!

    3rd of August, 2014. 10:34pm
    Tags / #society6 / #free shipping / #projects / #movie prints / #duvet covers / #discount code / #voucher code /
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  9. Little Miss Sunshine VW T2 Microbus Wallpapers

    A couple weeks ago I put up wallpapers for my (500) Days of Summer print, this week it’s the turn of my design for Little Miss Sunshine featuring the family’s VW T2 Microbus.

    320 x 480 (iPhone)
    640 x 960 (iPhone 4, 4S)
    640 x 1136 (iPhone 5, 5C, 5S)
    1024 x 1024 (iPad)
    2024 x 2024 (iPad 4, Air)
    1024 x 768
    1280 x 800
    1280 x 1024
    1366 x 768
    1440 x 900
    1680 x 1050
    1920 x 1080
    1920 x 1200
    2560 x 1440

  10. Spider-Man giving Venom a push in a wheel barrow. Messing around with my camera and Finley’s Lego over the weekend. (Image slightly cropped and tweaked in Photoshop Express on the iPad).

    Spider-Man giving Venom a push in a wheel barrow. Messing around with my camera and Finley’s Lego over the weekend. (Image slightly cropped and tweaked in Photoshop Express on the iPad).

    28th of July, 2014. 8:21am
    Tags / #spiderman / #venom / #lego / #photo / #nikon 1 j2 / #image /
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