i love studio

This week was the ideal example of the reason I love studio.  We were working  on a project for a structures class we’re all in where each team builds 2 bridges and a cantilever, then we load them all with weights until they break.  The grading is a competition and you get points based on your bridge/cantilever being lightest and/or holding the most weight + beauty points.  So all of the teams are currently working on designs in studio and this project has brought about a beautiful combination of friendly advice between teams, closely guarded bridge design secrets, and of course, heated debates about which kind of glue will work best. The stress of making a bridge that can hold a weight, the long days and nights spent gluing, and the inevitable breaking of test models (like when we high-fived too near our model and it collapsed after holding the weight for several seconds), make a really energized atmosphere in studio.

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I love it, because I love wandering around looking at my friends’ creativity, being excited when their structures work, and sharing their disappointments when it fails.  Studio has added so much to my college experience, and I wish every major had a similar thing.  It’s nice to be able to discuss what you are working on with like-minded people, to be able to wander around for inspiration, to just have a place where you can always find your peers.  And studio is the most fun on the busiest weeks, because there are impromptu pizza parties, and Frozen sing-alongs, and everything else that comes with putting 40 sleep deprived students together in one room.  So even though (and partly because) it’s pretty stressful and a little chaotic, studio has become my second home, and I’m gonna miss all of my classmates when we graduate.  Here’s hoping our bridges hold all the weight and some fun times when we break them.

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DIY Apartment Decoration: Turn an Accent Table into a Footstool

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I needed to buy a footstool for my apartment because I use them all the time, and I shopped around a lot and couldn’t find any I liked within my price range ($20-$35).  So, I decided to make my own!  I found these awesome short accent tables at target (they are only sold in stores unfortunately, so I can’t link to the table I used) and, with help from my mom, made it into a cute footstool.  

You’ll Need:

  • Round Accent Table
  • Screwdriver
  • 2in Thick Foam (enough to cover entire surface of stool)
  • Heavy Duty Fabric – I recommend upholstry fabric, or outdoor fabric (enough to cover top and sides of stool +2in of foam + 6 extra inches for stapling)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Staple Gun (and 1/4″ staples)
  • Hot Glue (optional)
  • Screwdriver

1. Remove legs from accent table

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2. Measure and cut foam to fit onto the top of the table.  Measure, cut and iron your fabric, leaving plenty of extra on each side.  Lay fabric upside down, then place foam and table top (also upside down) on top.  

 

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3. Staple 4 sides of the fabric in to the center (making sure the fabric won’t cover the screw holes for the legs).  If your staples aren’t going all the way into the wood, try using smaller staples.  (We had this issue and smaller staples worked much better for us)

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4. Here’s where it gets a little tricky.  Once you have 4 sides of the fabric stapled, you’ll need to do the fabric in between and ideally not have the fabric be super wrinkly all the way around the edge of the stool.  What we did was have one person pull the fabric tight until there were no folds on the edge and then the other person would staple it down.  You may just have to experiment a little.  I recommend doing small sections at a time and using lots of staples. 

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 5. Reattach the legs, and put your feet up!  Enjoy your new footstool.

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Fantasy Football: Tips for Beginners —– Part 2 – The Draft

Alright, you’ve made your handy dandy cheat sheet, done your research like I recommended in Fantasy Football for Beginners – Part 1.  You’re so ready for this draft, right?  Well you certainly are on your way, but here are some important strategy tips for constructing a spectacular team and things that you might not realize you need to consider if you haven’t played before.

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Part 2: The Draft

1. Keep in Mind Your Starting Lineup

Standard leagues have a QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, a Flex (can be WR/RB/TE) a TE, a Defense, and a Kicker.  You’ll in general want to fill your starting RB, WR, and Flex before you start getting bench players. QB, and TE are a little more flexible and can be picked up at any point, because both are pretty deep (especially this year).  So it’s ok to wait on those positions if you want, but I don’t recommend getting, say, a backup QB until you lock up the other positions.

2. Rankings are a Guideline not a Rule

Whatever rankings you choose to use, don’t follow them to the letter.  You should reevaluate the rankings you have on the fly, adapt to how people are being drafted, and keep in mind what positions you have open and still need to fill.  In addition, keep track of who has been taken.  There is nobody worse than the person who tries to draft someone who has already been chosen every single round.  Don’t be that guy.

3. The Studs Will Go First

I know what you’re thinking: “Duh Cozy, everyone knows that the better guys go first.”  Well it’s just good to keep in mind that if you wait to draft a certain position, you’re not gonna get a stud.  if you don’t draft a QB the first few rounds, you won’t get a top QB.  Same is true for every position.  There’s no secret to getting a stud every round, it isn’t going to happen.  Even if a couple of your sleepers pan out and you get great value for them, in all probability, you will not get stud value at later rounds.  The reason the later guys are going later is because there’s typically a concern: they have upside but… insert concern here: injury history, unproven, backup to another player, declining veteran.   So just make sure you understand their trade offs.

4.  Think about a WR at Flex.  Actually, Absolutely Draft a WR at Flex. 

But really though.  You will get better value for a WR at the point you’re drafting a flex player, plus they’re a little more reliable than RBs.  I’m not saying you can’t start a RB at flex come the season when a sleeper RB starts doing really well.  But I’m saying I don’t recommend you draft one.  But hey come draft day, if there is a great RB left when you’re looking for flex options, take them, but in general, WR is probably the way to go.

5.  Sleepers and Busts

Ah yes, those mysterious words that every analyst throws around with gusto when talking about draft day.  So what exactly do they mean when they say this term?

A Sleeper is a player who outperforms their draft position, say they’re drafted outside the top 20 at their position and make it into the top 10.  That’s a sleeper who pans out.  Every analyst has different sleepers, they’re your rookies who suddenly do great, your veterans who bounce back from a bad year, your players who suddenly take off with a new team/offensive coordinator/overall situation.

A Bust on the other hand is someone who performs far worse than their draft position.  Last year, Ray Rice among other notable RBs devastated teams by being a first round picks who performed very poorly and are this year is going in the early 6th round where he probably should have gone last year.

Here’s the thing.  You don’t know whether someone’s a sleeper or a bust until the season is over.  Yep, so what analysts are referring to as sleepers are guys with high upside, or a good chance to do very well.  However a lot of analysts “sleepers” could end up being busts.  These two terms are all about value.  And frankly after the 8th round or so, most of your picks are potential sleepers (to avoid confusion some people call them flyers).  These are the players you love that you think will do much better than their draft position.  These are super important because you could have tremendous value on your hands if a flyer does really well (last year Peyton Manning was a sleeper, so was Randall Cobb 2 years ago were both sleepers, albeit in different tiers).  That’s why its important to research ALL the players you could potentially want to draft.

6.  Handcuffs

A handcuff is a player’s backup.  This is really important for running backs (where typically there is one main starter who gets the majority of carries) especially injury prone ones.  A handcuff will only do well if the starter gets hurt, so if you draft a running back with injury history, it’s a good idea to pick up their handcuff.  For instance: you draft Le’Veon Bell, his handcuff is LeGarette Blount.  If Bell gets hurt, Blount is the guy.  If  you have both on your team, you have a little bit of safety in case something happens to Bell.  Also a handcuff has very little value unless their starter is hurt, so know that if you draft a handcuff for a RB you don’t have.

7.  Defense and Kickers (This is last for a reason)

Defense and Kicker should be your last 2 positions filled, in that order, in the second to last and last picks of the draft.  As Matthew Berry points out every year in his Draft Day Manifesto (which you should for sure read), “Over the last four years, on average, only five of the teams drafted as a top-10 defense actually finished the year as a top-10 defense.”  Yep 5 out of ten.  That’s why I’m not reaching for a defense early.  I would rather have a sleeper at that position, and defenses are horribly unpredictable.  I’m not saying you can’t draft one early, but I’m saying don’t do it unless you have a really good reason (especially if it’s your first year playing fantasy). If they don’t end up doing well, it’s very easy to pick up a different defense/kicker, or pick up a new one each week based on match up (that’s called defense or kicker by committee and can work really well if you didn’t draft the top defense).

Practice Makes Perfect – Mock Drafts and Football Discussions

Mock drafts.  I cannot stress the importance of mock drafts enough.  ESPN has a great mock draft lobby where you can find a league similar to yours (in terms of amount of teams, type of draft) and choose your specific draft position.  The best way to practice for the day of the draft and get used to how it will be like to draft against real, unpredictable people is to do lots of mock drafts.  They help you get a feel for who will be left in what round.  They let you try out crazy strategies like not drafting a running back until the 6th round.  After each mock draft, look at how your team ended up and see if you are happy with who you have starting and how your value stacked up.  If you aren’t pleased with a position, do a different mock draft, try a new strategy and see how that affects your final team.  I cannot stress how important mock drafting is especially if you have never done a draft before.  It will make you feel a lot more confident going in to draft day!

Alright, now the final bit about practicing, you know the person that dragged you into this in the first place?  Talk to them about fantasy football!  They love this game too and I bet they’d love to answer your questions, hear your opinions and maybe clue you in on stats or news you may have missed.  Don’t be scared to ask them for tips or advice, you are new at this and there is a lot to learn.

One Last Thought

After you’ve read everything there is to know about players and teams and sleepers and handcuffs and injury risks and studs, what’s most important is how you feel about each player.  At the end of the day, YOU have to love your team, so pick guys you love.  I don’t care what some analyst says, if your gut tells you a player isn’t going to do well, don’t take him.  Don’t let some analysis or specific rankings make your decision for you.  Because even if that guy busts you took a chance on someone you believed in than having drafted someone you didn’t really like because of else’s opinions.  Plus every person has different preferences.  I like reliability, someone else might like upside, someone else might not worry about injury risks.  It doesn’t matter, but if you’re gonna have fun, YOU have to love your team.

Best of luck on draft day!  If you come prepared, you will draft a great team! If I left anything out or you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to comment!

Fantasy Football: Tips for Beginners

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I love playing fantasy football, but if we’re being totally honest I got dragged into it.  A couple years ago TIm’s fantasy football league needed a new team, and I needed to understand football because that’s mostly what Tim talks about.  Cue the beginning of my fantasy football career and an overwhelming journey into figuring out just who all of these non-Packer players were.  Needless to say I was pretty overwhelmed at the thought of learning and analyzing stats and information about 200+ players and 32 teams. So I made a list of players and dug through sites and research and bugged Tim constantly about who this person or that person was. But I had absolutely no clue what I was doing.  So here’s the Beginners Guide to Fantasy Football for anyone who was dragged into this crazy game. The fear that you won’t be able to learn you need to know in less than a month? Yeah, I’ve been there, and somehow I survived. So if you want some practical beginner tips, here’s what I’ve learned on this journey:

Preseason Research

Research is your best friend, but you don’t have to read the whole internet.

Seriously, there are a million websites, a million articles, a million rankings, A MILLION. You can’t read them all, but how do you pick one? Well here’s what I do.

Don’t worry about paid sites because the information they offer will probably confuse you more than it helps.  The sites you can buy a subscription to give really detailed analysis which you can chose to buy in a few years, but for now you probably want to focus on the basics.  You can do a lot with what’s out there for free, and I think I only looked at articles Matthew Berry wrote my first year. (See those here: Matthew Berry at ESPN.com). You can pick any analyst you want, but find one or two that you like to read, and stick with those. You’ll get enough information without going overboard. And remember that person that dragged you into this? Ask them what sites they like! I bet they would love to point you to some resources to help you out.

P.S. Here’s some sites I think are great:

Podcasts are an Excellent Resource

If reading isn’t your thing, or you just want another resource, I highly recommend Podcasts. Most Fantasy Football websites produce a podcast as well.  This is great way to start understanding how to evaluate players, because you can listen to other people discussing the important things about players.  I listen to a couple Podcasts daily as I drive to work, and they are invaluable for analysis and player news.  Here’s my two favorite

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Bonus: Picture of me as a 9-year-old playing flag football. I played on my brother’s team and had big dreams of being the first girl to play in the NFL

2.  Preparing for the Draft

This is it, the first real step, the day that the players you take make or break your team.  Not that your team at the end of the year will look anything like it does now by the end of the year.  Who you draft gives you a very important base to build off, and can make or break your team and trade options later.

ESPN.com has a lot of great resources, including a brief description of any fantasy relevant player, here:  Top 300 Rankings – ESPN.com

Create a Master Cheat Sheet

Since when I first started playing fantasy football, I thought Randy Moss was a Quarterback, my best friend in this game is my handy dandy cheat sheet with all the pertinent information about every player.  My first year, I printed out the top 200 rankings and then wrote notes about every single player. Actually I did that my second year too. And I’ll be doing it again.  You really need to know certain information at the draft and if you can’t remember it all (which is pretty likely if you’re new) I recommend showing up to the draft with some notes.  Here are some basic things you may want to take note of

  • The Basics: Team and Position,
  • Injury history
  • Current status on the team (Are they the starter? Are they a back up who will only play if someone else is hurt? Are they fighting for a spot with someone else?)
  • Who else on their team will affect them (for example, Tom Brady does far better if Gronkowski plays.  So if you are nervous about Gronk’s injury status, Brady may also drop in your rankings)
  • Any other news you feel is relevant: like how are they doing in training camp? Are they currently facing suspension? (cough cough, Josh Gordon)
  • ADP – ADP stands for Average Draft Position, which means the average spot a given player is being taken in fantasy football drafts.  So if a Player’s ADP is 2, they are on average being taken 2nd overall in the draft.  This is a really relevant statistic when you’re evaluating where to take a player on the day of the draft.  Say you are at the 30th pick in the draft and trying to decide between Player A and Player B.  Player A’s ADP is 35, Player B’s ADP is 45.  You think they’re pretty equal players and you have another pick before 45, so you take Player A, because in all likelihood Player B will still be around for your next pick.  Now ADP is not a given, just because Player B’s ADP is 45 doesn’t mean he won’t be chosen before then, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what players will be left at a certain round in the draft so you don’t take someone in the 4th round you could get in the 8th.

If you have all this written down in a handy cheat sheet?  You will be golden.  You will have plenty of info to go into the draft strong.  Don’t do it all at once! I take notes on 10-20 players a day.  And remember in a ten team league, only 200 or so players get drafted, and a twelve team league might have a few more than that.  You only have to research as many players as will be drafted, so don’t waste your time on super deep sleepers unless your league is that deep.

Check out Part Two (coming soon) where I’ll talk about what to do on the day of the draft.  If you’re new to fantasy football and have any questions or have a topic you’d like me to cover, feel free to comment and I’ll try to help you out!  

Other Resources

Here is a great beginners guide created on Reddit. It covers some stuff I didn’t go into because this was getting lengthy.  There’s a great glossary of terms, discussion of the different types of leagues, and links to tons of resources.  All in one convenient spot.

Fantasy Football Glossary – Reddit 

Fantasy Football Beginner’s Guide – Reddit

Choosing Colors

Whenever I go to start a scrapbook page, I immediately become overwhelmed with the first choice I have to make: what colors should I use?  I tend to flip through paper and hold photos up against it to try to find what matches best, or pick one color and stick to that hue.  But when it comes to picking several different colors, I never know what to pick.  However I recently stumbled upon a method I really like: using paper patterns I’m drawn to and taking the color palette right from that.  In my most recent page I took a journaling card I loved and took the colors on it as inspiration.

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I knew I wanted to use this journaling card so I used the red, yellow, and teal as my color palette

IMG_0785This page featured pictures from a Jason Mraz concert I went to with Tim, so I wrote my favorite quote from a Jason Mraz song on the card.   The quote was  from “Sunshine Song” so I used sun embellishments throughout the page.  I also took the rounded corner style from the journaling card and used it on my photos.

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How do you pick colors for your layouts?

 

 

Simply Scrapping: Scrapbooking on a College Budget

Since I’m currently a poor college student, I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on scrapbooking.  But I don’t let that stop me!  I’m really good at finding deals, reusing things (and buying things I can reuse), and limiting what I buy.  I did receive a Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine (a pretty expensive, outside my college budget scrapbooking tool.  Thanks Mom and Dad!) for my birthday that I use pretty often, but I’m going to show you some ways to create great pages without breaking your budget.  I have lots of ideas on this topic, so I’m going to split this into a couple posts.  This first one is about figuring out what you really need, and letting the rest go.

Here are the scrapbooking essentials, and some tips for ways to get them on sale:

02Patterned Paper – Subscribe to JoAnn’s mailing list and Michael’s, they’ll often give out 40-50% off coupon, and you can then buy a pack of up to 180 sheets of patterned paper for $10-$12.  They’re typically $20.  I have never spent more than $12 on a stack of patterned paper and I have several packs that I love.  The nice thing about buying it in packs is the patterns all coordinate pretty well, so it’s easy to combine different patterns.

*  Another tip – buy paper packs in store because it’s easier to see what you’re getting.  I once bought a pack of paper that I loved online, but when it came in the mail it had metallic elements I wasn’t a fan of.  Had I seen that pack in the store I wouldn’t have bought it because I prefer plain paper without metallic embellishments.

03Paper Trimmer – This makes it way easier to trim down images (which I do with almost every image) and patterned paper to the correct size and still have 90 degree edges.  They’re around $20 typically and if you’re looking to buy one, shop different prices, and look for coupons at craft stores.  Also consider about what size you’ll need.  (If you buy a lot of 12″ by 12″ paper that you want to cut smaller, you’ll want a trimmer that can cut 12″.  Mine only cuts 9″ so I usually have to pre-trim my paper.)

01Journaling Pens – Micron makes great ones (that are acid-free and photo safe) and Stabilo makes colored pens in a great variety of colors.  I recommend buying an assorted color pack with a coupon.  Pens are a good investment and I also recommend a few good fine-tip black pens (the color packs often include black).

04Album – Again, shop sales/coupons for these.  I like Pioneer brand albums because you can buy and add unlimited refill pages.

Photos – I will have a whole separate post for photo-printing tips!

Adhesives – Pretty inexpensive, make sure anything you buy is acid-free or it can ruin your photos.  I recommend photo squares, roller adhesive, and glue sticks.

That’s really all you need!  It isn’t a lot, and if you spread out your shopping you can find a lot of these items on sale or use coupons to minimize the cost.  With one-time purchase these items will go a long way, so it’s worth the initial investment.  Also keep in mind that Joann’s will let you use multiple coupons at once (unless there are restrictions on the coupon).   Other stores like Michaels limit you to one coupon per person per day (at least the Michaels I shop at).

Finding Inspiration

If you’re making a scrapbook page, you may be having trouble getting started.  You’ve printed your pictures, you have a box full of embellishments and a million pieces of patterned paper but you can’t figure out how you want your page to look.  Here’s a couple tips if you’re stuck with pictures and no idea what to do with them.

First, I recommend following Scrapbooking blogs.  I love http://aliedwards.com/, and http://www.writeclickscrapbook.com/.  Look at their different layouts and  make note of what sticks out in the ones you like.  Maybe one has embellishments you love, a different one has a great title, and another has a great combination of colors.  When you recognize what you like in other’s layouts you can start to incorporate those design ideas into your own page.

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Architecture Bookjacket Covers

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Mosaic Art

Another way is to become a collector of inspiration: take pictures of things you find that you love.  On the left is a mosaic art piece I saw that I loved because of how it reflected light onto the wall next to it.  I also literally collect things I love, the picture on the right is a stack of book sleeves the architecture library was giving away.  I took home armfuls of bookjackets to be used in a future scrapbook layout or collage, or just because I liked how they were laid out.

Finally, you have to put that inspiration to good use.  Here’s a pillow I saw once when I was online:

I loved the cute design on it, so I turned it into the border of this scrapbook page.  Find something you love, put a new spin on it, and put it in your scrapbook!  But don’t overthink it.  Sometimes we let lack of inspiration get in the way of scrapbooking our memories, but if you keep track of the inspiration you see everyday, you’ll be documenting your life in no time.

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Framing Memories – Why I Scrapbook

I inherited many of my hobbies from my Mom.  She is a crafting genius, seriously, she taught me how to crochet, sew, cross stitch and scrapbook.  I love making things, I think that’s half of the reason I’m an architecture major, and my mom shares this love.  She is my go-to when I’m brainstorming ideas about a particular craft project I’m working on, and is always up for a trip to the craft store.  My mom inspired me to start scrapbooking because I always loved looking through her beautifully composed albums of our family.

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Most recent scrapbook page – in process

My mom has done scrapbooking for as long as I can remember.  Each of my brothers and I have scrapbooks from when we were younger as my mom would print out ALL of her pictures and put them into scrapbooks.  She did a lot with the Creative Memories brand and took a break from scrapbooking as she got busier.  I think scrapbooking has changed a lot since my mom was scrapping but a lot of my scrapbook inspiration is based on looking through my mom’s albums.

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When you first start scrapbooking, you have to adopt your own style for which is definitely not an easy task.  In fact, I think it takes a scrapbook or two to really figure out what you’re doing.  That said I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m learning and hoping to share some things I’m learning as I go.  I scrapbook very simply, often I’ll browse pinterest or other sites for inspiration and every page is filled with one tiny picture buried under embellishments.  I, however, have a modernized version of my mom’s scrapbooking style.  Our philosophy is to let the pictures shine through!  Scrapbooking is all about framing memories, and I think that’s hard to do when you use the pictures as minor design elements.  My mom’s scrapbooks were very simple, most pages just have white or single-color backgrounds, but that really allowed her to use embellishments and color to highlight the pictures, which is something I try to do too. Scrapbook_02

I actually started out with stamping, not scrapbooking.  I would use scrapbooking supplies to make birthday/valentines cards and I enjoyed doing that, so one year I decided to make an album for my boyfriend as a gift.  One winter break, I created an entire album, and I was hooked.  I love to scrapbook because it gives me practice creating graphically appealing layouts, which is a skill I use every day in for architecture.  It also allows me to display the pictures I take with my friends and family.  I hate the idea of my pictures only seeing my computer’s hard drive and maybe a couple albums on Facebook.  Scrapbooking enhances the artistry of the pictures and helps me focus my picture-taking to the stories I want to tell in my scrapbooks.  Scrapbooking is one of my favorite hobbies because it adds a compelling story to the pictures and captures my life how it is in the moment, and not just captures what is happening, but also my writing style and my design style.  I always get a kick out of looking back and seeing how my layouts change and improve over the years.

Any other scrapbookers out there? How did you get started?

 

 

Overcoming Jealousy

We were talking about jealousy in Studio the other day, and it really made me think about jealousy and how easily it can creep into my thoughts. Especially when I first started in architecture and studio, I would always be comparing my project to other people’s and I would get very jealous when I thought someone else’s project was better, cooler, more fun or more whatever than mine. Because everyone’s project seemed cooler than mine. As I spent more time, I realized that my project was just as cool as the ones I was jealous of, but I was too close to it to see that.
So I began to be aware of being jealous of other projects and looked for a way to turn my jealousy in to something positive and productive. So I began to see other projects as inspiration to push mine to be even better. And to encourage the projects that I really liked to help encourage others to be their best. Because when you turn jealousy into motivation, instead of having two people being petty, you have two people each making something amazing. Turns out, that’s way easier said than done.  But it’s something I have become really aware of lately and I’m consciously working to fight jealousy, because it’s so unnecessary.  A lot of times it helps me to realize I’m not competing with anyone, and to instead be happy that my friend has created something great.
Studio is not the only place where I experience jealousy.  I see friends posting about all the fun things they’re doing on Facebook and it can make my own life feel lame and boring.  But I realized that it does me no good to wish for a life like a Facebook “highlight reel” and instead to be genuinely happy for my friend’s achievements, because then I can be more positive about my own. And because the time and energy spent envying others, whether in studio or any other time, can be so much better spent encouraging others. Because I really think that if we stopped being jealous all the time, we would learn so much from each other and then the possibilities to create/make/write/do something amazing would be endless.

Cozy’s Declassified Studio Survival Guide: What to Keep in your Desk

With only one semester under my belt, I’m really in no place to give studio advice.  But I’m going to anyway, so humor me.  Maybe you find it helpful, and hopefully you can relate to the things I’ll discuss: like how to schedule your time, the best procrastination break ideas, and what to do when your professor destroys your model.

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My studio desk last semester

In this installment of my survival guide, here are some of the (less obvious) things you will want in your studio desk.  Obviously you want extra exacto knife blades, and plenty of tacky glue.  But what else?

  1. Office Supplies: scissors, glue stick, double sided tape, normal tape.  For sketchbook creativity options, and just in case.  These are things I knew I needed but kept forgetting.
  2. Snacks! For all-nighters, and because 4 hours of studio is difficult when you’re hungry and have no money for the vending machine.
  3. Band-Aids, for exacto knife incidents (cough, Paul, cough cough)
  4. Hair Binders, so your hair doesn’t get caught in the bandsaw.
  5. Plastic Silverware, because I always forget to bring it with my lunch.
  6. Red Solo Cups.  Nope, not for break-time beer pong, but because they come in super handy during projects.  Need to hold 55 scale bolt connectors less than a centimeter big? Red Solo Cup.  Need to mix concrete? Red Solo Cup.  Tacky glue is leaking? Red Solo Cup.  Ordered pizza with a 2 liter of Dr. Pepper to share? Red Solo Cup(s).  I’m telling you: you’ll use them if you have them.

So as you prepare to move back into your studio, or just restock your supplies, don’t forget these essentials!  Any suggestions from fellow studio-goers?