meg biram x virginia of denada 600

I love a good artist collaboration, especially one that’s really out there. After watching this HP x360 Behind the Scenes video it made me want to collaborate with another artist by doing something completely outside the box.

What struck me most about the video was how the all of the artists stayed true to their own art, and then it was layered on top of each other to create one thing. I wanted to #bendtherules in a similar way of layering in my collaboration with another artist.

My mind immediately went to putting together two completely different mediums in two different industries. This is where Virginia of DeNada came in. Virginia is a fellow creative entrepreneur in DC — she owns an accessories line specializing in handmade knits.

Putting an abstract painter (me) and a knitwear designer (Virginia) together to create a piece of artwork — that’s definitely bending the rules. How would one of my paintings and one of her knit pieces come together to create one cohesive piece of art!?!

I contacted Virginia to see if she’d be up for the unique collaboration and she was beyond excited. My concept was for both of us to do our works of art separately and bring them together to create the piece. We would plan for them to compliment each other but the works would obviously be two separate pieces layered together, similar to the HP x360 Behind the Scenes video (make sure you check the video out here!), but also completely different.

Be sure to watch our video (below) to see how it all came together!

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GSD BINDER - Keep My Projects Organized

black patent binder / light pink planning notebook / label maker

Being an entrepreneur with multiple different businesses and projects (this blog, The B Bar, my YouTube channel, ebooks, a podcast possibly in the future, photo styling and consulting clients, and more), organization is necessary. I’m not saying I’m always the most successful at staying organized — but I do my best to keep up with everything.

My old system — using one notebook for all of my notes for everything I was working on — was getting too complicated. I ended up flipping through the notebook all the time to find different information about different things and it was driving me nuts — so I decided I needed to take it to the next level.

As much as I try to do everything as digital as possible, I also like to write things out, take notes in meetings, during client calls, sketch out ideas, etc. I also love beautiful office products (who doesn’t) so it was a good way to fill up the new black binder I had recently purchased.

I had one of these light pink notebooks and LOVED it so I decided that I wanted one for each project/business I was working on. I got out my trusty label maker (I’m totally a nerd like that) and made labels for the notebooks and I keep them in a binder (which has chic black patent spine).

Having separate notebooks for each project also helps me focus on just that project while I’m working — whatever notebook I have out, that’s what I’m working on. Then I put it away and switch it out. Now, I always know where I’ve written something down. I just prefer paper to a digital folder system in this particular case.

I bought extra notebooks so I can add more when necessary or when I run out. Also all the pages are perforated so I can tear them out when I’m done and change the notebook over to a different project if needed.

Tell me — How do you organize all of your projects?

GSD BINDER - Keep My Projects Organized

GSD BINDER - Keep My Projects Organized

Photos by Meg Biram