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DIY Bookbag Design à la Sharpie

Sharpie fanatics would agree: give someone a Sharpie and expect  INKspiration! Read how Miriah Garnett created a stylish design on her sister’s bookbag (that got the sister seal of approval), her other Sharpie uses, and her advice to other young artists…

Tell me about yourself:

I’m Miriah Garnett, an International Baccalaureate student at North Hagerstown High School. I love to listen to music. It’s a big part of my life. Along with music, I enjoy painting, decorating, doing my nails, scrap booking, reading, texting, and of course shopping.  I am a big fan of R&B, hip-hop, pop, and old school music. I’m a fan of M&Ms, especially the new pretzel kind. I’m a huge Twilight fan. I have read all the books and I am anxiously awaiting the premier of the 4th movie, Breaking Dawn. Some things I don’t like are: stinkbugs (they’re really gross), country music and gory horror movies.

What year in school are you?  Any favorite classes?  Extra-curriculars?

I am in the Eleventh grade. My favorite class is Biology, because I really enjoy sciences and plan to go into the medical field when I’m older. I am involved in the art and scrap-booking clubs at my school.

What inspired you to design a book bag for your sister?

In Kindergarten, it has been a sort of tradition to decorate your tote bag for school, which is something I even did as a kid. So, my little sister Armani (being the girlie girl that she is) wanted a cute design for her book bag. To get some ideas, we went to our local fabric store to look for some pretty prints or designs for some inspiration. We found one that was pink with doodles. Using this design, I incorporated my own twist to it and went all out decorating the whole book bag in this manner.

Of all art supplies, why Sharpie?  What made you choose to customize the backpack with Sharpie markers?

I chose Sharpie because, since my mom is an art teacher, we have always trusted Sharpies to have precise lines and long lasting effects. Sharpies have also always had bright and vibrant colors that I love.

Miriah's finished bookbag design for Armani

Have you customized any other school supplies or accessories?

I use Sharpies to label school supplies and clothes, make card designs, when organizing, to color Shrinky Dinks, to sign t-shirts, and to draw temporary tattoos.

What goes into designing a backpack? How long does it take?

Designing a book bag is actually a very simple, easy, and creative way to design something by adding your own unique touch. In order to design one, all you need to know is what you want to create on your book bag and what Sharpie colors you would like to use. Depending on how intricate the design is will determine how long it will take to finish the book bag. The designs could range from flower patterns, to a drawing of your favorite sports team’s logo. The possibilities are limitless.

How did your sister react to your Sharpie masterpiece?

My sister absolutely ♥loved the book bag. It was cute and girlie and was everything she was hoping for. It was definitely something we would not have found in the store.

Dad, Mom, and Armani show off her new, stylish bookbag

Top 5 essenti al items that are always in your book bag:

  1. Books (I’ve never gone home from school without books—ever!)
  2. My huge, graphing display calculator
  3. Different colored pens and pencils, including my Sharpies
  4. Portable hole punch
  5. USB flash drive

Aside from customizing some really cool backpacks, what else do you enjoying doing on your down time?

As I said before , I love listening to music. I am also a big fan of shopping for shoes. Even just shopping in general “floats my boat.” I also love to design and paint my own nails. It’s something I have started doing for a year or two and really enjoy. It’s a different way of expressing yourself.

Are you a fan of Glee or High School Musical? What character do you relate to the most & of all the cast members, who would you most want to design a backpack for?!

a fan of High School Musical! My obsession phase is very much over, but I can still sing any song by heart :D. I would have to say that of all the characters, I relate to Gabriella Montez the most because of having to transfer to a new school and meet different people. I can also relate to her “nerdy” side because of being part of the IB program. If I could design a backpack for someone, it would have to Sharpay Evans because of her bold and unique style—it is a style within itself.

Classic soda or pop question here… Do you say “backpack” or “book bag” ?

In general, I think I use both interchangeably, but say “book bag” the most. I think I say this because my book bag is a messenger bag, therefore, a bag that carries books. Whereas, most backpacks are actually a bag you carry on your back.

Motto to live by:

You were born a work of art, don’t die a copy.

Got any advice for other young artists like yourself?

My advice is to express yourself, be creative, and set no limits. With this mindset, you will be able to do anything you set your mind to. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a realization you have to come to, eventually.

Sharpies are great for any kind of project, except for when your little sister uses them to express her creativity on the walls!

Armani and Miriah enjoy some "girl time"

5 Tips from a Social Media/PR Intern

 

Nerd, dweeb, dork, geek—why am I just now being labeled? Not that I mind, I rather enjoy my new titles. Being branded as a Social Media nerd means that I am improving my communication skills and ability to adapt to new social sites, tools and software. However, since Social Media is constantly changing and evolving, I knew that this internship with Sharpie would keep me on my toes. I still have plenty of ideas to brainstorm, blogs to create, and innovations to adapt to during the next few months. I have learned lots by immersing myself in the social media-verse these past two weeks. Several things have changed my outlook on the social realm and will benefit me in the future. These five notions are key takeaways that can help hopefuls looking for Social Media internships:


 

1. RELAX! Perfectionists are not perfect, and neither are you.
Internships help us learn and grow asprofessionals. Expecting mistakes and asking questions will help you get the most out of your internship. I am still struggling to break out of the perfectionist mold, but I will take away more from the experience if do.

Photo credit to Namaste Holistic Therapy


2. Blog like there’s no tomorrow. Frequent blog posts help you engage and interact with your audiences, while also sharpening and refining your writing skills. Blog about your experiences, ideas, questions, and concerns. Spice up your blog’s appearance with themes and widgets that benefit your content (ex: display your Twitter handle, links to other social sites.) If your creativity is limited by the hosted blog service, consider paying to host your own blog. WordPress.com is a great, FREE site for creating a blog.

Photo credit to Michigan Attorney Blog


3. Work independently, as well as diligently.
Do not expect your boss to direct your every move—more often, YOU need to come up with the big ideas. Research, keep up with the latest trends, follow/network with important “tweeples,” monitor Facebook comments, etc. Your employers are looking for future leaders and it starts by proving you can lead yourself.


4. Embrace the social geek within!
Establish your presence in the “social-sphere.” Being active on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. will showcase your abilities and what you could bring to the table. Be prepared and think of ideas for organizations to utilize social sites/tools in new, creative ways.

Photo credit to Matt Hamm


5. Personal vs. Professional
Determine what information is career-related and what is not. Do not disclose anything personal that could potentially damage your future. This seems like common sense, but it still amazes me how many Facebook users’ profiles contain content that risk their employment opportunities. Good rule of thumb: if you have to question the photo, post, or tweet, delete it.

I am sure everyone has their own ideas and tips for other aspiring social media and/or PR gurus. These are just a few insights I have taken away from my experience thus far. Ironically, I am still working on each one (especially toning down the perfectionism, ahem 😉 ) Remember, when offering advice, we all need to practice what we preach!

What advice would you offer those looking for Social Media internships???