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8 ways to spark creativity this winter

Don’t let your creativity go cold this winter, we’ve put together some ideas to spark them into gear!

1. Learn Something New
Have you always wanted to learn the guitar, enrol in a cooking class or take up yoga? Besides having more indoor time than in other seasons of the year, learning new things stimulates the winter brain and an active brain is a creative brain.

2. Get Cultured
Stimulates those creative thoughts by enjoying the work of other creative people. Winter is a great time to watch a production, visit a museum or take in an art exhibition. Even go to a concert, except stretch yourself a little and see someone new or a genre you don’t always listen to.

3. Get Active
There really is something to the old adage, sound body, sound mind. Exercise releases endorphins that instantly make you feel better and can stimulate your mind. So rug up and hit the pavement for a run or walk, or even try your local indoor pool on those cold days. Clearing your head could make way for those creative ideas.

4. Get Your Social On
And no that doesn’t mean Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. We’re talking actual social activity. You know – with real human beings? You don’t need to hit every Saturday night party or spend weeknights at the pub. A coffee or two a week with a good friend or a work colleague should be enough to keep your brain open to new ideas and get that creativity flowing.

5. Tidy Up
Why wait until Spring for that workspace cleanup? Mess is stress and may be cluttering those creative thoughts. So take 5, or 25, and clean up your workspace, it may make all the difference.

6. Get Outside
We know it’s freezing outside, but perhaps your best ideas might happen when you’re walking around in the fresh air. It’s said when things are moving around us, our brain responds with ideas and creativity. Whether that’s true or not, when you’re stuck for creativity, get outdoors and get amongst it all.

7. Read More
Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book and a cuppa and spend some time being transported to a creative place. Whether it’s fiction that does the trick or taking some inspiration from a design related book, a good read can’t be beat!

8. Accept The Down Time
In whatever creative field you work in, there has to be some downtime. Creative blocks are guaranteed if you don’t give yourself some time to breathe. So if all else fails, accept the time off, you can’t force creativity. You never know, you may get that lightbulb moment when you least expect it!

Captain Print Competition Card. Get yours FREE at tph.co.nz

Captain Print is born…

“In a world where print has become a dying art, a world where people believe just having a website is the answer to all your business promotions, there is one crusader that champions the cause to a better, more successful way to promoting your business – lifting the benchmark and delivering cost effective high quality promotions to businesses and clients throughout the land. That person is Captain Print!”

Can you just imagine that as the opening soundbite to a major motion picture?

We could, but we’ve decided to hold back on the soundtrack and movie royalties, and instead give you the opportunity to win tickets to the latest Captain America – Winter Soldier movie – out today.

Simply grab yourself one of our competition cards with Captain Print and his Super Shield (you can order them here for FREE at http://www.tph.co.nz/products/free+samples/product2055/captain+print+competition/ ) and show us your shooting skills, by taking a short video of your abilities, and emailing it through to competition@tph.co.nz OR design a hero/villian and send it through and you’re in to win a double pass to the movie. There’s one given away each week from 11th April until 30th May. We’ll then decide on the best entry and give the Grand Winner a $100 print credit.

The competition card is a print promotion that has been designed inhouse by The Production House, printed full colour on 350gsm artboard and then die-cut using a custom designed die. To help the pieces stay as part of the A4 card small ‘knicks’ are made on the die-forme to keep the push out pieces in place. The diecuts and creases are all achieved in one hit, allowing us to fold the card down to DL size, making it cost effective to mail out. The result is a simple but clever direct mail promotion.

So what other adventures are planned for Captain Print? Watch this space.