tell me about.

Hey! Nice to meet you and welcome to my ‘about’ page where you’ll get to find out a little bit more about me.

Hey there!

I’m Becki and the face behind Creativ Squid. 

I’ve always been a creative type. As a young girl, I would spend hours drawing and making things. At school, I always excelled in my art and design lessons. This then led me on to study design at college, then degree level and into a post-grad.  

My first ‘real’ job was as a freelancer in the design industry, mostly doing architectural models, CAD work and design before going back to Uni to complete my post-grad.

I trained as a secondary school teacher with a specialism in design technology focusing on teaching the next generation of creatives the theory and practices of the graphics and product design industries. I worked in the education sector for 10 years. It suited me perfectly with my love of teaching people twinned with the creative industry, what’s more, I always had to be at the forefront of my game to make sure my knowledge was up to date with the current industry practices.

…and then I quit

You’ve probably seen it on the news of school teachers leaving the profession in their thousands over recent years. The combination of unachievable goals, the unnecessary hoop-jumping and paperwork as well as so many changes to the curriculum meant the syllabus I once used to love teaching became text-book dry.

I was also finding less time to do the creative stuff I loved. I needed a new venture where I knew my creative skills would be valued. So Creativ Squid was born.  

Why the name ‘Creativ Squid’?

I’ve always been referred to as a creative person, so this part of the name was a given. Creative types are often open to quirky or unconventional ways of solving problems, hence why the ‘e’ got ditched, to be an unconventional spelling of the word.

The ‘Squid’ part comes from my love of scuba diving. I’m a little bit obsessed with everything from the Cephalopoda family which includes Octopus and Cuttlefish. Mostly they are pretty chill, but they are known for their resourcefulness, creativity and ability to adapt quickly.     

Strings to the bow

I’d always loved travel and one of the perks of being a school teacher was the long holidays which I took advantage of. To date, I have visited just shy of 60 countries, this led me to start a hobby travel blog back in 2017. It was cringeworthy awful! 

Despite it looking like a dogs-dinner. It did give the opportunity to learn a ton of new skills. When I wasn’t at my day job, I would spend my spare time pouring over as much learning material as I could get my hands on; eBooks, eCourse, YouTube videos, networking events, podcasts, you name it. It gave me a new creative outlet. 

In 2019 I scrapped the hobby blog and relaunched under a new name. Meet Me In Departures was born, and it was a success.

From zero to hero

I won’t lie, it’s not been plain sailing nor easy. Being self-taught has meant a steep learning curve to get the ideas in my head into a digital format. I’ve lost count of the number of times my laptop nearly went for a flying lesson out of the nearest window.

But gradually, the perseverance paid off and things I once thought were the equivalent to quantum physics aren’t that difficult at all. 

My ‘why’

On this website, I share with you everything about making your own stunning website – from your logo, branding, images and basically anything visual to do with your site. 

Sure, I’ll be covering the technical aspects with building your blog, but expect these to be in easy-to-follow visual guides and none of the wordy technical-jargon filled like the majority of web startup articles out there.

One of the reasons I struggled with learning, was that so many articles and content aren’t written in an accessible way. I’m such a visual and kinaesthetic learner, it’s no wonder I struggled with the regular instruction websites. I get asked so many times, where to start with creating online content, so I know I’m not the only one who struggles with the insane technical jargon. It’s a minefield when you’re just starting out.

I’m also a tiny bit (ok, A LOT) obsessed with Pinterest, which for someone who is driven by visuals, is my favourite way to drive traffic to my site.

What do you want to know?

So, take a look around and check out some of my articles. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then drop me a message and I’ll create some more amazing content on that topic. 

Let’s blitz your online buisness!

Becki x

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