How to Turn a Big Idea into Reality: Choose the Right Tools

Have you ever had a big idea? One that seems so impossible and unreachable you don’t know where to start? If so, you have probably realized that big ideas can be pretty difficult to see through to the end. A big idea often stays just that… a big idea. It gets forgotten and lost after the excitement wears off. Usually, that’s because it seems too hard and too unrealistic to finish. But, good news! There is a way to make your big idea a reality. You just need the right tools, clear goals, and a great attitude.

Hi! My name is Hope.

I am super excited to share with you a big project I’ve been working on! I want to take you through the journey of how I was able to take my Big Idea and make it a reality.

First things first!

Having the right tools is important when you are working to get a job done. Without the right tools it’s really hard to finish a project.

The three tools I used were my iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil, and an app called Procreate.

iPad Pro:

  • I had already been using an iPad for school purposes. Over the past couple years, I’ve been using an app called Ulysses for writing and an app called Quizlet for reviewing certain subjects like Latin, logic (Yuck!), economics, civics, and science. I also use the iPad to research certain projects and to look up tutorials on how to play songs on my ukulele or how to do gymnastics stunts. These are just a few examples of how I use it on a daily basis. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention how much I enjoy searching Pinterest and playing Minecraft on the weekends!
  • You may be wondering how exactly my iPad benefited my Big Idea if all I use it for is school, hobbies and entertainment. Well, my Big Idea required a lot of drawing, which happens to be one of my favorite hobbies. My iPad became a replacement for paper, and it definitely took some getting used to!

Apple Pencil:

  • If my iPad is the replacement for paper, my Apple Pencil becomes the replacement for every medium of art you can imagine. It becomes my lead pencil, my ink pen, my acrylic paints, my chalk and oil pastels, and the list goes on. I can even use it to scratch my head when I’m deep in thought! The Apple Pencil is actually quite smart… if a pencil can be smart, that is. It can detect the amount of pressure I apply, and when I hold it at an angle, it can do shading. It never needs sharpening, it never runs out of ink, it never gets full of goopy paint, and it never wears down to a nubbin. But, it does need to be charged, and sometimes after much use, the tip needs to be replaced.
  • It sounds pretty great, but there are some things I had to get used to. First, I can’t rest my hand on the screen while I’m drawing. Second, it glides so smoothly across the screen that I have to have more control of the Apple Pencil than I do with other mediums. It is just a matter of practice and patience to get the hang of it.
Working in Procreate with my iPad and Apple Pencil
Working in Procreate with my iPad and Apple Pencil


  • Procreate is an amazing digital drawing app I use. It allows me to draw anything I can imagine. Without this app, my Apple Pencil wouldn’t have all of the variety of mediums I mentioned above. I can choose many different artistic styles to work with, like painting, sketching, or cartooning.
  • With Procreate, I can easily erase mistakes, zoom in on the finer details of my drawing, and quickly drop in colors on large spaces that would take a long time to fill in. If I accidentally erase something, I can always redo it by just tapping my screen with three fingers.

So, those are the three major tools I used for my big project: my iPad, my Apple Pencil and the app Procreate. All of these tools required lots of learning and persistence. I wouldn’t have stuck with it if I had not set goals and had my family behind me reminding me to accomplish them.

In my next post, I’ll share more details of my Big Idea. I hope you’ll come along with me as I take you on this journey. If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to sign up below and you’ll get all the details delivered to your inbox.

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