In Australia the new school year starts in a few weeks. As a kid I always loved this time of year. I loved hunting down the list of school supplies we needed to buy. I loved how sharp the points of new pencils were. I loved the smell of new erasers and I loved the feeling of smoothing ConTact over new books and the abject horror of finding a bubble somewhere on the book’s cover (that I’d pick at for the rest of the school year).
One of the best parts about the new school year is labelling everything (well, it excites me!). If this task doesn’t fill you with joy I’ve created some sticker sets that will make the process a breeze. You can find them on my Etsy store now!
What other sticker themes should I create?
Andrea Lauren is a super-talented illustrator, printmaker, and textile designer originally from England but now living in the States. She creates these intricate designs from hand carved linocuts and the results are pretty amazing.
She also has an awesome book out at the moment called Block Print which is full of tips and tricks for printing with lino blocks, rubber blocks, foam sheets, and stamp sets. Grab her book (just in time for Christmas – yay!) and follow her on Instagram.
I’m living for these cute Christmas tags from Lucky 44. They are simple yet striking and don’t have a snowman/snowflake in sight which is good. While I love snowmen (and women) I’ve always felt weird about including anything snow related on cards or tags. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a white Christmas. I love the idea of making snowmen in the front yard but Frosty wouldn’t last a hot minute before he melted into a puddle of Christmas ewww. What about you? What kind of Christmas will you be celebrating this year?
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Green Christmas Tree Tag // Ho ho ho Christmas Tag // Black Trees Christmas Tag // Joy Christmas Tag
Do you Bujo? How about using some icon stickers to keep your page looking nice and neat? Order them here.
Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? I am. I seriously mourned the show when it was canned way back in 2007. The show was so unique and the writing had so many levels and was so witty. As everyone knows, A Year in the Life is on Netflix now but instead of watching all the eps straight away I decided to wait a week in between them. I’ve been hearing a whole bunch of negativity on the internets about the reboot but honestly, I don’t care what other people think or feel. All I care about is spending some more time in Stars Hollow. Are you a GG fan? No spoilers!
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When I was a kid, I loved the stationery aisles at Kmart. All those pretty pens and paper clips and sticky notes lined up in perfect formation inspired me to write and create. Those aisles spoke to me in a way that toys or clothes never did. Give me a 128-page notebook over a Barbie any day.
I’m not sure exactly why stationery is my thing, but I think it probably has something to do with spending a lot of time at my parent’s business when I was younger. Mum was (and still is) in charge of the accounts which meant the office stationery cupboard was full of lots of cool stuff like pens, highlighters, staplers, typewriter ribbon and carbon paper. For Mum, stationery was purely utilitarian, but for me, office supplies helped me to express myself. They were full of possibilities and potential.
I still peruse KMart’s stationery aisles whenever I can. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of their products of late so I thought I’d share some of my favourite notebooks and diaries.
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I’ve featured Kurt Pio’s gorgeous work on the blog before and I was so enamoured by it that I had to follow him on Instagram of course (wow that sounds creepy!) If you’re not familiar with Kurt Pio, he is an artist from Cape Town and he does these amazing abstracts and gorgeous oversized faceted gems. I’ve found over the years that I like a particular style of art – kinda abstract, bold colours, especially black and white – and Kurt Pio’s work falls pretty much smack bang in the middle of it. Enjoy!
Follow Kurt on Instagram.
Who should I follow on Instagram? Leave the details in the comments.
Today is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to fling the doors wide open and just relax in the warmish spring air. It’s my favourite time of the year. The days are warm, but not too warm and the sun is rising a little earlier. I feel more inspired in the spring time which is a good thing because I am SLAMMED with freelance writing stuff at the moment. Yikes!
In the spirit of all things spring I give you the latest office inspo. Rebecca Taylor’s office is stunning. I love the muted colours and all that wall space but the bit I love the most is the Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper. I have loved that wallpaper from day dot and would LOVE to be able to hang it in my home one day. What do you think? Are you a fan?
This week I’m sharing the ‘gram of A Beautiful Mess. I’ve been reading Elsie’s work for more that 10 years…which is just crazy. I remember back then she was really into scrapbooking and she created some fun embellishments and stuff that I loved. Now she and her sister Emma have created a lifestyle blog – A Beautiful Mess – that is a little different than the others. I love their quirky, hands-on approach to creativity. Yep, I’m a fan.
I am a font addict. One of the first jobs that I had after high school was in a sign shop. While I wasn’t the arty kind of sign writer – I worked with a computer rather than a paint brush – I did get to know that font choice plays a big role in the success of a sign. I became font obsessed and over the last twenty years I’ve been adding to my font stash. As it’s spring down under I thought I’d put together a quick list of my favourite spring’ish fonts. Do you have any favourite fonts you’d like to share?
Money Penny, Indigo Blue, Bellwethers, Laurel, Ashlyn, Hello Beautiful, Roselina Script, Foxglow.