My current workspace looks a little like this picture, well….kinda. I have an iMac and a bunch of magazines on my desk and I guess that’s were the similarities end. I can’t remember the last time I saw the surface of my desk. We moved into this house in 2010 so I guess it was right around then.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately on the positive links between creativity and messy work spaces. I’ve been very ‘blocked’ creatively lately so I’m hoping that making my desk messier than normal, by way of sticker prototypes and new printable designs, will help jumpstart my lagging creative process. What about you? How messy is your desk?
The team at Rifle Paper Co have been hard at work adding new products to their ever-growing range of paper goodies, which is awesome for us stationery lovers. I’ve been a big fan of the biz for a while so it was a treat to get hands-on with Rifle’s new Vintage Blossoms and Rosa journal combos recently.
The Vintage Blossoms set consists of two journals that are 150mm x 202mm and contain 48 blank pages. The cover is made from a thin cardboard and while it has some sturdiness to it, it would be easy to crease or damage if not careful. The cover features beautiful illustrations with that unmistakable Rifle style. It also has gold foil accents that really elevate the design to another level.
The Rosa set (below) is smaller in size with each book measuring 106mm x 139mm. They feature the same thin cardboard cover but it’s made stronger because of the smaller size. The Rosa set also features gold foil accents. This smaller set is the perfect size to carry around in your bag.
All of Rifle’s notebooks are printed on high quality paper FSC-certified paper stocks. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is an organisation created to ensure sustainable forestry and holds the highest level of environmental standards in the paper industry. The inside paper stock is a cream colour and is untextured. I didn’t do a pen test on these notebooks because I’m giving them away.
Thanks to my friends at Notemaker for giving me with these gorgeous journals to review. Notemaker stocks a whole bunch of Rifle Paper Co goodies so make sure you pop by and have a look.
Thanks to Notemaker I am giving away 4 Rifle Paper Co journals to one lucky reader. All you’ve got to do to be in the running is tell me one good thing that has happened to you this week. Use as many words as you like here in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The competition ends at 11:59pm Wednesday August 24th and is open to International readers.
Jen Stark is an amazing contemporary artist from Miami who creates mindblowing layered paper sculptures that explore and are inspired by patterns in nature. What I like best about Jen’s work is that even though each is an explosion of colour there is cohesiveness – each layer, each colour, in their place works to create configurations that are hypnotic. Instead of seeing chaos in the colours and patterns we see orderliness. That end is something only a skilled artist can create. Follow Jen on Instagram or check out some more of her work.
I’m a little kikki.K krazy at the moment but can you blame me? Have you seen the gorgeous new planners they released this week?! I was going to grab one of the Limited Edition Lilac organisers but I am glad that I held off. The new pink lavender planners are so pretty! I love the gold foil detail too – it looks beautiful. I have one winging its way to me so I’ll give you a look inside as soon as it arrives!
Oh and if pink isn’t your thing kikki.K have released sage green planners with silver foil accents too. They are equally as gorgeous and while I really, really want to add one to my collection (like reeeeaaaallllly) I had to pick one. What would you choose? Pink or green?
I’m feeling kinda whimsical today so I thought I’d share an Instagram account that suits my mood. Today I give you the Instagram account of a lovely young lady by the name of Violet who posts at I’m Vintage Rose. She is a planner addict (who isn’t?!) who creates amazing looking spreads/art. Her planner pics are…well…planner porn tbh and I never get sick of scrolling through her feed. Follow her on Instagram and pop over and read her blog too.
O.K. I know that 99.9% of the offices/workspaces that I feature on PPT are white I do admit I have a fascination with dark, moody spaces too. This office is my dream space for writing my (still unfinished but very close) novel. It’s inspiring and dark and enveloping. I could see myself being very happy there. Are you a fan of darker creative spaces or are you a fan of brighter rooms?
I’ve been following Jo from The Darling Tree on Instagram for years now and the one thing I love the most about her feed is her positivity. I, personally, find it hard to be positive a lot of the time but it is something that I am working hard on changing. It helps to be inspired by people, like Jo, who just exude a magical, creative spirit.
New moodboard templates have been added to my Etsy store today! If you need a little help creating image collages (and who doesn’t!) these templates will come in handy. I’ve got them in 600px wide and 800px wide. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you but I am really excited about the upcoming Gilmore Girls reunion shows. I love that show so much and am so excited to see what has happened in Stars Hollow.
I created the Read like Rory Gilmore board on Pinterest a few years ago so I could work my way through her extensive on-screen library. The original list of 339 titles was collated by Patrick Lenton – I just took his list and added some pretty pictures! I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourites from the list in honour of the reboot. The first books I’ve chosen to feature are ones that I consider to be classics. Do you have any favourites from the list?
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen | On the Road – Jack Kerouac | The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton | Howl – Allen Ginsberg | Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allen Poe | The Godfather – Mario Puzo