Helen Friel would have to be one of my very favourite paper artists. I’m captivated by everything she creates. She calls herself a paper engineer and I think that description is spot on. Her work is so precise with lots of sharp lines and angles and pieces that fit together perfectly. Her work appeals to my fussy, orderly side. She creates these amazing paper replicas of things like lobsters and old gramophones and they look amazing. I wonder how long it takes to create them – from imagination through to fruition? Helen uses paper in a unique way and I think it is beautiful. Follow Helen on Instagram and while you’re at it, follow me too!
I’ve been having a really big problem with procrastination lately. I find if I start the day without a plan, or a to-do list, I’m just not productive and wasting a day seems so…wrong….especially when there are people out there who’d give anything for another day. So, I called upon the powers of Beyoncé to help me get my butt in gear. If you need to slay your day, I hope this printable helps you too.
I’ve been following Em Somerville on Instagram for quite a while now (you might know her as @lickmycupcakes and @emsomervilleillustration) and I’ve always admired her very unique sense of style. I found out recently that she is selling her art online and is taking commissions for new work which is yay-worthy. I don’t know that quirky is the best word to describe her art – it is, I guess, but it doesn’t feel like it’s deliberately quirky. The internet is full of art that is very same same and quirky for quirky’s sake but Em’s work stands out and that is a very good thing. Make sure you check out her shop and follow her on Instagram.
My only hope – Princess Leia
You said I’d never be able
In through the out door, out door
This new collection from kikki.K caught me by surprise – which is always an awesome thing for us planner/journal junkies right? This new personal, medium size planner is from the ‘Met You’ collection which is perfect for Valentine’s Day (it’s right around the corner – how crazy!). Now, the planner is a limited edition online exclusive so if you want one in your collection you better get hustling. Do I have any intention of buy another planner you ask? (Family look away)… Yes. Yes I do. How could I not? I don’t know about you but I think pretty little planners like these ones are works of art and there’s always room for new art, right? Right? Just take my money kikki-K!
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 keep a bullet journal (aka bujo)? How about using some icon stickers to keep your page looking nice and neat? I didn’t like how messy my hand drawn icons were looking so I made these! You can order them, and other bullet journal icons, in my Etsy store.
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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