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Spring has sprung and so it’s time to clear out those brain cobwebs. How is it almost MAY!? Sorry, things have been a bit quiet around here recently, with working & vlogging & life. But spoiler alert; I’m working on some great content for National Stationery Week next week (24th to 30th April), so look forward to that. January came and went in a blur (RIP to my phone), and I actually forgot that GF turned 8...

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There’s been a lot of desk activity going on at GF HQ recently: I filmed a Desk tour video and was visited by the lovely Jo Crawford to take part in her Bloggers at their desks series. Living (with my boyf) in a dark small-ish bedroom in a rented London house means that space is quite limited; despite the squeeze, I feel pretty lucky to have just enough space for a desk and somewhere to film/flatlay/be...

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So here’s something quite scary – if my blog was a human, it would be attending school right now. 7 years and 751 posts. Wow! Every year I write a birthday post saying that I’m surprised that I’ve stuck at it for so long – what a cliche I know, but still it’s true. Sometimes I go through rough patches where I’m uninspired, but I really I can’t imagine my life without blogging. I guess it’s quite...

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Prior to the UK Blog Awards 2015 back in April(where I won Highly Commended Arts & Culture Blog – wooo!), I was contacted by the guys at Stress Free Print about getting some business cards printed. As sponsors of the awards, they handled everything printed from the programmes to certificates and the blogger business cards. Looking at their website I discovered that they had 2 options for business cards – flat or folded. Usually the folded...

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Back in March I went to an event at Amazon HQ. Surrounded by a room full of bloggers, I was keen to meet new people and learn about how they blog. With blogging still being such new and unknown territory, there’s no rule book or ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of blogging. A lot of the time when it comes to my blog I’m winging it – testing new things out, analysing the response and planning...

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As part of ‘studio bonding’ at work, every other Thursday the team gets together for an informal catch up; a few drinks and a presentation or discussion. With everyone’s minds so focused on work the majority of the time, it’s nice to spend an hour just hanging out and is really important to build a great studio culture. The other week it was my turn to present – it could be a project we’ve been working on, some inspiration...

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I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since the first UK Blog Awards – it feels like only yesterday! Back in November I asked you guys to #BeBold and vote for me in the Arts & Culture category. Thanks to you guys I made the top 10 and Graphique Fantastique’s fate was put into the hands of the Judges, Sarah Madden and Bee Barker. With the awards night fast approaching I’ll admit that...

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I’m not naive to think that I am the only Graphic Designer blogging about ‘the industry’, but the whole reason behind writing my BA (Hon)est posts was that I hadn’t found anyone else posting the honest truth about what it’s like. I’m under no illusion that my posts are going to change the world/way things are run in the design industry, but I do hope (and through the feedback I’ve received it seems to be...

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a blogger event hosted by Citizen M which sounded right up my street; #CelebratingCreativity. If you aren’t familiar with Citizen M, they’re a chain of hotels with a cool approach to travelling – just read their google description: ‘citizenM hotels offer affordable luxury in some of the most exciting cities in the world. Free wifi, movies and XL beds come as standard.’ ‘Citizen M says: good...

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At the beginning of January I received an exciting email. Nuffnang is the world’s leading blog advertising community. They are dedicated to building strong relationships between the bloggers in their community and brands seeking relevant publishers with strong followings to engage with. What does Nuffnang mean? “Real cool” in Jaifakan (a mix of Jamaican and African). I first learnt about them in November 2014 when one of my Cosmo Awards Babes, Katie, mentioned she was going to a...

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Hello everyone! This might make no sense to some people, but to some it might look like I haven’t posted for AGES. There have been a few changes around here and so I just wanted to make sure that everyone is aware. In October 2014 I made the decision for Graphique Fantastique to become self hosted. What does this mean? Well basically I’m paying for it to be independent from WordPress. It also means that...

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6 years ago today I wrote my first blog post. Granted, it’s an awful post – a cheesy introduction about me and why I was starting a blog. It never crossed my mind that anything would come from it… and here we are 625 posts later! I’ve never been able to stick at something for as long as I have stuck at blogging. Blogging has ‘been there’ through some of the most important times of my life –...

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Quotes. Phrases – words – letters. With social media at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to have a voice. So how have we become a generation focused on sharing the words of others instead of expressing our own? Always be yourself unless… by We are Yawn via Society 6. What is it about quotes that makes us love them so much? There’s a quote for everyone – funny, sarcastic, cute, happy, sad and everything in between....

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What. A. Year! Looking back now, if someone had given me a list of everything that has happened this year back in December 2013, I think I would have laughed in their face. This time last year I was in denial, trying to put on a brave face and hold it all together: I had no job, no inspiration, no plans. I read my 2013 reflection now and I cringe. It took me 12 days...

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I’m sure you will all agree when I say the festive season is a bit manic – lots of things to organise, buy and wrap as wells as visiting friends and family to spread love and joy before the new year is here. With everything happening at once, I was in my own little world and was quite confused when I arrived at work last Monday to an ambiguous text and two tweets: (Thank you...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020