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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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As a Boxing Day baby I’ve always found it quite hard to enjoy Christmas. I know, 98% of you will be thinking ‘WHAT!? Everyone loves Christmas!’, but when tinsel and turkey has always overshadowed my special day can you blame me? I’ve basically been the Grinch for 25 years now – BAH HUMBUG. Anyway, now that I’m older I hold less of a grudge against Jesus’ birthday. This year I’ve found myself feeling uncharacteristically festive and...

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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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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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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...

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Be bold? I’d have to be pretty bold to enter and ask you to vote for me in the 2015 UK Blog Awards after winning in 2014, right? I love being bold…or italic, but never regular (beautiful letterpress print by Cabaret Typographie)… Yes, my Young Persons Blog Award is still pride of place in my room and I still can’t really believe that I won. As I mentioned in my ‘In it to win it’ post,...

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So talk about last minute, but I’ve been meaning to write a post about why bloggers should enter blog awards. TODAY nomination for the UK Blog Awards 2015 closes at midnight, and you should enter! Things that might be in your head right now: My blog doesn’t deserve an award. Awards are only for ‘big bloggers’. I don’t want to blow my own trumpet. Blogging is just a hobby. I’m not interested in awards. What is...

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With the shortlist being announced at midnight Sunday 2nd Feb, I tried my best to stay awake but apparently fell asleep – oops! However, I just woke up to the best news – Graphique Fantastique is shortlisted in TWO categories! I really can’t believe it – I’m so excited and grateful to everyone who voted for my blog! I am up against some really good blogs so it’s going to be tough, but after all...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020