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If you’re like me, you might be a last minute Larry or Lara – even though I have lists written weeks in advance I don’t actually act on them until I REALLY need to. (Procrastination – we’ve spoken about this before right?) Like buying Christmas presents for example – I will keep looking until I’ve found the illusive ‘right’ gift. Does that really exist?! OR will buy something ‘ok’ simply because it’s too late. Anyway,...

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It’s that time of year again – time for celebration, excitement and all because… it’s my Birthday month, obvs! Ok, I always harp on about my feelings on Christmas, but incase you needed reminding… as a Boxing Day baby, it’s not my favourite time of year. HOWEVER, I think I’m getting soft in my ‘old’ age as it would appear that my heart has slightly thawed and I just might have enjoyed something Christmas related this...

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Exactly one year ago today I shared my Goody Goody Gift Swap experience – well it’s that time again! After a successful gift swap in 2014, I was excited to take part again because it’s just great fun. If you don’t know what I’m talking about… Goody Goody Gift Swap is an international swap which happens around Christmas time. You are paired up with a swap mate, given a bit of information about each other and then...

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I posted my Christmas Gift Ideas for Creatives last week, filled with lots of gifts for creatives to do, make and be inspired by. But what I’m learning (since being a lady of ‘leisure’ for two weeks) is that sometimes having a quiet moment to yourself is just as important as keeping busy. Time to think, ponder, explore thoughts and ideas… AND science backs up why some of our best ideas come in the shower. So if that’s not...

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With everyone focused on Christmas presents, I thought it was about time the stocking got some attention. I loved waking up and finding a stocking at the end of my bed when I was younger – a sign that Santa had been! Stocking fillers might be small, but that doesn’t make them any less important. And what better way to fill a stocking, then with some fun personalised things from Snapfish? So how did I...

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Hands up if you’ve not even thought about buying Christmas presents yet…? No, I haven’t started either! However with the 25th edging closer, I thought I’d post a few suggestions for what to buy the creative in your life this Christmas. Maybe it’s for a creative friend, loved one or yourself – they/you deserve it! 😉 Christmas Gift Ideas for Creatives Looking for something they can get creative with but don’t want to insult them by...

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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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Last week I was so thrilled to be invited to the Bloggers event at Paperchase. It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of everything creative/stationery, so I was really excited to get a sneak peek of the new collections. Walking into the room full of new products, I was happy to see some familiar faces (Uli of Found Some Paper) and some new ones (Tessa from All Things Stationery). The Paperchase design team were...

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As a Boxing Day baby I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas and I usually avoid any mention of it until there’s a D in the month. However when Oliver Bonas invited me to their Christmas in July press day I found it hard to say no! I know, I know, it’s WAY too early to be thinking about the C-word in July, but someones gotta do it I guess, or there wouldn’t be lovely things...

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So it’s the morning of Christmas eve and I don’t know about you, but I can finally relax and enjoy the holidays because all of my Christmas shopping is complete: the food, the presents. Presents. Who doesn’t love presents? They can be thoughtful or funny, but either way it’s just nice to give and receive a little something. Jo from work was telling me about a gift swap that she had taken part in last...

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So I braved Black Friday, bought the presents and wrapped them all in handmade paper… I think I’m doing pretty well considering it’s still only the first week of December! But still, operation get into the festive spirit continues and so when Emmi challenged me to be creative with some of their CAFFÈ LATTE cups I saw it as the perfect opportunity to take it up a notch. With Christmas songs playing in the background, there...

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With Christmas drawing closer, the pressure of buying that ‘perfect’ gift is on. As I mentioned, I’m not really into Christmas (although I’ve been feeling a lot more festive compared to previous years) but as a Graphic Designer one thing I do like looking at and thinking about is the detailing. The wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, cards – all the things that make boxes look pretty! So when Hobbycraft asked me if I wanted to...

After the hand-in on Wednesday I thought I deserved some retail therapy and hit the shops. The Student budget doesn’t really stretch very far, so it was more window shopping than buying but I was surprised to find some cool items in TKMaxx…. The christmas gift list for Graphic Designers (in pictures)! Keep Calm and Carry On ‘Fabulous Oatie Flips’? Perfect for dunking in a cup of coffee! A metal ampersand… Perfect for the Graphic...

I’m trying to get into the ‘Christmas spirit’ – It seems to get harder every year now 🙁 http://www.christmasbycolour.co.uk/buy.php These are great! Every Graphic Designer loves a bit of Pantone humour, right?  ‘A set of twelve Christmas cards based on colours submitted to our Christmas by Colour project. The cards are split into two packs with six in each pack. Printed 4-colour litho on Trucard, the cards measure 165mm x 117mm and are blank inside....

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