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It’s amazing how far word of mouth can travel – to the other side of the world in fact! Last year my friend (Hi Christie) brought me a present back from her travels to Australia; a white letter N. I noticed it was from a brand called Typo, and after a bit of a google I found out that it was a cool brand selling design lead gifts and stationery. I followed them on social media...

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A couple of years back at University, I created an info graphic of information that I gathered about my blog and titled it ‘Confessions of a Blog-a-holic‘. Some long time readers might remember, but basically I gained a lot of hits from being Freshly Pressed on WordPress – 12,000 hits in like 24 hours on one post. Despite missing out on a 1st for the project in terms of University grades, the ‘real world’ feedback...

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I’ve never been one of those people that believe in star signs. Just because I’m born in December, it doesn’t mean that I’m automatically – googles Capricorn traits – responsible, tolerant, ambitious and practical. Although it turns out that I am all of those anyway – hair flick – , what I mean is that I don’t buy into the generalisation of people via ambiguity. We’ve all read horoscopes which are so general it could be talking about anyone...

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Despite the gender split being quite even on creative courses at University level, the design industry is heavily dominated by males. If I asked you to draw me a sketch of a Graphic Designer, what would you draw? I’m 99.9% sure it would be a middle aged male with glasses. Am I right? I have a lot to say on the gender disparities within the design industry (I wrote my dissertation about Women in Design, y’know?),...

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Last year I was really excited to attend a blogger workshop at Paperchase – you might remember my food themed Christmas tree? Yum! Anyway, I was lucky enough to be invited to another blogger evening for a preview of the new organisation ranges, some creativity (of course) and catching up with some of my fave bloggers including Tessa from All Things Stationery and Lauren from Britton Loves. From practical (folders, lamps and pens) to pretty...

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When the Dreamday Pattern Journals from Laurence King arrived at my doorstep, I was a little bit excited. Not just because they are notebooks, and I admitted a long time ago that I have way too many (I just can’t put pen to paper!) but because these are different to your average idea storage. You might remember that 2015 saw the introduction of adult colouring books and they hit in a big way (and if you don’t...

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As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more nostalgic; NOW I understand why the elders love pulling out a ‘back in my day…’ story. Recently I’ve been reminiscing about my University days – the silly things I used to make for projects and pulling all-nighters to meet deadlines. OH THE MEMORIES! At the time it felt like it would be the end of the world if I didn’t have 100+ sheets of design development,...

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Last week I gave you 21 24 amazing Creative Instagrammers that would guarantee endless scrolling & fill your Instafeed with inspiration. This week I’m looking a bit deeper into Instagram: hashtags. #. Hashtag. What is a hashtag? It’s a descriptive word which can be used to group and collect other similar pieces of information. You’ve probably come across Hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and TV – most events/programmes have one. Hashtags are a great way for searching/ directing...

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I love living in a digital age – I can’t imagine what the world would be like without the internet or Photoshop!? But sometimes it’s nice to step away from our keyboards, go back to basics and keep things simple; collage. It’s so therapeutic to spend an afternoon getting creative with some scissors, a magazine and your imagination. Ok, so I don’t think collaging is really considered to be ‘cool’, but that doesn’t stop me! It’s...

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Following on from my creative Blogger and Youtuber recommendations… Hands up if you love Instagram? Me too guys, me too. I spend way too many hours scrolling through inspirational imagery – I don’t know why but there’s something quite addictive about Instagram. Some people post fluffy bunnies, some post cars. Some feeds have a look and feel – a theme, and others are… a selfie-loving, filter-overloaded mess. I’ll admit, it is a bit sad that Instagram isn’t so...

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It’s been a while in the making, but it’s finally here! So I’m not a full time Graphic Designer at the moment, but in March 2015 I decided that I wanted to make a video about working in a design studio. Why did I make this video? Well mainly because when you’re a graduate you don’t know what to expect, so I thought I’d show you what it could be like. (Although, admittedly I definitely...

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Although I’ve been blogging for 7 years now, I don’t think I realised that creative bloggers existed until 2014 – I was just doing my own thing on the internet. Since 2013-ish I struggled to describe my blog, usually settling for ‘design blog’ which was correct I guess, and still is, but nobody really ‘got’ what that meant. Like most non-bloggers, my introduction to blogging (pre-2009 when I started my blog) was via fashion – the first...

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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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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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