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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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Last week I posted 21 creative bloggers you need to follow which proved to be very popular, so this week I thought I’d share some of my favourite creative Youtubers. For ages I was clueless about Youtube. At Uni I remember my friend Emma being really into Youtube, but I just didn’t get it – I thought it was just cat videos, people doing silly stunts and beauty bloggers. I can’t remember what changed my mind, but last year...

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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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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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Waving goodbye to Summer and welcoming Autumn, there’s lots of  ‘back to school’/’back to Uni’ talk. Now, I know I’m a bit past all of that now I’ve graduated BUT any excuse to look at nice stationery things, right? So here’s a few things I would be popping in my basket… 1. Paperchase Polka dot notebook | 2. HAY storage boxes | 3. Present & Correct mini clipboard | 4. HAY Striped Feather Pen | 5. HAY...

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Last Thursday the Islington Oliver Bonas store opened its doors a bit later for a behind the scenes talk as part of London Design Festival 2015. Jo & I were welcomed by the lovely OB team with a glass of bubbly and a bit of time for browsing before the talk. Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind – The OB motto The first Oliver Bonas store was opened in Fulham in 1993 – Olly travelled...

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Last week one of the most exciting events happened. The guys at London Graphic Centre invited a bunch of creative bloggers for an evening at the Covent Garden store. The reason this was so exciting was 1. a shop full of stationery etc and 2. all of my favourite bloggers in one room. When LGC said they wanted to do a bloggers event I made sure to tag all of the creative bloggers I knew...

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There’s nothing quite like flicking through a fashion magazine on a Sunday morning; Instagrammable fashion, Pinterest worthy scenery and the feeling of paper between your fingers. But there’s more to those glossy fashion magazine pages than meets the eye: Photo shoots costing thousands of pounds, hours in planning and production, and then there’s the retouching afterwards too! What do you do with magazines after you’ve read them? Do they just collect dust in your room?...

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The Little Book of Typographic Ornament is exactly what it says: a small book crammed with decorations for use with typography. Whether that be a pattern, flourish, illustration or border, this book has it all. Arranged into sections, the little book displays over 200 pages of ornaments, and a splash of colour adds some hierarchy to draw the eye. It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I love these decorative banners reading ‘bought of’ – it makes...

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Any regular readers will know about my love for print – there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly squeegee-ed ink on paper. Nowadays I spend most of my time sat at a white desk with a white keyboard staring at a computer screen – sometimes I might go crazy with a highlighter, but in general I live a very digital life as a Graphic Designer. Last month you might remember that I shared my printing...

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On Sunday I set myself a little challenge; what happens when you put a blogger with a sketchbook on the London Eye Experience? Recently I’m missing being creative. I keep making the excuse that I don’t have time, but it’s one of those things that I know I need to make time for. So what better way to focus my attention than to put myself in a little bubble with the beautiful views of London? With Jack for...

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read ‘curiosity’? Curiosity killed the cat – Why does curiosity get such a bad name for itself? To me it’s a child-like quality; a thirst for learning, exploring and discovering. It’s pure, powerful and full of potential/possibilities. I have always been curious – looking to learn, showing an interest in just about anything and everything. Maybe it’s because I’m an eldest child – we’re supposed to...

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Last year I posted about Print Club London’s Summer Screen Prints 2014 exhibition at Somerset House, and one year on I was looking forward to being back for 2015’s poster collection! Accompanied to the opening night by Lucy and Natalie (Team LuNa Creatives), I wasn’t surprised to find the exhibition space buzzing with admirers: From the psychedelic (An American Werewolf in London by Steve Wilson)… … to the typographic (Do The Right Thing by Rose...

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After seeing tweets from KK Outlet, at the weekend I took Jack, Sophie & Ben with me to check out the Commute Nice London exhibition. KK is a small gallery, but there’s plenty of space for 20 odd posters by a brilliant range of designers. My daily commute involves a walk, a bus and a tube ride, and after living in London for over a year now I’ve seen/experienced a few tense transport moments. I’ve actually been...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020