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After a rough few weeks resting and recuperating from a really nasty virus, and before that, a lot of time VERY busy with my day job, I’m finally back to my blog and have a huge amount of catching up to do. I can’t believe I missed almost the whole of April ill in bed! I’m full of ideas at the moment, so I really hope I’m going to find the time to share some of them with you. I’m still feeling pretty washed out from the virus, and at any moment work could start to snowball again, but I’ve also got lots of ideas for new products for the online store and for new surface pattern designs that I’m hoping to be able to license for various products, including stationery, giftware, homewares and textiles.
I’ve just started the first module of 3 in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring the incredibly popular and talented designer Rachael Taylor. I’m reallyexcited about diving right in and re-discovering my creativity and designing my way. So far I’ve been inspired to fill loads of pages in my sketchbook with new ideas and doodles and I’m looking forward to converting these into finished designs.
First things first, I tidied up the small corner of my room that is my workspace, and here it is:
I was a bit reluctant to share pictures of my workspace at first – a very cramped little corner in my bedroom, but I feel so positive about this course that I figured I should share everything – and it isn’t so bad once it’s tidied a bit. I’m also very lucky to have the space to work – although I’m often joined by Hettie, my darling moggie and number one fan, who doesn’t like it when the computer gets all of my attention. I don’t have a separate desk for crafting, but the pull-out keyboard shelf is really helpful, and quite big so I generally use that. I connect my Macbook up to a larger screen and wireless keyboard, so I only need 1 computer which I can take everywhere. Also a diecuttting machine on there which I use for craft projects.
I have loads of inspiration images- mainly from greetings cards, stationery and photos I take when I’m out and about, so I’m going to get some of those up on the wall. Right now my pinboard is full of old comedy fliers and gig tickets so I don’t lose them!
It’s generally time for a tea break when my number one fan loves to join me and sits right on my Wacom, or in front of the screen instead of on the left hand side where I usually try and leave a space for her!
I’ll be updating my blog with more details on the course as it progresses. It runs though April/May, June and September, so there will be lots to do and look forward to.
A while ago, I was very excited to order myself some new business cards, after being swept off my feet by the wonderful offerings from the world of MOO! Over at MOO, they have made the sometimes tedious job of designing and preparing your business cards so easy and fun, and they have such a great selection of options, I was very keen to give them a try.
I opted for their mini cards, because they offer a multitude of possibilities; a talking point, due to their unique size and shape, ideal for networking when you simply want to pass on your Twitter/Facebook details, plus I could also use them as small swing tags to attach to giveaways and promotional items. I was looking for something to make my items stand out from the rest when considering sending them out for goodie bags at the Hobbycraft show this year. The fact that you can choose to include an unlimited amount of your own designs on the front in glorious full colour, thanks to MOO’s Printfinity technology, rather than just the usual one also gives them another appealing feature. I could showcase many different designs, suitable for different clients, and only pay for one set of cards. Perfect.
The design and ordering process is easy, you can upload your own images online, or choose from a multitude of pre-designed template images to suit you particular needs. Once you’ve chosen or uploaded your design, input your details for the back of the cards and checked it all on-screen, you can submit your order to MOO and they do the rest, and they do it delightfully, and pretty speedily too. Your cards will be delivered in 6 -8 days (or less, if you’re in a rush) in a fun little box with dividers to file your favourites, ready for you to show off to your friends.
Here are my cards. I punched holes in she of them and added matching ribbons, so i could use them as swing tags. I’m definitely going to set up another set with autumnal and Christmas designs for later in the season. I’ll let you knw how that goes.
MOO mini business cards start from £10.19. Half the size of regular business cards, but twice the fun. Design your own or choose from their multitude of ready made designs, some of which are shown below. Maybe the ones below will inspire you to create your own.
Look out for it in newsagents NOW. Featuring a massive 1,022 printable elements on 2 craft CDs, tutorials, discounts and step-by-step guides, it also includes a range of Sarah Paris items on the CD, ideal for mothers’ day, including digi papers, clipart and digi stamps PLUS a feature with step-by-step guides from myself and the wonderful Lisa Sumpter on how to make a whole host of soft and feminine cards using the items on the CD.
I can’t wait to see it!
Happy St Valentine’s Day!
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