What a hectic first half of the year it has been!
I'm not sure what possessed me to work and study full time, but I'm glad I survived and now have a Diploma in Styling (yay!). Going back to school was an interesting experience and helped refresh my design skills. It also made me better at time management since I had an assignment due almost every week. Through all the stress and sleepless nights I'm really glad to have gone through with it as I now have a new set of practices and processes to get to my design solutions. Having said that, I won't be rushing to enrol into other courses any time soon!
One of the components I really enjoyed doing was mood boarding. It's a fun way to get ideas across visually and in a captivating way.
Next time you get stuck for ideas or want a bit of inspiration, I suggest creating a mood board. Just start cutting up pictures from magazines or log onto Pinterest to collect some images. The results could surprise you!
Happy new year to you all! I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season!
My year started with leaving the city for a few days to visit the coast and rainforests of Victoria. It was nice to get in touch with nature and be surrounded by untouched natural beauty. Back in the city I took a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens to find some floral inspiration and was not disappointed!
2016 Christmas Cards
Thank you to all who purchased Christmas cards and helped our fundraising for Forever Friends Animal Rescue. We contributed $150.00 from the part proceeds which gave some furry friends a happy Christmas! The awesome volunteers from the organisation extend their utmost gratitude and thanks to you. If you are looking for a forever fluffy friend please remember to check out the animals that are currently with FFAR and you could save a life.
Wedding Stationery Suite Packages
There are currently two packages available for wedding invitations - Simple and Fancy. I've made these packages to suit different requirements.
The simple package contains the main invitation and RSVP without all the additional cards. These can be customised i.e. have magnets on the back or placed in pocket folds.
For those who like to have textured paper and additional cards in the suite, the fancy package is tailored for that.
All invitation sets will be outsourced and printed by professionals so you can be assured that they will look fantastic!
Other Invitations or Stationery
Apart from wedding stationery I can also design stationery for other events. Lately I've had requests for baby announcement cards and baby shower invitations. So if you've got an occasion that requires stationery please don't hesitate to ask me!
A big part of what I do here is to create designs that are a bit quirky. The concept of Design really has no limits and imagination can take you everywhere. I love showing clients ideas that would never have crossed their minds.
So for a bit of fun and also a challenge I will be starting a series of invitation designs that I base from a picture. Whether it is the colours, patterns or subject matter, I will challenge myself to create designs that are inspired from photos. I will post these on Instagram as well as here on the blog.
I hope this will also provide inspiration for you.
Christmas. Or the silly season as they call it. That season where it's socially acceptable to over indulge in everything bad and buy self-deserved presents for yourself whilst 'All I Want for Christmas is You" wails out of the speakers at the shop on constant replay. It's that time of the year where a casual stroll down Bourke St Mall has the same momentum as going through a mosh pit at one of those punk rock gigs I frequented back in my teens. The only difference is that there are plenty of prams ready to bulldoze you down in the mall.
But besides all that, it is also the season that reminds me to be thankful of the amazing people around me. When I look past the theatrics surrounding Christmas, I am truly grateful for the support of my friends, family, customers and clients. Without them I don't think I could've pushed through and persevered with my goals.
Christmas is also a time where I start to set goals for myself for the new year. I'm a firm believer of aiming super high because it gives you something to work towards. And even if you don't reach your goal by the deadline, if you have put in alot of effort then you're already on your way to reaching it. There is a quote that I keep on my phone to remind me of the struggle - "It's going to be hard but hard is not impossible."
Work hard and the rewards that come will be so much more fulfilling than things that come easily. Having said that, don't forget to have fun as well! The last thing you want is to burn out and give up on your dreams altogether.
This year has been especially challenging for me and I'm still adjusting to working full time at my day job and FT on The Hello Bureau. I'm getting better with my time management but I still need to work on my sleep deprivation (on the plus side, I have a valid excuse for multiple coffees throughout the day!) As difficult as it may be some days, I wouldn't trade this for the world or have it any other way.
So I would just like to extend a big thank-you to all of you and I wish you a fantastic festive season with much love and happiness! Beware of the prams and take care! There are some new things happening at THB in 2017 and I can't wait to share that with you! 😃
A few weeks ago I attended a short workshop on brush pen lettering. I have never been the best at lettering or calligraphy but I really enjoy watching others draw text creatively. I am intrigued by the art of hand drawing and thought it would be good to attend a class to better understand and grasp the concept.
Up until then I had only vaguely heard about brush pens. I've seen them in the art shops but didn't really know what to use them for and how to use them. To my surprise they are actually a simple tool to use. The only difficult part is trying to control the pressure applied so you can get the contrast between thick and thin strokes.
What I learnt from that class was that lettering is different to typography. Where typography is the "art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed" (Wikipedia); Lettering is based more on the shape and form of the individual letters themselves. Each stroke is carefully drawn and in a logical order to make the completed word flow as one.
Brush pens vary in price from art stores however I picked up a cheap brush pen from Daiso for $2.80 that works amazingly. I highly recommend doing a class or workshop if you are interested in trying out brush pen lettering. I did mine with Emma from The Black Chalk Co through Laneway Learning in Melbourne. There are also heaps of video tutorials on the web to help you practice your lettering.
Some pictures of my lettering practice with using a brush pen. I still haven't got the hold of the strokes yet but will hopefully get there!
This week I've decided to post something a bit different.
Mister Watson is nearly two years old (in human age). This is a collection of photos I have of him from baby to adult. It's amazing how fast rabbits grow!
Nobody likes to receive boring letters. Everytime I see a white DL envelope I straight away think about bills, notices and other annoying mail. Once in a while I will receive a brightly coloured or patterned envelope (usually a wedding invitation) which I will eagerly open. It made me question why we don't make our envelopes more interesting when sending mail. I love receiving snail mail and the sight of a pretty envelope in my letterbox makes my day. So I decided to do some research on simple ideas to make envelopes more appealing.
The humble envelope dates back to the time of the Babylonians of 2000B.C. Back then, clay was used as a wrapper to protect important and confidential documents. The document was wrapped up with clay and then baked until solid. The only way to access the items inside was to completely break the clay wrapper. How's that for keeping things private!
Nowadays we have the privilege to fancy up our envelopes as much as we want. The sky is the limit. When I was in Perth and participating in the art markets, I would make and sell envelopes created from vintage children's story books, atlases and music pages. They were an instant hit and I had a lot of customers telling me they would send snail mail to friends just so they can use the upcycled envelopes. It reminds me that it's always the little things that count.
I have been experimenting with different ways to jazz up the plain envelope. Whether you would like to use it for invitations or to send a letter, an interesting envelope sets the excitement for the contents inside.
There are plenty more ideas on Pinterest and lots of DIY tutorials too. I highly recommend having a look around if you're interested in this! Mail Art is also a good thing to search, there are some incredible designs out there!
I was gifted the Secret Garden colouring book for my birthday last year. The book is adorned with beautiful detailed art work for one to colour in. It is said that colouring in these pictures is a mindful way to combat stress and relax. I've been wanting to start colouring and I finally found some time over the weekend to start a page.
When I first started it was quite fun and reminded me of my childhood which was nice. After two hours (which felt like forever), I realised I had only completed a small part of the whole picture. I didn't think that it would take so long to colour in shapes.
Maybe it's just my lack of patience but the experience went from being fun to really annoying. It wasn't therapeutic at all for me. I just wanted to get the whole picture coloured in however each section took a while to complete. I gave up after finishing the well and a few plants around it. I'll gradually complete sections of this on days when I have absolutely nothing else to do.
I recommend trying out these colouring books if you are interested as it is pretty entertaining. But make sure you have a whole day free as it takes forever!
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