Whether the special someone you want to celebrate this Valentine's day is a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, parent, child, friend or pet - there is a stylish card out their for them all! Every year, the big retailers fill their shelves with soppy slogans and tacky motifs. Shop a little more independently and you can find some much more contemporary feeling solutions to your Valentine's day needs.
For their first Papergang box of 2018, Ohh Deer have teamed up with one of my favourite ever illustrators. Queen of the tropical trend Jacqueline Colley was invited to collaborate on the stationery subscriptions 23rd box. And as expected, Jacqueline created a beautiful collection featuring plenty of plants as well as the odd dinosaur!
After a very busy end to 2017, I have taken a bit of blogging/ social media break over the last few week. Today though, I am back with a classic Papergang unboxing! This is actually December's box as I forgot to change my delivery address whilst I was back home in Glasgow for Christmas. This silly mistake meant I got a shiny new box of stationery as soon as I got back to Dundee - the best way ever to be welcomed home!
As it is the final day of 2017, I thought today I would take a little time to look back on some of my highlights from the past year. Whilst in a more global scale 2017 has been (let’s be honest) a bit of a shit show, for me personally it has been my best yet. From the little things like design trends I have been obsessed with and beautiful books I have read to slightly bigger things like my travels in Europe and starting at art school - the year has been filled with highlights!
I'll be honest, I did have slightly bigger plans for the final day #12DaysOfBlogmas but - like everyone does at Christmas - I ran out of time. So, instead I am going to keep things simple. This last one short and sweet and simply with you a very Merry Christmas!
The illustration above, by the way, is a Christmas card I designed last year. As I have been so busy with university and blogging and generally being festive I didn't make the time to design new ones this year. Rebalancing the time I spend creating and blogging just for myself is something I definitely want to do more of in 2018 but that is for another post. I hope, however you spend it, you have a wonderful, magical, creative Christmas and I will be back after for more slightly-less festive but still very merry blogging.
For the penultimate day of #12DaysOfBlogmas, I have a little illustrated present from myself and Ashley Le Quere! We have teamed up to design a free desktop wallpaper which you can download for free below.
Stationery connoisseurs and kings of all things quirky Ohh Deer are one of my favourite brands no matter what time of year it is. When Christmas comes around however, they really come into their own! Ohh Deer's site is filled with gorgeous illustrated gifts to suit any style but today I want to focus on the extra (but just as important) Christmassy bits they sell. Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and ornaments aren't necessarily essentials but they are my favourite things to buy.
Like lots of the artful things I am featuring in this year's #12DaysOfBlogmas, I love Sandra Dieckmann's work all year round. In fact, I think I would go as far as to say she is my favourite illustrator. I have included Sandra's amazing work in many blog posts but (for reasons that are beyond me) I have never designated an entire post to it. As her portfolio is filled with magical woodland scenes, Christmas seems the perfect time for feature on her work and so today I thought I would round-up a few of my favourites pieces.
Last year, I also did #12DaysOfBlogmas too and on the 8th day I posted a round-up of 8 Illustrated Reindeer from some of my favourite illustrators. As I am now studying illustration myself and trying to get better at sharing more of my own creations, I thought for this year's 8th day I would share 8 reindeer I had illustrated myself!
As you might have guessed from the fact that I run a blog all about it, I am a big fan of illustration. And as you might have guessed from the fact that I am doing 12 days worth of blogging about it, I am pretty keen on Christmas too. So when Christmas and illustration come together it is pretty much my favourite thing ever. One artist who combines the two beautifully illustrator is Sophie Gilmore.
It is easy to get distracted by the big brands' huge, glitzy campaigns at Christmas, making it all the more important shout about your favourite smaller businesses! Like most people, I could definitely do better at supporting smaller brands when Christmas shopping. As an artist myself, I know how important it is to support individual creatives and am going to make a real effort to do just that this Christmas.
It's day 5 of #12DaysOfBlogmas and time for an old class - a Papergang unboxing! Anyone who has been keeping up with the series may have noticed that I missed the last Papergang unboxing. This was because I was so crazy busy with art school and writing for Inkygoodness but rest assured it was as good as ever. Moving on, it's time to unbox the subscription services 21st edition!
For Day 4 of #12DaysOfBlogmas, I want to share one of my favourite Wintery illustrators - Liekeland! It might sound odd to describe someone as a "Wintery" illustrator but I think it fits with the Liekeland aesthetic. Characters - who come in all shapes, sizes and breeds - are all dressed in thick wooly jumpers, hats and scarves (even the animals), giving Liekeland's world a warm and cosy feel.
For today's edition of #12DaysOfBlogmas, we are taking a break from the shopping spree the first 2 posts were and thinking about one of my other favourite parts of Christmas - decorating your home. I was looking at Ikea's festive lifestyle images recently (trying to plan the ridiculous amount of Christmas content I have decided to do) and they are all crazy inspiring so I thought I would share some of my favourites. Even if you don't borrow any idea from them, these images are stylish and festive enough to get even the grinchiest of human in the mood for Christmas!
Today I am kicking off another year of 12 Days of Blogmas! I was super busy with university deadlines and blogging for Inkygoodness in November so Headless Greg got a little neglected. To make up for it, I will be sharing a new festive blog post every day for the first 12 days in December.
Is it just me or has October been the fastest month in history? In my last monthly favourites, I promised there would be lots more blogging from me in October. Then about a day later it was Halloween and I had uploaded even less than in September. Oh well, I will try and do better in November! First though, let's squeeze one more post into this month in the form of my October favourites...
In the blink of an eye, almost all of October has flown by without a single blog post from me. To be fair though, I have been pretty busy! I will be blogging about all the things that have kept me too busy blog very soon but today I want to talk about Ohh Deer's new cushion competition.
Happy October everyone! To kick off a month which I want to be filled with lots more blogging than September I have a brand new Papergang unboxing to share. I do a Papergang unboxing every month but often forget to explain what it actually is so to recap - the Papergang is a stationery subscription service from Ohh Deer and I love it a lot!