Free Printable 2015 Calendar for A5 Planner

I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over, and December just zooms by, so I thought I would get myself organised and make a 2015 calendar for my discbound planner. And as an early Christmas present to all my lovely readers, here is the link to download a copy of your own to print out and put in your favourite A5 organizer.

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Printable Calendar 2015 – A Little Bit of Prettiness

The pages are set to be printed as an A4 page and cut down the middle on the (very) faint line, just make sure the printer page size is set to 100% so they are centered on the page correctly.

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Free Printable 2015 CalendarI have added some of my favourite bible verses on each month, it was hard to only pick 12 but I managed to narrow it down! There is also a daily schedule with a to-do list to keep you organised, along with little check boxes for all the to-do list junkies so you can tick them off once done – we all know how good that feels! 😉

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Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Enjoy the Christmas festivities, stay safe and be ready for the new year! xoxo

** If you enjoy using this planner, I have now made an expanded version (available for a bargain price!) including a beautiful cover, editable tabs, weekly planner and more! Check it out HERE

Dr Who Fabric Design with Spoonflower

Have you ever had a project and just couldn’t find the right fabric? Well, Spoonflower is your answer! You can create that one-off fabric you need… as unique and quirky as it may be 🙂

Spoonflower makes it possible for you to create your own custom fabric, wallpaper, decals and even gift wrap. I love that they have no minimum order, you can get as little (or as much) printed as you want. Over the last couple of years I’ve placed quite a few orders with them trying out the different fabrics, there is such a wide range to choose from including cotton, canvas, jersey and poplin just to name a few. They also have a little swatch book available with their range, which comes in handy when selecting the fabrics.

They have loads of tutorials on their blog if you want to give it a go. I use Illustrator to design with and then upload the files as a tiff, but you don’t have to use Illustrator or Photoshop – you can just as easily create a cute design from a drawing like they demonstrate in this tutorial.

The designs below I recently got printed on the Kona Cotton, which is 100% cotton and a good quilting weight fabric. I’ve made these designs into headscarves for all the Dr Who lovers! This fabric is also available from my Spoonflower shop for anyone wanting to make a funky pair of Tardis PJ’s or some other fan memorabilia 😉

Tardis Fabric

Tardis Fabric

Pink and Black Cross Fabric

Pink and Black Cross Fabric

Arc Disc Binder – Customisable Planner

I’m always on the search for the perfect planner, I’ve tried the phone apps and keeping a diary electronically but it’s just not the same as actually being able to write it down and tick of your to-do list on paper!

After researching planners on the internet I came across the disc binding system, which seems to be really big over in America, but here in Australia there isn’t really much around especially where I live! The Disc Binder system is the perfect way to keep organised and is so customisable you can have your planner looking exactly the way you want!

Firstly I came across ATOMA (which is great I might add), it was the only disc binder system I could find available in Western Australia at the time, but not exactly what I was looking for.. THEN, Staples started shipping to WA! I was sooo excited and quickly ordered the Arc Leather Notebook A5, in PINK of course 😉  and a punch to go along with it. The Arc is now my daily go to planner. I still use the ATOMA binder to keep notes in for my work at the Church and it keeps all my info organised, the ARC punch will also work for the ATOMA – bonus!! Below are a few comparison photos of the ARC planner and ATOMA.

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma

Disc Binder - Arc Planner

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma

The ATOMA punch is really expensive at $220, that is mainly the reason I didn’t continue down the ATOMA path when the Arc punch is available for a fraction of the price at about $45. Below is a photo of the Arc punch available from Staples, it works great and I can punch quite a few pages at a time. The punch is a great investment, it allows you to punch your own calendar pages etc and insert them into the binder. I love being able to customise my planner exactly the way I want so this is very handy being able to design and print out the pages / calendar exactly the way I would like them,  then punch them with the disc binding holes. Being able to add and remove pages this easily is also great for keeping everything nice and clean. As soon as a page is outdated or not needed anymore it can just be taken out and replaced with nice fresh sheets.

Disc Binder Arc Punch

The front pockets of the ARC planner are perfect for storing a few business cards or tucking in a few receipts. Below are a few photos of how I have mine set up, with sticky page flags at the front, my to-do list for the day right on the first page and each section divided using the plastic dividers, into Calendar, Blog, Ideas, Shopping and Important. This might change at a later date but it seems to be working for me so far. There is also a handy pen holder at the side which is very useful. The ATOMA binder didn’t have one of these so I improvised by using one of the Zip pockets at the front to keep a couple of pens close by.

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma (5 of 10)

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma (6 of 10)

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma (7 of 10)

At the back of the book I keep a couple of the clear plastic sleeves, useful for putting any handout sheets or things I don’t necessarily want to punch holes into.

Disc Binder - Arc Planner and Atoma (8 of 10)

Here is also a short youtube video by Staples Arc Notebook System which gives a great overview of how it works 🙂

Handmade Cards on the Sewing Machine

Making cards using the KNK Zing cutter and sewing machine. Here is a collection of photos from my recent cardmaking outburst! Floral papers are so pretty <3 Handmade Sewn Cards (6 of 6)

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Handmade Card

Pattern Design with Artlandia Symmetry

I have been playing around with some new software called Artlandia SymmetryWorks and I must say, it is VERY addictive! Artlandia SymmetryWorks is a plugin for making repeat patterns in Adobe illustrator. It is 1000 times better than the pattern tool in illustrator and makes it easy to create repeats, rotating shapes and editing them quickly. Artlandia also has a version available for photoshop called SymmetryShop, which I also tried the demo, but I prefer using the illustrator version, especially with the additional LivePresets plugin.

Ikat patterns are so beautiful so I have been trying a few different designs out and the Artlandia website has some great tutorials!! Below is an example of an Ikat pattern made with Illustrator and SymmetryWorks.

Ikat Pattern GreenYou can find the tutorial for the Ikat Pattern here.

Ikat Pattern Pink

Looks like I will be having a lot more fun with this plug-in and using it in some new textile designs. If anyone has any designs they would like to see for possible future fabric prints feel free to let me know. The sun is shining and I have been sitting at my computer way too long so I’m off for a little walk to stretch my legs 🙂 Bye for now xoxo

 

Spring Earring Collection

Spring is here!!! My favourite season 🙂 Here are some photos of the new designs, taken in the backyard on this beautiful sunny day  ♥

Fabric Button Earrings

I thought lady beetles were very fitting for spring, so I have also done matching headscarves in this design 😉

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Boston Terriers, also with matching headscarf! available in Red and White too.

Chevron Fabric Button Earring

Pretty Black & White Chevron. This design is actually a previous design, but I had a request for some black and white… so here it is! Goes very well with hot pink <3

Fabric Button Earrings

Australian Fabric Button Earrings

Polka Dot Fabric Button Earrings

Beautiful Packaging Design

After reading Rachel Wiles Book Handmade Packaging Workshop I was so inspired by the many beautiful packaging designs I thought I would highlight a few of my favourites.

Elea Lutz is definately up there on the top of the list, I love the packaging she created for her soap company Nostalgia Organics. Nostalgia is inspired by her childhood and time spent in her grandmother’s homespun world. So pretty ♥

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Another of my favourite is the Molly Dooker wine labels designed by Mash. All the type was hand-drawn and the inspiration came from antique books and old advertising illustration.  Check out there website too if you get the chance – it is amazing!!!

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And last but not least Aesthetic Apparatus, the designers of the label for Andrews and Dunham Damn Fine Tea. A limited quantity of each series of tea and labels is produced with each label screen printed by hand in the studio. So much character and vibrant colours in these labels.

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Handmade Packaging Workshop by Rachel Wiles

My morning reading, beautiful way to start the day with a good book and a cup of tea 🙂

Handmade Packaging WorkshopI bought Handmade Packaging Workshop by Rachel Wiles a few days ago and have been pouring over the pages looking at all the amazing designs.  This is an excellent book for inspiration and ideas showcasing many different studios and designers, also giving a short write up about the packaging and how it was created.

Handmade Packaging Workshop

Handmade Packaging WorkshopI love the rustic feel to the packaging designs featured, many with hand drawn type and screen printing.

Handmade Packaging Workshop Handmade Packaging WorkshopIf you’re looking for a ‘how to’ kind of book then this probably isn’t the book for you, as it is not so much a workshop as the title suggests but mostly a showcase of great packaging design. Just thought I would mention that as the title says ‘tutorials & professional advice for creating handcrafted boxes, labels, bags & more and it may be a little misleading. There are a few pages with information on creating dielines, screenprinting etc but not a lot, so I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for some inspiration but don’t be disappointed buying this book for the tutorial side of it.

Handmade Packaging WorkshopAll in all a great book! Will definitely be pulling this off the bookshelf quite often! 🙂

Colourful Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

Wouldn’t it be lovely to be walking the streets to come across one of Mademoiselle Maurice’s colourful creations!

Her imaginative works are made up of thousands of hand folded origami pieces. Beautiful ♥

Maurice grew up in the mountains of Haute-Savoie (France),  studied architecture in Lyon and worked in Geneva and Marseille, also living one year in Japan. She is now based in Paris but her installations have been in many locations around the world including Europe, Singapore, America, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

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If you want to see more of her wonderful work  check out her website mademoisellemaurice.com with many colourful photos.

Mademoiselle Maurice – Origami Street Art from ufunk parseError on Vimeo.