Easter Bunny Wrapping Paper & Egg Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY!

I have always wondered about the connection between Easter and chocolate, eggs and bunnies. But anything with bunnies on it makes me happy, so yay to Easter!

Lately, I have been experimenting with my pen brushes and I’m loving the results! These bunnies on the wrapping paper are hand-drawn with my favourite Pilot pen brush and then made into pattern using Photoshop.

Easter Bunny Wrapping Paper & Egg Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY!

Easter Bunny Wrapping Paper & Egg Stickers | DESIGN IS YAY!

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During Easter Break, I am planning to stay put in Canberra and learn how to drive. I hope you’re not shocked to find out that I’m a 28 years old that cannot drive!

What do you have planned for Easter Break?

Whatever it is, stay safe and have lots of fun!

If you like this post, you will also like Easter Printable Egg Carton Labels and Gift Tags

Printable Texting Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

When I was in Secondary school, I like passing notes to my BFF in the classroom. Then I imagine what it’s like to be in a classroom these days. Do kids still pass notes, or do they secretly type messages on their phone? Take a break from all the texting and instant messaging, and write your short message on one of these printable texting cards I have created for you. Text less, write more!

Printable Texting Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

Printable Texting Card | DESIGN IS YAY!

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If you like this printable, but want something more romantic and love-themed, check out: Valentine’s Day Printable Animal Card

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

On Monday the 9th of March, we celebrate Canberra Day here in Australia. I woke up at 5.45 am in the morning and went to the lawns of Old Parliament house to see the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular. This year, Angry Bird and Yoda hot air balloons are making appearances.

Then I thought, how cute it would be to create printable hot air balloons for the blog! So here’s the how-to guide on making your hot air balloons. Don’t forget to print out your templates from the link at the end of this post.

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

What you need for this project are: scissors, x-acto knife, twines or strings, stick tapes, super glue or adhesive dots.

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

You can stick it on the cover of a notebook, create your own greeting card, or as party decorations.

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

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How will you use these printable pop up hot air balloons for? Share your ideas with me in the comments section

If you like this post, why don’t you check out: Printable Spoon Soldiers

Printable Pop Up Hot Air Balloon | DESIGN IS YAY

 

Blogging for Creatives | Why Creatives Should Blog | DESIGN IS YAY!

After blogging for over 2 years, I am most certain that blogging is the best decision I’ve made for my design career. Not only because blogging is really fun, it also opens up a lot of doors for opportunities and being connected to other creatives and communities around the world. When I first started blogging, just like many other bloggers, I picked up books and attend online or offline classes about blogging. Some of them are really great, but none of them seem to cover the important blogging aspects for creatives. That is why I have decided to share with you guys some tips and tricks in creative blogging, based on my own experiences.

Why Creatives Should Blog?

Imagine visiting a shop selling products that you really like, and the lovely shop owner who attends the shop clicks with your personality and sounds passionate about the things that he/she is selling, won’t you keep coming back? Even though you might be able to find those stuff online, but you’d prefer to make the trip just because you love being there. But how about online businesses? That’s where your blog comes in. Blogging is a way to win your potential customers’ hearts with your online presence, personality and passion.

Here are some of my favourite things about creative blogging:

1. Most people don’t visit your blog to read. Well, okay, sometimes they do, such as this post you’re reading now. But as a creative person myself, I wouldn’t regularly check into a blog that contains all words and very little images. It is okay to have a blog with only images of your work and other work that inspires you (just make sure you credit the images!). But if you suddenly feel inspired to write a specific topic about your industry, that’s great too. Don’t be afraid to experiment on how to deliver your posts, and never post about a topic that you are reluctant to do.

2. Creative/Design blogs are happy blogs. Even though trolls are inevitable for all kinds of blogs, there aren’t a lot of people out there who are so sad that they have to leave troll-ish comments on stationery and illustrations. If they don’t like what you’ve created, most of them will move on. You also don’t need controversial topics in order to spike your blog traffic (in fact, don’t). As long as your images are original and beautiful (or try to get better as you blog), readers will definitely find you. It’s also a good thing to sometimes do a round up of other designers or design bloggers’ work that you adore. If you show your support for other bloggers, chances are other bloggers will support you too. The rules are simple: be nice, be original, and don’t forget to link.

3. You get to share about other things you’re passionate about. Other than stationery and illustrations, I also love planning systems and travelling. That is why I like to share about my travels and the type of planners that I use and how I set them up. There are also blogs that combine their passion of design and food, beauty products or party organising. That way, you can reach out to readers who have those hobbies too.

4. Showing your readers behind the scene of your workspace is a good idea to show them that the products that they are buying are made with skills and passion, and they can’t get that from factory-made goods.

5. Giving little extras for your potential customers or readers. Such as printable freebies, free recipes, giveaways or craft tutorials they can make themselves. Freebies help you gain traffic to your blog (with extra effort in promoting them, of course, which I’m going to cover in future posts) and since no one else is briefing you on how you should create your freebies, you can do whatever you like!

So, have I convinced you enough about starting a blog for your creative business?

If you are already blogging for your business, share what you like about it and how it benefits you and your business in the comments section below.

 

If you like this post, why don’t you check out this post as well: My Freelance Life – Working From Home.

 

Print n' Plan: Bright Ideas Notepaper | DESIGN IS YAY

I always have my planner handy, just in case I have a lightbulb moment and need a space to jot down my ideas. I designed this Bright Ideas notepaper as a canvas for my ideas, and you can download them too!

Available in two planner sizes – A5/large and Personal/medium, because your big ideas need a lot of space to write on.

This is how the personal sized Bright Ideas notepaper look like in my dark aqua original Filofax.

Print n' Plan: Bright Ideas Notepaper | DESIGN IS YAY

All you need to do is download the PDF from the link below, print, cut and, holes on the pages, and enjoy!

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