Your March 2015 freebies are ready! You know what you gotta do, sign up to our BFF (Best Freebie Friends) club before the first send-out. There will be weekly re-sends every week. If you’ve already subscribed, thank you very much.
These freebies will be hit your inboxes on February 26th, just in time for you to change current month’s wallpapers and planners. Just like the previous freebies, you will be able to download these sizes: desktop (with or without calendar), retina desktop (with or without calendar), iPhone (without calendar), iPhone 6 & 6+ (without calendar), iPad (without calendar), and also printable planner monthly organiser for A5, Personal and Pocket filofaxes (Large, Medium & Small for Kikki K planners).
I recently did a planner swap with a lovely lady in UK and received this beautiful teal (or dark aqua) Filofax personal original planner. This planner is absolutely beautiful. I love Kikki.K planners, but I sometimes think that they are too heavy and bulky. Filofax is very light, and I love the smooth leather, as opposed to Kikki.K’s pebble grain and saffiano leather ones.
Now I really want the personal sized filofax in yellow too!
I am very excited to receive this planner today, because I’m leaving for a holiday to Europe soon, and I don’t feel like bringing my Kikki.K as they are too heavy, and my Kikki.K pocket planner is too small to write anything on, it’s practically my wallet-slash-shopping list and meal planner now.
Isn’t she a beauty (the teal colour is a bit lighter in real life. The stitching makes it even more beautiful.
So, about my Europe trip, I’m cannot tell you when it is yet, but it’s definitely pretty soon. I need your tips on where to go, especially in Holland, Switzerland and Belgium. I am so excited. And I am surely gonna buy some goodies for giveaway and for myself over there. I heard HEMA is amazing!
Introducing BEST FREEBIE FRIENDS. This is my way to thank all the lovely and loyal readers who have been supporting and reading this blog, as well as new readers who just discovered and love Design is Yay. Without all of you, Design is Yay will not come this far.
All you need to do (and this is open to everyone, including you) is to join our BFF club here and you will receive an instant download link to our “Live Creatively” print & wallpapers, and also monthly freebies for your desktop, gadgets and planners just like what you’ve seen in this post before the end of each month. I will also throw in a few freebie surprises every now and then, so you will get a lot more freebies from Design is Yay if you join the BFF club!
This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 19th (3 days away!). Since this is such a last minute printable, I thought I’ll keep it neutral so that you can use this all year round. Plus, you may learn something cool if you don’t know how to do it yet – your own DIY scratchie cards.
Making your own scratchies, or scratch-off cards is actually really simple. First, you need to print out your cards (download link is at the end of this post), and write your fortune/wishes/message on it.
These cards would be very cool as a pre-surprise message (i.e, write “you will get your dream car” just before you reveal that you’re actually getting someone a car. Woot!), or just to wish them luck on something they’ve been working on.
And then, prepare your mixture of two parts acrylic paint for every one part dish washing detergent. You may use any acrylic paint colour. But since we’re on the Chinese New Year luck & fortune theme, I decided to go with my gold acrylic paint.
Mix them slowly until well combined. Don’t stir too vigorously as you don’t want them to get lots of air bubbles.
Cover the area where you write your message with clear packing tape.
Paint on the coin/message area using thin and even layer, allowing to dry between coats. Continue painting until they are all covered. Make sure they are really dry. I actually left them overnight.
When your scratchie fortune cards are ready, put them inside red packets or mini envelopes, such as these printable CNY Red Packets I did for 2013, or the pretty Shabby Chic CNY packets I did for 2014.
Maneki Neko and Daruma are two symbols of good luck. Maneki Neko (Beckoning cats) is a very popular fortune and good luck symbol in Chinese and Japanese tradition, while the Daruma is a symbol of perseverance and good luck. So even if you’re not celebrating Chinese New Year, you can always give them out to someone who’s in need for some encouragement.
Here’s the link to download your DIY Scratchie Fortune Cards
If you like this printable, why don’t you check out this post as well: Printable Shabby Chic CNY Packets
Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day (i.e I don’t think it’s a day more special than any others), but I do like to match things up… like eating milk with cookies, dunkin’ my donut into my latte, and I love seeing bees hovering around flowers. Si I had an idea to make a Pair-Up Memory Game cards for you to play with. With cute illustrations on them, you can play them with the little ones.
And when you’re done playing, you can cut out the illustrations and turn them into these lovely gift tags!
I hope you are all having a lovely day today, regardless whether you celebrate the day of “love” or not. Here is the link to download your Pair-Up Memory Game.
My favourite is boiled egg with fried shallot and drizzled with Indonesian Kecap sauce (Sweet Soy Sauce). Yum!
If you love this printable, why don’t you check out this post as well: Printable Matryoshka
As a small business owner, I understand the importance in finding new ways to sell online. Nowadays, we have endless options to do that, and with all their strengths and weaknesses, how do we find one that stands out?
I like a selling platform that enables a small business owner to tell our story, not just what we are about, but also the stories behind the products and craftsmanship that we take pride in.
Pitchi is a new selling platform website that enables us to tell the story about our business and products and connect sellers and buyers through videos. It is a new company based in Melbourne, Australia.
You no longer need to use thousands of words to explain your innovative product and how to use them to your potential customers, because your 60-seconds video will say it all.
Even though Pitchi is a relatively new business, it has attracted a lot of really cool businesses and customers. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest product videos from their website:
Pinch Bench by Sawdast Bureau, a really cool and functional bench that’s different from the regular bench you see in the furniture store
We wanted people to be able to sell as they would at a local market or if they had their own bricks and mortar store, forming a connection with each customer they encountered. This personal connection allows buyers to form a genuine appreciation for what’s on sale, which then inspires purchase.
Last but not least, here is my favourite video, because I love colours, and I find that it could be very useful for designers!
There are so many more products and businesses that you can discover from Pitchi. The best thing of all, signing up to Pitchi and putting your listing and videos up are 100% FREE. That is how much they support innovative small businesses and creative entrepreneurs.
If you are a small business owner, would you be interested in joining Pitchi? And if you’re simply browsing, what is your favourite product on Pitchi?
Tell me more in the comments section. Don’t forget to follow Pitchi on all of their social media platforms to find updates on their new products!
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This post was written in collaboration with Pitchi
In case you don’t know, today we are celebrating Umbrella Day. Even though I am not sure why we need to dedicate a special day for Umbrellas, but I am grateful for their existence. Without them, what is going to cover us from horrible weather? And also, umbrellas make our drinks more pretty.
I have created these umbrella drink stirrers for A Subtle Revelry, a popular printable and DIY website based in the U.S.