I have just got back from my almost-two-months trip to Indonesia. I hope you enjoyed the photos I shared on instagram while I was away.
Here’s a desktop wallpaper calendar for July. I know that if you’re not living in Australia/New Zealand you might think it’s weird to have a winter-themed wallpaper for July. But this is exactly how it feels right now here in Canberra, minus the snow.
So enjoy this month’s wallpaper!
I’m posting this from Jakarta, Indonesia! :D
So as some of you might know from my instagram posts (follow me @wita_is_yay on instagram!), I am back in my home country for two months. My bestie is getting married and my dad just opened his hotel, so I figured I should be here for a while to show support for two of the most important people in my life. Plus, going back to Indo is always exciting. This country is changing so fast, I can’t even keep up. Every time I’m home there’s always something new, another mall popping up somewhere, another new restaurant to try, another trend to follow…. I’m also looking at expanding my business, Pippa Paper (my current baby) in Indonesia by getting a partnership with a local digital printing to produce the portrait. And as my father’s (only) daughter… of course I need to learn a thing or two about the new hotel for the future.
I apologize for the lack of posts in Design is Yay , and also for being late in delivering these desktop wallpaper you guys seem to anticipate every month on. Guys, I can’t tell you enough how much I really appreciate your readership and the fact that some of you feel disappointed when there’s no new desktop wallpaper posted on the blog at the beginning of each month. It shows that you are really liking what I post. But you have to understand that I am currently super busy with work. And that’s a good thing. For the past few weeks in Canberra I was always sleeping late and waking up early. I am actually searching for a great under eye concealer to cover up these dark circles under my eyes (if you have great concealer recommendations, let me know in the comments!). Portrait orders for Pippa Paper are flowing in (thank you!), I have to find ways to keep on promoting Pippa Paper, doing photo shoots, creating marketing collaterals and so on. I have such high hopes for Pippa Paper, and honestly I feel that I’m off to a great start. Besides Pippa, I still have my freelance design work to do and of course helping out my dad with online promotion of his new hotel.
Naturally, I am kinda neglecting Design is Yay, because as much as I love blogging and creating freebies, Design is Yay is not my source of income. At the moment I gotta put my sources of income first, because money = allowing me to buy nice things and travel to nice places = feeling happy and inspired (not saying that money buys happiness, but the two are somehow connected). Of course I am not going to stop blogging, but I just don’t want Design is Yay to be something I am pressured to do.
I am actually thinking of somehow incorporating Design is Yay with my daily life, finds and happenings (stationery haul of the week , cute packaging I saw, design-related product reviews, my travel photos, etc). And of course, freebies. Because whenever I look at my google analytics, I thought to myself why do I even bother to post anything else other than freebies because that’s all what most people are here for, apparently hahaha (am I right?)
Anyway, that’s just a little update about my life situation at the moment. I have never been happier. You know when you’re talking to a tired-looking parent of a new born baby, asking them about what is it like to have a baby, and their answer is “it’s tiring, it changes your life, but it’s worth it”? That is exactly what I feel about Pippa (just in case you’re “lost”, Pippa is my custom portrait illustration business and not a real human baby).
Enjoy May 2014 desktop wallpaper – the Queen of Heart. This wallpaper was supposed to be released on the 10th just before Mother’s Day (y’know because Mothers are the queen of our hearts), but then I couldn’t finish it so it has to be today :) I am also loving the iPhone wallpaper which is Kinda different from the desktop design.
Hopefully I will manage to snap a lot of pictures here in Jakarta (and other cities) and post them here. But for (almost) daily snaps and updates, please follow my instagram!
Blogging is fun, but it could get a little overwhelming sometimes. Most of the time, blogging is not someone’s full time job (only a few lucky ones get to do that *sob*). So when you’re still balancing between blogging and doing your full time job, it helps to plan your blog posts in advance.
I have created for you a Printable Weekly Blog Planner. It’s a pretty straight forward planner where you put the date, posts that you’ve planned for each day of the week, and your to-do list (anyone you need to contact? any DIY you need to create? any products you need to photograph?). For each day when your post is up, you’ll also get a reminder to share it on three main social medias: facebook, twitter & pinterest.
With this blog planner, your blogging will be more organized and fun! I am also using it for my own blog too :)
Download the planner from the download link at the end of this post
Things have been very busy here at my little home office. However, I’m glad that I somehow still be able to blog and create freebies you all love. Here’s this month’s wallpaper calendar. I hope you’ll enjoy having this little sailor dude on your computer for the whole month of April :)
TIPS for iPhone and iPad users:
Its easier to download them straight to your iPhone / iPad.
1. On your iPhone/iPad, open your browser and go to www.designisyay.com and find this post.
2. Click on the download link of the wallpaper you wish to download. Once the image is fully downloaded on your browser, tap + hold the image until a menu comes up. Click “Save Image”.
3. Open the “Photos” app and go to “Camera Roll”. Select the Wallpaper that you want to use, click on the bottom left arrow icon and select “Use as Wallpaper”. Your iPhone / iPad will ‘guide’ you through the rest of the steps.
If you have ios 7:
ios7 has the tendency to “zoom” images used for wallpaper. If this happens to your phone, go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY > REDUCE MOTION and turn ON Reduce Motion (the button thing should turn green). Then follow step number 3 again.