I was going to create another patterned wallpaper, but I fell in love with Florence font, and decided to create a design based on the font itself. The result is a pretty neat. Hope you like it, too!
It’s been a month since I started blogging daily (except Sunday). Here’s what I learn so far:
Blogging is a real job and it’s a job for the hard-workers. It takes up a lot of your time and effort. I have to create my weekly printables/DIY/downloads, and so far I manage to post 2 printables/DIY/downloads each week. Then print, cut and assemble, take pictures, and create the post. Apart from that I still have to keep up with design-related news, and coming up with interesting posts. It is a full time job. However, I spend most of my time online and looking at design-related stuff anyway. So I don’t really look at it as a job, but more like sharing what I find online with others. And I really love creating my printables/DIY/downloads.
Linking is caring. Blogging community so far seems like a supportive community. Bloggers support each other, not try to pull each other down. I love supporting other bloggers and designers by featuring and linking them. Some wonderful bloggers have linked to my posts (thank you!), and I find that they boost my viewership. I hope I could do the same for them too.
Craftgawker is awesome. My printables and DIY posts won’t be discovered by so many readers if it’s not because of Craftgawker. They are awesome. A lot of people compare them to Pinterest, but I do not agree. Pinterest is the place where people pin stuff they see from Craftgawker. So if you have never heard of craftgawker, you should check it out.
So will I continue blogging? Yes. Absolutely Yes. This is the first “job” I have ever been so interested in. This is the first time in my life I hardly procrastinate. I love being able to create what I like and share them with you.
Changes and improvements I’d like to make for Design is Yay:
Finding my voice. That is harder than I think. Look, I’m not someone with the best people-skill. I have been rejected by hospitality and customer-service based businesses for not being “passionate enough about customer service”. I’m a pretty straight-forward person. I don’t greet people with excitement, I hardly make small talks, I don’t have interesting things to talk about all the time…. well, you get my point. Those behavior doesn’t translate well online. So honestly, when blogging, sometimes I try to sound cheery and excited (or exciting). To be honest that annoys me. But I also hate to sound like as if this blog is written by some robot. I’d like to try to sound more like myself here. After all my writing isn’t the most important thing for this blog. Design is.
Consistency. I am yet to find the right visual consistency (my collages, fonts, color, etc). Probably it’s because I’m still on experimental phase with this blog. The initial design of Design is Yay was mostly black and white, with hints of yellow. I experimented with the light pale pink background, and I think it works. So I began to incorporate more pink. However, I’m not a girly girl in real life, so I don’t want Design is Yay to have an overly girly vibe.
Opinions & Advices. I’m a newbie blogger, I guess I shouldn’t be giving advices. But, wouldn’t it be nice to hear from someone who is not an established blogger, who hasn’t make a cent out of his/her blog (oh well, I made 6 dollars this month from AdSense)? Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear about the ups and downs of blogging/freelance designer life, and the trials and errors? I don’t know about you, but I’d love that. So I’m going to start recurring posts about my experiences, opinions, advices and trial and errors in blogging and in working as freelance designer. What do you think it should be called? Any ideas?
Travel posts. I did write in my about me that I’d share my travel experiences. So far I have not. Don’t worry, it is still in my plan. I’d love to write more about Canberra, because most people who doesn’t know Canberra think that there is absolutely nothing here. Some of them were surprised that we have Myer and David Jones here. Okay, Canberra is no Melbourne. If I have the opportunity to move back to Melbourne, I WILL MOVE BACK IN A FLASH. I’m sorry, no offense to Canberra, but who can say no to living in Melbourne, the best city in the world? I love Melbourne as much as Carrie Bradshaw loves Manhattan. But… (gosh, for a second there I forgot I was talking about Canberra) Canberra is not that bad. We have interesting places and events here, and I promise I’ll show it to you.
Last but not least, and I bet many would agree, improve my English writing skills. So, grammar and vocab nazis out there, I apologize for my writing mess. English is not my first language. I learned simple english when I was six. I began to use it daily when I lived in Singapore at eleven years old. I started using real english (no offense to Singaporeans, but you know it’s true) when I was sixteen and moved to Australia. So, I hope it’s understandable that I make grammar and vocab mistakes here and there. I’m trying to improve, believe me.
Wow. That was the most wordy post in this blog so far, I think? Hope you enjoy reading it. If you have any good ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism for me and this blog, feel free to leave a comment, or contact me directly! I’d love to hear them.
I know that next month’s most anticipated “non-holiday” is Valentine’s Day. It’s a non-holiday because you don’t actually get a day off for Valentine’s. But I’m sure the city will be full of lovey-dovey old and young couples with their roses bouquets and chocolate boxes.
However, some of my lovely readers may not know that on the 10th of next month is actually Chinese New Year day. So thanks to my friend who reminded me that Chinese New Year is actually coming, and that I should create a printable hong bao, or CNY red packets.
What is the purpose of hong bao or red packet? Some of you might ask.
So during Chinese New Year, married people are supposed to give unmarried people (their kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc) red envelopes that contains money. The money can be in any amount that you’re willing to give.
The purpose of giving these red packets is to wish the a year of prosperity and luck. After all, red is the color that chinese people believe would bring them good luck. So giving red packets is a nice gesture.
Sadly for me and my husband, as a newly married couple who used to be the ones who received those red packets, this year we have to give our niece and nephew red packets, and we won’t be receiving anything for ourselves. *Sob*
I hope you like my creation of modern red packets. To those of you who are not chinese, there’s something for you too! You can click the second link to download these cute mini envelopes without “Happy Chinese New Year” message on it, and you can write any messages that you want!
It’s Australia Day this weekend. I created three of my favorite Australian Animals Flashcards for yours to download. I know I should have made more. I might do more in the future, because Australia have quite a few unique animals, such as the Platypus. But for now, I’ve got the famous two: Kangaroo and Koala, and my fave the Wombat.
Each card has the name of the animal and three fun facts about each of them.
If you’re Australian, hope you have a great long weekend.
I have had this idea of creating a breakfast in bed kit for a while. I thought Valentine’s Day is the best time to create it. It’s always sweet to have someone making breakfast for you. Even though it might be impossible to do that every morning, why not make someone’s valentine morning a little more special?
If you decide to serve the breakfast in the bedroom, make sure to put this hanger on your door, so that no one would disturb the two of you having a good time (ahem!) :)
Continue reading after the jump for Instructions and Download link!