Creative blogger with a bump

BY Wita | 04/03/2016 | Blog Biz

I actually did not know how to title this post, but I thought that using the word bump sounds cuter than the word pregnant. Plus being pregnant does feel like having a figurative bump in my life. There are changes that I have to make in order to continue to be productive and creative while making adjustments to my new experiences. 

Creative Blogger with a Bump | Running a Creative Blog when Expecting | DESIGN IS YAY!

I went into my first pregnancy without any expectations, but one thing I told myself ever since the start of my pregnancy was that I will not abandon my passion in creativity. I’ve seen too many women abandoning their passion and career once they got pregnant (or even married!), and I’d hate to follow that path, because that’s just not who I am. However, I’ve also seen quite a number of women who continue on thriving and succeeding in their passion even after 2, 3 or 4 kids! They’ve inspired me greatly and giving me the confidence in continuing what I do.

My activities as a creative blogger consist of: answering emails, designing printable freebies, writing posts, styling and photographing my printables, styling and photographing my instagram posts (yes they are two different things), planning future posts, and promoting my blog (which includes instagram, pinterest, and submitting to other websites). I don’t necessarily do all of those everyday, but that’s the amount of work need to be done behind this blog. Some days I do 5 hours of printable posts styling and photo shoot, and other days I spend the whole day editing photos and writing posts.

Of course my life isn’t all about working. Some days I have to exercise, grocery shopping, make dinner, relaxing, and do a little bit of house chores. Lucky for me, my husband has been a GREAT help when it comes to doing house chores. Having a supportive life partner is what keeps me going in life, pregnant or not. There are days when I felt so swamped with work that my husband had to come home to a house that resembles a colourful wrecked ship, and no dinner on the stove. He dealt with it, and bought us take-out dinner. Problems solved.

My activities don’t change that much during my pregnancy. I still do all the above, but less on the house chores and cooking part (again, this is where supportive life partner, take-out dinner and cleaning services come in handy). If anything, I have more things to do. Instead of planning and creating a month worth of post within a couple of weeks, I have to do 5 months worth of posts in January so that I don’t have to be silent during my labour and recovery time in April and May. I plan, schedule and re-schedule my printables and photo shoots over and over again. Just when I thought I was done designing printables for the next 5 months, I reviewed them and wasn’t too happy about it. This is one of the things caused by my pregnancy hormones, I kept thinking that things aren’t good enough, and I could have done better or more. So I’ve decided to do more printables and make changes to some that I’ve designed. I know that it sounds crazy, but… why not? As long as my baby and I are both healthy, I don’t see why I should stop.

Designing and coming up with ideas are no challenge for me. Anything that can be done by sitting down on my sofa, in front of my computer or writing on my notebook are easy peasy. My challenges arise when it comes to photo shoots during my third trimester, all thanks to my ever expanding bump and Australian summer heat (it’s 37 degrees celsius as I’m typing this). My physical ability is pretty much limited, I can’t squat, hunch, kneel, and those are the three most common poses I use when photographing. I knew I had to start making adjustments to the way I take photos. I only take photos using a tripod while sitting down on my swivel chair, and I no longer take step-by-step photos. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but for the last few printables, I’ve used my graphic illustration skills in showing you the steps. I don’t take as much photos as I used to, but I make sure that the few that I’ve taken and publish are the good, pinterest-worthy ones. Of course I have to remind myself not to over-tire my body, because at the moment another life is depending on it. I need time to take breaks for water and laying down every now and then.

You need to know your limitations and plan around it. I have been blessed with pretty much problem-free pregnancy, which is why I set my limitations pretty low. I understand that pregnancy is not that smooth-sailing for some women, and that’s when they have to be more cautious. Use your creativity to make the changes you’re supposed to. If I were to put on bed rest by my doctor (touch wood!) and not able to continue taking photos, I might have a smaller studio by my bed and take photos using my iPhone if I have to. I might have to create more digital freebies instead of printable ones.

My next challenge would be having a newborn and still keeping up with this blog. I really do not know what to expect, but since I’m doing a pretty good job during my pregnancy, I’m more confident now than ever that I will be able to work something out when things get tough.

 

 

 


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Black and White Swan Easter Eggs

BY Wita | 03/03/2016 | Gifts & Favors

Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

I’m not a big fan of easter egg painting, even when I was a little girl. But as you know, I love craft & DIYs using paper. So as long as all I have to do is cutting and pasting, I’m up for it! These black and white Swan easter eggs are fun & easy to do for both adults and children (with adult supervision). Plus they make cool & elegant decoration all year long!

Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Materials: Materials: Black & White Swan Easter Eggs template (Free Download HERE), Adobe Reader (Free Download), Colour printer, A4 paper stock around 100-180 gsm, black and white acrylic paints, eggs (if your egg is already white, white paint is not needed), paint brush, egg stand to dry your eggs on, scissors, glue or double sided tape

  1. Download Black & White Swan Easter Eggs template HERE, and open using Adobe Reader
  2. Print on A4 light to mid weight paper stock (around 100-180 gsm) using your colour printer. Set your printer to best photo or best quality for better results
  3. Paint one egg white (if it isn’t white already) and another one black using acrylic paint. You can use other type of paints, but I have only experimented with acrylic
  4. Place them on egg stand/case while waiting for them to dry
  5. They might need double paint coating
  6. Cut out the swan templates on the dotted lines, but becareful not to cut off the little flaps at the bottom of the swans’ necks. The two swan heads should also be attached
  7. Fold the swan in the middle of the two heads, and stick the two sides of the swan heads using glue or double sided tape
  8. Fold out the two little flaps at the bottom of their necks
  9. With the egg in horizontal position, stick the wings on both sides of the egg. Having the bottom sides of the wings low will help the swan eggs to stand properly
  10. Adhere both inner sides of the little flaps and stick the swan’s heads onto the egg
  11. Repeat the steps with the black egg and swan template

Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Black and White Swan Easter Eggs | Easter DIY & Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

There will be more Easter egg projects like these coming to the blog this month, but in the meantime, why don’t you send a Hoppy Mail to someone you care with our Somebunny Loves You Hoppy Mail Kit

 

 

 


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Somebunny Loves You Hoppy Mail

BY Wita | 01/03/2016 | Cards & Stationery

Somebunny Loves You Printable Happy Mail Kit | FREE EASTER PRINTABLE | DESIGN IS YAY! I believe in expressing your feelings any day of the year, not just during love-themed occasions such as Valentines or Anniversary. These Somebunny Loves You Happy Mail (or should I say hoppy mail) kit is the perfect way to do so. There are two choices of envelopes illustrated with cute fluffy bunnies, and four punny cards to choose from.

Whether you have an egg-cellent friend, your crush who’s hotter than Hot Cross Buns, a loved one that makes your heart hops like a bunny, or a colleague who you’d like to wish a Hoppy Easter to, there is a card for all of them!

Somebunny Loves You Printable Happy Mail Kit | FREE EASTER PRINTABLE | DESIGN IS YAY!

Materials: Somebunny Loves You Hoppy Mail template (Free Download HERE), Adobe Reader (Free Download), Colour printer, A4 paper stock around 80-140 gsm, scissors, adhesive, pen for writing

  1. Download and open Somebunny Loves You Hoppy Mail template HERE, and open using Adobe Reader
  2. Print on A4 lightweight paper stock (around 80-140 gsm) using your colour printer. Set your printer to best photo or best quality for better results
  3. Cut out the envelope templates, and fold on the dotted lines
  4. Adhere the side flaps at the bottom part to stick behin the larger bottom flap
  5. Cut out your choice of card and enclose. Close the top flap and seal before sending

Somebunny Loves You Printable Happy Mail Kit | FREE EASTER PRINTABLE | DESIGN IS YAY!

Do you like printable Happy Mail kits such as this one? Looking forward to your feedback in the comments!

If you like this Easter printable, you should also check out last year’s Easter Bunny Wrapping Paper & Egg Stickers printable.

 


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MARCH 2016 CALENDAR FREEBIES | DESKTOP, IPAD, IPHONE & PLANNERS

BY Wita | 28/02/2016 | Calendars & Planners

MARCH 2016 Design is Yay Calendar Freebies - Desktop, iPad, iPhone & Planners | DESIGN IS YAY!

As promised, I’m introducing one favourite illustrator of mine each month by having them create an artwork for our monthly newsletter freebies!

This month, I am introducing Alisha Jensen, an illustrator with kawaii flat illustration style from Melbourne, Australia. I have been a big fan of her work ever since I found her instagram account @alisha_jensen.

Here’s a short intro from Alisha:

Hello! I’m Alisha Jensen, a graphic illustrator living in Melbourne. My work is fun and flat, I aim for a clean and simple aesthetic while still being colourful. It’s pretty light hearted but it’s also got a commercial vibe to it – I love commercial design because I think that style shouldn’t be compromised even for commodities. I studied creative advertising as my post graduate degree and then a few years down the track completed a commercial arts diploma so I suppose this has had an effect on the way I view design.

Want to know more about Alisha and download these cute freebies featuring her design? Join the BFF (Best Freebie Friends) club!

To see more of Alisha’s work, visit her instagram and Society6 page.


 

If you are not a BFF Freebie member yet, you can still sign up now and you will get a confirmation email with download links to all the freebies for this month and previous ones as well.

View the previous wallpaper freebies design

Just like the previous freebies, you will be able to download these styles and 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). 

MARCH 2016 Design is Yay Calendar Freebies - Desktop, iPad, iPhone & Planners | DESIGN IS YAY!

MARCH 2016 Design is Yay Calendar Freebies - Desktop, iPad, iPhone & Planners | DESIGN IS YAY!

MARCH 2016 Design is Yay Calendar Freebies - Desktop, iPad, iPhone & Planners | DESIGN IS YAY!

What is Design is Yay BFFs?

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 a welcome message with a link to download our instant freebies as well as current and previous months’ freebies. You will then receive 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!

Our newsletter is powered by MadMimi.

January 2015 BFF Sign up Freebies - Wallpaper calendar for desktop, iphone & ipad and filofax planner | DESIGN IS YAY!

JOIN THE BFF CLUB HERE

 


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Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card

BY Wita | 23/02/2016 | Cards & Stationery

Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card | St Patrick's Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Make this easy and fun rainbow good luck card with a surprise confetti at the bottom. This Saint Patrick’s printable can also be used any day of the year, especially when someone’s in need for a good luck wish.

Materials: Rainbow good luck card template, Adobe Reader (Free Download), Colour printer, A4 paper stock around 80-140 gsm, scissors, gold paper, hole puncher, double sided tape, transparent sticky tape

Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card | St Patrick's Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card | St Patrick's Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

  1. Cut out the template according to their shapes, and score fold lines based on the marks on image 1
  2. Punch holes on a piece of gold card or paper stock to make confetti
  3. Fold in the upper and side white flaps of the extra rainbow rectangle, leaving the bottom flap open
  4. Stick onto the white rectangle of the main cloud & rainbow card
  5. Fold in concertina style, with the bottom rectangle pocket facing out
  6. Stick transparent tape between the pocket and the cloud to prevent them from folding out, and put the confetti into the pocket
  7. Seal the pocket by folding the bottom white flap and secure using double sided tape or transparent tape
  8. The recipient will unfold the card, tear on the white dashed line on the pocket and reveal the gold confetti

Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card | St Patrick's Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!

Rainbow and Confetti Good Luck Card | St Patrick's Printable | DESIGN IS YAY!


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33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Baby Shower

BY Wita | 17/02/2016 | Creative Life

33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Theme Baby Shower | DESIGN IS YAY!

I enjoy planning parties. I planned my own bridal shower, wedding (it was fairly small, so it wasn’t that difficult), my best girlfriends’ bridal showers and I recently planned and designed my own baby shower. Planning a baby shower, as it turns out, is not as easy as the other parties I’ve planned in the past. One of the main reason is because my strength and stamina isn’t at their very best. I have to remind myself to keep it simple and not tire myself.

33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Theme Baby Shower | DESIGN IS YAY!

Even though I’m not exactly ready to pop yet, but I choose Ready to Pop baby shower as the theme, because I like the idea of having things that “pop” in my baby shower. There were POP Balloons as decoration, baby boy pop cakes, champagne with customised label, and each guest gets to bring home a box of popcorn. The popcorn was packaged in these popcorn snack box printable that I designed for this blog! I purchased most of my party decorations from Lark Store, and some of them were from Coles and Top Bargain. The centrepiece was simply a long line of honeycomb balls that I bought from Top Bargain in mint, baby blue and yellow, and jars of baby breaths.

33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Theme Baby Shower | DESIGN IS YAY!

33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Theme Baby Shower | DESIGN IS YAY!

I never wanted to have a baby shower in my own home because it would be quite troublesome to make ready and clean up afterwards. I also did not want to have it in a cafe or restaurant because I wanted my guests to do a craft activity! I finally found the perfect venue to host my baby shower crafternoon that is The Makers Hub at Macquarie, ACT.

Just as the name suggests, The Makers’ Hub is a space for makers and crafters, but they also take bookings for parties and events. I think it is such a good idea. Other than the fact that it’s a cute little space enough for small party of around 10-15 people (adults or kids), the natural light during day time makes The Makers’ Hub an even more perfect venue for party photographs. You know how important it is for your party pictures to look good!

The craft activity that I chose to do was onesie and tote bag applique. I never knew how easy it is to do, even my 10-years-old niece had so much fun doing them.

33 Weeks + Ready to Pop Theme Baby Shower | DESIGN IS YAY!

 

33 Weeks pregnant

I am currently 33 weeks pregnant (how time flies!), and it’s true what they say. Once you’ve hit the 30 weeks mark, you won’t know where the days have gone. I thought it was only a few months ago when I found out about my pregnancy, and suddenly I’m almost there.

As my third trimester progressed, I actually feel a lot better. My energy level is somehow back to normal, my heartburn is gone, joint pains are more manageable and even though I’m one of those pregnant women who suffer from itchiness, I found the cream that kinda works and ways to ignore the itches. There are days when I feel 100% normal, and don’t even remember that I’m pregnant. I don’t really stress over my pregnancy or having the baby, and I’ve never even think about what it’s going to be. I don’t really read or listen to other people’s experiences in having a baby, because everyone is different. In fact, I actually cannot wait to have my baby and start a new adventure that is having a child, and new opportunities and ideas that comes with it.

The nursery, aka my old workspace, has been painted and cleaned. I’m currently waiting for the furnitures to arrive, which unfortunately have taken longer than expected. Good thing we ordered them since late December! Once everything has been set up, I can’t wait to show you photos of the nursery.


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