There’s something about these festive and colourful printable pretzels that makes me want to celebrate something… anything at all! With all these free printables, you don’t need a reason to put up colourful garlands around your home. Something to cheer up your kitchen, maybe?
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.
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.
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!
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
Download Black & White Swan Easter Eggs template HERE, and open using Adobe Reader
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
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
Place them on egg stand/case while waiting for them to dry
They might need double paint coating
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
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
Fold out the two little flaps at the bottom of their necks
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
Adhere both inner sides of the little flaps and stick the swan’s heads onto the egg
Repeat the steps with the black egg and swan template
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
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.