It is a really fun mix of bright bold colours, sweet stationery and cute prop ideas. Make sure you pop over to 100 Layer Cake to see the full shoot.
I’m starting my year off by focusing on what is really important – my time.
When I first started in business I wanted ALL the inspiration. I signed up to e-newsletters, got blogs on my Feedly and followed dozens and dozens of other cool creative businesses on Facebook.
But I’m a little exhausted by it all now. The constant stream of inspiration – and the time it takes to check it all – has left me a little drained. I want to be doing my thing and doing it well so I’m starting off my year with a whole bunch of unsubscribes!
It is nothing personal for these fab creatives, like I say they provide so much good inspiration for me. But I just can’t have them in my head all day long.
So I’m clearing my schedule to allow for more creativity, and in the peace and quiet I can almost see it.
What are you going to do this year to allow creativity in? I’d love to hear.
DIY one – Get a present, wrap it up in the cutest way possible with this sweet printable gift wrap from For the Makers. I want to use these all year round!
DIY two – Create a little card to go with your present courtesy of The Lovely Drawer. These are the perfect size for leaving a sweet little breakfast treat around.
DIY three – Go all out and make an envelope liner for your envelope – this inspired idea is from Paper and Stitch – I love the ‘Hello’ hand lettered design!
Now…Relax in your hand made crafty DIY throne. You are a star!
A New Year brings a whole pile of new ideas, new plans and that super focus you can’t get any other time of year – am I right? It is super important though to focus that energy in all the right places otherwise your New Year plans will be under water way too quickly!
I’ve been working on an e-book freebie for you guys interested in what I think you should concentrate on in 2016. And it is free – you just need to sign up to my e-newsletter here.
I know it is a bit annoying to still be talking about 2015 a whole 14 days into the New Year but I do love a good highlight reel and I wanted to share a couple of things I didn’t talk about last year as well.
1 – I started writing about Bright Business a topic I’d been desperate to talk about for ages but just never got around to. This is a great passion of mine and I’m super excited to dive into this more in 2015. There are so many amazing small creative businesses out there and I’m keen to help you out with everything I know. This really makes me so happy.
2 – I made over this blog – and it makes me smile every time I see it. The Blogcademy girls (especially Shauna) got me all inspired about making this a space that was really me, and the design I had before just wasn’t working. I love the new look and will continue to develop this in the coming year.
1 – I wrapped up the Blogcademy experience with a couple of posts about lessons learnt. Everyone was so inspiring in such different fields and this has really helped me this year.
2 – I got featured on Rock n Roll Bride with my DIY Polaroid Garland I loved this so much! Kat was just amazing in letting me share how I styled this cute DIY idea with her amazing creative audience.
3 – I designed some 5 minute cake topper DIY’s that ended up in Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. This was another huge amazing day was seeing my work in this gorgeous magazine. We need more of this genuine authenticity in life I tell you!
Love Ideas Highlights
1 – Love Ideas Creative launched with a new community, an e-book and lots of smart business tips. This was very exciting and was the culmination of a whole lot of work and I can’t wait to release more!
2 – Love Ideas Ink went from strength to strength and I finally started exploring my love for hand lettering which resulted in some great new products and a constant smile on my face!
3 – Love Ideas Ink was on the cover of the Felt Christmas Catalogue which was super exciting. The New Zealand community of crafters and makers is just amazing and I was so grateful to be on the front of this awesome publication.
1 – I took a trip to Melbourne to catch up with family and get re-inspired – and it so worked. Melbourne is such a great place and the street art tour I took was so colourful and bright I just loved it.
2 – My partner and I bought our first house! I didn’t really mention it at the time but it was a great achievement in such a tough Auckland market. We just love it.
1 – Of course shutting Peachy was tough but it was definitely the right decision. I am trying to really fine tune my offering this year and get clear about what I want to do and what makes me happy.
So it has been a great year with ups and downs and tough times in amongst the smiles. I’m looking forward to 2016 and some new adventures along with a great big new direction announcement. Thanks as always for reading and following along x
It is the New Year here now and all the joy and laughter of the Christmas season comes to an end as we begin to think about the New Year and what plans, dreams and goals we are looking forward to making and creating. 2015 has been an interesting year and I’ll be doing a little roundup of my highlights soon. In the meantime shine on and let’s let the light in for 2016.