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A Creative Life : Year-end Wrap Up

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When freelancing is your livelihood, the holidays can be challenging. Without paid leave we sometimes feel guilty taking a little break. But it’s important to take breaks, ESPECIALLY this time of the year.  If not for your health (the most important thing) then for your business. Breaks let you reflect on what you’ve achieved, where you want to improve and think about all the fun projects you want to tackle in the new year. Giving yourself a little breathing room between busy work seasons helps you wrap up loose ends and prepare for the new. Here’s how I’m wrapping up the year (while munching on baked goods and drinking mulled wine, of course).

Organizing: I’m spending a little time this holiday season planning for the next work quarter. I’m making sure all my time sheets are up to date, files are organized and my work plans for current projects are ready for the new year. Knowing you have a plan to come back to after some much needed R&R should help with post-holiday stress.

Business strategy: Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my business, the types of clients I want to work with, and finally the possibility of hiring and renting a studio (pretty exciting stuff). But of course, these things don’t happen over night.  I need a plan, which requires A LOT of brainstorming and strategizing. I’m using the holidays to bounce ideas off of family and friends that I don’t get to see all that often.  I’m lucky to have such supportive and insightful people in my life!

Goal setting:  Top of the list—improve my illustration and hand lettering skills. With that said, you can expect to see some works in progress in the new year.

Now, I’m off to eat delicious food, hang with the fam and take a little break. Happy holidays!

Print it : Lazy Sunday Gift Idea

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With the holidays just around the corner I find the stress is starting to kick in. I admire people who are able to get all their shopping done early November. If  you’re like me, a last minute shopper, and you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy to put together gift try this lazy Sunday survival kit idea. I’ve used this idea twice this season and it’s worked out great. Just fill a box it with cozy goodies that are perfect for a day in. In my package I’ve added tea, candles, matches, a mug, knitted slippers, eggnog pancake mix (yum! see below for the recipe) and a cozy faux fur blanket (it was on sale for $20 at Marshalls!).  You could also add some great bath products or your favourite novel.  And of course, I’ve put together some printable notes and tags that you can download right here. Just print the PDF front to back on a thicker paper or card stock.  That easy!

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Eggnog pancake mix 
fill a large mason jar with…

3 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 

* Don’t forget to add your printable tag with the wet ingredient instructions. Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Prints & Things : Nature, It’s Cheaper Than Therapy

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You know that feeling when it’s just too late to focus on your growing to-do list, but you’re mind is too active to call it a night? That’s usually when I’m feeling most creative and wind up making a lot of the artwork for the blog.  Creative “play-time” is the best time to experiment with new styles and techniques with no expectations. Actually, it’s quite therapeutic.  Not to mention sometimes you end up with a brand new print to dress up your desktop (bonus!).

Desktop Version Mobile Version

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Prints & Things: Decorative Type Holiday Card

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I’m excited to share my last design of the three part prints and things holiday card series.  The card is inspired by a trip I took to Whistler as few years ago. I played with decorative type, as well as vintage photography effects on this Canadian mountain landscape. The design is quite minimal, which I think is important when working with such decorative fonts.

Also some exciting news—I’ll be giving away a few packs of holiday cards (with matching envelops!) printed by a local downtown Toronto print shop. Keep an eye out for the content, which will be happening a little closer to December.

Prints & Things : Holiday Card Series

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Every year around November I start to get all giddy thinking about the holiday season. I’m such a sucker for the twinkling lights, gift wrapping, baked goods, egg nog and open fires. I also absolutely LOVE receiving hand written cards in the mail from friends and family. This year I decided to try out a few different holiday card styles (modern, girly and minimalist versions), which I’ll be posting here over the next few days. I haven’t decided which card I’ll use for my holiday mailing just yet, all I know is that I wanted to try something new by avoiding traditional holiday Christmas colours. Here’s the first design. A modern / geometric inspired print with gold accents.