Category Archives: Digital

Planners – What Size Do You Use?

Goldilocks was nowhere to be seen…

I have recently been designing planner inserts. I started out making some for myself. It occurred to me that it might be something that other people could use too, so I created a few Weekly Planner inserts in different sizes.

I use a Personal sized planner but there are so many different sizes available. What size do you prefer? Many people that I have spoken to seem to like the A5 size but I suppose that it depends on how much information you need to put into it and also whether or not you will be carrying it around with you.

There is a lot of opportunity for customisation too. I love owls, foxes, etc. The whole furry friends from the forest thing! So I put some on to my inserts.

I have ideas for all sorts of other inserts too, from shopping lists to sewing project sheets and all sorts of other things in between! I also have lots of ideas for different designs.

I would love to hear your thoughts on planners. Do you use one? What Size? Fancy or Plain? Are there any inserts that you would love to have but cannot find in the shops?

I decided to make my inserts into digital downloads. That way anyone who buys them can make themselves some new inserts without having to go out to the shops. I live out in the sticks so the ability to easily print off things and use them straight away is important to me.

The inserts that I have made so far are available here

These are the Weekly Planner inserts that I made first.
Quickly followed by some dividers
Some extra pages…

Facebook Competitions

Leaflet entry
Leaflet entry

I found out on Monday that I am a finalist in a competition. The competition is being run by the nice people at Printed.com.

The “Square Flair-Off design competition” brief competition was to design a 150mm square leaflet. I used a pen and ink drawing that I had done as the basis for the design.

Sadly for me, I didn’t read through the rules properly (let that be a lesson) and notice the fact that the final leg of the competition is being held on Facebook. Now I don’t do Facebook – just because I am contrary – so this gives me a bit of a problem.

As I am not on Facebook, I don’t have any Facebook friends and because of the vagaries of Facebook, it is unlikely that I will get enough people voting for my design. It wasn’t that good anyway…

Still if you do feel like helping out here’s the link to my entry:

https://www.facebook.com/printedcom/photos/pb.183666021710384.-2207520000.1463657142./1025425350867776/?type=3&theater

New prints on Folksy

I have been busy doing some more prints of my paintings, including the ones that other people are determined to sell without informing me!

I have also had some fun making some digital art and have listed them on my Folksy shop, which I am sad to say I have neglected for the past year or so! Still never too late…

I love animals and thought that it would be fun to create some cheerful stuff using them as the subject matter. I am using pigment inks and heavy, archival quality paper, so they should stay nice and bright for a good while!

Here are a selection:

I am now working on some prints that will be a combination of hand and digital work. I am starting off with a hand painted piece, photographing it, printing it and then adding further embellishment to each print, so that every print will be unique.

I will keep you posted on them…

Knitting charts – a dragon is born…

I have had a few requests for a dragon knitting chart, so here it is!

dragon chart
dragon chart

This is a free chart for anyone who signs up to my newsletter. I have a few more in the pipeline, so don’t forget to check back every so often.  Just now I am working on a scottie dog, a greyhound, cats and other random creatures.

The process involved in making the chart goes like this: I do a pen and ink drawing of the subject of the chart. Then I have to convert it to an image file, tidy it up in Photopaint and then make up a chart in CorelDraw. Finally it gets listed on t’internet.

This chart is intended to be used for knitting but I am hoping to create charts aimed at other crafts too. I’ll see how it goes! 🙂

Don’t forget to let me know how you get on if you do use the chart.