Friday, 15 March 2013

PRINTSTAGRAM // REVIEW

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Printsagram Photos $12 + $12 Delivery.
Paperchase Scrapbook £5.

I got some of my instragram photos printed way back in February and I thought I would share them with you. I used Printstagr.am to print these and I was pleasantly surprised when the postman brought them to my door about a week later. I chose the Mini Squares product so I could stick them into a small Paperchase Scrapbook I was gifted from my sister. They were perfect size for this, and only cost $12 for a massive 48 prints! You could choose a larger square size for the same price and receive 24 prints.
The quality of the print is lovely too. They are printed on a lustre soft white card and come packaged in little Social Print Wraps. I was really pleased with the quality of the prints; they are vibrant and true to colour and top quality for the price too. Also, they have a flat shipment rate so you can order as much for $12!!
Social Print Studio also have a huge range of other products, from another variety of Mini Prints, to Mini Books, Memory Boxes, a Calander and Posters. They also do a beautiful Printed Frames where you can get your instagram photos printed to display in your home in a sleek 12x12 frame. Unfortunately they are only available to North America for now, but hopefully they might be able to start selling worldwide soon.
So if you want an affordable way to get some high quality instagram prints, head on over to Prinstagr.am!!
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Monday, 18 February 2013

I've Been Poorly...But I'm Back

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Murky Waters...How I have been feeling of late, but experimenting and having me time is slowly getting me to my normal self. 

I have been pretty absent as of late, again, as I have been on and off poorly and last week I went into Hospital for surgery on my Throat. I have just been focusing on getting myself better as I knew I had the surgery coming up, so have been keeping myself to myself and trying to stay at work, (they had to send me home for a few days). To pass the time and keep me relaxed I have just been doodling away and sorting out art materials. I want to start an illustration project because I can work indoors, unlike photography where I like to go and explore in the fresh air.

It has been a week since I was in Hospital and I am very sore still. I had a Tonsillectomy done and the recovery process is a lot harder than I had assumed. The pain I have in my throat is unbearable and I am struck down with ear aches. I'm on medication so have been pretty lousy too. So I thought I'd share a little update of whats been going on. I also made a few cheeky purchases from Ella Masters too which I will share with you tomorrow.

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From top Left to Right

Recycled Glass Anchor Tumblers from Next to use as Water Paint Pots // A View from My Moleskine // Hospital Machines // Owl Watercolour Mess // My Table Top Easel and Board // Arrow Illustration // Ending of Pantomime Season (I was Photographer) // A Deer Sketch // Costa Lunch Date with my Best Girls // Hospital Bed // Anchor Illustration // Ice Lollies my Grandparents gave me for my Recovery and to help soothe my throat.
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Sunday, 6 January 2013

SKETCHBOOK SUNDAY #1

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001// Here is the first instalment of a Regular feature I want to do where I share a sneak peak of my Sketchbook/Visual Journal. I use a sketchbook to experiment with material, doodles and to come up with ideas. For me it is a place for progression and learning, and a neat way to store it all in one place. This is a new Moleskine Sketchbook that my sister had given me for Christmas and I have recently been experimenting with Watercolour Paints (and pencils) and Black Uni Pin Fine Liner pens as it has been a while since I have painted. I have been looking at feathers, as you can see, and just trying out different brushstrokes and techniques whilst experimenting with colour. There are only sketches hidden away in here, nothing outstanding. I love to just doodle away and make things up. I prefer to do 'Real' work on sseparate sheets of Paper.

002// I am looking into more materials to try out. I recently got some Gouache to use but have only used that in a larger sketchbook of mine. I also love just working with Pencil and yesterday I treated myself to a new tin of Sketching Pencils. If you know me, you know that I am a stationary hoarder, so I am always willing to give a new medium a try.

XO

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

No Resolutions, But an Action Plan.

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001// When I sat with my friends last night and asked each other what our New Years Resolutions where, I didn't really have anything to say. I don't want to the year by setting myself up to fail by creating a list of Big Goals that I probably will have forgotten about by March. Instead I have decided to work on an Action Plan for Life and Work. I like to write small lists of achievable tasks to get me motivated and inspired, so instead of a few goals to start my year. I would rather begin each month with a new checklist of things I would like to achieve, or just think about and consider. Then have a Yearly Goal List for what I want to achieve by Summer, then again for Winter.

002// Alongside the Monthly and Annual lists, I want to start keeping a Visual Diary. Like an Art journal, but for everything form life to work. Somewhere to store all my ideas and memories. Similar to a sketchbook of an Art Project. I feel that this could be my hive of inspiration to look back to help inspire myself throughout the year. I don't want to force myself to write or draw daily, but spontaneously, as and when I feel like I need to add anything.

003// For January I have decided to start thinking about what I could do to change. Start making new routines to add new habits into my lifestyle.


January 2013. 

I. Use the Moleskine Sketchbook I got for Christmas to start my Art Journal. (Also, use my Diary efficiently). 

II. Work on my Illustration and Painting. I would like the have a Section for this in my Portfolio. 

III. Work on Blogging. I would like to fit in time to add two posts a week and maybe the start of a weekly themes post.

IV. Brainstorm a Business Plan. 

V. Have a clear out of Material items I have not used in the past 6 months.
 
I will recap at the end of the Month with an Update on How I did, and to list Next Months Tasks.



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Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year, My Memory of 2012.

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001// First of all I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are all have a wonderful evening seeing in Twenty Thirteen. Tonight I will be spending some time with family then going to see some friends who are home from London and have a huge get-together.

002// 2012 has been a mixed bag for me and I'm not sure if I'm happy to see the back of this year on not. The year started with our house getting burgled, then a similar incident happening to my grandparents over the summer. So much stuff went down in our little town that it started to become a Horrid little place to live, just waiting and anticipating on what was going to happen next!
But life goes on, and you have to make what life throws at you. I had some good times, in fact a lot of good memories. A few that stick out for me is that I graduated from Uni and I got myself a Job which I love. I went to Prague, a place which i have dreamt of visiting for years. Went to a whole bunch of exhibitions and saw the works of my Favourite Artists and Photographers, also, have my own exhibitions. I wined and dined in a variety of places, hung out more with my friends and had some awesome parties! The list goes on, so I haven't got  anything to Grumble about at all if I am honest.

003// So 'cheers' to 2012...I'm going to forget the bad times, and remember the good! After all, there is no point dwelling on the past, right? It's a new year, I'm going to hold my head up, work hard and I'm going to make it a Fabulous Year!

Have Happy New Year Folks.