One of my favourite places to find colour palettes is Pinterest, especially vintage colour swatches like the one I pulled colours from to create this colour story. There are so many other colour palettes that could be made from this colour sample card.
This was such a lovely branding project to work on. All the things I love; hand lettering, botanical illustration and a pretty colour palette.
This colour story just goes to show that even when I’m not working, I’m working. Some people like to play Candy Crush on their phones, I like to play Blenduko.
Blenduko is an app to create harmonious colour palettes, and when I see a particularly pretty one, I take a screen grab. I’ve got a few lost on my phone’s camera roll so I dug one out to add to my library of colour stories.
Discovering unique colour palettes is one of my favourite things to do. I collect inspiring colour ideas from many different sources; photos of nature, Pinterest images, interior magazines and paint colour chips are just some of the ways I find ideas. This means I have many photos, screen shots and magazine tear outs all over the place.
To help organise my favourite colour combinations, I’ve created a library of colour stories. I’ll share each one here on my blog alongside the original source of inspiration in the hope that it helps you choose colours for your creative projects and maybe even your branding.
For my first colour story I’ve pulled the colours from an original piece of art that I created whist playing around with acrylic paints.
I just love the combination of colours on this one. That mustard and greyed blue works perfect together especially with that touch of soft pink. I’ve overlaid some of my botanical illustrations to see how the colours interact with each other. I hope you like it too.
This is a branding project I worked on with dietitian and whole food expert, Vanessa Clarkson. Thanks to the internet we where able to work together from the opposite sides of the world. How amazing is that! I love the colour palette on this one, it gives all the feels we wanted; nurturing, organic, warm and expert. Scroll down to see the original concepts.
Here's this months free printable planner page for August. Fill in your events and projects to help you plan out your month. Simply click on the image below to download. The size is A5 (148mm x 210mm) which can be printed on A4 and cut down.
I loved every second of working on this one. It has everything I love - botanical illustrations, earthy colour palette and timeless style. Verbena is a floral styling business run by Stephanie Eastwood here in the UK.
Here are the original concepts so you can see how the design evolved.
Fresh and contemporary logo design for the inspiring From Britain with Love. FBWL champion British makers, artisans and course providers through their online directory and blog. I had the pleasure of working with Laura last year to create this primary logo and submark.
A hand lettered and sans serif logo for US based professional organiser - A Peaceful Home. Although this logo looks simple there was a lot of concepts and iterations to get the right look and feel.
Some of the original logo concepts. As you can see they're quite different to what we ended up with but it's all part of the process to get to the the final design.
I was made up when Jewellery designer and maker, Lottie asked me to work on a logo for her business. As a third generation jeweller, quality and creativity are key attributes to this brand.
Here is the brand board showing the final logo and the moodboard/colour palette that inspired the design.
Scroll down to see the original design concepts.
Aura Botanicals is a natural and organic brand that specialises in products that bring balance into peoples lives through the energetic properties and healing power of plants. Loved working on this one!
These are the original logo concepts designed for Aura Botanical.
We're at the half way mark! Still six whole months to tackle those goals and get things ticked off that to do list. Here's the printable planner pages for July to help you. They're A5 (148mm x 210mm) in size; I print them on A4 and cut down to size, hole punch and keep them in my planner. If you have missed them in previous months there is also a weekly to do list and planner. Simply click on the images below to download.
This was a fun project to work on. I illustrated the house using the original graphic logo as reference to give a more relaxed sketched look to match my botanicals. This music school is based in the Netherlands - I love how I get to connect with people from all over the world.
The logo concepts - sometimes I get it right first time with minimal changes.
Beautiful minimalist typography logo for the inspirational brand, Crochet Artisan. I love the subtle crochet hook I illustrated for the submark.
Here's a little peek at some of the logo concepts created for this super stylish brand.
The Master Cakesmith is run by artisan baker and pastry chef, Dawn, who bakes the most amazing cakes. They are truly works of art. For beautiful cake inspiration your really need to follow her on Instagram. I was honoured to have been asked to work on this rebrand for her.
The mood board.
Concepts I created for the primary logo before finalising the finished design.
I created this branding for Elisa who is a talented designer and maker of bridal hair accessories and jewellery based in Italy. The brief for the Elibre visual identity was feminine, romantic, delicate, with a touch of boho-chic. I created a hand-lettered and illustrated logo with a soft colour palette.
Here's a sneak peek at the first set of concepts I designed for Elibre.
Once the primary logo was finalised I was then able to present ideas for the submark.
You can see the chosen set of logos in the brand style guide at the top of this post.
Wow, June already! Here's the printable planner pages to get yourself organised for the month ahead. They're A5 (148mm x 210mm) in size; I print them on A4 and cut down to size, hole punch and keep them in my planner. If you have missed them in previous months there is also a weekly to do list and planner. Simply click on the images below to download.
Not sure where the year has gone, but May sneakily snuck up on me when I wasn't looking! I'm still finding my printable planner inserts useful and for as long as I'm using them I'll post them here for anyone who finds them useful too. They're A5 (148mm x 210mm) in size; I print them on A4 and cut down to size, hole punch and keep them in my planner. If you have missed them in previous months there is also a weekly to do list and planner. Click on the images below to download.
I'm a few days late planning April following the long bank holiday weekend. I always feel so much better once I've listed my events and projects for the month. I achieve so much, and I'm more likely to complete those projects if I write them down. If you're the same, here's this months printables just for you.
There's a calendar page for April where you can list birthdays and events for the month, and also the projects/tasks you'd like to complete to help you reach you goals. The second printable is a weekly spread for daily appointments and lots of space for your 'to dos'.
The April calendar is A5 (148 x 210mm). The weekly planner is A4 (297 x 210mm) which can be cut in half to fit a planner. Click on the images to download.
I've been meaning to create my own productivity planner since the start of the new year and only just decided how I want the layout to be. Over the years I've tried a few different planners including bullet journals and business planners. Business planners can be really helpful but you have to work with the layout you're given and I find as the year progresses my planning needs change. I love the idea of bullet journalling as it is flexible and you can design your own layouts and tweak and change as you go. The problem I have is committing time to drawing out each layout from scratch every week and the pressure of making it look good. I also crave the simplicity of a well designed business planner.
I'd like something, somewhere in the middle; the flexibility and creativity of a bullet journal and the clean design of a business planner!
I've bought an A5 binder and am currently designing the inserts to help me with my productivity and planning. I'm sure the designs will change with time but it's a good start. If you think you would benefit from these layouts for your planner they are available as a free printables. There's a calendar page for March where you can list birthdays and events for the month, and also the projects/tasks you'd like to complete to help you reach you goals. The second printable is a weekly spread for daily appointments and lots of space for your 'to dos'. I normally have daily to do lists so we'll have to see how this layout goes.
The March calendar is A5 (148 x 210mm). The weekly planner is A4 (297 x 210mm) which can be cut in half to fit a planner. Click on the images to download.