Colour Story Number 1

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.

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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.

Branding - Nourishing Foundations

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.

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Free printable planner inserts for August

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.

Branding - Verbena Floral Styling

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.

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Here are the original concepts so you can see how the design evolved.

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Branding - From Britain With Love

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.

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Branding - A Peaceful Home

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.  

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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.

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Branding - Lottie Jewellery

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.

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Branding - Aura Botanical

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!

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These are the original logo concepts designed for Aura Botanical.

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Free Printable planner inserts for July

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.

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Branding - Bloom Music House

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.

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The logo concepts - sometimes I get it right first time with minimal changes.

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Branding - Crochet Artisan

Beautiful minimalist typography logo for the inspirational brand, Crochet Artisan. I love the subtle crochet hook I illustrated for the submark.

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Here's a little peek at some of the logo concepts created for this super stylish brand.

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Branding - The Master Cakesmith

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.

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The mood board.

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Concepts I created for the primary logo before finalising the finished design.

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Free printable planner inserts for June

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.

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Free printable planner inserts for May

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.

 

 

Free printable planner inserts for April

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.

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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.

Free printable planner inserts for March

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.

Free printable Christmas wreath gift tags

As a thank you for following and supporting my creative journey, I've created free printable gift tags especially for you. They have been created from my original botanical wreath design digitally coloured in faux copper and come as a printable sheet of six tags. I'd love to see how you use these tags. You can hashtag gooseberrymoon over on instagram and tag me @gooseberrymoon. 

Click on image above to download printable file.

Branding - Hill View Farm

I love this final logo design that I created for Hill View Farm. There's nothing better than seeing a design come to life on an actual product, especially when it's as beautiful as these foil printed bands wrapped around the softest yarn in the most scrummy colours. This logo also shows that simple is best, and getting things to look simple aren't always as simple as they look. 

Photography credits - Hill View Farm