Design cutting on Cricut Joy

Design cutting on Cricut Joy

Today, I decided to stay home on this very beautiful sunny day in Helsinki and try cutting on my Cricut Joy. First,I designed a Cherry Blossom and have them cut on a Deluxe Paper. I’m happy how they turned out!

Next, I tried card making with my own lettering. This one is really fun and it gives a lot of possibilities. I’m happy with it too!

I’m really happy with my Cricut Joy. I’m excited to create more projects. The important thing I learned when using it, is to really understand why this step and that step need to be done, not just following instructions.

What projects have you created with your Cricut Joy? Let me know!

Travel Scrapbook: Create your own travel memories

Travel Scrapbook: Create your own travel memories

Returning from my holiday in Krakow, Poland, I’ve collected all these things. I’ve always collected these kinds of things from my travels…

Having visited 50 countries, at one point I have so many of these – boarding passes, travel tickets, museum tickets, business cards, postcards, brochures, maps, receipts… I didn’t exactly know what to do with them that I started to throw them away until I thought that why not try scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is an art of preserving and presenting our memories by combining photographs, clippings, memorabilia, souvenirs and journaling. Scrapbooking is not something new. We are all familiar to this.

So why Scrapbooking? Scrapbooking showcases my unique and personal style. It’s enjoyable as the process really takes me back from the moment of my holiday. And in the end, I have my travel memories together in one book.

Scrapbooking can be simple or it would be as extravagant by using many different kinds of materials from stickers, washi tapes, coloured papers, fancy cutter, stamps, etc. For me, I only use scissors, glue, paper, puncher and an A6 clear binder for my travel scrapbook. And of course, some writing tools. There are no rules, no right or wrong in scrapbooking. Just let your creativity flow and enjoy the process!

Creating Mandalas

Creating Mandalas

For a month in 2015, I created 50 mandalas. The process was nothing religious in nature. But just something that I thought would be nice for people to colour in, as we all know adult colouring books were the thing that time. I had them uploaded on Pinterest and they were repinned many many many times over. Someone even created a colouring book with my mandalas.

But now when I think about it, the process was actually quite freeing for me artistically. I remember gathering all kinds and sizes of round objects (some from the kitchen!) to create these mandalas. The process was freeing as I got to allow myself to just experiment with the designs without really putting much thought and energy into it. I really thought that it was a good way to just let go of that feeling that I can’t draw, but then coming up with 50 different designs.

I didn’t know Procreate at that time. I didn’t know about its ability to create a quadrant symmetry! But as I quickly recreated my mandalas in Procreate, I thought it was quite relaxing. So now if I want to just relax through drawing, I will continue to recreate these mandalas on Procreate. At least, they will not be as wiggle as they were on paper!

From a simple illustration to a sticker

From a simple illustration to a sticker

I remember at some point I was drawing on an A4 label paper, then cutting these drawings into squares to make easy stickers. Later it became a bit more complicated with digital illustrations, printing process and cutting by hand. I was a bit hesitant to buy any cutting machine. I heard some are really having a hard time with these machines. It takes time and a lot of experimenting to be able to make stickers with them. But I did give in and bought the Cricut Joy. Why Cricut Joy? I have a small working space so the size of the Cricut Joy just works well for me. I’m not also a technical person so I didn’t want to spend more money on a product that I probably end up not using.

But I’m getting the hang of it. In fact, it is so fun, addicting and somehow, relaxing. The important point in using this machine is to really understand each process, not just simply following the step by step procedures. Once I understood why a process must be done, I was able to create my own workflow. In just two weeks, I have somehow mastered the process. Although, I have to say that it is indeed a lot of experimenting to get it right. But I got there while learning through my mistakes on the way. I can’t wait to finally be able to sell physical stickers, not just printable ones.

Making BT21 fan art stickers for fun
Turning my cake illustrations into stickers

What is your sticker making process? Please don’t hesitate to share your process with me. And if you have any questions, just reach out. Thanks!

Coffee scenes

Coffee scenes

A few years ago, my husband and I started a Helsinki Coffee Scene blog. Although, we haven’t covered many places, we continue to enjoy cafes not just in Helsinki but in every country that we visited. In 2019, we had the chance to try different cafes in Vienna, a city known for its lovely cafes.

Coffee and cake illustrations are also commonly found in my sketchbooks. For less than a month in 2017, I started a small sketchbook and drew 37 cups of coffee and 55 different kinds of sweets. It was fun and it also shows how far I have come and how far I can go!

These days I continue to also draw coffee and cakes digitally. I really like drawing them!

What is your favourite thing to draw? Have far have you come from when you started? How far can you go? Enjoy the journey!