My book project has been completed and I was very excited to receive the printed version. I’m so happy how it turned out! This small book contains travel illustrations, food illustrations and playlists.
April is here and Spring arrived in Helsinki too. The roads have been cleaned and soon we can enjoy the beautiful Cherry blossoms. April is also my birthday month!
Here are my spreads for April’s bullet journal created digitally. I enjoyed making these and I’m sure more elements will be added to these pages. I’m also in the process of creating more digital washi tapes and digital stickers that I would love to share here as downloads.
If you like to download these spreads, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will make them available. Have a wonderful April!
Remember that time when traveling is possible? Here is my travel journal from June 2019. It was fun looking back on that time when traveling seems to have become a possibility for more and more people. But then you know how the story goes…
After June 2019, I created my travel journals digitally. This one was about Iceland from October 2019. This was published on They Draw and Travel.
My last holiday trip abroad was in London in November 2019 which I journaled as a boarding pass and as a part of a small book project.
I continue working on illustrating my past travels and will be posting them in the coming days. I hope you’ll do the same too. Creating travel journals has a way to bring you back to those happy memories.
One important question that I have encountered many times over the last few days is whether journaling should be done on paper or on a tablet. I think there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Myself, I have been journaling on sketchbooks for some years now. I’m a stationery crazy since I was a child and I own a cart of pens, coloured pencils, different brands of watercolours, gouache, arcyrlic paints, you name it! I’m also an affiliate of Stationery Pal. You can use code ELAINE10 for 10% off. And the code ELAINE for 10% off on Kawaii Pen shop.
However, this year 2021, I wanted to try something new. Since I use an iPad, an apple pen and Procreate for my work, I wanted to recreate a journal on my iPad with digital stickers and washi tapes. I found the process very enjoyable. It was also fun drawing the stickers I like and imitating how a washi tape would look like in a digital form. Digitally, I can move things around and it’s easy to correct mistakes. It’s also a faster process and I’m always happy with how the page turns out. Here is a post about it written at the beginning of the year. You can also download a simple template from this post.
In the end of each month, I print out the monthly journal. My plan is to have these pages printed as a book by the end of the year. There is my April spread.
Any thoughts on whether a journal should be analog or digital? Let me know!
Where have you been? Where do you want to go? What have you seen? What do you want to see and experience?
This morning, I was reminded of how exciting it was to plan for a trip. Whether it’s for work or holiday, there is something about the process of arranging a future travel that gives me energy. For many of us, the task of organising a trip seems to be a thing of the past. Yes, it has been exactly a year when I drew this picture.
At that time, I never imagined that the pandemic will take us this long. I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel either. However, creating memories and dreams have been a wonderful part of the journey. Yesterday, I started creating postcards and made them available here. It was a fun and an energy giving process.
How are you maintaining your energy level after a year of the pandemic?
Creativity is not meant to dry up during the pandemic. In fact, I feel an overflowing daily dose of supply of creativity. It’s probably my way to distract myself and feel a sense of accomplishment, even more so during this strange time. No travels, no worries. We can always dream and anticipate the moment when we can. This pandemic too will pass!
Aside from work where I also get to illustrate, my official GIPHY channel has been approved on the 24th of February. As I write, my simple gifs have been viewed 54,8 M times. It feels amazing! I also created a TikTok account three days ago in preparation for a bullet journaling project. One of the things I’m really enjoying this moment is creating dream boarding passes. Yes, let’s dream! Here is your boarding pass to Helsinki.
I also created London, Japan, South Korea and New York boarding passes. I’m really enjoying this process. Which city would you like? Let me know! Have a great weekend to everyone.
My illustration of Helsinki was selected for publication in the newest book of illustrated maps by @theydrawandtravel ! The book is called “Where We Walk” and is for sale on Amazon. https://amzn.to/2ZRoote
It’s the weekend! And what’s more, it’s a Valentines weekend which in Finland we celebrate as Friendship Day. As a greeting to you all, I created a printable gift box featuring Mochi the Shiba. Please feel free to download, print, assemble and use it as a gift box or whichever way you like. Also, Kawaii Pen Shop is a great place to purchase your stationery needs. Use the code ELAINE for a 10% discount. Happy Valentines and Friendship Day!
Today is the day EV Visuals turned 2. I remember that application day and the days and months prior to it, wondering if it was the right move. Then over the next months of being established, I still questioned my decision. But now that EV Visuals is 2, I don’t anymore think about whether it was right or not because now I’m 100% certain that it was the perfect choice for 100 and 1 reasons. I’m very happy and thankful!
Today, I’m celebrating a year of starting as a surface pattern designer. It was a wonderful journey as I learned the ins and outs of this growing business. No, I can’t live on it yet! But hopefully someday. When I look back, the best thing was being able to start it and it seems like I’m up for it to continue. Receiving an email from an online shop asking me to join them was also one of the highlights of this one year. They discovered one of my illustrations on Instagram. Also, someone from the US bought 60 pieces of coasters! Here are photos from a year ago. And again, thanks to all who supported my art!