Scrapbooking Malta

Scrapbooking Malta

I returned from a holiday in Malta. And as usual, I’ve gathered items to create another Travel Scrapbook.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, 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.

The process of scrapbooking has been so fun for me. Venice was the first scrapbook that I immediately created as soon as I returned from my holiday. I would really love to be able to put the scrapbook together right away and to cherish the memories in one place. In the past, I had all the items scattered everywhere for a long time which made scrapbooking less enjoyable. As I look at the items I’ve collected during the trip, I can already picture in my head how I will be creating my Malta Scrapbook and I’m really excited how this will turn out. I guess I’m getting better at this each time. 🙂

Do you have a travel scrapbook that you just finished creating? Please comment and share for inspiration. Thanks!

Reaching another 100 students

Reaching another 100 students

On Saturday the 3rd of September, another class of mine, Create your own stickers on Cricut Joy and Procreate, reached a 100 students. This class was published on the 8th of July so it was nice to have such a milestone in less than 2 months.

Last week, I also finally finished another cocktail illustration that is now uploaded on Redbubble. Please have a check. Thanks!

This week, I’ll be finishing up a font set for a client and will be on holiday next week. Autumn is also almost here in Helsinki. Have a great week to you all and Happy September!

Here is a song to end the Summer of 2022: Rhythm After Summer by EXO-CBX

Thank You!

Thank You!

It was in December 2019 when I started my journey as a surface pattern designer. My designs have been printed in many different surfaces (phone cases, bags, coasters, postcards, stickers, hats, etc.) and bought by many wonderful people. I’m so grateful to all who supported my arts and my small business.

In June, I was happy to have my design on shoes. How exciting is that! These shoes are really cute and comfortable.

My design will be seen in a new product soon! You can find my designs on products here. Thanks so much for your support. Small businesses need people like you!

July – what a July!

July – what a July!

After returning from a family trip in Canada, I was basically just preparing three classes on Skillshare. It was tough. I thought that this is it. I will never make another class again! Although, I always think such things every time I’m in the process of making a class… 🙂

So I was really happy to have finished the month of July with three classes on Skillshare. Here they are:

Check out the class here
Check out the class here
Check out the class here

In the midst of this, I took a week off and went to Venice. It was in Venice when I received the news from Skillshare that my sticker class was given an award as an outstanding class. I was really really happy to be acknowledged this way. I felt my effort was worth it.

Coming home from holiday, I put together a Venice scrapbook and over the weekend, I designed 18 Kawaii food stickers that I will be printing out, cutting away and selling soon. I’m so excited and I really think they are so cute. But also, this is in preparation for another class on Skillshare that I will publish in September. I’m so excited!

Coming in September

So now I’m asking, “Is the summer getting over?” I can feel the air is getting cooler and of course, August is here. And in this first day of August, new ideas coming my way. I’ll let you know soon. Have a wonderful August and thank you for journeying with me!

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!

Creating stickers

Creating stickers

I’m very excited to start working on my next Skillshare class on designing a Weekly Spread template on Procreate. For this class, I’ve created stickers for students to get started with designing their projects. I really enjoy creating these stickers. I hope you will look forward to the class. Meanwhile if you haven’t already, please check out my previous class on how to design your own Monthly Spread template using Procreate here. Have a great week!

Printable stickers available here!