During March I took part in the fun and challenging #MarchMeetTheMaker Instagram and Facebook photo a day challenge, set up by Joanne Hawker Design & Illustration. I found it a bit difficult to keep up with posting the required photo each day so I did get behind quite a few times. Although amazingly I did finish the challenge perfectly on time! It really helped me to write posts about more varied topics and also most importantly, about myself! Here are my posts from Day 1 – Day 10.
Day 1 – Brand Image.
Here at Colour Their Day, I design fun and colourful cards, prints and gifts that will brighten up your day or the day of someone you know. This was the inspiration for both my brand name and logo design, I really hope this comes across well.
Day 2 – You.
Starting from a background in Fine Art many, many years ago, last year I decided to go back to my creative roots and started to design and make my own cards and prints. I am inspired by and design many products for children, but also the young at heart. I love colour, colour and more colour!! I also love lattes, making lists and sudokus! This is the image of me that I use across my shops and social media that hopefully you will grow to recognise.
Day 3 – Work Space.
My workspace is normally in the dining room, where I work alongside my hubby, who also works from home. In December 2015 our house was affected by flooding and we have both had to move upstairs, as the downstairs is too hot and noisy with fans and dehumidifiers blasting ALL DAY long!! I now work in the corner of our bedroom so it is even harder to turn off at the end of the day and I am always tempted to keep working into the evening.
Day 4 -Tools.
The main tool I use to produce my cards and prints is a great big ugly printer, which is currently sat in a dark corner of my bedroom. Now that was definitely not going to make a great photo! So the next most important tool is my notepad from Paperchase, it is full of LOTS and LOTS of lists. Without it I wouldn’t get anything done each day so in a way it is as important as the printer!
Day 5 – Can’t Live Without.
This one was an easy post! Obviously it had to be these two – my nine year old twins! Here they are in a picture drawn by one of them.
Day 6 – Raw Materials.
One of the most vibrant items I use in making many of my products are these brightly coloured envelopes. I know it would be cheaper to use white envelopes but I can’t resist using these – they look so good when they match the colours of the greetings card.
Day 7 – How & Why?
After many years of not using my creative side, when my twins turned eight I decided to design and make their birthday cards. This was great fun and got my creative juices flowing and I haven’t stopped from then on! I love designing, coming up with new ideas and being able to do what I love each day. This is one of the birthday cards.
Day 8 – Where.
I live way up north in Carlisle, Cumbria. I am originally from a town in Cumbria called Whitehaven and have also lived in the Manchester area and Leicester. I moved back to Cumbria shortly after having my twins, to be near my family (having twins can make you do things like that!!). The image shows my illustration of Carlisle Castle which I like to use on my shop banners, social media and promotional materials. Although more recently famous for flooding, Carlisle is a really lovely place to live!
Day 9 – Goals.
My goals this year are to:
1. Grow my product ranges,
2. Find some great stockists,
3. Bring more visitors to my website,
4. Build up some more creative relationships.
Day 10 – Favourite Small Business.
I have SO MANY favourite small businesses that it is very hard to choose just one! So I am going to cheat ever so slightly and choose two. For Mother’s Day, I bought some gorgeous glass bird decorations from Alma Caira Fused Glass and some fab fruit earrings from Claudia Made This. They were all so beautiful, as are the rest of their designs!
Look out for Part 2 and Part 3, coming next week, to see the remaining posts from my #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge. Why don’t you follow my blog on Bloglovin so you don’t miss them! I have also linked up this blog post with Handmade Monday.