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The YAY Makers: May Box

Yayyyy, The YAY Makers Subscription Boxes have returned for 2019! Our monthly yay package was put on hold whilst Kate went on maternity leave to have the adorable Mabel (congrats!) and now they have returned with this super-fun box of goodies! Yipeeee! I’m so excited to share with you this months awesome bundle of happy and introduce you to some fantastically talented artists and creators.

Who are The YAY Makers? If you haven’t seen the boxes I blogged last year (October and November) then here is a quick catch up. The YAY Makers love teaming up with inspirational Indie artists to accessorise your life with colour and motivate you to get creative. Each box contains limited-edition products from talented makers, creators and designers from across the world. Click here to sign up and put some YAY in your day!

Each month you will receive a fab box of surprises which never fail to put a smile on my face. It includes all the ingredients which makes me ridiculously happy such as a limited edition enamel pin (pin addict here!) from a featured artist and an array of fun colourful things to brighten up your life and spark creativity.

In May’s box: Sparkly coin purse from Pup Tart / Personalised print from BowlerBearDesigns / Adventurer enamel pin from Ted & Kip / YAY Festival toppers from Poppekins / Badge DIY Kit from The Make Arcade.

Sparkly coin purse from Pup Tart: How gorgeous is this mini purse in this beautiful mermaid colour? Pup Tart is the talented creator Hannah and her incredibly cute doggie, Indy. Their slogan is: We love making pretty things and getting messy at the same time! And if you check out their shop, you will see a hugeee collection of pretty, sparkly handmade accessories from glittery bags to adorable pet party bow ties! The range is fun, bright and joyful and is constantly being updated with new and interesting designs.

Add some sparkle to social media by following Pup Tart on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Personalised print from BowlerBearDesignsI’m loving this bold and bright B print, I feel like it was made for Hello Bexa and fits in perfectly with all my other colourful postcards. BowlerBearDesigns are a husband and wife duo, with Simone (the artist) creating stunning prints and designs all popping with pretty pastels! Head over to their shop for thoughtful and special handmade cards and gifts – I’m especially loving the You Are All Kinds Of Wonderful rainbow birthday card and these freestanding decorative dinos!

For allll the pretty pastels, add BowlerBearDesigns to your socials: Instagram / Facebook.

YAY Festival toppers from Poppekins: I am already familiar with Poppekins, having discovered her awesomeness in the very first YAY Makers box I ordered. Poppekins is Carla van der Meer who designs fun and vibrant prints with an Etsy shop that is absolutely bursting with colour and creativity! My fave prints are the Follow Your Dreams postcard and this Rainbow love hearts postcard *heart eyes*. I just know these Festival toppers are going to be so cool for my creative projects, hello scrapbooking!

Keep up with all the colourfulness by following Poppekins on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Adventurer enamel pin from Ted & Kip: The talented featured artist this month is Anna, the illustrator and colourful quirky lady behind Ted & Kip. Anna creates weird and wonderful characters which aims to be unique, different and less cuddly than what is currently on the market. This prehistoric dino adventurer pin loves exploration and the great outdoors. Ted & Kip is all about quirkiness and imagination offering a range of fun products from pins to prints and badges to bags. Head over to Anna’s shop to see all the creativity!

Add some quirkiness to your feeds by following Ted & Kip on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Badge DIY Kit from The Make Arcade: In each box, The YAY Makers include things to inspire our creaYAYtiveness – this month we have a DIY badge kit from The Make Arcade who are passionate about sewing, crafting and making. The founder, Ruth, creates DIY kits, Craft kits and Sewing Kits to guide you and inspire you. My favourite kits are the brilliant Sewing Llama Kit, Sewing Rainbow Kit, and this Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Kit. This is most definitely the one-stop-shop for all things crafty and creative!

Find your next DIY project here and follow along on Facebook too!

I hope you enjoyed having a look at all the talented artists and Indie businesses in this month’s box. I love that The YAY Makers enable us to discover awesome creators and find new favourite shops! If you are interested in signing up for their subscription boxes, click here and let the colour and creativity come to your doorstep each month. You can also catch sneak peeks of their goodies over on Instagram too!

Which item is your favourite? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Paint By Numbers Abstract Art

Feeling inspired after reading the lovely Lauren’s awesome post on the Benefits Of Art & Creativity On Mental Health, I decided I wanted to do something arty and creative over the weekend. (Also, whilst you are on Lauren’s blog, go read all her latest posts, she has absolutely rocked National Stationery Week!).

As Lauren says, completing an art project or a creative activity can give a sense of achievement which leads to a boost in self-esteem. It releases dopamine, raises mood and helps us feel good. I love being creative, but sometimes I just want to go with the flow and not worry too much about the outcome. Paint By Numbers is perfect for this so I treated myself to the most colourful cat I could find on Amazon. 

The kit arrived the next day (no surprise, I paid for next day delivery) and it included 27 little pots of paint, 3 brushes, a photo of the multicoloured cat and a folded canvas. After having to figure out how to use an iron, iron the material and back it onto a board using double sided sticky tape, I was ready to get painting!

The best thing about this kit is that you don’t need to mix any paints! All the colours you will need are here, you just need to grab a pot, look for the numbers and get started. Yes, there are about a million tiny numbers and you will start seeing them in your sleep, but it’s worth it. Do it for the pretty cat.

I have done a couple of Paint By Number’s projects before, here and here, so I knew this was going to take some time and commitment.  In total, this took me 12 hours over the Bank Holiday weekend including tea and snack breaks. It’s one of those things, where once you focus and get into the zone, time just flies by.

My approach was simple – use all the pretty pastel colours first and save the darker colours for the end.

If colourful cats are not your thing, then there are plenty of different canvas designs available. Take a look at this adorable puppy, vibrant lion, decorative giraffe and magical deer – which one would you choose?

Painting by numbers is great because anyone can do it – you don’t need to be an artist to enjoy painting. 

You don’t even need to be too neat and if you make a mistake? Who cares? It just adds to the creativity! 

Painting is supposed to be super relaxing, but at some stages I thought to myself: AM I EVER GOING TO FINISH THIS?! Then I remembered, don’t focus on the bigger picture, take it one step at a time. And it’s true, looking too far ahead can be overwhelming. Just keep moving forward at your own pace and eventually you’ll get to where you want to be. There are your words of wisdom for today, thank you self-help books.

I love that you can switch off, forget the world around you and just create something pretty.

In the end, I wasn’t too strict with matching the colours to the numbers. I had fun adding splashes of colour here and there and making the picture my own. Just go with the flow – creativity is all about breaking the rules sometimes and trying something different. There are no mistakes with abstract art, go crazy!

Here is my finished colourful cat canvas – it’s amazing to think this started out as a ridiculous amount of tiny little numbers and now it’s burst to life with just 27 colours! This project is such a great way to spend some time away from the screens, slow down and create your own colourful abstract artwork to be proud of.

Have you tried painting by numbers? What is your favourite way to switch off? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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30 Creative Ways To Use A New Notebook ft. Rachael Hope Notebooks

This week is National Stationery Week – a whole week to celebrate all things stationery! Yayy! Being a stationery addict all year round, I wanted to do a special post to mark the occasion. So, I was superrr excited when my lovely friend Rachael got in touch, offering to gift me a selection of her beautiful new notebooks.

Rachael is a UK based Freelancer, Artist and Blogger at www.rachaelhope.co.uk. Rachael designs the most fun, colourful, eye-catching, abstract artwork I have ever seen, just check out her Instagram and see for yourself, it’s bright, bold and beautiful! I’ve always admired Rach’s work and it never fails to add a splash of colour and creativity to my social media feeds. So actually having three gorgeous notebooks to share with you all in National Stationery Week meant that it was the perfect excuse to have a little photo partaay…

Rach’s Notebooks: Abstract Moon & Stars A5 Notebook / Abstract Moon & Stars With Clouds A5 Notebook / Abstract Mountainside A5 Notebook

Also invited to the party: Ok Play Catstronaut Eraser Pencil / Ok Play Bauble Of Cat Erasers / Pastel Cat Highlighers / Unicorn Paperclips

There is no better feeling than getting a brand new shiny notebook, knowing it can be anything you want it to be. It could be a life-changing project, inspirational quotes, a collection of random thoughts or maybe just a few doodles of cats in astronaut helmets. The possibilities are absolutely endless.

To celebrate the joy of getting these lovely notebooks (thanks Rach!), I am going to share with you a selection of suggestions on how to use them. I hope this inspires you to grab a pretty pen and cute notebook and start something exciting today… Here are 30 Creative Ways To Use A New Notebook. 

1. A book of new words

2. A sentence a day

3. Gratitude journal

4. Favourite lyrics

5. Netflix shows to watch

6. Stationery wishlists

7. A big (or little) trip planner

8. Favourite lines from books

9. A book of passwords

10. Guitar chords

11. E-mail/phone numbers backup book

12. List of happy things

13. Inspirational quotes

14. A book of achievements (to read when you are feeling down)

15. Daily to-do lists

16. Gift ideas for friends and family

17. Holiday journal

18. A book to learn a new language

19. Dream diary

20. Blog post ideas

21. Sketch / doodle book

22. A book of appreciating the little things

23. Daily mood tracker

24. A book of goals and aspirations

25. Notes from online courses

26. Something new you have learned each day

27. List of songs that make you happy

28. A book of favourite tweets

29. Recipes

30. Ideas of things to do on a digital detox

I hope this post has inspired you to grab a pen, open up a brand new notebook and start something exciting today! Don’t forget to check out Rachael’s stunning new notebook range here and keep up to date with all her colourful and creative projects over on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

What would you use a brand new notebook for? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Mode Prints – Art, Stationery & Gifts

[AD – I was gifted products from Mode Prints in exchange for an honest review]

I absolutely love discovering new and unique places to buy beautiful art and stationery, so when I had the opportunity to team up with Mode Prints, I was like ALL THE YESSS! Excited much! Mode Prints make gorgeous homemade art, personalized gifts, greetings cards and homewares all inspired by Scandinavian and nordic styles. I was very kindly gifted 12 lovely greetings cards of my choice to share with you all.

Mode Prints was founded by Summer, who whilst decorating her first daughters nursery, couldn’t find art that complimented the interior style. She took matters into her own hands and created a new series of art prints for her daughter’s room which is where Mode Prints was born. Very cool, huh? Mode Prints is now a small team of art and stationery fanatics, who have been featured in some incredible magazines and publications in the UK and around the world. You can read more about their inspirational story here.

Not only are the designs fun and funky, Mode Prints also use ethical packaging and recycled materials where possible. Double thumbs up from me! The team create fresh new products each week, so why not fill your socials with pretty prints and adorable art by following over on: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook. 

It was hard to choose just 12 cards as there were SO MANY designs I loved. You can check our their vast collection of handmade cards for every occasion here, from birthdays, weddings, holidays and many more! And if you are a stationery and art lover like me, click here and click here and thank me later =)

Abstract Print Greeting Card / Geometric Bold Greeting Card / Geometric Flower Greeting Card

I loved these abstract geometric cards, they caught my eye straight away with their bright, bold and vibrant colours. As they are not designed for a specific occasion, you can get creative and use them for anything you like. Perfect! You never know when you are gonna need to send that last minute thank you card.

Cat In Top Hat Greeting Card

I also couldn’t resist this cat in top hat card, because every cat looks cool in a top hat (and bow tie).

Happy Birthday Retro Cupcake Card / Happy Birthday Pink Doodles Card

Nothing says happy birthday quite like cupcakes and polka dots, right? I’m also automatically attracted to pink, so the second birthday card was easy to choose. You can see the full range of Birthday Cards here.

Pink Christmas Owl Card / Green Christmas Owl Card / Blue Christmas Owl Card

Yes it’s only April, but with this trio of Christmas cards, I’m feeling the most organised, ever. I’m loving the pastel colours and the cute owls and can’t wait to send out these adorable cards when the time comes.

Good Luck Bird Greeting Card

A beautifully illustrated good luck card, you can also send encouragement with the You Got This Card.

Floral Fox Greeting Card

A gorgeous fox with beautiful flowers. Also loving the Welcome To The World Baby Fox Card for new babies.

Happy Mother’s Day Floral Greetings Card

I also picked this pretty Mother’s Day card – see the full collection here and be prepared for next year!

Thank you so much to Summer from Mode Prints for sending me this awesome selection of beautiful cards! I know I’m not going to need to go card shopping for a while with this gorgeous bundle.

Which card is your favourite? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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