Thursday, April 3, 2014

Loving the creative process - Easter Swag Printable

Once upon a time, I made timber buttons for the crafting world. hundreds and thousands of buttons. I designed them, cut them out with my laser machine and then handpainted them.

My favouritest thing of all was the design process. Getting a spark of an idea, planning and drawing, and tweaking it until I had a final product that I loved. I would get butterflies in my tummy, be so very excited and do little happy dances when a new idea worked out into something really cool.

Last year, for several reasons, I closed down my little Button world. 

I don't miss the marketing, the advertising or the demands for MORE! I don't miss the pressure to stay 'on-trend' or to stay one step ahead of my competition. I don't miss the mess, the paints, the smell of burning timber. I don't miss customers who wanted to pay $1 for an intricately handpainted angel, and then complained that they could have gone to Spotlight ( for a cheap, mass produced plastic something).

What I miss is the design process. Time playing with my art program. Fine tuning a design until it is good or even great.
I miss giving stuff away, I love that feeling. I loved saying "Take it, have it, I want you to have this".

So today I am very thankful to have rediscovered that spark. The fun.

In a very basic way, I get to have all the fun of designing with none of the pressure. My art program is run off its feet and my brain is once again swirling with ideas.

On Monday I made a Printable, as a bit of a personal challenge. A little Easter holiday plan, for anyone who might like to plan some fun times over these school holidays. 

You can download it here for free - Yay!

On Tuesday I made an Easter Egg swag with Miss 9, pretty simple but also PRETTY!
So I made that into a printable. Because I can.

 Printable Easter Egg swag or tags

It's cute, prints out on A4 paper and is a super simple project to do with your little kiddly-winks over the school holidays.

Click here to for the free Swag printable with simple instructions :-)

(Super simple = print and cut out, punch some holes, thread them on and hang !)

Yesterday, I had more fun with my designing... that idea needs a little fine tuning but stay tuned... I sense a storm of printables is on it's way.

I have that buzz back. The butterflies are dancing. I am feeling the happy. Yay 

Thankful Thursday xx with Lovely Rhi

Thankful Thursday with APL


  1. I am always amazed at the crafty ladies that I 'know'. There is no way I could do that even if I had a little one interested in doing it !!!
    I love that there are people who are happy to share their knowledge with others without expecting payment in return - you rock !!!!
    Have the BEST day !

  2. That is so good to hear Lisa. I'm in awe of crafty and arty people who ooze inspiration and design - so generous of you to share some of your designs with less talented types like myself!!!

  3. These printables are fantastic, if only I had a printer!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. What great little printables! I also do a little school holiday planner each holidays but I only get to spend one week with my step kids so I am always trying to cram lots of stuff into the one week. The planners really do help. I will definitely be downloading and printing yours! Thanks for sharing

  5. Ahh glad you got your buzz back :) always good to get the creative stuff going again. Great ideas. look forward to seeing what else you come up with. found you via Help I'm Stuck

  6. So glad to hear that you found that buzz again. Your printables are so beautiful. Thanks so much for joining in with #thankfulthursday

  7. Yay! Glad to see you have the spark back - it's wonderful to have a creative outlet and you seem to have such a talent for it. I can't even paint my toenails well. ;)


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