5 creative ways to approach New Year’s Resolutions

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Another year has passed and the new one is about to begin. If you’re anything like me, you’re not too thrilled to think about any New Year’s Resolutions.

Do you feel like you HAVE to force yourself to make resolutions, just because this happens every January?

Maybe we should just all have a little more fun when it comes to reaching our goals or working on ourselves. And connecting our thoughts to actual physical objects, makes the process of reaching our goals way more exciting, don’t you think?

For that reason, I’ve put together a list of fun, beautiful and functional paper products that will hopefully help your mind get going and support you on your journey to reach your goals.

 

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Colorful Christmas accessories to complete your 2014 holidays

Are you ready for the holiday season? Whether you’re looking for special Christmas decoration, things to go with your gifts or the ever so popular planners for next year, check out this list I put together for the 2014 holiday season:

 

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1. Christmas tree Ornaments by SkyGoodies

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Downloadable Christmas tree paper ornaments

These ready-to-print “minimal and elegant geometric DIY paper Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday decoration!”

The set includes templates of 10 ornaments in red, green and black & white. Since this is a download, you can print as many as you like and mix and match them. Enjoy crafting together! You can find the downloads over here.

 

 

2. “Rudolf the Reindeer” Christmas Card Set by anomis

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Pack-of-6 Christmas card sets that can be used as greeting cards or gift tags.

This Christmas card set is all about triangles and plaid. If you look closely, you’ll find Rudolf the reindeer within the design. You get 6 cards with varied pattern-sizes and 6 red envelopes. Choose the larger size, if you want greeting cards or the smaller size to use as gift tags. Head over here to get the Christmas cards.

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3.Eager Beaver planner by anomis

Any New Year’s resolutions yet? Me neither. Why not work on some goals, instead.

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With this eager beaver calendar and planner you’ll set long term and short term goals and figure out how to stick to them.

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The eager beaver planner/calendar is filled with 12 motivational quotes for each month to keep you inspired. Since it’s also a workbook, it will guide you step by step to get you closer to your goal each month. Watch as the eager beaver progresses each month by putting one branch in front of the other until he reaches the other side in the end. And if the beaver can do it, so can you. Find the planner here.
 
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4. Double Sided Wrapping Paper by EvaenAnne

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Double-sided wrapping paper set with colorful surface patterns.

I’m a big fan of EvaenAnne and their double sided wrapping papers. This mixed pack comes in 3 sheets and 6 colorful designs for a happy wrapping experience and of course unwrapping experience! Get it here.

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5. Personalized gift tags by PrintSmitten

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Customizable chalkboard-style gift tag set

These toned-down, yet personalized gift tags make every present even more unique. You can choose either your name or initials to appear on the tags. The set includes 8 tags, you can get it here.

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What are your favorite holiday accessories in 2014? Can you recommend other must-haves for the holidays? Post them below.

Simona Cellar is the founder of anomis. A designer who focuses on the element of surprise in her designs. Come on a journey of discovery and find the hidden beauty all around you. Join the mailing list here and get inspiring articles.

Top 10 surface pattern design blogs

When I first entered the world of surface patterns, I was happy to find so many great sources of inspiration. If you’re new to surface pattern design, then this top 10 blog list will give you a great introduction and inspiration to the surface pattern industry.

I’ll start off with the surface pattern enthusiasts and then get deeper into the business of the surface pattern industry. My top ten includes visual libraries, online magazines, online classes, communities, designers, create your own fabric, competitions, and the design guild. This rating is not based on best to worst. These blogs are all equally important for different reasons.

 

For the surface pattern enthusiasts

1. print & pattern

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This blog celebrates the world of surface pattern design

On a first glance, the print & pattern blog is visual news for the stationery and textile world. You don’t need to read entire stories, instead you can just keep scrolling and be inspired by all the visual beauty. It’s basically Pinterest for surface patterns. It is not a surprise then, that this blog is among the top surface pattern blogs as it is easy and fun to be visually inspired.

Behind this visual library lies “Bowie Style” (Marie Perkins). She has not only been feeding us with the latest visual inspiration, but has also published three books: “print & pattern 1“, “print & pattern 2” and “print & pattern kids“, where she documents the latest designers and their work.

Marie is also a surface pattern designer herself and has done some impressive work that is also worth taking a look at in her studio Inkjet Designs.

 

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Don’t be put off when people don’t share your passion

Do you sometimes feel like the odd one out when your passions don’t align with what people around you like?

It feels lonely and you can even end up hiding what you love in order to fit in. We’ve all done this at some point in our lives. But how did we grow out of it?

I was recently reminded of this at my local café, when I mentioned to the waitress that I’m just in looove with the surface pattern on their floor. It’s like a little surprise under my feet and makes me want to examine it closely. And the color combination has something traditional, while still being fresh. The pattern brings life into the space and adds depth and character. I sure wouldn’t have bothered with it if it was like every other floor.

The waitress gave me this odd look and replied:

“Actually, the floor is the only thing I hate in this place.”

I was a bit disappointed and also shocked to be reminded that there are people who do not share my passion for surface patterns. It brought back a twinge of the old feeling I used to have…

Maybe you pretended to like the mainstream music your friends were into and hid the fact you also really liked country music? Or maybe you played a mainstream sport, because everyone else did, even though you secretly wanted to do something completely different?

We do this because we’re human and want to fit in. We compromise our true passions, because the feeling of belonging feels a lot better than the possible humiliation. We’re afraid to end up alone, when we don’t do what everyone else does.

But hiding your passions will hurt you in the long run

When I end up doing things I just don’t care about, I feel dull, like I’m wasting important time of my life that I could feel joyful  instead of boring. Yet when I get to plunge into the world of surface patterns, I feel alive, like I’m in line with what I’m supposed to be doing in this world.

Your day can either be filled with meaningful actions or insignificant chores. We all have the same amount of time given, we should spend it engaged in something we love, not something we feel indifferent about. When you do what you love, time flies by, because you are filled with purpose and drive. And feeling inspired just sounds way better than hoping to be finally done with something.

Not all of us are able to incorporate our passion into our day job. But there are other ways you can include your passions in your daily life:

1. Schedule regular time to spend only your passion. Whether this is twice a week or once a day. This way you can look forward to a regular scheduled time doing what you care about.

2. Ask around, perhaps someone around you already does the same thing you love.

3. Find people you can share your passions with.

“OK but what if no one else around me feels the same?”

I totally get you. When I started getting into surface patterns, my friends didn’t get how totally amazing this new world is to me. How alive and happy it makes me feel just looking at the patterns. But the solution is not to go quiet about it, but to find people who share the same passions.

Where are these people likely to hang out? Is there a club or organization you can join? Does someone offer classes where you can learn more about the subject? Can you think of any events where you’ll find like-minded people? Online?

1. Brainstorm where people with the same interests hang out.

2. Make a list of possible clubs or organizations, courses and events and also look for online communities.

3. Get out there. You actually have to leave your home and be brave enough to do something new. Go ahead, it will be worthwhile.

After I left the café, a woman with a lovely patterned dress walked by me. It reminded me, that there are plenty of other people who love what I love, I just have to find them.

 

Over to you

Have you ever had the experience of discovering no-one around you shared your passions? If so, what did you do about it?

Where do you find the people who share your passions? 

 

Simona Cellar is the founder of anomis. A designer who focuses on the element of surprise in her designs. Come on a journey of discovery and find the hidden beauty all around you. Join the mailing list here and get inspiring articles.

anomis now available at Bits & Bobs

So happy to announce, that a large assortment of my cards are now available at Bits & Bobs.

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Bits & Bobs is a cute store, situated in the heart of Zurich. A local shop with all kinds of unique and whimsical accessories. If you’re looking for something one of a kind, paying a visit to Bits & Bobs will be well worth it.

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Tania, the shop owner, also has a quite unique background. Tanias mother is British, so the name of her shop was almost a given. “Bits & Bobs” is an English expression and means an eclectic mix of items. Her father is from a mountainy area in Switzerland. You’ll find a nice mix of both worlds in her shop: The English style combined with rustic elements of the mountains.

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Guest post: “Live Sweet Photography”

A few weeks ago I was able to do a guest blog post for the lovely Live Sweet Photography. Lindsey, the portrait photographer, loves capturing the little special moments in life just as much as I like to create them with my surface patterns.

You can read the post right here

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Send your Valentine’s greetings online

Send your Valentine’s greetings conveniently online via Petite Poste. I have created a couple of designs for Valentine’s day. Check it out here.

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“Petite Poste is a gallery of unique postcards, created by artists from around the world. They feature photography, art and illustration, and can be written and sent online, by postmail or else despatched blank to you by post.”

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anomis at “Heiliger Bimbam” in Zürich

Hey Zurich friends! I will be at the X-Mas fair “Heiliger Bimbam”. This SATURDAY, 21. December 2013 from 13.00 – 21.00 at the MAAG EVENT HALL. Come and visit!

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My favorite Christmas accessories for 2013

A list of my favorite Christmas goodies for 2013:

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I just love all the colorful decorative things you can find around Christmas time: Ornaments, wrapping paper, gift tags, mini Christmas trees. These are my favorites:

1. Christmas tree Ornaments by wearebreadandjam

“Add a hint of nostalgia to your Christmas with these cheery slot together Christmas Decorations. Make Christmas your own, by cutting and slotting these brightly patterned Christmas decorations together.”

2. Double Sided Christmas Wrapping Paper by EvaenAnne

Three sheets of watermelon-red and racing-green colored wrapping paper (48 x 70 cm)

3. Christmas Gift Tags Funny Mixed Set of 8 by LittleBillieBluebird

“In a nod to retro badges and styling, these non-traditional Christmas gift tags should have your gift recipients smiling. Made from quality recycled card stock and measuring 5x10cm (1.97×3.94″), each gift tag has been individually printed.”

4. Cardboard Christmas Tree by FabParlor

These two trees are laser cut from plain brown cardboard and are great for painting, glitter, rhinestones or your own ornaments.

5. Vintage Christmas Tree Art Print by DictionArt

“A vintage dictionary art print of a classic Christmas tree, printed on vintage dictionary paper. A perfect piece of Christmas decor for the holiday season!”

Do you have any other favorites? Post them in the comments.

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