Friday, 27 February 2015

March 2015 Free Printable Calendar & Planner

Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
We're about to march into the third month of the year! (bdmtshh!) Here's your free March printable calendar and planner. I created a botanical looking lettering piece based on the popularity of similar posts on Instagram. Enjoy! :)

Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)

I know some people don't have access to colour printing, so why not use the black and white version and then add your own colour to it? I know some people already do this, and I love it! Check out this one that Linelle beautifully decorated and shared with me on Instagram...
Happiness is... March 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner

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I love when people share pics of their calendars in use! Share yours via twitterfacebookinstagram or pinterest using the hashtag #happinessis_calendars. 

Enjoy your calendar 
& have a magical month of March!

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

So I recently mentioned using a "quilted paper" look for last month's Instagram project and had some requests for a tutorial on how to do this. After Googling a bit I realised that I kinda made this up: I couldn't find any images for the paper look that I'd created, so "quilted paper" isn't really a thing! Until now, that is! Haha ;) Anyway, I tried to create a step-by-step photo tutorial below to help you recreate this look.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you're folding parallel diagonal lines. We do this on one side of the page and then repeat on the other side. When folding paper always remember to get points matching up as perfectly as possible, and make your folds as sharp as possible by going over them with your nail or any other clean blunt edge (a clean ruler edge, non-sharp edge of a craft knife, etc).

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

Take an A4 page and fold one corner in to meet the opposite paper edge to form a triangle shape. Open that out and do the same with the adjacent corner along the long edge.
Open it out again and refold the first fold. Fold the diagonal flat edge in towards the opposite corner til the centre fold marks are aligned and the new folded edge is aligned with the point of the original fold.
When you open that fold out you'll see a new diagonal line. Fold again according to the images below...

Paper Folding Tutorial: Get the "Quilted Paper" Look

You can leave it plain white for a nice elegant look, or use coloured paper, or stitch it, like I did for my Instagram project. Use it for an unusual look for gift wrap, table settings, greeting cards or anything else you can think of.


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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Valentine's Day Free Printable Card

It's almost V-day! I don't much care for it myself (at all), but if you do here's a fun non-pink card you could use. Also great to use on any other day of the year, for someone who just makes you think "mmmmmm..."... like cheesy nachos :)

Happiness is... Valentine's Day Free Printable Card 2015
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And here are some Valentine's lols, just coz...


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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects

Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
While I've been quieter around here over the past few months, I've become much more active on Instagram, which surpassed Twitter as my favourite social network soon after I joined. 

Last year I started a daily doodle project for myself in December, #DecemberDoodles, where I hand-lettered quotes submitted by people in the comments. In January I hand-lettered a word a day, choosing a word out of my experience of that day, #HappyJanDoodles. I had the idea to do this on squares of folded paper, that I call "quilted paper", and then to stitch through it with gold thread after, and I've just completed that. People have requested a how-to for the quilted paper, so there'll be a post on that soon :)

Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type


GIVEAWAY!
February's project is another publicly collaborative one of sorts: I'm doing a giveaway every single day for February! The project is #FancyFebDoodle where I illustrate a letter of the alphabet each day in a different elaborate way. The first person to comment on the post each day on Instagram with their email address and the hashtag wins a printable version of that day's illustration! I'll be posting every day between 12 and 1pm SA time (GMT+2) so you'll know when to keep an eye out for the letter you're after :)

Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type
Happiness is... Monthly Instagram Doodle Projects - hand lettering and hand drawn type

The printables will be sent out once a week to the winners of that week, and will also be made available for sale online.

What do you think of this idea? I plan on doing various different Instagram projects like this every month this year. If you have any ideas for a project theme that you think would be amazing, feel free to share them with me! See you on Instagram ;)


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Thursday, 29 January 2015

February 2015 Free Printable Calendar

Happiness is... free printable February 2015 calendar and planner
Whaaat?! Second month of 2015 already?! Can you even handle?
Luckily there's a pretty calendar for you to ease the shock (slightly delayed because of internetlessness). Get yours now! And keep an eye out for a little V-day freebie next week ;)

Happiness is... free printable February 2015 calendar and planner
 Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)
Get your calendars earlier PLUS extra exclusive freebies by subscribing to the Happiness is... Lucky Packet!

I love when people share pics of their calendars in use! Share yours via twitterfacebookinstagram or pinterest using the hashtag #happinessis_calendars. 

Enjoy your calendar 
& have a fantastic month of lurrrve!


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