Creative Inspirations: Vivid Please

Morning all! Today I am sharing very exciting interview with an amazing creative duo as part of my Creative Inspirations series.Β Vivid are an arty duo living and creating in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a passion for eco-friendly and quirky gifts. They write a stellar craft blog and stockΒ illustrated stationery, prints, bags and accessories in their fabulous Etsy store. One of my favourites for sure! I’ll hand over to Vicky now…..

Vivid Please Prints

Tell us a little about yourselves and Vivid Please! How did it all begin?

Hello hello!

We are Vicky and David, the creative duo behind Vivid Please, and we’re so excited to be hanging out with you today! Well, we first met whilst working at an advertising agency. We’re both quite little people and are pretty quirky so naturally we were drawn to each other! We found we had a lot in common; we liked creating and designing and made a lot of our own stuff outside of working hours and eventually we decided to take it to the next level and started to make stuff together. It started small with cool things we’d thought up and wanted that we couldn’t seem to find in the shops and it grew from there. We found our little projects were getting a lot of attention and decided to grow our hobby into our business. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s a total dream!

Working as a duo must be fun?! What roles do each of you play and what’s your favourite thing about working this way?

Working as a duo is the best thing ever! We have the same sense of humour and can finish each others sentences, so it works out phenomenally when we’re working on something creative and one of us gets stuck! Having said that we do have our own roles that naturally work to each of our strengths. I (Vicky) am the one who illustrates, works on the blog posts and does a lot of the photography side of things, whereas David is the brains of the operation! Haha πŸ˜‰ He does all the hard work, like designing our beautiful blog and packaging and a lot of the admin side of things. He loves a good spreadsheet!

Do you have a dedicated work space or studio?

We’re currently in a bit of a state of flux on the studio at the moment. Vivid HQ is getting a little too large for the current situation so we’re going to get a little studio space soon πŸ™‚ Nothing lavish, just somewhere to type in peace!

Vivid Please Stationery

Because I’m a bit nosey, I love learning about people’s creative processes. How do you begin to work on new design concepts? Are you inspired by anything in particular?

Ooh! Tough question! This is the kind I love to read and hate to answer hee hee πŸ™‚ For us, a lot of our work is based on our ridiculous sense of humor, so a lot of products derive from going out and living our lives (often in the pub!) We find it impossible to come up with something if we’re drawing a blank so there will be periods we take a break and do something else. I love looking though cookery, arts and craft books for inspiration and we both love to wander the supermarkets and check out the branding. Simple things like typefaces and colour combinations can be really inspirational if you look at it in a different light (namely not when hungry!)

When lightning strikes it will start out as a quick scribble in one of our notebooks and we take it from there. Knowing our strengths is really helpful because I’ll often think of something I can’t make, but I know David can. As we have similar tastes in graphic design, he can translate my jargon thoughts into something beautiful!

Vivid Please Pug Card

I’m a big fan of your art print cards and engraved pencils – what are your best sellers?

Aww! Thanks Claire πŸ˜€ Our little pug is everyones bestie! He’s such a little charmer that at fairs everyone wants to take him home. Our spectacular glasses cards would be a close second with our I Love You A Latte in at 3rd. They’re a lot of fun to sell at markets because people are really expressive when they look through the collection. It’s so great when they laugh out loud – we know we made it happen! As for our pencils, it’s gotta be our set that includes our “Feeling Notey”, “Yeah, Write” and “Words Are For Nerds” pencils that get the best reaction, but our new “Awesome” and “OMG” ones have been going down a real treat too! During Valentines our “Wood You Be Mine” ones get really popular too. It’s incredible how many pencil puns there are πŸ˜€

Vivid Please Brooches

Is there anything exciting ahead for Vivid Please? Can you share any secret plans for the future?

We’ve been keeping it a bit of a secret, but we’ve just been the first artist box for an awesome new crafty subscription service called Goodie Goodness. They’ve just launched this month and there has been a lot of excitement and wonderful feedback from it already. People have been blogging our products like crazy and someone even put the opening of the box on Youtube – hands down the best video we watched all year! We’re hoping to be doing more fun and creative stuff like that soon. In this business anything is possible and it’s always and adventure!

And lastly, a silly question…if you could be super heroes for the day, what powers would you have and why?!!

Best. Question. Ever.

I think my powers would be the ability to time travel. I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong era (I love the 50’s) so I would love to go back, nab me some awesome dresses and bring them to my current lifetime!

David on the other hand says he always feels he needs to be in more than one place at once. A duplicate Davey to work his day job and one to help me with the fun stuff at Vivid HQ would be ideal!

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Thanks SOOO much for sharing your story guys! I’m totally with you on the 50s dress thing and I shall be noseying at the Goodie Goodness box asap!

Be sure to check out the Vivid Please Blog here and favourite their Etsy Shop if you like!

claireabelle

Printed.com – A Giveaway!

I have a super giveaway for each and every one of you today courtesy of Printed.com. I discovered Printed via my subscription to the Crafty Creatives Box, as they use them to have stickers and cards printed.

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Printed support small businesses such as Claireabellemakes* offering products, including business cards, leaflets, stickers and much more. It’s super easy to order online & the customer services team are so friendly.

I recently ordered some stickers for my Etsy shop packages and a fabulous vinyl banner for markets, which I really just want to put on the wall in my house because I love my logo so much! The quality is fantastic and the eyelets will make it easy for me to hang it professionally.

Printed Stickers Claireabellemakes

Printed Stickers Claireabellemakes

Printed Banner Claireabellemakes

I would highly recommend Printed if you have a small business or blog or even if you just want some photos printed (you can get instagram prints as polaroid style prints or stickers).

Instagram Polaroids

In order for you to try the Printed services, I have Β£10 credit to give away to each of my blog readers!!Β 

All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me what you would order from the Printed websiteΒ and then email me your postal address to send the voucher to – claireabellemakes@gmail.com

Please note, this giveaway is open to UK followers only and will close on Friday 12 April at 5pm.

Happy times!

Update: This giveaway is now closed.

claireabelle

*I have received no payment in exchange for writing this blog post. Claireabellemakes is partnered with Printed. You can find out more about this here.

Instalife: Crafts and Cambridge

I’m never sure how interesting I can make an instagram roundup, but I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to over the last two weeks!

Instagram round up claireabellemakes

Cakes at our hugely popular WI meet, autumnal flowers from work, trifle at Mum’s, low flying hot air balloon, Moo cards & packaging for the shop, beginnings of a knitted cushion, cool cake tin in John Lewis, a Cambridge lunch date by the river.

Instagram round up claireabellemakes

New bicycle cushion by Mella Makes, tea with the boy, results from a crochet flowers class with Not So Granny, preparing images for my Etsy shop About page, bow ring prototype coming soon, ric rac rose, book binding with my Crafty Creatives box, cows and cyclists in Cambridge.

You can follow me on Instagram by searching for claireabellemakes.

I’ve had a nice two weeks of family time, crafting and working hard for the shop. I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated in other areas of my life lately, so I’ve decided from now, I am gonna get my butt in gear and work towards a better life balance. Wish me luck!

One last thing, a thanks to Cybele and Clare for the lovely blog nominations this week! Please check out their blogs over at Stitch One Knit TooΒ and Lottie of London.

claireabelle

I Love Post

Postcard blanks - set of 50 - 4x6 soft white

 

These past two weeks have been epic for post. It’s no secret that I love receiving a parcel or letter and I’ve recently learnt that I’m not alone in this love of post. I’m not quite sure why, but ever since I received my Canadian penpal in Brownies 22 years ago, it’s become a bit of an obsession. I’ve even gone so far as to change all my bills to e-billing, so I only ever receive awesome post. My penpal and I still write to this day (and skype too!) and she is now my oldest friend. I was even maid of honour at her wedding πŸ™‚ It’s amazing what a 7 year old’s letter and some coins from your home country taped to a card can lead to.

Anyway, I digress. The whole point of this post is to share with you my great week of post. I appreciate this might not be as exciting for some of you, but stick with me if you’re a craft fan or just nosey!

This stationery set comes from one of my favourite stationery sellers Fawn & Flora (why are all the best things Canadian?!). It’s perfect for me as it has both sewing machines & bicycles on. Of course I had to order washi tapes too.

Fawn & Flora Stationery

Next came Everything Oz. I can’t tell you how much I love this whimsical craft/baking book. I may have to do a separate post on it. Thanks to Alison from Art of CraftsΒ for selecting me in the giveaway! I never win anything (unsuccessful at every bingo game I’ve ever played) so this was an amazing post item.

Everything Oz

Then mid-week my postman obeyed my secret-hiding-place-for-parcels note and I excitedly opened my Crafty Creatives Box 1! I blogged about it here – it was a fantastic surprise box of crafty delights.

Crafty Creatives Box 1

Some of you will know I am preparing for the opening of my Etsy shop and boy have I had fun exploring packaging options! These two stamps from NorajaneΒ on Etsy are going to feature I’m sure. Thanks to Suki from The Owl Club for recommending them!

Bicycle & Button Stamps

Later in the week I won another giveaway (yay) for this great card from Leanne at Ello Designs. I was already a regular customer, so was dead chuffed to receive it. I know exactly who I am going to send it to.

Ello Design Card

Then, this big stash of yarn was left in my secret-parcel-hiding-place, but I can’t tell you what it is for just yet. Let’s just say it’s for a fun project featuring 10 other bloggers and I’mΒ working on it this weekend. More to follow!!

Home Crafts Yarn

After a crappy day on Friday, I came home to a marvellous package from fellow blogger Caroline. I’d recently sent her a test of my Etsy products and some crafty treats and she kindly returned the favour with this fab collection of fabric squares, ribbon, soap and beads. How cute is the card? Thanks Caroline!

Please do have a look at Caroline’s blog here. She has some fab DIY projects and fashion posts and was recently the guest blogger for Look Magazine.

Burkatron Gifts

I also received supplies for my Etsy shop items (eee!) and a mint green H&M skirt which I ordered ages ago and completed forgot about. The sun has finally arrived here in Cambridge, so I may twirl about in it this weekend if my milk bottle legs are up to it.

I Love Post.

What have you received in the post lately? Do share!

claireabelle x