Instalife March 2017

HOW THE FLIP IS IT APRIL ALREADY?! March was a fun but transitional month for me, as some projects came to an end and I started working on new things. One thing I loved participating in throughout the month was the March Meet The Maker challenge on Instagram. We posted one photo a day based on the prompts set by Joanne Hawker.

You can see all the original posts in my Instagram here or in this Facebook album where I have collated my 2016 and 2017 Meet The Maker posts!

It was a great challenge to share more of my story for Claireabellemakes and some of the posts were personal as well as a bit of fun. Looking at all the posts on the tag was really fun too – the creative community on Instagram is brilliant.

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Towards the end of the month I realised that this blog passed 1 MILLION VIEWS. Kind of blown away by that and still thinking how to say thank you to you all! I’m thinking of doing a giveaway so stay tuned and give me a shout if you have any ideas.

Thanks to all of you for following along with my Instagram posts, it’s still my favourite platform to get creative with πŸ™‚

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Instalife February 2017

Oof February whizzed by didn’t it? It’s only a few days shorter, but it always feels like we loose a whole week or something. I had a tough one for migraines and S.A.D, but I managed to stay productive and share some of my creative endeavours when I could. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram feed.Β Claireabellemakes-Instalife-Studio-Behind-The-Scenes-Feb-2017

Packing up custom pencil orders and restocking / Print inspiration

Glitter pins in progress / Desk space / Local press featureClaireabellemakes-Instalife-Shop-Feb-2017

Shooting new images for the bike pins and Valentines cards in the shop

Launching new colours of the Glitter Heart Pins and sharing pencils

Updating product photos for my new shop on Look Lane
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Using my Hello Day Planner and enjoying coffee in the studio

Sharing my pin collection / DIY Tassel Wall Hanging / Winter FavouritesClaireabellemakes-Instalife-Bikes-and-Cats-Feb-2017

Obviously I did some bike spotting / Tammy keeping me company in the studio

I also shared this awesome illustration Jo from Hello SunshineΒ did of me! I love her new watercolour style doodles.Claireabellemakes-Portrait-by-Hello-Sunshine

Throughout March I’ll be taking part in the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge again. It is so much fun to share a bit more about my business through this Instagram challenge so be sure to follow along! You can see my posts from last year all together here.

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Instalife January 2017

I’m not gonna lie guys. January was tough. I had at least 2-3 migraine days a week Β (sometimes more!) and the world news got me down. My usually positive mindset was certainly challenged. But, as usual, creativity kept me going as well as lots of time with friends and some quiet days at home with G. Here’s what I got up to via my Instagram photos.Β Claireabellemakes-Creative-Projects-Instalife-Jan-2017

A fun scissor shot – one of these is chocolate! / Working on a new hat for fun

DIY Copper Foil Planter / A jewellery DIY for We Make Collective
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Awesome customer photos of the bicycle pins and phrase necklaces!

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I spent a lot of time working on the Glitter Heart Pins – more colours coming!

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I shared lots of planner updates including my choices for 2017 & a dashboard

The Peony Planner launched and I started Bullet Journalling
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As usual, lots of bike spotting happened around Cambridge

….and Tammy kept me company in the studio

Thanks for letting me share an update today. I hope February will be better for my health so I can get back to regular blogging again. I miss it! Do let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any projects I should try.

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Instalife October 2016

As usual, the month sped by and I can’t quite believe it’s November already! October was the first month as a full-time creative so I had lots to learn at Copper Boom Studio and tons of things to make here in Claireabellemakes studio. Here’s a look at what I got up to via my Instagram feed.claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-studio-desk

The studio doesn’t always look this tidy, but it was for a brief moment!claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-studio

I added some new items to my pegboard display.claireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-shop

Lots of pins and necklaces left the shop and some Sew Crafty prints too

The pencils got a lot of love and Christmas cards were launched

A sneak of new cards coming soon and a great customer snap
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DIY Colour Block Tray / Painted Pumpkins / Sharing my Favourites

Choosing a Planner for 2017 / DIY Marbled Magazine File
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Embracing Autumn in Cambridge / Wearing my favourite pins

Bike rides through the leaves / Autumn Decor / Bike spottingclaireabellemakes-instalife-october-2016-tammy

As always I have my little helper with me at all times in the studio! She’s a personal hot water bottle…

November has some fun things scheduled and even more new designs coming to the shop. I think it’s going to be a busy one!

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Instalife September 2016

OK, so September was pretty awesome. It was filled with fun things and lots of emotion, as it was the month I left my day job to make my creative career the only career! Here’s a look at what I got up to via my Instagram feed.claireabellemakes-instalife-shop-september-2016

The new phrase necklaces were released in the shop

A feature in Caboodle Magazine / Sew Crafty print collection

Makers Gonna Make Notebooks / Updated Pins / New prints for planners!claireabellemakes-instalife-planner-september-2016

Sharing planner spreads each week in the kikki.K Lavender Pink Plannerclaireabellemakes-instalife-blog-september-2016New pin from Zeena Shah / Visiting The Handmade Fair / Hole punch review

Learning to brush letter / Celebratory cards from friends / DIY Colour Block Tray
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Bike spotting in the city

Enjoying the Autumn sunshine / Decorating for Autumn / Cow photobombs
claireabellemakes-instalife-tammy-september-2016And Tammy has been SO cuddly lately, I think the change in temperature really affects cats – she wont leave us alone at the moment. I’m not compaining, look how cute she is!

I hope you had a great September. I’m looking ahead now to Christmas – I know it’s early, but you’d be suprised how many buy my cards in October! I’ll also be taking some time to adjust to my new working life and to enjoy some ‘time off’ at weekends which I haven’t had in years.

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