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Digital Bullet Journal with iPad Pro and GoodNotes (Free Template!)

Posted in Resources, Templates

I’ve always loved the concept of a bullet journal – the simplicity and the flexibility, combined with the opportunity to be as creative as you want. The bit I am not great at is being consistent with that. I’d create beautiful layouts for a few weeks in a row, before falling off the wagon and reverting back to my old planner-less ways. Enter my digital bullet journal on my iPad Pro.

Use the GoodNotes app to create your own digital bullet journal spreads. Or download my free template!

Is Your Website Navigation in the Wrong Order?

Posted in Websites

You probably read the title above and thought: of course it isn’t. Surely your navigation can go in any order you choose, right?

Wrong.

Well, obviously it can. You (hopefully) live in a free country and can, therefore, put your navigation in any order that you want. But is it in the order that best suits your audience? Is it in the order that will be most effective when it comes to converting a visitor to a customer?

How I Became a Designer

Posted in Design

I’ve been a professional designer for about a decade, and people often ask me how I got into it. The short story is: by accident! Kind of.

From humble beginnings as a teen girl with a blog (that was cringe), to my time having my work featured on design websites (that was cool), and my experience at design school.

A little trip down memory lane…

An Intro to Accessibility and User Experience

Posted in Access & UX Guide

It’s so easy to make your own website these days, but if you don’t have a background in coding, you might not be aware of the impact that accessibility and user experience have on your blog or business.

There is a lot of information out there, so where to start? Right here! I’m going to share some of my top tips for improving your website’s accessibility– and therefore the general user experience– through a series of guides which should be informative and easy-to-follow for web creators who don’t really code!

MacBook Air 2020 Review

Posted in Review, Design, Technology

My previous laptop was the mid-2013 MacBook Air, which I purchased in early 2014. It still had the big silver bezels and the squishier keyboard, and it served me very well once my 2009 MacBook Pro had bitten the dust.

I’ve also used the more recent MacBook Pro, circa 2017 or 2018, as my main machine for work. This one had the reduced bezels, now black for more of a seamless feel, and a keyboard that is, quite frankly, painful to use. It has almost none of the “squishiness” and was akin to slamming your fingertips directly into the table for 8 hours every day.

How does the MacBook Air 2020 compare?

Trying Flower Arranging!

Posted in Discount, Creativity

With the world in lockdown, I know many of us have a bit of extra time on our hands. I’ve been trying to use some of this to take a little bit longer doing things “properly.” Like arranging my flowers nicely!

Plus: Grab a discount code for £10 off your first Bloom & Wild order!

Cozy Café Catch-Up – no. 1

Posted in Monthly Catch-Up

Welcome to my little rambling catch-up. Think of this as our monthly coffee date – we’ve just come inside from the cold, we’re both wearing something super cute, and we’re ready to take snapshots of our cake for Insta.

Grab your favourite hot drink– I am partial to a dairy-free Chai latte, except in autumn when my PSL obsession runs wild– and have a seat at my table!

Capturing Moments with Hashtag Authentic

Posted in Photography, Books, Review

I’m just going to say it: I’m often skeptical about buying books written by “influencers.” I’ve bought a couple, and read reviews of a few more. Nowadays, I pay them hardly any notice. Still, something drew me towards Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker.

The first thing that struck me was how accessible the book feels. It really puts an emphasis on how anyone can enjoy photography. At the same time, it didn’t feel limited. There’s such a wide range of information and different ideas on how to use photography to tell a story.

Making a Photo Book

My mom had been asking for a photo book of my own photography for years – and I finally did it!

First step: finding a supplier. Second step: curating a group of photos. Third step: wrestling with DIY software. Result: a charming coffee table book for a decent price!

Plus: get £10 off your first Papier order!