20% Sale on Molu TypeShop

Morning all!! 

I hope you had a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the week ahead. 

Just a quick reminder that there’s a 20% discount over on my Etsy shop so if you’d like to advantage of this offer and treat yourself (or perhaps buy the perfect gift) to some typographic prints (both A4 & A3) it’s running for another two weeks!! These prints won’t be reproduced so grab yourself a bargain on these limited editions while they last! Just use the code THISLITTLEFOX20 at checkout! 

Do spread the word! Xx

Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_AF-Wedding-Stationery-05A quick little behind-the-scenes peek on some recent work I had done for a gorgeous couple getting married next summer. With Turkish-Cypriut backgrounds, the couple were eager to bring in Mediterranean influences to their bespoke stationery design while keeping it contemporary and elegant on the whole. In essence, setting the scene for their summer wedding day itself.
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The combination of fluid brush lettering and soft water-coloured illustrations were explored to create an organic sun-drenched feel. The designs for this phase of the stationery designs were centered around Mediterranean tiles and citrus hues in a subdued yet refreshing style, while exploring the subtle textures brought from the inks and paper used.

There’s a lot of work that goes behind bespoke, custom-designed wedding stationery but it is a lot of fun working on them particularly when you get to play around with different mediums. I most definitely enjoyed this one and cannot wait to get started on the next phase that is their main Invitation Suite which will be exploring more lettering and illustrations that involve olives and lemons!

So stay tuned for that in the new year :)

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

 

[Real Weddings] when East-meets-West

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One of the many things I’ve been meaning to share on here since the summer, is this fun ‘fusion’ wedding project I did back in May. Some of you may have seen a few behind-the-scenes snippets back around springtime so I’ve now complied a few images of the finished elements to give you an idea of the project as a whole.

The couple (she’s of Indian descent and he’s of english-irish descent) had got in touch looking for bespoke wedding stationery to fit their ‘east-meets-west’ wedding after stumbling across ours on the blog (the power of search engines never ceases to amaze me!) They wanted something that signified them as a couple (fun, fresh, modern) and their cultural backgrounds, but one that also tied in elegantly with their quintessentially english country house setting in Oxfordshire where they were to get married in. With this being my first wedding job of the year, and the first ‘fusion’ one since our wedding, I was excited at the prospects (and challenges) the job presented…so instantly agreed to take it on. Plus, it’s not often you find clients you instantly get on with and wholeheartedly trust your judgement! :)
MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-04 MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-07So, inspired by folklore illustrations and patterns traditionally found on Indian textiles, murals, and religious occasions that depict poetry and enchanted tales, the final design route created brought a sense of romance and mystic to the couple’s fusion countryside wedding. The Stationery suite consisted of 5 elements: Invitations for both Civil & Hindu Ceremonies, RSVPs and Order of Services for both ceremonies. Once the illustrative designs were finalised, we decided that each stationery element would be distinguished by colour from the colour palette we agreed on for this project (A ‘thank you’ card was added later in the same style and fashion)

I also made on-the-day elements and hand painted signage, which for me is the most fun part being so tangible, particularly with the welcome sign and the large photo-backdrop. Again, the folklore-inspired illustrative designs were incorporated so that all the pieces looked completely unified.

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Well, the overall experience of this project was simply amazing – not only did I get to explore avenues I didn’t think I’d envisage doing much of (i.e. illustration), but I was also extremely fortunate to work with a truly delightful couple who made the entire process seamless for me. It’s people like them that make all the hard work so worth while! A huge heartfelt thank you to Mita & Nathan for being a.w.e.s.o.m.e. in every way possible and for letting me be a part of their gorgeous fusion wedding!! And of course, for the lovely professional photos you see below (courtesy of Matt Horan Photgraphy) that shows some of the signs in-situ. :)

Until next time..! xx

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[Image credit: Matt Horan Photgraphy ]

[D.I.Y. Special] How to achieve a simple faux watercolour effect

MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-MAINFolks, this week’s DIY is by the lovely card-making guru Preeya of Upto Some ‘Ink who’s sharing with us in this second instalment of her quarterly series on MbM, more fabulous tricks of the trade. And this time, we have something perfect for Springtime. So, without further ado……I’ll hand it over to our expert:

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Hi Everyone! Thank you once again, Soumya for having me on your wonderful blog! It is always a pleasure to be featured here. Today, I am sharing with you a spring-themed project. No doubt you guys in the Northern Hemisphere are all looking forward to the warmer weather. I live in Sydney Australia, where we are looking forward to a little relief from the heat. I know that I will regret those words in about a month’s time!

So, in this series, I will be sharing a piece of wall art that I made using some stamps to achieve a faux-watercolour look. I found a quote by Robin Williams that I loved, and decided to turn it into a piece of wall art

MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-MATHere are the things you will need:

  • A 6”x8” piece of watercolour paper
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Watermark pen (such as Versamarker)
  • Embossing Ink (Distress Embossing Ink shown, but Versamark also suitable)
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (Gold shown in pic)
  • Heat gun
  • Various dye ink pads in spring colours (I’ve used Stampin Up’s Crisp Canteloupe, PIstachio Pudding, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana – but only four shown in pic)
  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • Acrylic blocks – One with a grid is useful for lining up alphabet stamps
  • Flower stamps (I used Happiness in Bloom by Papertrey Ink)
  • Paintbrush
  • Washi tape for masking
  • Scrap paper to test out your design

MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-011. Firstly, plan out your design on a piece of scrap paper. Decide on your arrangement of images as well as your text. I drew a line down the middle of my paper, and planned the layout of the text around it. Then arrange your alphabet stamps to form your quote.

2. Dust your entire piece of cardstock with corn starch and then stamp onto the watercolour paper using Versamark ink (Cornstarch prepares the paper for embossing, by removing any static or oils from your fingers so that the embossing powder will only stick to the Versamark, and not in places where you don’t want it to stick!)

MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-02 MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-033. Sprinkle with embossing powder and shake off the excess back into the container. Heat with heat gun until the powder has melted and looks all shiny and pretty.

4. Next, write on any parts of your text that you wish to hand-letter using the Versamark pen. Apply embossing powder and heat like before. Now that you have your quote down, you can set about adding your images to frame it. Get your plan out, and use that as a guide to lay your images down.

5. To get that faux-watercolour look, ink up your stamp using a dye ink. Spritz the inked stamp with water once or twice and then stamp onto your paper. Repeat with other images in other colours. Things to note: Unless you want colours to blend (and you may depending on the style you are after), stamp images which are far apart first, taking care that they are all dry before stamping other colours over the top or immediately next to the ones you have just done.

6. If you are using a multi-step set like i am, where there are many images to layer on to of each other to achieve a more detailed flower, make sure the first layer has dried completely before inking, spritzing and then stamping the second layer.

MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-04 MbM_PREEYA_MARCH-15-05At this point, I was pretty much finished, but I thought that I would like to add a blue sky/ background to my quote. Mostly because I love watercolouring over heat embossing, as the colour pools within the details of the text! Love that look. But it’s up to you. If you prefer a more clean and simple look, feel free to stop there and call it done! But if you want a border:

7. Mask off a little border around the top part of your paper, and add a wash of blue going over all your heat embossing etc. You can either use proper watercolour paints for this but in this case I used a blue ink that I LOVE (Stampin Up’s Coastal Cabana). Seeing as the blue pigment is in an inkpad form, I needed to make it accessible to a paintbrush. This is done by pressing the inkpad face down onto a large acrylic block, and then using a wet paintbrush to pick up the colour from the ink pad, mix and water it down onto the acrylic block…..essentially the acrylic block becomes a palette.

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And, you are done! Let the piece dry completely before framing it, and hanging it up on the wall for all to admire!

Hope you’ve found some inspiration to go and create something beautiful for your spring time decor. Of course you can use the techniques outlined here for card-making and scrapbooking too! Have fun and do share your creations with us on Facebook by tagging Up to Some ‘Ink and Made by Molu.

Until next time!

Preeya x

 

 

[D.I.Y. tutorial] Personalised hard covers for journals

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_JOURNAL-COVERS-mainOkay, so here’s how to make personalised hardback covers for your journals and sketchbooks, like the ones you saw in my February Styling the Seasons post a couple of weeks back where I used the Laura Ashley Blue Bird Seaspray wallpaper to spruce up some new notebooks. You don’t need to use wallpaper but if you have any left overs then perfect, otherwise any kind of pretty patterned paper will do!

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What you will need:

  1. Wallpaper scraps, wrapping paper or any kind of textured/patterned paper you have kicking about
  2. Glue or double-sided sticky tape (something strong enough to bind cards together)
  3. Scalpel or Stanley knife
  4. Spray Mount (or similar spray-on adhesive)
  5. Cutting mat (and a steel ruler!)
  6. Notebooks (anything cheep and cheerful, like the 5-pack ones you get from Muji, that you can bond together or go for a thick one)
  7. Thick card (about 2-3mm thick)

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_JOURNAL-COVERS-01Firstly, stick your notebooks together to make up one thick one (ideally, you want a spine that is at least 2cm thick) or go for one that’s already thick to skip this part. If you opt for putting bind a few together, then you can do so by using glue (hot glue, UHU or PVA) or double-sided sticky tape. Leave it aside to dry and place a couple of heavy books on top to help it stay in place.

In the meantime, get the wallpaper and the sheet of card and glue them together using Spray Mount. Make sure you apply a nice even coat of this so to avoid any chance of the paper peeling off over time. Put this aside for a few minutes, with some heavy books on top. Once it’s dry, measure out the exact width and length of the piece you’ll need to cover the sketchbook, using the sketchbook as a guide. I would add an extra 1mm to the edges just to be on the safe side – it’s a lot better to have the cover 1mm or two bigger than it falling short to reveal the edges of the notebook. Also, when marking out the width of the spine, (big note: make sure this is marked out on the nice patterned side of the card) allow half a mm leeway too so that when you fold along those lines it’s not sitting too tight against the book. This will prevent the hard cover from being too stiff to open once stuck down.

Once the long strip of card has been cut down, take your ruler and scalpel/stanley knife and score down along the fold lines you marked out for the spine. Remember to score on the patterned wallpaper side of card for the fold to bend the right way! (You’ll see what I mean, when you’re doing this). When you’ve scored along those two lines, gently fold along it. You’ll know if you’ve scored well if the card bends easily without creasing or damaging the paper, and you have a clean fold. :)

Check the notebooks against the cover to double-check the fitting before you proceed onto the gluing phase. If it’s all great to go, then get your glue and apply it to both the inside faces of the back and front cover, and press them tightly against the notebook. You can apply glue to the spine but I’d advise otherwise as it does give it a lot more flexibility when you open the book. Make sure you apply some heavy books on top of this while you wait for the glue to set….give it a few minutes, and voila! You’re very own personalised hardback journals! You can of course, embellish and customise it further by adding a contrasting colour to the spine or add either rubber bands or ribbons to tie your book shut. It really is up to you how you decorate it further.

What do you think? Pretty darn effective right? Well, I hop you enjoyed that and if you have any questions, just drop them in the comments section. Let me know how you get on! Happy crafting folks! xx

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[D.I.Y. Real Weddings] The full stationery suite

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Okay, remember me telling you that I’d have more photos of the wedding stationery I had designed for our friend’s gorgeous Buckinghamshire country wedding last September? Well, here they are! I’m delighted to finally share a few shots of the entire suite I created which consisted of, both Day and Evening Invitations, RSVPs, adult + child-friendly Menus , Order of Service and all the embellishments that tie it all together nicely with the other DIY design elements you saw in the official wedding photos I shared back in November.

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I must say I do love a bit of stationery design, whether its weddings, business or even inspirational. It’s where I get to full immerse myself in various unique styles and personalities to come up with something that compliments it all. It’s both challenging and fun….and the more I get to do them, the more I love it! So, if you’re looking to get any tailor-made stationery designed, then you know where to find me! :)

Have a lovely Monday folks! xx

[All photography by Jo Crawford]

 

[DIY Christmas] Free printable gift tags – round two!

MbM_Gift-Tags_2014_headerOkay, so if you liked (or didn’t! like!) the last set of free printable gift tags, then perhaps-these watercolour-inspired designs will take your fancy? I’m still pretty hooked on the water-colour textures since my hand-lettered quote post last week, and eager to explore more with the medium.

Anyhoo, while I do that…..you go treat yourself to these bad boys, that’s if you’re still got heaps of christmas wrapping still to do! You know the drill; just click HERE to download the PDF file and off you go! My big tip with these is that if you can get hold of slightly textured card stock (that your printer will obviously be able to take!) then use that, as it gives that extra bit of dimension to the tags and will totally look the handmade part! Again, these will be great teamed up with plain gift wrap and ribbon for that soft, elegant and minimal look.

Happy gift wrapping and do let me know how you get on if you decide to use them. NINE more sleeeeeeep till Christmas folks. Gosh, I really need to pull my socks up and get all the cards, and gifts sorted! Eeeeep! Bye for now….! xxx

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 [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

[DIY Christmas] Free printable gift tags!

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I had hoped to have most of my Christmas presents sorted over the weekend but instead I got busy making some gift tags….as you do…..the sequence clearly made sense! Well, I was struggling with gift ideas so decided to move on to making Christmas cards….and one thing led to the other, and I found myself churning out a few designs, inspired by Scandinavian minimal motifs and the black-grey-yellow colour palette I’ve been crushing over a lot this year. I’ve also created a rubber stamp effect to add that extra bit of DIY feel.

Anyway, this may not be to everyone’s tastes as it is rather unconventional and modern but if it is, then today is your lucky day because you can get your hands on these by downloading the free printable I’ve added to this post. It works really well with plain coloured wrapping paper such as brown/manilla, white, monochrome, or even with bright colours…as long as it compliments the colour palette.

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So there you have it. You can click HERE, to download the PDF file. It’s already set to A4 size (the crop marks you find on the sheet indicate that) so, all you got to do is ‘save’ it to your computer and print it onto some nice card stock! It can’t get simpler than that! :) Oh and obviously, don’t forget to hole-punch them to string your ribbon, twine, whatever through it! ;)

Let me know, if you do decide to use these at all! I do actually have another design range which will be available real soon – stay tuned!! Happy gift-wrapping! xx

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 [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**The small print** Please note that these free printables are to be used for personal use or for classroom projects. They cannot be altered, edited, or changed in any way nor sold or reproduced on any commercial level. All these designs are by me and I would therefore, be grateful if these T&C’s are complied to. If you’d like to share this blog post, by all means do so but kindly provide full credit link to Made by Molu. Thank you so much! :) 

[DIY Special] A bit of watercolour magic

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_MAINAfternoon lovelies! I have a special DIY tutorial for you this week courtesy of Preeya Stanley; also known as the paper-craft guru! :) For those of you who are new to my my blog (and/or missed my last post in June), Preeya is also officially an MbM contributor who will be sharing all her awesome card-making tricks with her quarterly guest posts…….and I’m delighted to share her next one today! Enjoy! xx

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Great to be back here with you on Made by Molu! I have a project for you today which is oh-so simple to do but looks trendy and elegant. I call it the “emboss-resist sentiment with watercolour”…….please let me know if you think up a better name. ha! Water-colouring has been a huuuuuge trend in design and in paper-crafting this past year. With free flowing, sheer quality of colour, you just let the water do all the work for you and you can’t really go wrong! It’s no wonder its been so popular.

So, you will need the following:

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_suppliesWatercolour paper, A5 cardstock, a paint brush, some water colours (any old brand will do, as long as its pigmented enough), a sentiment stamp of your choice, Versamark ink, embossing powder and a heat gun. You may also need an iron- if you decide to go for the OMG factor. (I would)

 

Here’s what you do:

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  1. Stamp your sentiment in Versamark ink on a piece of watercolour paper (mine is A5).
  2. Sprinkle over some clear embossing powder, and shake off the excess.
  3. Heat set this with your heat gun, and you should have a nice shiny raised sentiment.
  4. Next, tape down this watercolour panel to a steady surface using removable tape (either masking tape or washi tape will do- but remove some of the ‘stick’ by first applying it to your hands and ripping it off a few times. This way, it will not take any layers off the watercolour paper when you pull it off later) MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_2
  5. Time to get inky! Get your paintbrush and wet it with clean water. Apply just this water to your cardstock, brushing it over the sentiment in the shape that you wish for the colour to take when you apply it.
  6. Now, get some watercolour onto your brush and just touch the paint to your pre-wet paper and watch the colour flow. Add as much colour as you like. If you feel you would like a more definite line, use side to side or up to down motions with your paintbrush. The colour will flow freely into the areas that were already wet from your last application of water. Here I have gone for a two toned effect, starting with the blue at the top and fading to a lime green at the bottom. YOu will also see that your embossed sentiment will be resisting the watercolour and will remain white. The darker the colour, the more prominent the sentiment will appear.
  7. Leave to air dry.
  8. OPTIONAL OMG FACTOR: After your panel is totally dry (leave about 1 hour just to be safe)- For an added “wow!-how-on-earth…?”-effect from your recipient- You can iron off the embossing powder for a perfectly smooth, flat finish. Just take your panel over to your ironing board, place it down and put a piece of clean copy paper over it. Then, with your iron on high heat, iron over the piece of paper. after a few passes of the iron over the paper, you will see that the embossing powder has been absorbed by the copy paper. Take off the copy paper, and admire your perfectly smooth sentiment, magically inscribed amongst delicious pools of watercolour ;)
  9. You can now attach this panel to a card base and embellish as you please. I added some gold heart sequins and a strip of gold foil at the bottom of the card. MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_3

[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]

Well, that’s all to it – I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you will give this simple technique a go. The results are so elegant!

Preeya x

 

 

[D.I.Y. Real Weddings] Behind-the-scenes sneak peek

MbM_DIY-REAL-WEDDINGS_MAINGosh it’s been a while, hasn’t it!?

Sadly, my great intentions of actively blogging while undergoing all the wedding prep work for my friends in the last month was rather short-lived! It soon became apparent that there was simply far too much to do and organise for the ‘big day’ (I swear, you’d think it was me getting married…!) particularly the last two weeks in August, with refurb work to our bathrooms taking place and family arriving for the big occasion….all happening simultaneously!! So, it made perfect sense to temporarily disappear off the blogosphere and channel all my attention in getting through to this day….somewhat alive! ;) Which I did – yay! (Although, it does all seem to be a bit of a blur!)

And speaking of which….. this day, two weeks ago….was the BIG DAY….

It’s still quite surreal looking back and remembering the tight operation we ran early that morning, unpacking and setting up of all the stationery, props and wedding décor that we had brought up from London the night before. Months of planning, designing, making, styling, final prep-ing and checking….. and suddenly, every wedding-related thing I had lying about in the flat was being placed and assembled on site….in a mere 3-hour time frame! It really is an incredible feeling of excitement and gut-wrenching apprehension all mixed into one, because not only do you want it working out perfectly for yourself (having put my heart and soul into the work) but for the bride and groom too (in this case, my close family friends) Okay, granted that this isn’t all too alien to me being in the creative field but I guess every now and then, you tend to forget that bitter-sweet process…..and with this being my first proper full-scale wedding planning and styling since our own wedding, I think the pressure to get it (almost) perfect was definitely evident! If it wasn’t for my husband’s extra pair of hands and the support from the events staff at the Dairy, I probably would have had a much bigger challenge ahead of me…..so I’m extremely grateful to them for complying to all my instructions that morning! :)

Anywaaaaaayy, I thought I’d share with you a few ‘behind-the-scenes’ shots of the design and DIY elements I did for the wedding – most of which involved creating their whole stationery suite, table decor, hand-lettered signage and bespoke backdrops. I will be posting more photos from the wedding in the coming weeks so do stay tuned! In the meantime, let me wish you all a fantastic weekend!! xx

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]