stationery and paper

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ive been watching a lot of art tutorials on youtube lately and one video recommended drawing on a mid tone colour to make the colours stand out more and reduce the amount of pigment required to get nice smooth natural tones so i ventured into the city to find myself a brown paper sketchbook… and made a detour via the muji store to grab a couple of other things 🙈 im looking forward to seeing how these coloured pencils fare against my more expensive derwents and staedtlers and whether i can do some interesting things on the brown paper ✏️🌈

Simple Envelope Tutorial

I use this technique for almost every single envelope I make because it’s very easy and looks very professional if done cleanly. You can use any size of paper and any adhesive. The envelope below was made with the exact same technique from an old birding book page. <3

First, start with a piece of paper, of course. Scissors and adhesive are all that you require, but I’m using a pen to mark off areas that will be discarded as well. Usually, I would never use Scotch tape, but I didn’t want to wait for other adhesives to dry.

First, we’re going to turn the paper over so that the inside is facing us. Then begin by folding the bottom edge 2/3 to ¾ of the way across to the other side. The paper you leave hanging out will become the envelope’s flap closure, so plan ahead!

Now fold each side in by a few centimeters.. These will become the side flaps, so making them about the same width is advisable. I just eyeball it, but if you want, you can use a ruler to get them perfectly symmetrical. These can be visible or not depending on how you fold the final product.

I avoid double creasing to keep things clean, and I unfold the bottom before creasing the sides. Likewise, I unfold the sides when I fold down the top closure flap, as you can see below. 

Once you unfold the whole thing, you’ll be left with a piece of paper with creases. Below, I’ve used a pen to show you which creases need to be cut along in order to form the flaps.

Once you’ve cut the approproate pieces off, you’re ready to fold along the creases you’ve already made and apply adhesive. Again, I’m using this tape which I would not recommend. XD

Fold the bottom up and the sides in, and you’ve got yourself an envelope, my dears. :3

Hopefully this helps you when you need to send your next letter!

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went on a little quest today 👌🏻

bought some tape and pens *you probably all know* from muji but also stumbled across the best thing in another store 

it’s Avery Zweckform’s (never heard of it before) gridded A4 notebook with white lines on grey paper  👀  (they’re not as distractive and visible on scans) 

I haven’t used it yet but I’ll update you once I’ve tested it! 😏

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I checked out the Asian food market near my house yesterday looking for ingredients to make okonomiyaki, and I found baymax sticky notes and these cute ghibi film washi tapes. They were reasonably priced so I grabbed them <3

The Art of Study Breaks

You know when you’re studying non-stop, working really hard… but eventually, you start feeling less productive? I’ve come to realize that in such cases it’s good, even necessary to take a study break. So here’s how to master them!

How much time?

15-20 minutes: just enough time for you to relax a little, but not so much that you fall completely out of your game.

How frequently?

Honestly, this totally depends on what you’re studying, how hard it is etc, but normally I’ll take a study break every hour and a half.

What do you do during them?

  • Go to the bathroom. Wash your face, remove your makeup, go to the toilet if you need to.
  • Grab some food & water. Sometimes, studying can make you hungry, and water’s always good to have around. I’d tell you to opt for something healthy when it comes to food, but more often than not I’ll choose to eat Oreos, biscuits or some other sweets.
  • Take a nap. This is perhaps the most straightforward one; just lie down for a few minutes. Make sure you’ve set an alarm clock though, or else you will oversleep. Trust me; it’s happened before.
  • Clean up your study space. I have quite a big desk, but sometimes it can feel like the random items of stationery, pieces of paper, textbooks and other random crap is just taking over everything. I swear, it really helps if you clean up the things around you!
  •  Go online. I’m a little reluctant to recommend this because I know how hard it is to stop afterwards, but if you consciously limit yourself and know that you’ll stop after 15-20 minutes, then watching a few YouTube videos, going on tumblr or talking to friends of Facebook can be a great way to relax.
  • Make yourself a tea. Or coffee – but personally I’m more of a tea person during studying. I’ll make myself a nice cup of black tea with lemon and sugar, and afterwards, everything just goes better.
  • Watch an episode of a TV show/anime. These are slightly longer, but are a great way to take your mind off whatever you’re studying. I’d recommend watching something which is short (ie. not a full, hour-long episode of Game of Thrones) – like Friends, HIMYM or Family Guy. These are great because the shows are pretty episodic, you won’t feel inclined to keep watching more and more. As for anime, don’t pick one where you know you won’t be able to stop after one episode. Instead, I’d recommend something like Hetalia (hilarious; also great if you’re studying Geo or History), Gintama (pure gold), Samurai Champloo (the perfect combination of fun and deep).

And so there you have it: the art of taking a study break. Good luck, everyone!

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Working hard this week on keeping positive vibes at all times ✌🏻️

Ps. I was so tired when I made this so please pretend with me that those lines are straight! 🙄

propr-procrastination  asked:

How did you make your icon?

alternative title: i am broke and am too afraid to torrent

1. i use canva.com to create my icon art !! it’s free (yay webapps!!) n easy to navigate !! u have to sign up before using it,,, so go do that first

2. figure out a color scheme!! here are some resources for inspiration (x x). (lazy hint: pastels/muted tones generally make pretty foolproof color combinations)

3. find a subject! google images is your best friend. for the banner of this tutorial i chose a kikki k planner (here’s my reference image) and simplified it a bit. note that anything with uncommon shapes will be a bit more difficult to do based on canva’s relatively small shape selection. (ex: things like notebooks are easy to do in canva because they’re rectangular, but,,,,,say,,,, a starbucks cup might be a little harder because it’s a unique shape)

4. go to canva and click “custom dimensions” !! i generally have my icons around 400x400 px but it’s up to you! just make sure the length and width are equal 

5. click on “background” > “document colors”. pick a background color from ur color scheme,, note that if you have a darker background you might want to have a lighter subject to create contrast and vice versa 

6. click on “elements” > “shapes”. if you chose a rectangular subject like i did, then this should be rly simple – just pick the square and tweak it following the rough proportions of ur reference image. you can change the color of the shape by clicking it and selecting the square top left icon in the little toolbar that pops up !! 

if you chose something a bit more complicated, like a pen, then use a combination of the shapes available and layer them on one another to form the shape. (ex: if i chose a basic pencil, then i might use the rectangle shape as the base of the pencil and the triangle as the point.) there’s no polygon tool or anything close to it in canva, so this is rly not a good time,, but alas. feel free to msg me if u need help !! 

7. great great u got the base of ur subject down !! add a back shadow behind it! do this by selecting the shape(s) you just made and copying them !! select the copy and change its color. to access the color panel, select the new shape(s) and click on the little colored square in the top left corner. 

now,, what color do we make the shadow? 

in these icons, i make my shadow hue by copying the background color (go to “document colors” to find the bg color of the doc) and decreasing the original background’s brightness enough to make the subject “pop”. then, select your shadow and click “arrange” > “back”. now, offset the shadow– i generally just move it a tiny bit down and to the left of my subject. you’ll know when it looks right when the subject appears to have some depth.

8. add details to your subject !! here, you want to add anything on the surface of your subject !! some examples of things i have added to various subjects on this step are brand labels on stationery, lines on paper, buttons on a calculator,,, etc. play w it a bit !! 

9. (optional) add a shine to your icon or object! go to “elements” > “shapes”. i generally have my shape cut across the center of the object/icon at a diagonal, so the triangle or circle are usually the best to use for this !! select whichever u choose and change its color to white. then, change its transparency by clicking on the upper-right checkered button. i usually choose a transparency anywhere between 10% and 30% !!

10. save!

i hope that was helpful !! feel free to shoot me an ask/msg if u have any questions ♡

this is my second year in a row using @riflepaperco planner/stationary for school and work and I love them. They are so beautiful inside and outside and come in different sizes for your needs. Being in Canada I get mine from @chaptersindigo and @anthropologie, as well as a few other little shops in YYC that stock them. I will use these planners as long as they keep making them🌸🌷🦄

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April 8 2017: Stationery item you use the most?

Well whatever is in my pencil case gets used pretty heavily lol. And I guess gridded paper; I haven’t touched lined paper since graduating high school!

Today I woke up sick. I don’t feel sick but I think it’s the common cold agAIN. I did a lot of work today though so I’m proud of that. Boyfriend went home for the weekend and I’ve been sitting around trying to decide what to do with myself.

Today ended kind of badly, but tomorrow is a fresh start. I’m hoping to go grocery shopping and then finish some more work early :)

Ellee

What started out as me buying one or two aqua green coloured pens because they were too pretty to resist, ended up as a project haha!
When i bought some of these online i seriously wondered how odd the person packaging my order thought i was for buying all the same colour stuff ahahaha!

Finals are here! (smiles nervously) Make sure to get enough sleep, food and water. Everything is going to be ok ( panicky smile). Work, work, work!

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Went to Paper Source to pick up a new journal and ended up getting these pretty scrapbooking flowers and washi tape with planets on it. I also got a copy of “Postcards From the Edge” at Barnes & Noble.

The journal is Rifle Paper Co. which is my favorite brand ever! I have a Rifle planner and phone case ☺