The Year After

It has been over 60 days since I’ve finished the Year of the Creative and it still feels just as good as day 365. In case you don’t know what that might be: I created every single day of 2014 and posted about it on a blog. It was awesome. It was exhausting. It was incredibly rewarding. With every big personal project comes a reflection on the good, the bad, and all the in betweens. So here is mine! Read More

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Time to Get Even More Crafty!

Welcome back to craft time everyone! (If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here). Today I’ll be showing you how to create some super customizable boards that will make it easier to organize your life. Usually, people pay tons of money for these type of things, but if you’re willing to take some time out of your day to make it yourself, it’s completely worth it. Plus, who wants a boring ol whiteboard when you could have a pretty customized one? Who wants a square cork board when you could have one whatever shape you want?  Who wants a black square thing when you can have a super bright magnet board? Yes please! If these things interest you, read on. If not, have fun paying for overpriced boredom boards, sucka. Read More

Time to Get Crafty

Ever wanted to find a new creative hobby but could never find a place to start? Ever become interested in crafts but worried it’ll cost you too much money to get into? Ever feel like making something fun but could never come up with a good idea? I’m here to help you out. In the process of creating every single day (my Year of the Creative project – link), I’ve tried a lot of new crafts and new mediums in the art world. Read More

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Being a Happy Creative

Recently I finished a project called 100 happy days. The challenge is to post a photo everyday in a row for 100 days of something that makes you happy. The idea is that we spend so much time rushing around through our lives that we never set aside time to appreciate the simple things in life that make us happy. I completed the challenge and found that there was way more things and moments in my life to feel positive about than I previously thought. Read More

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School’s out forever

I’m still a little bit freaked out that in less than two weeks, I’ll be done school forever. Although I’m very excited to step into the real world as a designer, it’s a scary thought that all of my years of education are over. Kind of. I know that I’ll keep learning for the rest of my life, but for now, my school is done.

As promised, here’s some more of the things I learned from my two years in graphic design. If you missed the first part of the list, read it here. Read More

School's Out

School’s Out For Summer

In less than five weeks, I’ll be done my work term and officially completed my two year graphic design program.  Which is crazy. If you would have asked me several years ago if this is where I imagined I’d be, I wouldn’t dream of it. I always knew I wanted to be involved in the arts, but it wasn’t until my first year at NSCC in the Applied Media and Communication Arts program that I really got a sense of what I could do. One little taste of design and I was hooked immediately. Now, after two incredible years in the Graphic Design program, I’m taking a step back to look at all of the lessons I’ve learned and share with you some advice. Whether you’re thinking of taking the program, you’re interested in design, or you’re already a designer, I hope that some of the things I’ve learned will be helpful.  Read More

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Happy Mail

In a time where most people only receive bills and notices and total garbage advertisements, nobody gets excited about checking their mailbox anymore. Usually it’s filled with things you don’t care about or envelopes you’d rather not open. But what if one day there was something bright and colourful in amongst all of that nonsense? Would your face light up? Would your heart race a little? Would you do a little happy dance? Because I certainly do, and I think everyone else should too. Everyone deserves something awesome in their mail box.  A hand written address, a decorated envelope, full of who knows what kind of happy things. Snail mail is my one true love. Read More

365 days of creating

The Year of the Creative

My name is Paige Sawler and I am a creative person with a terrible habit of giving up. As a graphic designer, my brain is constantly coming up with new ideas, brainstorming new projects, thinking when it should be sleeping. I’m always full of brand new plans, excited about new hobbies, and into learning a million new things at once, but I have a problem. When I start something new I’m inspired, and when I start to lose that inspiration, I lose motivation and I fail to commit to anything all the way through. I know I’m not alone in this creative struggle of constant inspiration, so I wanted to test myself. Read More