Papersmiths - Bristol

I just had to share this beautiful shop with you as it's every stationery lover's dream (especially mine)! Papersmiths specialise in design-led stationery and paper goods and is located in Clifton Village, Bristol.

I've been there twice now and I could honestly spend hours trying out all the pens, reading through the independent magazines, looking at all the beautiful artwork. Then there's the notebooks.... so many notebooks!

My model *aka friend* Morgan

The way Papersmiths curate their products makes the Visual Merchandiser in me smile. I'm such a sucker for beautiful products and beautiful displays *ok ok, I'll try not to gush too much more*.

Basically, what I'm trying to tell you is that you need to visit this store and experience it for yourself!

I left the store feeling super inspired. I just wanted to run back and start sketching or getting out my calligraphy pens and start writing something. It has almost an art gallery vibe where every product has been meticulously placed to show it off in the best way possible, you feel a bit in awe once you leave.

Can I just also mentioned the colours. You can see by the photo, there's so many colours involved in the displays, be that through the beautiful artwork on the windows of the rich colours of the stationery. The whole store was good looking. Can you say that about a store? Well I just did!

I hope this has inspired you to swing by next time you're in the Bristol area. Tag me on Instagram if you visit, I'd love to see your photos.

Where to find them: 6A Boyces Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA. 

Click here to visit their website

Reverse Engineer Your Truth

I heard a quote from Gary Vaynerchuck this morning which said "reverse engineer your truth". These words really resonated with me, so much so that I ran to write it down in my bullet journal before I forgot what he said. Isn't that such a great way to look at your creative life though? 

What is that one final thing you want to have achieved with your life. Is it to photograph the queen? Maybe it's to have curated your own art display in your favourite gallery. Or simply it might be to have created the most Instagramed dessert in the world?

Either way, if you have this one pinnacle end goal for your creative dream, then all you can do is work back from that. Thinking this way seems to give me some peace as I know whatever my goal is, it's going to take a long time to get there. There's no rush to get to the end, just take each day as it comes and enjoy them in the best way you can.

What's your truth?

Polaroid Swing - Interactive Photos

I've fallen madly in love with an app called Polaroid Swing. It essentially allows you to create and share interactive photos with the touch of a button. It's a really simple concept however I'm constantly amazed by the content that people upload; it makes me feel like I'm living in a Harry Potter world.

I downloaded the app last year but due to limited space on my phone and the overwhelming amount of apps I was using at the time, it sadly got deleted. Then, the other day I got an email from the team at Polaroid Swing telling me about the new updates they'd made. I decided to give it a go again and to spend a bit more time using it this time around.

I wanted to share with you the three swings I made a couple of days ago when I was in the middle of using my watercolours.

So far the one above is my favourite. It took a few attempts and the right paint to wet paper ratio but I think it worked out beautifully.

I enjoyed trying out different colours for this one. The blue watercolour worked best, it's crazy to see how the paint spreads around on top of the water.

Lastly I tried out a few different shots of the watercolour paint coming out of the tube. The blue version I took worked out the best as it still stayed attached and gave an interesting effect.

Why not download the app and give it a go yourself. Make sure you add me @laurenwelland :)

Soaking Up Inspiration

I've been having a bit of an artist lull recently. I've been reading so many creative marketing articles online, mainly for work, but realised I've hardly spent any time off my laptop and in my office painting things.

The pebble and the road

Today I went to The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, North Devon and viewed their Wilhelmina Barns-Graham prints exhibition curated by Ann Gunn. This was the perfect inspiration I needed to get back my painting mojo.

The watermelon (named by me)
The prints were so beautiful, I'm such a sucker for abstract art; my mum, on the other hand, wasn't so much of a fan. I saw so many different things when looking at Wilhelmina's art (love her name by the way) and that's what really makes me enjoy abstract pieces. I also have a 'thing' for naming artwork like this because they sometimes remind me of rorschach test, different people see different things. Check out the captions for the names I chose for them.

The trendy spider (named by me)
If you're in the area, I definitely recommend you go visit the gallery. The exhibition will be on until 14th May. I also recommend getting a toasted tea cake and a cup of tea at Cafe Collective ;)

Baby Shower Gift Idea

I recently made this baby mobile / wall hanging for my lovely friend Kay's baby shower present. I finished it just before I had to head out (I stupidly took my time making all the pom poms didn't I!) so I could only quickly take a couple of snaps of the process and end project!

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration if you're looking for a homemade baby shower present.

How To Be More Creative

It's always hard to get out of that creative rut but I have one great tip! You need to be dedicated to it but it's going to help you open your mind to being more creative.

"Practice being creative for 10 minutes a day, no matter what!"

This 10 minutes a day might include a quick drawing, painting or cross stitch. You’ll find the more you train your brain to include a form of creativity into your everyday life, the easier it will be to dedicate more time to being creative.

This is only one of my top tips, I've got even more to share with you. To get access to them, simply sign up to my mailing list and you'll receive your FREE 10 ways to be more creative resource document. is dedicated to inspiring and sharing so please feel free to share this resource document with your creative friends. 

Let's connect, you can find me @laurenwelland on social media and laurenmwelland on Pinterest, there's always one site where you can't have the name you want ;)

I hope you have a great day! :) 

The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon 2017

If you've not yet purchased a copy of the new Crafternoon magazine, then I definitely recommend it as there's over 50 projects included and at least £5 from every purchase goes to Comic Relief! You can pick up a magazine from over 300 Sainsbury's stores; click here to find out your nearest stockist.

See below the top 3 projects I'm most excited to try from The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine.

1. Pom Pom Bag Charm

Who doesn't love a good pom pom!? Those who know me well know that I'm going through a bit of a pom pom stage at the moment and having being given some pom pom makers like below, I'm finding any excuse to give them a go. This bag charm is the perfect modern way to get a bit of extra pom pom love in my life.

2. Brush Lettering Project

There's a great brush lettering section in this mag which includes a full alphabet to follow. The photo styling of this project is making me want to fill my house with yet more plants and then fill my house with lots of brush letter quotes! 

3. Cross Stitch Pattern 

It's been quite a few years since I've done any big cross stitch projects but this beautiful pattern has given me a fire in my belly to get the equipment out again and create a new piece of art using their "Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat" pattern. 

If you pick up a copy, I'd love to hear what you're excited to try too :)

Make Your Own Weaving Loom In 4 Easy Steps!

If you're like me and have a slight obsession with wool wall hangings / wall art at the moment (check out my pinterst board for inspiration) then this is the perfect 'How To' for you!

With 4 easy steps you can create your own weaving loom to help transforms your lust of a wall hangings into a reality.

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