Paper Ivy 2016 Calendars

The 2016 calendars are looking for homes, studios and offices to make beautiful and they’re available in the shop to buy now.

You can buy them in two sizes: A4 (21 x 29.7cm or 8.3 x 11.69 inches) and A5 (14.8 x 21cm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches)

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The front cover of the Paper Ivy 2016 calendar

The illustrations have large, minimalist, geometric and abstract shapes in beautiful colours, both bright and soft.

January to June Illustrations

January to June Illustrations

Calendar illustrations: July to December.

Calendar illustrations: July to December.

calendar postcard
Every month has a postcard printed on the back, so when the month is over you can cut it out and like magic, you have a postcard to send!

Let me know which month is your favourite!

Hello December!


Ah December: the busiest time of year.  Lots of parties, lots of work and lots of cards and letters to write.  I’m working on  the brand identity for a client.  I’m printing some Christmas Tree Forest cards as I type and I have other orders pending.  Once I get through the urgent stuff I’m off to buy a new printer. A fancy printer. I’m a bit nervous about buying this printer. It’s expensive and the only furniture we have that’s large enough to hold it is the dining table (so no), our bed (no again), my desk (no because even if I move my current printer there still won’t be enough room for it and my computer) and well, it might fit where the stereo is.  Still, I’m going to try for the stereo option before I buy more furniture.  If not, then I it’s off to Ikea to find something to put it on that will fit in our space.

Then I’m off to Finders Keepers to catch up with Rowan from Frank Ideas and to go to an ABCD Meetup.

Then I’ll come home and collapse.  I’ll be exhausted, but happy.  How’s your December?

WIP: Work in Progress – 2014 Calendar

Illustration for December 2014 Calendar

Illustration for December 2014 Calendar… You can also expect to see this as a Christmas card soon.

I’ve been very slow off the mark with the calendar this year.  I’ve normally started by June and July.  This year I’ve struggled with the illustrations and the overall concept.  Normally I base them on designs for cards I’ve done during the year, but give them a twist.  This year I wanted to do something different and have struggled with two other concepts for it, neither of which worked out, for one reason of another.  I think I’ve found another way to work with it, which I’m far happier with, and which I still think I can get into my Etsy store soonish.

Let me know what you think?   Do you like geometric designs?  Too minimalist?  Like the bows?  Think the bows ruin the geo-minimalism? Other thoughts?

Writing Sets Get an Upgrade

I’ve just given the Paper Ivy writing sets an upgrade. They used to have 8 pieces of writing paper and 4 envelopes. Now they have:

– 8 pieces of writing paper
– 4 envelopes
– 4 envelope seals
– 1 ruled writing guide to help keep your writing in line… literally.

Let me know what you think.


p.s. You can buy a Paper Ivy Writing Set at the Paper Ivy Etsy Shop or if you are a Sydney-sider you can also get them at The Elm Tree.

Sprout Writing Set

Sprout Writing Set

Red Blossoms Writing Set

Red Blossoms Writing Set

Green Blossom Tree Writing Set

Green Blossom Tree Writing Set

Green Blossom Tree Writing Set on Cream Stock

If you use the writing guide behind your writing paper you won’t get to the end of your letter and find that it’s all sloping down the page! (Green Blossom Tree Writing Set on Cream Stock. )

Little Tree Writing Set

Little Tree Writing Set

Merry Christmas

A big thanks to everyone who went to the last market, especially to anyone who bought things from me and a shout out to my wonderful and talented stall neighbours  Martina from Humble Creations and Rowan from Frank Ideas. Markets are so much better when you have great stall neighbours.

Thank you to all Paper Ivy customers.  Thank you to those who believe in me.  Thank you to the creative community for the support and invaluable tips!

Such a busy time, but the presents are all bought and wrapped, gift tags written and applied to gifts, cards and photos have been sent (a little late!) and tonight (Christmas Eve) will be spent with family.

Next I’m going to put the shop in vacation mode, but I’ll be back in a few days.

Merry Christmas.