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snapshots of my week - 24th october

ava in the bath

o' snapshots of my week, where have you been? i'm not entirely sure why i've not done these for a while. it's nice to share some personal moments and other bits, isn't it?

i would normally be doing these on a saturday, but i think i may move them to a friday from now on. we'll see! i like to have a bit of consistency, but sometimes things just don't work out. i've also decided that i'm not going to force myself to do these posts if nothing has happened that i want to share.

some weeks i honestly don't do much other than illustration and shop stuff, looking for jobs and working on blog related things and i don't have time or don't think to take pictures. anyhow, onwards and upwards! what have you been up to this week?

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27 free design and illustration tools

27 free design and illustration toolswhether you're a designer, illustrator, photographer or any other creative, you're sure to be looking for tools and resources to make your job or hobby that little bit easier. i thought i'd compile a quick list of free resources and software around the web to get you started. there is just so, so much amazing free stuff out there waiting to be used!

colour picking tools - 

pictaculous, color., image color picker

psd mockups - 

pixeden, psd covers, behance

photo editing - 

picmonkey, GIMP, picasa

fonts - 

font squirrel, behance, dafont

vector and digital painting - 

inkscape, serif drawplus, sumo paint

stock photography - 

unsplash, 5 free public domain image & stock sitesstock.xchng

file sharing - 

wetransfer, dropbox, sendspace

moodboards/inspiration - 

pinterest, tumblr, we heart it

tutorials and learning -, tutsplus, 100 adobe illustrator tutorials

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mini collage zine

boden mini zine
recently i found myself looking at various zines online (as i often do, actually) and suddenly felt super inspired and wanted to make something for myself. i've actually wanted to make a 'proper' zine for years, and i don't know why i haven't yet. hopefully doing this will spur me into action! i happened to have a boden catalogue right next to me, so i cut out some bits i liked and got started.

this is a great way to get into making quick collages without getting bogged down thinking too much, and since i've been having a little bit of a block when it comes to collage making lately, this has been a huge help! the whole thing took me about half an hour and was easy and productive! win/win!

i even made a little video so you can see the collages i created. check it out -

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