Stationery Spotlight: Katie Leamon

I'm an hardcore fan of small businesses, even more so when they have an inspirational story behind them.

Katie Leamon's cards & stationery are now stocked in lots of stores across the UK (and internationally), but it all began in a cosy studio space Katie took up with her brother Tom back in 2010. Despite the huge success, however, her products are still curated and unique in a way you can only get when the designer is involved in every step of the production (and I mean that quite literally since some the cards are even hand printed in house!).

Back in September, with the creative contributions of her brother, Katie launched the KIN Collection, a collaboration that brings together Katie's signature typography and pastel hues, and Tom's bold brushstrokes.

The combination of the two make amazing cards, wrapping papers, and sketchbooks.

I particularly love the contrast between the vibrant, eccentric envelopes and the delicate, golden foiled cards ♥ Gorgeous!

My favourite bit from the collection, however, must be the notebooks. It was love at first sight because - just look at that cover and the black edges - what's not to love!? But what's even better, it's that inside you get an even amount of lined, grid and blank pages.

Katie's brand is right up there with all the small businesses that inspire me, and I'm sure you'll see more of it around here.

Have you ever heard of it? & do you have a fave cards and stationery brand? You know I'm always looking for suggestions ;)

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Beautiful Cards for a Good Cause

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few cards by jotpaperco in my feed before. I love all of their cards, but even more than that, I love how they created their brand from the ground up and are now able to design and create their products in their very own studio and have them stocked in lots of cool shops all around London.

They're a huge inspiration of mine, and when they came up with this project, I just had to share it with you all.

Dan and Becks have brought out two cards with a new design called Arlo's Snowflake, in dedication to baby Arlo, their nephew, who sadly passed away just a few days after being born.

Not only the cards are beautiful as all of their other cards, but they also help a wonderful cause which is raising money towards the new NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) that is being built at the L&D hospital to provide better care and treatment for lots of premature and ill babies.

I know this is quite different from what I usually post here, but I'm sure lots of you will be buying Christmas cards soon, so maybe please consider getting one or two of these and help support this charity in memory of Arlo.

You can find more info on the cards + charity here, as well as links to get the cards.

Thank you so much for reading ♥

ƒ. x


This post is not sponsored in any way, on the contrary, I made a small contribution to the cause myself, as it's something that really touched my heart. Even if you don't need cards, or can't donate to the charity but still feel like it'd be worth contribuiting to, please consider sharing this with someone who might be interested in doing so ♥

// photo credits: © jot

Redesigning My Blog Icons

Like any other four or five months, a few days ago I felt the urge of sprucing things up a bit in my blog. I didn't want to make any major change, so I decided to start off by cleaning up the sidebar.

If you've been around for a while, you may remember the icons I used to have in the sidebar under the 'navigation' tab. I drew them back in 2014 and still kind liked the handmade feel to them, but I was starting to feel like they were quite 'messy' and it was bothering me a little.


The line weight was different for almost every icon, and moreover, being all the same colour it was hard to read them at first glance (and also, let's not forget that the font I used was atrocious). Overall, I just thought I could do better than that.

For the new icons, I wanted to keep the same designs but make them cleaner by redrawing them completely in Illustrator.
The first and most obvious change is the colour palette. It went from a simple black and white design on a solid background to a 3 colours design on white.
There's no particular reason behind the colours I picked, besides being chosen to compliment my 'signature' pastel blue shade.


I decided to make a couple of changes as far as the categories go: I scrapped the 'review' category, which wasn't very pertinent anymore, and substituted it with a 'London' category, which is definitely more relevant now. The second change was to update the 'personal' category icon with something I think expresses it a little bit better.
I also changed the font with a new one I made using my handwriting.


For the same reasons, in addition to that, I decided to change my social icons to make everything flow better together, but in this case I kept the old hand-drawn logos and changed the background to a different shape, sticking to the new pastel palette.

What do you think? ☺ I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new designs!
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