I’m taking part in March Meet The Maker. March Meet The Maker is a 31-day Instagram Challenge, set by Joanne Hawker that runs throughout March every year. But it's more than just a challenge, it's a creative community that comes together to show people what they can do. It's about building each other up, making new connections, telling your small business story, growing your confidence (and Instagram following) and most importantly, it's about putting yourself out there.
So here goes...
Day 1. 1st March 2019
The first prompt on the list asks what my favourite thing to make is. I have to say, it’s my thank you cards that I put in all my orders. I enjoy creating new thank you card designs after every 500 orders or so, and I enjoy new ways of saying thanks to my fab customers. It always involves space for a personal doodle, some of which you can see by searching the hashtag #thepancakedoodles on our Instagram page.
Day 2. 2nd March 2019
Today's prompt is: How you started.
The reason I own an online greetings card shop today has to stem, in the most part, from my love of illustration. And it all started, in a serious way, around the time I drew this picture. I'd love to say that I drew it when I was two years old, but I was actually 16, but what the hell, I like the cartoon-style simplistic drawing! I adored drawing this underwater scene and when I was creating it, time stood still. It still does whenever I'm in the creative zone. Creativity has run through my bones my whole life, but around this time I had been swayed into doing different subjects at school which was leading me down a 'safe' educational path. Deep inside I knew I didn't have the passion to pursue English or History at uni level (which were the other things I was reasonable at), and so I took the leap into the world of art and I've never not regretted it tons of times since. But I love it, so that definitely makes up for the occasional down days! :)
Day 3. 3rd March 2019
Day 3 of March Meet the Maker, and the prompt is: Flatlay. "Flatlay" or "flat lay" is basically taking pictures of things on a desk from above. If you have Instagram you'll have seen flatlay, like, a billion times a day.
I have a love/hate relationship with flatlay. It can be soooo wanky and formulaic. Pair of scissors? check. Aspirational pot plant? Check. Bit of string? check. Washi tape? Why the fuck not! And yet, when it's done well, it's a thing of beauty to behold and definitely can bring a product to life! So here in my image I've featured a few things that flatlay usually consists of, along with the original creator of flatlay: Michael Flatlay. Also a pencil saying Cocklord because if my flatlay is too on trend I will explode, hehe!