Thursday, 11 June 2015

Completed Project: A Little Yarn Blossom

When I first started off this journey, it was never my intention to offer any design 'services'. The main reason to it was that the thought of disappointing others or not living up to their expectations was frightening. I didn't think I was capable of coming up with something that people liked, and didn't believe in myself. Then, during the project back in February, I realised that it wasn't very much of a service at all - it was a collaboration - we help and learn from one another. I loved working with people because sharing ideas would lead to learning, which is one of my favourite things to do. 


In May, Bryleigh from A Little Yarn Blossom approached me after she saw the project I worked on with Sophie from Sophie Smith, and I was excited to help her out. This would be my third time working with someone and it was going to be another adventure. :) A Little Yarn Blossom is a knit and crochet lifestyle blog, and one of the topics on the blog includes life learning where Bryleigh shares her experiences and lessons she's learnt from them. There are also honest book and music reviews, and if you're a Panic! At The Disco fan, you can give Bryleigh a hi-five. :) Ultimately, I admired Bryleigh's passion for her hobby.  She has a knit and crochet shop called Yarn Blossom, offering various services and products including iPhone and iPad cases. This was a unique hobby and was perhaps the niche of the blog that made the project interesting to work on. :)

It was a pretty fruitful collaboration, with brainstorming and exchange of ideas. We explored an indigo/midnight blue and goldish yellow palette, as well as other options that Bryleigh also liked, including blush pink and black. Finally, we narrowed down the colour palette and worked from there. The indigo/midnight blue and goldish yellow palette was interesting to work with because they were contrasting trinary colours and complementary. Here's a moodboard with some images and colours that inspired the project. 


(Clockwise from top-left) Eva J Art Print / Jotun St Paul's Blue Paint / Watercolour Flower + Lettering by myself / Ginkgo Fabric Print / Calico Wallpapers Gold Foil 

The word 'blossom' in the header was special, especially because 'blossoms' was also the name given to Bryleigh's readers, so the element of a watercolour flower was added to give it a personal and inclusive touch. Here's just some of the headers that were explored during the process, along with some submark options. 


Since A Little Yarn Blossom was based on Bryleigh's interest of knit and crochet, we decided to use this to add a more unique feel to the header variations, including the thread-like flourish. I also added some of my hand-drawn watercolour graphics of sewing and knitting in the design elements to give more character to the design. It was created with watercolour to give a made-from-scratch feel, just like her hobby.


As mentioned in the previous project, I'm no professional, just a self-taught young adult keen to learn more. This is just a hobby I enjoy and love doing, it was completely non-profit, and I'd love to hear suggestions and make improvements about anything. It's an interest that I'm exploring everyday and I'm still learning. Bryleigh was very open to ideas, easy-going and enthusiastic, it was enjoyable working with her. It couldn't have been possible with her feedback and ideas as well, so it made the collaboration a very pleasant one. :)

I was almost fully booked with projects for the month of May, and I've been extremely busy. There's so much more to come such that there's a limited space left for collaboration opportunities in June. It's been a hectic month, which is possibly a good thing. I'd like to thank everyone, readers, for their continuous support and I am ever so grateful for every single one. This has been such an incredible journey and I can never be thankful enough for it.

Until next time ♥

Lettering + Design elements by me, Photos as stated in links

Check out the project I worked on with Sophie from Sophie Smith here

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On another note, if you're following me on Instagram, you might have learnt about the devastating news I shared that occurred last week. To give a little insight, here's a link to a photograph from one of the news reports, and you may read more details and updates about it on other reports about the tragedy. Innocent, promising lives have been lost, and the country is shaken and mourning. May the souls of those who perished rest in peace. 

28 comments

  1. Dian... I'm saddened to learn of the loss of lives of more people, especially young promising lives... I can relate as my 12 year old just went on a class trip and I could not imagine her not coming back... how very sad for the parents... :-(

    You are incredibly talented... I am always excited to see your new creations. If I ever want to update my header in the future, I am messaging you... beautiful xox ♡

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    1. It's truly devastating. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Launna. :)

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  2. Thank you so much for your help Dian! I love the way everything looks, and you are just amazing!
    xx

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    1. No problem, thank you so much too Bryleigh, it's a pleasure working with you. :)

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  3. It looks SO FAB! You're so talented!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Areeba. :)

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  4. How in the world do you create such beautiful things?! The design is sooooo pretty!!

    Oh my...I'll definitely be praying for the families and friends who have lost their loved ones. So, so sad. :'(

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    1. It's truly heartbreaking. Thank you so much, Eve. :)

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  5. Her design looks beautiful, you are so talented! Bryleigh is so lucky :D

    ~Noor

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  6. I love the colour combination. The design is just amazing! You did a really good job with her blog, Dian! Love it ♥

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

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  7. I absolutely love what you have created Dian! Amazing job as always :)

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  8. This project is amazing. You did a great job!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Noor. :)

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  9. I saw Bryleigh's blog a couple days ago! It looks amazing!

    O | Life as a Young Lady

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  10. This looks so so good!! and really pretty!! Well done :) I'll let you know when I finally get round to making a website for my notebooks/decorated things :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Fatima! Looking forward to it. :)

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  12. I can't believe I've only stumbled upon your blog now!! I love, love, love everything, from the layout to the content; your typography is also amazing. This is a great project, and it turned out beautiful! I love the little mood board you did at the beginning. Ah, now I'm inspired to redo my blog! You are truly talented.

    Also, may the victims of the said event rest in peace.

    Andrea | Collars and Bones

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrea. That's very sweet of you to say. I appreciate your kind comment. :)

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  13. omg these are so beautiful!

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