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SGIEW instagram challenge :: Simplicity ::

I'm thrilled to be the guest judge for the @sogoodineveryway Instagram challenge for the next 3 weeks. The theme is :: Simplicity :: and I'm offering two prints from my Etsy shop as a prize for my favourite image (the winner gets to choose which ones).

How do I join in?

Simply tag any of your new photos on Instagram that fit the theme with #sgiew_simplicity and #sgiew and make sure you follow me @zoepower, the @sogoodineveryway challenge account and lovely hosts @incredibusy @willowdaygram and @redtedart. That's it! I'll share my favourite nine images and the winner in about 3 weeks time.

If you're new to @sogoodineveryway challenges, there's a new theme to join in every 2 or 3 weeks or so, and a guest judge to keep things interesting. It's really fun, so do join in :)

It would also be lovely if you could pop over and have a browse through the hashtag #sgiew_simplicity from time to time and leave some words of encouragement for your fellow participants - it can be a great way to connect with other lovely like minded people and find new ideas and inspiration.

More about the theme :: Simplicity ::

I'll be looking for simple compositions, free from distracting details and clutter, and full of space and calm. So have a think about the type of backgrounds you are using and how much you've got in the frame. You could also try using a shallow depth of field to blur out any distractions, or use a restricted colour palette.... The subject matter can be anything you like, it's all about how it is framed and presented.

Some Inspiration

If you're looking for some inspiration to get you started, I thought I'd share some favourite images that have been tagged to my other hashtag #mybeautifulsimplicity over the last few weeks. Do click through and have a browse around these inspiring accounts - you won't be disappointed. Huge thanks to these amazing photographers for sharing their beautiful images.  NB. your image doesn't have to be a floral one - it just seems we all have a particular love for flowers :)

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Introducing #mybeautifulsimplicity

I've finally jumped on the hashtag bandwagon! I've been umming and ahhhing about this for a while, but decided it was finally time to create and curate my own Instagram hashtag to share the kind of images I love. Allow me to introduce #mybeautifulsimplicity

So what's #mybeautifulsimplicity all about?

Well, I'm looking for beautifully simple images, full of space, especially white space. They should feel calm and be free from clutter and detail. Think simple backgrounds with minimal objects - perhaps a flatlay or a still life. Or seascapes and nature images where simplicity is the focus. Using a shallow depth of field can be a great way to create simplicity and blur out any distracting details. The same goes for a limited colour palette. It's not so much the subject matter, but the way it is presented.

To get things started, I've tagged some of my images to give a feel for what the hashtag is about. But I'd LOVE to see YOUR beautifully simple images. Please do join in by adding the hashtag #mybeautifulsimplicity to any images that you think are a good fit.

I'll share some favourites every couple of weeks on my Instagram account @zoepower and some monthly round-ups over here on my blog. I think it's such a lovely way to discover new accounts and inspiration.

Please do spread the word - and get tagging!

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Printable 2017 Calendars now in my Etsy shop

Well hello there folks! It's been a loooong time since I last blogged. I've been super busy with my Etsy shop and learning all about brush lettering and how to use Adobe Illustrator. I'm thoroughly enjoying the process and still have so much to learn, but I have missed this space. Hopefully, I'll be back a little more regularly now I've (sort of) found my feet - I've got quite a few photos to share before the end of the year!

I set myself the goal of creating a series of inspirational quote prints using my brush lettering - the kind that I would love to have on my walls to gently uplift and encourage - and enough to make a calendar, before the end of the year. I'm happy to say I got there! I even managed to create a couple of photography calendars as well.


Inspirational Quotes Printable Calendar 2017

First up, I'll show you my Inspirational Quotes printable 2017 calendar, so you can see what I've been up to:

NB. All the inspirational quotes you see here are also available as printable downloads individually in A4 and 8"x10" format.

The beautiful floral artwork I have licensed from the very talented Lisa Glanz and arranged into unique compositions to suit the quotes. In time, I hope to be able to include more of my own illustrations and patterns, but one step at a time :)

I've designed the calendars in multiple formats so you have a choice of:

  • A4 (wall calendar)

  • A5 (desk calendar)

  • US letter (wall calendar) and

  • US letter 2 months per page (desk calendar).

They are all designed as printable downloads for you to print at home - it means you save on postage costs, AND you can print them as many times as you like - perfect stocking fillers :) I've been really happy with the results from my very standard inkjet printer, using a nice 200gsm matte photo paper. I'll give you three guesses what Christmas presents I'll be giving this year!

Although they're not bound, you can display them in lots of different ways. My favourite is simply with a clipboard or pretty bulldog clip and a bit of cardboard - you can prop them up on your desk or hang them on your wall. Or you could hole punch them and thread some twine or ribbon through. Or simply washi tape a page to your wall each month. The choice is yours!

Given that I'd invested quite a bit of time creating all the different calendar formats, I thought I'd create a couple more versions using some of my favourite photographs.

I always have a calendar on my desk as I'm constantly checking dates as I plan my life, and it's so lovely to have some cheery images or uplifting quotes staring back at me every day. And I just love that feeling of turning over a new page in the calendar for a shiny fresh new month, don't you?


Beach Huts Printable Calendar 2017

You may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for pretty pastel beach huts. So, I just *had* to make a Beach Huts Printable Calendar 2017:


Beautiful Simplicity printable photo calendar 2017

And finally, I really wanted to make a Beautiful Simplicity version of the calendar, with my favourite soft, dreamy, light-filled seasonal images from the year. It's always so hard to choose, but I eventually whittled the selection down to these:

So there you go! I hope you like them.

To celebrate their launch, along with Small Business Saturday here in the UK, I'm offering a 20% discount code off everything in my Etsy Shop from Friday 02 Dec - Mon 05 Dec 2016. This will be the only discount I offer before the end of the year.

Use code TAKE20DEC16 at checkout.

Go, go, go >>> www.zoepower.etsy.com