hello there. mav {maria} here.
i only post on Whip-up about once each month so i thought i’d again introduce myself. i have a little blog and for my day job i work as a graphic designer & letterpress printer. i’ll be posting once each month about paper arts and any other bits of inspiration around those topics. i’m very glad to be a part of this exciting blog!

like all of us who create i love to be inspired. that moment where you see something that makes you heart beat fast … well … who could ask for more!? i have moments like this often enough but certainly more often when i am looking at printed pieces — photographs, magazines, cards, letters and any other bits that i can hold in my hands. if you knit maybe you find inspiration in patters, wool … if you make softies, maybe it’s japanese crafting magazines! i love to find ways to then capture these inspirational moments and scatter them into my every day life so i can again & again feel that beating of the heart.

so i wanted to mention a few ways to bring inspiration into your daily life by using my humble ideas as a jumping off point.

first, if you are like me and are inspired by magazines, then why not tear out bits & pieces from your favorite monthly magazines and make an inspiration wire for your studio, workshop, bedroom, closet door … mine looks like this and is a combination of things like magazine pages, photographs, cards, pieces of artwork, etc:

wire with photos and more

and what about good old fashioned cork? finding an old cork board or buying cork on a roll is easy. get it up … maybe paint it a lovely shade of your favorite color and start pinning away. the fun thing about cork is it’s easy to change your inspirations in and out. here is a little snip it of mine:


and how about if you have a photograph you took but don’t have time or money to buy a frame. or maybe you just don’t like the clutter of a frame … well just pin it up! find a special little spot on your wall and put together a combination of things that inspire you. maybe you can build it around one of your pieces that is already framed … or like i have here, you can pin it up around little bits of items that are pined up as well.

pin up wall

oh and i also saw this example online … just a small corner to create a desk and inpsiration area. it reminds me that even if you don’t have a ton of space you still might be able to find a corner.

bringing your favorite bits of inspiration into your life can take just a bit of time and a few supplies but really it’s easy. and i can tell you from experience … when i work & live each day around these bits of art that have already brought me such joy, it makes that days that much more joyful and my work that much more connected with me!

see you next month!
have fun creating, mav


hello! as a quick introduction i am mav and i will be posting about once a month and talking about everything & anything inspiring in the realm of paper, pattern, graphic design and the like. Whip up is going to be a fun adventure for us all & i’m glad to be a part of it …
thanks to kath for organizing & thanks to you for reading!

this month i wanted to share a few vintage design online resources for inspiration.

first, you must bookmark this resource {if you have not already done so}.

tomato / lettuce

simply fabulous vintage images on the Burpee site — you can find all of the old, and i do mean old, catalog covers & images.

and how about some mid-century illustrations?
the design of old cars and old ads might just give you the push toward an idea that you are looking for. i, for one, love to look at old wagons.


you can find these classic images on the site Plan59.

another fabulous resource can be found through old travel-related designs. the fonts & image combinations are very inspiring. if you are working on a cut-paper project or working on something that is Gocco printed this might be a great stop to check out layering and simplicity of design. these pieces were created in a time where everyone had to do paste-up {all work by hand} so the designs are simple & wonderful.

travel image

find this and more right here.

and lastly, some amazing eye candy … if you need ideas for sketching that you’re doing or painting or you just want to browse, there is a great resource of botanicals like this one …


… and more on the Royal Gardens Kew site.

that is it for now. i will see you in a few weeks and in the meantime, i look forward to seeing what you whip up!
be well creative friends,