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The Sparkfold Instagram Top 9 Images for the Year

First of all – Happy New Year and a massive thank you to everyone who has supported Sparkfold during 2017, which was the fledgling year for the blog. I’m overwhelmed with the grace, kindness and enthusiasm from the wonderful designers, makers and business owners that have been featured so far – thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I really can’t wait to show you the content for 2018 – some fabulous designer interviews to bring you, as well as loads of other features on all things paper, stationery and gift inspo. We’re also launching a printables library in the first quarter of the year, and a couple of other little surprises too! Aaaanyway, I digress…..

It’s no secret that I LOVE Instagram – I have 4 different accounts! But the Sparkfold Instagram is the focus of this post…. (psst – follow us!) – I use it to help to build the profiles of those who are featured on the blog, and a few other designers whose work I love. So at the end of this, my first year in blogging, I thought it would be fun to discover what the most popular Instagram posts of the year were (I used this site to do mine) and I thought I’d publish the grid here too, because there are some wonderful pics from brilliant designers (and a couple of my own made the cut too!).

Sparkfold Instagram 2017 Best Nine GridL-R from the top

  1.  Josh from The Postman’s Press makes brilliantly bond patterns and quote wall art (read more about The Postman’s Press here)  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  2.  Our Heiday, run by sisters Patricia and Donna have a trove of floral and painterly gifts & stationery goodies. This pic is gift wrap of theirs.  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  3. Tamar Dovrat creates magical works of art in gouache. Florals and much more (read more about Tamar here)  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  4. That’s me 🙂 I love creating pretty images with paper!  |  Website  |  Instagram  |
  5. This is a snap I took of a wonderful Japanese stationery subscription box I’ve purchased a couple of times. It’s from The Stationery Selection. Boxes are limited and sell out fast!  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  6. Tamar Dovrat gets another score in the best nine of the year! This is one of a set of gorgeously sweet paper toys that she recently created.
  7. This playful pennant banner is by Gabrielle of House of Hooray – if you’re after nursery and sweet kids’ decor, go see what she’s got for you!  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  8. Another snap of mine. I like pink watercolour apparently!
  9. This gorgeous handmade paper is the creation of Zoë Durber. Zoë offers her paper for sale in small batches, so keep an eye on her Insta for that, and she’s also graphic designer and illustrator.  |  Website  |  Instagram |

Go and check out these guys – they all happen to also have brilliant Instagram accounts if you’re on the hunt for some new peeps to follow.

Here’s to a brilliant 2018!

Claire xo

The Sparkfold Gift Guide 2017

I hope you love this fabulous gift buying guide, I had such fun creating for you! I mainly shopped small, with a couple of exceptions. I love discovering small businesses and I shop with small businesses wherever possible – actually mostly for me, as our family doesn’t do gifts all that much.

Enjoy this little collection of hand-curated treasures and I hope you find something perfect within! xo

Fox enamel necklace by PapioPress

Set of enamel necklaces by Papio Press.

gold point vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere

Gold Point Vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere.

Intention Cards from DecoyLab

Intentions Cards with wooden stand by DecoyLab.

Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday


Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday.

Marble Inlay Jewelery Box by Anthropologie

Marble Inlay Jewellery Box by Anthropologie.

Vintage_Green_Letter_Board_for_sale by Vintage Revivals

Vintage style green felt letter board by Vintage Revivals.

Personalised brass keychain by Danielle Hornyak

Personalised brass stamped keychain with tassel by Danielle Hornyak.
pink terrazzo spiral notebook by micush


Pink Terrazzo Spiral Notebook by Micush.

Liberty for Anthropologie Mug by Anthropologie

Liberty Print mug by Anthropologie.

Dreamcatcher by The Hippie Hut UK

Blush Pink and white feature dreamcatcher by the Hippie Hut UK.

Press For Champagne Keychain by Idlewild Co

Press for Champagne keychain by Idlewild Co.

Flowers on Pink Original Artwork by Tamar Dovrat

“Flowers of Pink” original gouache painting by Tamar Dovrat.

Copper Wire Heart from The Letter Loft

Copper Wire Heart and Arrow by The Letter Loft.

Mabel Suede Journal By Anthropologie

Mabel suede journals by Anthropologie.

Geranium Illustration on Micush

Geranium Decorative Pillow by Micush.

Geometric Brass Himmeli Wreath by Vintage Revivals

DIY Himmeli Wreath kit by Vintage Revivals.

2018 Wall Calendar Ideas – Lovely Gifts and Perfect Home Organisation Tools

In my continuation of my Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas posts, I’m bringing you a wonderful selection of wall calendars to give as gifts and get ready for 2018 planning season! Wall calendars are omnipresent in the hub of the home, super useful for jotting down important dates and memos – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been saved from remembering to do that thing I was totally going to forget to do before I happened to glance at my wall calendar and be reminded to do the thing!


First up, this rather elegant and minimalist goal setting calendar, to keep you on track each month. By Euni & Co.

2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of Starlingsoriginal_2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of starlings

This triangular calendar has gorgeous folk & boho inspired illustrations on every page. Unique and pretty, by A Prism of Starlings on Not on the High Street. The world needs more calendars in interesting shapes!

The Woods 2018 Wall Calendar by Paper Raven Co

2018 Calendar The Woods by Paper Raven Co

This is called “Into the Woods” Paper Raven Co. I love the illustrations and use of colour here. Erin, owner of Paper Raven Co, polled her followers to decide on what to theme her 2018 calendar, and this was the winning theme!

Shapes 2018 wall calendar by Dozi

2018 Shapes Abstract Wall Calendar by Dozi

By Dozi, this ‘Shapes’ abstract wall calendar contains simple but oh so appealing abstract geometric art. I would spend a lot of time gazing at this, thinking about the shapeforms, and letting my mind wander!

Wildflower-2018 Wall Calendar by Fox & FallowWildflower-Scattered-3months_preview by Fox & Fallow

Bright and beautiful, this Wildflowers calendar is by Aussie company Fox and Fallow. Featuring lush botanicals and shiny gold foil detail on every page.  This design is available as a full range of paper goods too.

handcrafted wooden desk calendar by dodecal

Okaay so I admit this is not a wall calendar! But it is a handcrafted polyhedrous ball of wonder, no? Crafted from stunning American Cherry wood, called Dodecal I think it makes a super gift and home decor object. We recently spoke to Ric of Dodecal – read the full post here!



Super fun and bold, this “Best Year Ever” calendar by comes with handy stickers, and awesome shiny foil cover.

2018 Desert Greens Cactus Art Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios2018 Wall Calendar Desert Greens cactus inspired by Fox Hollow Studios

Dreamy watercolour cactus and desert plants are the theme for this “Desert Greens” 2018 Wall Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios. I’m a long way from the desert here in the UK, but I still love the calming illustrations on this beauty.


How cute is this “Punny Animals” wall calendar by Paper Cranes. I love the geometric animals, use of colour and the cute sayings.

2018 minimalist calendar by DecoyLab

Minimalist 2018 Wall Calendar by DecoyLabs on Etsy

Decoylab created this super minimalist, high design 2018 calendar. A great gift idea for a typography lover.

Cat Artists 2018 Wall Calendar by NiaskiCat Artists 2018 Wall Planner Gift Idea by Niaski

Last up, this one gives me the giggles – it’s a Cat Artist Calendar by Niaski. Each month features a famous artist interpreted as a cat! Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds and it’s gorgeously illustrated – go check it out!


Bright and Whimsical Wall Art Gift Ideas

I thought I’d start to gather up a few gift ideas as we’re nearing that most festive time of year and I think wall art is a good place to start. This is a lovely little collection of fun, bright and whimsical art prints which would enhance any walls. There are  more and more shops popping up which are focussing on small artists and print on demand wall art prints. This is great for all concerned but oooh my…. seriously there are so so many things to choose from!

I hope this little curated selection helps you wade through the myraid options and also inspires you to continue to support independent designer/makers!

Hennel Paper Co Bee Hive Terrarium Wall Art Print

Jayme of Hennel Paper Co is a surface designer & illustrator and created this adorable terrarium print. Go and check out her shop – it’s full of adorable goodies.

Sloth Jungle Art Print by Amber Davenport

Who doesn’t love a lovely Sloth? This beautiful and happy handpainted artwork by Amber Davenport of Amber’s Textiles. For some reason, I can totally see this living in a bathroom!

Paris Wall Art Print by Alex Foster Illustration

For the Francophile in your life, ne c’est pas? I love this charming Paris wall art print by Alex Foster Illustration. Plus it’s pink, and my love affair with pink is not going anywhere too soon (#sorrynotsorry).

New Home Wall Art Print by Lauren Radley

This print is called “New Home”, and would make a fab housewarming gift, but I actually think it’s just a lovely print even if you’ve not recently moved house! By Lauren Radley.

Song Thrush in the Roses Whimsical Wall Art Print by Angie Spurgeon

This little charmer is called “Song Thrush in the Roses” by Angie Spurgeon. She’s a recent discovery and the queen of pretty, colourful art prints.

Wildflowers Gathered Wall Art Print by Joy Laforme

I’ve followed Joy Laforme’s career for several years now and always been an admirer of her work, so I’m thrilled to host a little bit of it here – how could I not?! This lovely wall art print is called “Wildflowers Gathered” and you can find it here.

violets-and-daisies-wall art print by Paula McGloin #wallart #floralartprint

This happy folksy art print is by Paula McGloin Studio and is called Violets & Daisies. The motifs have such a timeless feel, and the whole piece carries so much energy. I love it!

Over to you – do you know of any lovely designers producing pretty art prints? Please hit me up in the comments! xo

Meet DodeCal! An amazing, innovative object and perfect gift for a man

If you’re looking for the perfect luxury men’s gift, I have it right here for you. I was delighted to recently discover this gorgeous wooden calendar called “DodeCal”. It’s a 12 sided wooden polyhedra calendar, designed with mathematical precision, with each month laser engraved onto one of the rhombic sides.

luxury men's gift ideas dodecal wooden desk calendar

The brainchild of London-based Ric Bell, who also runs the graphic design agency POST, DodeCal was born as a concept back in 2012, and, after conquering the technical challenges of actually designing and manufacturing the piece, I think you’ll agree the resulting product is gorgeous.

luxury desk accessories dodcal wooden calendar

Can anyone say “design classic”?

handcrafted wooden desk calendar by dodecal

Each piece is made in the UK by a master craftsman using responsibly sourced timber. The 2017 edition of DodeCal was made from European sycamore wood and the first edition (limited to just 100 pieces) sold out in 7 days. A second run was produced which proved equally as popular.

The 2018 edition is crafted from beautiful American Cherry wood and is already available to buy now. Ric’s also recently announced that the DodeCal will be available to buy in the wonderful Barbican design shop. Plans for the 2019 edition are already in motion with a new wood finish and plans to further reduce the environmental impact of the already very eco-friendly product.

men's gift idea wooden calendar dodecal

DodeCal is indeed a handsome object, fusing design, technology and craft. It would be gorgeous on a desk or as a design piece around the home. Given as a gift, I cannot see how this would not be received with absolute delight!

Buy DodeCal here.

Follow DodeCal’s great Instagram account here.


Lovely Inspirational Graphic Wall Art Prints by The Postman’s Press

As a huge fan of surface pattern design, I discovered the work of the Postman’s Press a couple of months ago and was bowled over by these lovely wall art quote prints from the Postman’s Press. Owned by UK-based Aussie Josh Varley, I got to find out the inside track on this recently launched venture.

The Postman’s Press art prints are available in limited runs on Etsy, and an online shop in the works. Each print comes with it’s own lovely mount to be hung straight onto your wall. I caught up with Josh to find out more about the Postman’s Press. Over to you, Josh…

wall art hanging print by the Postman's Press on Etsy

Josh – I am displaced Australian living in Heathfield, East Sussex with my beautiful wife, our 18-month-old son and soon-to-be baby daughter. We have recently relocated from London, longing for a quiet life in the country. I am primary school teacher by day, and channel my creative energy into ‘The Postman’s Press’ by night.

wall art DIY ideas by the Postman's Press on Etsy

The Postman’s Press was established in early this year after years of flickering away as slow-burning flame at the back of my mind. Still finding it’s feet, The Postman’s Press is my creative outlet/micro-business which I use primarily to create rich, colourful surface patterns for use in various lifestyle products.

I am so inspired by simplicity and restriction. Taking inspiration from art mediums that are inherently restricted in their use of material and palette (lino-printing, screen-printing, collage, calligraphy etc.) I love to create surface patterns by manipulating simple shapes and arrangements.

wall art prints by the Postman's Press on Etsy

I never start out with a plan, but rather may take a simple shape and create through play and experimentation. Working with children all day, I am so inspired by their ability to create with very little. Children are so unaffected by their inner-critic and are able to create so freely and openly. I try to replicate this openness and sense of play in my own design practice.

Visually, my work tends to take inspiration from many different sources. I am inspired by simple line art, bold typography, modern/brutalist architecture, geometry, maps and technical drawings amongst many other things.

wall art quotes by the Postman's Press on Etsy

I did a fashion design degree at university, but I fell out of love with making clothing soon after. Whilst I always enjoyed working with my hands and exploring the design process, it never really seemed like a perfectly natural fit for me. The creative compulsion has never left me though and over the last five or six years I have slowly taught myself how to use different software to create imagery that I love.

The Postman’s Press is a culmination of my attempts to kick start my creative practice by focusing my efforts on one particular pursuit. Creating surface patterns keeps my imagination buzzing and provides endless motivation. I consider The Postman’s Press to be a kind of  physical record of this journey.

wall art DIY ideas by by the Postman's Press on Etsy

My wall art prints are bold, colourful and playful and they are designed to be small, inexpensive additions to a wall/work space.

Each print is A5, printed on lovely ‘G Mund Tactile Blanc’ paper. The finished print is mounted on a piece of Baltic Birch plywood, which is held in place by a chrome clip. The prints can be hung using the chrome clip and a small nail, or leant against the wall on a table/desk.

As of right now I am focusing on creating affordable, motivational prints to adorn the walls and work spaces of dreamers and doers alike, I have a whole array of lifestyle products in mind for the future. I am a bit of closet stationary tragic and as the business and my following grows, I plan to produce a number of products in line with this. (Think notebooks, writing sets, gift wrap, greeting cards etc etc)

clipboard wall art by wall art print by the Postman's Press on Etsy

I am determined to let this little business grow in a way that is completely natural and perfectly paced; so with that in mind, these products will appear as they are imagined.

Josh, thank you so much for sharing a little about you and your business. I love what you have to say about working within design constraints and it’s certainly paying off with such wonderful pattern design. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

Ps. Follow Josh on Insta, his account is great!


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