I’ve been looking for a planner for a while now, and finally bought one and I love it! Well, it’s actually a Non-Planner Datebook that randomly mixes undated monthly overviews with journal and idea pages. So you get a sense of structure without feeling constricted, and it makes you reflect as well as capture current moments. I think the range of freedom is a fantastic idea, and all the idea pages will get your creative juices flowing!
I did some research and discovered the wonderful author and illustrator turned guerrilla artist, Keri Smith. She is the author of several best selling books and blog the Wish Jar, and writes for several magazines occasionally. As an illustrator, Keri has worked for a variety of clients worldwide including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Hallmark. She has giving many lectures and workshops on a variety of topics at several universities and conferences.
I love Keri’s illustration style and creativity. She even has a section on her website called ‘PLAY’ where she shares her ideas and fun DIY activities and projects, providing some templates and printables as well! Thanks Keri!
I have been told many times that my portfolio is very creative and experimental, but lacking in the ‘corporate’ and more traditional design that I will need to get a job, or get clients. So I have a huge respect for artists who follow their passion and immerse themselves in what they love, and continue to create what they believe in, rather than follow the expectations of others. Have you ever been in a situation like this? The most important thing is to keep believing in yourself and pushing forward. Surround yourself with the people who love you and support you and you will find your niche.
I love Keri’s illustration style and the bright colors she uses in her collage-style pieces. They each tell a different visual story, which I find so inspirational and creatively challenging. She just inspires you to go and make something and be creative, doesn’t she? Thanks for sharing Keri!
(images: keri smith)