Autumn Stationery Inspiration

Autumn is officially here and with it comes the launch of my Autumn inspired stationery collection. As you may already know I design stationery to make meal planning easy and all my designs are inspired by the seasons. As well as the popular meal planner and shopping list notepads I also designed a range of fruity notecards each season for all those times you need to send a little note to a friend or loved one. 

I wanted to share with you my inspiration behind the autumn colour palette and design to give you an idea of the work that goes on behind the scenes. Below is a mood board I put together to inspire me while working on the design.

autumn mood board

I always start with a browse of Pinterest before I start any design. I search for images using keywords such as flowers, food, weather, nature all with the relevant season. I then scroll through and pin any images that stand out to a hidden 'autumn Inspo' board. I might do this all in one night or across the course of a few days. Once I've searched all terms I go through my board and look for the shapes and colors that are consistent across everything. For autumn there was a lot of oranges, dark pinks, purples and lots of leaves, as you can imagine.

For my Autumn design I did this process, picked a colour scheme and started designing. I had a few designs on the go but after working on them on and off for about 3 weeks I wasn't happy with them. I felt they were too generically autumn, oranges, greens, reds and leaves. So back to the drawing board I went and this time I searched for images of things that I love about autumn. In short, comfort food, jeans, boots, jumpers and a long walk on a crisp autumnal day.

That is when my colour palette came together, I swapped the green for a blue similar to that of denim jeans and the dark red/brown for purple, which I have called blackberry in my palette. 

The actual design came together quite quickly then. I loved the idea of two block colors to reflect the blue jeans and cosy jumpers I associate with Autumn so after a play around with shapes and layout I settled on the split design. Then I added in the leaf pattern but I made it subtle using only the outline and a contrasting colour to the background to make them stand out.

autumn stationery collection

This is my favorite design to date, not only for the colours but because I managed to learn a few new things in Adobe Illustrator to create it which I'm pretty chuffed about. 

If you fancy getting your hands on my new collection click here to shop now.

I'd love to know what you think, come and follow me over on Instagram @ink_and_spoon

Speak soon

Sarah x


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