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Happythought Blog
www.happythought.co.uk

Happythought HQ is an outhouse at the end of the garden. I can’t be said to be a naturally tidy sort, so my desk is piled high with sketches, papercraft maquettes, pens, pencils and the odd hairy humbug as well as about four empty tea cups. But it is where the magic happens. Of a design variety.
Paper has always been a passion of mine. As well as drawing and crafting and as a child I was a serious stationery geek, never happier than when browsing at Paperchase or whiling away an hour or two at W.H.SMITHs comparing different coloured paperclips or post-it notes.
After studying graphic design at Glasgow School of Art I worked as a designer before going freelance as an illustrator and Art director, working amongst others with BBC Scotland, Channel 4, Playhouse Disney and Lupus films…

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About

Happythought Blog
www.happythought.co.uk

Happythought HQ is an outhouse at the end of the garden. I can’t be said to be a naturally tidy sort, so my desk is piled high with sketches, papercraft maquettes, pens, pencils and the odd hairy humbug as well as about four empty tea cups. But it is where the magic happens. Of a design variety.
Paper has always been a passion of mine. As well as drawing and crafting and as a child I was a serious stationery geek, never happier than when browsing at Paperchase or whiling away an hour or two at W.H.SMITHs comparing different coloured paperclips or post-it notes.
After studying graphic design at Glasgow School of Art I worked as a designer before going freelance as an illustrator and Art director, working amongst others with BBC Scotland, Channel 4, Playhouse Disney and Lupus films.

A husband and two children later and we were all crafting left right and centre, which made moving from illustration into papercraft designs a natural progression. Along with my husband Harry we launched Happythought. Our children Harvey and Missy are a constant source of inspiration and the prefect on-hand guinea pigs and sometime models for new creations.
The arrival of online marketplaces such as Etsy provided the perfect opportunity to share our designs with likeminded crafty types and the first logical step was PDF printable templates. The beauty of PDFs is that you can print as many as you like, whenever you like.

The Design process
An idea can strike at any time, day or night, or as a result of a brainstorming session.
It is very important to me that our paper crafts 'work' and that they are easy to make, with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of fun!
I try to ensure that they can be made using common-or-garden scissors and a glue stick, and that they are not too fiddly. My rule of thumb is that if I 'can't be bothered' to make them then no-one else will be either.

The first step is to sketch out the idea on paper.
Next I will make a rough maquette to see if the idea will work in 3D.
The designs are then translated onto the computer using my beloved Wacom Cintiq screen tablet. I'm a bit of  a perfectionist so at this point can spend hours poring over a design until it is 'just-so.' Colours are also important and can really make or break the design so they too require careful consideration. Next come the instructions which we endeavour to keep clear and concise. Finally we print out the templates to be sure all is in order before launching the new product in the Happythought Etsy store!

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