Monday, November 11, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Abstract Beauty



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Abstract Beauty designs that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Trend Report // The Animal Coat // Top 5 best selling Animal Print Autumn Winter fabric



The best selling print of this autumn season must be our leopard print. But, this is not the only animal print we have available. Animal prints are an -easy to mix and match- basic texture. We can see them in home decor, fashion and even baby nursery items and men accessories are covered in animal prints this year.

Did you ever guess this theme would get so popular let’s say three years ago? I remember watching a TV show where only tacky, uneducated would wear a print like a leopard one. Strange right? It was having such a bad image. But this print made a strong come back two years ago. Starting with the tropical trend with lush plants and flowers, turning into animals and wild-life themes a little later and now we’ve seen all the multi-colored designs it is time to tone things down and get t a little more basic and minimal designs. And after the first leopard wave, here come the others. A wide range of animal prints can be found in shops all over the world. It’s back! Today we wanted to show you our top 5 best selling animal prints. Starting with our number 1.

1 // Leopard
This designs is available in our fabric shop on over 200 designs. This print is similar to the panther print. But with less detailing and more even shapes it’s a fun basic for every season. We have this animal print available as minimal all over seamless spots, but we also integrated the spots in some other designs adding some more elements to it. Some are a little more layered, or grouped. There are so many ways to go with this shape! We just added the Autumn Winter colors to our fabric collection, adding some more leopard prints in these colors too. After two years we have all seasons covered.

2 // Giraffe
This print is a little less common, but is growing into a strong demand for the past few weeks. At this point we only two styles of this print available. One is a basic minimal giraffe square repeat. The other one a little more layered. Check out The Animal Coat Collection to have a full overview.

3 // Zebra
The zebra design always has been a fun classic animal print. Never really was out of trend the past 20 years. But with the animal print revival it’s a print that is a lot easier to find nowadays. It is The Classy print under the animal prints, the black and white making it easy to match with color. And now we have it available in a basic trend palette every season, leaving the monochrome behind. We have some really funky color combo’s in our fabric stash!

4 // Cheetah
The cheetah print must be my personal fave. We have made lots of versions of these abstract dots over the years. This print is the most contemporary and easy to match print since it only contains dots. And dots are always a hot seller. However, we haven’t had so many peeps ask us for a license for dotted designs before this year. This one is definitely picked up as a strong trend.

5 // Cow
This print is a little unconventional. It’s a great minimal design with raw edges and this abstract shape doesn’t really necessarily give you the farm feels. Available in on trend colors this is a great alternative if you don’t like to use what everyone else is using. A little twist on the animal print theme. We love seeing things made with this print. It’s a great neutral design, not specific to gender. And since the print is pretty large you can still mix this animal print with other small prints too.



Curious to see all animal prints we have available on fabric and to license? Check our collection here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sources of inspiration: Portugal // Lush greens and delicious wines // Top 5 Hidden Gems



Every single trip outside of my own city is a great source of inspiration. And I love traveling abroad during autumn & spring season and visit European cities. Every now and then, if I’m in proper awe, I love sharing some travel tips with you here on the blog. These trips are very much part of the design collection. With every experience comes a new sh•tload of inspiration. Traveling to new places opens you up. It triggers all your senses seeing new things. 10 years ago I took on a new resolution: do one new thing a day. Visit an exhibit, a new coffee place, order something from the menu without knowing what it is. Small things. They are so important to me to not get stuck in a rut. I always felt the need to explore and have a taste of new things.

Now 5 years ago I visit Lisbon. It was my first solo trip after my long-overdue break up a month earlier. I booked a cute bedroom in a shared AirBNB place right in the heart of the city and I fell in love with the place right away. Now 5 years later I traveled to the beautiful country of Portugal with my new human. We only booked our first two nights in a super cute B&B in Lisbon, from there we would rent a car and see where we would end up. And so we did.

We explored our little hood. With its parks where locals hand out, listen to music. Watching the Azulejos covered buildings uphill with a great view overlooking the city. Visiting some small handmade shops and concept stores. And where we stopped for wine. Always make a little stop for wine. Portugal has the most amazing wines! And we found some super cute places to eat, with great tapas. We also found an amazing place with a gluten-free menu.

After our days in Lisbon, we needed an escape from the city. We went decided to go visit the park near Sintra and then travel up North and see where the road would lead us. We had no idea what we were going to see, what would come our way. Just the way I love to travel.




Palace of Monserrate - Sintra
A beautiful 40 minutes drive will take you to this magnificent palace and garden close to Sintra. We were driving through the National Park when we found this amazing place. The Palace truly is an architectural gem. A combination of Indian and Moorish influences with a rich garden with plants from all corners of the world. You can spend an entire afternoon in the garden, the gorgeous cacti, the lush green trees, overlooking the foggy mountains it is breathtaking. The entrance of the palace is magical. The patterns on the stone walls, the rich ornaments of the ceiling take you to a gothic-like interior. You can see some beautiful wood-cuts and tiles and don’t forget to take a deep breath when you see the view in one of the rooms in the back. I’m pretty sure this is where pretty was invented!


Ericeira - Surf & Waves
I have to admit I must be one of the worst surfers ever. I tried taking lessons but couldn’t even get myself up on the board in the water. I think I’m just not made for surfing. But I’ve always listened to friends traveling to the Ericeira waves. So during our road trip, we managed to get to the city of Ericeira and even though I don’t surf, it’s a great place to visit. Lot’s of things to do and see and a great laid back alternative if you’re done with the crowds and busy streets of Lisbon. On our way there we made a stop at a cliff to watch the incredible view over the ocean. That was a good teaser! We entered the city, which is pretty small and easy to navigate and explore in a day or two. Ericeira has lots of small bars and restaurants, numerous coffee places and cool surf shops to stock up on gear and comfy clothing. It’s lovely to have a drink at the central square where locals and surfers meet. Since it’s a place that is very popular for surfing, the food is also pretty hipster proof. Healthy smoothies, gluten-free, vegan. There are lots of choices here. In the evenings the surfers fill up the bars and restaurants. Head to a rooftop terrace to view the sunset. Oh, and did I mention this place is very popular under lesbians? I didn’t realize: since the surf babes I know are all with dude people, but it’s a lesbian Walhalla.





Castelo de Sao Jorge
On the first day in Lisbon I really wanted to climb uphill and visit the castle, from there you have the most amazing view overlooking the city. I’m a sucker for views, I always end up on a hill, or on top of the highest building in the city. As I traveled to Lisbon before I couldn’t help noticing the city was very much overrun by tourists. I didn’t experience these crowds before so we visit the castle, but after that we managed to dodge the tourists by exploring the less obvious neighborhoods. We walked down the small streets with cute nooks and street art, has some wine in a tiny little local bar and walked all the way back to the city center. A great way to spend an afternoon.


Botanical Garden of Lisbon
As some of you might know I’m a tree huggin’ kinda gal. I love me some green and I get a little crazy if I’m not in the woods at least once a week. When I travel alone I usually visit cities, where it’s easy to meet new peeps and you’re not all lonely. But while visiting the city of Lisbon with my +1 I noticed I just really needed some peace and quiet. We stumbled upon the Botanical Gardens of Lisbon’s University. I was so excited to see so much green I ran into the park and didn’t even notice the admission stand. Ooops. if you need a little break from the busy streets of Lisbon this is a great place to get yourself some green. Take along a book and sit in the grass while looking over the bamboo forest. Or find a spot on a bench near the little lush pond. I love visiting Botanical gardens and loved this little surprise.





Embaixada - Concept Store
As some of you might know I am not much of a shopper. When it comes to clothes I rather walk around naked than go for a new pair of pants. But. Whenever I am on the road and visiting other places, I love to check local handmade products and usually end up in a home decor shop or a concept store. This place I didn’t actually notice right away, I walked by the building and did see the typography on the window outside and love the architecture, but didn’t expect to walk into an old palace, with beautiful old detailing, wall decorations, and sliding doors. This building is also housing some fun local businesses. When you enter the building, go straight to the second floor where you can find a beautiful shop with home decor and accessories. I bought a little handmade cup. Whenever I see a cute cup or bowl I take it home with me as a souvenir. There are some other small businesses located on the second floor, even a kid's clothing store with some Scandinavian brands. Didn’t find a Maxomorra print of mine though.
If you’re done shopping or need a break, you can find a small coffee place in the center of the building on the ground floor. From there you can look up and enjoy the gorgeous architecture and wall art. So pretty for the eyes this one. Definitely, a great place if you’d like to see what’s happening in fashion and home decor in Lisbon.

Since we didn’t have enough time to cover more of Portugal, I am sure we’ll be back soon. Even though the Lisbon streets felt much more touristy, the easy vibe of the city remains. There’s music everywhere and the food is amazing. Oh and the wine. Oh yes, so much delicious wine!

Friday, October 18, 2019

New Autumn Collection // Thea Fashion for Kids



We love showing what our customers create with our designs. This time we wanted to give some extra love to this small German kids boutique selling children’s leggings, dresses, tops, you name it. We’re loving the new autumn/winter collection that was launched this week.

Meet Angela, a couple of years ago she ordered her first pieces of Little Smilemakers Fabric and we loved her beautiful mix of colors and textures for each collection she has launched so far. Her style is clean, cozy and always ahead of the trend. Over the years she kept creating new kid's clothes with our designs and this season she has made another batch of beautiful dresses, leggings, beanies and other fashion pieces for little ones. Her broad collection of kids fashion is available from new-born till school-going older boys and girls. The designs she picks are perfect for all ages. We wanted to give her a little shout out on the blog today. We are so excited about what she’s been making.



Angela has been working up in the air for over 10 years now. She loves working as a flight attendant but she was missing some creativity in her life so 6 years ago she started sewing and fell in love. She opened her own little handmade shop 4 years ago, and her business quickly took off. Now she works for large retailers like Lillestoff and Stoffonkel and pattern makers like Brindille & Twig which I am sure for the sewing readers here sounds very familiar. We are so happy she continues to use our designs too. So hopefully there’s a lot more to come.

All fabric she has used for the kid's pieces featured here, are available in our Spoonflower shop. Not that sewing savvy yourself? You can find all available, gorgeous handmade pieces in her Etsy shop. So do take a look if you like what you’re seeing here. And of course a big thank you to Angela, we are so happy with your ongoing support!



The designs featured here are available to license for your brand too. Send us a quick message to find out more about licensing for your products.

Monday, October 14, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Happy Camper Designs



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Happy Camper prints that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Top 5 trend colors for the autumn season // Shop our new autumn collection




We've been waiting for the leaves to turn color. And Autumn is finally here. We're loving the palette: muted to bright oranges, shades of brown: cinnamon, rust, ginger. All mixed with soft earthy tones and dark forest greens and navy blues. And we couldn't be more excited to show you this autumn collection overview.

Fall is definitely my personal fave season. I was born in October, so I guess the love for the moody season runs in my blood. I get our and take walks as much as possible before the weather is getting too crazy cold to hang out in the woods. I love seeing the leaves change every time I visit. But fall is also the moment to stay in, cuddle up inside with a cozy blanket. And there's no better season to start some new projects, making clothes, change home-decor, than Autumn season. Change your pillow-cases, add some fresh new prints to the mix. As I am writing this I have to admit: I've been doing some serious Kon Marie-ing today too. My home is ready for some new textiles!

We've created some really adorable woodland animals and turned them into print designs. We also made new Halloween prints and of course we created new animal prints: leopards, cheetahs and panther spots are all in there. And to top it off: some matching abstracts and minimals. We are loving this year's palette. The new Autumn palette was based on 5 new trend colors. These are this years Autumn trend colors.


1 Cinnamon:
We love this soft yellow shade with a hint of brown. It's a perfect gender-neutral to add to your little one's nursery. A great warm base color for your kids room and basic pieces. It's a great neutral that goes with everything. So if you're making some durable pieces, or if you don't want to limit your creations to the season, this is a great pick.

2 Navy:
This dark blue shade creates a beautiful contrast with the warm earthy tones. A strong color perfect for kids nightwear, leggings and baby rompers. This color is great for your babies wardrobe because stains are hard to spot! And it's an easy mix and match color.

3 Rust:
We're not affraid of decay! Last years copper is making room for rust. This stone red/brown color is great for gender neutral pieces. We love how so many tones can be traced back to nature this year. Add some soft pink or cool blue to freshen it with a pop of color. Or go all autumn and add some ochre, ginger or cinnamon to the mix.

4 Forest Green:
Okay, I have to admit every shade of green is a go this year. Emerald, jade, mint. But we picked forest green for our new Autumn palette this year. Because it's looking so damn cute with all the other colors. And we'd love to add some extra green to the cooler season right? We're not saying goodbye just because nature is! Let's be stubborn!

5 Ginger
More of a soft tone and pastels kind peep? Try our ginger prints. Soften things up with this pastel tone. A little more yellow than last years sandy tones. I use ginger in my kitchen every day, how did we never add this shade to our shop before now? Well, we finally did, and looooove seeing how these colors are used by our customers.


The designs shown here are available for licensing. You can license our designs if you'd like to use our prints for your products by sending us an email and send along a screenshot of the designs you'd like to license. All these designs featured here are also available on fabric & wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. If you need any hand finding the right shade or scale, of need another color version or size for your project? Just send us a message. We're happy to add new versions for you.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Creative Business & Infringement // About design ethics and copy cats // How to protect your designs



Something needs to get off my chest, that is why I decided to write this piece. As an artist I have been working in the creative industry for over 12 years now and I have seen things change and shift over time. I love using social media such as Instagram to show what I am creating, new designs I launched and to give my followers a little insight about what I am doing. Get feedback and discuss work. A lot of it is very helpful to running a creative business. But the downside is that my business is a very visual one. I need to show my designs in order to sell them and over the years it has gotten more and more common to see ‘Little Smilemakers Inspired’ designs pop up. So with it is not about creating only, it's about being clever and work smarter. I have grown to tackle quite some problems over the years, maybe this could also help you a little.

Your designs are my inspiration
“Who inspires you” is a question that is often asked to artists during interviews. And to me too. Inspiration to me is something that itches. Something that triggers an emotion, something that creates a response. Shows things in a different light. Confronts, stirs up. It can be a walk on the beach. The perspective of a child. Joy, grief, pain, it is all converted into creation. And therefore very personal. But the interviewee usually refers to another artist, style or brand. And this is why they are so wrong. Inspiration is not something you can copy, it is a trigger, a mood, an energy that gives you power and drive to create. If you are an artist and have your own handwriting you are not highly influenced by other styles. Somehow being inspired has turned into copying that style and handwriting. And it is not ok.

The people I approach that copy my designs usually think it is okay to copy that handwriting instead of contributing to the world, finding their own ‘voice’ in their own unique way. They forget all about staying close to their own strength and choose to disrespect the artist by making a rip off version of a product or in my case a print. I find copied work almost every day. And it saddens me. Today I run across another ‘interpretation of a little Smilemakers concept’ and usually I just feel bad for a second, eat chocolate and get on with it. But some days it is just too much and I reach a point of thinking “shall i just stop doing this” a couple of times. I make things but what people don’t seem to realize is that it is my livelihood. My bread. I spend over 60 hours a week working my ass off. Things don’t just happen. Most importantly I create from the heart, designing is a very personal process and I can see the difference between ‘inspired by’ and copied, I know why I make a certain shape, toss elements a certain way, because the design is me. I am the designer, I know.

Everyone’s a designer
When I started working as a graphic designer 12 years ago, creating things on a computer was done by a selected, talented, few. But more and more software was made, printed media was turned into mostly digital pieces and more recently it became a lot easier to get your hands on cheap software and apps to create your own ‘whatever’. So I changed my graphic ways and started to create illustrations and patterns. Serving another niche of clients. But the past year this business has gotten more and more saturated. Not because of an increase awesome new artists that entered the business. Unfortunately it is the copy cats that seem to thrive nowadays.

My work has been copied by Etsy selling housewives and big multinational businesses. When I confront people that copy my work that are individuals, mostly housewives with Etsy stores claiming to be artists, it is a different story than approaching businesses. They have no idea how copyright works, since they usually never attended any creative business classes, they don’t have any legal insight. Neither do they have any ethical thoughts about copying creations. I started to realize these woman really have no idea how disrespectful it is and how wrong they are. Today I confronted someone I noticed putting up a new design via Spoonflower, the same person already added another design similar to mine a few months earlier. I was stunned. If you have several designs similar to another artist up for sale on the same website it is not dumb luck they seem similar. It is not ‘inspired by’. It is called fraud. Design infringement. When you pick the same shapes, same composition, same theme in the same colors it is not an ‘interpretation of a concept’. Unfortunately somehow I can not get my point across to these people. There is not an easy way to prevent this. Trust me I have tried. We all have to think global and the problem is every country has it's own regulations about copyright. And I am curious how other designers deal with this.

If you are a true artist no one can take away your own uniqueness.

Everyone’s a designer so it seems. But there is a difference to a skilled professional and a copy cat. A professional approach will lead and not follow. If you are also dealing with this kind of nonsense know that a true creative heart always ticks, always creates. Rely on your own creativity, find your own voice, your own style, your own handwriting and don’t focus on others. Do not focus on the negativity and try to let go of the heaviness in your heart when you bump into copy cats and copied work. If you are a true artist no one can take away your own uniqueness. Trust yourself.

Business to business
With all visual exposure from social media it is getting harder and harder to earn a living with my designs. And every few months I work on exclusive designs behind the scenes. Within a few days copies pop up when I put something on Instagram I am working on, or add new designs to my Spoonflower shop, so I choose to keep these exclusive prints private until they are send out to a selected few. When I present my exclusive designs business to business, it’s a given one of them will add the same themes and colors to their collection next season while turning my originals down. This is of course a problem. With my thorough market research, experience and skills it is not only the design I send out. It is weeks of researching the market and target group, scaping upcoming themes, color schemes and trends into new designs. It is not just the print but a whole lot of other information too they are handed before pay out. It took me a long time to resolve this matter but when last year’s batch of spring designs became worthless I knew I had to do things differently.

Last year I made a presentation that was send out to a select few customers. One of them, I had worked for before, shared my work to a company that has stolen my designs before. The customer I send the designs to asked me to prepare a license for three designs that were part of a collection containing 10 other designs with the same theme, concept, colors and elements. However, that same customer did not get back to me to confirm these licenses. After turning down several other companies interested in the prints, I finally got in contact with them and they told me they did not want to buy the designs any more. A few weeks later, the same theme, same colors, same elements…. copies of my designs popped up in their shop. I was curious where they came from: Nooteboom, they said. Which had copied my work before. My entire collection became worthless and I could not sell any of the designs I put weeks of work in. I knew, this was the last time this was ever going to happen.

Working in the fabric industry is shady business. When I visit fabric fairs it only takes me a few seconds to find copied work. It is crazy. So yeah, I learned a lot from my 6 years of making designs for the fabric industry but it still surprises me, the lengths people will go to not pay the artist. To resolve the business to business exclusive design issue I now make customers sign a binding agreement of not adding same themes and elements to their new collection for at least a year after receiving my collection of new designs to choose from. Invest in some legal assistance every now and then. This way your ideas and heard work are at least a little more protected.

It is not much and I am sure there will be another person or company trying out something new here. But do protect your work, add a little business mindset to running a creative business and I hope this piece can prevent you from making the same mistakes I have made so far. I haven't by far figured everything out yet, being an entrepreneur means setting new goals, make mistakes and learn from them. I am working on a top 10 of mistakes, things to think about as an artist while doing business. Things to consider to protect your artwork. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Lookbook: Play Pop - New Trends Fabric Collection



This collection was inspired by our new ways of communicating. Back in the day, I worked on many picto & emoji projects. I studied typography so communication via minimal shapes was definitely ma thing. Nowadays basic illustrative language is incorporated into our every day. We send out hearts and smiles to our friends to express ourselves. And this collection is inspired by just that.

Connecting and expressing. Simple shapes and easy to read illustrations form the base of this collection. On-trend palettes, minimal illustrative designs, with minimal type designs for a fun mix. The Play Pop collection is now available for licensing, both exclusively or non-exclusively. We just released our latest batch of print designs and all of these new prints are now available to either license as a collection or you can license single prints if there’s just one that catches your eye.
We also take on commissions. If you’d like a custom type design or need some specific picto style print that meets your product just reach out. We’re happy to chat about all possibilities.

Wanna license print designs for your business? Please send us a message. We’ve also put some more info about licensing on our blog earlier this year, so if you’d like to read more about that and check out if licensing could be something for you read the blog post and find out step-by-step what you need to keep in mind before licensing print designs. Any questions? We’re happy to help. Just reach out!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // Top 5 September 2019



It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection of designs, or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around Etsy or if you check Instagram for some kids fashion or accessories you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers prints every now and then. Most creatives that use our fabrics have small home-based businesses and sell their projects online and tag us via Instagram. But there are also some bigger fish out they're using our Spoonflower designs for their business. We see some amazing things pop up in our feed every month. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from the UK, United States and Canada. This month we selected a whole bunch of best-selling panther & animal print themes turned into the most gorgeous items. We selected some cute bow, some super cool pet accessories and kids fashion pieces. Enjoy our September selection!

1 // Mjolk Russia
We’ve been working for this Russian company for a while now, and this summer they released a bunch of new designs. One of the new prints they licensed was our panther design. They turned them into these adorable baby rompers, blankies and bedding. Next season they’ll be launching another few of our designs and we’re currently working on a new logo for their rebrand. Stay tuned! Visit their website here.

2 // Bloom Headwraps
For her new kids accessories hair collection Haley has chosen some of our fave animal prints. The first one to launch was the pale cheetah print. We just can’t get enough of these adorable pictures popping up in our feed! Check her Insta and stay tuned for all launches. She only has limited editions in her shop. So make sure to write those dates in your planner!





3 // Cute Birds Kids
This fun and playful brand creates beautiful hair ties and bows for little girls. They just released the new autumn collection containing our leopard design. And we are in love! We are so excited to see these adorable items made with our designs. You can join their subscription by signing up on the website.

4 Poppy + Ted
One of our most fave collabs this year was with Paige, who’s the creator of Poppy and Ted dog accessories. She’s been licensing some of our designs and also buys fabric off Spoonflower for limited edition prints for her collections. We wanted to show you two of the panther print creations; the cameo harness and the pink cotton print she has available on collars, leashes and harnesses. Which one is your fave? Check her shop for more prints & styles and all other panther palettes.

5 Monsters and Co
This UK shop turned a bunch of our animal prints in little monster bandana’s. And they also made some cute little bows for our furry friends. For this post we wanted to feature this gorgeous long-haired kitten wearing their pink bandana. The cuteness! Visit their shop for all fun pet accessories.

Monday, September 9, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Dino World Designs



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Dino World designs that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Lookbook: Flora Botanicals - New Trends Fabric Collection



For all romantics, flora lovers and girly girls! We’ve made a new floral collection that is now available for licensing. This collection is part of our quarterly exclusive series and is available to license as an entire collection or if there’s just one design that catches your eye, they are now available to license as single prints too.

Every season we make a new collection of botanical prints. This new collection was inspired by wildflowers. Don’t you love all the color popping up during spring? The variation of colors and shapes popping up in those green spring fields? This collection is created in neutral tones and therefore suitable to license for both summer and winter projects. These prints make a great base for wallpaper and textiles. And the abstract flowers are perfect for swimwear or woman’s fashion. We are curious to know what you think of the new Flora Pop collection.

Wanna license one of these? We’ve also put some more info about licensing on our blog earlier this year, so if you’re new to licensing and you’d like to read more about it, check out if licensing could be something for you. Read the blog post and find out step-by-step what you need to keep in mind before licensing print designs. Any questions? We’re happy to help. Just reach out!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Made with Little Smilemakers Studio Fabric // Top 5 August 2019



It is so exciting to see a finished project after working hard on a new collection of designs, or a series of illustrations for our clients. But with finished fabric designs it is even a bigger surprise to see what customers create. To see how final products evolve when people put their own creative energy in there is amazing.

If you browse around on Etsy or if you check Instagram for some kids fashion you are very likely to stumble upon some Little Smilemakers prints. Most creatives that use our fabrics have small home-based businesses and sell their projects online and tag us via Instagram. But there are also some bigger fish out they're using our Spoonflower designs for their business. So we see some amazing things pop up in our feed every month. We love how Little Smilemakers creations are the foundation for other creatives all around the world to work with. So here is our monthly blog post that features some creative results from the United States, Russia, and Italy. This month we selected a whole bunch of favorite fabrics turned into the most gorgeous items. We selected some fall accessories and kids fashion pieces. And a cool DIY project. Take a look and see if there is something for you too. Have a look and enjoy our August selection.

1 // My Eclectic Nest
The beautiful Brooklyn based Tiffany is one of our fave interior bloggers. She lives in Williamsburg and on her blog and Insta she shows us here beautiful family home full of character and color. Her blog is a great source of inspiration and filled with DIY projects. Our yellow Cranes fabric was used for this beautiful table setting including custom napkins, wonderful cutlery and plates. She used our fabric to up-cycle her dining room chairs and we love how they turned out. With a little mix and match she shows us how to create a fun and inviting table for guests. Read more on her blog about this Spoonflower project.

2 // Mamapapa
Mamapapa has finally launched their Autumn Winter range with our Little Smilemakers prints. I think we’ve been waiting for almost a year to see the result of our collab. And we are so excited to see what’s been made with our prints! For their new collection they licensed 6 designs and turned them into the most adorable baby rompers and sleepwear. We love how our Minimal Spots turned out on these new born baby rompers! We also licensed a bunch of other designs, so if you are curious take a look on their website and browse all prints and styles.



3 // Pipolli
We wanted to show you this cool puppy teepees. And we stumbled upon this brand a few years ago. Pipolli creates fun dog accessories. And we especially like the dog teepees they offer. The cactus print was licensed to Pipolli a while ago already but we couldn’t resist sharing this pug with you. So cute right? So if you are looking for a fun doggie hang out or blanket check their website and see what they got to offer.

4 // Stella & Lu
The colder season is coming so it is time to grab some new warm blankies! Well, they’re pretty convenient for these cool Indian summer nights already too. Whitnie and Jes own this fun business selling all things soft for your little one. For the new season they have selected a bunch of our designs for our new collection. We especially love the Minimal Universe pieces they created. Inspired by the moon. Our copper rainbows, cotton flowers and moon phase are now available in their shop.

5 // Wolves of Wellington
We’re obsessed with all the fun dog accessories our fabric is used for. Wolves of Wellington is based in New Zealand and we love their fun pup products. Dog collars, harnesses, leashes, you name it, they have it. In a bunch of fun prints and styles. For this months Made With we selected our monochrome crosses that were used for their dog bandanas. How cute is that pup? Right? Here’s the link to their website, in case you NEED to order.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How to create a logo for your business // 5 tips for new business owners // love your branding



written by Maaike Boot / Founder Little Smilemakers Studio
Since Little Smilemakers Studio started we mainly focussed on creating surface pattern designs. But every now and then we love to create a logo for fellow entrepreneurs and creatives. And since we notice a logo is always a struggle, we wanted to give you 5 tips to get this process started and make it a smooth one. Hopefully this will give you some insight.

I am a big fan of hiring the right peep for the job instead of choosing cheap or quantity over quality. And when I stared my business I didn’t have to worry about the logo, branding and other graphic elements; I could do these all myself. I studied graphic design and worked in the industry for a couple of years before starting my own business, and back in the day I made a bunch of logos. I think my style was already the same mix of minimal quirky as it is right now. But since I have worked with so many new businesses on their logo. I do have a broad experience you might be able to learn something about my experiences.

1 // A logo as a reflection of both you and your business
What is a logo? And what should a logo do for you? Logo’s in business can be a way to catch a quick glimpse of what you’re doing. They usually contain a small visual element, mixed with text. You can also create a full typographic logo of course and skip the illustration. Or go non-text. That's all up to you. An illustration might be a fun way to hide a message. A strong visual speaks louder than any text. A good example it the Nike logo. But if you are not as 'famous' yet. Text might come in handy.
The first question you’d like to ask yourself is simple, who am I? If you start a small business this is a great way to start showing the world what you are doing. Who are you? What is your style? Do you enjoy new trends? Or are you more a contemporary style kind of girl? Do you love a rainbow of colors or would you choose a crisp black and white over color? Try to implement all of you into your business and logo. If you are working with a skilled designer they will filter any color doubt or color mayhem overkill to create something professional.

2 // Make a list
What used to be very helpful for me as a designer to start the logo design process, and I still ask this to new clients when I start custom projects on surface pattern designs: lists. Make a list of the things you really don’t like. Colors you have, fonts that make you go iek. Making a list of what doesn’t work is a great way to tackle any drafts that would never work for you personally. This makes the process a whole lot easier, faster and more cost-effective.

3 // How to find a pro
Ask yourself what is important for you and your business? Does your logo have to tell a story? Consider thinking about your branding and marketing, should your logo be a main visual for this? If you are running a product-based business the product is usually the thing to sell. But a logo can be the start of an entirely new branding strategy and visual language. if you want to set up your business as a whole, considering hiring a designer that knows about marketing and positioning. Look out for the way they present their logo designs: is it just a logo, or do they have advertising, folders, web included in their portfolio? If they have a range of graphical elements and they are coherent: this might be your designer to plan your visual strategy with. They most likely have thought about how to implement your logo and style into more than just the right corner of your website. They’ve done research on you and your customer, have the insight and knowledge how to use image, type & color for your target group. Look for the logo designers that hide a message in the logo, or tell a story.



4 // Logo on a budget
I understand most businesses that start out might not have the resources to splurge on too pricy things. Oh I sure didn’t when I started out. But I did do my research and set up a financial plan in order to have a little bit of an idea of how much I would spend the first year: webdesign, software, fonts. Don’t be too quick to save on a logo though. I do want you to consider saving up a little, even if you don’t have much cash, there’s always a way to not buy that pair of jeans or skip some lattes to save up for the future. Your business is worth it. Because outsourcing a logo is one of the best investments to building your future for you and your company. There are a lot of ways to create something. Even if you are on a tight budget. You can use an app like Canva to create something yourself, or put your job on the 99designs website and let designers pitch designs to you. But if you are willing to look beyond the logo, let a pro handle your visuals. Just to have an idea about the costs; our logo design process is around €1200. Including of course the logo design process, implementing the design on 4 graphical elements and building a branding language to use for your socials etc. This strategy is presented in a report. You can call it a little branding manual.

5 // Definite don’ts
Make sure to tackle these rookie mistakes. If you are creating a logo yourself keep in mind the legals! If you are using stock vectors: most stock websites don’t allow logos to be made from their images. So make sure your ‘images’ used to create your logo are originals and ask permission to use these for your design. Stay away from the competitor, and don’t copy something because you just like it. Don’t be ugly! The grass is not greener on the other side. Do your own work and trust your own way to success. Don’t just copy. Up until today, I have to explain this to my clients too when they tell me ‘we want a print design like this.’ If you like to copy something that’s already there, use an illustration or font: ask the original creator for permission. Be chic! You don’t want your logo to say: I stole this but please trust my business anyway. Trust is everything.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Autumn Color palette // These are the new 2019 Autumn colors on surface pattern designs



We have to say goodbye to those warm summer nights soon and make room for the cool breeze and let it calm down our lives. Autumn is a time so slow things down a little, cuddle up inside and prepare for cold winter days to come. This palette was inspired by the calming energy. Natural forest greens and neutrals inspired by the 5 elements. The powerful energy of gemstones. And the transition from blossoms to winter Botanics. We just added our new Autumn colors to our collection. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do ourselves here in the studio.



Our Animal Print has been a hot seller all year. So we added some new autumn colors of this design in our Spoonflower shop which our now available on fabric and wallpaper. These Autumn versions a little more toned down, but still colorful enough to make them a little energizing. Nothing dull here! If you're looking for a piece of fabric of one of these, you can find them in our Animal Coat collection, where you can find a large selection of Animal skin inspired designs. We put them all together in this handy collection. With so many print designs we know it can be hard to navigate and find the right one. Don't be shy to reach out if you need any assistance with finding the right color or scale.

This Animal Print collection is one of the many designs we have available in our Autumn Palette. These are also available for licensing. If you are looking for any specific art to license from us you can find all info & rates on our website make sure to sign up to our newsletter! And if you have any further questions, please reach out and send us a message.



Top 5 All time fave Little Smilemakers print designs / Fabric & Surface Designs



We’ve been creating print designs for a loooooong time now. Back in the day, it was easy to fill in the gap. There was no such thing as a designer licensing print designs. So business took off quite easily. Nowadays the surface design market is very saturated and most creative academies offer surface design as a course. Not in my days. I have a background in graphic designs and typography. The typography studies let me find the balance in every pattern I create up until today. We started out creating things that just weren’t there yet. And over the years we’ve been doing trend reports and we’ve seen both short and long trend waves come and pass us by. But some designs just never seem to leave our licensing list.

For this post, we selected our 5 most popular print designs to date. Some were made over 10 years ago and got picked up by a trend. Some got popular simply because they ended up in a Chinese database and turned into the most used but also stolen designs. And some are just good designs, thank god for the good designs, right? A properly balanced, color sweet spot print design.

1 // The Scandinavian Hedgehogs
We made these hedgehogs 7 years ago. At first, this surface design was only available on a white background. And most of our best selling pieces are created with a white background first. The white is a crisp clean contrast with any color used. And therefore perfect for baby nursery and clothing pieces. Pure and soft. Now, this design has been licensed all over the world numerous times. And the hedgehogs are also available in versions with gender-specific and gender-neutral backgrounds. This one still remains our best selling design to date.
Shop Hedgehogs here.



2 // The Monochrome Grid
I personally am not a very big fan of checkered designs. But simple basic check prints were missing from our portfolio. I came up with the Monochrome Grid around the same time the hedgehogs were made. I was creating an exclusive design series that was created from raw brush strokes and this grid designs didn't make the cut. Little did I know this would be one of our hot selling designs for years to come.
Shop grid designs here.

3 // Scandinavian Bunnies
There are a couple of evergreen themes in print designs. This bunny design is not a typically popular theme for kids patterns. Around Easter, we always see an increase of bunny interest but this one has been selling like mad for years, all year long. It might be the illustration that is suitable for both babies and older kids but I think it mostly has to do with the fact gender neutral kids products are very popular. And the bunny is not gender-specific like some: cats for girls, dinos for boys. It's fun to see so many different things created with this fabric. It's available in various sizes and colors and available for licensing.
Shop Bunnies here.



4 // Colorful Rainbows
Talking about evergreen designs, this rainbow design certainly is one. This particular design has been our all-time fave gender-specific design and has been licensed for girls clothes and baby nursery. At the moment, the rainbows are also very much on-trend and another rainbow design of ours is rapidly climbing the best selling charts. I am pretty sure this one will keep taking the lead though, the rainbow trend is just a wave and this print is less influenced by trend with its multiple colors and simplistic shape it's a contemporary design. Perfect for girls, even though we also have a version for boys without the pinks, this one remains a hit.
Shop Rainbows here.

5 // Geometric Indian Animals
Our last design finishing off the top 5 faves is our geometric Indian Animals design. Another design suitable for both genders. These animals were licensed to numerous companies, for baby bedding, kids fashion, and new creations made with our Spoonflower fabric keep popping up on our feeds. Definitely one of our fave designs this one. it was a blast coming up with these quirky animals full of personality.
Shop Indian Animals here.

As you can see in this top 5, most of our designs that sell best are not specific to gender. And we love the fact that parents and customers get more conscious about the durability of their products. A great trend! All of these designs are however also available in more girly and boyish tones if you do want to create something specific to gender. They're available in our Spoonflower shop and available to license directly if you wish to use our design for your business. They can be used for all sorts of products, not only on paper or fabric. If you're curious to know more just send us a message or check our website for more info and rates about licensing.

Monday, August 12, 2019

New designs available // License our surface designs // Pura Vida Designs



Did you know we create new designs every week? We update our fabric library almost every week and add new designs and color versions frequently. But for over 8 years we’ve been licensing our surface designs to companies all over the world too. Did you know our designs are not only available on fabric and wallpaper but they are also available for licensing?

When we create print designs we can create custom, exclusive work for our clients, but we also license our designs for non-exclusive use. Because we do understand exclusive print designs can be a little too pricy if you are just starting out with your small business. Most of our clients start our licensing surface patterns that are non-exclusive. They are a great solution for those of you who are dealing with a tight budget. We can create new colors, tweak details to make them more unique to the brand so they are a little different from the prints available on Spoonflower. We understand how competitive the market can be, so even though you license our print designs non-exclusively; we avoid licensing to similar branches. So you can use affordable designs that are as unique as possible to your brand and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing so.

Every week we create new print designs. This week we wanted to show you some of our Pura Vida Designs that are available on fabric and wallpaper in our Spoonflower shop. But also available to license directly for your brand.

We’ve worked for small starting businesses and big fish with stores all over the globe, so don’t be shy, I bet we can offer you something that works for you too. So if you see something you like, here on the blog, or over at Spoonflower. Please reach out and send us a message and we’ll tell you all about licensing our surface designs.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Lookbook: Inky Fall - New Autumn Trends Fabric Collection & Art Licensing 2019



We can't get enough of these long sun-drenched summer days, but fall is around the corner and we even got so far licensing prints for Valentine's Day already! Yikes! Every year when the heatwave hits the studio, we're busy making fall and winter designs. This collection is based on a series of designs we made a couple of years ago. Exclusively for Veritas Benelux.

This collection was made with pages and pages of inked paper. With dry brushes and pencils. The loose abstract shapes and brush strokes were turned into layered illustrative elements such as flowers and trees digitally. Some were made as illustrative shapes right away, like the palm leaves on top. This collection is a mix of fall with a hint of summer. We love dragging summer elements into September! Simply cuz we don't wanna say goodbye to summer just yet. And these new surface designs make perfect fall clothes and swimwear. We already licensed a few of these but all prints shown here are now available in our Spoonflower shop and available for licensing non-exclusively.

Wanna license print designs for your business? Please send us a message. We’ve also put some more info about licensing on our blog earlier this year, so if you’d like to read more about that and check out if licensing could be something for you read the blog post and find out step-by-step what you need to keep in mind before licensing print designs. Any questions? We’re happy to help. Just reach out!

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Back to School // Backpacks for the new school year



We're ready for the new school year! This summer we've been working hard getting some new school items up in our Society6 shop. We added some of our newest surface designs on notebooks, coffee mugs and what do you think about these fun backpacks?

Making a stop at the office supply store was a tradition when I was going to high school. I always had a hard time finding fun accessories, back in the day there weren't many fun prints to choose from. We were stuck with whatever big brands like Nike or Adidas came up with. They made school planners back then. I usually stuck with an MTV planner. That would be drenched in ink by the end of the school year, with doodles and little notes from friends. Pages would stick together because of all the disgusting things that were put between the pages. Stickers, wrapping paper, admission tickets from the movies. I always got creative in upgrading my planner. Oooooh those were the days. Now I make back to school products. For years I've been making designs for some Dutch brands: Girlsscene, my personal fave! Hema, Kruidvat and for Albert Heijn I created paper goods and notebooks, binders and wrapping paper. All the things you'd need for the new school year. But backpacks were usually way to pricy to produce so I didn't get to make a lot of those often. Now I have my own Society6 shop where I can add any design I like to backpacks like these. Cool right!? Check our shop for all backpack designs! And if you'd like to get one of our prints on there that aren't available yet, just reach out, we're happy to add these on to our products too!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Getting personal: About womanhood & connection // Happy pride!



As I am writing this our country: The Netherlands is celebrating Pride. And the famous canal pride will be held this afternoon in the canals of Amsterdam. Pride is not about showing off, or provoking: it’s about connection. Inclusion. Being just all of you.

I’ve bounced back from my most challenging few years. The past year was about finding my way back to kindness, speaking a little softer to myself, not pressuring me to feel better while feeling shitty, do more while low on energy. Just be me, whatever felt best at that time. That also meant not spending too much hours in the bar with a cold beer, not doing any late nighters with my friends. I kept to myself a lot. I needed to spend my energy inward. But I also noticed while nurturing myself. Which I have to admit was amazing, I did some serious healing… but it got me to disconnect with my friends. I didn't know how to include them in my process and I was a no-show to my friends.

I have been single for a couple of years now. And met someone earlier this year, which is wonderful (OMG yes! this one), but also very time consuming. I had to be pretty rigid with my time. Once energy is spent I need to charge myself and I love doing that by just being by myself. Read, draw, walks on the beach. So my friendships suffered. And my friends already have a pretty different life from mine. So I find myself a little disconnected. Super happy with myself and my life but at the same time disconnected from my dearest peeps who moved, got married, made babies. So now I find myself having enough energy to get that beer and have an all nighter. No one’s left! Aaaah! I know it’s that age. 30 something.

So I am 34. And I have a boyfriend. My friends all have families, and frankly all of them are struggling with their new roles as a mom. Completely overwhelmed. They find it hard to reach out. Talk honestly about what’s going on. They all feel like zombies! It’s like once you’ve become a mum everything should go according the book and any form of challenge should NOT be talked about. Leading to superficial conversations when I have a chance to see them. Which I don’t do. Superficial. So there’s the disconnect again. But this time I am on the other side. It’s also a good reminder of the fact that motherhood is definitely not for me. This and many other reasons, trust me, that’s all good. But that's another story.

Where do I find those woman no wanting to be mothers? There’s no club for that!

I have to excuse myself for not wanting to have a family. Now I have a boyfriend peeps started asking me again; what about a family of your own? Being single kinda gets you out that loop of questions :P Well, I’ve never wanted any kids. My childhood was not the most easypeasy warm welcoming family kinda thing. A little trauma here and there. And quite frankly, I have learnt what NOT to do, but it doesn’t mean i know what’s the right thing to do. My mind is pretty set about this. I have a child within me that still takes up enough room to love and nurture. And thankfully I stumbled upon a man that doesn't want to become a daddy.



Being a woman does not mean: becoming a mom. Not for me. But this seems to be a lonely path to take. Choosing to have a full life with in depth connections and a blooming career is still not very much accepted. It seems to divide me from my friends. Even though I know my mommy friends feel much lonelier at this point: It take a village people! It does. There’s so much shame. So much isolation! So ask and share and making that connection is always the answer. So many people want to support you. Include your cheerleaders! Like those peeps on the boats celebrating life on those canals today. Don't miss out on the support that does show up. Don't be too proud (because you're ashamed). Just be proud!

So, this morning, I am just thinking about those times. Years back when we all had the strongest bond going on. Partying around the canals of Amsterdam. Having the time of my life connecting to my friends, making new ones. Life was pretty easy in my twenties, social wise. Now we all have social media and never actually see each other anymore. My friends all busy catching up on sleep, taking care of their babies. And I get back to work on my Saturday. There’s always enough to do when you run your own business! So for all of you attending the parade: have a wonderful pride!

Curious about your thoughts on this topic. Please leave them in the comment section below

With love,
Maaike

Saturday, July 27, 2019

How to license artwork for your business? Licensing print designs in 3 easy steps // Everything you need to know to start licensing pattern designs



We work together with lot’s of small start-ups and usually these are the best collabs. It is lovely to connect with new business owners and mompreneurs that are starting their new ventures. But licensing can be a little scary. Every step you take is new and there are so many things to consider if you launch your own product. With this blog post, we’d like to give you a little more insight into licensing artwork for your products.

We’ve been licensing print designs for over 8 years now and every time we collab with newbies we see how this process makes them super insecure. We understand that hiring an artist for artwork can be scary, but it’s not all that complicated and expensive as you might think. This piece is for all you peeps who are on the break of licensing their first pattern designs. These are three easy steps to license artwork for your business.

Step 1 // What do you want?
Before you license designs, it might be good to think about the following. Are you looking for a complete visual brand-wide signature, a coherent collection containing print designs that involve working around a theme or season? Or would you like to license single print designs? Working in collections might be a little pricey. Most starting businesses we collab with ask us to license single prints and later on grow into licensing collections. Make sure you know what you’d like to tell your customer. What’s your vision? Together we can select prints that are carrying your own unique vision. We have lot’s of themes, color palettes and styles to choose from and we’re always up to date about trends and waves going on on the global market. If you know what suits your company best, what you’d like to reflect, we can assist you in picking the right prints. Free of charge.

Step 2 // Pricing
We have over 10.000 non-exclusive print designs to choose from. We have been building our portfolio for over 10 years now. These designs are also available in our Spoonflower shop, and because we can monetize our prints this way we can offer our print designs at low cost. If you license our non-exclusive designs know that we never license prints to similar companies. We always check availability first. This way you can have unique print designs and don’t have to worry about competition and you don’t have to spend a crazy amount of cash. Pretty good right?

Step 3 // The process
Once you’ve selected a bunch of prints, or just one (we value each and every customer!) we’ll prepare the files & invoice for you. Depending on what you’ll be using the prints for we can send you the files you need. The standard three we usually sent out are a high resolution .tiff. The original vector or .psd image. And a .jpg visual. Some designs are made in vector, some are made in watercolors, depending on the origin of the design we’ll make sure you’ll get the right files to send to your own printer or producer. Once payment has been completed these files will be sent to your inbox. Usually, the licensing process only costs two business days. Once you have all files but need further assistance you can always reach out and ask whatever you need. We’re here to assist you even when all files are sent.

Of course, we do not only license our non-exclusive designs. Each quarter we also send out exclusive work to customers who signed up for our mailing. You can also receive these in your inbox. Just send us a quick message. Note that exclusive designs are available form €268. If that’s a little pricey for you licensing our existing designs might be a better solution. We can always tweak colors and detailing and create a one-of-a-kind print.

If you are looking to create a series of print designs for your business and would like a fully exclusive range of designs, that is an option too of course. Since every single custom design process is different we’re happy to chat with you about how this works and we look forward to discussing this directly by email. Just reach out and send us a message.