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Day in the Life - Liz Mosley

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This week we get a glimpse into the world of Liz Mosley, a graphic designer from London who sells beautiful stationery items featuring typography and pattern from her Etsy shop (it is National Stationery Week after all!). Over to Liz for a day in her life... (Portrait image Samee Lapham)

At the moment I work as an in-house graphic designer 4 days a week, and then on the 5th day I work from home on my own little biz. Those days are usually Tuesdays so I decided to document what I was up to on a Tuesday when I was working from home on a few different projects. I get up at 7 and have breakfast with my husband before he heads off to work. I try to be fairly strict with my morning routine on my day working from home because I want to make the most of the day. I am usually at my desk by 8 and raring to go with work. I usually check my emails in bed when I wake up so if there are any that I need to respond to I deal with those first and then start working on whatever is most urgent. Today I have a couple of freelance projects with deadlines coming up so I do those first. I am doing some work for a small charity so it is great to have initial designs that I have been working on finished by 9am and I feel like I have had a productive first hour.

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LizMosley_Desk

I don't have a great attention span and so I like being able to flit between jobs throughout the day depending on what mood I am in. I have a couple of projects coming up that I want to do some handlettering for (a save the date and an album cover) so I spend the next hour or so writing the same words over and over again until I am sure that I have something I am happy with. I absolutely love it and could spend hours and hours writing out letters. There is something so satisfying about it, and making tweaks and improvements as I go along.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

An email comes in with an urgent little job for the charity that they need that day, so I leave all my handlettering drying and get cracking with that. It is a design for a tote bag. I am not very good at working in silence so I usually have a podcast or TV show on playing while I work. At the moment I am a bit obsessed with the Elise Gets Crafty podcast and I find it really inspiring and helpful as she talks about so many topics that are useful for a small creative business owner.

At midday I stop to have lunch. Usually I try to get out and run some errands at lunch time, mainly to get out of the house and away from the computer but today I am waiting for a delivery so I have to stay in.  I am an extrovert though so on the days I am working from home I try to make sure I am out doing something in the evening and seeing people.

In the afternoon I concentrate on my Etsy shop. I have a wholesale order due for a lovely little shop in Brixton called The Keep who are going to start stocking some of my cards. I package all the cards and get them ready to post the next day.

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cards_LizMosley

I then take some photographs of some new cards I have designed for my Etsy shop so that I can put them up and list them. Earlier in the year I got some really great photography lights which has made such a huge difference to my shop photographs and means that I can take well lit photos even when the weather isn’t great outside. There are 6 new cards to photograph, two birthday cards and my Fathers Day collection which will be launched in the shop in May. I keep the photography simple and use a white background but add some props for a more interesting image – my go to at the moment are flowers or cut out bits of coloured paper. I usually try to take plenty of photos so that I have a lot to choose from and am able to find one that I am happy with. I also have a few blog posts that I need to work on later in the day so I spend some time taking photos of books and maps for a couple of the posts that I have lined up.

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cards_LizMosley02

Next up is editing the photographs I have taken and getting the listings ready on Etsy. This actually often takes longer than I expect but today it doesn’t take too long as I already have some birthday cards in the shop so the information is mainly the same. Once they are ready I post the listings for the birthday cards and then the Fathers Day cards are saved in my drafts ready to be listed in May.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After the listings are up and I have promoted the new cards on twitter, I then start scanning in all my ink work from earlier in the day, so that I can start playing around with it in my designs later in the week when I next get time.

I also need to work on some upcoming blog posts. Since the New Year I have been working hard to make sure I post consistently on the blog. I really enjoy working on the blog and now that I am taking a bit more seriously I have put together an editorial calendar and try and think and plan a lot more about what I post.

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lizMosley_editorialcalendar

I stop working at around 6 when a friend pops round for a catch up and I quickly grab some food, a yummy left over salad that my Husband made the day before. After she heads off I get ready quickly and head out to a Makerhood Battersea meeting. I have recently become a member of Makerhood Battersea and it was so great and encouraging to meet up with other makers and creative people who live in my community. I am really excited to get more involved in the creative events going on where I live. I get home about 9.30 and do a bit more work on a new website I am working on for a boutique in Peckham while watching tv with my husband. We head to bed at around 10.30 and that is the end of what felt like a really productive day.

You can visit Liz's lovely Etsy shop here and catch up with her blog. You can also find Liz on Twitter.

Catch up with the rest of my Day in the Life series here.