Wednesday, 15 June 2016


Hi everyone, it's been a while (I swear I say this every time I post, I'm working on that ok). I've been working on stuff recently and just haven't got round to posting so I just wanted to update and talk about some of my plans for the summer.

For the past two years I've been studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design. I've written about this multiple times on my blog but it really has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've made so many great friends who I hope to be in contact with for a long time. It's really opened my eyes to all of the things I could do as a career in the future and made me realise that change is how we learn and how we grow.

Up until last year I was 100% set on finishing education when my BTEC course ended but after a lot of thinking I recognised the benefits that staying in education, even for a year longer, would be. I've decided to stay at my previous college and will be studying for a HNC in Graphic Design. It will help me creatively as I learn new skills and techniques that I can take into the world of work. I'm hoping to only be there for another year but I've got the security of knowing that if I'm not quite ready at the end of next year then I can study for another year at college then head to a university of my choice to get a full degree.

This is something that I've wanted to do for such a long time. I'm quite independent and love being in charge of my own tasks and time. I truly believe that I would thrive in an environment where I'm the boss and I can be in charge of everything on my own. So, after a good couple of years trying to figure out my exact wish for a small business I've created ShaniColesDesigns. It's a combination of my love for art and design, stationary and accessories. I'm in the really early stages right now but can't wait to build this up. At the moment I'm waiting for delivery of my first phone case design (after a couple of minor hiccups). I'll be selling phone cases, notebooks, quote postcards and hopefully much more online. I have nearly 4 months before I start college again so I'm hoping this is long enough to create a few designs and start selling some of my products.

I'm not talking going to Ibiza or Australia, I'm talking staying in the UK. My Mum and I are meeting family in London for a few nights next month which I'm SO excited for. I adore London and hope that I'll be able to capture the trip in photographic and video form (oo finally uploading on my YouTube channel). We'll likely be visiting Northern Ireland again this summer and I'm planning to visit Brighton with one of my best friends for my birthday and I'd love to visit Edinburgh for a night or two too.

So, I guess you could say that's quite a lot of plans and ideas for the summer but I've got 4(ish) months to do as much as I can. I'm trying my best to start coming up with new blogpost ideas but my inspiration has been kind of low on the blog front at the moment. I think it's because I'm using a lot of it up while trying to design prints etc. I'd also love to reach 100 followers on my blog before the end of the summer so if you haven't already please do click the 'Follow' button on the right hand side and I'd love to see you again :)

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