So, Who is Marian and What is she designing?


The Basics

Marian Blake is a baby boomer, a child born in the 1950s and grew up with limited possessions like most of generation. Not poor but not rich either. I was lucky growing up as the youngest of three sisters and as there was only 3 years, 3 months and a day between us, we ended up close. We are still friends and know we can rely on each other.

Graduated in 1978 and became an optometrist. It is a profession I have followed for 40+ years and I have loved it, if not every day, most days. I still work as one about 5 days a month now.

I was never lucky to have kids of my own,  but I have 6 nieces and nephews and a few great nieces and nephews. I have a husband of nearly 40 years and have had dogs as companions for over 20 years.

My Creative Journey

My “arts” journey started in the 90s with the cross-stitch craze. Twenty-odd years later I still embroider, mainly in traditional styles such as Stumpwork, Goldwork and yes Cross Stitch. I even quilt and I have a large cupboard full of my material.

In the early 2000s, we moved to France, husband, dogs and computer and I had a little time on my hands, so I branched out into book writing and creating images for my children’s books.  Using a calculator in Math(s) class and at university was a big deal and computers took up a whole building at my university and we were NEVER allowed in. PC’s and laptops have changed my life.

I loved the image manipulation – it was fun to recycle an old image into a new and sometimes, completely different image. Over the last 5 years, I have been using my creative endeavors to make journals, planners and notebooks which I sell on Amazon.

Why the Design website?

During my journey from novice to journeyman image creator, people have asked how I do things. They also ask me to create designs for them.

This has encouraged me to create images to sell so that if you are a scrapbooker or a planner and journal creator, whether you are a newbie or have done it for years, there are designs for you. I intend to add monthly to my collections and will start loading them in early 2020. There will be background pages, stickers, spine images for books, embellishments and much, much more.

Please come back regularly to my site to see what’s new and buy it if you like it! If you want to ask me anything, just email me and I will try to get back to you in about two days.