At this time of year i am always looking for inspiration, for new work and new challenges. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, from seeing pretty packaging on foods at the supermarket or going on a lovely walk with the dog and watching the seasons change around you. I often find inspiration in people too – their stories are often so inspirational that i am designing things in my head before we have finished our conversation. This is the way it was with Courtney Adamo and her lovely inspiring family. I have been following her on instagram for a few years and in 2015 her and her husband sold their home in London and set off to travel around the world with their four children. I really loved this story and have always had a similar desire to do something like this (not sure if we ever will but you never know). Their story was so inspirational. So once they had finished their travels i reached out to her and suggested creating some artwork to represent their adventures – and this is the result. It was such a wonderful piece to work on – full of stories that i hope the Adamo family can enjoy re-telling to people for years to come and hopefully inspire even more people along the way. All the best to them with their new adventures in life and thank you again for inspiring me.

You can read all about their travels on Courtney’s blog and follow her and her family on instragram @courtneyadamo

Happy New Year!

Happy New year everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful break over the festive season and are all gearing up for the year ahead. I may be one of the few but I love January, there I said it – I really love January. Its the month I always feel most inspired creatively, and I have a million ideas of things I would like to try and do this year, wizzing around in my head. I love the feeling that the new year is like a blank slate – full of possibilities and adventures stretching out before us. We have lots planned for this year already – finishing our house restoration/renovation and finally moving in (and moving into my new studio in my garden!), celebrating my husbands 40th birthday, a little trip to Stockholm with friend’s and much more. As well as looking forward to the year ahead, I always use January to look back and see all that we achieve the year before – so that’s what I thought i would do today as its my first day in the studio this year –  In total I created over 50 commissions in 2016 and here are some images of just few, also 2017 is looking even busier already (currently booked up with commissions until September 2017 – so if you would like something for later this year then please get in touch soon). These commissions all celebrate love, children, friendship and much more and it is a joy to create them for you.

All the best to you and yours in 2017! Emily x


Instagram Giveaway


Two blog posts in the same week – wow that is a rarity! Anyway i wanted to tell you all about my last papercut giveaway of 2016! On the first of every month this year i have given away a little papercut as a way of saying thank you to the lovely online community that has encouraged and helped me grow my business over the years. It has been wonderful to meet lots of you along the way too and i am so excited about my final giveaway of this year! I wanted to make sure the last papercut was something a bit special – so i have decided to giveaway an A5 unframed papercut commission to one lucky winner and not only that you get to win a commission for a friend too! Your commission can include anything you want (personal details, anniversary’s, baby births, weddings – the list goes on!) Yes you heard me right TWO papercut commissions, one for you and one for you to say thank you to someone else (lets spread the love!) Rules – To enter you have to 1. Comment under the instagram giveaway post telling me why you would like to win 2.  for an extra entry post a picture of one of my papercuts on your own feed (it can be the giveaway image or any other papercut image of mine) you can find lots to choose from under the #emilyhogarth 3. Make sure you mention #emilyhogarthgiveaway in your caption! The giveaway is open worldwide and is not sponsors by instagram on anyone else. It will close on MONDAY 5TH December at 6pm (uk time) and the winner will be chosen at random and announced just after that!

Good luck xx

Christmas Advent

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The count down to Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, spending more time together, baking, crafting and enjoying the dark evenings (which by Jan we are all fed up of!) I have been doing this Christmas book advent for a couple of years now and have photographed it on my instagram account (@emilyhogarth). Lots of people were asking what books i have included so i thought i would write a list here for some inspiration if you fancy doing the same. So here is this years list in no particular order.(i have more books but some are for older children ‘Hans christian Anderson’ and ‘Enid Blyton’ for example).

  1. Well Loved Carols – A ladybird book
  2. Doing Christmas – Sarah Garland
  3. Dear Santa – Rod Campbell
  4. How the Grinch stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  5. How many sleeps till Christmas – Mark Sperring & Sébastien Braun
  6. Maisie’s Merry Christmas – Aileen Paterson
  7. A Christmas Story – Brain Wildsmith
  8. Best Christmas book ever – Richard Scarry
  9. Alfie’s Christmas – Shirley Hughes
  10. Olivia helps with Christmas – Ian Falconer
  11. Christmas mice – Richard Scarry
  12. Mog’s Christmas – Judith Kerr
  13. Madeline’s Christmas – Ludwig Benelmans
  14. Petunia’s Christmas – Roger Duvoisin
  15. My Wonderful Christmas Tree – Dahlov Ipcar
  16. Snow – Walter de la Mare & Caroline Rabei
  17. Mrs. Pepperpot’s Christmas – Alf Proysen and Bjorn Berg
  18. The Jolly Christmas Postman – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  19. Walk this world at Christmas time – Debbie Powell
  20. Little Christmas Tree – Jessica Courtney-Tickle
  21. Walking in a winter wonderland – Tim Hopgood
  22. Winnie-the-pooh and the grande Christmas Surprise – pictures by Andrew Grey
  23. The Night before the Night before Christmas – Richard Scarry
  24. The Night before Christmas – Clement C. Moore illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa

Some of these books are from my childhood , some are new ones i have found (this year i have bough the ‘little Christmas tree’ and ‘what a wonderful world’). I have collected them in charity shops when i see them and throughout the year. We open one book every night in the lead up to Christmas and read it to the kids for their bed time story. I use mainly the same books every year (with a couple of new additions sometimes) and the tradition of these stories is one of the lovely traditions of this time of year. I have wrapped them in simple brown parcel paper and used gift tags to create the numbers (i cut the numbers out of the gift tags). I managed to keep these tags from last year only missing the number 1 – which i might need to re-d0.  Anyway there you – that’s this years list, i hope some of you find some inspiration form it and start collection your own Christmas books to read to your children!


Christmas Open Studios

Need some inspiration for gifts this year – then head along to our studios open weekend where you can see working artists and designers in their workplace and hopefully find a gift or two. I’ll be there all weekend and would love you to see you


Coburg House – Summer open Studios

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Hello everyone. Sorry my poor website has taken a bit of a back seat at the moment as work is busy life and two kids and house renovations are keeping us buys – but i am still here busy working away. If you do want to stay in touch with whats going on then my facebook and instagram pages are the best places to get up to date info etc. I’ll get back on top of the website soon. In the mean time i just wanted to quickly drop by and tell you all about our up coming open studios event. I will be there all weekend and would love to see some of you there and say hello. I will be also having a massive sale with 50% off all framed work and 20% off all prints (as well as lots of other bargains to be had!) so definitely worth putting the dates in your diary! x

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imageIt’s that time of year again when the studios open their doors to the public and let you come in and say hi and maybe even find a Christmas present or two. I will be there all weekend and would love to see some of you there! X

Online Shops

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Sorry for the Radio silence but i have had my hands full with my little family. We are all doing really well and finally routine has started to form so we can start planning things again! On that note though it would appear that if I open my online shops on the 1st Aug as I had planned then our little boat will be rocked too far and I think everything will fall apart a bit (plus I am enjoying mummy time too much). Therefore I am going to keep my online shops shut for a little longer – no exact date planned as to open yet but I expect to open them again in Oct 2015. I know this will dissapoint some of you but I am keeping my galleries updated with stock – you can find them on my outlet page. The Red Door Gallery and Homer (both in Edinburgh) have the best selection of stock (including the new Scottish prints and seabird cards). Keep an eye on social media (facebook, instagram) and that will also keep you updated on whats going on etc. Finally I am not taking part in this summer’s Open Studios at Coburg House – I’ll be down visiting everyone with my little brood but unfortunately my studio door will be closed.

Thanks in advance for understanding – our babies are only little for such a short time and there will be plenty of time for work later so for now i am looking after them. xx

Little life update


little Finn is now 6 weeks old and we are all beginning to settle into life and its new routines! This weekend Finn started smiling and it was so lovely and makes all the sleepless nights worth it! He was especially smiley this morning as he was helping launch the limited edition ‘gentle giant’ gPants over on instagram.

gNappies have teamed up with Christy Turlington Burns’ charity Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, to create these adorable gPants. gNappies are donating 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of gentle giants gPants to Every Mother Counts. so not only are they really cute but they are raising money for a great cause.  You can find out more info about gNappies and this limited edition gPant over on their website –

Anyway just wanted to drop in and say hello – you can keep up to date in what going on with my life over on instagram and my online shops will re-open again on the 1st Aug!

(*note – for some reason my links aren’t working today so here they are; Instagram   gNappies –



Introducing Finn


Just a quick post to let you all know that we have welcomed a new addition into the family. Finn William Price was born on the 21st April and we are all well and enjoying welcoming him into the world! xxx

Shop Closed


Hello Everyone. Just wanted to inform you that my online shops will be closed from the 13th April until the 1st Aug so i can adjust to life with another baby! Its been a very busy few months getting both exhibitions complete as well as all the lovely commisison i have done this year – so taking a few months off. If you are wanting to buy any of my prints while i am on maternity leave then please get in touch with any of my galleries on my ‘outlets‘ page – they will be more than happy to help. Feel free to email me too but just be aware it may take a while for me to get back to you.

Thanks again for all your support recently – looking forward to introducing you to the new addition to the Emily Hogarth team very soon.

If you want to see what i’ up to in the meantime feel free to follow my on instagram – @emilyhogarth

Seabirds Exhibition – North Berwick


What a busy few weeks. I have just delivery all the ‘Scottish folksong‘ pieces to Aberfeldy at the weekend ready for them to be hung this week for the opening on Saturday. So please if you are in the area over the Easter holidays pop in for a look (they do lovely tea and cakes too!). And today i just sent the last of my seabirds off to the framers ready to be delivery to the Scottish Seabird Center at the weekend for my next exhibition. This exhibition depicts the birds that live on or around the Bass Rock just off North Berwick. Each bird is cut from paper and layered with other papers to depict the colours within each bird. The exhibition runs from wednesday 25th March – until 12th May so plenty time for you to pop down and have a look!





Scottish Folk Songs – New exhibition


I have been very busy these last couple of months getting all these papercuts and screenprints ready for my new exhibition at the watermill in Aberfeldy, opening on the 21st March. If you follow me on instagram then you will have seen lots of photos of them in the making. This exhibition celebrates traditional Scottish folk songs – some well known like ‘ Skye Boat Song‘, ‘Loch Lomond‘ and ‘Ae Fond kiss‘ and includes some lesser known works such as ‘within a mile of Edinburgh town‘ and ‘The Scottish bluebells‘ too. There are 8 original papercuts on display as well as 8 screenprints. I hope the you like the new work and can make a little trip up to Aberfeldy to see then over the Easter Holidays. xx





Arthurs Seat


Hello everyone and a very happy new year! Hope you all had a wonderful break and 2015 has been good to you so far. It has been a very busy start to the year for me with commissions and the start of work for two solo exhibition around Easter (more on them later) – so its full steam ahead – especially as i am due my second baby in April! So it is going to be a very busy start to the year indeed. Just wanted to let you know that my new Edinburgh print titled ‘Arthur’s seat’ is now available to buy online and will be in the galleries soon too. Hope you like it. Thought i would show you some photos of it getting printed!


Its a view i love – and often see on my dog walks with Mary. Always think its so wonderful to have a old volcano in the center of our city! xx












Happy Holidays!


Hope you all have a wonderful break over the holidays – i am taking some time off to spend it with my family and re-charge my batteries. shops will be open again on the 1st January and will be back in the studio as of the 5th jan. warmest wishes to you all! xx

Cyber Monday

Happy 1st December everyone! As a little treat to start the festivities i am offering a 20% discount on all my products in my etsy shop and my web shop!

Just enter code CYBER14 at the checkout to receive your discount!

Happy shopping everyone!


Christmas Open Studios

Needing some Christmas inspiration? or just fancy having a look around 80+ art studios! well come down and visit us next weekend 6th and 7th December.

– opening night is friday 5th December 6pm -9pm where there will be lots of refreshments including lovely Gin from the Edinburgh Gin Company. Coburg House studios are once again opening their doors to the public so you can have a look around lots of working studios in a wide variety of mediums. We have painters, jewellers, weavers, illustrators, printmakers and much much more. I will have my new Edinburgh print available for sale too just in time for christmas. All the details of the open studios are below – hope to see lots and lots of you there!


New Chrsitmas Range


I know its still October but Christmas is just around the corner and for those organised folk out there my new Christmas range is now available in the shop! So for all you early birds i thought i would offer you a 20% discount across my website shop and my etsy shop until 31st October!! So start your Christmas shopping early by entering the Code XMAS20 at the checkout. I am also offering a giveaway on facebook to win 8 new Christmas cards and 10 sheets of wrapping paper!! To find out more details about the giveaway just head over to my facebook page.

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Kalopsia Collective – Coburg house exhibition

Hello everyone. Sorry it has been so quiet on the website recently. The website got hacked and i lost all the images back in Aug and i have been so busy with commissions that it is taking me a long time to get everything back up and running. But at least i am finding 5 mins now to try and get the images back on the blog today and to tell you all about a new exhibition i am taking part in with some of my lovely colleges at Coburg House art studios.

Kalopsia collective have a space at Ocean terminal in edinburgh and will be showing the work of coburg house artists and jewllers from friday until Chrsitmas eve – so plenty time to go down and have a look. Opening is tomorrow night friday 17th October 6-8pm in case any one fancies popping down.

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Summer Open Studios

It is that time of year again when we open our studios to the public so you can have a look around over 70 artists working studios! Come down and chat to us, see what we are up to and you might even find yourself a bargain or two! It is on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3 rd August 11am-6pm! Hope to see lots of you there! xx



Tour de france


This year the cycling race of the world – the Tour de France is setting off from Yorkshire. To celebrate this i created some paper cuts for the Bowery gallery in Leeds to celebrate the Grand Départ. The original cut outs will be on exhibtion there from the 1st weekend in June – more details can be found on there website

As well as the original paper cuts i have also created three screen prints of some of the paper cuts. These screen prints will be on exhibition at Cambridge Contempory Crafts, in Cambridge – another location the race is passing through.

The unframed prints are also available for sale here on my website, in the shop section and through the Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh.

I do hope you guys like the new work – it was so much fun to push myself to create something new. I especially loved creating the screen prints – time to get back into the printing studio and create more new work i think!! Happy cycling everyone! x




New Commissions

Where does the time go – can’t believe i haven’t blogged since the beginning of April. I am sure it also has something to do with the amount of commissions i have been working on recently as well as a new craft book! So its been as busy as always around here. I just wanted to let you all know that my papercut commissions are filling up very fast this year which is great but it does mean you have to think a little more ahead. I am now fully booked until end of August 2014 and commission spaces are filling up fast for October and November. So if you are thinking of getting a papercut commission in the autumn or winter please do get in contact asap! You don’t have to decide what the artwork has to include yet but at least you will have a space booked!

Again thank you all for your support and here is a glimpse of s few of the recent piece i have been working on! x


Here come the Picts!

A while ago I was asked by the National Museum of Scotland to create some products to help them promote the picts exhibits at the museum. It was so lovely to work on something a bit different and now the tea towel, bag and pen are available to buy in their shop. If you have never been to this museum then you should – the building is so beautiful right in the center of Edinburgh and they have a great collection of goodies for you to see – plus its free! Myself and Maggie can often be found there on a rainy day in edinburgh – always so much inspiration and Maggie can run around to her hearts content!


March Giveaway!


With it feeling like Sprint in the air i thought i would do a little giveaway! So i am giving away 1 ‘Making the Everyday Magical’ print in coral to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random. To enter either:

1. Facebook – go over to my facebook page and like the March Giveaway post

2. Instagram – like the March Giveaway photo

3. Twitter – tweet using the hashtag #emilyhogarthgiveaway

The competition is open to anyone anywhere, you can enter as many times as you like. Winner will be chosen at random and announced via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at 12 noon on monday 17th March UK time. Good luck guys!

World Book Day

Happy world book day! hope you are all well and enjoying a good book at the moment. I thougth this would be a good day to write a little about one of my books – The crafters guide to papercutting (or cut up this book). I have recieved a few lovely emails over the last year from readers who have made some of my projects. it’s alwasy so lovely to see what you guys have been doing with the projects and i am so impressed with your papercutting skills. This week a lovely man called Paul Kitching emailed me with what he had done with one of my projects – he had cut it out of wood! I am so impressed!

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So i thought i would show you some other designs i have been shown/come across recently! Well done guys i really am impressed! Keep cutting i always love seeing what you are up too! And you will be pleased to hear i am working on a new book just now – more on that in the next few months! x


Photo Credit:

Top Row left to right – Instragram – embay24, Instagram – elliesmith214, Instragram – cazv22

Middle Row L-R: Instagram – amytheorange, Instagram – kaylarose_19, instagram – ratchpatch

Bottom Row L-R: Instagram – bethanyyyy_x (, Instagram – jenjenfrost, instagram – tronkins


Top Row : Instagram – cazzylovesazzy

Bottom Row: Left – Juliana Gonzalez, R – instagram – nomskibeat


Baby Commissions


Recently I have been creating lots of papercut commisison for little ones – celebrating their births! It is so lovely to create something special for a baby’s nursery that celebrates them and can be treasured for years to come. Recently there have been kangaroo’s, rabbits, dragons, unicorns, cats, dogs and even a hot aired balloon included in the commissions! I even created one for Maggie and it hangs in her nursery. Here are a some images of just a few commissions I have done recently and the one I did for Maggie.


If you would like to commission me to create you a personalised commisison for the little one in your life please drop me and email at




Whitespace Animated Christmas Card

Hppy new year everyone – sorry its a bit late but i have had a very busy few weeks. After a wonderful Christmas break i was back in the studio working on lots of new things and lots of commission for you lovely folk! Some images of them to come soon. In the meantime i thought i would show you a project i worked on just before Chrsitmas.

Back in November i was approached by the lovely people at Whitespace about creating the artwork for an animated Chrsitmas card for one of their clients – Rio Tinto. It was a great project to work on and i loved seeing my illustration ‘move’ in the end. Below are some screen grabs of the animation (as i am still trying to figure out how to upload it to my website as the file is pretty big). The book opened like a pop up design and then lots of elements of the design moved and the box sprung open sending out starts and toys and Christmas magic. It was great working with the guys and girls at Whitespace and seeing how they turned my flat illustration into moving designs was pretty exciting too. I know Christmas has past but thought you’d like to see it anyway! Happy January!

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Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year! see you in 2014 x

New Bird Prints

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Coburg open studios at the weekend. It was a great success and so lovely to meet so many of you in person! With Christmas just around the corner and the open studios at the weekend, things have been as busy as always around here but i have managed to sneak in these brand new digital prints for you! The perfect little extra gift f.or that special someone this Christmas.



These are available to buy HERE   and HERE hope you like them!


December Open Studios

Its that time of year again where we open our door and let you all come along and say hi to us in our studios! Below are all the details you need and i hope to see lots fo you there – it is always so much fun and there is always lot for you to see and you might even pick up a perfect Christmas present for someone (or even for yourself!) x


The Mile


A few months ago I was approached my Craig Smith (who incidentally designed this website for me too!) about designing the cover of his debut novel! It was getting published into an e-book and i was so pleased for him – well anyway above is the design i did for him and i am so pleased to say that his debut novel has been so well received that it is getting made into a paperback and being launched in Edinburgh on the 21th November. If you would like to know more about his book or the book launch you can find out about it here:

You can also find it on facebook and amazon too!

People often ask me how i translate my papercut designs into a more digital media – well here is a great example – i created the illustration and then created a papercut version for Craig (below) and there was a digital version (above) so i could change the colours etc. Hope you like it and a huge congratulations again to Craig –  well done! x


Recent Commissions

Sorry it has been a bit quiet around here recently – life just seems to be flying by just now. We had a crazy summer renovation our home and juggling work/house/life while living at my parents. But we are now back in our lovely home and finally beginning to settle back into normal routine. that doesn’t mean i haven’t been busy work though – i have had a very busy few months recently – lots of exciting things to show you soon – and in the mean time i thought you might like to see some of my recent personal commissions – a nice mixture of weddings, graduations and birthdays!


If you are at all interested in a commisison please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me – you can also find out some more about the way i work etc here.

I am fully booked until Feb 2014 at the moment but don’t let that put you off xx


Sara & Jamie – 26th October 2013

Back in the spring Sara and Jamie contacted me about the possibility of creating them two papercut commisison for their wedding. They kindly asked their wedding guests for contributions towards the artwork as a wedding gift and i am pleased to say that they have very kind family and friends and they have these two papercuts for their home to remind them of their special day!! Sara’s sister drew the characters of them for their wedding invite and i replicated it into a papercut – the other one is of their wedding venue with the lyric form their first song. I hope you guys have an amazing day and all the best in your married life together! xx

P.S. sorry about the quality of the images – there was a mark on my lens 🙁 all fixed now though!




This print is familiar to lots of you and was one of my very first prints that i created (designed it while still at university). It was first created for my mum as a gift – the Edinburgh skyline with the lyrics from one of her favorite songs; Caledonia by Dougie McLean. Once created lots of my mums friends asked about getting copies of it and one thing led to another and it has been one of my best selling prints ever since. Sadly i sold the very last one today. This prints has been created in 5 colour ways over the years and i felt it was time to move on. Sometimes the best thing must end to make room for new and exciting things. Thank you to everyone who had bought this print over the years, thank you to Dougie McLean for granting me permission to use his lyrics and mostly thank you to this print – maybe without it i would never have started my business, so to finish I’ll be a bit cheesy and say:

“Let me tell you that i love you, that i think about you all the time. Caledonia is calling me and now i’m going home.”

Clearance Sale and Open Studios!!


Well life is a little all over the place just now, so apologies for being so quiet here- we have moved out of our house for 2/3 months while we get renovation work done on our home! While this is very exciting and I am super excited about my new kitchen it does mean living out of suitcase and feeling a little frazzled, especially with a little 9 month old lady who is trying to walk around all of a sudden! So while in this sort of clear out mind frame I felt it was about time i cleared out my studio too and got rid of all those piece getting dusty and feeling a little unloved in the corner and my prints that have a little blemish on them here and there – still lovely but just a little rough around the edges if you know what i mean! So at this years open studios (all the details below and here) I am having a BIG CLEARANCE SALE of framed and unframed prints! I am afraid this will only be for the open studio weekend but hopefully that will also mean lots of you might pop down and have a little look around! If you have been before you will be pleased to know there are even more artists and if you haven’t been before – where have you been!! Look forward to seeing lots of you there and hopefully you might even grab yourself a bargain!!!




Just want to let you know that i am away on holiday until the 2nd June so any orders placed online will be posted on Monday 3rd June when i return – sorry about this, can’t seem to put a notice up in my shop so on the blog it is! instead you can have a little look at some of this months images on Instagram!


Sorry to have been a little quiet on the blog front of late – life is as busy as always. We are moving out of our apartment soon to undertake some renovation works and although i am really excited about what we are doing to the place the amount of organising and planning involved is exhausting!  In the meantime i thought i would show you a couple of commissions i have done recently.

The first commission i want to show you was a wedding present from the best man to the bride and groom. They got married at Blair Atholl castle (a beautiful place) and asked if i could create a paper cut that captured the castle and some small details about the couple (the groom was welsh – so included where some daffodils and the bride was Scottish so we had some thistles too).


The second commission was from a husband to his wife as an anniversary present, based around a poem she had written when her children were little, it was a touching and deeply personal commission and was lovey to do. I especially like the sunflowers – might do some more of them in future works!


Here are a few close ups ……………..



Lynsey & Iain

A couple of weeks ago we attended one of my dearest friends weddings and it was magical. The sun was shining, friends caught up and the bride and groom looked breathtaking! I was lucky enough to help them design their stationery for the day and i had so much fun doing it. They wanted a Spanish lace style to the design so this is what i came up with …


I haven’t managed to photograph the actual invites themselves yet but for the meantime here is a screen shot – you get the idea. The main invite was a gate fold design and the info card and RSVP postcard where held inside by a beautiful red ribbon. The design also carried through to the day being used on the order of service’s and on the table names too.

I also created a little papercut for the happy couple to remember their special day …


It truly was a magical day! You can see more images of the wedding over on Julie Tinton’s blog. Photo of the couple below is by Julie Tinton photography and the cake was designed by Heather’s cakes with a nod to my design.

P.S Our little Maggie attended with us and she looked so sweet all dressed up that i just had to show you a little image of her too! x



Papercut commissions

The sun is shining here in Edinburgh today and Maggie, Mary and I are meeting up with some friends and heading to the beach this afternoon but before we head off for an early weekend i thought i would share with you some of the recent papercut commissions i have done, it’s not all play and no work around here!

Creating papercut commissions is definitely one of my favorite parts of this job – creating artwork that is so unique to each client and normally celebrating a special time in their lives – birthdays, weddings, and births. I love finding out all the special details of people lives and then bring them together to create something special. I know that i have had to dissapoint a few of you as i can only take on so much – but i try my best to squeeze in as many commissions as i can.

Below are a few images of some of the recent ones i have done celebrating weddings and the babies and some hens for a special birthday. xx


Family Holiday

We have just returned from our very first family holiday together and are feeling rested and relaxed – i am sure it won’t last but right now it feels great. We had a very pleasant week up north in the Cairngorm national park enjoying what Scotland has to offer and thoroughly enjoy the fresh air. I thought you might like to see a few of our family snaps – you won’t think it was mid-April from the photos but we did have a lovely time! x



New Exhibition

Happy 1st April everyone! I am very much hoping that this means we can finally say goodbye to the snow and welcome the sun back into our lives. In the meantime you can always go and visit my new exhibition! A collection of 30 framed papercuts and screen prints all situated in the beautiful Watermill Gallery in Aberfeldy.  It runs until the 21st May so plenty of time to get yourselves up there!

I would also like to introduce you to my new online outlet – Papa Stour! They have a lovely site that sells wonderful work from Scottish artists and designers. You can check them out here. On the subject of online shops i will be shutting my Not On the High Street Shop, Etsy store and my shop on my website for the month of April. We are taking our first family holiday with Maggie, attending a very special friends wedding and working on some other projects so need a bit of time off. I hope you will understand. If you need anything please visit my outlets page on my website so you can find somewhere to buy my work.

Also one last thing, my little Mary was chosen as one of the lovely 25 top pets on the Design Sponge website (out of 7,500 pets) so proud of her! If you haven’t heard of it Design Sponge is an amazing blog based in the U.S that showcases new design from all over the world. Definitely worth checking out!

Happy April everyone! xx


Recent Goings On

It has been pretty busy round here recently – a lot of work has been happening and Maggie is getting bigger by the day! Just wanted to show you some of my most recent work. Over Christmas i was approached by i-marker in Hong Kong to produce a design for their Chinese new year ‘red packets’. If you don’t know about Chinese new year it was celebrated on Feb 10th 2013 and it is tradition to give out red packets filled with money to children to wish them good luck and happiness in the year ahead. This year i-marker gave all their partners and employees these red packets with my designs on them. Was great to work on something quite different for a change – hope you like them!


I also was recently approached by a lovely lady who had recently seen my papercutting book and wondered if i could help her. Every year her children’s primary school organise a 10k run in rural somerset. She had been looking for a design to print on the t-shirts to sell at the event and raise money and came across my ‘March Hare’. She said ‘Your design perfectly encompasses our event; we have many wild hares living in the countryside around us and of course they are the perfect symbol for the run’ – how could i not help out! I would like to wish them all the best of luck with their event and if you are in the somerset area or would just like to find out more you can visit their website:


And just to finish here are some of my recent Instagrm images of what has been going on in my life – lots of baby snaps and of course a few of Mary! Hope you guys are all well!


Logo designs and Life

Hello! I can’t believe we are welcoming in March this morning – the year has flown by so fast already. Well Feb has indeed been a busy month, working on commissions (will show later), some interesting corporate jobs (more on the to come) and of course my own work. There was a lot of baking, dog walking and crafting (Maggie’s quilt is a good 3rd done now) and welcoming the sun back into our lives! Just wanted to welcome March in and show you some of the things i have been up to through my instagram photos.


I also wanted to share with you this Logo design i have done for the wonderful Audrey Birt – she is a dear friend of ours and a beautiful person inside and out and i loved working with her on her new venture, helping her create a logo and brand identity. Her website is now up and running and she also writes a very good blog if you are interested you can check them out here: and Well done Audrey!! x



The sun came out to play


Finally the sun came out to play!! The snow has left Edinburgh and although still very cold it was so lovely to finally see the sunshine making an appearance again. With it being so beautiful we went down to the beach, walked the dog and even managed to enjoy a pub lunch too (with Mary and Maggie)! A proper Saturday no work and all play! x



New Book – ‘Cut Up This Book – Special Occassions’


It was an exciting week last week in the studio with the arrival of my new book!! This book is very much a sequel to my first papercut book; Cut up this book! which has been doing really well and is now available in; English, Finish, Swedish, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech, Spanish, Japanese, Estonian and Danish.

So this book is in the same style, explaining papercutting technique and filled with 25 new paper cutting projects for parties and celebrations. The book also includes over 50 new templates that can be cut straight out of the book! This book isn’t available until the late spring/early summer but as soon as it is out i will let you all know!!

Now this book kept me on my toes last year – finishing it just 3 weeks after the birth of our daughter Maggie. The team at Quarto publishing were so great and helped me loads in getting everything finished so a big thank you to them! I wouldn’t recommend going over final spreads of a book in the hospital days after your baby is born but there is sometimes no rest for the wicked – or me! All the hard work feels worth it now that i have the physical book in my hands – might start reading it to Maggie as a bedtime story (might send her to sleep if nothing else!!) x


Winter Wonderland


As I sit and write this there is a blizzard blowing outside and it is feeling very wintry here in Edinburgh. Although cold I must admit that i do love the snow and what it does to our landscape around us – it truly makes everything look very magical. I ventured out with my new camera and snapped some snowy shots (below) – I still need some practice to get used to my new camera but the snow certainly is a nice practice subject. I have also started my children’s book! So happy to finally be putting words to paper and starting to think about images and what i would like to include. Hope you have had a good week too!


Happy New Year!


Happy New year everyone!

I have been trying to sit down and write this blog post for the last week but little Maggie wouldn’t allow it! So finally I am here finishing my new year wishes to you all and chatting about my plans for the year ahead! As most of you know little Maggie joined us in October 2012 and since life has been pretty hectic. This has meant It has meant  that my blog and website have been slightly neglected – which I am resolving now! Now that life is beginning to settle into a rough routine again i wanted to make some plans for the year ahead and get my creative hat back on.

I have never really been one for new year resolutions but I do like the idea of having my year’s to-do list, more the things I would like to achieve than a resolution if you know what I mean. I thought I would share them with you.

1. Renovate the house – this we started before Maggie was born but we only got half way before she arrived so we are on a mission to try and get the place sorted out by the end of the year!

2. Take more photos – I have recently bought myself a new camera and I would really like to learn how to use it properly and try out lots of new things! I will be playing around with it lots and sharing my photos on this blog!

3. Do more crafts! I have been working on a quilt for Maggie for quite some time and I am determined to finish it this year! I also would like to learn how to knit! I am lucky enough to still have my grandmother in my life and she knitted lost of cardigans, hats and blankets for Maggie when she was born. So I have a good teacher.

4. Books – This is the big one for me. I have been wanting to write and illustrate a children’s book forever and i have decided this is the year to start! I am not taking on any more client work until Aug and spending my time developing my book instead. I am going to document the process and share it with you and hopefully publish the book at the end! It is so exciting to finally be able to step back from client work and finally get to concentrate on a self motivated project. This means I will not be taking on any more commissions this year but i hope you understand. Plus i have 3 exhibitions already lined up for the year so there will be lots to see.

5. Communicate more – blogging, facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram. I have recently found that social networks are  really great way of staying in contact with like minded individuals as well as a great source of inspiration. If yo want to know more about me and my work/life then please follow me on one or all of the above social media’s. Below is a snap shot of images taken on instagram.

So for the time being I wish you all a very happy new year and I look forward to sharing 2013’s adventures with you. xx

Merry Christmas

Thank you all for supporting us this year! It certainly has been busy and we have enjoyed every minute. So just wanted to wish you all a wonderful time over the festive season!

Love Emily xx

Christmas Open Studios 2012

It is that time of year again where we open our studios doors and let you come and see what we do where we do it! It is also a great place to find some amazing unique Christmas gifts too! You can find out more about the studios and the artists on the website here.

Hope to see you there for some festive fun!


Roseleaf Exhibition Nov-Dec 2012


As the days grow darker and colder i can think of nothing better to do than head to a great cosy bar and have some heart warming food and amazing drinks! Such a place exists in the form of the Roseleaf in leith, Edinburgh. To make your stay there even more merry you can also have a look at some of my work! The Roseleaf will be exhibiting 14 of my artworks on their lovely walls for November and December 2012! You can find out more info about the Roseleaf on their facebook page here. Hope you can make it down and aybe while there even enjoy a little cocktail in a teapot – a potail! x


Wildflower Florists


Just wanted to show you some designs i recently did for ‘Wildflower Florists‘ in the Renfrewshire area, Glasgow! They are a lovely  new company and create beautiful floral arrangements for all occasions! I wish them all the best with their new business! More info about them can be found on their facebook page here.

Introducing Maggie!


Well things have been a little quite around here recently and my apologies for that – but i have good reason! On the 3rd Oct i gave birth to Maggie Eleanor – she surprised us all and arrived 5 weeks early! Desperate to get out into the world. My husband and I are over the moon and so excited to welcome her to our little family! x x x

Christmas 2012


Well the weather has definitely turned here in Edinburgh and it is feeling much more wintery. So i thought you might like to see a little sneak peek of my new Christmas 2012 range. There will be four new cards, two new wrapping papers and a little winter print!

Will be launched in 2 weeks! Come back then to see the full range! xx

September Giveaway – WINNERS!

After a hugely successful September Giveaway with over 500 entries we have our winners! Thank you to everyone who entered was lovely to read all your comments and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our lucky winners! Well done! You can read all the comments on our facebook page here.



September Giveaway!



After a friend recently had a clear out and gave me some lovely things I thought that i would do the same in my studio! I often have 2nd edition prints that are 98% perfect but have a small flaw somewhere so i can’t give them to galleries. So i thought some of you might like them instead! They are all signed, numbered and titled.

To be in with a chance to win simply head over to my facebook page and LIKE the September giveaway photo, leave a comment letting em know which print is your favorite and then click on the ‘SHARE’ button – simple!

This giveaway is open to everyone – UK based and INTERNATIONAL so take part! and is open until Monday 17th September.

Head over to my facebook page here.



I have been beavering away making paper cut commission for the last couple of months and thought it was about time I started uploading some to show you all. Above are a few of the ones i have recently completed. It is always great doing these sort of commissions and hearing all the lovely stories about peoples lives. Then i get to put all these personal tales together to create a paper cut that is truly unique for its recipient and full of fun and loving memories. I even created a couple of Highland cows recently and managed to place the couple’s initials in the leafy foliage. More photos of these commissions and of lots more  I have recently done can be found here on my commission pages.


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Well it is that time of year again in Edinburgh where the city comes alive with festival goings on! This year i thought i would share a few of my thoughts on the festivals. Starting with one of my very favorite – The Edinburgh International Book Festival. I have always loved wondering around Charlotte Square in August surrounded by books, people reading them, talking about them, writing them and maybe evening buying one or two and this year is no different. With a whole host of talks and events to see, it is sometimes hard to know where to start – for me it is always the children’s section. As an illustrator i have always loved seeing how other illustrators work and there is no better place than walking into a children’s book shop. So many beautiful illustrations within the pages of books!

This year i went along to see Writer Vivian French and author-illustrator Sue Heap talk about their new new series of six picture books all about the Buttons family. The event was aimed at children and introducing them to books and it was done brilliantly. Vivian was animated and sang songs, told stories and made the books exciting for the children while Sue drew beautiful illustrations, complimenting the tales and introducing the audience to the characters. It was great to see so many little people excited about books and reading. The Edinburgh international Book festival has a fantastic selection of interactive events for children of all ages to really get them involved and excited about books and they do this very well. With just over a week left there is still plenty to go and see so enjoy!

Loads more information about whats going on during the festival can be found on the Clicket website – check it out for honest, fun reviews! x

I also have to comment on the fab deck chairs the book festival has this year! Each with a quote from an author that is appearing at the book festival – so keep your eyes peeled for them too!


Open Studios


Well another Open studios has come and gone and once again it was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came along – hope you enjoyed seeing our working studios and maybe even left with a little something for yourself too. For those of you who didn’t make it down I thought I would share with you some photos of my studio – looking much tidier than it normaly does. Next open studios will be in the beginning of December. Should be an interesting one as i’ll have a little baby less than a month old!

Robert Burns Exhibition


A little peek at some of the work you will see at my exhibition of new work being held at Homer in Edinburgh. Hope this will entice you to come along and see the rest!

Robert Burns Exhibition: The Birks of Aberfeldy


Exhibition of my new work opens next week! Hope some of you can make it along to the opening – Thursday 2nd August 6-8pm at Homer. Look forward to seeing you then. For more information about the exhibition and Homer you can visit their facebook page here.

Coburg House Art Studios Open Weekend


My studios are once again opening their doors so you can come along and see where we work, what we do and maybe even buy yourself a little something. With over 70 artists (including myself) there is definitely something for everyone. Hope you can make it! You can find out more about the artists at the studios on the website:

Design Market – Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

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If you are in Edinburgh on the 13th, 14th and 15th July then please pop down and visit me at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. I am taking part in their ‘Design Market‘ this summer along side some other amazing artists and designers. Hope you can make it!

Tuscany, Italy


Just back from a little break in Tuscany, Italy where it was hot, sunny and very beautiful. Definitely re-charged the batteries and got to catch up with our nephews too! Lovely week indeed. Now back to a very wet Scotland and a very busy work diary! But in the mean time thought you might like to see some holiday snaps from my travels.

Trove Jewellery


A while ago i was asked by Sally Moore the creator behind Trove Jewellery to create a logo for her new website. I though you might like to see it and see some of the lovely jewellery that is for sale through the site too! You can check it out here.

Wedding Stationery


Since i have been getting lots of emails about wedding stationery and i still haven’t quite finished uploading all my designs etc to the wedding stationery section on my website i thought i would show you a couple of designs that i have recently done. The one above was for the lovely Amy and Isaac who got married in Edinburgh, June 2012. They even used my design on some tote bags that were given out the the guests as favours! Such a sweet idea!


I also did these wedding invites for the talented Melanie and Nicoll. They got married in Edinburgh’s botanic gardens and this setting was the inspiration behind the designs. I also wanted to let you know about the beautiful flowers that Mel and Nicoll had at their wedding (image below). They were so lovely I just to share. They were created by Natalya Ayers and Fiona Inglis of Pyrus.



New Prints


Well i have been busy in the print room recently getting lots of new prints ready. Above is a little look at what to expect in my shop very soon! As soon as they are ready for sale I’ll let you know!

Sally & Ali’s Wedding Stationery


Thought you might like to see some wedding stationery i have recently done for the lovely Sally & Ali McFarlane – more can be seen here. They asked me to create a Save the date card, day/evening invite, RSVP postcard and an all over pattern that could be used on lots of added touches throughout the day (place settings, menus, table plan etc). I also created a pattern for the lining of Ali’s wedding suit (purple pattern above). This was printed onto silk and used as the lining both inside his jacket and on the back of his waistcoat. It was a beautiful day and i wish Sally and Ali all the happiness in the world. You can see more photos of their day on ELEMENTAL’S BLOG.

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Photos: The photos above where taken by the lovely people at Elemental photography:

Dinosaur Illustrations


It has been a very busy week and i have lots of papercuts commissions to show you soon but in the meantime i thought you might like to see a sneak peek of some dinosaur illustrations i did recently. Watercolour and pen drawings are not something i do very often but when I was asked by a client i thought I’d give them a try and I am pleased I did as think they turned out OK. There were six illustrations in total all of the same dino doing different thing etc. Hope you like them.

Birthday Fun

Well it is a miserable day here in Edinburgh – gray, wet and cold! But that hasn’t dampened ‘Mary’ and I’s birthday fun! As well as my own birthday – it is also my little westie ‘Mary’s’ 1st birthday today! I am enjoying the day with cupcakes from the amazing Cockoo’s Bakery here in Edinburgh and Mary is chewing away on her bone! Hope you are all having a good day and hope there is less rain where you are! x

Made in Scotland – The Flemming Collection, London


The 2012 annual selling exhibition Made in Scotland showcases the work of a selection of contemporary Scottish makers, either from, or based in Scotland. Contemporary makers have been invited by Selina Skipwith, Director of The Fleming Collection with kind assistance from Christina Jansen, Director of The Scottish Gallery, to submit works in a range of media including textiles, glass, silver, ceramics and photography. Along side my own work other exhibitions include: Grace Girvan, Hannah Louise Lamb, Andrew Lamb, Craig Mitchell, Andrea Walsh and Frances Priest to name just a few. The Flemming Collection is located at: 13 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DU. More information can be found here.

Exhibition at Prema, Gloucestershire


In you are in the Gloucestershire area between 30th April – 8th June then you can see 20 pieces of my work in Prema a family friendly Arts center. There is a mixture of my screenprints and original papercuts to view and if you fancy taking one home – they are all for sale. You can find out more information about Prema and its location here.

New Blog

Welcome to my new blog! I hope this is going to be an exciting place where I can share with you what I have been up to, new work and a whole host of inspirational things that I love and think should be shared. I have recently been busy getting this new site up and running and now that we’re here I can finally start blogging again! So welcome, have a look around, and hopefully you’ll want to come back time and time again x