Hi I’m Abi,
I’m so glad you are here.
If you know that you come more alive when you are creative, and need encouragement and inspiration then there is hope for your creative soul here.
I publish a magazine called iola – living life well. If you love good design, creativity, reading, and music, – iola is for you. If you’ve ever wondered about how to manage all the things: family, meaningful work, creative pursuits and how not to lose your soul in the process, – iola is for you. If you have faith in God but at times might describe your relationship with him as complicated, – iola is for you.
Over the last few years, I have been writing to encourage you in your creativity, especially if you have got stuck. I believe that it is good for the mind and the soul to create and when we are prevented from expressing our God designed creativity it can be damaging to us. I hope to help you be creative again.
If you are curious about the tools that I use as a designer and writer you can check out the tools I use and recommend.
You can find creative project tutorials and posts on creativity on the website.
Around once a week I send little letters to encourage you in your creative life and inspire you by sharing some of the best content and resources, it includes exclusive content you won’t find on the website, special offers and freebies. You can sign up here. We never spam or sell your email.
More about Abi
I love that in running this website I get to combine design and my first love of writing. My guilty secret passion is magazines, ever since I first created them for friends when I was eight and then on the youth group photocopier. This website is a continuation of those first issues of the ‘Sunvale Sunshines’ that I made with stapled paper sheets and came with their own free word searches! This is the latest version of that early edition!
I live on the edge of the Cotswolds, close to Oxford in the UK with my husband and three children. I studied English and Publishing at university, ran a design agency with my husband, ran creative workshops for a while and am now writing and designing here to encourage others to create. I also work part-time as a designer and writer for a fabrics company. I know the power of creativity, how it can help with mental health, and how it connects us to who we really are.