I am delighted to announce the launch of our latest map of Amsterdam!
I had great pleasure drawing and cutting this map as I am so in love with this beautiful city that we now call home. I have featured my favourite spots like the Albert Cuyp market in the Pijp near where we live and where you can find typical Dutch treats like raw herrings! Also the Artis zoo and the Vondelpark where I love to go with the kids.
The map celebrate Amsterdam famous for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. There are more than 400km of cycle paths in Amsterdam so you may spot one or two cyclists!
Available as both a laser cut map and a hand screen print.
Paper cut available in 2 colours: black, and deep blue.
We had a fun discussion this weekend with friends about notebooks. We all love a good notebook and we are all very specific about the type of notebook that we like to write or draw on.
Simon will go for a pocket notebook, soft paper with lines to keep in his bag. He uses it to write lists of things to do or work notes during a meeting. He often has several notebooks that he keeps for different subjects.
I do too. I have about 4 or 5 notebooks at a time. A couple will be for just sketching, the others for writing down all the things I need to do, work projects, shopping lists, work notes and to sketch. I always go for all white pages no lines.
For sketching I like the slightly longer Muji notebook with spirals (162x225mm) with white thick paper. I also like the large Moleskine and I have about 3 Famille Summerbelle notebooks that I use everyday to write thoughts, work notes and to do sketches.
When a notebook is full I keep it on a shelf in my office as I like from time to time to check my notes and look at my old drawings.
What about you? What kind of notebook do you like? What size and what kind of paper do you prefer? I'd love to know!
Here are some photos of Famille Summerbelle A5 notebooks featuring our City maps in different colours and our World map.
I chose specifically a thick white paper for each notebook as it holds very nicely on both sides of the paper when when you draw with pencils or write using ink.
Ophelia loves to keep an incredible amount of small things in her bedroom such as cute little erasers, hair clips, pencils, make up, paint pots, pearls and threads (I used to do the same!). Now all those little things have found a home...
Our House boxes are a great storage solution to hide in a fun and stylish way small toys, crayons, desk accessories and all other small things that are scattered in a room.
San Francisco has been a lot on our mind and discussions lately. Simon is flying there tomorrow for work, and a few days ago there was a wonderful article featuring our San Francisco paper cut on Curbed San Francisco's site.
A great opportunity for me to share a few images and a short film that we made a while ago. If you'd like to find out more just visit our site where you can see more images and details. We ship worldwide.
San Francisco map, screen printed by hand in the UK. The colours available are pink, blue and silver. Print size 50x70cm.
Here are some images of me cutting the map from a single sheet of paper. I drew the map on the white side of the paper, in reverse (just to make it a little more challenging for myself!) so when you turn it on the blue side it reveals all the detailed cut with my X-Acto knife. Here you can see a short time-lapse video of me cutting the map. Just to give you an idea it took me about 15 to 20 hours to cut the entire map.
I love this time of year when we can feel in the air the change of season. The flowers are blooming, the birds singing, the sun is warming up the air so we can enjoy long bike rides along the canals. We've been so lucky in Amsterdam lately with this blissful sunshine. I hope it's going to last for the Easter weekend.
Have you started decorating your home for Easter? Here is a selection of our Ludo le Lapin declined in various products such as fine bone China mugs, cotton tea towels, birch wood tray and screen print.
Enjoy your Easter!
My husband Simon loves his bikes. He is, of course, a huge fan of the Tour de France. He was super excited to take our son Lucien (5 years old) to experience the Départ of the Tour in Utrecht. We live in Amsterdam so it was only a short train journey to get there. Lucien proudly came back with a bunch of water bottles that the riders gave him. (We had to take them all on holidays. He won't leave them behind!)
I have highlighted the journey of the Tour on our illustrated map of France for the all the bike lovers out there.X
Father's Day is next Sunday 21st June. Why not send your dad something truly original, with one of our paper cut maps or hand screen prints.
We are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders. We can happily send the parcel - GIFT WRAPPED - directly to your father with a personalised message (just leave your message in the box on the checkout page).
Our House Boxes have found a great spot on this creative desk by London based blogger Geraldine of Little Big Bell (I wish my desk was as well organised!). Geraldine has a great eye to arrange beautiful prints and accessories to surround her when she's at work!
To celebrate Easter we are offering free delivery on all orders on Famille Summerbelle website. Be quick it only last one week starting today the 1st April until 8th April!
Just enter the coupon code LUDO at checkout.
I used to have a rabbit as a pet when I was 10 years old. He was called 'Grandes z'oreilles' -'big ears' as he had unusual long white ears! I'd like to introduce you to Ludo, the bunny part of the Performers collection.
Here are some ideas for Easter if you love bunnies as much as I do!
Introducing our new Love Bugs paper cuts, just in time for you to share with your Valentine!
It celebrates the beautiful flora and fauna of Europe in wonderful detail and is delivered within a beautiful heart shape.
...being in San Francisco on a blue crisp Winter day. Yep this was about 6 years ago when Ophelia was 2 years old. San Francisco was our last stop on our World tour. We loved it and I really wish we can go back soon.
I wanted to show you some images of my creative process for designing the paper cut map of Amsterdam, our current home town - we moved to this beautiful city more than a year ago!
I am very excited to design this map of Amsterdam. This City has so much character. The architecture is stunning, the canals, the boats, the variety of bikes are so much fun to draw and to cut!
I usually start a map by doing a lot of visual research of the different part of the City: listing and sketching the tourist attractions, museums, parcs, streets, canals, and all the important landmarks.
I usually go out and takes photographs or take my notebook with me and do some sketches outside. I also use Google map and gather images online.
Then what I love most is drawing the inhabitants: sketching a man walking down the street holding a coffee cup while talking on the phone, a mother cycling with her 3 kids on her bike on the way to school, a woman walking her dog, locals eating herring at the Albert Cuyp market...
I usually fill in a large notebook with random sketches.
Only when I have gathered enough information and filled in a full sketchbook, I can start to draw the map on a large sheet of thin paper.
When drawing the map I have to make sure that all the lines interact with each other as the map will be cut out of a single sheet of paper.
I will later show you images of the cutting process as I haven't started yet :-)