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 :-)
We're kicking off the holiday season by offering 20% off everything on Famille Summerbelle website.
Don't forget to enter the coupon code 'HOLIDAYS' at checkout to activate the discount.
The promotion will start today Friday 28th November until Monday 1st December at midnight (UK time).
Here is a small selection of our discounted products:
Hand screen printed City maps: Paris, London, San Francisco and the World.
With 20% off discount, now at £36 instead of £45.
Imagine yourself cycling down the side of a canal on a crisp, sunny day, with the reflections of the picturesque architecture of the houses mirrored in the water. That image is the inspiration for our latest paper cut House Reflections.
This is a laser cut created from an intricate original paper cut that i've designed and it's available on Famille Summerbelle website!
Size: 44cm x 66cm
£55 | €69 | $86
We are so excited to be able to share with you what we have been working on over the past few months, our House Boxes!
Our pack of four colourful houses is a fantastic solution for storing all of your small objects in a stylish and fun way.
The House boxes come as a pack of four colours (pink, blue, black and mustard) and the design is featured on all sides, so you can keep turning and playing with combinations!
Featuring our familiar paper cut style design, these four house boxes are made from strong cardboard. Great solution for living rooms, bedrooms and offices.
The 4 houses are shipped as a flat pack in reinforced packaging.
They are incredibly straightforward to assemble, and can be dismantled and rebuilt as many times as you need!
We are very happy to have collaborated with the talented photograph and stylist Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La for this new collection. We have worked with her for our previous collections and it's always a pleasure to see her beautiful photos.
We've also had a little makeover at Famille Summerbelle. Check out our new website, with a clearer navigation, larger images and an easy way to look at our products.
As a fourth generation family-owned fine paper manufacturer in the US (since 1931), Mohawk believes in emphasising the importance of crafting beautiful, unique products by hand. They are supporting creatives, designers, manufacturers, artists, artisans, and all those who make their living as makers, through the Mohawk Maker Campaign.
For any paper lovers and creatives out there we are very proud to say that we use what we believe to be the finest paper made today: Mohawk Superfine. No other paper has the same reputation for quality, consistency and uniformity. The smooth white Superfine paper really makes the colours of our screen prints stand out so beautifully.
We are delighted to be featured on Felt & Wire, the inspiring blog of Mohawk celebrating the universe of paper, design and print.
I wanted to share with you some photos of the process of screen printing our World map:
All of the colours follow a Pantone reference but are mixed by hand and eye - which makes some serious experience. The paint is pushed through a squeegee (i love that word!) on to the silkscreen then onto the paper.
Each layer needs to be completely dry before applying the next.