Creative Inspiration
Posts below focus on all facets of my creative work and lifestyle. Includes real-world experiences, tips, ideas & more.

French Bread-Themed Sketchbooks

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mixed media sketchbooks covered in french bread packaging by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Call me creative-crazy but I’ve been collecting product packaging I consider pretty for over a year or more.

To me, “product packaging” is literally ANYTHING that is used to cover a box, wrap food, grocery bags, and the like.

Most of my product packaging stash has been just sitting in a box, collecting dust. For months.

Yet every time I’d bump into my stash, I’d think:

“I need to do something with this.”

Finally, just yesterday, I bumped into my stash once more while searching for a notebook and that was it. I’d had it. I decided I had to do SOMETHING with at least one of the packaging papers.

And so there I was, sifting through the stash when I saw it:

French bread wrapping paper 🙂 “European Style.”

Don’t ask me why this particular food product wrapper was calling my attention but it was.

I immediately found myself with scissors in one hand, glue in the other.

Before long, my two mixed media sketchbooks were completely wrapped in this once-french-bread-covering paper.

Honestly, I know it may sound ridiculous (for those that are unfamiliar with the joy paperie projects can bring) but I was beyond giddy-happy with the visual outcome. I kept staring at my sketchbooks all evening long feeling so excited to draw in them over the weekend.

Perfect timing to feel so drawing-inspired as it’s a long Labor Day holiday weekend 🙂

~ Enjoy

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson



A Charlie Kind of Day

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Sketching lettering ideas for a children's book title during summer road trip

Our family was recently driving down Route 17 South, headed towards Myrtle Beach, when this lettering idea came to me.

It’s for a children’s book featuring a day in the life of an adorable little girl.

I’ll have to tweak this pencil drawing a bit more and then create the digital artwork.

For now, sharing my initial sketch and will share more as this develops further.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson