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DIY: Craft A Tea-rrific Travel Mug

You know the product, but did you know that you can personalize your ‘Tea-rrific (aka Nomad) Travel Mug’?


Well, with an easy twist of the base, the artwork slides out giving you full creative freedom to carry around whatever you like! Whether it’s a photo of your besties, or every bit of creative genius you have, thrown into one design, no two travel mugs need to be the same!

Feeling creative? Download the template here!

We asked a few of our creative team members to get involved and craft up a storm, this Typo favourite, is the perfect mid-winter accompaniment or a rad personalized gift!




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Party Style: Tracey’s Typo inspired party

Hey Guys,

It quite often happens that all I can think about is cake, anyone else have that feeling? Anyway, I was recently handed these photos of Typo’s very own Tracey, who threw her daughter Zanna, a 2nd birthday bash, dripping in Typo goodies, and the best looking cake I have seen in a while (recipe below)!

Get inspired below, and if anyone makes her amazing cake, I am available for taste testing. 


What was the event?
My daughters 2 year old birthday party

What was the theme?
I guess I would call it… High tea at home, does that work?

Any key styling tips?
- Pick a colour palette but don’t be afraid to mix and match shades 
- On-a-roll tape is perfect for personalizing straws, mini bunting or guest books
- if worse comes to worst, the tassel garland will look good with any event, so tassel ‘til your hearts content!

Fave product?
The tassel garlands (obviously), so effective and so easy to use!

Get inspired below, and if anyone makes her amazing cake, I am available for taste testing. 

Typo’s extended party range will be available in stores from July 2014


Tracey’s Olive Oil, Pear and Rosemary Cake

1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
3/4 cup (120g) wholemeal or spelt flour
3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups (310ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 small pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1cm pieces
2 tsp chopped rosemary leaves
1/4 cup (35g) currants
Cream cheese and shredded coconut to ice
Mascarpone, to serve

Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease a 26cm, 3cm-deep loose-bottom tart pan.

Sift together flours into a bowl. Add sugar and baking powder. Beat eggs, olive oil and vanilla, then add flour mixture, stirring to combine. Gently fold through pear, rosemary and currants (with any soaking liquor, if using). Spoon batter into a tart pan, then bake for 55 minutes or until cake is golden and skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Ice with cream cheese cover in coconut. Serve warm or at room temperature with mascarpone. Serves 6-8

Recipe source: Love to Cook by Valli Little 


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Styling Tips: Get the Industrial Loft look

Typo’s new industrial loft range is an inexpensive way to overhaul your space. We catch up with product guru Jodi on her inspiration behind the range, how to get the industrial look in your home and more.

What’s the inspiration for the range?
Nostalgic industrial landscapes – New York loft apartments and Detroit of the 1950’s

What are your top 3 tips to get the look at home?
Combine different iconic industrial materials (eg. metals, distressed woods, glass etc.) with vintage typography and classic logos.

What is your favourite piece from the collection?
The Light Box! A throwback to vintage theaters, so retro and a great way to convey a million messages!!

What should you avoid?
Bright colors are foreign here. Stick to the neutrals and rusty tones.  Lots of black!

How do you keep the look fresh?
Bring on the greenery… plants sit well in the cement-look skull jar, and of course, in the light bulb vase.

- Jodi from Typo’s creative team

Show us your space #typoshop
Shop the look >


Bring greenery into your space. For those horticulturally-challenged (like us), we are super excited by The Hall’s upcoming range of fool-proof plants. 


Bring back the vintage nostalgia with our industrial gumball machine! It would be a crime not to fill* it with your fave treat. *Machine may or may not have been full at the beginning of this shot.

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Range Preview: Tape It Up


What was the brief? 
The brief was simple; create a selection of amazing new products to whip our Made customers into a wild frenzy! The emphasis was on providing fun, simple DIY projects to get our customer crafting up a storm. And not to blow our own horns or anything (!), but we think we kind of nailed it…

What was the inspiration? 
We’ve created an array of new On A Roll Tape designs to allow our customers to customise pretty much any product under the sun in their own unique way. 

In terms of print, we were heavily inspired by the whole ‘pattern clash’ trend, carefully selecting a combination of prints that utilised bright, strong colours to give the story a bit of a pop. We’ve got key prints like our fresh floral, the punchy gingham, the cross word & some cute woodland animal prints, paired back with simple geo’s, spots, stripes and fun quotes like ‘I’m so crafty I sweat glitter’. Really, what’s not to love…?!

Favourite piece?
The most exciting piece on this front table is hands down the Perspex Stag Head. Get yourself in store STAT if you want to get your hands one on of these bad boys – We’re anticipating them to be sold out in a matter of days..!

- Typo Graphic Design team

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Typo Talk: Laine Fraser

A Graphic Designer, turned self-obsessed crafter, Laine heads up the Typo graphic design team. This is the team that day-in-day-out come up with the amazing design you see printed all over the product in-store. From notebooks to drink bottles, on-a-roll tape to packaging and everything in between, there is nothing in store that hasn’t had Laine (and her teams’) creative fingerprint across.

Read on to hear all about Laine, her creative inspirations and what she loves most about her job…

Full Name: Laine Fraser

Current Job Title and Company: Senior Graphic Designer, Typo



What’s a typical day at the office?
I usually have breakfast at my desk while reading and replying to emails, and then my day kind of fluctuates between a few things; receiving briefs and work-shopping ideas with the Buyers, researching inspiration for artwork, working with my team, creating designs for anything from notebooks, journals, wall art, cards, wrapping paper, posters, cushions, printed papers, on a roll tape – the list goes on..! Oh, and there’s often the occasional crafting/DIY session, just to shake things up a little & keep us on our toes.

What is the best gift you have ever received? 
A lab heeler puppy from my other half. Best gift EVER.

Typo throws you a party, what guests do you invite? 
Um, everyone?!

Stationery item you would be lost without?
On a roll tape… Still slightly obsessed with taping everything in sight.


Where do we find you on a Sunday morning?
You’d find me in my studio, more than likely up to elbows in paint, glitter & pencil shavings.  Whether it be designing, drawing, painting or working on some random DIY project, I love setting aside time on my weekend to be creative. This weekend’s DIY project is is a geometric clay pot – fingers crossed I nail it..!

What would we always find in your bag?  
My phone, my vanilla body spray from The Body Shop & it’s mega geeky (!) but my external hard drive.


Trends you rocked but wish you hadn’t?
Pedal pushers. Stirrup pants. Scrunchies. Oh, the list goes on…

Secret crush when you were a kid?
Jim Carey (Wtf?!), Scott Wolf from Party of Five & Zac Hanson. Oh, the shame of it all.

What would we find on your desk?  
Anything & everything – a pantone fan, colour palettes, mood boards/inspiration images, mason jars, glitter, on a roll tape,  all of my jewellery (for some random reason I just can’t seem to type when I have my rings on), post it notes, pens & my DIY concrete pot with my (slowly dying) cactus in it.

Best piece of advice? 
Create the things you wish existed.

Craziest thing about your job?  
How different each day is, and the need to adapt with ease and enjoy the challenge. I can go from creating colour palettes & putting together mood boards, to working with the Buyers and my team, to designing amazing artwork and crafting up a storm with all of the fun, new Made products – and that’s just one afternoon!

Weirdest thing that has ever happened to you? 
I’ve been bitten by a penguin.


Laine’s faves:

Favourite blog or website?  
Instagram – that counts, right..?

Favourite travel destination? 
Bali – my home away from home.

Favourite super hero?
Captain Planet.

Favourite room of the house? 
My studio, hands down. I love having my own creative space where I can go nuts, make a mess & not be frowned upon when I get ink on the carpet or leave a trail of pencil shavings through the house.


The final five:

Post it note or iPhone?  

Favourite Typo product?  
The ram skull

Fun fact? 
It’s kind of boring but everyone always seems so fascinated by it – I hate cheese.

What can you not live without?  
My two dogs. Love them.

Any last words? 
Appreciate good people. They’re hard to come by.
You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.

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