Lauren Taylor Creates

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My Ireland

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I have such a love for this island that I now get to call home. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling around Ireland over the past three years and wanted a way to compile my favorite places and memories. What better way than to create a book full of illustrations, photos and stories of my time so far in Ireland! Blurb is a company that lets you create anything from photo books to magazines. When I saw their gorgeous examples and especially the layflat option I knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted  to create.

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Most of my art is inspired by my travels and I’ve been working on a lot more landscapes recently. I knew I wanted to push myself as an artist and go above and beyond since this project was a personal one. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve created new maps, scenes and illustrations of my favorite places around Ireland. It was fun going back and looking at old photos and being reminded of amazing trips and beautiful locations. 

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After I finished creating the artwork and selecting the photos I wanted to include, I used their free software BookWright to compile everything and layout how I wanted to book to be. It’s totally customizable which I loved as it made it easy to add my artistic twist. 

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The final product turned out perfectly. Anyone who is paper obsessed like me will greatly appreciate the quality and texture of the paper. The layflat book has double thick pages so there are no seams on any of the spreads. This meant I could spread paintings and even text across two pages without worrying about something getting hidden or lost.

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I’m excited to share more of my travels around Ireland. It’s definitely an ongoing exploration as I’m constantly finding new places to visit and I’m excited to soak up all the beauty and inspiration Ireland has to offer!

Thank you Blurb for sponsoring this post. 

Inspired: Lesley Murphy

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 Who is she: Travel blogger from The Road Les Traveled

What makes her inspiring: Lesley runs a really successful travel blog called the Road Les Traveled. I met her when I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was living there at the time so I reached out to her after I bought my one-way ticket and asked for advice about where to stay, what to do, etc. She was super friendly and helpful and we met up for lunch a couple times in BA. While her blog is usually filled with amazing travel photography and destination recommendations, recently it’s been filled with stories about boobs.. her boobs to be exact. Lesley’s mom had breast cancer three years ago and she recently found out she carries BRCA2 gene which means she has a high risk of getting breast cancer herself. She took her health into her own hands and elected to have a preemptive double mastectomy. Instead shying away from social media and going offline during this challenging time in her life, she’s documented every step of the process on both her blog and Instagram. She’s shared her thoughts and fears, how to throw a ta ta to the tatas part, photos from her surgery and the process through the reconstruction. While it’s lovely looking at gorgeous photos from around the world, it’s refreshing to see someone with influence to talk about something so personal and difficult. Her openness and positivity through the experience has been so inspiring. 

Find out more:  theroadlestraveled.com

Who would you like to see featured? Email me at laurentaylorcreates@gmail.com to submit someone who inspires you!

Happy Mother's Day!

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Traveling is such an important part of my life and I love sharing it with the people who are important to me! Last September my mom and I did a 10 day road trip around Ireland. It was so much fun and I loved showing her this country that is so special to me! I meant to post this video ages ago but figured what a better time than Mother's Day as a way to relive our trip together.

I also wanted to wish a very happy Mother's Day to some of the moms I had the pleasure of illustrating over the past few months!

Custom paintings from Christmas

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Christmas is my busiest time of year for custom paintings. They are the perfect unique gift to commemorate a trip, for a friend who was recently married or your parents who always wanted a nice family portrait. I love working with clients to turn their memories into beautiful watercolor paintings. Now that the holidays are over and gifts have been given, I'm excited to share with you a few of my favorites from this past Christmas. 

Wedding Illustrations

Travel Illustrations

Interested in a custom painting? Check out the process here and email me with any questions!

Introducing the Map Collection!

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Six vibrant illustrated map prints inspired by some of the countries I love most. So when you're home from a long day at work and want an escape to the beaches of Brazil or to a castle on the cliffs of Ireland let a LTC map take you there! They also make a great gift for your travel obsessed friends! :)
Shop the collection HERE!

Let me know what location you would like to see illustrated next. Send me an email to laurentaylorcreats@gmail.com with your favorite travel destination.