Available for Commissions!

Hi folks just popping in today to let you know I’m open for commissions on my Art Instagram: @deankealydesign! You can message me there, or on my Facebook page (also @deankealydesign) or send me an email: deankealy.design@gmail.com I’m also available for logo designs and more!

Spotify Playlist: Nostalgia

Welcome to a little bonus blog post! I was hanging out with a friend the other day and we decided to pop some music on, and somehow we went down a rabbit hole of visiting some songs that brought back all the feels and memories from my teenage years.

I used to watch/listen to these songs while I was in school, and loved watching the videos that went with them. I used to watch these videos on Kerrang! TV, and it was so nice to watch and hear some of these songs again, especially after not hearing them for a good number of years!

I don’t really know what this blog post is to be honest, I just know I wanted to share this playlist with you guys, and I’d love to know what you think, and if you like these songs too, or where were you in your life when these songs were doing the rounds?

I’ll be back with another blog post for you guys on Monday! I’m trying to keep a regular schedule with you guys, giving you at least one blog post a week, and then sharing any bonus content (like this post) on maybe a Thursday or Friday!


My Commonplace Book

commonplace book
noun: commonplace book; plural noun: commonplace books
  • a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.

I was first introduced to the commonplace book format a few years ago, back when I first got into bullet journals, and was looking up other forms of journaling. At the time, I decided to start my own commonplace journal, which was in a sketchbook style of journal, but I ended up not using correctly and ended up just doing regular ‘dear diary’ style writing in it, and ended up quickly scrapping it shortly after.

Skip forward to a few weeks ago, I came across a video on YouTube by Jordan Clark called ‘You should start a commonplace book’. It was from this video I decided to revisit the concept of the commonplace book, and I decided to start my own. Please check out the video if you would like to see another perspective/more visually pleasing description.

I had just been to my local TK Maxx, and picked up a small A6/pocket sized notebook, and was really looking for a use for it, and then I came across this video, and decided that the notebook would be perfect for this little project.

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My first entry in my commonplace book was a passage I found while looking a little more into commonplace books, from Jonathan Swift’s ‘A letter of advice to a young poet’:

A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that ‘great wits have short memories’ and, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation. There you enter not only your own original thoughts, (which, a hundred to one, are few and insignificant) but such of other men as you think fit to make your own, by entering them there.

Since then I’ve been slowly adding a few little bits, including a quote I really liked about accountability, a photo from Instagram I found really inspiring and a few passages from one of my favourite books ‘A Note to Self’ by Connor Franta. No doubt I’ll surely go on to add more, but like Jordan talks about in her video, there is no pressure with a commonplace book. It is simply something that is there, something for you to add to whenever you feel like you might like to look back on that at some point in the future, or if you come across a photo of something truly beautiful that you know you just have to capture it somewhere.

That is my/the commonplace book, and hopefully this was enough to inspire or encourage you to start your own.

See you in my next post


My Notebook Collection

Alternate Title: My Top 5 Notebooks That I Use on a Regular Basis!

Today I want to share with you guys some of my notebooks! I’m a self confessed notebook hoarder, and whenever I’m out shopping and I see a notebook I really like, I tend to end up buying it. It’s even gotten to the stage now where people are actually not helping the situation by actually picking me up notebooks when they’re out shopping that they think I might like. I also tend to receive at least one notebook for either my birthday or Christmas, guaranteed!

On a (semi)daily basis, there are a handful of notebooks I reach for, each one with its own purpose:

Bullet Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetMy bullet journal is my everyday agenda, for lack of a better word. It is essentially a DIY planner, where instead of buying a planner with all the days and weeks of the year filled out for you, you do it yourself, so you can put in the things you know you need and like when planning. I love this, because as an artist it allows me to be very creative and create new and different layouts every month.



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Carrying on with creativity in my bullet journal, next up is my sketchbook. I will admit I haven’t been drawing or making art as much as I usually do in the past 6 months, but that usually happens to me every now and again. I find it hard to put a lot of effort into multiple things at once. I’m making a new mid-year resolution for myself that I’m going to have to fill at least one page of my sketchbook between now and the end of 2019.


Processed with VSCO with n2 presetNext up is my journal. I don’t write in this everyday, heck, even weeks go past sometimes before I write in this thing. But every now and again when I’m feeling a bit anxious, I’ll scribble some thoughts and stuff in here. It’s a great way to vent, and because I don’t write in it everyday, I don’t feel like I necessarily need to keep on top of this one by making it pretty or artsy. I simply just write.

Dream Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetThis is one of my favourite ones to keep. I don’t dream every night, and if I do, I don’t always remember them. Sometimes though, I’ll get the wildest dream, and I scribble it into this notebook. Sometimes it’s only a few lines, other times it could be a whole page. I’ve been keeping this particular notebook since 2016, and I’ve only filled approx. 30 pages in it, so that will give you an idea of how much it’s used.

Commonplace Journal

Processed with VSCO with n2 presetThis is the newest addition to my little collection. A commonplace journal is: a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use. I basically keep quotes that I see or hear and write them in here, or if there’s an illustration or a photo that I find inspiring I’ll print it out and paste it into here. It’s not unlike a collage book, where you just write and stick inspiration stuff into.

There you have it! My Top 5 notebooks! I also have one or two other notebooks that I grab from time to time, like my little recipe book, where I jot down recipes I like; there’s my fitness journal, where I keep track of my health and fitness; and then I have a blog book, where I scribble all my blog post ideas that I share here with you guys!

If you would like to know more about any of the notebooks I use or what type of notebooks I use in particular, feel free to drop a comment asking all the questions. Let me know if you would like a seperate blog post on any of the above journals, the bullet journal and commonplace one in particular.

What kind of notebooks do you keep, if any? Are you a notebook hoarder like me?