How can I help?


If you’re looking for a friendly affordable designer to help you with your website, Shopify store, WordPress blog or print projects then you’ve come to the right place! I have 15 years of experience working in web and graphic design and love helping people to get their businesses online and looking awesome. I also run my own store selling products I design and illustrate and run a successful blog with thousands of followers so I know what I’m doing and can pass on what I’ve learned to you.

With my colourful, cute and quirky style inspired by my visits to Japan, I can help you stand out from the crowd, while also making sure the boring technical stuff is bang up to date. I work by myself so you always get the personal touch and I never tire of explaining how things work or how to do something more affordably.

My aim is that you have the website you always wanted at a price that suits you and with the ability to keep things running yourself.

Sound good? Have a look around at some of my previous work or get in touch for a quote or just to chat. I’d love to hear from you!


Hello 2018

2017 was a very busy year for me and I’ve just wrapped up on a big project that took up most of my time. I’m now available for freelance design, illustration and Shopify consultancy again so please get in touch if you need some help.

ipad procreate marcelinesmith

You may have noticed I have a new avatar. I’m really enjoying working with the iPad and Apple Pencil. It took me a while to figure out my style but illustration is something I do for fun now as well as work.

asking for trouble logo

I also rebranded Asking For Trouble – my shop for original character products. I really feel like I’ve grown a lot as a designer and illustrator and feel much more comfortable offering those services to others.

kawaii enamel pins marcelinesmith

While I haven’t had as much time for design work as usual lately, I’ve been doing as much as I can. That includes new patterns, paper craft projects, printables and ebooks! I’ve also created quite a few new products including enamel pins and printed wooden brooches.

japan trip journalling marcelinesmith

I have another trip to Japan booked for Halloween so I’m excited to plan for that and write some more guides and books. You can follow my plans and trip at my Asking For Trouble blog.

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you soon, if you’d like to work together. This site is a little out of date but I hope to find some time for that soon.

Art & Illustration

A Year of Paper Crafts

I like to have a monthly project for each year as it makes sure I’m creating new work regularly. This year I’m creating craft tutorials with paper cutting so people can make cards, decorations and more featuring my kawaii characters. You can view all the projects on my Asking For Trouble blog.

copyright marceline smith

copyright marceline smith

copyright marceline smith

copyright marceline smith

Art & Illustration, News



I haven’t been posting much new work here as most of my web design jobs are still ongoing. I find I do a lot more consultancy work than actual web design, which is just as enjoyable but less photogenic. Please do get in touch if you need some advice and ideas for improving your Shopify store or have a fun project in mind.

I’m still sharing my product design, illustration, photography and general life updates regularly on my Asking For Trouble blog and on Instagram if you’d like to see more of what I’m up to. I’ve just started playing my new new iPad and Apple Pencil so you can expect some new styles and experiments this year.

Art & Illustration

New Patterns

I’m not going to post my monthly wallpapers and product designs here every month (you can follow my Asking For Trouble blog or social media for that), but here are the new patterns I’ve created so far this year. They’re available in my on-demand stores on fabric, wallpaper, homeware, gadget cases, clothing, bedding and much more.

sakura pattern

afternoon tea pattern

colourful ghosts pattern

pastel ghosts pattern

snowflakes pattern

snowflakes pattern

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Happy New Year!


I’m now back at work and accepting new clients and projects for February onwards. Just get in touch for a quote or to discuss your project.

2016 is a big year for me and I have lots of plans including another trip to Japan. I also received a lot of new art supplies for Christmas so I’m looking forward to playing with them and seeing what new ideas they give me.


After the success of my free wallpaper project in 2015, I’m continuing it into 2016 with a new patterned theme and now including tablet options and a printable planner. I usually wait until the end of the month to collect all my new work here so if you’d like to download the wallpapers and planner on the 1st, join my mailing list, follow my Asking For Trouble blog or check my Free Wallpapers page.