The Original Life Design Cards Kickstarter Campaign

A delightful action-focused card deck with invitations nestled within Nature, coaching, permaculture, four seasons, and astrological processes: for assisting self-development and life changes.

Created and illustrated by Lisa Mcloughlin Art

 So lovely to meet you here. I want to introduce you to my latest oracle deck of cards. This eclectic deck of 49 cards is a personal development companion. You can use them as an ordinary oracle deck or, to spice it up a bit, follow the five suggestions mentioned in the accompanying booklet. They tap into your intuitive wisdom and aim to provide support and guidance to make incremental improvements in your life. The Life Design Cards have a web-like focus: similar to a spider’s web, making connections and building strength and resilience.

I plan to start a Kickstarter campaign on 20th March 2022 in order to raise enough funds to be able to put this deck into print again. I am hoping, if you are interested, that you will register your email with Mailchimp below (easy to unsubscribe) in order to be updated of my Kickstarter campaign to help me work out what funding to pledge for and if the deck is still wanted by people. I would be so delighted if you would like to join me on this journey. Your email will only be used for updates about my Kickstarter (or any future Kickstarter I may run for another deck).

Please note, the following photographs are not of the best quality at moment due to poor lighting conditions and weather. They will be clearer and of higher quality once the Kickstarter begins.

All photos shown are prototype copies. The finished designs may vary slightly (for the better).

Deck Specs

  • DECK SIZE: 49 oracle cards (12 coaching prompts, 12 permaculture principles, 12 random mixes of invitations,12 based on astrological themes, and one Nature note. 
  • CARD SIZE: Wide Tarot (89 x 127mm) with 5mm radius corners with full-bleed colour imagery on the front and white-bordered coloured patterns on the back.
  • CARD STOCK: 400gsm, FSC accredited Galleria card stock (protected by matte, anti-scuff laminate)  
  • BOX: Housed in a newly designed rigid two-piece cardboard box with smooth 115gsm white paper wrapped around 1500mic white lined grey-board.
  • Booklet: a written black and white booklet of suggestions with further expansion and meanings behind the word prompts.

IMPORTANT: The Original Life Design Cards are due to become a Kickstarter campaign in late March 2022. Please sign-up to my Kickstarter newsletter in the Mailchimp box below to help me plan funding estimates and also keep you updated. It also helps me establish if there is still a desire for this deck. Social media is a bit hit and miss for feedback and updates. It’s easy to unsubscribe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me HERE.

Backstory

This is a deck of cards that look at the bigger picture while homing in on the details, with realistic, actionable steps and attention to wellbeing and Nature. I wanted to create a problem-solving deck that would help us navigate life’s adventures, such as buying a new home or improving our health. I have previously trained as a professional coach and taken courses within permaculture design. What I particularly love about coaching and permaculture is the searching questions on how everything interacts to spark fresh ideas with more meaningful change. I was also developing a keen interest in astrology at the time. So, I pondered how I merged the three themes with my own ideas to create something unique and valuable. The Original Life Design Cards (OLDC) was born from that spark of an idea.

Something Happened in 2019

As an indie deck designer, I originally created this deck in 2017. I sold it by word of mouth in an organic way. It was a popular deck, as people fell in love with the imagery. It had two soft tuck-box design changes during that time. Unfortunately, I had inadvertently made a mistake by not referencing the permaculture information as thoroughly as I could have in cards (1-24). So, I withdrew my beautiful deck from my Etsy shop in 2019. I then took the opportunity to totally recreate the deck (Life Design Deck 2.0 was born in 2020) with an environmentally conscious and inclusive emphasis, permaculture principles, no astrology, using different illustrations, and no booklet. It was not as popular (view examples here).

I had frequent requests from potential customers to buy the first version of the Life Design Deck. They particularly loved the quirky imagery and its reference to the seasons, permaculture, and astrology.
So, I have reclaimed the first version of the Life Design deck to create the OLDC in this Kickstarter campaign. I have more or less kept the same imagery but have slightly tweaked a handful of them. I have replaced the initial twelve (1-12) permaculture design tool prompts with 12 similar coaching tool questions and have reworded the permaculture principles in cards (13-24). The rest of the deck is the original, except for the odd edit minor here and there. The booklet with five spread suggestions and card explanations is back too!

IMPORTANT: The Original Life Design Cards are due to become a Kickstarter campaign in late March 2022. Please sign-up to my Kickstarter newsletter in the Mailchimp box below to help me plan funding estimates and also keep you updated. It also helps me establish if there is still a desire for this deck. Social media is a bit hit and miss for feedback and updates. It’s easy to unsubscribe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me HERE.

Card Front

12 coaching cards

The twelve coaching cards (1-12) are about observing where you are, awareness of where you want to end up, and identifying the steps to get you there.

12 permaculture principles 

The twelve permaculture principles (13-24) act as a lens to view your subject, with the possibility of sparking fresh ideas or insights. The principles are applied to self-development rather than land management and settlement designs.

What is permaculture?

Permaculture is a Nature-inspired, holistic, solutions-based design system anchored around cooperation and connections to help create abundance and harmony within human habitats

12 eclectic mix

The third set of twelve cards (25-36) is an eclectic mix of ideas and activities that align with the seasons. They add another layer of meaning to weave within the coaching prompts and permaculture principles.

12 astrological cards

The twelve astrological signs of psychological processes that are common to us all inspire the final set of cards (37-48). They consider our common humanity and the seasonal changes of our personality, and they serve as a broader perspective to the other cards within the deck.

Please note that the astrological signs coordinate with the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the deck has the flexibility to adapt in a way that works for you.

1 Nature note

For internal and external weather.

Card Backs

The cards weave in the different energies of the seasons. Each card back has a colour that synchronises with the season (except the 12 permaculture principle cards in black and grey), making printing more costly. 

Why You Want This Deck in your Life?

  • It’s an excellent functional coaching companion and action-focused.
  • It complements many other types of decks.
  • It is a unique blend of different ideas.
  • It can be used on its own or within community groups.
  • It can explore your mind in more complex, deep, and meaningful ways.
  • It can enhance your intuition and navigate your instincts to help manifest a new perspective.
  • It can be used to stimulate conversations.
  • It’s a great collectors deck.
So, you would make my day if you chose to support me on this journey. It is not easy for me to put myself out there with a Kickstarter campaign. After a few years of managing a health concern, I have not been able to keep up a compelling social media presence, so I have lost some of my lovely supporters along the way. But, I am back and very excited to share this journey with you. I love what I do, and you would be helping an independent deck designer keep creating and making in the way I have always loved. Thank you. 

IMPORTANT: The Original Life Design Cards are due to become a Kickstarter campaign in late March 2022. Please sign-up to my Kickstarter newsletter in the Mailchimp box below to help me plan funding estimates and also keep you updated. It also helps me establish if there is still a desire for this deck. Social media is a bit hit and miss for feedback and updates. It’s easy to unsubscribe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me HERE.

Actual colours may vary slightly as every computer monitor, laptop, tablet and phone screen has a different capability to display colours and that everyone sees these colours differently.