Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts

Friday, June 27, 2014

50th anniversary shirts...

Life with Fingerprints: 50th anniversary weekend, family reunion shirts
You might have noticed from some of my previous pictures from the big anniversary weekend that at one point we all had our matching charcoal gray shirts on. (Let me remind you that all those people are immediate family - Steve's parents, siblings and siblings children) We thought it would be fun to have a shirt to commemorate our celebration (similar to the shirts I designed for the last big family reunion.)

I went with something simple yet meaningful to the family. Of course the 50 is there for 50 years of marriage. The orange symbolizes Arizona and their upbringing (Steve's parents LOVE oranges and have many trees in their yard) and there are 9 slices in the orange, one for each kid.
Life with Fingerprints: 50th anniversary weekend, family reunion shirts

Life with Fingerprints: 50th anniversary weekend, family reunion shirts

The shirt is amazingly soft and might be my kids new favorite...until they grow out of it!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fun last day of school photo...

We're gearing up for the last day of school around here. Hallie comes home each day and proudly announces how many days she has left and we are now in the single digits. How did summer sneak up on me so quickly??

I wish I could say I was planning a stellar end of the year party...but I'm not.

I wish I could say I have great plans for how to entertain them once school is out...but I don't.

You know what we do have plans for - Hallie's end of the year music program, Hunter's preschool graduation and this photo on the last day of school (I'll probably throw in a sno-cone as to love low expectations):
Life with Fingerprints: Unique last day of school photo tutorial
Life with Fingerprints: Unique last day of school photo tutorial
If you've got a first day of school photo and a frame and some version of Photoshop/elements you can whip this picture up in 5 minutes.

Take a picture of your child holding a frame and open in Photoshop.

Duplicate your photo layer.

Delete the inner contents of the frame.

Place the first day of school photo into the document and resize so it fits slightly larger than the frame.

Move the first day of school layer below the top layer.


I've created a detailed tutorial over at to walk you through it step by step.

It's also the same tutorial you'll need for a photo documenting a blessing, baptism and one day a wedding.
Life with Fingerprints: Unique last day of school photo tutorial

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baby Boy Birth Announcement...

I always feel the need to promptly design a birth announcement with my kids - however getting them sent out seems to stretch out for far too long. Some got sent with Christmas cards, others were hand delivered this week and I still have some sitting on my desk for a few more locals not within walking distance. He's already four months old; he doesn't even look like this anymore, but what can you do?! Its fun to remember a not so distant past...a simple reminder that they grow too quickly! Life with Fingerprints: Baby Boy birth announcements; hexagon

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kid's Valentine Card Printables...

Valentine's day is just around the corner - Hallie asked me the other day what her valentine is going to be this year. Good Question. Haven't put any thought into it. Then in my inbox this week I had several people request last year's valentine printable. Which means there's a whole group of people out there already on the ball. I'm typically that person - this bathroom remodel is knocking me off my game!

Here's last years cards: Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day Free Printables Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day Free Printables I don't go overboard with these little things (lets be serious, the kid receiving it quickly removes the candy and tosses the card!) - the simpler the better and I make the kids work on them; cutting out or attaching candy. Once I design it, I can use it for another kid the next year which helps me out. By the time Cannon is passing out cards he'll have a library to choose from.

Here are links to the cards above.

Download Airhead Valentine

Download "Write" Valentine

Speaking of Valentine's Day - does a card box get much cuter than this. (here) Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day Bee Box There's no way she's beating that this year.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wedding fun...part one...

Tossed in with the fun of our anniversary, Christmas, my birthday and New Years - we also attended the wedding of our oldest niece Brimley (and our oldest nephew ties the knot in just a few short months, so fun!) To say that I completely adore this girl would be an understatement and watching her get married made me feel older than I really am. (Just another perk of marrying the second youngest in a family of nine siblings - you have nieces and nephews not too much younger than you.) At college, Brimley found a real gem, Scott, and I not-so-secretly wished they lived much closer. They're fun, energetic and they've got all sorts of style. Love that they found each other.  photo 20140102-DSC_9189.jpg  photo 20140102-DSC_9245-1.jpg They were married in the Mesa temple and had a reception at their house the same evening. I can't wait to see all their gorgeous photos, but of course I couldn't help but snap a few myself. It's in my blood. The beauty from the day: Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun
Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun
Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Each table had random facts about the bride and groom - which made me walk around to each table to read them all, some were quite funny. Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun The reception had a waffle bar and other breakfast related foods including donuts, so of course guests had to go home with fine label "McGrath" syrup. Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun The donut cake was a work of art (didn't manage to get pictures of that before people started diving in) and I caught Brian working on the "groom's" donut cake. Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun His and Her cups to toast their new life together. Life with Fingerprints: Wedding Fun More pictures to come...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

First Journal...

I love to journal; which is evident by this on-going blog. I love to collect thoughts, impressions, projects and of course photos.

My first journal was pink with a teddy bear on it that my grandma had given me as a gift. I loved that book. Over the years I collected more and more journals which eventually led me to scrapbooking where I spent a lot of time and money. (but of course I could never keep up with the amount of pictures I took!)

When I married Steve, I took a look at his old journal and fell in love with him all over again. The stories and thoughts...they're priceless. I'm really hoping to instill the love of writing in my children - so years from now they can look back and marvel at how simple life once was when hearing your name on the intercom at school was a really big deal. Childhood is awesome.

When Hallie was baptized, we gave her her first of many journals, personalized just for her. We ask her 2-3 times a week to take some time to write the best part of her day, or any feelings she might have. It's funny how at such a young age those thoughts and feelings are very private and personal. When I asked her to bring me her journal so I could take a picture of it, she wanted to make sure I wasn't going to read it! Probably won't be the first time I hear that. Life with Fingerprints: First Journal;, LDS temple, baptism Life with Fingerprints: First Journal;, LDS temple, baptism Life with Fingerprints: First Journal;, LDS temple, baptism I printed it through blurb (considered their "trade" size in paperback). I designed it in InDesign and made most the pages lined - but then sprinkled in several of her baptism photo shoot pictures. Hopefully this will be one of many books she fills.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Card 2013...

This years Christmas card is based on Cannon's weekly photos and to say we had a little fun with the project would be an understatement!

These are a few of our favorite things... Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2013 Wishing you a Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birth Announcement...

I finally got my Christmas cards sent to the printer (once again making the vow that I will complete them earlier next year) and I realized I had yet to design birth announcements for Cannon. I know it's not a must for most, but when you're a graphic designer it kind of falls in the "must" category. Part of me wanted to blend our Christmas card and birth announcement, but part of me wanted him to have a special announcement like every one of our kids have had (Steve reminds me Cannon won't ever care - but maybe he'll grow up to be sensitive and wonder why his loving mother never created a fun card for him). You can guess which thought process won out!

I sat down at the computer tonight to work on it and I realized I had designed a birth announcement for a friend a while ago and never posted it. They live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and actually have a need for that many knit hats. We don't own one for Cannon. But guaranteed Cannon will have more swimsuits than Finn! Life with Fingerprints: Birth Announcement

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hallie's Baptism Invitation...

I enjoy designing pieces for clients, but I absolutely love designing pieces for myself and my family. Sometimes I want to throw a party just so I can design correlating pieces. Then my kind, loving and logical husband steps in and reminds me that is a crazy thought process and cancels every imaginary party I start to plan!

Luckily for this invite, I didn't have to come up with an imaginary party - Hallie turned 8 and she was getting baptized and we invited friends and family to be with us on her special day. Life with Fingerprints: Baptism Invitation/Announcement Life with Fingerprints: Baptism Invitation/Announcement, LDS Baptism, LDS Baptism dress

Monday, October 7, 2013

2014 Young Women's Theme; Free printables...

This year's theme for the Young Women/Men for our church is "Come unto Christ and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness." As per tradition, I've designed up a binder cover as well as logos in a couple different colors. Feel free to use them as you please. Find previous years here and here. Life with Fingerprints: 2014 YW Theme - Come Unto Christ Life with Fingerprints: 2014 YW Theme - Come Unto Christ Download All Come Unto Christ Materials as a ZIP file
Download Come Unto Christ Binder
Download Come Unto Christ 5x7
Download Come Unto Christ Logo on Background
Download Come Unto Christ Aqua Logo
Download Come Unto Christ Magenta Logo
Download Come Unto Christ Yellow Logo
Download Come Unto Christ Gray Logo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Free Printable - Missionary Countdown...

My nephew has been serving a mission but a short couple weeks and has many more weeks ahead of him. I asked my sister-in-law if she was going to fill out a countdown chart while he was gone (a chart with a circle to fill in for every day he's gone) and she didn't seem overly excited about the idea: It's depressing to see just how many circles you have to fill in for two years. She asked, "Why can't they just make a chart that you fill in every Fast Sunday (once a month) that way you only have 24 circles - it seems much more bearable that way." She's right - so I decided to make one up for her - she can fill in a spoke the first Sunday of every month and before long all the tires will be filled in! Life With Fingerprints: Free Printable - Missionary Countdown Chart

I decided a blank version would be great for anyone not named Elder Pothier serving in Brazil! Life With Fingerprints: Free Printable - Missionary Countdown Chart Click on picture to download, save to your computer.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The story of my life...

World in a picture frame This is definitely going in my office.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Baptism Invite...

My brother's daughter was baptized recently and they asked me to design an announcement (and shoot some photos) for the special occasion. It was a fast turn around so they were happy using a similar design I had created for another niece the previous year (here).Life With Fingerprints: LDS Baptism Invite, LDS baptism dress Life With Fingerprints: LDS Baptism Invite, LDS baptism dress

Hallie's should be the next baptism announcement I design!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Graduation Announcements...

I showed the bloopers from my nephews photo shoot (here) - and despite all of his goofiness, we walked away with some great photos to choose from for his announcement.

I love how they turned out; bold, masculine and simple. (printed on thick bamboo paper)  photo PaxtonGraduationFront.jpg  photo PaxtonGraduationBack2.jpg

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kids valentines...

I pinned all these fun ideas for the kids valentine's this year. But then I looked at the calendar and realized it was the 13th and I needed something ASAP. I ran to Wal-mart today and wouldn't you know it, they were out of everything but Barbie (which I was totally against). They had a box of angry birds as well which would've been great but they only had one box and 10 additional valentines. I was kicking myself for not picking them up sooner, I'm still not sure how I completely missed the boat on this one. They did have some valentine pencils which was as good as I was going to get.

For Hunter, I used the valentine's I made for Hallie last year. New class, new friends - easy as can be. He had to sign his name on every valentine and he loved the process.

We used the pencils for Hallie's class and I designed a little tag, "You're the "Write" Valentine for me." She carefully wrote "to" and "from" on every tag and made sure she wrote every class members name in all caps and her name on the "from" line was in lowercase, "It just looks so much better that way." A designer in the making. 20130213-DSC_7942 photo 20130213-DSC_7942_zpsc0d7b9cd.jpg My panic session at Wal-mart ended up being completely unwarranted as this ended up being just as easy. Hallie's box is already at school and Hunter made one at preschool. We're ready to enjoy the day of love and overdose on sugar.
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