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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Always learning...

I love learning. I have a list a mile long of things I want to learn. With the kids going back to school I was ready to go back-to-school as well - as much as one can with two kids still at home.

I've always admired people with great handwriting and I love the idea of using my own handwriting more in my graphic design work. I follow a guy on instagram who posts the most beautiful brush pen calligraphy videos. And recently he posted that he had a class on Skillshare.com. I immediately went and signed up for the class and started going through his two hours of videos. I purchased his recommended brush pens from JetPens.com and as soon as they arrived I started practicing. Although it's not an extremely difficult skill - they sure make it look easier on all those videos than it really is.

I have a feeling it's going to take way more practice than I anticipated, which is okay by me, I really just want to learn. Although the videos were very informative and easy to follow along - I was missing a basic principle; how to old the brush pen.

I did more research and came across a great blog, Pieces Calligraphy that filled in all the blanks and even offered some informative videos for free. I've bookmarked this site and have referenced back more than a few times when I need a little extra help.

At this stage I'm practicing my letters and at the pace I'm going I'll be done with the alphabet within the year! Practice, Practice, Practice!
Brush Pen Calligraphy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Finished product...

I do a lot of design work. Corporate. Church. Families and friends. Most the time I send the artwork to the printer and the finished product ends up being delivered to the client without me ever seeing the final product. So when I do happen across my work out in public it's always fun.

I was at Walmart yesterday morning in the check-out line. The lady in front of me turned around and I recognized her shirt as one that I designed for a Stake girls camp in the area. I had never seen the shirt complete and I loved the way it turned out. I complimented her shirt and then in full-disclosure told her I designed the shirt.

Later that evening we were out and about and from a distance I saw another shirt that looked familiar. I recently designed a family reunion shirt and although I couldn't be positive, the front looked familiar. Sure enough the back sealed the deal. I liked it better printed up than I did on my computer screen.

I love what I do - especially when I see it finished!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Retro Superhero Party...

History says my kids get their first birthday party with friends when they turn four. I had all intentions of doing the same for Bennett but we got busy. Steve was finishing up school. We were out of town. Steve was out of the country. We had visitor after visitor. And before I knew it his birthday had come and gone without a party. And I was okay with it. On his birthday he kept talking about seeing his friends (luckily we saw one of them). Two days after his birthday he asked when his friends were coming over for a party. I'm not sure what kid reminded him that he hadn't had a party yet but it was enough to make me feel a little bad.

Bad enough that I threw a party together in no time and it was just as fun as the ones I spend weeks planning!

The best part is we didn't tell him until the morning of - just two hours before his friends arrived. You can't tell that kid anything too early or else you spend days fielding the same exact questions, he's relentless. Even two hours was questionable but he was so excited it was more funny than annoying!

For the invites I took a picture of Bennett and drew it on the computer to turn him into lineart.
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities

Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities

Steve led the superhero training. They learned how to fly.
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They learned how save people. We froze superheroes in blocks of ice and they used water guns to free them.
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities
Life with Fingerprints: Retro Superhero Party, Invite, Activities


I used the same drawing from the invite and printed a large poster (engineering print from Staples for $4) for a party game.
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We colored and decorated superhero journals with their own emblems.
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How great is one of his friends that brought a superman balloon guy. That's talent!
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Sources:
Gift bags from Amazon
Round stickers used on drinks from Amazon
Cake toppers - Used a paper punch, attached round stickers attach a toothpick
City background made from cereal boxes wrapped in black paper (I found the paper at a teacher supply store)
Blank journals from Hobby Lobby in a pack of six. I printed an emblem for each kid on a sticker and put it on the cover.
Invite - designed by me
Comic pennant made from old comic books from a local store - they sell old comics for 25¢ each.
Cape for Bennett (he received for Christmas) from TJMaxx
Blue and Yellow tablecloth from Target several years (Used first at one of Hallie's parties)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ridge Run 2015...

Each year since moving into our neighborhood we've looked forward to the annual Ridge Run.

For the past 6 years, the Ridge Run shirts have had an illustrated road runner. (as can be seen in these pictures) I was asked to give the shirt a little spruce this year. I clarified if "sprucing" meant I had to keep the road runner and fortunately I was given creative leniency. After surveying a number of neighbors, the consensus was to keep it simple. And simple it is.
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Everyone was more than ready to retire the roadrunner and I was happy to have a shirt I would wear again.

We walked as friends and neighbors through the neighborhood; in strollers and wagons and some on bikes.
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
In year's past we've had a breakfast but this year it was a little later in the day and we had a BBQ lunch in the park. Having it later meant it was significantly warmer and the kids poured water on their heads to cool off.
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
It was a week before Easter so they threw a bunch of eggs in the grass and let the kids "hunt". Thank you to the genius behind putting candy in only a 1/4 of the eggs and trinkets or pennies in the rest. Our dentist thanks you.
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
I look at this picture and I just smile. I think we have a picture of these two every year at the Ridge Run. They're not so little anymore!
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party
Life with Fingerprints: Ridge Run 2015 T-Shirt design, neighborhood party


Monday, April 13, 2015

Rock the block logo...

I was asked to design a logo for our annual block party - everyone throws in their talents and an amazing party is produced!
Life with Fingerprints: Rock the Block Neighborhood Party Logo

I sent the logo to the neighborhood committee and didn't know how they would use it. When I showed up to the party this weekend it was fun to see the logo displayed large front and center. I'm just mad we didn't make t-shirts with it! There's always next year.
Life with Fingerprints: Rock the Block Neighborhood Party Logo

Party details to come...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2014 Christmas Card...

As a graphic designer, Christmas cards are something I look forward to and plan far in advance.

This year's card idea hit me in September when we were contemplating Halloween costumes. We were the Incredibles on our card one year, why not be Lego people this year?! But if I was going to go to all the effort in creating the time-consuming costumes, the card deserved a little extra punch.

Here's the front and back. "Everything (at Christmas time) is Awesome"
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2014, Lego Family pop-up card

And the inside - a pop-up lego family. "When you are part of a team. Merry Christmas from our team to yours."
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2014, Lego Family pop-up card
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2014, Lego Family pop-up card
Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2014, Lego Family pop-up card
The whole idea driving this card was the pop-up, its what I was most excited about designing. And as I started pricing dies out I saw my vision being slowly squashed due to price. But the printer I usually use tipped me off on a search to finding a laser die cut service and I found a great one. If anyone is looking for affordable die cuts - smartpress.com was awesome - so much cheaper than traditional dies.
 Life with Fingerprints: Christmas Card 2014, Lego Family pop-up card
And because these questions were asked time and time again after we sent out our card:
Yes, those lego people are really us.
No they are not photoshopped on.
Yes, they were slightly uncomfortable and somewhat hard to see out of.
No, I will never make one of these costumes again!
Yes, I am keeping them. They're currently wrapped in plastic in the attic for who knows how long before we pull them down and revive the Lego family.
Yes, we were a hit at the neighborhood Halloween party and basically ended up posing with every family for a photo op. And most predicted the Lego family would make the Christmas card.

I've said this before but it's my favorite card to date!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gilbert Turkey Trot...

Here's my latest design project:
Life with Fingerprints: Gilbert Turkey Trot, marathon design
For those in the area, the Gilbert Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning and it's not too late to sign up. I know there are a lot of trots out there, but this one is near and dear to my heart as 100% of the proceeds go to charity. But not just any charity, they go to my niece's charity, the I love Lucy Project.
Life With Fingerprints: I love Lucy Project
Lucy has a syndrome called Bardet-Biedl (BBS) which causes blindness, obesity and many other health issues.

Lucy is one of thousands of children who's families are fighting to find cures for this debilitating syndrome. The goal of the "I Love Lucy Project" is to work with doctors and scientists to stop the effects of BBS before it's too late.

So come and join us for the 1 mile family fun run or if you're feeling more ambitious run the 5K to burn off all the calories you haven't eaten yet! For more information or to sign up go to www.gilbertturkeytrot.com. Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Circus Birthday Party Invite...

I figure by the time my kids are old and no longer loving my carefully planned themed birthday parties, I will have the largest selection of random themed invites to remember each party by!Life with Fingerprints: Circus birthday party invite

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lego Party Details...

This is how a Lego party goes down at our house. Both Hallie and Hunter had helped on decor and treats the week before but when they got off the bus and saw it all put together there was a lot of excitement. Hunter exclaimed, "This is the best party ever." I love that my six year old is as enthusiastic about parties as I am.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats

When friends arrived they each colored a Lego mini figure. Not surprising all but one chose to make it look like Emmet or Wild Style from the Lego Movie.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
We had a photoshoot with our Emmet photo board for each kid.

We also had each kid build a rubber band lego car. This took much longer than I expected but they were the perfect ages for the activity. We raced them and tried different sized rubber bands to see what changes it had. The thinnest rubber band gave the most favorable results!
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats
This boy was on cloud nine. We took his favorite toy and mixed that with his favorite people and he was beyond happy. His friend asked if we could keep everything so he could have it for his birthday party in a couple months. Flattery from a six year old is priceless!
Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party, Lego Invite, Lego Treats

Source List:
Lego Invites with printable
Lego photo board
Yellow Cups - draw faces with marker
Gift bags - White bags from Target (comes in pack of 8 for $4) with a yellow lego head cut out and "thanks" written on it.
Lego Candy
Bags for lego candy - 1" x 8"
Sparkler candle - Party City
Lego Jello Mold
Yellow tablecloth roll
Happy face balloons
Blue Legos hanging above table - blue poster board with foam adhesive behind circles
Red/white checked background - wrapping paper
Duplo Legos built around cake and candle
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