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

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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lego Birthday Treats...

The key to throwing a party is to enlist the troops - even when they're six and eight and even when the party is for them!

I had Hunter and Hallie stuffing little bags of lego candies - making patterns - we should've just counted it as homework for the day!

Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello

We also wrapped chocolates for the gift bags - which ended up not going in the gift bags until they were going home because it didn't cross my mind that the chocolates would melt in our warm fall weather!
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello

Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello
The biggest hit was the lego jello. My kids love jello molds and we have them for all the holidays. I saw these on Amazon and I was skeptical that they would actually work - they were awesome! Besides, jello always tastes better when it's in the shape of something cool.
Life with Fingerprints: Lego birthday party treats; lego candy, lego wrapped chocolates, lego jello

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lego Birthday Invite...

Life with Fingerprints: Lego Birthday Party Invites, Invitations

These are about as easy and inexpensive as they come. Print off some blank lego guys (download here)
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Then download a lego font and type up your details. (I found LegoThick here) Connect them with a color brad and they are good to go!
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

50th anniversary shirts...

Catch up on the anniversary fun in part onetwo and three. As well as our shirt design here.

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 well...got 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.

Done.

I've created a detailed tutorial over at howdoesshe.com 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.

More Valentine's fun here and here.

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...
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