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…

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!

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!

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

Lego Party Ideas…

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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