The 2016 theme for the Young Women and Young Men for our church is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).
Every year I design printables around the new theme and this year I ran into a dilemma. I’ve really been liking some watercolor floral prints lately – which is not usually the case. So I designed the theme with this in mind. I completed the theme and sat with it on my computer for almost two weeks without touching it again. Although I really liked it, it just wasn’t me no how matter how hard I tried. It’s official. Floral prints still aren’t my thing as much as I like them. I even tried buying a floral print shirt I saw on someone else and loved it on them. I put it on and promptly removed it. Not me.
So I reworked the theme to more of a geometric pattern which is 100% me. But the work is done on the first design so I offer you two options this year!
Free downloads include a binder cover, 5×7 print, 4×6 print and the stand alone logos. Feel free to use as you please (personal use only). Enjoy!
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!
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!
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.
Steve led the superhero training. They learned how to fly.
They learned how save people. We froze superheroes in blocks of ice and they used water guns to free them.
I used the same drawing from the invite and printed a large poster (engineering print from Staples for $4) for a party game.
We colored and decorated superhero journals with their own emblems.
How great is one of his friends that brought a superman balloon guy. That’s talent!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!