Stationary

I’ve been talking about these for awhile, but I finally got around to taking pictures of them!

New "thank you" cards!
          New “thank you” cards!
Stickers for mailing orders
                      Stickers for mailing orders

I’m super excited to use them. I have had two orders to be printed, but one was shipping to my house for my roommate, so I didn’t really need to mail them to her. That, however, did not stop her from mailing one to me 😉

Elf Quote Christmas Cards
                    Elf Quote Christmas Cards

The other was a Christmas card order for my grandmother, so I shipped them directly to her in order to allow her to send them out as soon as possible. I can’t wait to see the printed product!

I’m currently working on some materials for a college friend who is a Mary Kay consultant. I’ll share those soon as well.

30 Patterns Challenge: Days 21-25

We’re in the home stretch! I’ve continued with the Christmas theme, which has been a huge help in my motivation. I can’t believe I’m almost done with this challenge!

Day 21 - Candy Canes
                       Day 21 – Candy Canes
Day 22 - Ornaments
                            Day 22 – Ornaments
Day 23 - Santa & Elf Hats
                     Day 23 – Santa & Elf Hats
Day 24 - Stockings
                             Day 24 – Stockings
Day 25 - Gumball Lights
                       Day 25 – Gumball Lights

30 Patterns Challenge: Days 16-20

I’ve got to admit, it has gotten easier to choose patterns to make now that it’s officially the CHRISTMAS season!!!

Day16
                          Day 16 – Dumbbells
Day17
                            Day 17 – Batman
Day18
                        Day 18 – Card Sharks
Day19
                           Day 19 – Broccoli
Day20
                   Day 20 – Christmas Trees

I’ve been working on some different holiday designs, and I can’t wait to show them off. Until then, let me know which pattern you like best, and let me know what pattern you’d like to see!

30 Patterns Challenge: Days 9-15

I’m halfway through the 30 day challenge! I’ve been trying to plan out my patterns ahead of time so that I don’t waste time when I’m making them, as I usually make them in the evenings before bed. Work has been so busy that I haven’t gotten to take a lunch break every day, and when I do, I’m usually going out with my coworkers, so obviously I’m not working on graphic design at that time. But so far, I’ve made a pattern every day! One day, I forgot to post it to Instagram, so I posted it the next day.

Day9
                                 Day 9 – Turtles
Day10
     Day 10 – Branches, Leaves, and Flowers
Day11
                                  Day 11 – Pizza
Day12
                             Day 12 – Presents
Day13
                             Day 13 – Cassettes
Day14
                             Day 14 – Football
Day15
                       Day 15 – Flower Power

Which one is your favorite so far?

 

30 Patterns Challenge: Days 3-8

This challenge has given me something to look forward to each night. I spend most of the day trying to figure out what kind of pattern I want to make, then when I get home, I get to work.

Oh! I also figured out how to get my patterns to not look blurry when posted to Instagram! A lovely user who saw my patterns helped me figure out that I was creating too small of a file and suggested that I create a 1500×1500 px image. And voila! Problem solved. Thanks, Lyna!

I’ve spent most of the weekend trying to work on some branding designs. I had an old gift certificate to MOO, and it expires soon, so I had to figure out how to use it. I loved the idea of thank you cards for orders once I saw Brittany’s, so I designed a card and ordered it along with some stickers. I can’t wait for them to arrive so that I can show them off!

In the meantime, enjoy the most recent additions to my #30PatternChallenge!

Day3
                    Day 3 – Falling Leaves
Day4
                  Day 4 – Birds of a Feather
Day 5 - Lucky Charms
                      Day 5 – Lucky Charms
Day 6 - Brackets
                        Day 6 – Brackets
Day 7 - Home Is Where The Arch Is
       Day 7 – Home Is Where The Arch Is
Day 8 - Circles
                           Day 8 – Circles

30 Patterns Challenge: Days 1 & 2

I’ve never been a quitter.. not in the “I QUIT!” sense, at least. But I’ve never been very good at finishing things that I start. I’ll do really well working out.. then I’ll get lazy and stop. I’ll try to start a new habit, like scooping the cat box immediately after I feed them in the evening… but a week later, I decide that I’d rather crawl in bed than walk ten steps into the other room, scoop, and walk ten steps back. I’ll start the #30PatternsChallenge, where you create one pattern every day for 30 days… but I’ll get flustered with my inability to save a clear image and post it to Instagram, so I’ll stop.

But that ends today. At least, for the #30PatternChallenge. I’m going to do it. I’ve been inspired by Brittany, who is nearly done with her #100LetteringDays challenge (check out her Instagram.. I swear each day is better than the last!) If she can do 100 days, I can do 30, right? You can do anything for 30 days. (sidenote: that’s one of my all-time favorite TED talks. Check it out. You won’t regret it!) So I’m going to do it!

I created an AI file entitled “30 Patterns Challenge” where I will save all of my patterns. Now, I probably mentioned this before, but I’m not the most creative person in the world. Case in point: I was a math major in college. Logic rules my brain. Every once in awhile, I’ll get a stroke of creativity and BAM! Something amazing happens. But those strokes are few and far between. So, how do I practice my Illustrator skills?

By copying.
(Alma, don’t hurt me. Keep reading!)

I find something that I like and try to copy it. I never use these files anywhere, even within my home, but it helps me get over my biggest hurdle: figuring out what to create. As Alma often says, “it’s far easier to recreate than to create.” And she is absolutely right. It’s also less time-consuming to recreate than to create, which is perfect since I’m practicing skills.

Day1-v3
                   Day 1 – Stripes & Dots

Anyways, I recently discovered I Heart Planners. (and OMG, this woman is my spirit animal. Seriously, she is an organizational wizard!) Her 2015 planner is SUPER cute, and I immediately fell in love with the pattern. So I decided to recreate it for my first #30PatternChallenge pattern. For day two, I am going on 3.5 hours of sleep, so I wanted something quick and easy but still fun. Stars are quick and easy, so VOILA!

Day 2 - Stars
                            Day 2 – Stars

Finally, thanks to April for the suggestion that I add lights to the “Family Tree” illustration. (Remember me saying that I’m not creative? HOW DOES ONE NOT THINK OF LIGHTS ON A CHRISTMAS TREE??? So glad I have friends to think of these things for me!) Anyways, I’ve always preferred colored lights on trees, especially the ones that look like giant gumballs. Look for the updated version in the next few days!

Family Tree

Spent most of last night and this morning working on a new design!

Tree With Ornaments-01

Don’t tell anyone.. but they’re technically photos from last Thanksgiving, so shh! I like this design in theory more than actual practice, but I’ll keep working on it. Hopefully I’ll eventually get it the way I want it. Feedback always welcome!

Photo Cards

I’ve been trying to create some photo cards, but I don’t have access to a lot of high-res photos, so it’s been hard to practice. However, I found some that I used for a few cards that are pretty simple. Feedback is always appreciated!

Candy-Cane-Card

Purple Holiday Card-02

Purple Holiday Card-01

Purple Holiday Card-03

Purple Holiday Card-04

Purple Holiday Card-05

I’m going to work tonight on some cards using multiple pictures. I’ve been surfing Minted and Pinterest for inspiration, and I’ve got a few ideas I want to try out.

Breaking my Christmas rule…

My one steadfast rule is: NO CHRISTMAS UNTIL BLACK FRIDAY. I broke that rule this year, but for good reason:

Christmas cards!

I shared one illustration on Instagram, but here is another sneak peak:

Santa-Cards

Another thing that I’m working on this year is a “year in review” card. They’ve been very popular in recent years, so I’ve reached out to a few friends to see if they’ll let me design one for them. Gives me practice with my Illustrator skills (as well as typography basics) and gives them a custom holiday card. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Before I started working on others, I decided to work on one for myself. I’ve debated whether or not to share it on here, but I doubt I’ll send it out to anyone (or at least to anyone who would see it here first), so I decided to share.

version3

I’d love feedback or suggestions on how to make it better if you have any ideas. Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for the arrival of these new Christmas items!