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February 29, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 12

This past week has been a bit hectic, with appointments and work being done on the house, so I'm afraid the designing slipped to the bottom of the To Do list. I feel a bit guilty about abandoning the project, so I thought I would try to end on a bang and I designed four new pieces to show you today! One of the wedding invitations I printed samples of a couple of months ago is this tree design:

I decided that today I would take that invitation and design some sample companion pieces to go along with it.

In the mockup I've included the invitation, envelope with coordinating lining, eveninig reception information card, menu, place card and thank you card. Here they are in a bit more detail - first is an evening reception information card:
This design could also be used as a Save the Date card, RSVP or other informational insert card. Second is a menu:
Third is a place card:

 

I've used a different font to indicate that the design would be printed but the names would be handwritten at a later point. Finally there is a thank you card: All fonts and colours can be personalised to suit the couple, and additional pieces could be designed as well. So, that ends my month of designing. Overall I'll give myself a B- (designs are ok, but I skipped quite a few days). I need a couple of days to digest the month and I'll be back with some parting thoughts on the project.

February 20, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 11

I have another wedding invitation for you today. It's a bit of a departure from what I normally do (not as much colour for a start), but I wanted to see if I could design something for a more classic wedding. This design features a monogram of the couple's initials and a simple black and white design. It could of course be printed in any colour (or mix of colours), but I wanted to keep it as uncomplicated as possible and I am quite pleased.

February 17, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 10

I have to admit that I cheated a bit with today's design. I created the illustration almost six months ago but hadn't added any colour, it was just a black and white outline. I've been meaning to go back to the design and play with it a bit more, so today I did. The design is loosely inspired by the intricate designs of Indian Mehndi, which is applied to a bride's hands and feet prior to the wedding ceremony.

And here is a corresponding RSVP card.

I love this design and think I might print samples of it just to see the lovely texture the printed design makes on the paper. Yum!
February 16, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 9

Today's design is inspired by a baby announcement I saw on Oh So Beautiful Paper a few months ago. The design, from Sideshow Press, has pennants with hand-lettering with baby's name and details. I took a couple of elements (hand lettering, knockout printing of the names) and designed this birth announcement with balloons.

I wanted to create a space for a picture, so I added a balloon that was big enough for a 2-inch, circular picture to be taped or glued to the announcement. I like the design, but for practical purposes I don't think I would try to print it without a bit of re-design because of the tight registration with the overlapping balloons. If you are interested in any of the designs that I have posted this month, please let me know and I would be happy to work with you on personalizing the design just for you!
February 13, 2012

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A Design a Day - Days 7 and 8

So, I felt bad for slacking on my design on Friday, so to make up for it I have two designs today! The first design is a birth announcement with a bunting design.

The picture would not be letterpress printed, but I thought it would be cute to have a little space to attach a picture to the announcement, and I thought the texture from the diagonal lines would be a great background for the photo. The pictures could be printed on photo paper, cut out with a 2-inch circular paper punch and then tape or glue the picture in place. The second design is a birthday party invitation (for an adult) featuring some Chinese lanterns. This design could also be used for a wedding invitation suite, but I thought that I wanted to mix it up a bit since wedding invitations seem to be my default design.

I must be very inspired today because while writing this post I have come up with two additional designs I would like to work on, so I'm going to get to work before this creative bubble bursts. Cheers for now!

February 09, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 6

I've mentioned before how I *LOVE* musicals, and today's print is inspired by a musical that nobody but me probably remembers. When I was in elementary school my mom was the guidance counselor at the school I attended. Because of that I got some special privileges (of course), and one of those was being loaned a record with the words and music of a school production that the music teacher was considering for one of our school plays. I have no idea what the play was called, but it was about the life of P.T. Barnum and how he grew the Barnum and Bailey Circus (I just did a google search and found a wikipedia article about a musical, called Barnum, from the 80s, that played on Broadway and in the West End... this was definitely not that show). I loved listening to that music and one song has particularly stuck with me. The lyrics are probably not original, but the message really resonates with me to this day: "Life is like a flying trapeze (a flying trapeze) / Sometimes it's up, then it's down. / Life is like a flying trapeze (a flying trapeze) \ But you'll only fly when you get off the ground." I thought it would be a great inspirational poster, so that's what I set out to make today. I started with pen and paper but just couldn't get a layout that I was happy with, because I was trying to fit the whole quote with the repeated line. I switched to the computer since it's much easier to make changes to designs, and worked a few different layouts. This is the one that I ended up with.

Eventually I would like to rework it (at least the part that's in the script font) with hand lettering, but today I just needed to get the general layout down, which I am quite happy with.
February 08, 2012

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A Design a day - Day 5

After ending my last post with a hope that my enjoyment of the design challenge continues, I miss a day. Do'h! Well, I can't really beat myself up about it too much, I just have to jump back on the horse, which I'll do with today's simple birthday card design. I think the little cupcakes would look really cute letterpress printed, and I love the font!
February 06, 2012

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A design a day - Day 4

Today was a pretty busy day, so I haven't had a lot of time to work on today's design. I stayed firmly in the comfort zone again and designed another wedding invitation, this one with flowers and a butterfly motif, perfect for a casual garden wedding. I picked a rose and matt gold colour palate that is really soft and romantic. Since I was on a roll with the design, I went ahead and made a corresponding RSVP to go along with the invitation. So far I am really enjoying this exercise. Let's hope that continues!
February 03, 2012

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A Design a Day - Day 3

I finally got out my coloured pencils today to try a bit of hand-drawn lettering. I took a line from one of my very favourite musicals, Mary Poppins, and sketched a small poster. Here is the result: Hmm, what to say about this work of art? (Ha!) I need a lot more practice at this, obviously. I also think I need a different pen because it was too hard to get the thin/thick lines I was after with the coloured pencil. On a positive note, I think the word "Fly" looks pretty good, and I really like the concept. Hopefully as the month goes on I'll get a bit better and I'll be able to do this idea justice when I rework it later on, which I think I'll do because I really do think it could be a great wall hanging for a kids room (letterpress printed in a bright colour).  
February 02, 2012

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A design a day - Day 2

Today's design is for a child's party invitation. I've been thinking about making some fill-in invitations as a cheaper alternative to completely custom invitations, and this is my first prototype. I love the elephant! The printing for these could be quite difficult with some tight registration on the elephant and extremely thin text, so I'm not sure how practical they would be to produce, but it's a good starting point. Enjoy!