July 2009

21 articles in July 2009

So I’ve done the Traditional Dingbat for many female friends here, and here, but had yet to show how it could be applied for guys too! Enter, my dad – in another life he should have been a graphic designer or architect. But instead he is a really fabulous attorney. I know, you all are cringing right now, but I have to say, having one for a dad has been a valuable asset to my business! Since he’s always helping me out along the way with contracts, suing people (just kidding), and the never-ending legal advice I solicit from him – for his birthday I wanted to make him some cards. How about a little Frank Lloyd Wright, dad? For even more photos, you can check out the flickr feed too.

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I just got some new background paper and couldn’t wait to get these photographed. It took awhile to find the right color for the cards to give it the Dingbat pop of brights! As you can see here, I LOVE designing and printing business cards. There’s something so fulfilling about conveying a person’s needs on a little 2×3.5 card that says Why yes, I eat chocolate in bed! or how about Under my starched shirts are yellow polka-dotted boxers ;) or even I breathe minimalism, so should my card. To every (wo)man, his own I say! Katie’s Cards reflect just that: Open Air Photography in her case. Fresh, whimsical and open – these cards were fabulous to print (think 600 GSM SUPER THICK Lettra) and Katie was a doll to work with. You can see her initial proofs here, visit her website …

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When I was correcting photos last night, I took a minute to browse my monthly archives in Adobe Bridge and couldn’t believe how many photos of work I’d previously done that didn’t make it to the blog! Not that I didn’t want them to, they just got forgotten about. This has been available in the shop as a set of cards since the beginning. It might have been my first listing even. So I was beyond thrilled when I was contacted about doing an announcement with the same “puppy love” illustration on it. The client was looking for a vintage/art deco looking font which matched the style of the illustration. Thanks for such a great opportunity to do these as announcements!

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These Indian paintbrush invitations were done last spring for a client “Over the hill” and no I’m not referring to a birthday party. I live just over the Teton Pass on the good looking side of the Teton mountain range. Represented over there at Paper & Grace – a shop that sells fine stationery and gifts – I had the opportunity to design and letterpress these for a Jackson wedding. Robin was really fabulous to work with and in the end, they turned out gorgeous! She was looking for a modern design with wildflowers and along the whole design process kept coming back to the Indian paintbrush as a focal point. In the suite was invitation/envelope and reply postcard. Since the postcard was double sided, a printer has to keep in mind the depth of impression so that there isn’t any show-through. …

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My mom is an amazing writer. Having the opportunity to grow up around this lovely writing talent, I often saw her writing in journals, taking notes in books she was reading, and annotating and critiquing our English papers. One of my most prized possessions however was not toys or jewelery – but journals. Each time she gave birth, my mother had a journal that she bought for each of us in which there were a series of letters written. Throughout our childhood, she’d read to us from the journals on occasion which always recorded funny sayings, happenings in our lives and on advice from an amazing mother. As a teenager my mom gave me one of the best gifts ever, a journal that all the women in my family had written in. Both grandmothers, 10 aunts, cousins, youth leaders, neighbors – all …

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I finally got around to printing the Bread and Buns letterpress recipe cards from the Forage collection and I have to say, they look delish! Now if only I could be successful at baking bread myself! Any suggestions? I need a mixer recipe, that rises WELL (we live at 6,500 feet) and is preferably somewhat whole-wheat in nature. Click on the photo to link to the shop and grab some of these for your baking adventures, Happy Friday!

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Just got this in my inbox. Really want one because I’m obsessed with scarves! Available at Veer in white & black options. I’ve been busy fulfilling retail orders but will be back tomorrow with some cool new stuff.

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So I haven’t given any Etsy love recently, but I came upon Bella Fresca because she had hearted my own shop. SO glad I checked it out. Boy was I surprised when upon clicking through I immediately felt like I was transported to the tropics. Look at her fabulous soaps and then drop her a note wishing her luck as she just opened in June. Breathtaking, I can practically smell them through my monitor! Click the image through to her shop or follow her on twitter for more current updates.

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Sorry about all the family posts this week, it’s just been on my mind recently with summer in full swing. We’re headed to the Endo today for our quarterly check-up for David. Basically this check up will tell me how I’m doing as a mother. They take what’s called an Hemoglobin A1C test. Which in plain English means that they’ll run a test that is like he’s had his blood glucose levels tested every 30 seconds for the last 3 months. The average is given as a percentage, our target range for David is anything below 8.9%. When David was diagnosed, he was at 14% – BAD! In March I got him down to a 5.9% with 64% of our blood glucose readings in range, 21% high, and 15% low. AWESOME! This time around I’m a little more nervous. David has come …

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