February 2010

21 articles in February 2010

Bored one night, I thought I’d have some fun on Zazzle and become a shoe designer for a moment. Seeing that there just aren’t as many cute boys shoes out there I thought I’d do some mid-mod keds for the summer! Here’s what I came up with in a few hours.

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Both sets letterpress printed on 110# Lettra Paper. A6 (4.5×6″) and paired with matching envelopes. Kelly’s is a great example of the square flap envelope. You can get yourself a letterpress personalized set of notes then pick typeface, dingbat, ink and envelope color. Once your purchase is made, I’ll generate a digital proof for you, then upon approval, these will go on press and ship usually within 12-15 business days!

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I don’t claim to be a web designer. They have a unique art that I don’t quite grasp but would like to learn more about. As I’ve kept up my blog and coded my own website over the last 4 years I feel like I’m finally able to grasp HTML and basic CSS now. Dreamweaver is my software of choice because I think Adobe understands how challenged I am when it comes to back-end coding/programming. As I’ve dabbled more in the web arena I’ve had the opportunity to see clients brands taken from our initial business cards into their website and it really rewarding for me to see the whole identity come together. Here’s a quick blog banner I’ve been working on and we are implementing a blogsite combo for ease of client content management. This has been a great change of …

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These letterpress business cards were for the fabulous Kerri McConnell who is another really fun and incredible photographer. Man I love you photographers! Kerri was looking for something, fun, fresh and modern (as you’ll note in her by-line). She was really drawn to the coach logo, something with a little vintage flair with a hint of modern clean lines and typography. We utilized Bernhard Fashion and Estilo to give it an updated typographic vibe with a hint of Art Deco. Kerri’s old website had a lot of pink and she didn’t want to stray from that color as it’s one of her favorites. In the end we came up with a great registration black and pink design utilizing polka dots and a double-stroke border reminiscent of one of the old Coach logos. Thanks Kerri for being such a doll to work with, …

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Remember these East Bay holiday cards? Well, Grace contacted me wanting a letterpress fine art print done with the same design. Thankfully with photo-polymer plates I was able to just whip out the scissors and trim the holiday greeting off the plate and meet her request. Initially I wanted to do this as a portrait print, however in the end the landscape orientation just suited so much better. This is the only decent photo I got after about 50 different variations. I’ve decided that shooting prints are a lot harder than smaller stationery pieces. Enjoy! Sold signed and numbered. Edition of 8, available as Letterpress Bay Bridge Print, 8×10 in the shop now! Letterpress printed on Fabriano for a beautiful crisp impression. 3 colors, red/silver/pool. Measuring 8×10″ and ships in a chipboard mailer for protection.  Sold UN-framed.

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Another set of letterpress Calligraphy Calling cards out the door, these were for an interior designer. Gravel seems to be the big ink color on a lot of these orders, but on occasion people venture out of the ordinary (stay tuned). Kathryn always does such a fabulous job with the calligraphy on these, however if you are looking for an alternated style, I have a few other calligraphers that I can recommend too!

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I found this the other day when cleaning out my photos again. Shot in November while on a nature walk with the kids, I was reminded that texture can be applied in numerous ways to enhance design. Interesting how sometimes we forget that it’s all around us, often in the simplest form of nature. How cool would this pattern be as a blind impression in some yoga cards or something?

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This was a custom When You Know heart print for Kara who is getting hitched this year! I hope she had a great Valentine’s Day. Brian surprised me and took me out (even though I had a big night in planned for us) with his dad baby-sitting the kids. A few diabetic emergencies later and the prognosis is that we seemed to have survived the weekend. Great job hubby for making me feel like one in a million despite my paranoid tendencies and crazy blood glucose readings with our little guy. In the end we got lots of snuggling Saturday night with all the kids and got to sleep in Sunday!

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Happy President’s Day! I know sometimes this holiday passes us by, especially for those that are working but I just wanted to pay tribute to all our amazing presidents that have lead our wonderful country since it’s beginning. I feel so blessed to be a recipient of freedom, justice and liberty. My grandfather was a patrol plane commander in WWII and reading his journal is amazing and humbling. What a legacy he leaves for me and my posterity through that journal and his sacrifice to fight for his country. I made cards similar to these for him for Christmas one year, and then later decided to list them as a personalized note. These Vintage Plane letterpress cards were a gift to a couple honoring their golden anniversary. Suiting since this husband also was a pilot in World War II like my grandfather. …

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