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1. A Paper Forest

I am so behind in reading my favorite blogs so I am only just now seeing this Paper Forest by Kelli Anderson for Tiny Bop’s PLANTS! app. Kelli and her team created thousands of itsy bitsy paper objects to create a vignette of the forest to illustrate the life of plants…. it’s truly remarkable. Click through to see a wonderful and awe-inspiring behind the scenes video. My favorite parts are of course the variety of textures created with the paper like on the tree trunks, but also the way they used the various sizes of paper, like when the badger digs in the snow and bits of white paper pour up and out. I also loved the digital vignettes and the way they added a whole other layer of the roots system. Seriously A-Mazing!

2. Little Braver of the Woods Shirt

I feel like I feature something from Brave the Woods in each of my Friday posts lately… but their content is just too good not to share and re-share. This time though, I’m posting about some of their own illustration work being produced on t-shirts. I think I’ll need one for each little nephew! More info here and more info to come once these are produced!

3. New Logo for SAM

sam at SAMWhen I got my first chance to go to Seattle back in 2008, I just had to visit the Seattle Art Museum, or the SAM. Because, well, my name is Sam. I never actually made it into the actual museum but I perused the gift shop and stalked the entrance taking photo by each place SAM was written. And now the SAM has just revamped their branding with an all new logo. See a full post on the identity change in this opinion post on Brand New.

4. Little Free Library

Last week, my friend Kathleen, posted about the Little Free Library, a “a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” Well now that just sounds divine… I looked them up in our area right away and since we basically live in a giant hole of nothingness, the nearest Little Free Library is 30 miles away… Anyway, this is just such a cool idea! Hope to find one soon and get to leave my own book while taking another!

5. The Brand New Club 33

Just last spring, we had the honor to have lunch at Disneyland’s historically mysterious Club 33 restaurant in New Orleans’ Square. I am still so thankful for the experience, but now all the more so with these drastic changes that have just been revealed to the public. With a brand new entrance, renovated dining rooms, and a brand new jazz club expansion, it’s almost an entirely new attraction. See all the changes for yourself in this photo tour on MiceChat.

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1. Walt Disney World Badgehunting

I love Allan Peters’ Badgehunting blog posts… wherever he goes, he documents the beautiful modern and vintage type lockups that he sees. This time, in Walt Disney World. How can I not post about it when it combines two of my favorite things in the whole world? Type and Disney Parks. It always makes me happy to see people truly appreciate these details that Disney devotes so much time to. See the rest of his post here.

2. How to Conquer 6 Common Business Fears

I love getting emails from Etsy for the sellers. Like Love Love. They are always short and to the point, but so full of great information and advice! And are usually so true to where I am at and what I am feeling. Katy Svehaug emailed out recently with an article titled “How to Conquer 6 Common Business Fears” and the whole time I’m reading I am just nodding and smiling, yes yes yup, exactly! From the fear that sharing your work because it is so personal and close to your heart to being afraid to fail to the more unique, [Not Knowing] What Success Looks Like for You. It’s a great read, take a look here.

3. Not-Another-Bill

What a cool and fun concept! After you pick your interests and subscribe to their site, Not-Another-Bill will send you, via snail mail, a package/letter/parcel from one of their contributors. Now that would be something to look forward to! Read more on their site here… originally found via Brave the Woods Blog.

4. Calligraphy Video by Hej Heidi

I can watch people write in calligraphy for hours on end. Seriously. It’s just beautiful to watch the various techniques. It’s an art form as much as it is “just writing something down.” Thank you Hej Heidi for sharing!! See more on her site here. Found via Pinterest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcQPAHKxbQU

5. Plastic Bag Printmaking

This is such a cool idea! Found via Creature Comforts’ Three Things I’m Loving Right Now, what I love most about the technique of plastic bag printmaking is that you have a bit more freedom and if you mess up on the bag, you can start over without ruining the canvas! Second favorite part, is the layers upon layers you can go.

 

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1. Russ & Daughters

My favorite design posts are ones that go through the process of their creations. Kelli Anderson’s process is always so deep and unique per project. Her skills this time even expanded to architecture design as she got to work on the store front of the new Russ & Daughters cafe. Every piece designed for Russ & Daughters is beautiful standing alone, and then brought together they form a truly unique look that goes past the paper goods, through the interior design and to the store front. She even got a look at the creation of the neon sign outside! A dream project executed to perfection. It takes a long time to write process posts, but somehow Kelli makes it look effortless and I thank her for the time she spends on them. I finished the post truly inspired and hope to always apply that much effort to all my own projects. See the post here.

P.S. I also am really craving a charcuterie platter now.

2. Pageant of the Masters

LOVE this fun new blog series, Pageant of the Masters; where floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, Kate Osborne of Kate Osborne Photography and Brittany from The House that Lars Built team up to recreate famous paintings that feature floral elements. They did such a perfect job and I love the bit of process they give behind the creations… like how in their latest piece, Herbert James Draper’s Pot Pourri, its not even physically possible to hold the bowl in such a way so in the photo someone is holding it from below the table. So interesting and so fun!

3. Chrysler Building, Design*Sponge Icon

Ever since our trip to New York City this past summer, I declared the Chrysler Building to be my favorite NYC building. Literally, every time I see it in movies now I nudge my hubby to acknowledge my new fave. So now I’m nudging you… check out the short and sweet post on Design*Sponge for a little history on this beautiful art deco building that has graced the NYC skyline since the 30’s.

4. Joey Chou’s Haunted Mansion

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on my new favorite illustrator, Joey Chou’s site, that he was releasing some new Disney related prints and work. And even though I am so very behind in reading my beloved blogs, I happened to see it just 2 days before he would be at Downtown Disney at a signing event. Since I’m collecting pieces for my Disneyland themed guest room, and was struggling to find a Haunted Mansion piece that wasn’t too gory but kept with my look, I fell immediately in love with his Haunted Mansion piece. Saturday came and we trekked down to the park, of course not going inside the park itself—very bitterwsweet, and got in line. Unfortunately, Joey was very late to the signing and we couldn’t wait for him to arrive but I did get my Haunted Mansion piece! Someday, hopefully, I’ll get it signed! But until then… it will be hanging for all my guests to see! See more of Joey’s new Disney inspired pieces here.

5. Great Dates on a Beautiful Mess

I’m really excited for this new blog series, Great Dates, on A Beautiful Mess!! Their creativity knows no bounds!! See the inaugural post where they enjoy a brunch date followed by a farmers market.

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1. Aesop Illustrated

Since November, at the design company I work at, we’ve been immersed in the land of nursery rhymes and poems as we illustrate large scale posters for the primary elementary school classrooms. I got pretty excited to see how other artists are tackling these poems and fables in the modern world. See more of Denise Gallagher’s work on Aesop Illustrated on For Print Only, or check out her site.

2. Brave the Woods’ Target Gift Cards Design

I always have the hardest time picking out which gift card design I like best… or more so, which design do I dislike the least… so I love seeing these gift cards from Brave the Woods for Target. These would definitely be the obvious choice! I love the subtle the texture and grit, along with the playful typography. And of course, the color scheme just pops without being too saturated. Such nice work Brad!!

3. The Meaning of Maggie, Book Trailer

I may just not in the loop, but did you know books have video trailers now? This trailer for The Meaning of Maggie, by Megan Jean’s Sovern, is just SO fun! And I loved seeing a glimpse of the process to create it on designworklife. Seems like a really fun read!

4. Make Your Own Outdoor Pergola Curtains

Just last month we had a new patio cover installed, it even has an overhead fan to help beat the miserable heat of southern California. Another wonderful aspect of it, is our added privacy because we are very close to our neighbors in proximity. I kinda jumped out of my chair when I saw that A Beautiful Mess had posted a DIY for pergola curtains! These would add even more privacy for us and give our little space the illusion of walls. Love! Read the DIY here.

5. The Dress Theory Bridal Shop Opens in San Diego

A long time friend of mine has started a series of bridal dress shops that sell the most detailed and gorgeous wedding dresses I’ve ever seen. They’re so very vintage in style, and the shop itself is decorated in a similar style. When we were up in Seattle a couple years ago I got to see the first Dress Theory in person, and it truly is lovely! I am so proud of my friend Cami and all that she has done with this business of hers. It’s truly amazing to follow along… after opening up a second shop in Nashville last year, they’re now on their THIRD location here in southern California! Yay! Okay… I know I am already married and whatnot, but I still have a handful of not-yet-married girlfriends and I can’t wait to tag along to this shop and see it in person. If you’re a bride to be, go check it out!! They just opened, literally!

P.S. If you think that front porch is to-die-for… check out Cami’s blog where she shares how you can have your own front porch party too!

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1. The Bible of Barbecue

I love when my world of design overlaps with my hubby’s world of BBQ. This overlap could not be more true in the form of this consumable book… pages are torn and ripped from their spine to create a meal complete with salt, foil and a dishtowel! It’s pretty amazing… pretty beautiful… pretty one of a kind! If the below video isn’t showing up, click here for more on the project.

The Bible of Barbecue — Tramontina from JWT Brasil on Vimeo.

2. Paper-crafted SXSW

Ever since getting into scrap-booking, I all the more appreciate the time intensive, all consuming detail oriented art of paper cutting! Please take a moment to appreciate this beauty… from Zim & Zou for the SXSW Film Festival. Found via Brave the Woods.

3. 3D Newspaper

Fun stuff! Found via swiss miss, designed by Felipe Salazar.

4. Pinterest Illustrated

I loved watching this short video and animation on how Pinterest works… it truly is a phenomenon and one other amazing way the whole world connects. And of course, the designer in me, loves the case study on coming up with the icons and a breakdown of the various stages the design went through. Read more in Matt Stevens’ portfolio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc

5. Sony’s Flower Petal Explosion

Individually hand-picked flower petals, to represent each one of the 8 million pixels in Sony’s new TV exploded from a Costa Rican volcano, creating one beautiful visual! I love the behind the scene images of the crews there to document the petal explosion as well as a teen skateboarder cruising down the petal covered street. Found via The House That Lars Built.

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1. Grand Budapest Hotel Graphics

I really don’t know much about this movie but without even seeing the film, I’m already loving the graphic design! Since the entire world is fictional, a design team came in to design EVERYTHING. The film’s lead graphic designer, Annie Atkins, said:

This film was particularly fun, I think, from a graphics point of view, because we were creating this entirely fictional country that Wes had written – the State of Zubrowka. It meant that every little detail had to be made from scratch – flags, banknotes, postage stamps, everything.

Now that sounds like fun! See so much more here on Graphic Exchange.

2. Brittney Lee’s Wedding Invitations

After finally seeing Frozen, my love of Brittney Lee (previously posted about here), the movie’s visual development artist, has exploded! Not sure why I wasn’t before, but I am now following her blog and have found her wedding invitations. How unique are these? Seriously loving the color combination and the whole pop-up package!

3. Disney’s March Magic Teams

I love when my passions overlap… so I just knew I had to share this when I saw it in my blog reader. What if Disneyland ride’s were basketball teams ready to compete in March Madness? Well, whoever wins that one, the team’s logos are pretty neat! The Hecklers team is pretty funny to me too! See the rest of the team line up here.

4. DIY Chipboard Album

I’ve shared my love of scrapbooking on here before, so I definitely am loving this DIY chipboard from A Beautiful Mess. My favorite part is how it folds out, really opens up a lot of creative layout ideas. Is there anything those ladies haven’t thought of to create? See their DIY post here along with a video!

5. Propogating Succulents

Now that I’ve managed to keep more than a dozen plants alive in my backyard, I think I have quite the green thumb. But in truth, I just got lucky. There are quite a few little “hard to kill” succulents that are wasting away though and this article blew my mind on how to keep them alive. I’ve planted new succulents from old before, but seeing them just come from a leaf at a time is pretty neat. Plus, the photos are just gorgeous! Read the whole post here.

 

 

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1. A Map of the World Book

I’m kind of obsessed with maps, especially maps as art. I’ve even posted a whole blog on the maps and globes we have around our house (I think our collection has doubled since that post too!). Anyway, I am loving this book of maps that has been illustrated by a variety of designers.

While Google Maps and GPS systems have become our tools of choice for navigation, contemporary maps have evolved into platforms for cutting-edge illustration, experimental data visualization, and personal visual storytelling.

See more images and purchase the book here.

2. Newsprint Vendors

Thoroughly enjoyed this post on Nubby Twiglet… I love these behind the scenes posts! She generously shares her printing vendors, and I hope she knows how appreciative we all are of her for that! And I have actually wondered quite a few times how to print a newspaper, especially since the Design*Sponge blog started their newspaper a few years ago.

3. A Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Ads Work

Pretty cute animation on how ads work on the Internet! Designed by illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel, commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau in the U.K… found via swissmiss.

4. Make Your Own Typographic Art

I love making custom artwork for our home (did you see my DIY wall art earlier this week?)… especially when it comes in large oversize type! Ever since my first college class in typography, I’ve never looked at letters the same. Each one is a piece of art in itself and once the letter or number is blown up and cropped, it because so abstract and a completely different shape. Anyway, enough gushing on the beauty of type….

I am a huge fan of A Beautiful Mess’ DIY projects! HUGE fan… especially when they first unveiled using engineer prints (seriously awesome cost effective way to print big!). This new DIY project though plucks at the inner middle schooler in all of us, didn’t we all make collages out of magazines when we were 13?? But who would have thought to scan and print these ransom note-like letters into large scale pieces of art for the home! See the whole tutorial here.

5. 9 Tips for Better Jumping Photos

Okay, I’m obsessed with all the creations that come from A Beautiful Mess… so yes here’s a second feature on them! But this post on acheieving the perfect jumping photo, along with the history of the jumping (aka jumpology) photo had me smiling from ear to ear!

DIY Wall Art from Modified Shanty-2-Chic Tutorial

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Hi all! I am so excited to share this most recent project with you guys… but first a little background on our little group.

In January a few of my closest girlfriends and I started a monthly craft night. What started as a “learning to sew” group has now grown into a more general craft night. First we crafted aprons, which was so fun and my first ever project hand sewn by me! Since I don’t cook very often, so far I’ve only worn it making cookies for Super Bowl! ha! Then the next month we made curtains. I can not wait to show you how those came out, I made them for the office which is SO close to being done!

Okay okay, so then in March we decided to have a 2 night craft project, making the wooden wall art from Shanty-2-Chic, that we had made for Amie’s wedding.

Harvard Photography love wooden sign

The first night, we stained our boards, cut out stencils for the letters, and learned how to make the fabric flowers (tutorial here).

Some behind the scenes iPhone photos…

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Those pesky flowers sure took way more time than any of us predicted! My board alone has over 130 flowers and each one takes about 5 minutes to assemble. Ugh, don’t try to do the math there!

But it was totally worth it!!

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Of course, I wanted to try to do a different kind of design than the LOVE, something that was more unique to my husband and me—since it was going in our bedroom. I kept playing around with “established ’07” designs but was just not loving it. Then my friend Lauren reminded me of our first dance song “Me And You” by Kenny Chesney. Which then inspired me to create the board based on my beloved ampersand (&) sign. And let me tell you, I absolutely looooooove this project!!

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The next night, when we all got together with quite a few flowers completed, we laid out our stencils on our nice dry boards and painted out the designs. Once that was dry, we started to add our flowers, but none of us finished that night as we had a ways to go with our flowers. But it was so fun over that next week seeing the girls complete their boards.

Trisha's LOVE wood art

Lauren was smart and chose to not have flowers at all, and I love how simple yet just as gorgeous and rustic hers came out! She also decided to do something different for her board. And I was so happy to hand letter the “love” for her!

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With all that to say, hope you love how our boards came out! Here are some freebies for you, PDFs of all 4 of the designs you see above!

– the sanserif LOVE based on the Shanty-2-Chic original

– Amie’s serifed LOVE

– Lauren’s Love from a 1 John verse

– and my You & Me design

And I’ll end this post with a fun “I just finished and I’m so proud of this project” iPhone photo, taken late at night while I was crafting in my jammies!

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1. Jeff Roger’s McDonalds Ad

I love putting a face to a design that I’ve known and loved. I had seen this McDonald’s ad awhile ago, loved the painted textures and typography but never knew who created it. THen I ran acorss Jeff Roger’s portfolio. And his behind the scenes process images! And then I loved this ad even more. It’s just gorgeous work! See more of this campaign and more of Jeff’s work here.

2. Seasons Cover by Eiko Ojala

I’m obsessed with the intricacies of paper cutting… largely because I have no patience for it so I am in awe of what people can create with it when they take the time and have that inherent passion for creating art from scraps of paper. All that to say, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the teeny tiny details of this magazine cover for Seasons, from Eiko Ojala‘s portfolio on Behance. It is so intricate and chock full of details. See more here. Found via Mr. Cup.

3. It’s a Small World Book, Illustrated by Joey Chou

Not long ago, I posted about this new Disney show inspired by the It’s A Small World Disneyland attraction . I really loved the look of the show since it was heavily inspired by Mary Blair’s work. So when I saw this book at the Wonderground Downtown Disney gallery, I just had to have it! Illustrated by Joey Chou, the layouts are just gorgeous and so full of life! See more images of the book on Joey’s blog, purchase on Amazon here.

4. Classic Disney Animation Recreations

Speaking of Disney art, you may have seen this image floating around the web this last week or two…. artist Tyson Murphy took a screencapture from 101 Dalmations and then painting over it to practice and explore the lighting of the scene. Really beautiful work. Love the little bits of debris and other items caught in the light. Also see one from Sword in the Stone.

5. Aged Wood DIY

I love Jess’ Whip It Up Wednesday posts… where she posts a quick little craft project. They’re usually pretty easy and something that can be “whipped up” within an hour or so. But I was super excited to see this DIY!

A few months ago, her hubby Scott made me the most amazing shelves that used this painting technique. And I seriously love them—for so many reasons—but the paint job is my favorite!

Follow this link to see the rest of her post. I’ve already painted a frame following her tutorial, it was seriously so easy!