Evernotes Every Friday

1. Bookworld

Once upon in Bookworld, all the characters in your favorite books found their home, an online home like Amazon but the Australian version! Crikey! Alright alright, it’s really best described in Interbrand Austrailia’s case study:

Interbrand Creative Director Mike Rigby explains “our solution was born from asking ourselves a very simple question: have you ever wondered where the characters go when you close the book? The answer is, they go to Bookworld — where books come from.”

This thought led to the literal creation of a “Bookworld” — a magical place where every book in the history of literature comes from. The fun, engaging and entertaining brand plays out across a series of illustrated, genre specific landscapes. From Crime City, to Horror-Ville and everything in between. Bookworld is also a place that’s full of characters. And many famous personalities and archetypes populate the communications. From Sherlock Holmes, to Frankenstein.

The new logotype features a simple and bold “B” that is reminiscent of a book with the subtle “W” designed to look like a Bookmark. The logo is also designed to open up in animation — much like a book — revealing the magical world within.

Found via Brand New.

2. Breadshop Logo Design by Scott Naauao

I just have to share another logo design with you today, and funnily enough, it’s another logo based on the shape of that grand second letter of the alphabet. What is amazing to me is that while this logo primarily gets its strength from the letter B as with the Bookworld mark, it gets its voice and life in an entirely different and unique way. The Breadshop logo has various forms, from various loaves of bread. Meaning, the logo is constantly changing or “established daily” as their tagline reads. Awesome concept and even better execution! Found via the Graphic Exchange.

Scott Naauao

3.  London Illustration

Yet again thanks to Mr. Allan Peters’ for such an awesome design blog, here is one more illustrator/designer for your viewing pleasure. This time brought to you in the form of P&G at the London games. I love the simplicty of the continous line art with the extra gold line that guides you throughout the whole piece. So simple yet quite complex in the details.

P&G at the London 2012 Olympics by Landor

4. Clay Ornament DIY

Oh I how I wish I wasn’t so behind in reading my blogs! Then I would have found this wonderful DIY post on A Beautiful Mess more than a week before Thanksgiving! Seems so easy, here’s to hoping that I can pull this off as my own gift tags for this coming Christmas!

Make Your Own Clay Ornaments

5. Ikea Cart Transformation

Ikea is known for their modern and clean furniture and home accessories. Also known, are the hundreds of blogs dedicated to remaking this modern furniture into rustic and vintage finds. One such find is this kitchen cart remake, a great addition to so many rooms—not just the kitchen! And as I am thinking about redoing my office, this may find its way into a portable crafting table! Found via Pinterest, DIY found via Homeroad.

 IKEA Cart Re-Make

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Signpost to Literary Favorites

I really want a sign like this even though I have no idea where I would put it. I think it serves as an inspiration for my dream baby shower though. Pinned by Vania Morris, originally from Summer Camp Program Director.

2. Tourism Illustrated Icons

I love these illustrated icons by Topher Edwards that I found on Dribbble this week. Kinda reminds me of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” with that wavy sky in the background.

3.  Frida Clements Illustration

Love this illustrated waterfall, reminds me of a large patchwork quilt. The details are my favorite though especially the pieces that extend passed “their square.”  Found via Smile and Wave on Pinterest, originally from Frida Clemens’ Etsy.

4. Stanmore School Interior Graphics

I want carpet covered in typography! Okay well maybe not for my house but I will find somewhere to put it! Found via designworklife, designed by Frost* Design.

5. City of Montgomery, Alabama

Designs this pretty make me so so excited! I love the variety of design styles that John Wilson pulled together so seamlessly, you see modern and clean typography with handwritten detail plus an etched deer. All that sounds so mismatchy but it just looks beautiful. Thanks Graphic Exchange for posting about Wilson, I am now following his blog to see more from him!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. BOOMBOX 100 Days, 100 Places, 100 Songs, 100 Dances, 1 Guy = Ely Kim

I found this video last Friday morning and it sure started the last day of the work week off perfectly and happily so I suggest you do the same today. This video will just bring a smile to your face and make you want to get up and dance dance dance. With an Asian guy. In random public places. Or inspire you to start a personal daily project yourself… which was more of the point. Found via Kate Bingaman-Burt’s video on Making It!

2. Chili Peppers Illustrated Guide

Well now this would have been handy at our hotluck last weekend! Found via Pinterest, pinned from Illustrated Bites.

3.  The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute

Get it, it’s an iceberg!! So simple yet so so clever! I wish I was there to witness this designer’s “ah-ha” moment! Found via Brand New, designed by Auckland based BRR.

4. Poster for the Minnesota State Fair

Another simple yet oh so clever design. Makes me want to run through a wheat (or is it corn?) field while eating a corndog! And I must note as well, that postage-like stamp that shows the fair’s dates that was so beautifully done! Found via Veerle’s Inspiration Stream.

5. Cervejaria República

Awesome clean yet gritty design by a student, Gustavo Bife Fernandes. Now I must find a reason to buy a roller stamp… Found via the dieline.

A Summer in South Dakota Pastures

Just last night Andy and I got back from a week spent in South Dakota on his grandparents’ ranch. It is literally in the middle of nowhere. One hour to the nearest town=gas, groceries, shopping for the necessities of any kind. I just went through the 700 photos I took on the ranch and chose a few that truly sum up our time there and the feeling you get there, there’s a sense of peace when there’s no Internet, no neighbors, no distractions of any kind. It was pretty hot there, of course not even as hot as home is in Southern California right now, so we stayed indoors most the day unless we went in to town which is why many of these are taken at sunset. Truly the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, starting with the first one during our flight on a little prop plane from Wyoming to Pierre, South Dakota.

The Lyons’ have had many horses throughout their time here but right now they just have two, Shadow and Sell. I loved seeing them silhouetted against the sunset on our second night there.

Well here’s one that wasn’t even taken on the ranch and not even during sunset! Surprise! This is little Levi! Remember him? He’s now almost a year old and just one happy little guy who just loved being in Andy’s arms. It was just the cutest thing!

We took a walk around [some of] the 1,700 acres of the ranch to photograph some of the century old farming equipment. I just loved the wind through the grasses.

About 200 head of cattle have found their home on the ranch this summer. Farmers rent out the pastures to house their cows during the summer and they are soooo funny! They just stare at you and you can slowly walk up to them and they will come right up, just so curious. But make a slight quick move and the whole herd just run away. Scaredy cows.

The horses are just too old now for us to ride them like last time, but Andy still got to spend some time with them while I had a little horsey photo shoot.

On the other side of the road, there’s a Catholic church that actually sits on part of their land. It’s just adorable!

This was the last sunset on the last night, the most vivid and saturated of the whole trip!

Well to sum up the trip, here’s a short little video montage! You can get a glimpse of the long sprawling country roads and a quick look into the itty bitty towns.

Well, thanks for reading this post! Hope you can make it out there one day to the pastures of South Dakota too!

Brittany’s Fairy Weekend in the Sequoias at Camp Nelson

What a whirlwind of a weekend! Just last night we got back from Camp Nelson in the Sequoia National Forest. We were celebrating our dear friend Brittany’s upcoming nuptials with our dear mommies. Every fall, our moms go up to Camp Nelson for an official Girls Weekend. No kids, just the moms. But to celebrate the bride, our moms treated us to a first class weekend away. They pampered us in every way and cooked the most amazing food! Brittany was given special gifts, like the world’s most amazing fairy garden terrarium filled with miniature memories from all of us. And of course, the fairy that lives at the cabin continuously left us gifts, waiting on the doorstep of her little tree cottage—gifts like bridesmaids pins, fairy tattoos, and bubbles. Seriously this weekend was amazing. Our moms are just so amazing and it was just the start of celebrating my very special friend Brittany! These next three months are just going to be so much fun!

Here are just a handful of photos along with an extra special montage video of Brittany’s Fairy Weekend!


Claire and Torrie at Dome Rock.

Our amazing mothers.

The Fairy House

Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride, Bride to Be!

Brittany’s very special Fairy Garden / terrarium

Remember Eli’s birthday video, this was also created with iMovie. And was pretty much complete before leaving the mountains, I love my iPhone!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Jess & Russ Wedding Site

The most epically amazing website that tells the story of Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer and their relationship from the beginning to the engagement. And sprinkled throughout are amazing illustrations done by various artists. And it’s one of those scrolling and scrolling and scrolling sites. Love them. First found via designworklife.

2. Disney/Pixar Brave Poster

Loving the creative use of negative space in Merida’s hair! Designed by Michael DePippo (featured his Muppet posters way back when), found via designworklife.

3. Style Redesign Brand Video

This logo and brand come ALIVE in this video! You truly get the feminine energy while watching it and get a good idea on what Style is all about. I love the various looks of their logo signature too. Sigh. Designed by Gretel, Found via Brand New.

4. Hashtag for your Wedding!

As an Instagram addict, I love the idea of having your very own hash tag for your wedding. #genius Found via Green Wedding Shoes.

5. How Flabby is Your Brain?

Pretty flabby… Too. Many. Projects. Going through my head all at once. I just can’t concentrate on a darn thing! So when I saw this funny little illustration on the Pitch Design Union blog, I just had to share. So, how flabby is your brain? Illustration by Wendy McNaughton.

Eli’s 4th Birthday Video with iMovie

If you are friends with me on Facebook then you’ve probably already seen this video, but if not this little video is from our day in Oceanside last week celebrating our favorite [now] 4 year old, Eli! It was such a fun fun day!!

Anyway, about the video… I took pretty short clips throughout the day (4-10 seconds each). On the drive back, while Andy was driving of course, I created this video using the iPhone app, iMovie. It is seriously the best! And it is SO EASY! Like really really easy to combine and edit the video clips and add the music. I was going to make a little tutorial on how to use it but then I checked Apple’s website and they have some really awesome tutorial videos to help you out! Thanks Apple!

Anyway, onto the film!

P.S. If you’re viewing this from a mobile phone then the video link won’t work. Something to do with copyrights. Must view from the computer or from Facebook.

Hope you enjoyed it… and to close, one more photo of another growing boy, Hudson who just turned a year old on June 1! Love my growing group of friends!