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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. 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!

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1. Kickstarter Campaign: Tatay’s Gift

I’ve been meaning to post about Brad and Krystal Woodard’s latest adventure… a children’s book, written and illustrated by the Woodard’s…

In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad).

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other… Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

This book is beautifully illustrated, but with each purchase you are also teaching the world about giving back.

With only a $25 payment, you can not only get the book but also a digital copy! And for $10 more you get a second copy of the book… I think that’s what I will be getting. Would make a perfect gift for one of my many “nephews.”

Check out their blog post about the book here, and their Kickstarter campaign here.

2. Feltron Report

For years now, Nicholas Felton has published a in depth infographic of his life yearly. Ranging from how many cups of coffee he has consumed to how many and which documentaries he watched. You can see the 2012 report here.

But now Feltron has released an app that can help you keep track of the random activities in your day. The app will prompt you throughout the day and will only require seconds to place your response to questions like “are you working today?” and the app will also monitor the temperature of the day, weather, etc. for you. Pretty neat! Get it on iTunes here.

Found via swiss-miss.

3. J&B Limited Tattooed Edition

25 limited edition bottles of scotch blend whisky were literally tattooed! Each and every bottle is totally unique… How cool is that?! Found via The Dieline.

4. Plants for Indoor Use

This is the time of year that I normally start buying plants for our backyard and in a very small way, I’m conquering keeping outdoor plants alive… but when it comes to these household plants, I just can’t seem to get them green. I was overjoyed to see this post on A Beautiful Mess which recommended this great site. Thank you Amber for such a great list! Check out her post as she goes into detail on the best light and temperature for each plant! Really great resource.

5. 30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge

Starting on the 1st of April (not as an April Fool’s prank) I want to attempt this 30 Day Ab & Squat challenge! Of course I pinned this (from Heather Price) just days after pinning an “Edible Cookie Dough for One” recipe. ha!

This pin was originally found via Losing Weight, from Tribe Sports.

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1. Lettering Index

Feeling so very thankful to Brad Woodard for sharing this wonderful lettering resource! The Letter Index is a jackpot of letters and words in a variety of styles from script to logo to hand made. It’s just amazing. Quite often I’m asked to write out someone’s name and just my handwriting will be used for their logo. That’s quite a lot of pressure on my little pen and me, so this will be a hand resource to look up interesting and new ways of adding flourishes to make their letters a little more unique. I’m going to start pinning some right away! See my Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy board here.

2. The Hidden Sea

For another jaw dropping typo-centric piece, I’m loving Jon Contino‘s new type and illusration work for The Hidden Sea‚ it’s just gorgeous! I’m already a big fan of Jon Contino, especially his other nautical inspired designs, but this just blows them out of the water (pun intended)… And I just love how the flourishes emulate waves… I just keep staring wide eyed at the letterforms. I kinda want to get a bottle of the wine just to have it on display in my nautical themed office. 🙂 View more images here on The Dieline.

3. Oh Joy! at Target

I just love all these new Target collections by bloggers and designers I’ve been following for years—I posted about Dana Tanamachi’s collection a few months ago! Here’s a video and sneak peek of  Joy Cho’s party collection. So adorable!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkJ73ciP94

4. Peek Calendar

I haven’t been a fan of the iPhone iOS 7 calendar ever since first installing it. It lost quite a lot of features that I loved, even though it added quite a few! So I was definitely smitten when I saw this new calendar app called Peek Calendar on swiss miss.

5. DIY Concrete Countertops

How amazing are these concrete counters?! I seriously love them! Cost effective and super duraple! Should I add more exclamations to emphasize how much I love them??! See more on A Beautiful Mess.

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1. Jasmine Star’s New Site

And she did it again. The amazing photographer Jasmine Star and designer Promise Tangeman just launched a redesign of the already amazing site: jasminestar.com. With gorgeous photos to display, the website vertically scrolls (y’all know I love that feature) showing off the details with top notch typography. And of course, Lindsay Letters created some custom lettering work for the site. Basically all 3 of my favorite female work idols busted out a gorgeous new project and I am in awe. See the site here.

2. Flourish Forum

I get so so excited over every single purchase made through my Etsy shop—like seriously overjoyed—but when someone purchasing something hand lettering I get so much more excited to bust out the pens and write away to my heart’s content. And I know there are so many more people who feel this way. So many that a forum has been created called the Flourish Forum. How awesome is that? Thanks to Besotted Blog for the tip!

3. Bookjiig Bookmarks

How I love these typographic chalk designed bookmarks! I think I need one or two, or five. Designed by Russ Gray, found via The Dieline.

4. Screen Print DIY

Oh man, I so want to do this. Not this print exactly, but make my own prints. Oh the ideas… can you imagine the creative cogs in my brain grinding away?! Full DIY post on A Beautiful Mess.

5. Tangled Restrooms, WDW

With very limited time this week to read very many blogs, I did take the time to read this rather long post on the new Tangled bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Why do bathrooms get a whole post and get featured as a Footnote here? Well they’re awesome. And I want some Tangled restrooms at my home park, Disneyland. Complete with a stream, bridge, charging (yes charging, not changing, for phones and whatnot) stations, and hidden Pascal’s. Plus the womens’ restroom looks like Rapunzel painted the whole thing. It really is awesome and is just one of the many reasons that Disney rocks at theme parks. See the rest of the many photos and all the glorious details here on Micechat.

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1. Vacation Momentos Photo

I love how Evie creates such gorgeous collages from various vacation momentos… This particular one is from a recent trip to Florida, and back in November she posted her first “nature collection” from South Carolina. It’s really a classy way to “save” all those treasures.

2. Wacom Website for the Intuos Creative Stylus

For Christmas, I got a Bamboo stylus for our iPad and I absolutely love it… This particular page shows a fancier pen than I have, but it still basically does the same thing. Anyway, I love the Wacom website—well I just love most websites that incorporate scrolling with all the content held within the one page. And I particularly like how they section off the site with contrasting black and white color backgrounds but how the stylus brings them all together by crossing sections.

Do you use a stylus? I’m still learning, but I sure do love it so far!

P.S. There’s still 3 more Footnotes… so please keep scrolling and check out the Wacom site while you do. 🙂

3. Newborn Photo with Stats

This birth announcement is so darling… they brought in the clock and ruler to show the delivery time and height! So creative… really this concept could have looked cheesy but with the vintage styling and the addition of Scrabble letters and whatnot, it really looks great! Thanks Jess for pinning! See the original post on Life Unexpected.

4. Light Up Marquee

After seeing the Junkyard Gypsy at the Vintage Marketplace, I’ve been trying to find a place in my home for a light up marquee… and while I still haven’t found a place, that doesn’t mean I don’t want one still. Of course I’m partuclarly drawn to making on of an ampersand. Of course, of course. Thanks to A Beautiful Mess for this DIY!

5. Gilded Picture Frames DIY

I’ve been loving the look of pewter or tarnished silver for my guest room, so I was particularly drawn to this DIY to create your own gilded picture frames. DIY found on Paint in my Hair.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Article on the Confused & Diffused Creative

I love the Braid blog, but this article struck out to me right away as I found myself leaning in and nodding along as I read.

Let me guess. You’re the creative type with lots of ideas. So many ideas! TONS of ideas! And while that should feel like a blessing it often feels like a curse that has you either A) paralyzed or B) crying into your pillow because you can’t get focused, you feel scattered, and you don’t know where to start.

Sound familiar? Keep reading here.

2. The Importance of a Bio Photo

For at least a year now I have been saying that I need a new headshot… especially since that headshot over there on the right of my blog isn’t really a headshot since I had to crop my sister out of the original! This post by Jasmine Star has reminded me yet again that I really need to get a new photo!! Anyone up for trading services? 🙂

3. Colorado Tourism Wine Bottles

A few weeks ago I posted a Texas illustration but while my husband’s heart pines for the state where bigger is better (and hotter, thanks Jess for reminding me it isn’t all about BBQ)… my heart is still pining away for Colorado. And you guys, Colorado has some really awesome graphic design companies that put out work like this icon patterned wine bottle (designed by Karsh Hagen), for the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference in Colorado. Found via designworklife.

4. Globes by Bellerby & Co.

The husband and I tend to collect globes and maps in all shapes and sizes, so I was definitely drawn to the craftmanship of this London workshop. So many beautiful and top notch quality globes! Found via Looks Like Good Design.

5. Mocha Mint Frappe

My best friend and I have a crazy obsession for all things mint… and I think when she gets back from her honeymoon we may need to try these. Thanks Emma for making my whole mouth water at the sight of these! Find the recipe here.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Starbucks Red Cup Design

I read this really cool article on the back story of the annual design of the “red cups” at Starbucks. The post even shares the sketch that started it all… really cool concept and amazing execution across all the platforms from the cups to the coffee bean bags. Found via The Dieline.

2. Greg Lauren Limited Edition Fragrance

I haven’t a clue how this fragrance smells but the handmade packaging already makes me want to buy it!

Each bottle has the same feel but no two are exactly alike. ‘I wanted the bottle to feel special,’ says Lauren. ‘To do this I made the labels out of various materials. I used paper, fabric and even small scraps of vintage military fabrics. Then each has my hand-written name on a torn piece of classic masking tape. The labels are then stained with everything from coffee, ink, pencil and pastels.’

Found via The Dieline.

3. Chic iPad Cases

My husband asked if we could get an iPad as a joint Christmas present to ourselves. So what am I most excited for? Getting an iPad case of course! Thanks to Design*Sponge for their well timed article…

4. Kelly Moore’s Home

I really love this home, featured on A Beautiful Mess. And I really love the way she’s (Kelly Moore Clark) printed large scale images of her children, and their family, making each print into a piece of art really. When can I move in? 🙂

5. “Halloween Haters” Decor Tips

I have definitely said that a few times this season, “I hate Halloween.” But just as this article mentions the demons and skanky girl outfits, I would say I wholeheartedly agree. On a whole other note though, it is a welcome into Autumn which is definitely my favorite season of them all and this article has quite a few darling decorating tips! Read it in full on The House that Lars Built.