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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. 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. 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. Ticketmaster Ticket Redesign Concept

I just adore personal projects… the detail and passion behind them really shines through every time! Hey Ticketmaster! Check this out!

Dear Ticketmaster,
It is time to redesign the master of all tickets.

From the size to the reformatting of information, it’s truly a great new look. Created and designed by Medium, found via designworklife’s Quick Links.

2. First Birthday Infographic Invitation

I’m amazed at this birthday invitation for 2 reasons… 1. How awesome would an infographic be for your baby’s first year… what a great way to remember all the little firsts and victories in their lives… and 2. how in the world did this baby’s mama have time to create this special little momento? Kudos to her! [Another find] via designworklife, designed by Misty Manley.

3. Media Kits

Great article from We Are Branch on media kits: why they’re needed and what to include in them.

4. Paper Maché Maps & Globes

Sweet maps and globes all made from paper maché and found and recycled materials! Created by Sara Drake, found via Brave the Woods.

5. Big Brush Pen

I’m somewhat addicted to buying art pens… like every time I see a new post or recommendation on one, I just have to have it. So it’s a given when one of my favorite lettering idols (1canoe2) posts about one, I needed it, like, yesterday!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Pixar Logo Animations

This was fun to watch, seeing how far one the greatest (next to Disney of course) animation studio ever, Pixar, has come over the decades. Found via Brand New.

2. Lesley Barnes

I was really drawn to the illustration work of Lesley Barnes. Each piece made me smile, from the characters to the saturated colors. Found via Design Work Life.

3. Mohawk Paper

Another Design Work Life find, shows such an inspiring video to get to work, with your hands, making high quality crafts. See more from Mohawk Paper. What will you make today?

4. Biz Ladies Profile: Dana Tanamachi

Yet another week where I have to mention Dana Tanamachi, but this girl is just all over the place. And she is such an inspiration. In response to a question regarding starting your own business, she said:

Know your strengths. If you’re good at something, you’ll usually be passionate about it. Typically, we look at it from the other way around, but sometimes (and if we’re honest) we’re not that great at everything we’re passionate about. And in starting a business, we’ve got to be realistic. Both passion and skill have got to be there!

Read the whole interview here on Design*Sponge.

5. Art Display Frame

I love this concept for a frame! Such a cool and easy way to display art, and it would be easy to switch out different pieces. Found via Brave the Woods.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Progression of Storytelling

Really enjoyed this short video found on Brave the Woods! Joe Sabia has great storytelling skills—all using his iPad to supply the visuals. Just watching made me so excited to create and read and learn and share! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or at least I hope it brings a smile to your face this Friday morning!

2. Once in A Lullaby

Adorable poster by The Heads of State (and congrats on the new site!)… Love how they created the telephone wires into music notes.

3. Emily Henderson

I’ve always been a fan of Emily Henderson after seeing her compete and win HGTV’s Design Star. I watched her show as often as I could but now—thanks to this Design*Sponge article—I have discovered her blog! My favorite quote in this write up was her response to “what’s the best business advice you’ve ever received:”

Sell a product/service you’d actually buy yourself. Seems like a no brainer, but there are so many times that I could have done something cheap and easy or just kinda generic, but I always ask myself  ’Would I want to live in this room? Would I buy this pillow for this price? Would I read this blog?’ And if the answer isn’t a total ‘yes!’ then I change it. I consider myself my best customer because I know that so many people need the same things at the same price point as I do. I’m not sure if this makes it the most profitable that it can be, but I’m almost always really proud of what I’ve done.

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4. Heidi Swapp

Working on my brides’ scrapbooks last year made me find within myself a love of scrapbooking! Obviously I love to create, but after years of seeing my mom scrapbook, I never had much interest in making them myself. But oh how I love it! It’s more freeing and forgiving than graphic design! All that to say, I have developed a strong relationship with Michael’s and am loving any and all of the products in Heidi Swapp’s line… I gasped when I saw this pin from her on handwriting! My two new loves combined in one: scrapbooking and handwritten goodness!