Friday Footnotes

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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. Modern Art Museum Wedding: Kathleen + Allan

I’m still just so darn excited for my friend Kathleen that her wedding was featured on the wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes. A site a post from frequently here and check on a regular basis! So amazing. If you missed my post about it earlier this week, please go check it out!

2. How to Draw an Ampersand

A few times now I’ve been requested to letter an ampersand (the “&” symbol) for a design in my Etsy shop. For being my favorite character out there, you’d think I would be an expert in crafting this little symbol… but it’s so much harder than it looks! I actually had to Google it this past week in an attempt to get it right! So in case you also struggle with this funny little character, here’s a great resource!

3. Mary Blair Style Sheets

I’ve loved Mary Blair’s work for so many years now (see previous posts) and I get so excited when others post about her work too! In such a fun collaboration, I saw Mary Blair featured in Style Sheets on the House That Lars Built blog!

Style Sheets is a monthly collaboration where Jessica Williams, a Brooklyn interior designer, illustrator Michelle Christensen, and I re-imagine the interior of one of our favorite icons.

4. It’s a Small World – The Animated Show

Oh and speaking of Mary Blair, there’s a new tv series coming to the Disney Channel that is heavily inspired and influenced by her style. Of course, this makes sense as the show is inspired by the Disneyland attraction its a small world, a ride that Blair had immense impact on. You can see 10 short episodes here. Thanks Rachel for showing this to me!

http://youtu.be/kiz1bi5bh2Y

5. A Guide To American Football Video

And let’s end with another video shall we…. I have to say, I learned quite a lot watching this very well illustrated and animated video. Probably learned more in those few minutes than I ever have about football actually. So thanks Fraser Davidson! Found via DKNG Studios.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Twine Wrapped Ampersand

I don’t know about you, but I am still loving these twine wrapped letters. But I love the idea of changing it up per season… swapping out fall flowers to winter snowflakes maybe? DIY found via Green Wedding Shoes.

2. Sign Making Video

Loving this behind the scenes look at the creation of wood signs. Found via Brave the Woods.

3. Turnover

For these next 3 features, I guess I was struck by new twists on the everyday products… So with that in mind, here’s a new spin on wall art. Creating custom art with interchangeable plates is such a cool concept and with only 3 themes, there’s already so many options to explore! View the Kickstarter here, found via designworklife.

4. Paperlux Bookmarks

Yet another cool concept featured on designworklife… Found out more about these bookmarks here.

5. Round Postage Stamps

Round stamps! Now there’s a little fun and different take on the everyday! Buy these Forever Stamps here, found via Besotted Blog.

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!

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!