FREEBIE: 4th of July Americana Printable

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I’ve had this American flag drawn up in my files for awhile now, and I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. Finally, I realized an Americana-themed printable would be perfect for 4th of July parties this year. This download is completely free! Simply click the image below to open up the PDF document. I would love it if you’d share this with your friends and family via the various social media links below!

This would also be an amazing gift for a military service member family, printed and framed.

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Shabby Chic Baby Shower Invites

Two new designs added to my Etsy shop!

This shabby chic invites features roses and flower buds in a mason jar, complete with a wire handle. The soft striped background is the perfect accompaniment to the design. Available in two color schemes, or (with custom editing fee)  you can choose your own colors.

I couldn’t find a font I liked for the calligraphy “baby shower” so I decided to hand letter it. I then scanned the final drawing and then I used the “live trace” feature to convert to a vector with Illustrator. You can see a photo from my hand lettering process below. The flowers and mason jar were drawn as vectors using Photoshop and Illustrator.

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A different kind of design project

I rarely post many personal or non-graphic design related posts – so I thought this would be fun. It’s at least “design” related in a color-scheme sense ;)

We recently purchased an old, tired, used Little Tikes playhouse from Craigslist. My boys love playing in this like this and I really didn’t want to spend a lot. After getting it, I realized it was MUCH more faded than I originally saw from pictures, but it was cheap enough that I didn’t care. I later got inspired from posts like this one from Lisa on Apartment Therapy and this one from 86 ‘n It (her project is also found on Apartment Therapy) and tons of others on Pinterest

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Packaging featuring our Papers


I wanted to share with you how easy it is to customize your own product. Using our instant downloadable digital papers, the flower burst pack here, Joy was able to create brand new packaging for her business. Joy’s company  Day Three Bath & Body creates handmade soaps, lotions, and other bath and body products.

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It’s like foil flocked wallpaper…

I was doing preliminary logo work for an architectural client when they asked me to also critique their existing website. This is always a tough one, because you can never be sure who designed the website (it could have been the boss himself!) and you risk offending said designer. I was open, honest, and straightforward with my critique. I included things I thought the site was doing well and areas where it needed improvement.

I really loved the client’s response to my critique: “It’s like foil flocked wallpaper that you have had on your walls since you built your house and don’t even notice it anymore until someone walks in and says ‘wow! foil flocked wallpaper…’ and then you realize it is time to update. Well the same with our website, we get so busy with everything else that it gets ignored. We like your ideas and would like you to move forward with this.”

I offer free reviews or critiques of your existing website, logo design, or marketing designs at no cost. I definitely won’t suggest improvement where I feel none is needed, but if there is room for such, I’ll give you my honest opinion.

Sometimes our business designs may be lacking interest, outdated, or just don’t jive with our intented message to our client audience. If you think you might have some ‘foil flocked wallpaper’ in your own business repertoire, contact me for your free review.

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FREEBIE: “Hello, friend” Greeting Card

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Many of my past freebies have been seasonal – so this time I decided to make something that would be useful all year round. This bright and cheery card features “hello, friend.” as a simple greeting, with a blank inside so you can write whatever message you want! When was the last time you received a handwritten note in the mail and how did it make you feel? Now’s the time to send one to someone to let them know you’ve been thinking of them! Use our social buttons below to share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.

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DIY Pennant Banners, endless uses!

A client recently contacted me with pictures of her baby shower. She sent pictures of the Instant Download printable decor from my Etsy shop that she used at the shower. Then a few weeks later she sent me newborn photos of her new daughter, and indicated she had reused her pennant banner from the shower for the photos! Seriously, these are adorable pictures! I had honestly never even thought about using my banners for photographs (but it totally makes sense, right!?) She is also planning to reuse the banner as decor in her daughter’s nursery. Talk about a versitile (and affordable!) piece of decor.


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Photo of Purple and Gray Pennant Banner at baby shower (above). Photo of same banner reused in newborn photographs (below).

Have you purchased baby shower invites or decor from the LOlsonDesigns Etsy shop? Let us know and your photos could be featured on our blog!

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Year End Celebration Sale!

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Just a reminder that we’ll be closing up the Etsy shop during most if not all of January 2014 for a little family break!

In honor of the year-end, I’m hosting a fantastic sale: 25-40% on all invites, cards, announcements, nursery decor, wall art, and digital paper packages. Sale ends 12/31 at 11pm CST!

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Turkey Day Giveaway!

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We’re giving away 20 free cards over the next few days… that’s one design each for 20 winners!


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Check out some of our holiday designs!

Christmas Cards

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