FREEBIE: 1st Day of School Signage

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The first day of school is fast approaching and these signs are the perfect way to capture that “1st day” moment. Simply print and have your child hold the sign for their first day of school pictures before leaving the house! This collection includes preschool and pre-k (some areas call it different things) and grades 1-12.

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Also, don’t forget about our past freebie – a thank you card for teachers and staff (with free DIY envelope!), use anytime throughout the year to show how much you appreciate them!

These signs measure 8.5 x 11 and are in hi-res PDF format. Simply save to your computer, print, and trim if needed. You may also trim off the name / date portion if you prefer to have just the signage.

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FREEBIE: Family of Elephants Wall Art

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This adorable print would be perfect for any nursery! It measures 8.25 x 10.25 (can be trimmed to fit an 8×10 frame. It is available in green, blue, and pink. A fun family of elephants parades across the bottom of the print. Lowercase alphabet letters are shown in gray, the letters ‘i’ and ‘u’ are shown in their corresponding colors while the ‘o’ is shown in a heart – highlighting the phrase ‘i ❤ u’.

This would also be an amazing gift for a friends baby shower.

If you’d like this print in a custom color, please visit my Etsy shop and request a custom project.

 

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Download – Family of Elephants (Green)

Download – Family of Elephants (Blue)

 Download – Family of Elephants (Pink)

 

 

Customize your fonts!

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Do you love fonts as much as I do? I seriously am a font-a-holic. I love browsing fonts, especially on site like Font Squirrel where all fonts are free for commercial use. I also love to download fonts, organize fonts (with help of free software like Nexus Font) and get inspired by new fonts through my design work.

One fun little trick that you might not know about is the use of glyphs in Illustrator. Most well designed fonts come with a set of alternative characters or glyphs, meaning you can swap out the standard, default characters for different ones. I will show you one example below, using one of my favorite fonts: Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime Design.

 

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Here is the font Carolyna Pro Black. The default font on the top. In the middle I’ve highlighted the glyphs that I swapped out, and at the bottom I’ve provided the final version. You can see how easy it is to customize many fonts with the simple use of glyphs.

To use the glyphs options in Illustrator, simply create a new file. Then, use your text tool to create a text box. Begin typing in the font of your choice and then you’ll select Type on the top and select Glyphs partway down that menu (see my image below). That glyphs menu will show you all available characters for that font. To make it even easier, select a single letter you want to swap and then in the glyphs menu select “Alternatives for Current Selection”. If you’ve highlighted the letter ‘C’ then the glyphs menu will show you alternatives for the letter ‘C’ only.

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Now it’s your turn! Have you ever used the glyphs option in Illustrator? Do you have a love for fonts? Tell us which ones you love!

 

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

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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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