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Branding Your Business

Does your business host an event every year such as a golf outing, fundraiser, or networking event?

I can help tie your event together through professionally designed materials with your brand in mind.

Galbraith Carnahan Architects emphasizes their brand throughout their Frisbee Golf outing each year. Custom-designed course maps, course markers, name tags, and even a logo imprinted frisbee golf disc for each player make quite the impact.

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New Work – Logo, Business Cards, and more!

Here’s some new work that I recently completed. I designed the logo based on the client’s wishes/goals for her business, then designed business cards to fit well with the logo scheme.

I also offer printing through an amazing printing consultant I use. Contact me for details on design or printing needs!

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New Christian Wall Art

As you know by now, I have an affinity for great fonts. It’s no wonder I’m drawn to creating art that involves fun with typography. Below I’ve posted some of my newest listing on Etsy. I’ve also opened up a shop at Society6 where I’ll continue to post some of my favorite wall art pieces. On Etsy, you simply order a digital file that you’ll receive via email. Then you print however and wherever you choose (personal printer on nice cardstock, professional printer, or even a photography for easy framing).

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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!

 

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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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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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Vote for L. Olson Designs on Martha Stewart’s American Made awards!

L. Olson Designs is in the running for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards! You can vote now through Sept 22nd. You can vote up to 6 times per day – so we’d be honored if you can vote early and often for us! Feel free to share this with your friends, family, blog, etc! :)

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Family, Event, and Educational Printables – Free!

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There are so many great free printables from a variety of awesome blogs. I thought I’d do an on-going post of these printables and keep them updated when I find something fun and worth sharing.

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New on Etsy: Lots of Fun Themes!

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We have a handful of new designs in our Etsy shop and new designs being added each week. If you see a design you’d like, it can be used for any occasion and the wording can be completely customized. Check out some of the newest stuff in the shop!

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We’ve Been Pinning!

Have you seen our Pinterest boards lately? We’ve been busy pinning some awesome party and shower inspiration! Follow us so you can get the latest updates on our boards.

Do you have a great party theme or color combo we should highlight?

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