Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Ashley Porter, come on down! You are the winner of The Cookoff Design Challenge and Giveaway!  Email us your contact information and your prize will be delivered to your inbox. Thanks to everyone who entered. We had 14 comments and two extra entries for those who uploaded to Flickr to make 16 total entries. I used random.org and #10 was picked. Thanks for playing everyone!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

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I was asked to make a poster for a church function & was seriously lacking inspiration. I decided to kick it GLCB style & design something around an inspiring photo. Someone had tweeted something about loving J. Crew's new wedding line, so I clicked over to check it out. It was nothing short of inspiring (come on - could J.Crew or Anthropologie ever NOT inspire us?!?). I'm completely in love with this font, but wasn't sure what it was. Thanks to What The Font, I found out it's Silver Thread.

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With my inspiration, here are the elements I used:

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For an event poster that typically has a lot of information, I like to set up a box & cleanly organize the event information inside the box, then have fun with the title of the event by playing around with fonts, colors & ornaments. In this case I mixed the sans serif with the script. I wanted to make sure that if the viewer read just the script or just the sans serif words that each font grouping would make sense on their own. I tilted the title on a slight diagonal (like the inspiration) & added a few ornaments to the background in a light color to punch up the title. Voila.

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The poster is very simple, but conveys the message I want it to. It would've been fun to play around more with the text, but the average age of the congregation I attend is about 80. While I had to make it readable for those with seeing problems, I still had some fun with the design.

Hope this was helpful and/or inspirational! If you have questions please leave a comment. If you design anything inspired by this post, please share! I'd love to see what you've done!

Happy designing!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Design Challenge & Giveaway

We are excited about our first giveaway here on the Good Look Cookbook.  In addition to cool design recipes to try, we can't wait to bring you product reviews and fun giveaways relating to DIY Graphic Design.  Our first giveaway comes to us from My Post Card Printing. Let's get cooking!

100 4x6 Flat Postcards   
14pt Cardstock Gloss   
4 Color Both Sides Printing    

There are a few ways to enter our giveaway. The first and easiest is just to leave a comment under this post. But... where's the fun in that? This is a design blog after all.  So, to earn additional entries, we'd love to see what you've been inspired to make using our design recipes. For every item uploaded to our Flickr group showing us your own versions of our designs, you will receive one additional entry.  Upload five designs? You'll get five additional entries. Make sure you let us know which recipe your design is based on.

Just come back here and leave a comment for each Flickr entry letting us know.  You have two weeks to get your designs done, uploaded, and back here to comment- August 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm to be exact.  We'll pick a winner at random from all the entries the next day.

This giveaway is limited to US Residents 18 and older. Thanks My Post Card Printing!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Personalized Stickers

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My family reunion was this past week. When we all get together, there are 11 children, and we typically write names on plastic cups so they know which is theirs. I fell in love with these initialed gift tags, I've always loved patterns, AND anything with my own personal initial on it, so I thought it might be fun to create stickers that the kids could use as a fun and colorful way to identify their own cups.

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For this recipe, you'll need a rainbow of summery fun colors. I used a light and medium shades of sky blue, line green, banana yellow, lipstick pink, tangy orange, and cherry red.
I also chose several patterns, some that I created myself, others are from istockphoto.
I purchased some precut circle stickers that you can print on. Avery provides an online template so your designs align with the precut shapes.
And the main ingredient of course, is the font. I used Zebrawood which I already own, but there are other options that are very similar (and free!), such as Captain Howdy.

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I mixed patterns and colors, thinking of each child's personality, gender, and their taste. I made sure the color combinations looked delicious and appealing to kids, then topped the stickers with the initial of each child.

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I printed my design onto the precut sheet, then was  ready to share the final stickers with my nieces and nephews. After I adhered a sticker onto each child's cup, I gave each of them a sticker that they could use wherever they want. The stickers were a hit—both with adults—keeping the cups straight, as well as with the kids!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Back to School Bookmarks

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My kids are getting ready to go back to school in a couple of weeks. I thought it'd be fun to update one of my least favorite back to school things for my kids. Reading logs. I don't know about your kids, but  mine can't seem to keep them around long enough for me to log their minutes and sign them.

I think it'd be fun to make a reading log bookmark for the kids. Maybe if the log was kept in the actual book- it'd be easier to keep track of it. Each grade/class could have their own color and then turn them in for credit for an end of semester party for the class who turned in the most bookmarks.

I love old library cards. I found some cool inspiration from a fun shop called Knock Knock with their Personal Library Kit and more from ByVikInk's Traveling Bookmarks from Etsy.  Both are great product ideas and have some fun graphics.

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For this recipe you'll need:

•A library card color palette: I used a manila envelope beige, an ink blue, and rubber stamp red.
•A san serif font: I used Puritan, free at Font Squirrel.
•Some library card lines and shapes 

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The front side is for identifying the owner of the bookmark, what book they read, the date the book was finished and space for parents or teachers to sign it off. I sized my bookmark document at 6"x2".  I filled the main shape with red then placed the a rounded shape on top of it. I used my line tool to create the lines and dashed lines and added the type on top.

The back of the document is for recording minutes or signing off that reading was done each day. There are five spaces per day so it could be used for five weeks or as long as it takes to read and complete the book.  I started by filling the shape with the same beige color. Then I added the lines and text to form a library card like grid.

I'd then save them as high res pdf's and upload them to one of the online print shops for printing. If possible I think using a non coated cover weight paper stock would be best to be able to write easily on the bookmark. 

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Here is what my finished bookmarks look like. One of those rotating number stamps like in the Knock Knock kit would be fun to stamp the bookmark with the dates read and completed. I think the whole library card theme could also be great for bookplates, personal stationery, read-a-thon invites, etc. Wouldn't a wedding invitation suite be cool done in a library card/card catalog theme? Maybe for a couple who met in a library or loves reading? What other ways could you use the library theme? Can you think of more?


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