Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Perpetual Calendar Promise

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Way back in my October blog, I promised to post a photo of the finished perpetual calendars when they were completed. Here you go!
I purchased plain kraft paper jewelry boxes, designed a sticker with a fitting inspirational quote, and added a personal holiday wish.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Knock Knock Notepad Review and Giveaway!!

Being a huge Knock Knock fan, I am absolutely delighted to have another opportunity to review one of their great products and give one away!! Today I am reviewing their "What To Eat" notepad which is a phenomenal product for busy moms and dads alike.

Having the week planned out ahead of time takes a ton of pressure off of the evenings and allows you to enjoy a more relaxed time with your family. This notepad makes it neat, organized and easy peasy!

At the very top right is a section for the month and day of the week along with an area for the master chef's name.

The main section has two columns, one labeled 'dinner' and the other 'not dinner.'

For each day of the week, there is a few lines for the menu items as well as check boxes for 'Dine In', 'Dine Out' and 'Takeout.' Very thoughtful for those of us who don't always have a home cooked meal in the plans!

The 'Not Dinner' column has three sections, breakfasts, lunches and grab bags. I've never had those meals planned out in advance but I can definitely see the benefit. Mid-days can be just as chaotic as evenings so why not!

This notepad is especially helpful for those of us who may be on a special diet of some sort. Keeping everything organized and tracked will help a new diet become a much less overwhelming experience.

I love to organize in fun and playful ways so I imagine this in the corner of my magnetic white board and fitting right in because of the retro design and bright cheery color.

Here is the very best part... you can win this exact same notepad or another product of your choice from Knock Knock by entering this giveaway.

Here's how to do it:

Post one time here about what you love about Knock Knock products
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The winner will be chosen on November 21st using and announced on November 22nd so stay tuned and good luck!

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Congratulations to Tamsin!! Please use the contact form on this blog to let us know which Knock Knock product you would like.

A big thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Perpetual Block Calendar

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Each year, I make some kind of item to give to clients, vendors, and a few others for Christmas. When I saw this cool block calendar, I knew I wanted to do something like this. Forgive me, but this post isn't going to show you a completed piece...I'm making so many that I've got an assembly line going, and I've got a ways to go...but I'll post a final calendar when I've got one completed, I promise!

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The ingredients for this depend a lot on your own taste—
• You may prefer to have solid colors for your block panels, but I wanted a little more than just plain blocks, so I created bold graphic patterns for the backgrounds of the numbered panels.
• I chose a bold condensed font for the month block panels
• You could use the same font, but I wanted some contrast, and chose a bold extended serif font for the number panels (NOTE: the "6" in the font you choose needs to look like a "9" when upside-down, because you use it for both!)
• I used a set of parentheses, rotated, to frame my months
• And you need wood blocks (mine are 1", but you could choose any size). You can get them at a craft store, or online if you are making lots of calendars like I am. You need 4 per calendar. I'm lucky enough to have a dad who created the little base stands for me by just making a 3/8" "v" notch out of a block 3" wide, 2" deep, and 1/2" tall. I considered using larger blocks and not using a stand at all—having no stand is an option (but I wanted to put my URL somewhere since it is intended to be a promotion)

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You need 2 blocks for the numbers. And it took me longer than it should have to figure out which numbers go on which I'm gonna help you! On one block, put the numbers: 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. On the other block: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. That way, you can make up any calendar date with the 2 blocks--remembering that the 6 and 9 use the same block panel. With 6 sides per block, it worked out perfectly to put 6 months on each of 2 blocks.
I set up a template using a 1" grid, centered the months (framed by the rotated parentheses), and the patterns with the numbers, then printed out the page at 96% (I wanted to make sure the paper pieces will be a little bit smaller than the blocks. The blocks are not all perfect and you don't want the paper to hang over the edge since you're covering every side. Plus, if you paint your blocks a contrasting color, you get a cute little edge (you'll see in my photo below).
I spray painted the blocks and stands in my signature green color.
I carefully trimmed everything out, then got out my mod podge and am now in the never-ending process of adhering each little square onto the blocks. It's not hard, it just takes a little while (If you're not making 50 sets, don't fret. It's not bad!)

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Here are a few of the stands, and some of the month blocks. I still have to finish 3 of the 4 blocks per set (times 50 sets...yeah, don't do the math for me!) I'm excited about how it's coming together so far. And like I said, once I finish, I'll post a photo with a completed calendar.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Epic Birthday Tag

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My oldest son loves the clothing brand Epic Threads and when I was cutting the tag off of his back-to-school clothes recently, I noticed what a great design the tag had. I immediately thought it would make a great inspiration piece for a Good Look Cookbook post!

October is right around the corner and it's a busy birthday month for my family. My brother, sister, and Dad all have birthdays within the first week of the month. With birthdays on my mind, I thought the clothing tag inspiration piece would translate perfectly into a birthday tag for these upcoming birthdays.

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The ingredients are pretty basic for this one. I just drew a variety of shapes (tag, square, circle) and drew a dotted line.

I used 3 different fonts - a grungy type font, a typewriter font, and a specialty font. I used Dirty Socks Skinny for my grungy font. You can download it here. I used Courier Bold for my typewriter font. This comes standard with most computers. And for my specialty font, I used Amerika. You can download that here.

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After gathering my ingredients, I composed my tag, following the basic feel and design of the inspiration piece, writing my own birthday wishes to replace the clothing description text.

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And here is my finished tag ... all ready for me to attach to the gift that I still need to buy for my brother!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Easy & Beautiful Home Decor

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These ornate candle labels from the Dieline were the perfect inspiration for my project today. Calligraphic ornaments and beautiful penmanship are always an instant draw for me. A combination of fantastic typography and carefully crafted calligraphic images can become decoration for a multitude of items around your house. With fall quickly approaching in my part of the world, I am bursting at the seams with ideas for decorating my house. I am going to show you how to create a great paper garland that can be used in any room of your house for everyday decor or a special event!

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Materials needed:

Photo Editing Software
Label Shape
Calligraphic Swashes
Serif Font

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Fill your label shape with the color you'd like your background to be. Create a border around the outside edge and a narrower border about an 1/8 inch from the outer edge of the label shape. Place your calligraphic swashes along the edges of the top and bottom. I added some texture and grunge with some Photoshop brushes. Once you have the label looking the way you'd like it, duplicate it three times. (or as many times as the number of letters you need) Place the letters of your word on each of the labels and print the sheet out.

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With very little effort and really no money at all, you now have the perfect addition to your fall decor.
Add it to your mantle as I have shown above or above a window, etc. I would really love to see what touches you add to suit your own personal styles!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

M-M-M Mobile

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It's a well-known and documented fact, that I love the letter M. I've got a whole wall of them, as well as any kind of knick knack I can find with a letter M on it. A long time ago, I purchased a mobile kit with clips, intending to make my own mobile out of M's, then I forgot about it, until I ran across this DIY video on making the cutest bird mobile, and I was reminded that I had a project to do. I like this bird one so much I will probably make one of them too, but for this blog I'm making the M-mobile I've had on my to-do list forever, giving you another idea for a child's room, or possibly for your own obsession with your initial.

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I used a variety of fonts that I already own, this project doesn't require specific fonts, just variety. The ones I used are (with links to those that are available for free):
• Base Nine
• Engravers
Adam Gorry Inline
Big Top
• Archer
And of course, if you know me, you knew it would have to use green paper, a sheet of heavy card stock, and a sheet of patterned paper.

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I made sure that each letter was either 3" wide, or 3" tall, to give consistency in their variety. I filled the page with 10 letters, one for each of my clips. I printed it on my green paper. (I think there's only one that the solid green will show because of its inline, but that's okay. I wanted it to be green.
I adhered the printed page of M's to one side of the card stock, and the patterned paper to the other side. I used rubber cement (use on each surface for strongest bond), then put weight on it while it dried.
Next comes the cutting. I used sharp scissors on the curves and a sharp exacto knife and straight-edge for the straight lines.

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There it is, my M-M-M mobile! One of the fonts ended up being too frighteningly skinny strokes, so I replaced it with a heart. Kinda love the serendipitous result!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Extracting a Color Palette from a Favorite Image

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It's so fun to browse through color inspiration sites. Lots of eye candy that you can use for your projects. You can easily make your own color palette extractions from your favorite images.  Try Pictuaculous.

I started with this awesome image of a Red and Yellow Barbet from Jasenka Luksa. I love the colors and patterns of this little bird and wondered if it could translate into a cool design project.

Just upload your image and click "Get my palette."

It'll bring up some suggested colors along with their hex values to use on blogs or web development. They also give you some similar options from Kuler and ColourLovers.  If you have Adobe products, you can download a swatch file to use right in the program.

You can take a screenshot of the colors to paste into your image document if you want to keep the image and the palette together in one image. What if you see an image and want to capture it right then? They have a function for smart phones too, just snap the image and email it to them. You'll get the palette delivered to your mobile. Cool!

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I decided to make a little 4x6 flat notecard using my inspiration image and color palette.

It's bold and colorful, just like the little bird! It'd be fun to do a project like this on a bigger scale for a print on a kids room wall. Maybe matching the color scheme of the other art or bedding in the room.

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