What I Designed Today: OK Mozart Ads

February 24th, 2015

One is a grayscale ad for newsprint and the second is a recreation of their ad in Conde Nast, originally done by PDG Creative, with the proper fonts of this year’s campaign and a little bit of a changeup in placement if items and photos (at OK Mozart’s request). It was a good work day, busy but not TOO stressful!

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What I Designed Today: Armor of God Water Bottle Labels

February 20th, 2015

One of my most popular posts is a Jesus is the Living Water Bottle Labels here. I’m not sure I quite understand the craze of custom water bottle labels but they are kind of fun! Here’s an Armor of God water bottle label quoting parts of Ephesians 6:11-17. Just print, trim, wrap on the bottle and tape. Enjoy!

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What I Designed Today: Tri-Fold Brochure

February 5th, 2015

Tri-fold brochures are the bread and butter of marketing, aside from business cards. They give you a chance to show and tell what your business is about. Designs that flow well are few and far between but I like how this one turned out. The only thing I would add or change now are calla lily leaves following the curved divider or at the top right hand corner of the circles. Can’t wait to see this one in print!

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What I Designed Today: March Madness Poster, Invitation & RSVP Card for OK Mozart

January 30th, 2015

It’s 5:25 a.m. I’ve been up since 4 a.m. exporting files I finished yesterday, noting to myself in astonishment that in my 20s, I would stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. working on projects and now that I’ve reached my 40s, I GET UP at 4 a.m. to finish projects. There is something wrong with that!

Anyway, this includes the final touches of the poster written about earlier, including one pricing change. The entire set of marketing collateral for this event for OK Mozart includes a poster, a two-sided invitation, and an RSVP card. It’s a great set! I’m not a HUGE fan of the basketball with leprechaun hat but he’s kinda cute and growing on me. I customized him out of other stock pieces and parts. One would think there would be more basketball leprechauns given March Madness’ basketball theme, no? Well, one would be wrong {insert heavy pompous sarcasm here}.

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What I Designed Today: Inspirational Quote – Life is the Ultimate Sport

January 22nd, 2015

I created this motivational quote because I love the quote. It’s true! Running has taught me so much about life. It’s a great quote from Mark Lauren’s 2012 book entitled “Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women’s Fitness”.

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Creative Commons Yosemite” by Jonathan Fox is licensed under CC BY 4.0; Derivative photo editing and typography by Lizabeth Rolfson.

What I Designed Today: Kid’s Wolfie Mozart Design

January 21st, 2015

What I designed today is still in the works but here’s the first draft. I had a client make an unusual request: they wanted a mascot of sorts for their children’s publications. It’s not their logo, but it’s a friendly “wolfie” which was, apparently, Mozart’s nickname as a youth. He’s to be splashed all over their publications involving youth during the coming year. I’ve created two wolfies (each with slight variations): one for a younger audience, heavily based off this royalty-free art from comodo777 at BigStock and a second one entirely created by me for a slightly older audience. Which would you choose?  Let me just say, drawing that wig was so satisfying!  And, also, there is zero vector artwork readily available for Mozart wigs.  Just sayin’.  Well, now there’s one…

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What I Designed Today…er, in 2011: Transportation Graphics for Kara’s Party Ideas

January 15th, 2015

Haha, seriously, from 2011. I am really, really behind on documenting old work. I found some of these graphic files on my hard drive. A version of these was used for a boy’s birthday party “set” over on Kara’s Party Ideas.

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What I Designed Today…er, in late May: Article of Faith #4 for Ben’s Baptism Program

January 15th, 2015

Ben’s baptism was a rushed one. We had a small crowd for our last baptism but it was beautiful. He is such a one-of-a-kind kid. He chose the 4th Article of Faith for his favorite “scripture” and so I quickly typed it up a little bit prettier than average for the program. I am offering it here as a FREE download for your personal and church use, should anyone be so inclined.

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What I Designed Today…er, Last Month: 2015 Ward Mission Plan

January 15th, 2015

I have projects to design pretty much every day.  Unless something family, church or kid-related has taken over.  But usually one or two projects is hanging over my head just waiting to be done.  Right now, I’m procrastinating a cute little custom drawing for a local festival that works with kids.  I have time to get to that yet today (that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway!) but I wanted to share this 2015 Ward Mission Plan that I drew up for our local church congregation.  It was so easy — mostly because they provided me with perfect text.  I mean absolutely-perfectly-clean-never-happened-before-especially-in-church-wonderful text.  Hallelujah!  Seriously, people, knowing exactly what you want to say before you send it to a designer is a gift.  One design rule to follow:  the more concise the text, the better.  If only I could follow that for a blog post, right?!  I know, I know, but this blog is my therapy therefore I can ramble and nobody has to read it.  It’s a win-win.

Anyway, 2015 is the year where I will catch up on some online posts of what I’ve designed but, realistically, it will probably NOT be something I did just that day but in weeks, months and years past.

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Knitted Running Beanie Hat / Cap — for Me!

December 26th, 2014

One of my resolutions for 2015:  spend more time knitting.  In several years (years!) of knitting, I have never knitted myself anything but washcloths.  Well, that ended Christmas Day 2014.  I was able to quickly knit up this gorgeous slate-putty-charcoal-colored squishy 100% baby alpaca yarn (Baby Alpaca Grande from Plymouth Yarn, color 2878) into a super soft and stretchy beanie for me to wear on runs, walks or around the house.  I’m cold.  I’ve absolutely been wearing this around the house!

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I’m so excited about this beanie and having finally knitted something for myself that I am even posting pictures without makeup and after a run.  Yep.  Au naturel.  It’s SUCH a cute hat.  And super-soft.  I highly recommend this yarn and can’t wait to work up my other 5 skeins into a scarf, mittens, earband, headband, and perhaps even a hat to give away.

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If you’re interested in knitting, too, head on over to Ravelry and we can connect!  I’m addicted and you should be, too.

Caroling & Hot Cocoa “Bar”

December 24th, 2014

I didn’t want to throw a “real” party.  It’s Christmastime and who, really, has time for all that extra cooking, cleaning and prep?  Not me.  So I decided that I wanted to start a new tradition:  caroling around the neighborhood and then serving hot cocoa afterward.  It was so simple and so much fun!  I’m not sure which was more fun:  watching the kids have a blast or singing the carols (which I love!).  I think watching the kids has the edge, though.  They were so excited but tired easily.

Next year we’ll limit it to one chosen street instead of trying to go around the block.  We were able to sing 10 to 12 times.  I used the collection of sheet music that good ‘ol Martha Stewart put together.  It was a nice mix of Christian and more secular Christmas music (e.g. Up on the Housetop and Jingle Bells in amidst The First Noel and Silent Night).  I was smiling about it for days afterward and hope that those who went with us had as much fun as we did.

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Afterward, I made Crockpot Hot Cocoa (this filled my 7 qt crock pot!):

  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream (not whipped!)
  • 2 – 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla powder (or regular vanilla, I used Thrive’s vanilla powder)
  • 4 c. chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s dark chocolate chips)
  • 1 c. powdered sugar

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I also made White Hot Chocolate:

  • 4 c. heavy whipping cream (not whipped!)
  • 4 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground cardamom (removed from pods)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 T. vanilla powder (or regular vanilla, I used Thrive’s vanilla powder)
  • 16 oz white chocolate (I used the melting wafers from Hobby Lobby)

The White Hot Chocolate was the bomb.  Seriously.  I did not know it would be so good or I would have doubled the recipe.  Three or four people asked for the recipe!

Here’s the selection of marshmallows and additions including maraschino cherry skewers, spray cream cinnamon and chips of almost every kind:

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Before everyone showed up (we had two more families come after this shot!).

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The teenage girls who participated just INSISTED that “Let it Go!” was a Christmas song.  Ahem.  I disagree but they sang it with gusto (along with a few parents!).

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The best part?  Everyone seemed genuinely welcoming and happy to see us!  It’s definitely a new tradition.  Next year, I’ll make the boys bring their drums and bells from percussion.

What I Designed Today: Christmas Cards for OK Mozart

December 8th, 2014

I loved doing this last year (see below for last year’s version).  This year, another local design company has generously volunteered their time (okay, their interns’ time) to redesign the logo for next year so I changed the Christmas card design to match the lovely greens and sent them two options below.  I would have wrapped their logo on the ornament but these were initial proofs and they chose the dark green so I didn’t bother.  Which do you prefer?

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OK Mozart Christmas Card – two options for 2014

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What I Designed Today: Digital Ads

November 21st, 2014

I think I need to coin the hashtag #goknitting.  I’m SUCH a huge knitting fan.  I have never met this client but her website America’s Knitting is a great resource for yarn shops all over the U.S.A. This particular shop has cute sheep and a cute dog!

 

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Recent Design Work: RunHaven

November 20th, 2014

So a few months ago, I started writing articles and designing daily inspirational quotes for runhaven.com.  I also helped with their style guide.  It’s a new site from a new social media company out of Australia called MOKO Social Media.  I think they’re going to go places, so be sure to check the site out and I hope you feel, well, inspired!

 

 

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Recent Design Work: Oktoberfest 2014 Poster for OK Mozart

November 20th, 2014

Catching up on old design work (well, sorta, cause that could take decades and nobody really wants to see all that crap from my beginner years, anyway).  This was from October of 2014 so it’s fair game to post.

 

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