Inspirational Quotes

What I Designed Today: Inspirational Posters for Women’s Conference

Women’s Conference is Saturday.  We are in the home stretch of preparations, people.  Loosely translated, that means this week has been C-R-A-Z-Y busy.  Because there’s nothing quite like brilliant ideas at the last minute, am I right?  It’s a great theme this year — carrying with you the light of Christ.  Actually, the theme is to do with everything about light including shining, shine on, carry the light of Christ, beacon of light, enlighten, lighten your load, lighten up, lighthouse, rekindle your light, and on and on!  So many great aspects and tangents one could ponder.  Hopefully, one of these will inspire YOU!  All background images are either from my personal collection, graphics library or media.lds.org.

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What I Designed Today: Simplify Inspirational Quote Meme

I miss designing inspirational memes.  Mostly because I love quotes and pretty pictures — but also because back when I was designing one a day for RunHaven, I got pretty good at churning them out quickly.  Now, I barely have time to ponder inspirational quotes which is why, perhaps, this one is so perfect for me!  {#ironic} More to come on this ‘simplify’ theme, as these quotes are collected from the Regional Stake Conference held this past weekend.  If you have any additional quotes in your notes that you’d like to add to my collection, please share them with me!  SIMPLIFYQUOTE1

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What I Designed Today: OK Mozart International Music Festival T-Shirts

I submitted about 9 different designs and these are my favorite versions.  The local printer prefers one color, so I was challenged to do an eye catching design while only using one or two colors to keep costs low.  Mission accomplished!  Which design would you prefer?  Do you think Mozart actually said these quotes?  Logo front pocket, this design printed large on the back side of the t-shirt design.

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In the end, in a somewhat heated debate, my client chose to print two different designs — each of which was liked by different personnel who adamantly did not like the other design!  Which makes me think of the phrase, “If everybody likes what you’re doing, you’re doing something wrong!” Not a bad motto to live by! I’m curious, though, which of the two below would you choose?

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Recent Design Work: RunHaven

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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One Idea for Keeping a Journal

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I am not the very best journal keeper, but I do try to document our lives every year or two…or five. I ran across this idea from Gretchen Rubin’s article in the February 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping and thought I’d share it, although when you multiply one sentence times four children and a husband (not to mention 3 pets!), it gets overwhelming and I don’t think one sentence could sum up any one of our crazy days. On the other hand, it might be good to choose one superlative memory from each day. Surely during a year of this solid endeavor, every child would be covered.

Another tip: I like to write down “Top Ten Things” for each of my kids. Sometimes it’s difficult to think of ten different things but I love looking back at the minutiae of their lives: stuffed animals, funny sayings, food preferences or dislikes. It’s the stuff that makes up great memories. I think I may try to cut that down to one thing each day, choosing just the very best memory and see how that goes for awhile! Happy writing!

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What I Designed Today: Favorite Quotes

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Some of my favorite recent quotes include these that I prepared for a church lesson. The one without the attribute is also from Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Dare I wonder if the 2nd quote down means computer is part of idling away my time? I’d rather like to think of it as sharing a talent instead!!!

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Inspiring Gardening Quote

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ALL THE FLOWERS OF TOMORROW ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY.

I bought this because it is one of my favorite gardening/life analogy quotes. I also love the one that says, “You can’t tell the quality of the soil until you plant the seed.” So profound. I think of my kids and friends with that one, as well as sharing the gospel. Hope you like it as much as I do!

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Motivational or Inspiring Quotes

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Anyone who knows me knows that I ADORE great quotes. I picked up this sign in Omaha when I bought the other sign posted about here that seems to have sparked a nerve on Pinterest and has been repinned by so many. Since that one was so popular, I thought I’d share this one as well.

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Great Quotes

If you know me at all, you know I love to collect quotes. Two funny ones I heard this week:

“Every time I say the word ‘exercise’ I wash my mouth out with chocolate.” This one I heard from a friend, Holly Shaw Hokanson, but I’m not sure if she made it up or if she heard it somewhere. Either way — instant classic.

“Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy.” — Unknown. I just thought this one was had a hilarious point of view.

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Cute Advent Calendar House

Who’d have thunk it? A cute advent house from Gardener’s Supply. Adorable! I’m curious, though, as what to put in the small little boxes without encouraging MORE candy at Christmas? Maybe quotes? Maybe scripture? Love notes? Jokes? Your thoughts on advent surprises?

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What I Designed Today: Family Silhouettes

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I couldn’t get rid of these black frames (new in package) at my garage sale. I had to do something with them and we got a new black bed for our bedroom to help “stage” the home so I pulled them out and in an hour I forced each kid to stand sideways against the wall and take a digital picture, blacked it in and printed them with a great quote. Cheap, easy (two of my favorite words)…and I love it!

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A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. — Max Planck (1858-1947), Nobel Prize winner, quantum physicist

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