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LIVE WIDE LOVE DEEP

A Brand is being born and here is a special glimpse from the behind the scenes process at the screen printer and starting a brand. I loved seeing the setup and watching the process in the shop. There is something to be said about watching a design come to life and witnessing what it takes to make it happen, even if it is only a t-shirt.

In the very early stages of big dreams to come, it starts with a dream and design. I’ve been fortunate enough to be brought a board on a large-scale project. Shaping its existence, I couldn’t be anymore happier watching this brand grow.

When things get designed or ideas come to life, sometimes there is so much meaning behind the creation. It’s straight from the heart of the creator. So a lot of times that’s the reason why it’s being created, it has a remarkable story.

Live your life wide open, love with all your heart. A strong prescription for everyone to take daily. What do you think of the shirts and the meaning?? Love to hear your comments. I know that’s not a lot of detail, there will be more upcoming posts. Stay tuned.



BUILDING A BOARD TO CREATE A BRAND

Creating an inspiration board is a great place to start when building a brand identity, whether you are doing design for yourself or you are hired as the designer. Lately I have had to make choices on what should be an inspiration board. I have found out that making a list of what kind of images to include. Making an inspiration board should help you visualize and make choices along the way. These are just some tips I found helpful while building a brand identity.

These images could include; logo and branding examples, colors, type, patterns, and textures. Any items that represent the business. Searching through magazines that represent the desired style is a great starting point. Take some pictures or scan in the images for the board.

When you look at the board you should get a visual overview of your brand. Refer back to this creative board, when you revamp your website, building your logo, or adding new elements to your business.

CREATIVE MARKETING / show & tell


Isn’t this the most unique Xmas card?? We got this in the mail and was instantly inspired. They are an engraving company so the card speaks a lot about their company; great way to market your company! . I thought it was one of the prettiest cards and of course had to share it with you on the blog.

I LOVE this site Czar Press. They sent me these samples, they are an awesome paper company and I can’t wait to work with them. I have a few ideas in the making and might use these pretty papers in the future.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK / XMAS 2010

These are just a few online shopping companies that give back with your purchase. I was shocked by some of the organizations that are giving back with big hearts. I think it would be great if we could create a list of places that are giving a little back. Comment back if you have a name of a company / organization. How cool to be giving at the same time buying for someone on your christmas list.


Get your holiday cards ordered from Paper Culture. They will plant a tree in your honor with every order, all cards & envelopes are 100% recycled plus they are a Carbon-Free company.


31 Bits Jewelry each piece of jewelry is handmade with 100% recycled paper and other material by women in the Uganda community. Every piece has a genuine and unique quality. I love this site & the jewelry pieces!

What are some others sites that are in giving mood??

PHOTO FRIDAY / DIY MASQUERADE MASK

Todays post is going be both Photo Friday and a quick DIY. To get in the Halloween spirit this year, I didn’t carve any pumpkins but I’ve always wanted to make my own mask. It’s a masquerade mask that’s Halloween inspired.

There are a ton of different ways you can design your mask, I’m going to share a process that will hopefully inspire you to make one. There is no right or wrong answer to make a mask, you just need to be creative.

Materials:
Mask
Feathers
Paint / Spray & Acrylic
Glitter
Sequins / Jewels
Hot Glue & Glitter Glue

Start out doing some sketches, add marker to your sketches to get an idea of colors. I refined my sketch to get a better idea of what materials to use. It helped me understand what materials I wanted to use.

Start to mask out the design using tape. After the details are taped out, use spray paint to cover the areas with the most color. The other areas can be painted with a brush, using either acrylic paint or enamels.

I love sparkle so I used sprayed glitter over the whole mask. The last paint spray before applying the feathers, jewels and sequins.


Pick out the colors for feathers you want to use and get ready to hot glue them to the back of the mask. I used hot glue for the major gluing and glitter glue for the smaller details.

I started with gluing the feathers and then the sequins. I used glitter glue for all the sequins, it blended well with the paint on the mask. Keep doing that until you are happy with the end result. I became addicted to adding feathers. Just remember to do that if you want a full layout of feathers.

What do you think? I am so excited to use my mask this weekend. I almost forgot, there isn’t a tie strap to keep it on. I am using a stick to hold it up to my face. Also I plan to cover the back of the mask with some fabric.
I hope enjoyed todays DIY / Photo Friday post.
Happy Halloween!


THE BEST INSPIRATIONAL READ

I love this book. I couldn’t stop reading it. I’m not a big reader but this book kept my attention. A lot of it made some much sense and most of it I am ready doing. It is very up to date on the current trends in the business world. So much of it stood out to me, especially since I’m a newbie to running my freelance business it’s the best resource.

One of the topics I loved the most: Don’t Copy / It’s a formula for failure. What a friendly reminder to myself not to look so much at all the competitors out there. So many times I find myself wanting to do something I saw because I loved it so much and I have to remind myself DON’T FOLLOW. I would miss all the process behind the work. Copycats can never get ahead if they are to busy following and never thinking forward.

Another thing I have to remind myself that is another topic in the book. Don’t be so afraid of your work being stolen. Pour yourself into your work, no one can copy that. Share your story; great chefs share their recipes because they know it takes more than copying a recipe to become a famous chef.

This is such a great book and the last page is my inspiration. In one of my previous posts, Positive Thinking Energy, I was posting about the yoga bag that had sayings all over it. One of them; the world is changing at such a rapid rate that waiting to implement change will leave you 2 steps behind. DO IT NOW! When I read the last page of the book I was reminded of that blog post . Inspiration is motivation. In the book they say ideas are immortal and inspiration has an expiration date. When you have the inspiration you are pumped up about the project. If the project is put on hold then you wont have the motivation to get the best out of the project later on. This is so true? What do you think? Do you plan on reading the book?

I highly suggest reading this book because it is so up to date with today’s world and it’s so simple to read. A great resource and filled with inspiration.

MY FIRST PHOTOS

Have you ever came across old work or something you created a long time ago and think wow I can’t believe I did that!?! These are my first black and white photos taken at my first college class. Using a 35mm film camera, dark room and B&W film.

I remember taking these photos and also thinking I have no idea what I am doing. haha The dark room was such a challenge and reward, developing your own photos. The first thing I remember is learning the F stop and shutter speed. We had to show the series of F stops from F11 to F2 in the first assignment.

These were also my first portraits I did for an assignment and show.

Another assignment was buildings/architecture. I had a series of photos from Detroit, including the Renaissance Center.

I love that even in my first photography class I was taking pictures of Detroit.

I love these photos probably because I didn’t know anything. haha Everybody has to start somewhere. Personally I love to look back and see how far I’ve come.

I also love to encourage people that want to do photography. Keep SHOOTING! Practice makes perfect. Ask your friends to model for you and maybe set up website or blog.

Hope you enjoyed! I would love to see your first photoshoots. Link up with your firsts!