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January 2014 Calendar


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's the first 2014 calendar of the year. This one features the Pantone color of the year "Radian Orchid" and a new font very similar to my beloved Pacifo called "Lilly Script One"


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My 5 Designing Resolutions

     This year has been amazing! I've grown as a designer in my InDesign, Photoshop, and especially Illustrator skills, and I'm teaching myself ways of mimicking great design pieces and creating a few of my own. There's been good designs and not so great designs, but I've loved every minute of it (even though most of them occur after 12am on school nights).
     Although I've made great progress these past six months with starting my blog. I see big things coming in the next year with where my designing, my education, and my blog will take me. I've always been one to make resolutions, so here are my 5 designing resolutions for the year.

  1. Get more than 10,000 views
  2. Use Pacifo less
  3. Not miss a calendar (because October definitely happened)
  4. Properly organize my design files... I'll go nuts if I loose one more link
  5. Properly name my PSD Layers

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Free Printable Gift Tags

As I started wrapping presents for this year I realized I had forgotten to buy tags! I whipped these up with Obsidian Dawn's snowflake vector pack, it was insanely easy with their help (because snowflakes are a bear to design well). Anyway enjoy!

Clicking the image will take you to a printable PDF that includes 10 tags


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Quote: Nelson Mandela

It's been a while since I've done a quote, this one was done in completely in Illustrator. I got to play around with a free vector package from FabN'Free. I played around with the free transform tool a bit to and a few other things, but otherwise it was a really easy project. The only kinda hard thing was figuring out the layers between the ribbon and the exclamation point.


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December Newspaper Issue


      Our second issue of the newspaper is out! I didn't do much for this issue because I was so backlogged with yearbook and literary magazine deadlines that I didn't get to write a story. I really angles and styles used in this issue.
      We had a two days of icepocalyps so we were out of school Friday and Monday before we sent off the paper meaning we were kinda rushing to finish and edit pages but I don't think we could have done any better with all the time in the world.
      One of my really good friends is our staff artist and she did a huge load of art this issue. She's so talented and the nicest person you'd ever meet. Tell me that isn't some incredible work in there!
      In other news we held the first day of Auditions for Martin Idol, a huge singing competition/fundraiser literary magazine does to afford the book. I can't wait to share pictures and let you know how it goes!

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Illustrator Project: Copy cat Christmas card

I saw this Christmas card on Pinterest a while back ago and I fell in LOVE! I practically tried copying it as shown just so I could learn some neat tricks. I started out in indesign and realized really fast that this was going to be an illustrator project, and a large one at that. I had only ever attempted something this complex once before and that ended up being bust. This has been by far my most complex project to date. Below is a list of a few things I learned and where I got ideas from.
  • Images: The banners and the Dragon things are preinstalled symbols in Illustrator, the Snowflakes I found a free vector file online with tons of different ones to choose from (but only after attempting to make my own for an hour or so) The trees I made myself with three triangles and a rectangle, I just used path finder to merge the four into one shape. 
  • Organization: I started from the bottom and worked my way up. First was the snowflakes, after finding my image, I used the align panel to make sure everything was straight. Next I made the hexagons just with the polygon tool. The biggest thing I did as far as organization was create layers on my Illustrator document. I was able to create the background, then lock it in place so I wouldn't accidentally move something later on. 
  • Changing the color of the symbols was kind of a challenge. I'm too stubborn to actually look something up, so I kept playing around with the selection tool to try and get these things the color I actually wanted. I ended up just clicking individual parts around ten times then changing the color like I would any other text. On the bottom white ribbon I couldn't figure out how to change the color of the gray background, so I literally just drew a triangle and covered up the parts I couldn't fix. 
Let me know what you think and if you'd like to try something similar! Also, please remember I was not the original creator of this design, I copied it to teach myself Adobe Illustrator. Visit Rayz Ong's page to see the original.

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December Calendar


This month's calendar is pretty late but things have been insanely busy! I've been working hard this semester and I'm so glad it's almost over. My publications are going really great and I can't wait to show you the progress we've made on our second issue of our paper. In other news I've been accepted to Texas Christian University, so assuming financial aid works out I'll be attending in the Fall of 2014 working towards a degree in Graphic Design! I'm also becoming an aunt for the first time this month. Lots of business this month and It's only gotten started!


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JEA National Journalism Conference in Boston

    I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Boston this month with some of my Yearbook Staff for the JEA national journalism conference. I got to compete in a Liteary Magazine Layout competition and attended tons of really amazing classes. Here are some pictures from my trip.
Four days in a carry on was tough, thanks to my overly organized brain I was able to bring everything I needed to stay warm.

This was our last day in the city at he sight of the Boston Massacre. It was amazing to see a city work around so much history.

 

This was from a little coffee shop in the Back Bay area that we went to while waiting on our reservation at Strega. I wasn't ready for so many places to be cash only, had I known I would've been able to get three more of these.



One of my many delicious meals: Drunken Shrimp from Scolly's Square. 
This was part of our walk in the morning to the subway.

Our last day we also visited the oldest grave yard in the US. Way in the back was the tombstone of Fredrick Tudor, the "Ice King" of Boston. It was gorgeous and so solemn. 

At one point we all walked around the city to see Boston University. Right across from the dorms was this gorgeous site of the Charles River at night.



Here's everyone (excluding our advisor) on our way to wander the city. The subway was so convenient, we'd buy tickets as we needed them and ended up spending ten dollars more than it would have been for a seven day rail pass. 


My last picture is of our flight home. I love flying at night, Texas looks so much flatter than the north and the lights were beautiful. The sessions taught me so much about my publications and getting ready for journalism in college and as a career. It was a spectacular trip and I can't wait to go back to Boston.


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Photography Project

Here's two prints from my photo project. The top is my dad and the bottom my sister. We were told to photograph motion or people holding objects. Both of mine were of people holding objects. I printed these in the dark room and it was so fun. I can't wait to do more!


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November Calendar & Update

Hello everyone! It's been a while hasn't it? October did not seem to fly by, rather crawl painfully across glass for the simple reason of college deadlines. Thank you everyone for patience while I organized myself last month and I'll do my best to stay fairly consistent this month.

Things at school have been dandy, we released the first issue of our school's newspaper and we're really proud of it. It was quite large at 28 pages and had lots of color. I did an opinion story about ID policy and made nearly half of the ads (Be sure to glance at the Competitive Camera one and the Regency Counseling because I'm quite proud of those). My other publications are chugging along quite nicely. On another note I've been promoted to an editor in Yearbook so I'm now and editor in every publication at Martin (and it's a handful).

November's calendar features my very own photography! My photo one class has been going really well, and I'm in love with processing film in the dark room. The image used on the calendar is for my most recent project where I'm suppose to capture line, shape, texture, and form with abstract photography. If you can't tell this is an old sewing machine desk I shot.

November also has some wonderful days within it (and I'm not talking about black friday) once again I will give my feable attempt at NaNoWriMo. Which has not gone well in years past, but I'm slightly hopeful for this year. NaNoWriMo is a writing compition of sorts to see if you can write a 50,000 word story in a month. My best year has been 17K.

I'm quite excited to see what November has in store, from a trip to Boston for a National Journalism Conference to working Black Friday for the very first time, I think it'll be a good one.

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Quote: L.M. Montogomery



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Quote: David McCullough Jr.


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Quote: Jonathan Swift

     Good or bad I have this habit of using one brush when I'm in photoshop to make patterns like this one. Most of the time I make the brush insanely large, like 1000pt, and build on my design. This one was very minimilist bleach effect. I've liked working with the wet media paintbrushes preinstalled into my photoshop.

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Quote: Aristotle


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Update: Autumn



     Autumn is officially here! Things have been insane with school right now but I've learned so many design tricks from my publications that I can't wait to share.
     One thing I learned below is that there are "popular" colors and you can just google something like "color of the year" or season or whatever and get amazing colors. Before I'd use a site called Kuler from adobe, on it you could create pallets from a color wheel or browse other peoples pallets. I like the finding popular colors because I know they'll be accepted well if that makes sense. Quite often in the past I'd choose a set of colors and do my whole project only to put it on my site and not like it. Anyway the color of the year is jade so I thought it fitting to do the autumn poster.
     Here's another tip that may seem very obvious. Spell Check. I had made a poster that I was particularry proud of and made it the background of my computer at school. Two weeks after someone finally told me about a misspelled word. The poster is down and I have a new wallpaper to say the least.
     Anyway, I'd like to apologize for my absence the past month. Somehow between work and school and publications I forget to do the things I love most, designing.

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iOS 7 Review and update


     We were all sitting in Photography yesterday afternoon. One of my table mates said something along the lines of "14 hours?!". We were all trying to download the new iOS for our phones while gaffer taping shutters over our pinhole cameras. 
     I woke up this morning with my update for both my phone and ipad and I'm in love. Everything from the way you swipe apps to the way you close apps has been thought out. I love the use of transparencies like the one at the bottom, they make the phone seem incredibly mature and modern. The built in apps have become very minimalist, especially the newsstand one and photo album, another design leap forward into the future. I predict that third party apps will begin to mimic the nature of the new iOS by getting rid of shadows on their icons and simplifying design of both their logo and interface. 
     My photo teacher mentioned that the entire system was girly, but as I put on my feminist pants let me counter. New York Times says Women are becoming more and more predominant in the work place and are soon to become the primary bread winners. With that said I think many things will change in our daily lives because of this socioeconomic shift, large ones like football and hyper-masculine sports will become more popular but also small ones like our phones looking "kinda girly" as my photo teacher said. 

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Photo Editing Project: Color Wonder

Here's another photo from my good friend Kaitlyn. The composition of the photo was amazing but it looked a little dull as far as colors went. I decided to go super tropical and turn this into a windows screensaver with some really vibrant colors. I may have overdone it a bit but I think the image still looks natural.

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T-Shirt

Here's a T-shirt design I made for the three publications at our school. We didn't end up choosing this one but I still like how it turned out and thought I'd share :)

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Update: Back to September


School has officially started! I kinda feel like I never got a summer because of all the summer classes I did but either way I'm still really excited to be back in classes. My senior year is insane, I'm only taking one core class (Advanced Placement Environmental Science) and all the rest are electives plus an off period. Initially I didn't want to have an off period but I figured it would give me time to blog and work on my publications.


This month's calendar is back to school themed! Be sure to check it out in my printables tab or click the picture above!

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Quote: Immanuel Kaunt

I'm taking my first psychology class this semester and we've already mentioned Immanuel Kant. This spread started out really really busy but I think I was able to tone it down enough. Please let me know what you think!



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Spread

Here's my bread an butter, this is a spread that we would include into my school's lit mag. Designers get photos and text then create design elements around it. This was one of the first practice designs I did for the litmag last year. I was just learning InDesign and it was this spread that really got me interested in becoming a designer. I have not clue who the picture belongs to and all it is is place holder text, but doing this spread was really fun because I got the chance to tell a story with a piece of work just by how I placed it and what fonts I chose.
The top page would be on the left and the bottom on the right to make up an entire spread.

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Quote: Lorraine Peterson



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Quote: Tom Perrotta & Update

I know absolutely nothing about Perrotta, he was my quote of the day on good reads and I really loved it. I'm not too happy with the colors of this one, it's very very girly.
I got my schedule for senior year yesterday and it's a complete mess; It was between single blocking orchestra (which I've done since 6th grade) or drop newspaper (which I'm designer for). Locked classes make scheduling so much harder. But as a silver lining I'm going to be able to take some sort of technology art like animation. 

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Quote: Jonathan Foer - Extremely loud and Incredabley close

I've never read this book but I hear it's amazing! I also love the cover art for it, this one was done completely in InDesign. I had a few more color's in this pallet but the simpler the better I say. A good tip is to keep fonts the same color all throughout a design (notice the ribbon font is always green), It makes things look very uniform and put together.


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Quote: John Green - The Fault in our Stars

I imitated this design from this website. I really like the randomized pattern (oxymoron much) and think it's really cute with the colors I used. I've worked with transparencies before but never to this effect. 
DFTBA

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Update: Howdy August!


Hello everyone! July flew by and it's already August (I realized I had never designed with pink before so I gave it a try for this month's banner...might have gone a little over board).
   In July I moved away from typography quotes a little and more toward Illustrator and Photoshop projects. If you'd like to see more typography please let me know in a comment below, otherwise it's full force toward illustrator projects!
   August is a huge milestone, not because of any major holidays, but because it marks BACK TO SCHOOL! It seems way too early still but I'm excited to start senior year. Things are going to get pretty crazy around here but I'll do my best to keep up.
   In other news I've gotten a job at Bath & Body works in my local mall. I'm really excited to get back to work after only blogging all this time but again time will be a challenge.
   One final thing! Be sure to check out the new free printable calendar under my "Printables" tab up top. I really like how the August one turned out and wanna make sure you get to use it.

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Quote: Jack London

Here's a quote from Jack London, he's another author I've read in school and really enjoyed. I used InDesign for the words and frame then Photoshop for the subtle background distortion. 

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Photo editing project: Curve Ball

Hello everyone! Here's another photo editing project I've been doing with an image from my amazing photographer friend Katlyn. Honestly it's getting hard to find things to edit on her pictures because they're so good. So I thought I'd practice mostly skin editing this time around.


Here's a close up of the work I did. I used a lot of dodge and burn on her headband and shirt to bring out the white as well as on a few features of her face to make her eyes pop.I played around a lot with layer masks to make all the work I did stand alone instead of on many layers. I like how it turned out.
Thank you so much again Katlyn for the pictures.

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FREE student planner This week only

Here it is your FREE student planner. Just click the link below to being downloading your very own student planner.

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2013-2014 Student Planner for sale NOW!

Hello everyone! This has been a massive project but it's finally here! My 2013-2014 student planner! As promised it will be FREE to download starting July 29th and ending on August 3rd. However! If you absolutely can't wait another second here's a link to my etsy shop where you can download and print it off for use TODAY! Just click the image below. After August 3rd you can download the planner from etsy only.
Some things to mentions: 
  • The planner is made for 8.5x11 inch paper and is in full color
  • you can print it off at home or have it professionally bound at a print shop
  • the planner includes 13 calendar pages, 52 weeks of planner pages, and plenty of room for projects, birthdays, assignments, and more.
  • The entire thing is 144 pages long (including a cover and a back)

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