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Tuesday
Feb192013

color speaks

I think a little color will lighten my mood. How about you? What ways are you using color lately?

Monday
Feb182013

large stencil letter

Happy Monday once again! Here's a project I created a while back for an event.

This is a large stencil letter made from standard foamboard that measures 20"x30".
For a dramatic focal point in any room or display, this does the job well. 

And edge the letter with neon washi tape for extra interest.

If interesed in how this was made, continuing reading the next paragraph.

To create the letter, I did freehand draw the letter on the foamboard. The secret however, was to create a digital file with the same measurements to use as a guide for measuring cut lines. To be more specific, I created an Illustrator file of the same dimensions (20"x30") then used a standard sans serif font blown up to the size I liked. From there I could measure how many inches each horizontal line was from the top and also how many inches each vertical line was from the side. Using a straight edge ruler, it was easy to draw each of the line dimensions on the foamboard. The curves were a little tricky using just freehand. Also, a large cutting matt was a lifesaver when I was ready for cutting out shapes with an xacto knife.

Sorry to be MIA last week. I think I'm still in a winter slump (as I mentioned some at the beginning of January). Both my husband and I are slow with work, so I spent most of last week working on potential income streams (new Etsy products, selling stuff on Ebay, etc). We are at a standstill waiting on job/future opportunities, so it's been a struggle for us. Hoping (paid) work projects pick up and future direction come soon! Anyone been there? Where you feel your hands are tied while waiting? Any tips? Ugh, no fun.

Here's to expecting a breakthrough this week!

Tuesday
Jan292013

something wonderful

This quote jumped out at me today. Maybe because I've living in anticipation lately? Or maybe work has been slow and I've been thinking too much (and organizing!). Either way, expecting good things for your future is a must.

Monday
Jan212013

changing lives ::: print piece

Happy Monday! Today catalogs a recent print piece that I designed for a client.

In this digital world, physical print designs are few and far between (for me anyway). I love the story & transition that you get from holding something in your hands. This piece was developed by a media team of four including myself. And I'm probably most impressed with the ability to layer concepts/ideas through the transistions in this piece (which—it's often difficult to know if the viewer ever makes the connections).

So there you have a snippet of my graphic design work. Here's to having a great week, friends!

Photographs by me (Amanda O'Rourke) // Design copyright The Journey

Thursday
Dec272012

glitter 2013 tutorial

Time to welcome 2013 with a little glitter!

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas! I've been off the grid enjoying family (and snow!) in Colorado and now Wyoming. Over the next week I'll try to pop in with some of the projects I've working on.

These glitter numbers are sure to dazzle if you are planning a New Year's Eve soirée—best of all, they are SUPER EASY to make. Directions below:

1. Download the template below, print, and purchase two sheets of glitter scrapbook paper (I purchased mine at Michaels).

2. Cut out the printed numbers and then trace onto the backside of the glitter sheets. Make sure to flip the numbers as shown. Then cut along your traced lines.

That's it! No mess but lots of glam. And another addition to the many ways I've been obsessing over glitter lately.

Tuesday
Dec112012

party welcome sign {quick peek}

Well hello again. A little behind with photographing blog posts at the moment.* I've got A LOT of photo editing before I can showcase the details from last weekend's holiday party. But for now a quick peek at the entrance sign I made (that I took way too many photos of)

Hope you're having a good week! And hope to soon have more blog-worthy images!

*The window of daylight is so small these days!

Thursday
Dec062012

a faux chalkboard

Sometimes I just feel that a chalkboard won't do. With only two items I can make a "chalkboard" of any size, with no chalk dust, and I can keep it forever. Sounds like a plan.

Foamboard + a paint marker. Both available at art supply stores or online.

I draw a general outline of each letter in pencil to get the alignment & letter sizes correct (not lopsided). This is especially necessary if you want to do an elaborate drawing like this one. No erasing mistakes with this chalkboard!

I made this one for an upcoming holiday party. Fun, right?! I think it's a great motto for the holiday season.

Friday
Nov302012

joyeux noel bunting {easy diy}

Happy Friday! I've got a super quick & easy diy bunting. Perfect if you want to add a Christmas quote around your home.

1. The punch out stencils were purchased from Office Max ($3.89), depending on your quote you may need more than one set (I only used one). Then you'll just need a holepunch and string for the bunting.

2. Punch holes and thread your string through each of the letters.

3. Hang up your french "Merry Christmas" banner for all to see!

Quick. And. Done.

Any fun weekend plans??? Tomorrow is a Christmas craft brunch, followed by a 30th birthday party—what a fun day to look forward to! How about you, relaxing or parties on your agenda?

Thursday
Aug232012

inspiration archive // 3

Amazing illustrated nature alphabet—an archiving must.

Featured Lovely By: Jill DeHaan (via Going Home To Roost)

Tuesday
Aug142012

notable: lyrics to live by

How fun is this tumblr? I love a well done theme—simple and straighforward. And also a good reminder about perspective. I so desperately need a reminder to keep my eyes on the true goal. Are you worried about the clouds, wainting on the sun, or resting in assuredness?

Featured Artist: Lyrics To Live By