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A Nice Thing, Now

4 Oct

I am very (veryveryvery) excited to link you to my first giveaway! I love Nice Things Now, and I’ve been reading Leah’s personal blog for years, so I feel like we are friends (albeit one – sided friends, since I’ve commented like, once.) She gave me a suuper nice writeup, and I have just been smiling and feeling good! So good that I’m writing two blog posts in one day. So, if you are new to my blog from NTN, hello!

I wanted to take this as an opportunity to write about why I do what I do. My views on graphic design are constantly changing and growing, and I’m finally feeling like I am realizing the direction I want my design life to take. I’ll be honest – in school, we were kind of snobs about invitation and stationery designers. I did not consider that ‘real’ design, and to be honest, sometimes I felt a little ashamed that I had an online stationery shop. Like I was selling out, or not pushing myself to my full capacity.

Which is ridiculous, of course.

I have come to realize that I love designing and making stationery. I love it as much as I love the other areas of graphic design. I feel happy and fulfilled when I’m working on cards, even though they’re ‘just’ cards. Even more importantly, I’ve realized why I love it. I want to facilitate connections. Graphic design is about communication, but it can and should also be about bringing people together.  I think that’s why I’ve never been able to muster up much interest for corporate design. I want to make things that are creative, inspiring, and exciting, and not necessarily just furthering a brand. I want to inspire people to reach out to other people, and make a connection. When someone buys a card that I’ve made, it’s exciting because it’s a form of validation, but it’s much more exciting to package that card up, imagine my customer receiving it, and then sending it on to someone else, who probably has never seen it before. It makes my day when I receive a personal piece of mail, and I know that isn’t something that’s unique to me. I like to think that I am helping people strengthen their friendships – or making new friendships – one piece of mail at a time.

This is something I want to bring even more into my design life. I want to take on projects that in some way inspire people to connect. Perhaps that’s designing posters or invitations for an event, maybe it’s designing the packaging for a  tool that will introduce people to a creative community they knew nothing about. Maybe it’s just inspiring people to comment on my blog and connect with me. It doesn’t matter how big or small, but the element of connection has to be there. This is why I design.

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Hallo-WHEN?

27 Sep

Halloween is just around the corner! If just around the corner means a month from now. I have been more excited about Halloween and autumn in general this year than I have been in quite some time. I think it can be partially attributed to the fact that for the first time in two years this changing season is not a brutal reminder that time is marching onward and I am still nowhere close to achieving my goals. I always expect a lot of change and growth over the summer – mostly because I always had big plans for my summer break – but this year there actually was change and growth, and I’m happy with how things are turning out.

As I mentioned earlier, one of my goals moving forward is to do all the things I talk about wanting to do. Autumn is a prime time to make good on that goal. So many exciting things happen in the fall – it suddenly gets really beautiful outside, the fair comes through town, it’s my birthday, there are fun activities to do like visiting pumpkin patches, apple picking, and corn mazes ( I SO want to do a corn maze), Halloween parties, and Thanksgiving.

Keeping that in mind, I realized I was crazy when I thought about not making any Halloween cards for my shop. What was I thinking? I’m talking about seizing the moment and doing all the things I talk about doing, and at the first sign of work I just give up? Who am I, anyway? So I decided to give it a shot, and I’m so glad that I did. I’ve been feeling a little (okay, a lot) stressed and crazed lately, and this was a lovely moment of peace during a time that’s had more than its fair share of self doubt and anxiety. I felt joyful when I was making these, and it reminded me why I got into this profession in the first place. It’s for the pure, unadulterated happiness I feel when I’m creating something. So often I lose sight of that, and sometimes it takes something silly like making Halloween cards on a Saturday night to bring it back.

Not only am I pleased with how they turned out, but I’m also delighted with my product photography. I have talked before about how my dad takes photos for me, and I think we are getting better every time. These are definitely the best photos I have yet. They are exactly what I was envisioning, in that they are clear, they feel seasonal, and the background is interesting but doesn’t take away from the product. Thanks Dad!

 

 

 

 

You can visit Love Citron here. I have a couple more designs that I will be releasing over the next couple of days, so be sure to check back!

 

 

Hooray, it’s the Weekend!

2 Sep

I have to say, I am looking forward to one last hurrah soaking up the sun, drinking some pool beer, and pretending I’m 8 and have to go back to school on Tuesday. Can you say school supply shopping? I really do need some pens..

Even though I’ve been taking a mini staycation this week, things have been pretty busy over at my shop.

I’ve been putting up some new products every day, so you should take a look, if you are so inclined!

 

Have a great weekend.

OMG Ya’ll!

25 Aug

This is a pretty exciting day for me. I am finally ready to start rolling out my new LoveCitron products that I’ve been working so hard on! Beyond my excitement to show off my stuff to people other than my dog, I feel this represents a new and exciting step in my freelance journey. I am finally on my way to actually growing my shop. I only have one new product today, but keep watching the space over the next couple of weeks to see what else I have in store!

 

 

This is one of my favorite cards. It features a punchy blue striped exterior, and this fun pop up! You can’t see it from the photo, but the cloud is actually faintly iridescent paper, adding a unique depth. Click the image to see the full listing, and stay tuned.

Wedding Roundup

19 May

A while back, I was offered the opportunity to participate in a wedding expo. This was exciting, however it meant that I spend about four straight days making products, so I would have something to showcase!

It was pretty fun.

Anyway, I have been slowly putting these suites up on Etsy, and I thought I’d share them here.

I like this one because it’s simple and elegant, but still a little modern. I’ve also really been digging blue and yellow together.

Okay, I admit it, I’m a little obsessed with triangles and neon lately. I really just wanted an opportunity to expand on the triangle note cards. I like these because they are die cut, so they have a really great texture and dimensionality. I also really love the idea of a neon wedding, so it would make me super happy if a couple actually wanted these without any color changes.

These would definitely be for a more unconventional couple. I loved making them, though. I’ve been working on some water color type for a while, and it was so fun to pair it with hand drawn type. I found that putting it on a patterned background really tied it together, as it looked a little unfinished before that.

This one is by far my favorite. As none of these were for clients, I didn’t have any kind of printing budget, so I made them on my home printers. I think that there are PLENTY of ways to make beautiful printed pieces without expensive printing methods. I printed this on foil paper using a simple laser printer, and I think the inexpensive printing method really enhanced the piece. It gave it this lovely texture that I don’t know that I could have gotten any other way. The best part is, it cuts down the printing costs somewhat, but it definitely doesn’t look it!

These were so super fun to make, and I can’t wait to help a real couple commemorate their special day.

Product Roundup

28 Mar

I’ve continued putting up new products on my Etsy shop, but I’ve stopped featuring each product in its own blog post. I don’t want this blog to be one big advertisement for me, but rather a record of my design life. Instead, I will try doing a roundup of things I’ve put up for sale recently.

Let me be the first to say, I love birthdays. My family always made a big deal out of birthdays, and I love celebrating other people’s birthdays almost as much as I love celebrating my own! That being said, I always have the hardest time finding cards that straddle the line between funny and not mean/making jokes about how old the recipient is/making fart jokes. I came up with this card as a solution. The interior of the card states: “Can I have some cake now?” which in my opinion sums up the most important sentiment of a birthday. Buy here!

Intended as a complement to the small triangle cards, these blank cards feature larger cut neon triangles. As always, colors are customizable. Buy here!

I know Father’s Day seems far away, but it’s really right around the corner! Real ties are expensive, so you should go ahead and get him this paper version instead.

Friday Fix: Triangles

25 Mar

It isn’t hip to be square any more… take away one of those sides and make it a triangle! A staple in hipster art, I think they are also pretty cute when they are living it up as home and fashion accessories.

West Elm - $199.00

Need Supply Co - $18.00

Upper Medal Class (Etsy) - $52.00

Had to sneak some of my own products in here..

Available now on my Etsy shop! Just click the photo.

Verabel Fox Necklace - $65.00 (etsy)

Stone & Honey Isosceles Earrings - $75

William

15 Mar

My cousin recently had a baby (yay!). I was so excited for her, and when I met sweet little William, it was love at first sight. He is such a little cutie, and I had a hard time interacting with anyone else when he was around! It was such an honor to be able to design his baby announcements. They were truly a work of love.

I knew I wanted something that was more fun and modern, since his parents are fun and modern. I decided on blues and yellows based off of his adorable nursery, and the deal was sealed when I found some great embossed yellow paper on sale! You can’t see it very well in these photos, but it’s a nice leafy pattern which added great texture. I felt the blue patterned paper said ‘little boy’ without being too cliche.

 

I added some cut paper details, and two photos, since I couldn’t choose just one!

 

Overall I am pleased with how they turned out. If you would like to purchase a similar baby announcement for yourself, with customizable colors and photos, please visit my etsy shop!

You Tie Me Up In Knots!

10 Mar

I was inspired to make this card after purchasing 3,400 yards of red twine. I knew I wanted to do something cool with it, and after much experimentation, I figured out how to make these neat patterns! I think this would be a great ‘just because’ card to surprise your significant other, or perhaps a cute way to break the ice with your crush.

They are for sale here!

Triangle Note Cards

7 Mar

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was very busy. I spent some time at the flea market, I painted my bathroom, and I tried to get my apartment cleaned up, a plan that was foiled by my dryer dying. I then went on to make a nice big hole in my freshly painted bathroom wall when I was trying to put up a towel rack. Then I decided I’d done enough damage and called it a weekend!

This past week I was busy making some new items for my shop! I am so excited for spring, and I think it is showing in my designs, as I was loving some bright colors and geometric shapes. Keep your eyes peeled for more products!


Today I am sharing triangle note cards. I’ve been a little obsessed with triangles lately, and I had some neon paper laying around, so it worked out! The cards have a blank interior, and they come with envelopes. Check them out here.