Graphic Love: Glitter Mania

Hello Internet, I’m so excited to join the Ciera Design blog as a contributor! My name is Ashley O’Neill, a New Orleans native and current PR student at LSU. I spend my days working and playing between NOLA and BR. My creative team and I are planning to bring you one photo series a month inspired by a graphic or images found in the depths of the world wide web.

The inspiration for this Graphic Love series came from one of my favorite bloggers, DESIGNLOVEFEST. I love her Hand Drawn Love series, in which one of her contributors finds an image and creates a graphic based off of it. I wanted to do the same, but with photography using physical models, objects and other elements rather than graphic design.

We hope you enjoy!

Graphic and Glitter Inspired Mood Board

After seeing the top right image of Italian brand Erika Cavallini’s Fall 2015 couture show, my mind immediately started brainstorming ways to incorporate the color scheme and two main elements into a photoshoot. Inspired by sequins, glitter, 70’s waves and Twiggy’s lined-eyes, I imagined a blonde girl with these features in a long purple sequin shift dress.

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Location scouting led us to Fleur De Lis Pizza, a cocktail bar turned pizza parlor. The coloring and shape of the building were a fantastic compliment to the rich purples and muted tones of our model’s hair.

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To connect the two ideas of glittered/painted fingers and a pizza parlor, I decided to get a little quirky and imaginative. I ordered a pizza, let it dry out, and spray painted it lavender. Shortly after we drowned it in glitter!

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Here you have it! Our blonde bombshell—the anti-prom-queen—gorging herself on pizza and cocktails to cure her never-ending teen angst.

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woman eating puple glitter pizza

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Creative Direction/Styling: Ashley O’Neill | Photography: Malarie Zaunbrecher | Make-up: Meghan Magee | Model: Lacey Berggren | Clothing: Time Warp

DIY Morse Code Garland

DIY Morse Code Garland On Wall

Garlands are such a fun way to dress up a space. Although traditionally reserved for parties, garlands can add a touch of whimsy and childlike fun to any space. Lately, I’ve spotted them popping up in home designs, especially children’s rooms. My home is no different, I’ve fallen in love and I can’t stop making them. Currently, my hallway, office, kids room, and master bedroom all have at least one. This particular garland is extra fun since it contains a secret message.

By combining different colors of ‘beads’ for dots, dashes and spaces, you can create a garland that spells out a surprise message. I made mine to say ‘Love You’ and hung it in my kiddos’ nursery. This is a quick, simple and affordable project that makes a big impact.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

1. Before you get started, choose the phrase you’d like to spell. Keep in mind morse code makes a long garland for even the shortest of phrases. Then, map out your garland. You will need one ball for each dash, dot and space – I used 30.

Painting styrofoam ball for secret message garland

2. Once you know how many you need of each color, skewer the balls carefully on to your wooden skewers. Make sure to leave a large enough gap between the balls to be able to paint all around. I put two to a skewer.

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3. The type of paint you use will depend on how many coats you need to do. I did three coats on mine using a Multi Surface Acrylic Paint. The colors I chose were from Americana in Satin: Chartreuse, Overcast and Turf Green. The more paint you put on in each layer, the better it will hide the bumpy texture of the styrofoam balls. I should mention that this is a little time consuming. Spray painting was my first thought, but spray paint and styrofoam do not like each other! The spray paint caused the foam balls to shrivel up (not the look I was going for). A foam block (I used floral foam) can be used to keep the skewers standing while your paint dries.

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4. When they are completely dry, take them off your skewers carefully. I found the best way to do this was twist. Since there will be a build up of paint around the skewers just pulling caused paint to pull up.

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5. To thread your styrofoam balls on to your string (I used a gray craft yarn), I cheated and used a bobby pin. I like to use bobby pins in place of a needle for some projects for a few reasons. The most notable is that I don’t poke myself! But also, it’s much easier to ‘thread’ and is long enough to grab from the other side of the styrofoam ball. Just pop the thread in between and bend it flat.

DIY Message Garland For Childs Nursery

Now you’re ready to hang it! It’s really simple and it’s light enough that you can hang it with a fun washi tape (no nails in the wall makes my hubby one happy guy). I love that you can have a sentimental or fun message on your wall without having to explain it to everyone that walks by, plus it sure cheers up my kids’ space! What message would you make with yours?

Garland Hanging in Childs Room

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Hollyhock Messy Calligraphy Font by Angie Makes

Meet Hollyhock, a modern and messy calligraphy font with wild, tall letterforms that refuse to be tamed. Inspired by calligraphy the breaks the rules and hollyhocks that grow rebelliously where they please. This calligraphy inspired font is just begging to get used over and over this spring, don’t you think?!

This font includes two full sets of capital letters… a set that is tall, energetic, and wild as well as a set a bit more tame and subdued. Open type features in this font include contextual alternates, fractions, ordinals, discretionary ligatures, and swashes. Use contextual alternates to add subtle swashes to the beginnings and ends of your letters. Use your open type swashes panel to use the many and various doodles, swirls, and swashes to manually add flare and flavor to your text. Or, install the separate Hollyhock Ornaments font to access the swashes and doodles more easily.

Hollyhock Type Sample by Angie Makes

P.S. I love all fonts by Angie Makes – she also designs gorgeous stock graphic elements.

7 Tips for Making Laundry Easy & Fun

7 Tips for Making Laundry Time Easy and Fun Laundry is seriously one of the worst chores. It seems like by the time you’ve gotten all of the dirty clothes washed, dried, folded, and put away, there are five new loads to get started on! It is never-ending. But that’s why it’s important to make laundry an entertaining chore, so that you don’t hate yourself every time you step into your laundry room. If you want to crawl into a hole each time you see an article of dirty clothing, check out these 100% guaranteed-to-work tips for making laundry time easy and fun.

1. Blast music at volume level 57

Although, if you live in an apartment or townhouse like I do, and are in close quarters with your neighbors, I would suggest moving it down to maybe…32 or so. Just loud enough so that anyone who can hear the music, can’t also hear you singing loudly (and if you’re anything like me, very, very badly). Playing music, dancing, and singing can make any chore go by in .2 seconds, so this is a must for laundry time.

2. Color-code your laundry baskets

Sorting your clothes at laundry time is a pain in the butt and makes your laundry room an absolute mess. Save yourself the hassle and keep two separate laundry baskets in your room–one for whites/lights and one for darks/colors. Problem solved! Now, you take one basket at a time to the laundry room, dump it right into the washer, and viola! you’ve just completed the wash step in lit’rally 45 seconds tops. Now you can go sit on your butt for thirty minutes until the next step. Yes, I know, I’m a genius. You can thank me later. (We still have 5 more tips to go!)

3. Set an alarm for laundry time

Better yet, set your ringtone for that alarm to “Happy” by Pharrell, because that song can do no wrong. Schedule out time for laundry each week (for me, Sundays are my laundry days!), set a happy alarm so that you can’t forget about it, and get pumped up to wash some clothes!

4. Try the one-minute rule

What is the one-minute rule, you ask? Well, my friend, prepare to have your mind blown. Whenever you’re getting dressed in the mornings or throwing your clothes around your room as you prepare to hop into the shower, just think about how much time it would actually take you to put those clothes into their designated hampers. I’m guessing it would be about 15 seconds. That’s less than one minute. The one-minute rule states that anything that you can do under one minute, you need to do right then, rather than putting it off. Because if you put off twenty things that you could have done immediately in less than a minute, you’ll end up wasting twenty minutes of your time later when you’re picking up after yourself. Don’t waste twenty minutes of future you’s time. Put your clothes in the hamper right after you take them off, instead of scattered all over your floor.

5. Use detergent pods

I am a klutz. I am clumsy and I drop things and I spill things and I break things. No matter how careful I am, these things just happen. If you’re anything like me, I do not recommend trying to carry twelve bags of groceries at once, including a bottle of liquid detergent, because you will drop said detergent and it will explode everywhere. So, if you are anything like me, there are all free clear pods. Small, easy-to-use and impossible-to-spill packages of detergent that you can toss right in with your clothes. Perfection. Organized Laundry Room

6. Wear clothing more than once

Obviously you need to toss your underwear into the laundry after one day. But there are some articles of clothing that can get worn two or three times without needing a wash. Jeans, for example, don’t need to be washed after every wear. (In fact, Levi’s CEO hasn’t washed his jeans in over a year! I don’t recommend going that far, but at least there’s a credible source telling you that you shouldn’t wash jeans after every wear.) And do you remember that shirt that you wore for about two hours at the bar last weekend? There are still several hours left of wear in that shirt before it needs to go into the wash cycle (DISCLAIMER: If you were in a smoky bar for two hours, put that shirt in the wash NOW.)

7. Turn folding clothes into binge-watching hour

Gather all of your newly-cleaned clothes together, sit them in front of the TV with you, and turn folding time into your favorite Netflix show marathon time. If you don’t get much time to watch TV anyways, this will be an especially nice treat, causing you to enjoy laundry time even more! If you do watch Netflix regularly, then you need to reevaluate your life choices. (Kidding! I’m watching Parks & Rec for the second time as I write this.)

Bonus tip!

Having a little puppy around always makes laundry everything more fun! Brown Puppy Dog in Laundry Basket With Towels   The all free clear line, which also includes laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets, helps simplify your laundry regimen and take care of any sensitive skin worries so you and your family are free to be! Free from the irritants and allergens that get in the way of living life. Photos by Ciera Holzenthal.

New Orleans Film Society Gala Invitation

I’m so excited to share this project that I’ve been working on for the past few months! I’ve had the pleasure of working with the New Orleans Film Society to design their invitation suite for this year’s gala. This year is extra special since they are celebrating 25 years of bringing great cinema to the New Orleans community! They wanted the design to be modern, bright and fun so I presented a few directions, then once the final theme was decided on, I produced a save the date, invitation suite, web graphics, signage and also an evite. The event is this Saturday if you are in the area and want to attend grab a ticket here!

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Made In Mind March Creatives Meet Up

Another Made In Mind Social in the books! This time we got together at The Pressery for delicious spring rolls and fresh, organic cold-pressed juices. This space is so beautiful and serene, I want to move in! As always it was a blast to meet new inspiring people and catch up with all of our creative friends and their amazing ventures, take a look!

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Photos by Trevor Mark Photography.

The Made in Mind Social is a local group of creative types that gather every other month to meet other like minded creatives, learn about other local businesses and collaborate on future projects. Interested in sponsoring an event? Find details hereNot in New Orleans but want to hold awesome events like this one? Start a Made In Mind chapter in your city! OR start your own from scratch with the help of The Meetup Guide.

Coral, Navy and Gold Wedding Moodboard

Wedding planning is in full swing y’all! It’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be but so far I have my dress ordered, venue, florist and photographer. I have 9 different Pinterest boards so far, seriously, don’t judge. Just like I do for client branding, I’ve compiled all of my inspirations into a mood board now that I’m working on some of the smaller details and the invitations. Guys, designing for myself is so hard, I’m scared to get started, but that’s what’s next on the wedding list!

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P.S. Did you know that I have a wedding invitation suite for sale in my Creative Market shop?

Design Portfolio: Julie Rootes Interiors

Sometimes clients come to me with a logo that just needs a little tweaking or they need help building an overall style to carry through their other materials. This was the case when Julie Rootes reached out to me. She had a great start to a logo but needed to take her brand identity a step further to really stand out within her niche. We decided on which items were most important for her business and I got to work. We went with a letterpress business card and a simple design including a blind emboss to add some additional texture.

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While I love starting from scratch and designing logos, one of my favorite parts is also building out the brand and bringing it to life after the logo is finalized!

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If you are not sure how to expand your brand, reach out to me and we can brainstorm and collaborate on some new materials for you! P.S. Did you see the brand identities for The Made In Mind Social and Sweet Tea and Co.?

That’s A Wrap: January and February

January and February were pretty packed and I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions: blog, design work, The Made In Mind Social, wedding planning and conference planning, whoa! Don’t get me wrong, I love it all! And this is one of the reasons I decided to bring contributors back to the blog and I’m super excited for that!

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I got to visit my sis in New York for the first time since she moved about a year ago and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll also know that Mardi Gras was pretty early this year, I kind of feel like 2015 is just starting and it’s already March! Speaking of Instagram, I realized that I don’t ever share my photos here on the blog so I did a fun little collage above.

 

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P.S. I love to collaborate with brands and other bloggers, find out more here.

Galano Classic Font by Rene Bieder

Galano Classic from Rene Bieder is the latest in a series of releases inspired by the classic grotesques of the early twentieth century. Designed as a companion to Bieder’s Galano Grotesque family, Galano Classic is informed by the geometric faces of the early twentieth century. But instead of attempting another reinterpretation of the geometric genre, this subfamily prefers to linger in the past, flirting with modernist proportions, and sporting details such as the long stretched leg of uppercase ‘R’ and the traditionally shaped lowercase ‘g’. Many of Galano Grotesque’s characters were redesigned from the ground up for the Classic variety; it also has more alternative characters, ligatures and OpenType features. With ten weights with matching italics, each containing 555 glyphs, Galano Classic is an ambitious subfamily; while it was planned to be the display version of Galano Grotesque, it also works perfectly well in small sizes and long text passages. Y’all know I love to share a font sale and this one is big! Galano Classic is 80% off until February 15 so grab it now!

Galano Classic Font Samples