Monroe Font [Friday Favorites]

I have a new favorite font! Monroe by Daniel Hernandez is a contemporary, lightweight slab serif, equally at home making a splash on the pages of websites as it is in printed publications like magazines and catalogs.

It offers a broad scale of typographic possibilities thanks to its plethora of alternate lettershapes, ligatures and swashed upper- and lowercase variants.

Monroe’s generous horizontal width makes makes it an excellent selection for headlines, music packaging, brochures, posters, logos and more.

With a little OpenType magic — its flamboyant flourishes and swashes set it apart from its contemporaries in the modern slab genre.

Description and samples from MyFonts.

Now Accepting Sponsors for June

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Sponsoring with Ciera Design is a great way to promote your business or blog to readers who love design, photography and creative outlets. I’m using Passionfruit so sponsoring is super easy! Take a look at my sponsor info page and snatch one up before they are gone! Sponsoring Ciera Design not only means that you get to advertise your business to my lovely readers, but it also means that you’re supporting me in creating what you see here on the blog!

 

Giveaway: Custom Photo Book (closed)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this giveaway from Shutterfly today! One lucky reader will win a 20 page hardcover 8 x 8 photo book! Photo books are a great way to cherish and preserve your memories. Whether it’s a wedding photo album, a baby memory book, a family or travel photo album, Shutterfly has a professionally bound photo book that’s perfect for you. Their one-of-a-kind, high-quality custom books make wonderful gifts for special occasions, but they’re also a great way to keep your favorite memories close, and provide a great option for digital scrapbooking.

Featured on: Pinegate Road and Show & Tell

I’m so excited to share that I was featured on TWO awesome blogs yesterday! Pinegate Road and Show & Tell, both blogs of fellow graphic designers!

Ciera Design Featured

On Pinegate Road you can read about where I find inspiration and what gets me jazzed. On Show & Tell I share some advice on getting started in the design and blogging world!

In addition to that, I’m giving away a medium sponsor spot over on Bubby and Bean AND I have an awesome giveaway coming up tomorrow so be sure to check back for that! What an exciting start to the week!

Managing an Active and Healthy Online Life

Stay connected and inspired without getting totally overwhelmed

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to spend less time online. This has proven to be much harder than expected! I have been struggling for a balance. I want to stay connected and inspired without getting totally overwhelmed. While trying to grow my blog and get myself out there in the design world, I feel like it is hard to get away from my computer. I am constantly looking to make new connections, and well, that involves a lot of online time!

There is a fine line between being productive online and getting sucked into the procrastination circle of the internet. Everyday I struggle with this, as I’m sure some of you do as well. So to try and create a better balance, I have come up with a few tips to having a fun, active online world without having it take over your life.

Make a list

I am huge on planning and list making so of course that is going to be my first suggestion. Make a to-do list of your top online priorities each day so you don’t get distracted.

Schedule

Come up with a realistic schedule of the time you need online daily. When that time is up then move on! I like to check all my social media while I drink my coffee in the morning. But if you know that starting your day online is only going to lead to major procrastination, save that until the end of the day. Setting your email to only check every hour also helps to minimize wasted time.

Just Say No

If you are using social media to procrastinate, just say no! You should use it for the reasons on your list and then get outta there!

Do it for you

Don’t feel the need to prove yourself. You know that you’re having a busy day but don’t need to update your networks each time you send an email. Share the inspiring and important parts of your day, when you publish a blog post, list an item to your Etsy shop or receive a new piece of artwork that you ordered!

Weed out the negative

Hide or unfollow people and blogs that are negative or make you feel jealous or frustrated, for whatever the reason may be. This is a good way to keep your online world positive. If you are not sure, opt out of these blogs for a few days and see how you feel.

Interact

Interact with people instead of just following. I love being able to connect with all types of people all over the world, that is what excites me about social media. Trust me, most people out there would love to have a little twitter convo or go back and forth for a while on Facebook! Leaving comments on a blog is also a great way to connect. It lets the author know the time they devote to their content is appreciated.

It’s not an easy balance and I have to concentrate on these approaches daily. I hope that these tips can help you to create a fulfilling online space with out getting stuck in an online procrastination loop! If you have any other advice or comments, please share!

Blog Love [Friday Favorites]

Today is a special edition of Friday Favorites because I’m sharing a few of my favorite blogs! My google reader has gotten a little out of control lately but these are the blogs that I never skim over. They all have amazing content and are passionate about what they do!

 

Skunkboy Creatures » Katie makes a living sewing the cutest plush animals. She hopes to always leave people feeling inspired and encouraged when they pop by her corner of the internet. Oh, and her adorable little girls make an appearance every once in a while too! Handmade, Fashion, Vintage, Hair Tutorials, Music

 

SillyGrrl » Sarah is a web designer & aerialist living in metro-Detroit. On SillyGrrl she shares her adventures as a circus performer (how cool is that?!), design inspiration and web design & blogging advice. Blogging, Circus, Design, DIY Projects, Detroit, Recipes

 

Sincerely, Kinsey » Kinsey is an awesome photographer, works at Red Velvet Art, and is a DIY contributor for A Beautiful Mess. She loves sharing her favorite parts of every day life on her blog. Photography, DIY, Fashion, Current Obsessions

 

Emmadime » Emma is a graphic designer, paper shop owner, knitter and blogger and she rocks them all! Emma shares all of her inspirations on her blog and feels it has become an extension of  her creative career. Design, Food and Drink, Inspiration, Home and Interiors

 

Life as an Artistpreneur » Becka is an artist, photographer and writer. On her blog, she chronicles the ups and downs of life as a creative business owner. This is a lifestyle blog focused on inspiration for young creatives, digging deeper into issues that we all face while being self employed. Business Life, Coffee Cup Chats, Family Life, Inspiring Quotes

 

Bubby and Bean » Melissa is a Chicago-based sustainable fashion designer and illustrator. Her blog focuses on what she likes to call “all the wonderful things.” fashion, home decor, travel, music, photography

Now I’m not gonna tell you TOO much about them because I want you to go check them out for yourself. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Now it’s your turn… not like I need anymore blogs to add to my reader, but what are some of your favorites?

Say Hello… [May]

I’m so happy to introduce you guys to my sponsors this month! I absolutely adore all of their blogs and shops and highly recommend taking a minute to click around and pay them a visit!

Blog // Twitter // Portfolio // Ciera Loves >> Here We Go: Time Saving Techniques

Hello! I’m Allison and am a designer/blogger living in Columbus Ohio. When I’m not freelance designing, I’m blogging over at Show + Tell where I discuss blogging tips, photography, post reviews and host photography challenges! Be sure to stop by!

Blog // Paper Shop // Vintage Shop // Ciera Loves >> DIY: Moss Toadstool Wreath

Hi, friends! My name is Elizabeth and I run two Etsy shops as well as a little blog called Please Note where I share my favorite recipes and DIYs. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Ciera Loves >> DIY: Flowerchild Fest Headdress

Hi, I’m Jasmine. My blog, Sequin Crush, is a blog about my personal style and my fashion crush’s of the moment. I never think less is more when it comes to fashion, especially accessories! I hope to inspire others to explore their inner sequin crush and find as much love in fashion as I do.  

Blog // Portfolio // Flickr // Ciera Loves >> Time Trap

Zander is a Boston based photographer with an eye forged from the likes of Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Josef Koudelka.

Blog // Twitter // Ciera Loves >> Darling Clementines

Daily Foodles is a project by designer and illustrator Megan Pendergrass documenting through illustrations and typography something or everything she eats in a day. Daily Foodles is a merging of food love and a passion for drawing/doodling/creating.

>> Want to take part in this post next month? Click HERE for details! And don’t forget that you can become a sponsor at any time, you don’t have to wait til a new month! >> Awesome giveaway coming up next week so be sure to check back for that!

Edge Painted Business Cards [Friday Favorites]

I’ve been thinking about getting some new business cards just because I like the look of these edge painted cards so much. I have been seeing this technique around a lot lately, here are a few of my favorites.

Moo.com has even come out with a new Luxe business card, with a rich seam of color running through the paper (not the same technique as edge painting, but the same effect). If you follow this Moo link you get 10% off your first order!

Photos click through to their sources. This post is not sponsored by Moo, I just really like their products.