It’s football time! The Saints first game was yesterday and while I love repping my team, I get bored with wearing the same ole t-shirts that everyone else has. So when my sister said she bought us shirts from TJ Maxx to make our own Saint’s gear I was super excited!
Making a top like this of your own is pretty simple! Use any shirt in a style you like in your favorite teams color. A top with athletic detailing, like this Good Game Mesh Tank is perfect! Then, find a good sporty looking font like Player, Return Pass, High School USA or Freshman to create the design you want. I picked a big number 9 for Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback! Print your design on adhesive paper, trim with an Exacto knife, stick it to your shirt and paint with fabric paint in a contrasting color.
Once the paint has dried, remove the adhesive template and you have yourself a fashionable jersey! That is my dad below getting in on the pealing action! Head over to Sequin Crush for more detailed instructions and how Jasmine styled her shirt.
It is still very hot here in NOLA so I wore the tank tied up to the side with jean shorts, but I can’t wait to wear it with leggings once the weather starts to cool down (if it ever happens).
As Jasmine and I begin to plan our second networking event, I’m taking some time to reflect on how this whole thing got started. Neither of us had any experience in event planning but we were determined and passionate and decided to figure it out! After a lot of research and hard work, we were able to get a successful launch party down in the books!
It’s so inspiring to be able to meet up with other bloggers and right-brainers that I’ve decided to write an e-course on how to start your own local event similar to The Made In Mind Social! Today I’m talking about our branding and the e-course will cover everything else like the who, what, when, where and how!
As a designer, I know how important a brand is to launching a successful business, or in our case, event. We need to look professional and showcase what we are all about.
After we decided on a name (this was the hardest part) it was time to start designing the logo. We knew we wanted it to have a hand drawn look and fun, bold colors so we collected inspiration and I got to work! After a few weeks the logo was complete and we started applying it to promotional materials! We got our website up and running and designed business cards, member discount cards, magnets, stickers, canvas bags and sponsorship brochures.
We didn’t have much of a budget to work with, so we decided to collaborate with sponsors in order to make our first event a success. I designed some brochures with our information and what we could offer our sponsors in return. It was very important to be taken seriously for our first event. Although I try to work with local printers whenever possible, there are times that an online vendor is more cost-effective. We used UPrinting to print the sponsor brochures and they came out really great!
UPrinting is fast and affordable and the ordering process was incredibly simple. The thing I love most about them is that you can upload your files and get a free digital proof before you ever enter any payment information. They also have a 360 degree preview option. This allows you to get a physical sense of how your final product will look. When using a new online vendor these things really helped to put me at ease. I definitely hope to be able to work with UPrinting in the future. They offer all kinds of printing services, such as table tents, wall graphics, stickers, magnets, door hangers, event tickets, etc
It was so fun to give out our magnets and have our logo applied to everything at the launch party!
Now back to that e-course, sign up here if you’d like to stay up to date on this new offering. And leave a comment below if there is anything specific you’d like to learn about starting an event.
I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama for four days and while I won’t be blogging about it, you can see some of our Instagrams here. I’m back today with September’s design for your devices and some words of wisdom from Napoleon Hill. Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Just a little something to keep in mind if you start to feel overwhelmed. Embrace where you are and you may find an opportunity that would have been missed otherwise. These new designs are available for download over on WhimseyBox’s blog!
This photo was from a camping trip that Zander and I took in 2011. Hope y’all like this new design and enjoy the now!
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August was a busy month here on the blog and full of freelance work! Is there anything you’d like to see here in September? I also wanted to mention that I added a new page to my site for a list of all the things that I recommend! It can be accessed through the button in the sidebar.
With summer winding down, we’re trying to squeeze every last ounce of sunshine and warm weather out of each day. Ice cream sure helps, and what’s even better is ice cream that tastes homemade but doesn’t take forever to make. This tart and tasty lemony treat is so refreshing and so simple, you’ll find yourself wanting to make it again and again for as long as ice cream weather lingers.
The month’s Font Feast recipe was inspired by Melany Lane, a sweet and simple script font that looks hand-drawn.
1/2-gallon carton of good vanilla ice cream, softened slightly 8 fl oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
In a large bowl, combine softened ice cream with thawed lemonade concentrate, stirring gently until mixture is well-combined. Cover with plastic wrap, putting the plastic right on the surface of the ice cream, and freeze until hard.
Today’s Maybe This Inspired That is from Lisa! Lisa Danielson is a Graphic Designer/Photographer living and working in Chicago, IL. She is the founder of Neat Idea, Lisa. Design, Photography, Optimism. Your brand with a fresh perspective. Lisa specializes in logo design/branding, print design and custom photography for start-up companies and entertainers.
The Art // Monday Blues Confusion by Peggy Reimchen is instantly mesmerizing and beautifully abstract with the strong blue hue and bright reflection. The lines are sharp yet skewed by the water and capture the viewer’s attention to lead them through the photograph. I love that this piece is hard to tell what exactly it is until you look closely.
I am currently taking submissions for this column! If you think you have a “Maybe This Inspired That” match, email me links to “the art” and “the inspired” along with descriptions. Please note that not all submissions will be published.
I love a good, bold script, don’t you?! Jam jars; Warhol’s “Tomato Soup”; chalk lettering and baseball. Those were the triggers to make this soft chancery cursive turned into a script font. Brand by Maximiliano Sproviero is thought mainly for packaging but can be used in magazines and invitations also. Pro styles are loaded with the most complete sets of alternates, ligatures and ornaments; while Std styles are smaller versions of the font, with no decorative alternates. This awesome font is super affordable and is an extra 10% off right now! And as always there are a bunch of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.
One of the things I miss about living in Boston is being so close to Maine. We used to go up and visit Zander’s grandmother all the time! I just came across these photos that I took with my Golden Half camera of their fish house and the launching of the float one year, I think from 2011.
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I have quite a few spots open for the month ahead and I love being able to host and promote fellow bloggers, designers, crafters and creators on my blog. There are a few different sponsor options available, one being ads in my sidebar. The featured spot is a 300 x 250 px ad that sits at the top of the sponsor section and can only be purchased by one person a month. It usually goes fast, so grab it while you can! I have also added some new options like sponsored posts, giveaways, twitter mentions and advertising space in my RSS feed so head over to my advertising pageto check out all of the ways that you can be featured on Ciera Design. Looking forward to having some of you join me for September!And don’t forget, past sponsors get a 15% discount!
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I’m super excited to be able to offer y’all this giveaway today! I have been a huge fan of Kara’s blog, I Just Might Explode, for about three years now. She is an amazing photographer and offers lots of cool e-courses and PDFs in her Classes Kara Made shop. One of Kara’s newer classes is called The M and it’s for anyone who has been scared to slide their camera’s setting from Auto or Shutter/Aperture Priority over to the big M.
If you’re a blogger who wants to bring your blog to the next level with its own unique photographs or an Etsy shop owner tired of low quality photography representing your amazing product, The M will be a fantastic resource for you! Or if you just want to take better photos of your family, self, and life!
This class is for anyone who wants to learn the technical aspects of digital photography in an easy to understand and unintimidating setting. The class starts at the very basics– camera and lens recommendations, exposure, composition, lighting, and Photoshop corrections. It ends with basic tips from everything from landscape to portrait photography and includes free Photoshop actions, film photography tips, challenges, critiques, and inspiration. Most of the focus is on portraiture, but other subject matter is covered. Read more about the class and it’s lessons here.
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