How To Mock Up Your Work With Free Templates

As a designer, I’m a visual thinker, but that doesn’t mean that my clients are. Sometimes they need help actually visualizing the end result. This is where mocking up my work comes in handy. When sending a design to a client, presentation is always crucial. Mockups are also great for showcasing final work in your portfolio like I have done herehere and here. This is great when you can’t get around to photographing your work.

Stationery Mockup

This process doesn’t have to be difficult or too time consuming. You could always build your mockup files from scratch, but there is not always time for that, so I like to use pre made templates. Remember my post Free and Affordable Stock Photo? Well, I have a new favorite resource to add to that list called GraphicStock! To find mockups like these over on GraphicStock search words like tablet, screen, corporate templates and mockup. Once you find a mock you like, just download and paste your own designs in!

iPhone iPad Mac Screen Mockups

Purchasing individual photos and elements can work for the most part, but if you need multiple resources each month, that can really add up. GraphicStock is great since you can get a year of unlimited downloads for one set price! With a library of over 250,000 graphics, icons and vectors, the possibilities for creative output are endless. And the good news, there is a 7-day free trial, where you can have access to the library of images to discover how easy it is to find necessary graphics and designs for your next project.

Stationery Mockup

Features to love:

• Unrestricted usage rights for personal or commercial projects
• Keep what you download and maintain usage rights forever
• Start a 7 day free trial – download up to 140 graphics from the library during your trial

Plus to make this even more fun it’s time for a giveaway!!! One lucky winner is going to win a free 1-year account to GraphicStock (valued at $588!), how cool is that?

1. Sign up for the 7-day free trial
2. Visit GraphicStock website and locate an image you would like to use on an innovative project of your own
3. Comment here, sharing a link to the image that you would like to base a project around

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If you find you don’t get any use out of GraphicStock, be sure to cancel your account before the end of your 7-day trial to avoid subscription charges.

Now, get creating!

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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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.

Branding Mockup

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.?

Featured on 100 Layer Cakelet – Fiesta Safari Birthday Party

A few months back, Lisa, Co-Founder of A Charming Fete contacted me about customizing my black and gold safari invitation to fit with a fiesta theme she was working on for her Daughter’s second birthday. I was super happy with how this colorful version came out and blown away when Lisa sent me the photos, what a vision! I’m ecstatic that this party was featured on 100 Layer Cake-let, it really deserves the recognition and I’m so happy that I had a small part in it!

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Event design and flowers: A Charming Fête
Photography: Brittany Michelle Photography
Invitations: Ciera Design Studio
Cake: Michael Angelo’s Bakery
Confetti balloons: Bright So Slight via Etsy
Papel picado banner: Vintagebabydoll via Etsy
Animal plates: Anthropologie

Check out the full party over on 100 Layer Cake-let.

Design Portfolio: White Swan Personal Training Website

Personal Trainer Photo Based Web Design

Happy Monday! I’m trying to get better at sharing completed projects on a more steady basis around here, so here we go! The first time I worked with Vesta was in 2010 on the Race + Religious rebranding and website. I’ve worked with Vesta on a few different things over the years and I’m so excited to be able to help with her latest venture.  I just launched Vesta’s site for White Swan Personal Training, her new personal training company! Vesta knew she wanted a very simple and clean look. I knew that I wanted to showcase the true passion that she has for exercise and ballet! I wanted the gorgeous photographs to shine so I kept the color palette and design elements to a minimum. What do you think?

P.S. I’ve just about wrapped up all of my 2014 client projects and I’m now booking for 2015. If you need anything design related, get in touch!

Rock Band & Converse Themed Event and Invitation Design

I just realized I updated my portfolio with this design but never posted it here on the blog, oopsies! For this special party, the client was inspired by Rock Band and Converse and it was my job to merge those ideas into a cohesive invitation suite, it was super fun to work on! I started out by designing an emblem for the event and then worked that into the invitation design. I really wanted the invitation to be memorable for this special occasion. They had quite a bit of information for different aspects of the event that we split up onto multiple cards then pulled everything together with the die cut, foil stamped belly band. The emblem really helped tie the whole event together from the invitation suite to t-shirts, cups and even gobo lighting on the dance floor!

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