Okay y’all know I love good design right… and paper… and getting stuff in the mail. So when I recently discovered Olive Box, a subscription for curated paper products, it was like a dream come true!
As a member of Olive Box you will receive a delightful box of paper and lifestyle products delivered to your door each month. From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month. Each box has a surprise theme and will include goodies that have been transformed by the beauty of paper.
Great news for y’all! Founder, Grace Kang, of Pink Olive, was nice enough to offer a 10% discount for Ciera Design readers! Just enter the code “cieradesign10″ at checkout to receive the discount! It’s valid through 03/31/13 (and only one per person). Enjoy, friends! Images from Olive Box.
As I have mentioned in the past, I love fonts that have layering options and I’m back today with a new one for you! Trend is a font made of layers with both a sans and a slab serif option and lots of different styles including inline, shadows and dingbats! Loving this font, hope y’all do too!
Do you ever find it a little overwhelming trying to figure out which blogs to follow? You can’t follow them all or you would never get any sleep! Well Joe Cole made things a little easier by putting together an infographic listing the top 100 design blogs to follow in 2013. And I am SO proud to say that THIS BLOG made that top 100 list! It’s pretty awesome to see Ciera Design on the list with some amazing blogs, and many of my personal favorites!
To view the infographic (which was a little too long for my blog), click here. And since Joe’s graphic is not clickable I added all of the links for his top 100 design blogs below! Check out the graphic, and the list below and hopefully you’ll discover some great new design resources. And thanks again to Joe for including the Ciera Design blog! Do you have any favorite design blogs that did not make this list?
When I found out that I was getting to attend Alt Summit THIS year, it was only a few weeks before the event. After I ran around my house screaming with excitement, I totally freaked out. I heard that business cards were a HUGE deal at Alt and I was not sure I would have the time to design and get something produced in time. After hours of brainstorming, I knew that my “Let’s Be Friends” concept was the way to go. After all, I was going to this gathering to make connections and new friends! Once the idea was set, I started designing and ordering supplies like crazy! I went back and forth with myself and finally broke down and splurged on letterpress cards. The night before I left for Alt, I had received all the parts to make my little packages… except for the actual business card, ahh! There was a huge communication breakdown inside the print shop I ordered them from, so sadly I never got them (but did get a full refund). The morning of my flight I was left printing and trimming business cards on whatever cardstock I had laying around and stuffing and sealing the envelopes! Luckily my parents are awesome and they helped! It all turned out fine, but boy was that stressful! My idea was received well and hopefully inspired those I met to keep in touch! SO here we go, my Alt Summit business cards… and lucky for you guys, I have some extras! All you have to do is sign up for my e-news list(don’t forget to include your mailing address), then leave a comment here letting me know you signed up – and I’ll send out as many as I have left!
If we met at Alt and you have a picture of you wearing one of the friendship bracelets, I’d love to see it!
Among many things at Alt, I was VERY inspired by the Tiger in a Jar design camp so I decided to make a video showing the process of me putting my cards together!
While love is in the air, I want to share the cutest little hand drawn serif font family, Love Potion. Three fonts (regular, bold and ornaments) that include extravagant ligatures, swash letters, catchwords, arrows, borders and other little specials. Seriously adorable, right?
Zander and I are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight. With Mardi Gras on Tuesday we just couldn’t handle it yesterday. Did you do anything special yesterday?
Hi y’all! I’m back from Alt Summit and trying to get back into the swing of normal life. It was the best, most exhausting four days of my life! While I’m still processing all of the information I took in, I decided to share some of my favorite business cards from the awesome bloggers and brands I met while in Salt Lake City. Since Alt is a conference for creative people, the business card exchange has become a beautiful and fun tradition, now in it’s fourth year. I have linked to all of their blogs so click around if you are looking for some awesome new people to follow, I still have some exploring to do myself!
Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel and Melisa from LuLu the Baker really blew me away with the time spent on their cards. I mean, Lexy stitched together glitter garland for everyone!
Alt set up these boards in the hallway for everyone to stick their cards too, so fun! I was seriously amazed by all of the creativity!
Do you have a favorite card here? Or were you at Alt and receive a super special one? I’ll be recapping different aspects of Alt Summit next week, so stay tuned! I’ll also be sharing the cards that I brought to hand out!
The Art // I love the collage work by Spanish artist Francisca Pageo. She often uses animals and women’s faces along with blocks of texture and color to create organic compositions that evoke a mysterious, peek-a-boo-like story.
Here today to get your computer into the holiday spirit with December’s free download! I hope you enjoy this one! I have also listed it in my Society6 shop, loving this design for holiday greeting cards!