Nothing’s Better Than Sweet Summertime

Hey everyone! I’m Kory, and I blog over at A New Journey. I’m so happy to be sharing a post (and a freebie) for you all that brings two of my favorite things together: design and summer! When Ciera asked me if I would like to write for her while she’s out on vacation, I have to admit I had a bit of bloggers block. I love Ciera’s blog, and I admire her design work so I had to come up with an amazing idea. However, Ciera suggested something to do with summer, and that’s when it hit me.

I’ve been really inspired by The Popsicle Project lately. If you’re not sure what the TPP is, it’s a super fun hashtag over on Instagram that holds over three hundred photos of popsicles. Trust me, even if you’re not a popsicle lover, you’ll be craving one after looking at some of those pictures! Particularly inspired by this photo by Stephanie of Sunkissed Steph, I decided to make a freebie for you all, and Ciera thought it would be fun to offer it as an 8.5 x 11 printable!

Nothing's Better Than Sweet Summertime Printable

You can hang this poster as a reminder of how sweet summer really is, and don’t forget to enjoy your own popsicle, too!

Nothing's Better Than Sweet Summertime Framed


Download Your Popsicle Printable Here


Thank you so much Kory, I have to admit, I had not heard of the The Popsicle Project before you mentioned it, but I love the idea and LOVE the poster you designed! I have it hanging in my office already, as you can see above! -Ciera

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration

I’m so excited to introduce Corina as today’s guest blogger! Corina is a graphic designer, and blogs at Cocorrina about her work, inspiration, travels and fashion. She also loves to design jewelry, which I am kind of obsessed with!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration

Both my husband and I, are freelance designers and we get to work from the comfort of our home. Even though we feel privileged, working from your home might have some downs. One of the most important things, is to have your own office. A space where you can be inspired and create. A few months ago we moved to our new house and never actually got the time to arrange it as we wanted. My dear hubby gave me his office and he worked from the dinning table. How sweet is he?

Finally, after all those months, we decided it was time we both had offices, exactly as we imagined them. So, you can imagine how excited I was to start planning my new office from scratch! In the summer I tend to adore lots of color but always with a touch of simplicity. I broke down into 5 categories that describe the perfect office for me. White, color, plants, brass and patterns. I want every inch of my office to be cheerful and inspiring, but balanced with minimalism and not overloaded. Like a blank canvas. A few pops of color here and there, happy patterns, touch of brass and gold for light and a few plants for freshness.

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration Categories

I don’t know if there is a specific name for this style, but i have seen it a lot lately in interior design and in graphic design as well, and obviously I’m really into it! As a last touch, a couple of vintage items to give my office some character and because i just love everything vintage!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration - Corina's Picks

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In my furniture, random items hunt, i complete fell in love with white desks. I’m not sure how easy it is to keep them clean, but I have this idea for them that dust doesn’t show! Hehe that would really suit anyone! The Ikea wooden chair, was love at first sight, and since I have already used it, it might not look like it is, but it’s very comfortable, for me! My best friend who owns it, doesn’t agree!

One of my office obsessions, and probably yours too, are the Hay trays! I mean is there anything to say about them? They are so handy, good-looking and overall super cute! I will probably get too crazy with gold / brass because i just love how royal and clean it looks when combined with white, not to mention it makes your office glow!

The fun part is, that when redecorating an office, you can get a bit crafty too! Many of the things i loved, where.. well just a bit out of budget! But you can always find a perfect DIY, or put a few creative touches here and there. I found a few good DIYs, that I will definitely put in use for my new office!

Summer Office Renovation Inspiration DIYS

1. Besides all the office essential, it’s relaxing to have some fun decorations! I feel for this simple paper wreath, that would look just perfectly on any wall, or desk!

2. Who need post its when you can have your own mini chalkboard! And how sweet and rustic it looks on wood?

3. Putting washi tape in a good use! Cords don’t always need to be messy and white!

4. Watercolor, with bright colors paper tags, as color swatches to add some pop into your desk.

5. One of my favorite coasters probably. And so easy to make. Leather silver and leather gold.

6. Probably the most easy and fun DIY for an office. All you need to use is nail polish to give a new “breath” to your office tacks.

7. I would say yes to color dipped everything, especially a plant pot!

Carrot & Beet Microwave Chips from The Perfect Pear

A big hello to the lovely readers of Ciera Design! :) I’m Lauren from The Perfect Pear and I’m super happy to share my latest guilt-free healthy chip recipe with you! I’ve done kind of the same thing with potatoes, but this time around I actually didn’t have any potatoes so I decided to give beets and carrots a try and oh my goodness were they delicious!

You’ll Need:

• Root veggies like beets or carrots
• Olive Oil
• Salt


1. Use a mandolin or sharp knife to thinly slice your vegetables.
2. Lay down a sheet of parchment paper and lay flat your slices of beets and carrots
3. Sprinkle some salt over top of them and put in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time on half power until they are crispy.


Thanks for having me Ciera!
Stop by my blog, The Perfect Pear!
xo, Lauren
Thanks for sharing this recipe Lauren, I can not wait to try it out! I love easy and yummy food like this! – Ciera

Shell’s Instagram Inspiration

Hello, friends of Ciera. My name is Shell, I normally blog over at Kitty & Buck, and I’m so pleased to be here today. When I was trying to decide on the topic I’d write about today, I kept coming back to the idea of inspiration. As a fellow designer, I appreciate finding it in the most unlikely places. So today, I’m going to share with you nine of my favorite instagram accounts, where you will find beautiful images and everyday inspiration. I love checking out color and composition, especially.

The images above link directly to their instagram accounts! @honeydue / @stephanie_somebody / @amandajanejones / @trishpapadakos / @emilieristevski / @mimiochun / @dschwen / @nonalimmen / @deercircus

I’m not a huge instagrammer, myself, though I just inherited a slightly better phone, with a better camera, so I’m hoping I’ll feel more motivated to share everyday moments that aren’t so grainy! I’d love to hear about any instagrammers who you find inspiring too, if you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to check them out. You can peek into my daily life on instagram @KittyAndBuck.

Thank you so much Shell, I love finding new instagrammers so I can’t wait to check these guys out when I return home! I think this has also inspired me to do a post of some of my favorite instagrammers too! – Ciera

I’m Off To Palm Springs! Meet My Guest Bloggers!

Hey everyone! I’m off to Palm Springs for a long overdue girls trip! I have only been to California once before and I’m super excited for a week of relaxing in the sun!

UPDATE: See all my Palm Springs posts HERE!

Palm Springs Mailbox by Jessie Webster

Since I’m disconnecting for the week, I have some great guest bloggers lined up! They are all amazing, creative, ladies whose blogs I really admire. And they are all graphic designers, surprise, surprise, so you know you’ll be seeing some beautiful posts! I’d like to give them each a little introduction before their posts start rolling out tomorrow, so here they are!


Shell runs the show over at Kitty & Buck. Her blog is about creative living, inspiration and being nice to animals (and each other). She’s a full-time Motion Graphics Designer, part-time musician, blogger, blog designer, baker, cat momma and reader.

Lauren is the owner of the blog design business, The Perfect Pear Designs! She is also the vintage-loving blogger of The Perfect Pear, where she blogs about do-it-yourself projects, delicious food and her everyday life.

Corina is a graphic designer, and blogs at Cocorrina about her work, inspiration, travels and fashion. She also loves to design jewelry and has two Etsy Shops. The Cocorrina Jewelry Shop and Logotype Shop.

Kory is primarily a student, graphic designer, and blogger. Her blog, A New Journey, features her love for design, life, and much more. There she shares inspiration of all kinds relating to graphic design, home decor, and her own freelance work.

I’ll be updating Instagram and Twitter (can’t help myself) while I’m away so check-in with me there and I will see y’all back here when I return! Thanks so much ladies for helping me out while I’m on vacation! Palm Springs Mailbox photo by Jessie Webster

Freezer Paper Stencil by Julie Ann Art

Hi guys! My name is Julie and I blog over at Julie Ann Art. I’m so happy to be guest posting today! I’m going to show you how I transferred a design onto a pillow using a freezer paper stencil!

Since we moved we haven’t had any pillows for our couch. The main reason we don’t have pillows? My dog’s favorite thing is pillow stuffing. She will have the stuffing out of that pillow in a matter of minutes (seconds?). So no way am I buying a fancy schmancy $$$ pillow set. I bought one pillow from Ikea, sort of as a test. Maybe she grew out of her pillow chewing habits (yeah right). But this one white, boring pillow needed some help. I was throwing around different embellishment  ideas when I remembered I had been wanting to try to make a stencil out of freezer paper. So here we go!

What you’ll need:Freezer Paper Fabric (pillow case, t-shirt, placemats, etc.) Fabric Paint Iron Exacto Knife Pencil or Pen Paintbrush Cardboard

The first thing you need to do is transfer your design to the matte (not shiny!) side of your freezer paper. This can be done in multiple ways. I drew my design directly onto the paper. If you don’t feeling comfortable doing this, you can either a.) print the design on normal paper and then trace it on the freezer paper, or b.) print the design directly onto the freezer paper. Just make sure you only use an ink-jet printer if you’re going to print on it. Your call!

Next up, using your exacto knife, cut your design out of the freezer paper. Make sure to put some cardboard underneath the paper to make this process easier. This was surprisingly easy, the freezer paper didn’t give me any problems with tearing.

Once your stencil is ready, place it shiny side down where you want it on your fabric. Heat up your iron (I put mine on medium heat) and carefully start ironing, working your way from the middle of the design to the outside of the design. I went over my design multiple times. Make sure to pay attention to any intricate areas.

When the freezer paper is secured to the fabric it’s time to paint! Once again, make sure to cover all the intricate areas and edges completely. I got nervous at this part because I wasn’t sure if I had ironed it on well enough.

I let the paint dry for about an hour (although the paint bottle said it takes four hours to dry) and started pulling off my stencil. Whether you decide to wait the full four hours or not is up to your discretion. The stencil pulled off easily and now I have a cute little pillow.

The possibilities for use of a freezer paper stencil are endless! I definitely want to try it on a shirt next. The looks it gives is very similar to that of screen printing. And don’t forget you can use freezer paper for what it was originally intended for…to store meat in the freezer. Have fun!

Thank you so much Julie! Who knew freezer paper had another use? I definitely want to try this one out soon! Only one more guest post, I hope you have been enjoying them! -Ciera