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!
You can hang this poster as a reminder of how sweet summer really is, and don’t forget to enjoy your own popsicle, too!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
• 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
I’m so excited to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog today! I am a huge fan of everything that she posts here and hope you enjoy my jewelry tutorial! Before we begin, you must know that I’ve never made jewelry before I created the necklace I document below. I literally went to Hobby Lobby and thought, “What supplies make sense?” I had already ordered some amazing vintage Japanese beads on Etsy beforehand so I just needed to make sure I could thread them. Here are the supplies that I used:
I picked up a basic jewelry tool kit and a few options when it came to chains. I ended up using a really thin (and cheap) gold chain so I’m excited to experiment with more quality supplies later. Here is a visual and brief tutorial below. I’ll go into more details on each step below the image!
Okay here’s more of an explanation for each step:
1. I am using a 2″ eye pin here. If I were to re-create this necklace again (which I probably will), I might consider adding a drop of super glue to keep the two beads together. If you aren’t extremely precise, it’s hard to keep them close together while closing the eye pin in the next step.
2. I used the round nose pliers to hold the eye pin steady while I literally bent the other end perpendicular.
3. I didn’t get a photo but I did clip the end of the eye pin so that it was shorter. I didn’t want to bend it into a loop and then have extra wire. Here is a great tutorial on creating loops with your eye pins.
4. As you can see, I have created the loop and now the beads are secured. My loop is definitely not perfect but it works!
5. I wanted to make sure I knew how to create a loop before I strung the chain through (so this is technically a little backwards) but by the time you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take a lot to pull the loop apart and add the chain.
6. Now you have a completed and seamless necklace! After this, I snipped the chain (where it would fall on your neck) and added the clasp! Ta da! Necklace completed.
So there’s my beginners guide to jewelry making. I learned a lot and didn’t even really study any techniques. It was almost more fun going into it neutral and not having an preconceived ideas of what my necklace should look like. Let me know if you have any advice or tips – I’m all ears. >> written by Allison at Show & Tell
I think this came out so great considering it was her first jewelry making experience! A big thanks to Allison for sharing this with us while I’m away on vacation! – Ciera
Hi Ciera Design readers, my name is Bekuh and I blog over at Secondhand Sundays. I’m happy to be guest posting on Ciera’s blog while she’s out of town and have a super easy DIY ready for you today. With Father’s Day just around the corner I thought a project designed just for Dad would be perfect. Stick around and learn how to hand stamp a polka dot tie for that special man in your life.
The supplies needed for this project are minimal; you’ll need multi-surface craft paint, a pencil with an eraser, a paper towel or rag, and a solid color tie (mine was thrifted).
I chose to use two colors for my tie – mint green, and coral. In combination with the black tie it created a nice contrast, and a mid-century americana feel. I couldn’t help but imagine a Dad in the 1950s rocking a style similar to this. You can choose any color combination you want, or go classic with one color like white.
The steps for making this polka dot tie are pretty simple. Start by dipping the eraser end of the pencil in one of your colors and imprint on tie. Be careful not to push down too hard, just lightly dab it into the tie. Continue dipping, and imprinting polka dots on the tie in an irregular pattern starting with the bulk of the tie and moving into the neck. Remember to leave space for your second color of paint (if you so choose).
Don’t worry if your first polka dots seem a little splotchy. You’ll want to do a second coat of paint just to ensure all of the polka dots are fully filled in and a good shape. Once you’ve filled in the tie with one color use your paper towel or rag to clean off the eraser.
Next fill in the gaps with your second color of paint, again doing two-three coats. Let each coat dry completely before starting the second to avoid smearing. I suggest letting the whole tie dry overnight before wrapping.
I think your Dad or significant other will love your creation, it combines two things Dads love, crafts from their kids and ties. Or at least that’s what I’ve always been told (wink wink). Enjoy! Bekuh
Thank you so much Bekuh! This is a great Father’s Day DIY idea, and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with polka dots ! -Ciera
Hello there! I’m Kelsey from Pinegate Road, and I was thrilled when Ciera asked me to guest post for her while she was away on her vacation in Maine! I remember going to Maine as a kid with my family…oh man, the lobster shacks you can find when driving down small roads off the coast. I have fond memories of those places. At one, my family and I went to eat fresh boiled lobsters caught out of the ocean, and we were all sitting in the plastic chairs, see. Suddenly, my Dad starts slowly sinking in his chair, and then *plop* all of the chairs legs had collapsed inwards towards the ground and he was just sitting there on the ground at this lobster shack with his entire family in hysterics around him. I still laugh out loud when I think of this story. Anways, I regress.
Speaking of Dads, here is a little gift round-up for things that I’d love to give my Dad for Father’s Day! It’s coming up so quickly, wow. While these items are specific to my Dad, hopefully they can generate some ideas for your very own daddy-o. Mine is huge into hunting, loves getting a little preppy for the workplace (Mom’s influence as of late), and enjoys a good round of golf. On a trip to Italy a couple of years ago I found my Dad a simple leather wallet that he has since fallen in love with. After years of use and abuse, it’s seeing its last days. Much the like the wallet, his Sperry’s are in need of a little refresher. Like father, like daughter, I started donning a men’s pair of Sperry’s to go with my high school uniform. Love them, and the man who influenced me.
Thank you Ciera for having me, and hope that you have a great vacation in that beautiful place of the country! If you’ve never been out to Maine, it’s a definitely must-visit location for sometime in your life. Summers there….oh my gosh.
A huge thanks to Kelsey for this awesome Father’s Day gift round-up! I just love the story of her dad on the ground at a lobster shack, too funny! -Ciera
Hey everyone! My parents arrive to Boston today from New Orleans and we are heading off on a Maine road trip! Since I’m disconnecting for the week I have some great guest bloggers lined up while I’m away! They are all amazing, creative, ladies whose blogs I really admire. I’d like to give them each a little introduction before their posts start rolling out next week, so here they are!
Bekuh owns The Button Factory, an online vintage boutique and blogs at Secondhand Sundays, a lifestyle blog that focuses on creating a homemade life filled with vintage wares, DIY projects, and home cooked meals.
Allison is a graphic designer and photographer. She blogs about travel, favorite products, tips on blogging and hosts fun photo challenges on her blog, Show & Tell.
Kelsey is also a graphic designer and uses her blog Pinegate Road to document her self-curation as a designer. She shares color studies, outfits, inspiring art and work spaces from other creatives!
Jasmine of Sequin Crush blogs about her personal style, fashion crush’s and DIY projects. She hopes to inspire others to find as much love in fashion as she does. She is also my little sister!
Julie is creator of a greeting card line on Etsy, and blogs at Julie Ann Art as a creative outlet, where she documents all of her ideas, inspirations, handmade projects, Etsy finds and DIY Tutorials.
I’m sure 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!