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Merry Christmas!

Hoping yours is as cute as Pinot & Dita’s! You can check out more adorable photos at their blog, or over on Flickr.

Good luck getting into your pants tomorrow, folks. :)

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A Gift for You and Your Computer

These fun freebies are an easy way to brighten your desktop. Check out the links to download!

From I Love Typography:

From Pixel Girl Presents:

From Fossil:

From Vlad Studios:

Hope you’re all doing something fun and festive on this Christmas Eve.

I am going to be spending all day in the airport, feeling sorry for those who have to work on the holiday. I’m considering bringing around Christmas cards to all the airline workers… Safe travels to those of you who will be spending the day similarly!

Last-Minute DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas is close upon us! And… oops. I made about twenty too-few cards this year. Here’s a quick DIY tutorial for all you procrastinators out there.

MATERIALS

– Modge Podge, or some other adhesive

– An old paintbrush

– Blank cards

– Paper scraps… library cards, pages from old textbooks, tissue paper, colored swatches from magazines, etc.

– Black pen

– Ribbon, or yarn and large tapestry needle

THE HOW:

The process is simple. Using your paintbrush, adhere torn scraps of paper to the blank card with Modge Podge on both the front and back of the scraps. Use many small pieces to make whatever shapes you like! I chose to do simple square presents, with small rectangular shapes of a different color paper for the ribbons and bows. Some other options: stitch some yarn into the card for added texture, draw the ribbon and bow with your pen, or adhere actual ribbon to the card.

You can outline the presents in black pen if you wish, and add decorative dots, squiggles, or whatever else your festive little heart desires. Write your choice of holiday greeting on the front, and you’re done! You’ll need to let these babies dry for a few hours, depending on your climate and the moisture in the air. If the cards aren’t flat when they dry, stick them under a heavy stack of books to flatten them out. Easy, huh?

I got creative (and desperate for blank cards) towards the end, and started doing designs right ONTO the library cards… They actually were pretty cute!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Why I worship Graphic Designers

I need to buy the Bible of graphic design. Is there such a thing? I’d love to learn, but my school schedule is too full of things like Genetic Biology and General Chemistry to do fun things like art.

Until I find that magical book, I will enlist the help of talented graphic designers to make my world pretty. Gabrielle of Lacquerbird Wireworks is both a saint AND multi-talented. When I saw her gorgeous banner design on her shop (see the link above), I had to beg for her assistance. You can beg for her assistance, too, if you find her on Etsy shop above, or at her Flickr page.

The before, my clunky, rather frumpy own banner…

And voila, Gabrielle’s GORGEOUS makeover after:

I can’t believe how much this design makes me like the color pink! (It looks even better in the shop!) As I asked Gabrielle after it was done… “When did I become such a girlie girl?”

If you are among one of the chosen ones who can work this magic: kudos to you. Now show me your secrets.