Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vote Bob for Apples!

Just a little humor to lighten up your day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brand Identity for Paper Melange

One of my lovely coworkers started a crafting business called Paper Melange. She specializes in paper items, including ornaments, gift tags, cards, custom boxes, and more. She travels in and around Atlanta to craft shows to sell her wares.

After meeting with her to get a feel for her products, target audience, and personality, I developed a brand identity for her business. I wanted to choose fonts that she could easily access and not have to pay an arm and a leg for. Also, I wanted a handwritten looking font to mimic her handmade products, so I ultimately chose Jenna Sue as the main font choice.

It was a fun project to design for a fellow crafter. I am inspired by the people who work hard to do what makes them happy. It also reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

"Your dream job does not exist. You must create it."

Ready to start a business and need a brand identity? I'd be happy to discuss options and get you on your way to happiness and success! Contact me here.

With ♥

Monday, August 25, 2014

To Infinity & Beyond: A Collection of Illustrations

A few weekends ago, my husband and I traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, to visit my parents. My dad has worked at Boeing in the international space station program for 30 years, so the space station has always been a big thing in my family. While we were in "the Rocket City," my dad showed us a cool app called SkyView on his iPhone that you point at the sky and it will tell you where certain constellations and planets are located, and better yet, when and where the space station is when it crosses over our path! We stood out in the front yard and saw the space shuttle move by a fast, bright light that took me back to childhood and the amazement that people could travel in space.

When we returned home, my husband started tracking when the space station would again hover over our heads (by visiting the Spot the Station website by NASA). For a few nights, he (and sometimes myself if I wasn't already in my pajamas) would stand in our front yard and watch the space shuttle go by. It's amazing how many stars and planets and galaxies and, as much as I hate to admit it, aliens, are up in that massive black sky. It is quite beautiful and mind-opening to take the time to stand out in the quietness of dark and imagine what space must feel, look, even smell like!

It got me thinking about some of my absolute favorite art prints that I have been pinning on my "beautiful art & design" Pinterest board, and I thought I would share my all-time favorites. We have a couple of these hanging in our house, but my goal is to own the majority of them and create a space themed art print wall. One small step...

My Childhood Universe by ilovedoodle
 My Childhood Universe by ilovedoodle
Art print available for $30

The Voyage Art Print by Danny Haas
Arts prints available from $18 to $52

Under the Moon and Stars by Carbine
Art prints available from $18 to $33

We Build Rockets for A Hundred Monkeys by Neighborhood Studio
Art Print available for $15 in three colorways

Suns and Moons - Rob Hodgson

Suns and Moons - Rob Hodgson

Good Night by Carbine
Art print available from $15 to $65

let's travel by Blanca Gomez
Art prints available for $30

Drawing the Constellations by Skinny Andy

Moon Hug by Carbine
Arts prints available from $19 to $62

Solar Ride by Skinny Andy

Space People by Naomi Walkinson

Space Research by Mr. Joe Snow
Space Research by Mr. Joe Snow

Which ones are your favorite?

With ♥

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Little Adventurer Baby Shower

I am really excited to share photos from the baby shower I threw for my friends, Rachael and Jordan Bauman. Who said throwing a baby shower in an office setting can't be beautiful? I chose an Adventurer/Travel theme since Rachael was going for a travel themed nursery. There was a candy bar, lots of desserts, and drinks! I think the most fun we had were all of the games.

Candy Bar! Mini sweets cards available at Minted

The Handsome Couple

Handmade Ribbon Pins

Beautiful invitations available at Minted

Games and Activities

My favorite thing about baby showers are the games and activities! We played two fun games and had two ongoing activities that had the whole group participating (even the guys!) 

1. Activity: Around the World
I wanted the happy mom and pop-to-be to have something to take away to put in the nursery. There's no better idea for a travel themes baby shower than to give the new baby suggestions on places to explore! Guests used gold paint pens to write down locations on the globe.

Materials Needed:
  • Globe
  • Paint pens

I purchased the globe from Homegoods. They always have a great selection of different color and sized globes. I made the Around the World sign and framed it. The gold and white chevron paper is from Paper Source (you can buy it in really long rolls!) P.S. Someone needs to learn how to spell Dubai! :)

2. Activity: Late Night Diapers
Guests showed off their silly side by writing a witty saying to the future mom and pop for those late night diaper changes. 

Materials Needed:
  • Sharpie markers
  • Diapers

The fun world placemats are actually wrapping paper sheets from Paper Source. I created the Late Night Diapers sign and framed in a matching blue frame from Target. The box holding the diapers is also from Target.

 The finished product

3. Game: The Price is Right
Move over, Bob Barker! We had our own baby shower-themed Price is Right! Guests were shown six different baby items and asked to write down the cost. Closest to the grand total without going over won a prize!

Materials Needed:
  • Baby items
  • Price is Right cards (optional)
  • Pens

Obviously the future mom and pop had very different views of how much baby items cost. :) I made these Price is Right cards and printed on heavy cardstock.

4. Game: PlayDoh Baby Making
This was by far the most fun game we played. Everyone was given a different color piece of PlayDoh and asked to make a baby! The mom and dad-to-be were then asked to judge the babies. Best baby won a prize!

Materials Needed:

I bought the PlayDoh Ultimate Rainbow Pack so everyone had a different color. The tubes come individually wrapped, and people can share colors of course!

The babies above are the dad-to-be and mom-to-be's babies!

I hope you got some good ideas for your next baby shower!

With love ♥  -

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ying Yang Cats by Rob Hodgson

Sunday, March 30, 2014

That's a Wrap!

Today I started a Skillshare class on creating wrapping paper, including sketching the concept, using shapes to create objects, and patterning! And while it's hard to believe it's time to start thinking about holiday, I decided to go with a happy holiday dog theme, since those of you who know me, know that my dog Julie is the love of my life. I added bones, and paw prints, and even a little doggie wish list! It is called Peace, Love, & Bones! This is my end product (so far, I may tweak it a bit and/or add some texture in Photoshop...) I uploaded my design for submission into the That's a Wrap! Personalized Holiday Gift Wrap challenge on, so if you like what you see, please click the image below and like/vote for the design!

Peace Love & Bones

The second design I came up with today is all about cameras! Playing off of the traditional, "SAY CHEESE!", I threw in a little holiday slang and changed it up to "SAY CHEERS!" This is a great way of showcasing multiple photos on your custom wrapping paper. Click the image below if you feel like supporting Pop + Shorty!

Friday, March 28, 2014

National Stationery Show in NYC

As May quickly approaches, I have had my mind on the National Stationery Show that takes place each year in New York City. It is a dream of mine, and it is now a goal for Pop + Shorty as a company, to exhibit at the tradeshow in the next couple years. I have done my research and it will take a lot of man power, time, and money - and passion (which I have plenty of!) I ran across this budgeting infographic by Meant to Be Sent on Pinterest during my research, and I am obsessed with it. It is now displayed in my office as inspiration, and I wanted to share with my other paper lovers out there.