Wedding Favor Stickers: Avery 8293 Round 1 1/2″ Label Template

It is a wonder that Avery or its community of users haven’t created Illustrator compatible versions of their templates.  After much trial and error with the Word template offered by Avery for their 1 1/2″ Round Labels, I believe I’ve created a version for Mac and/or Illustrator users.

Enjoy!

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Wedding Invitation: Spirograph for a Coaster Wedding Invitation

Idea:

There is something wonderful about dual purpose paper goods to me (i.e. magnet save the dates).  Tack that on with being a letterpress paper good and I’m as happy as a pig in shit.  My cousin is looking for wedding invitation ideas and I cannot wait to propose several design’s of a coaster wedding invitation.

Inspiration:

The Goncharow Wedding Invitation designed by Ross Clodfelter inspired me to design circular patterns that could potentially be used in a coaster wedding invitation.  My mind drifted back to a simpler time when my favorite toy was the Spirograph.  I almost went jurassic park and ordered to toy to scan the finished products.  But, because spirographs are mathematical roulette curves I was certain that digital spirographs could easily be created in Illustrator.

Instructions:

Follow this link for a beginners tutorial on creating spirographs using Illustrator.  There is something remarkably soothing about creating these patterns.

Images:

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GIMP: Removing People From a Photo

Idea:

It’s a candid photo of a beautiful moment that would be almost perfect for a thank you card except … what do you do with all those people in the background of the photo?

Instructions:

  1. Get the full resolution of the photo (hopefully it’s larger than 1MB)
  2. Using GIMP (a free alternative to Photoshop) select the Clone Tool
  3. Use the clone tool!

Images:

MJ engagement animation

Stay tuned for the next post where we talk about how we used the edited photo.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

This Saturday, I found myself in Dabney Lee’s shop attending a calligraphy workshop taught by the wonderful Laura Hooper.  While practicing my light upstrokes and heavy downstrokes, I wondered to myself “How did I get here?”

Inspiration:

I wasn’t actively looking to take a calligraphy class.  It just happened.  I’d like to call it fate.  It all started from one of my many browses of the hashtag #letterpress on instagram.  I have an affinity for maps and calligraphy so I gave Laura Hooper’s Instagram feed a browse and decided to follow her.

Idea:

I’m not sure how long it was after I followed her but one day, this showed up on my feed.  Thanks to this post, the FOMO in me and, my never-dying love of all things calligraphy (letterpress, typography and maps), I instantly registered for Laura Hooper’s Calligraphy Workshop in Brooklyn, NY.

Image:

I arrived on my CitiBike 30 minutes early which means I was really eager and excited.  Within three hours (the duration of the workshop), I went from completely uncomfortable and not confident to quite pleased with my accomplishments.

Interesting Points:

In the words of Laura Hooper “Practice Makes Perfect”.

GIMP: Textured Text Tutorial

Has it really been 5 months since my last post?

At least the lack of posts was not in vain.  Aside from the long hours at work, I’ve also busied myself with buying a house.  As if that was not enough, I decided to make a pit-stop move out of my apartment and into my bf’s condo to save on rent while I wait to close.

It’s been 5 months and I REALLY miss crafting.  I miss working on GIMP and Adobe Illustrator.  I miss searching for inspirations, designing and going into final production.  As a result of my pine for crafting in combination with the encouragement from my crafter friends I’ve given myself a reason to make a return to crafting (albeit a temporary one until I really get settled into my new home) and show you my ‘I’ve Moved’ postcard notice.

I’m not done yet but this post is to share how to make text look textured or stamped as seen in the inspiration project by Ruff House Art’s ‘We’ve Moved’ post card.

1. Follow the steps provided here.

You’re done!

Here’s what mine looks like using a picture of corrugated cardboard.

Silhouette SD Tutorial: Cutting Thin Font

Time and time again, I make the attempt to cut font with very thin lines using Silhouette Studio only to fail miserably each time. The last time I tried, I manually fattened the font by pulling out various points. It seemed to work except the font wound up having jagged edges because I just didn’t have the patience to smooth the points out. Not my best work.

But then today I had the bright idea of using the offset feature to fatten a thin font. And what do ya know, IT WORKS!

I started with a thin font (Easy Street) which is just oh so gorgeous but way too thin to cut.

I navigated to the Offset feature and manually set the offset to .025.

Once the Offset is created, select all and use the Weld tool. VOILA! A fattened beautiful font ready to be cut!

It’s amazing what .025″ can do. I still had to be carefully lifting it from the cutting mat but it sure beats nearly invisible lines.

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