Back to School Concepts

Working on some fun Back to School concepts. Lots of fun stuff; notebooks, binders, journals, pencil holders. Hopefully we’ll see some of our designs in stores next year. My kids really like the retro look of the typewriter and bikes and the Rockin’ Robin set. I also have some fun ides with animal print that I can hopefully get done before going on my trip to Disneyland. I’m super excited to be going and I’m sure I’ll be inspired at every turn! In the meantime here are a few concepts that I’ve been working on. What do you think?

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Let’s get Crafty!

Screen shot 2014-09-23 at 10.01.46 AMScreen shot 2014-09-23 at 10.01.53 AMI had this really cool pillow that I loved but after a couple of years the burlap backing was tattered and torn so I decided to re-purpose it. I bought a decorative chipboard shape at Hobby Lobby a while ago. At the time I just thought it was cool and that it would come in handy some day. I was originally thinking to mount a watercolor photo on it and I may need to go back and get another one for that project but in the meantime it worked great for this project.

Let’s get Started
You will need Mod Podge, a sponge applicator or brush, an old credit card and any surface for mounting. You could use old barn wood, maybe glass, cork – just use your imagination! I figured out approximately where I wanted the bird to be and then cut down my fabric to be just slightly larger. Apply a generous amount of mod podge and apply fabric. Use your credit card to smooth out any bubbles. I then used mod podge on the sides and attached the fabric there as well. You could cut it out to be the exact shape and finish with a ribbon trim or paint also. These would make great Christmas gifts and easy enough for your kids to do for their friends. You could also buy pre-made cork squares and cover those for a cute cork board.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

I love discovering new stuff. These are a few of my new favorites. Have you heard of or tried the app Waterlogue? It’s not a free app, it’s $2.99, but so worth it. It turns your ordinary photos into beautiful watercolors. I love the results and these would look beautiful printed on watercolor paper and framed. Here are a few examples from my photo library (before and afters), aren’t they dreamy?

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I also just discovered a super cool new font collection, Harman. The collection can be bought from Creative Market, which in itself is a super cool site. The collection comes with several fonts in script, inline, regular and some fun extras. Great fonts for all of our stationery designing!

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Last, but certainly not least and certainly not a new discovery, DISNEYLAND! Yep, I’m going in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait. It’s my favorite place on earth! What will be new for me is that I am going to go to Disney’s Halloween Party and also taking a day to go to Universal Studios. Plus I have not been to Disney since they opened Cars. Super Excited! Have you been to the party before, any advice? Oh and if my kids are good I might bring them with me. ;)

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What’s new Wednesday – Christmas Dishes

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it’s all good…
After our Eat at Mom’s dishes came out, we were asked to do a set for the holidays. They really liked the retro look and typography of Eat at Mom’s so we followed along those same lines with this new collection. Take a look at some of our designs. I think these would make for a festive holiday table! What do you think?

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