Licensing Deal, Blueprint, and More

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve updated you guys on what’s been going on with me. Earlier this year I made the decision to step back a bit from the blog. Things were super busy with work and preparing for the (fast-approaching) trade show. Recently some things have changed in my life and will now make it much easier to keep this site up-to-date. I’m looking forward to being able to spend some more time on here. 🙂 Anyways, here’s a quick look at what’s been going on for the past couple of months. My First Licensing Deal!! (yay!) …

Join Me On The 100 Day Challenge

Last year I participated in the 100-day project and created a new pattern every day, for 100 days. Those 100 days were a really great experience and I learned a lot about my own design skills & style. It was during this time that my confidence grew enough to start teaching and it was also the beginning of me really starting to figure out my own design style. So, let me ask you a question. Are there any design skills that you want to improve? Come on, I know there is at least one thing you can come up with. …

Wicklow Mountains and Cork – Ireland Day 2

Day 1 | More on the full trip Morning Walk Eric and I woke up early so that we could walk to the car rental office and grab breakfast on the way. Most places don’t open until 8:30 am or later. At least that’s what kept showing while searching Yelp. So we just decided to go out and we’d find a place while walking around Dublin. Breakfast We took the tram (Luas) from Fatima station to Jervis station. And we only ended up walking a couple of blocks when we found Mochaland Cafe. They had a sign outside advertising a …

30 Things To Do Before I Turn 30 – Update

A little updated from last year’s most popular post. Travel To The U.K. Best. Thing. About. 2016. I’m so ready to go back! Read all about the trip. In the meantime, here’s a quick video. Ireland & the U.K. 2016 from Lindsey Slutz on Vimeo. Run A Successful Blog I’ve started to use a blogging calendar and putting more effort into this website. To me, that is already more successful. Now how do I get people to visit my little space on the web? Lose 30 Pounds This has been quite a struggle since last June. Eric and I joined …

Color Palette

How To Create Color Palettes & Swatches In Illustrator

Personalize your designs by using your own photos. Learn how to create color palettes & swatches easily in Illustrator. They’re easy to use over and over again, as well as share with other. Below is a couple of examples of color palettes I’ve created using this method. Keep scrolling for a video tutorial. How To Create Color Palettes & Swatches In Illustrator P.S. – Sign up to get more free printables, design tutorials and ideas:

Chinese Lantern Festival (Pictures)

Each year the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC hosts the Chinese Lantern Festival. It’s something that my mom has wanted to attend for the last couple of years. This year we all happened to be in the the same location when the festival was going on. The main entrance is a large silk LED-lit feature that looks like Chinese Palace or Gong. The colors were absolutely gorgeous and pictures do not do it justice! My plan was to film it all with my GoPro, which I did, and then post a video. I now know that I have a …

Tips for Using the Pattern Tool in Adobe Illustrator

The pattern tool was added to Illustrator in the CS6 version. It was a feature that I rarely used up until the last few months. I first learned to create patterns the traditional way in Illustrator. For the most part I still do it this way, with the exceptions of half-drop repeats. It’s also really helpful when making super simple polka dotted or striped backgrounds (and faster!). Whether you’re new to the pattern tool or you’re someone that has been using it for a while, there’s always new tips to learn. Check out the video below to learn how to …

Christmas 2016 – Raleigh, NJ and Asheville

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! As always, we were quite busy traveling to spend the holidays with our family. Christmas #1 This year we spent the weekend before Christmas with my family. We drove up to the Raleigh area the weekend before Christmas, so that we could enjoy the weekend with everyone. Saturday was busy making a big dinner with my mom and sister. It took most of the day to cook everything, but was totally worth it. After the delicious meal we sat down to exchange Christmas presents. Watching my niece and nephew open presents is …

How To Create Rounded Corners

One feature that I have always loved in Affinity Designer is the corner tool. It wasn’t until recently that I found out that Adobe had included this feature in Illustrator CC. This added feature alone was enough to finally get me to upgrade from CS6. Rounded Corners in Adobe Illustrator CS6 & Older Start off with creating a shape, any shape will work (other than circles haha). I’ll be using stars for these tutorials. Effects>Stylize>Rounded Corners Click preview and playing round with the numbers. Expand appearance to make the changes permanent. Rounded Corners in Adobe Illustrator CC Start off with …