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. …

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:

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 …

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 …

Simple Christmas Cards (Freebie)

Sorry for the lack of updates. We traveled a lot for Thanksgiving and then I had my wisdom teeth removed a week later. So I’ve been resting up a bit after both events. Before all of that I designed a couple of simple Christmas cards for you guys. Feel free to have them printed for yourself to use. Enjoy! Download Free Christmas Cards P.S. – Sign up to get more free printables, design tutorials and ideas:

How To Create A Clipping Mask In Photoshop

Knowing how to create a clipping mask is a great skill to have whether you’re a designer, blogger, or whatever other title you may have. Clipping masks make designing things like flyers much easier and can add extra style to your blog. Below you’ll find a quick 5 minute tutorial explaining how to make a simple design using clipping masks and changing shape colors. Clipping Mask In Photoshop – Video Tutorial Check out more design tutorials here. P.S. – Sign up to get more free design tutorials:

Christmas Shopping List – Free Printable

It’s November which means that Christmas will be here before we know it. I’ve designed a free printable Christmas shopping list for all you lovelies to download. It seems like every holiday season I have loads of places to go and recipes to make for different parties. To make things easier I’ve included a spot on the shopping list for recipes that you need to make for parties, potlucks, etc.. That way you don’t forget to buy ingredients while you’re out shopping for presents. Genius! I know, it was one of my smarter ideas. 🙂 Download Your Christmas Shopping List …