Graphic Design

Maryland State L-O-V-E

I’ve been playing around in InDesign, trying to create a fun way to show my love of the State of Maryland. I’ve been at it for a while, but have been super disappointed in the designs I’ve come up with. I saw a fun DIY post from Design That Inspires that inspired me to create a fun “I heart Maryland” print either for our home or my office at work.

Here’s what they came up with to show their state love:

{View their DIY}

They painted their designs, but I’m not talented with painting at all. So, I turned my funky InDesign work-in-progress into my own version of their super cute State Love project.

I started out by snagging an outline of the state off of the interwebs. Originally, I tried filling the outline with the names of cities and counties in the state. I haven’t completely given up on this idea yet, but it’s stumping me for now.

The outline isn’t too pretty, so I used the Live Paint tool in Adobe Illustrator to change the stroke of the outline to look a bit smoother.

I popped this image into Photoshop and quickly filled the white areas with a pretty shade of blue using the Paint Can tool. Then I uploaded the .PSD file directly into InDesign.

Back in Illustrator, I created a ruby-red heart using the Pen tool. This is tricky, but I learned how to better use this tool in an Intro To Illustrator class I took recently.

I copied this heart into InDesign and dropped it right over Columbia! Added my favorite new font, Mossy, to the top… and Voila!

It’s too cute and not terribly difficult to do.

Plus, I really do love Maryland. Best state ever!

Graphic Design, Life

Sentimental Lyric Art

I showed you guys some lyric art I designed a few months ago and have wanted to do something similar with the lyrics from mine and Brian’s wedding song. We did a choreographed dance to Train’s Marry Me — nothing tacky, just a planned out ballroom dance with a few twirls here and there.

I was so proud of us when it came to our first dance. We took lessons at Stars Studio for all three of our dances: our first dance, the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance. My neighbor Jolene owns the studio and her daughter Hannah is an amazing dancer and instructor. Hannah was awesome and choreographed a dance for us (pretty much on the spot while she was teaching it to us!). We had to practice so much, and the hubby was a bit nervous (I should add that doing a choreographed dance was his idea! I was totally shocked that he’d want to do something like that). Hannah also taught our parents and us how to do simple box steps so we didn’t look silly just swaying back and forth.

At our wedding the music for our first dance started a little early, so we were thrown off a bit at the beginning. After we got ourselves back on track we rocked it and were totally adorbs.

Mushy, mushy, mushy… I know :p

Anywho, I want to hang the lyrics to Marry Me in our new house with a few photos from our first dance. I’m thinking of matting it in a big silver frame. Totally cute? I think so!

Here’s my frist crack at making art out of the words.

I think it’s a fun reminder of our special dance that we worked so hard to perfect. I want to play around with the fonts a bit. I used Zapfino (the scrolly/swooshy font), Cambria and Chaparral Pro. The numbers at the bottom are Baskerville, which has really classy looking numbers (or so i think).

Here’s another version with a few different fonts. I wasn’t loving how much Cambria I used in the frist version, so I added in a few more fonts: Noteworthy, Spongy and Lesser Concerns.

Which version do you like better? I can’t decide!

Did you do something creative to remember your wedding song (or any other aspects of the wedding, for that matter)?

Graphic Design, Life

Happy whales

Disclaimer: I should start this post by saying I caught some sort of head cold this past weekend and am not 100% with it right now. Hence my goofy post about whales.


OK, is this not the cutest thing ever!? If I ever get rich enough to own a beach house, this is the first thing I’m buying for every single room. 

This adorable tissue box holder is from Etsy and comes in so many colors!! I’m seriously geeking out over them right now.

They just look SO happy!

I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon this creation, but I was inspired by the smiley whale tissue holder. Funny what you can replicate when you think it’s adorable and when you are cracked out on DayQuil and allergy medicine.

Bahaha. So funny. When I have my beach house, this will be framed right above the tissue holder. Love.

Side note: According to my coworker, the whale tissue holder is probably inspired from the text message whale. I also think this is hilarious.

On a serious note, if you are like me and are super interested in graphic design, I definitely recommend playing around with the Adobe programs whenever you can. Every time I use them I learn something new. In fact, I just figured out how to make a triangle {Object > Convert Shape > Triangle}! Sounds easy… but I didn’t know how to do it as one set shape, so I used to just draw the three lines and group them as an object {Object > Group}. Life in InDesign has officially been simplified.

I’ve also been trying to learn more Photoshop and Illustrator. In fact, I am taking a two-day course on Illustrator at the beginning of May! I am really excited and have been teaching myself parts of the program here and there. It will be really nice to have formal training on it. I’ll have to let you all know how it goes.

Last random thing — Happy birthday, Phillip!