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Post-It Note Art + Photography

Post-It Note Art + Photography


There is so much you can do with post-it notes. Aside from being the perfect size to write small notes on, they are also a key player in some less than traditional art pieces. The hot pink wall accents lend a colorful touch to an already pink art piece.

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I love  seeing what comes out of great minds with a stack of post-it notes. Photography by Florian Hildebrandt


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MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt

MOO Contest Entries Closed, Time To Vote! + A Scavenger Hunt


Last week we launched our MOO design contest. The task: create a color palette and get the most love on it. The Prize: the top 5 most-loved palettes will be printed on the brand new MOO + COLOURlovers business card pack, and the creators of those palettes each win $100 to spend on MOO goodies.

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Check out some of these great MOO designs that can be found and purchased right from the moo.com website! Pretty awesome huh?

Entries for this contest are now closed, but don't worry, you can still do plenty of voting! If you didn't get the chance to enter go ahead and vote (hit the "love button") for your favorite entires and help someone win this $100 prize.

If you did create an entry, now is the time to share, share, share! Let your friends know to vote on your entry and help you win! The winner will be announced this Friday so make sure you spend this week wisely.

Head over to the MOO contest page to vote for your favorite entries.

Happy voting!

The Scavenger Hunt Challenge:

  • Search moo.com for your favorite items.
  • Create A Color Palette out of your favorites
  • Post it as a comment!
We will choose one winner who will receive a $25 gift card to moo.com
Here is an example to get you started:

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Happy Scavenger Hunting!

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Stitched Paper Trends

Stitched Paper Trends


The number of things you can do with paper never ceases to amaze me. Stitching stationary is a new favorite that people have begun to get awfully creative with.

Today's article is presented by the printing services company, Next Day Flyers.

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Stitching stationary is one thing, but stitching ruffles, garlands and fabric is a whole other. These sweet cards definitely take more time, but I think it definitely makes the cards look so much better.


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Stitched holes like the "hello" card are so fun.


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Weddings are another time I see a lot of stitched paper. From favors to invitations there are tons of different things you can do with thread and paper.


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Of course stitching is a fabulous way to get festive for a birthday or holiday. Stitched wrapping paper looks amazing. The balloon garden is a great way to make a party more festive (you can use any shapes and have stitched garlands for any occasion.)


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Here is a tutorial on how to stitch on paper and make it look like the photo below.


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If you are familiar with sewing, you might get the hang of stitching on paper faster, but it definitely isn't as easy as it looks. Since the paper is stiff, it doesn't give like fabric gives. With anything, the more you do it the better you will be at it.

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Making Design & Typography Great With Embossing Techniques

Making Design & Typography Great With Embossing Techniques


There are so many ways to treat paper to give it that extra pizazz. One great way to give paper products that extra kick is by embossing the text or the design to make it that much more interesting. Embossing is the art of raising paper for a decorative touch and these embossed designs will give you some great inspiration for anything from design to branding.

 

This article is presented by the glossy booklet printing company, Next Day Flyers.


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Embossing text is a great way to allow the text to be read while remaining the same color. From wedding invitations to business cards, this is a fabulous treatment that can be added for a different look to any piece of paper.


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Wedding invitation design can be done in plenty of different ways, and embossing is a fabulous way to do something a little different with the invites for your big day.


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Everything from an embossed logo to embossing shapes can add a little something special to your branding. This technique can be done with so many different designs to make your paper products a little extra special.


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Aside from getting paper embossed customly, it is also something any crafter could do very easily to give paper a little something special. Below is a great example of getting a custom stamp made and easily raising the ink to make it a little more special. Not only that, the colors and designs are endless!


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Flowers, Logo

Branding is a very important part of any business, and putting a little extra money into creating something memorable will definitely go far when it comes to the first impressions of that company. Here are some great ways that logos and branding collateral are done just right with the embossed touch.


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No matter how you use the technique of embossing, the added touch will definitely be noticed and your brand, wedding invitations or just about anything else will be fabulous and awesome with embossed typography.

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The Art of Saying Thank You

The Art of Saying Thank You


The art of saying thank you is not only a nice gesture, but also a fun reason to buy a fabulous card to make sure you say thank you the right way. From letterpress to a quirky fun card, or best of all a handmade card from the heart.

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Shop for greeting cards  for every other occasion. Find great deals at Next Day Flyers.

 


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This thank you box is the perfect gift for any of those close friends around you, for your wedding party, or for your family. Finding the perfect card alongside a small gift is a great way to say thank you to those loved ones. I love this collection of goodies and the packaging is so well-designed.


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There are some great resources out there if you don't feel you can do it yourself, but if you do want to try your hand at designing a personal thank you note, consider this a little bit of inspiration for fonts and color palettes.


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Stamping is a trend that i just love the look of. The imperfect and faded ink is something I just love to see. And with the many different stamp options, you can create any type of card for any occasion. But if you aren't a fan of crafting your own cards, plenty of people out there love to make new cards with stamps every day.


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Finally we get to the fabulous trend of letterpress. Simple type and simple design will go along way when done with letterpress. This is such a nice touch to a greeting card. Though it is a little more expensive, letterpress can go along way in making a fabulous impression.


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To end off saying Thank You in style, let's go with a colorful card like this chevron patterned thank you card.


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Saying thank you might be the simplest point of manners out there, but saying it in style with a bit of an artistic touch is something that will be noticed and appreciated by anyone on the receiving on.

 

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Valentine Card Trends: Shape & Function

Valentine Card Trends: Shape & Function


Unique Valentines Day cards are booming everywhere! Give something fun to a secret crush, your grade schoolers classmates or your life-long love. There is something for everyone from easy DIYs, quick printables and a few fabulous Etsy card inspirations.


Finish off your Valentine's Day Cards with a matching sticker printing order to seal up the envelopes. Find great deals at Next Day Flyers.

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Activity cards can be fun for all ages. Present your valentine with a fun fortune telling card. This DIY card could get really creative! The fortunes on the inside could go as far as presenting fun things to do with your day/evening when you give it over... if you have made mystery plans for your crush or loved one, you could let them choose their fortune of events such as dinner, dancing, drinks, foot rub, shots, wine, make-out... you get the picture. ;)

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COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design

COLOURlovers Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Sprague on The Art of Poster Design


Poster design is a really fun, inexpensive and unique way to explore your creative side. From the 1,000's of fonts, variety of poster sizes, and layouts, sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start!


Once you master your design techniques visit Next Day Flyers for fast poster printing at great prices.

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Today we are interviewing Jessica Sprague, design guru and owner of JessicaSprague.com. In February, Jessica is heading off a four week Poster Design course. She is also giving away not one, but TWO seats to this really awesome class! I couldn't be more excited about the class after taking Jessica's Subway Art class. I'm a busy mom, so I don't have a whole lot of time to join in a live class, which is why I love Jessica's classes- they are self-paced and available forever!

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Can you tell us about yourself, how long have you been designing? Teaching? Do you have a job outside of JS.com?

In my former life I was a web & user interface designer for a software company, so I've been designing in some form or another for about 14 years. I started teaching digital scrapbooking, Photoshop, and graphic design in 2007 when I opened  JessicaSprague.com. Since then it is my full-time job, and I love it!

What three (or less) singular colors do you most identify with, why?

My favorite color is green - I love it in almost all of its shades from lime to olive. It's the color of growth and regeneration, of calm energy, of prosperity, learning, balance, and harmony.

If you had to describe yourself [currently] as a five color palette, what colors would they be? Could you provide me with HEX codes so I can create a JS palette for you? :)

I feel like I am a blue, two greens, and a red, coupled with a dark grey. Hex: aed835, d9ea65, 81c9c0, a90c19, a90c19

The greens I've already described. The blue is an ocean representing responsibility, stability, trustworthiness. The red represents fire and emotion, and the dark grey brings some gravity, but also represents the dark that balances the lighter, fresher colors.

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If you could be a shape, what shape would you be? (i.e. a polygon = triangle, hexagon etc...)

I would be a 5-pointed star. :)

 

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COLOURlovers Interview with Erin of Design For Mankind

COLOURlovers Interview with Erin of Design For Mankind


Erin Loechner is a writer, stylist and designer. She is a quirky girl with lots of style and a great swagger about her. Everything she publishes on her site, Design For Mankind, pushes the envelope just enough to keep you interested and excited about trends and styles. She has graced the pages of many magazines all the while keeping up with trends and colors on her HGTV.com segment.

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First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it, and your background. 

I'm Erin Loechner, a 28-year-old freelance design writer and blogger (DesignForMankind.com). I dabble into styling, consulting and rearranging the furniture of any willing party! I'm also an online personality for HGTV.com.

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Colorful 2012 Non-Profit Calendar Awareness :: COLOURlovers Member Interview, Showcase & Giveaway

Colorful 2012 Non-Profit Calendar Awareness :: COLOURlovers Member Interview, Showcase & Giveaway


We bring you a great interview with Jason Allen, of Haft2.com, an intriguing firm that focuses on, yeah, you guessed it, color! The focal point today is to showcase their 2012 Haft2COLOUR Calendar Project, and absolutely amazing piece of quality!


It's not too late for 2012 calendar printing projects, visit Next Day Flyers for good prices and fast turnaround.

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I was highly impressed with the presentation of the calendar. It was delivered in a nice silver tin with a branded paper wrap and a wonderful opening letter about the project and the Haft2 mission - I felt like I had just received a very nice gift!

Haft2 is giving away three calendars to some lucky winners on a fun challenge (see bottom of post). I would like to add that I just so happened to come across this project originally from the comments on our previous post about 2012 Calendar Print Trends. I just had to know more about it, see the real deal and get to know what Haft2 and Jason were all about. I'm sure glad I did.

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The 2012 Calendar: An Awesome Print Trend

The 2012 Calendar: An Awesome Print Trend


Finding great calendars can sometimes be a challenge! So many people resort to the cute little cuddly cat or puppy calendars you find at the local store. While those calendars may be cute, they lack sophistication, and lets face it... style!

This article is presented by the calendar printing company offering next day turnaround options, Next Day Flyers

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When I was younger, and when I say that I mean, before I had kids, I carried a beautiful Franklin Covey planner. It was pink leather, and I had a messenger bag to match. In my previous life I was the marketing director for a travel company. I had meetings and weekly conference calls, I was, important. When I had kids I found it difficult to justify my beautiful Frankly Covey planner to schedule play dates and carpools! That's when I found Brenda. She created these beautiful pages, that are so fresh and clean.

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While this calendar is from 2010, Brenda offers other downloadable and printable pages like:  things to do, shopping, scrap/card sketch, notes etc. and they all coordinate with the calendar pages. Each month is embellished with a gorgeous tree on the bottom corner of each page. Notice how the leaves on the tree change to coordinate with the season? I love the clean and simple design. It's too bad Brenda decided against making a calendar for 2012.

2012 Mustache Calendar by Two Pooch Paperie at Papernstich

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Who doesn't like the latest mustache trend? People are using them in so many differnt applications, why not in a calendar!?

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