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Mar
9

Pattern Play: “Symbols” on TheJungalow.com

Symbols_painting2Symbols such as logos, emojis and icons on street signs are a big part of our lives and we interact with them every day. I explored the significance of symbols and have a fun DIY project for you over on my column, Pattern Play, at the Jungalow.com.

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It’s a three parter! Part 1 is on the origin, Part 2 I teach you how to make a fun pattern based on the concept of symbols and Part 3 is a fun DIY and product reveal. You can even download the pattern! Love to see what you do with it. Use our hashtag #jungalowpatternplay and post on social media!

 

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Feb
5

February Desktop Wallpaper

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Hello February! I love February cause it’s my BIRTHDAY on the 7th – Super Bowl Sunday actually this year! I guess everyone watching the game is celebrating too in some way – haha. This year I am not doing anything big…just spending it with friends and family and for me that’s the best way. February is also extra special because of Valentine’s day. I made this wallpaper from love for all of you and your support for me and my business. Many hugs lots of love! – MUAH!

Download for your device here: 2560 x 1440 / 1680 x 1050  / ipad / iphone5 / iphone6
 

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Jan
27

Urban Industrial Wedding – My work on Smitten Magazine

urbanindustrial_wedding_menuI had the pleasure of designing wedding stationery for a style shoot featured recently on Smitten Magazine online. The shoot was held at the Washbow, an event venue in Culver City, CA – where I live! This gem is disguised among industrial buildings and local stores and felt like an oasis when I walked in. I had no idea it was there!

urbanindustrial_wedding1How incredible is this lounge area? I could stay there all day. The quaint patio was a total surprise to see outside this large, industrial building and was just perfect for this wedding shoot.

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Summer Newman of Summer Newman Events is the mastermind behind this magical style shoot that she calls “Urban Industrial”. After receiving a style board from Summer, I designed the wedding invitations, place cards and menu in a geometric design to mimic the concrete textures used in the table scape and cake design. The washy colors with the neutral, gray envelopes were taken from the floral arrangements creating a modern, industrial feel with a feminine touch.
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I am in love with how it all came together…these images are just so dreamy. See the entire shoot here on Smitten Magazine. I hope it inspires you to create something in this “Urban Industrial” style.

High five to the amazing vendors on this project: Photographer: Vitae Weddings | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Summer Newman Events | Floral Designer: Lark Farnum | Venue: The Washbow | Cake Baker: A Sweet Design | Invitations & Stationery: Jeanetta Gonzales | Hairstylist: Monica Escalante | Makeup Artist: Ash Mathews | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Bride’s Dress: Lovely Bride | Ring Designer: Salt and Stone | Bride Model: Virginia Collins | Groom Model: Taylor Nigh

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Jan
20

MPIX Valentine’s Cards

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I have some festive cards on MPIX.com for you to choose from for the “Boo” in your life. Check out this foil dotted card – I love the weighted paper, high printing quality and the matte finish. You will too! Go here to see all of my designs.

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Jan
19

Happy MLK Day!

Today is a day that reminds us to be of service, to make a difference with our lives and to honor how far we have come. Though we haven’t reached the mountain top yet we have progressed and continue to take action to get there. The fight for equality, fairness and peace continues and today we are reminded through MLK’s poetic words of encouragement: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jan
13

Going to Altitude Summit and giving a tour!

Alt_summitNext week I will be attending the annual, winter Altitude Summit and will be giving a inspiration shopping tour! I have attended twice in the last three years and this year I am looking forward to going back and diving into the festivities. Alt Summit (as it is affectionately called) is a fabulous conference for bloggers where you can attend informative sessions on the business of blogging, brand building skills, life and career coaching, you can meet with their fabulous sponsors and of course network and hang with the ultra fashionable, amazing attendees. Participate in crafts, parties, and activities to keep your creativity stimulated and inspiring speakers to learn from.  It’s a whirlwind of a conference and always leaves me with so plenty to process and implement when I get home, follow ups and new friends to stay in touch with. I am extremely psyched to see that my girl, Justina, from TheJungalow.com will be there speaking at the event on finding your creativity and applying it to your work! Looking forward to hearing her talk and attend other educational talks they have scheduled.

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I teach surface pattern design at and I always have a fun field trip for my class where we head to a shopping district and see design in the wild. Looking at home decor, gifts, vintage textiles and apparel designs cultivates a wealth of inspiration that can trigger creative ideas. These ideas can be used in your work such as in your styling, your artwork and content. It’s perfect for all creatives and especially so if you are a designer, artist, stylist or photographer. I am taking this concept to Alt and on Saturday morning will be leading attendees through shops in the Salt Lake City neighborhood. We will cover:

– see current products in the marketplace in specific product categories
– take photographs of the items, recording visual notes about the items that inspire you
– capture ideas and concepts in the moment to work on later
– learn how to recognize product and color trends
– identify art styles you gravitate toward
– find new brands that license art
– see artist’s work on products

– collect information and purchase items that are meaningful to your work

 

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We will be attending stores like Bohem to see boho-inspired products and styling, head to vintage clothing stores like Decades to look at vintage apparel for some throwback inspiration on textile designs and vintage styles and head to other retailers to collect more info and finish up at Eva’s Bakery to have a must-deserved, yummy hot drink to discuss our finds.

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Instagram or email to let me know you are going. I would love to meet you and hear what you would like to learn from this tour. Looking forward to meeting you! Follow me on social media the 20th-23rd to see my photos of Alt as it happens. I will be Periscoping too so watch for announcements!


Photos: Bohem / Decades

 

 

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