Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a joyous and festive holiday!
I’ve been fairly quiet on the blog the last several months. But, that’s because I’ve been working on my biggest project to date—my husband and I are expecting a baby girl in the spring. Woo hoo! Up until now I’ve been too pooped to work on anything besides the basics (and even then…). But, this is going to open up a whole new world in sewing and craft projects for babies and kids! I’m definitely not going the mommy blogger route, but just adding some new crafty things to the mix.
So the first post for 2015 is a practical one—a free printable 2015 12-month calendar PDF that fits on 8.5” x 11” paper. While I was organizing my desk at work last week I realized that I needed an at-a-glance 2015 calendar. Looking online for a free printable, I didn’t see anything that I really liked—they were either too Microsoft Office-looking or too kooky. I needed something that would both brighten up my office space and look professional.
Whenever I go to a fun restaurant or bar, I keep a lookout for matches. They’re nice little mementos to take home and I like keeping a small collection. So, I thought, maybe it would be cool to make classic rock-inspired matchbook covers just in time for Valentine’s Day. And with my husband being a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, of course I HAD to include our wedding song, “Fire.”
Or you can design your own—perfect for wedding or shower favors. To create your own matchbook covers, flatten the matchbook and measure it around from the strike strip to the edge of the flap. Then, in your design program, enter the dimensions and create something fun!
I found these matchbooks in bulk in my grocery store
Next, print your design or the PDF in this post on 8-1/2” x 11” sticker paper. Trim the cover using the crop marks in the PDF and then align the sticker on the matchbook with the shorter end of the sticker flush against the strike strip. The side of the matchbook with the flap is a little longer. Press the sticker firmly, then fold and tuck the matchbook flap.
I dare you not to sing these songs while you’re making the matchbook covers!
This past weekend, I wished a dear friend good luck as she embarked on a life-changing move from New York to San Francisco. So, even though I am down one less partner-in-crime, I cannot be happier for her. I wanted to make something fun for her and since she is also one of my New Orleans travel buddies, I felt this quote by Tennessee Williams was particularly apt.
What do you think? No offense to Cleveland or anywhere else, but I am 100% in agreement! Do you have any city quotes that resonate with you?
This downloadable PDF fits beautifully in a standard 5” x 7” frame.
About a week and a half ago I started taking pictures of the Christmas decorations around Midtown Manhattan on my way to work. My original plan was to post a series of photos called “A Very Midtown Christmas.” Then I thought, wait– I could turn two of the photos into Christmas cards!
Since January, I’ve been taking graphic design classes and this would be a good way to keep up with my new Photoshop and Illustrator skills. I had such a great time with this project! I did most of the work in Illustrator — playing around with Live Trace and some of the color palettes (especially with the Nutcracker card).
Nutcracker holiday card
Next up, I had no idea where to get the cards printed. I ended up going to Mpix.com . If you click on Cards and then select DIY, you can upload a jpeg of anything you created and make a flat or folded card. Super easy and reasonably priced. I also chose a glossy finish on the outside of the cards.
Couldn’t be happier with how these cards came out. Now I have two pieces for my portfolio!