Traveling Stories - Working to Grow a World of Readers
One of my favorite things about being a designer is the process of helping bring a client’s vision or message alive. It makes it even more exciting when I ge tthe opportunity to volunteer my design time for organizations working on world changing goals. What sweetens the deal even more, is when the founder is one of your best friends and biggest role models.
Emily Moberly started Traveling Stories in 2010 ,at the ripe old age of 24, with the vision of “outsmarting poverty one book at a time”. I’m lucky enough to have been involved since the beginning, and am always so thrilled to get to help on whatever projects she has come up.
In May, Traveling Stories launched an Indiegogo campaign with the goal of “Growing a World of Readers”, through projects like story tents, international libraries, and tutoring help. Emily asked if I could create some infographics to help illustrate different literacy statistics. It’s pretty incredible to realize how much of an impact strong literacy skills can have in one’s life!
( A little drawing of Emily’s dream…this one’s my favorite!)
Though the campaign has ended, if you feel passionately about the power reading has in transforming the lives of children (and adults!), consider donating books, time, or money to Traveling Stories.
The Most Wonderful Time... about 6 months early
It’s mid June, which mean sunshine, 90 degree days, pools, and Christmas cards! I know I say it every year, but I can not get used to designing for holiday in the summer. Never the less, I was able to submit a bunch of designs to Minted’s Holiday contest this year. I submitted over 30 designs, and if you’d like to vote for all, you can follow this link and look for the designer name “pistols”. Mine start about half way down the page.
Instead of posting all 30, below are a few of my favorite cards.
2015 Louie Awards
The National Stationery Show in New York is the emerald city of all things paper. Hundreds of stationery artists and companies attend each year, putting together the most gorgeous booths full of eye candy overload. Some day I am determined to go in person, but for now, I’ll sit and stalk all my favorite designers who are there via instagram.
The Greeting Card Association also puts on the Louie Awards during NSS, and I am just over the moon to learn that my Dipped Feather’s Wedding suite won first in the classically printed wedding category! What an honor!
Thank you Minted for submitting it to the contest and for giving me a platform to design such fun pieces.
Covey on 100 Layer Cakelet
What a thrill to see my baby shower invite “Covey” being used on a baby shower feature on 100 Layer Cakelet! The whole party is styled beautifully and I love the way they extended the art from the invite onto favors and signage. To see more photos, view the whole story here.
It couldn’t be lovelier in Portland than it is today–the trees are blooming, the sun (the sun!) is shining, and I’m wearing a skirt with no tights. Spring is officially here, and while I know the rain is just around the corner, I’m going to enjoy as much sun as I can.
Spring seems to be the height of wedding invitation season, and I want to share my latest wedding suites available on Minted.
Next is my personal favorite “Rustic Wooded Romance”. Maybe it’s from living in Portland so long, but I will never get tired of wood and florals mixed. There’s something so fresh and elegant about organic materials used in wedding decor, and I hope this suite captures that feeling.
Lastly, we have “Love Language” which is meant to be used as a dual language invitation. It’s shown here with English and Spanish, but could work with any two languages.
Hopefully these suites bring a bit of spring to you, even if you currently live in the frozen north east (sorry guys!).
Lions and Tigers and Babies, Oh My!
I know I’ve said it a million times, but I never get tired of designing for baby and kids. Below are my entries into Minted’s Baby Shower contest. This is one of my favorite contests each year and I’m always blown away by what my fellow designers come up with! There’s just something about this category that lets all the amazing Minted illustrators shine! I hope you enjoy looking through all the stunning entries in this contest, and thank you for the support!
I love when I get the chance to design anything for children. I love getting to bring in a bit more whimsy and a few more “awwwww” elements. Minted’s most recent challenge was for birth announcements. I didn’t get to spend as much time as I’d liked, and most of these were done on an airplane to Oklahoma, but there was no way I was missing out on one of my favorite Minted Challenges. Take a peek below to see me work, vote if you’d like, and check out all the gorgeous entries. (Voting is open til Jan 26th)
One of my favorite projects I’ve gotten to work on this year at Crush is a holiday eCard for the law firm Schwabe, Williamson, and Wyatt. When we were first asked to brainstorm this project, I’ll admit I was a little underwhelmed with the idea of doing A. an eCard. and B. an eCard for a law firm. But, to my very pleasant surprise, Susan and her team were up for something fun, creative, and totally out of the box.
What we ended up with is a video featuring the children of the lawyers as a play on “kids say the darndest things”. I got to interview the kids, asking them a whole range of questions from “what do you want for christmas?” to “what would you bring with you to the moon?”. Their answers were then worked into a script by Wendi and
animated by the talented Rich, and turned into a very darling video. This was such a fun project to be a part of this project and I just love how it turned out. You can see the video here.
Glamour and Headshots
Several years ago, our friend Robbie Augspurger began a project called “Glamour and Headshots” where he’d photograph his friends using an old lighting kit, cubicle panels, and vintage clothes. Five years later, the series is still being picked up and just recently was featured on WIRED. You can read more about Robbie and the series here. Also check out a new collaboration between Robbie and Anthony Burrill called “Innocent Targets”.
Below are Robbie’s photos of John and I…
Photo promoting Innocent Targets
I love illustrating, but would say I’m far from a portrait artist. So when I took on a project with Lewis and Partners to illustrate their client, her family, and their city sky lines, I was excited for the challenge, but nervous at trying to capture the personality of each family member in their illustrations. It’s a challenge to recreate a likeness of people you haven’t met, but luckily they provided lots of fun details like giant tomatoes, adorable dogs, and sky high heels. I collaborated with Jody Worthington on this project who layed out the card and text beautifully. Below are some close ups of the illustrations.
It’s time to take a break from wedding stationery and the cute animals that usually grace my blog and share with you my moonlighting as an action movie poster designer. My husband and his friends put on an event at the Hollywood Theatre called B-Movie Bingo. Once a month, they show a bad action movie, while playing Bingo. The Bingo card is full of bad action movie cliches, like “blown away from explosion”, “TNA”, “briefcase full of money”, etc. and each time one of those happens on screen, you mark off the square. Confused? Don’t worry, they’ve create a training video just for you.
My husband and I make the posters each month using old art from the movies, screen shots, and lots and lots of lasers. I’m lucky to have such a creative and hilarious husband who lets me be a part of this event.
Save the Date
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to submit to a Minted Challenge. I always miss the creative outlet Minted provides me, so I was happy to get a chance to squeeze in a few this weekend. Take a peek and feel free to vote!
Around the Web
It’s always fun to see your work being used, especially by bloggers and in publications I love.
This is one of my favorite designs, so it’s fun to see it out and about in the “real world”.
It’s always fun to see your designs around the web, and I came across a few of my Minted wedding suites today. The first is my Bell Jar suite on Wedding Bee. I love how the styled it with the wood background and succulents.
The second was in a NSS wrap up post on Oh So Beautiful Paper in the beautiful Minted booth. Isn’t the backdrop stunning?
And here’s my Dipped Feathers foil pressed!
Dipped Feathers Wedding board
Minted’s 2014 wedding suites are launching and I’m happy to have several in the mix! “Dipped Feathers” is one of my favorites and I pulled together an inspiration board of what kind of wedding I think this would suite. Picture creamy peaches and mint tones, wood, gold dipped feathers, lots of romance and whimsy, while still staying chic and classy.
They are currently holding an inspiration board contest so head on over and check out Minted’s inspiration boards, and design your own!
This one was really fun to letter.
Next we have Rom Com Bingo. As many of you know, my husband and his friends run B-Movie Bingo at the Hollywood Theatre. I designed Bingo cards full of romantic comedy cliches for Rom Com Bingo. It’s a little more tame than B-Movie Bingo (no “beaten with severed limb” square on here!)
These are also a free printable download you can find here.
I look forward to sharing more eHarmony projects over the next few months as I imagine they will be pretty fun to work with.
Happy Valentine’s day!
Babies on the Brain
No, it’s not what you think. Doyle the pug is still our only (fur) child, but my sister will soon be having the first girl grand baby in the family and I can not wait to start buying all things frilly and girly for my soon-to-be niece. Minted’s latest challenge fell perfectly in line with said baby brain–birth announcements! With over 1300 entries, this is one of the biggest and most adorable contests to date. Take a peek at my entries and all the entries over at Minted, and vote if you’d like! Thank you!
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