Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Vintage Chalk

Warm, witty and unique is what we were going for.  A can of chalkboard paint and a couple of sticks of chalk later, this is what I came up with for the welcome sign to my daughter's birthday party.  Fun design, fiscally sound execution, and super fast to do.  Wish all my freelance projects were this easy.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Easy Chalkboard Decorations

Coming up with designs for a teenager's party can be hit or miss, so we've decided to do erasable decorations!  With a selection of large foam board panels, chalkboard spray paint, and a box of school chalk (do they still even use chalk in school?), I plan to make all kinds of decorative elements.  This should work for photo ops, buffet signs, and other decorations.  Hmmmm....I may even spray some black canvas for a chalkboard tablecloth.

First up, an entry sign which will pretty much cover our entire front door.  Best of all, it's erasable, re-usable, and budget-sound.  With all the fonts available online, you can do some beautiful lettering, as long as you can trace and erase.

Photos of the finished piece coming soon.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Secret Message Invitations for a Teen Party

I'm so excited about my latest invitation project.  This one is near and dear to my heart because, for once, I'm designing for my own daughter who finally wants to have an actual birthday party this year.  After some brainstorming and combing the web for inspiring ideas, we came up with a clean, modern graphic (which appeals to her "grown-up" aesthetic) with the interactive element of a secret message (which speaks to her playful personality).

The front of the invitation features some red lens glasses and the ubiquitous moustache motif which teens seem to find so appealing.

Flip it over and you'll find a separate card tucked into the moustache.

Pull out the card and a "secret message" with all the party details is printed behind a screen of coded ciphers.

You'll need to read the message through the magic glasses in order to find your way to this super-fun soiree.

It's such a balancing act to create something artistic, clever, and at the same time appealing to fussy teen clients, so I'm thrilled (and relieved) to learn that the invitation was a huge hit with all her friends.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Finally... A Party for My Own Daughter

I can't believe it's time to plan my daughter's 13th birthday party and I've been saving this painting for the past decade for precisely... this moment!  So far, we've come up with black, white and hot pink.  What could be more perfect?