Monday, September 26, 2011

Lily's Busy Day

Back in May I was approached by a professor of computer science from University California Santa Barbara about helping to create a children's book for a new iPad app he was developing with the help of the computer science students at UCSB. I agreed and am excited to share with you some of the illustrations I developed for my interactive book.

Lily's Busy Day is essentially an interactive "paper-doll dress up" book for small children. The premise is that Lily needs different clothing items and accessories to complete her favorite activities. Each of the components will be able to be dragged and placed on to Lily's form.


The app called Bookaroo is a fun and toddler friendly childrens book read and book creator. To learn more about the Bookaroo app by GreenPangolin please visit the website here.

 The app is still in the works and should be releasing soon (fingers crossed). I will be sure to let you know when it is up and running and available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Orange you glad?

Something I forgot to share with all of my darlings... Another design tidbit from the wedding of Sonja and AJ; custom made orangecello labels for their custom made orangecello! AJ's dad Joe is quite the booze maker apparently and not a bottle was left full at the end of the night. 

The labels took their design direction directly from the invite suite with the addition of Sonja and AJ cute little heart leaf. Below is an actual bottle from the wedding tables, decorated with the same raffia that adorned the invites. Unfortunately the picture is hideous, but the labels were perfection. Printed on matte vinyl, with an adhesive back, and cut with rounded corners by the boys at Goodland Signs and Designs. All we had to do was peel and stick our way to custom labels!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Falling in Love

More wedding designing to share with my followers! My BFF Sonja and her wonderful hubby AJ tied the knot at the beginning of the month. Their wedding was beautiful and decadent and fun and romantic.

As a gift for this great couple I offered to do their entire wedding suite. Sonja knew from the start that she wanted to embrace a fall color palette and play around with fall leaves. I actually blogged months ago about the watercolors I was doing in prep for the invites here. Overall Sonja and AJ were the ideal clients. They knew what they wanted in terms of design direction and they (pay attention here people) trusted me as a professional to do what I do best; design! (Love them for that).

The result was a beautiful suite that represented them and their special day. Detail below:

Hand painted watercolor was digitally manipulated to create a plethora of falling leaves.

Translucent vellum was tied over the fiber laden, natural color, cardstock for the invites. (AJ had tied all of the invites together by hand, hows that for a pro-active husband ladies?!)
The entire suite consisted of front and back printed save the dates, vellum and cardstock invitations tied with fall colored raffia, folded RSVPs and thanks you's consisting of the single falling heart leaf from the Save the Date.

Inexpensive and rustic feeling kraft envelopes were the perfect package to deliver to the invitees.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2 Peas in a Pod

My cousin is expecting twins, her 4th and 5th babies, and the whole family is excited for the arrival of our family's first set of twinzies! What is even more exciting is that the babies sexes are a mystery! So what do you give a women expecting mystery twins? Well, in my case, it's a custom made illustration and print to decorate their room. Duh! :)

Here is a close up of the baby peas:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Joanne and Matt - Button Wedding

So if any of you ever follow my blog you know it is usually a random assortment of some of my sketches and doodles these days. However, the work outside of my blog posting has been devoted to an assortment of design work, illustrations, web design and identity.

This summer I had the pleasure of creating two separate wedding invitation suites for two people I am very close to; my sister and my BFF. Both of these projects were a blast to do and it was the best gift I could give to both of them for their special days.

Today I wanted to highlight the work I did for my sister Joanne and her husband Matt. Their wedding was held at a beautiful private park in Carpinteria, CA. My sister, an avid sewer and quilter, decided to incorporate a button theme to her big day. The end result was a hand illustrated and hand lettered suite.

The Save the Date was the jumping point for the rest of the suite. It set an overall tone in terms of illustration style and lettering, but actually contained a more complex color palette. Paper liners were created for the envelopes in a purple striped paper and we hand glued to all of the envelopes by my sister.

The invitation itself consisted of a gated fold card kept shut by a button band. The wedding date was hidden on the back side of the invite for a fun surprise. RSVP cards emulated the same button banner from the invite band for a consitent feel that wasn't cookie cutter throughout the suite.

Custom return address labels were also printed and used throughout the entire suite.

The end result was a casual and unique suite that helped shape the wedding details: