WHEEE it’s almost Valentine’s Day/aka almost my birthday/aka almost the best day of the year. I crafted you this magnificently cliché valentine, which I insist you either cherish or print out (here) and give to someone else to cherish. There’s no such thing as too many roses or valentines or mentions of love around Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty sure that’s a universal sentiment.
One of the things that always gets me as a graphic designer is that I feel like I’m not allowed to buy cards for anyone–I have to make them myself. I guess it’s kind of like how a trained mechanic would feeling silly taking his car into the shop? I just can’t do it!
This mentality can quickly get out of hand, to the point where I sometimes just don’t give people cards at all. Shameful, I know. But I’ve been trying to get my act together, and I’m happy to report that I made one in plenty of time for Mother’s Day. And if (you’re not crazy and) you have no qualms about not making one yourself, you can use it too! Just click here; you can print it straight out onto 8.5 x 11 cardstock (I didn’t include guidelines so you can cut it down to whatever size you prefer). Hurray! Happy Mother’s Day!
I’m just a few tweaks away from finishing our living room! (I know, super impressive given that we moved 6 months ago and it’s about 10 square feet) I just need a bit more art and accessories, and then I’ll share it! But for now, here’s a 10-minute DIY I did to fill out one of the walls.
I had these two round frames left over from the gallery wall I’m doing in my bedroom, and I didn’t really have a plan for them. The art they came with was kind of cute, in a way. But definitely not what I was going for. I knew I wanted something cheeky and fun but also fairly subtle–across the archway is a neon-pink print, and right next to it is our giant 48-star flag. So I didn’t want it to have any color and compete with those things.
Inspiration hit when I saw this poster; I loved the simple, primitive shapes and sliiight creepiness (clearly I love a touch of anthropomorphic creepiness in my decor). But I thought it would be even more fun if the eyes were laid out horizontally. I whipped these up in Photoshop, and I love the way they look! Not to go all literary on you, but don’t they remind you of the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg?? I don’t know why I think that’s a good thing.
Of course, everything still looks a bit sparse. I think the eyes could do with something else above them, but I’m not sure what. Also I’ve owned that little card catalogue thing for about 2 years, and I still haven’t added any labels. (I’m afraid to commit to them. What if I run out of balloons? What would happen to my balloon drawer label??)
If you want to play around with a similar idea, you can grab the source file here!