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DIY Seahawks birthday invitations + graphic design class now open!

If you haven’t gathered this from countless previous posts, let me tell you a not-so-secret secret about me: I am an in the moment kind of girl.  Casting vision, long-term goal-setting, meal planning, scheduling posts – these are not my forte. I’m a night-before, whatever is right in front of my face or on the to-do list today type which mostly works out fine. I like being flexible and I’m pretty good at pulling things together at the last minute.

Like my son’s birthday party, for example.

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It’s coming up this weekend and we just figured out what we’re doing for his party. It’s been on my radar – just not glaring enough to do anything about it (see? not very forward-thinking). But we’ve come up with a plan (Seahawks watching party!!!), planned out the food (football game snacks, gatorade to drink, chocolate covered s’mores for dessert) and written the guest list. All that’s left are goodie bags (a big deal for a nearly-nine-year-old) and decorations (I’ll figure those out later – see below).

Oh, and invitations.

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There are countless ways I use graphic design in my everyday, but making my kids’ party invitations ranks at the top of reasons I love knowing my way around Adobe Illustrator.

First, I like that I’m not limited by what’s available in stores as far as themes go. Any design/colors/motif is possible.

Second, I prefer an invitation where I don’t have to hand write in the details. By making them myself, I just type it all out which makes them easy to read and less time-consuming for me.

Third, invitations always set the tone for the party and even if it’s not over-the-top extravagant, it’s nice to put some personal touches into kids’ parties.

And finally, there’s no need to think weeks ahead (thank goodness!) and spend extra money ordering custom invitations online. All it takes is a little time in front of the computer, a printer and a few pieces of nice paper.

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Now, I’ve been designing invitations for quite some time (see a bunch of examples here), so the process is pretty quick for me. And it can be for you, too. This invitation is a mix of a free printable background (the playbook diagram – so cute!), free kraft paper digital scrapbook paper, and a Seahawk icon copied from the internet. Nothing too fancy! I made the yard line markers/numbers with a font called Stamping Nico (from dafont.com) and the main text is Trend Sans (from myfonts.com). The design is simple, but playful and I like that it is seahawk-y/football-y without being obnoxious.  I also like that they were finished in time to give out a few days before the party.

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I know not everyone wants to make their own invitations, so my feelings will not be hurt if you click away at this point …

* BUT *

… for those of you who would like to create invitations and stationery and logos, blog graphics, artwork and postcards for your husband’s (or your own!) business, I’d love to help you learn how.

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This past spring I launched a great online class called Simplified Graphic Design teaching beginners how to use Adobe Illustrator. I LOVE THIS CLASS! I love teaching it and answering questions and hearing about how it is helping ladies finally feel confident using a seemingly complicated program to unleash their creativity. The class is made up of 12 video lessons that all take place online. You can go at your own pace and have access to the videos for as long as you’d like (no pressure to hurry through!).

I teach the most common and practical tools/steps/techniques needed for everyday design and share all of my best resources for fonts, graphics, inspiration and tools.

If you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill, need a refresher course on Illustrator, or have been dying to know how people make all those awesome graphics, this is totally for YOU!

>> For all of the details and to register, click here <<

p.s. space is limited and the class has sold out each time it’s been offered, so be sure to grab your spot.

p.p.s. I’ll be browsing pinterest for great football party decorating ideas, but if you have any brilliant ideas, I’m all ears …

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tea party birthday

We celebrated our little Audrey-girl with a pretty tea party that was every bit as sweet and happy as she is.

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Using a color palette of pinks, oranges, gold and black and white kept everything cohesive without being overly themed and made decorating really fun for me.

I started with these cute tea-bag invitations:

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A little card tucked into a glassine bag folded to get that tea bag shape. The no. 4 tag attached with baker’s twine with glittered edges is my favorite part.

tea-party-birthday-invitation (invitation by me, no. 4 artwork by lindsayletters)

We hosted the tea party at our house and set up in our rarely-used dining room just to make it feel extra special.

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The initial inspiration for the colors were pulled from a roll of wrapping paper (found at marshalls) that worked perfectly for a table runner. It gives cheerful pattern and bright color to the table and makes a big impact for only a few dollars.

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The light fixture got a fancy treatment with tissue paper fringe (three colors of tissue cut into strips, fringed and then hung with scotch tape directly to the linen shade) and this ruffled crepe paper was draped across the window for more color.

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I inherited my grandma’s mismatched set of tea cups and saucers and I loved pulling them out for the party.

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Lunch was tea sandwiches, fruit and crackers.

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For dessert we had striped chocolate pudding in mini glass jars with an extra dollop of whip cream and golden sprinkles.

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Audrey’s little friends were perfectly polite and had a fun time drinking tea (with sugar cubes, of course) and celebrating.

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And the birthday girl had a happy, happy day.

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serve one another in love (free printable)

As I was thinking about different quotes and song lyrics, phrases and thoughts about love, my mind remembered a verse that truly is the embodiment of how I want love to look for me and my family.

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To serve one another in love. To be kind and generous with our time, our home, our food and things. Sometimes it is hard (like when you’re tired or running short on resources or when when your best friend’s family lives with you for 7 months and by the end you just kinda want to not share anymore) and other times comes easily (like when your home team is in the playoffs and you don’t even hesitate rearranging your beloved furniture to accommodate a gigantic screen and a million wild children because go seahawks!).  Messing up your house, occupying your limited time, dirtying up dishes and giving of your money is not necessarily convenient. It takes sacrifice and putting others ahead of yourself, which for most of us does not come naturally.  Serving in love is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Always. I hope this is what our family is about.

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This print was just a quick drawing that I’d love to pass along to you during this month where we celebrate all things love.

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Download the pdf file and print onto your favorite paper. Either choose an 8×10

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or 5×7 (then share with a friend!)

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enjoy!

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beyond excited

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From the day I was born, I was a Seahawk fan. My dad only had girls, but he raised us to know and love the game of football and those memories of sitting in front of the tv cheering for our team remain some of my childhood favorites.

It’s never been more exciting to be fan than now.

Congrats, Seattle Seahawks.  What a spectacular season.

#gohawks

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highlights and favorite posts from 2013

2013 was a fun and filled year for jones design company. Here’s a look back at some highlights and favorite posts.

// JANUARY //

The year started off with a week of favorite books

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we introduced our new puppy {who is now a lanky teenager with a thing for swallowing socks}.

// FEBRUARY //

Our little darling turned three and we hosted a fancy girly brithday party for her.

// MARCH //

better homes & gardens came to our home to photograph our kitchen

The magazine is scheduled to come out in just a few months!

// APRIL //

My best attempt at answering the question: how do you do it all? became a great conversation.

A few different chalk methods were tried out {and I misspelled a word in the images – ugh!}

A whole week of pleated projects got us in the bright, spring-time mood

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// MAY //

A little laundry room redo transformed a boring space into a cheerful room that actually encourages me to do laundry

// JUNE //

The reveal of our unconventional fireplace makeover

// JULY //

I wrote the longest blog post ever answering most asked questions about blogging.

Then spent the month introducing favorite bloggers and giving fun stuff away!

// AUGUST //

After taking most of july off, creativity and motivation came back in full force. I started a boys’ room redo

painted a bunch of watercolor letters

and then was beyond flattered to have my office appear in a real magazine.

// SEPTEMBER //

The kids went back to school and the house was tidied for a fall home tour

and the boys’ room was finally finished

// OCTOBER //

creating a font has never been so easy {and fun!}

// NOVEMBER //

I made a wreath out of duct tape

and another out of tissue paper

gave our guest room a mini-makeover

and shared lots of gift wrapping ideas

// DECEMBER //

spent a week or two getting our house decorated for the holidays and loved how it turned out.

and made the most delicious sea salt caramels. I can’t get enough of them.

This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, refinement, lessons in trusting and letting go and cherishing one another. My word for 2013 was Embrace and while not done flawlessly, this year marked growth for me in accepting change and finding joy in situations even when I don’t have control of them.

Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me.

xoxo,
emily

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