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Graduation Products

Since May is right around the corner and it's graduation time across the country, I thought it would be a good time to blog about my Neo Geo Grad collection I collaborated on with Design Design. It includes two sizes of napkins, a gift bag, greeting card, and boxed thank you notes. I was really thrilled to work on this project. I love how they put the designer's information on the actual products, which is a big deal for us! And they've included Neo Geo Grad in their 2017 Graduation advertising campaign! I've also designed Confirmation and Communion greeting cards which are great quality. They are printed on beautiful paper and the text is in real gold and silver foil. Some of the products are available on Design Design's website but mostly found at retailers across the country.

*photo credit - Design Design, Inc.

Make Your Mark

I recently entered a competition with a UK based creative studio called Tigerprint. They work directly with Marks & Spencer stores in designing their products. Think all kinds of stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags and accessories, as well as pencil cases, notebooks, pens and more. This month's competition was mark making. I had never really done this before. It's simply the process of making marks and turning those marks in to a unique pattern. 

I wasn't sure if I was going to enter and then one Saturday afternoon, I was sitting outside my daughter's dance studio and decided maybe I'd start sketching. So, I opened my purse to get my handy Poppin' notebook (that I always keep on me!) but all I had to draw with was a ball point pen. I started marking a few marks and thought maybe this could look cool. After I got home I got out the paints and paper and made a few more marks. I combined all of those together, added some color and here is the final result! I mocked both colorways up on some gift bags to see what they would look like. Pretty cool, huh? I entered it and a few short days later, I found out that I made the shortlist! (Which sounds kind of weird but it just means I made it through the first round of cuts) Out of 960 entries, they were narrowed down to 71 and the winner was chosen from those. 

Click here to see the full blog post and my design on their site! Unfortunately, I wasn't chose as the winner, but that's ok because I found a new way of making patterns and got a really cool result. Both patterns are available for licensing, just give me a shout if you're interested!