Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Gentlemen

I have a total affinity for menswear (see my tomboy chic pinboard here); it's all about the basics and the FIT. It's not uncommon for me to tag along on shopping trips with Matt and get all Tim Gunn on him by pointing out that suit jackets with a lower stance create a modern silhouette. Throw in some fun gadgets along with handsome accessories and you've got a fantastic stash of goodies for your dude.

1 // A tough guy utilitarian jacket
2 // This aftershave layers a musky scent paired with his cologne
3 // Print Polaroids from your Instagram! Need I say more?
4 // A fun weekend project prevents those pesky beer runs
5 // My husband has a pair of these; the flat-front frames are flattering on everyone
6 // I gifted one of these to a dude who now carries and uses it all the time

Check out gift guides for men of seasons past here and here

Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY lettering gift tags

I often prefer to print directly on tags and labels over my own dinky handwriting. For this reason any time I send out a greeting card to family and friends I end up printing addresses directly on the envelopes (see here and here). This print at home method on my inkjet printer doesn't always fare well and often times results in paper jams, misalignment, and a waste of far too many sheets of paper and my TIME. I'm a sucker for good gift wrapping (see my Pinterest board here) and wanted to make pretty parcel tags for my Christmas gifts this year without royally screwing up my printer.

I came across this post from Indie Craft Parade showing how to make your own chalkboard lettering signs transferred from printouts. Genius! I decided to give this a go using pencil and pen and my trusty font library.

I've long since admired Nelly Script for its dreamy flourishes that I can't even come close to replicating by hand. It also just rings holiday cheer.

I printed out my name tag on regular printing paper sized to fit on my parcel tag.

On the backside of the printout I covered the area of the letters with a pencil scribble, then flipped this backside onto the parcel tag.

On the frontside I traced over each letter, applying pressure for the pencil scribble to transfer.

Lifting up the paper reveals a faint transfer that I then traced over with a ball point pen to complete.

Voila! You can transfer any graphics or fonts you like onto abnormal surfaces without busting your printer. Give it a try!

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Kids

For years I've been donating toys every Christmas to local toy drives. I'll usually pick out one toy for a girl, one for a boy and one game to round out the spectrum. For a few years as a kid my family fell on hard times and these toy donations made it so that we had something to open on Christmas Day. Today, I feel so fortunate for my successes and continue to give back to these organizations that helped our family feel blessed during the holidays. If you can, please consider donating a toy this year to Toys for Tots or FESCO Family Shelter.

1 // Can I have black & white heart leggings???!
2 // Every time I go into a Vans store I squeal over their baby shoes
3 // A fun arts & crafts activity + eternalizes their little fingerprints
4 // Wooden blocks are just way prettier than plastic ones
5 // I want a kid JUST for this (jk); toys made from their DRAWINGS!
6 // Anything with a pup hero is gold in my book

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Starting new traditions...

How amazing are these gold foil lined envelopes? I was so excited to be able to send out a holiday card this year sharing our new little family (pup included). It'll be so much fun over the years to chronicle the growth of our family every holiday season with a photo card. I'm already looking forward to seeing what our family will become next year!

Card design: Victory Paper Designs // Photography: D. Lillian Photography

Monday, December 2, 2013

Free download >> December desktop calendar

Plans for a Tahoe weekend snow trip is in the works so I can't help but create a color palette of creamy whites for this month's desktop. I used to disconnect from the white on white look but paired with the proper warm imagery like a stack of firewood or whimsical cotton snowballs I think I'm warming up to the stark palette. Happy Holidays friends! xo

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // Graphics by VPD

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Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Gal Pals

Happy Black Friday if that's your jam today. Mmm, I think I'll just stay in bed all warm and comfy and do some virtual shopping for my gal pals thankyouverymuch. There have definitely been times when I'm shopping for the ladies in my life that I'll fall in love with something so much that I'll end up snatching up the gift for myself too. Pretty much anything gold and shiny catches my eye in that must-have way, so I assume the same can be said about my gal pals.

1 // What modern gal doesn't love a statement necklace? "None" is the answer.
2 // Ladies understand the need to have sweats that don't look like they're from Costco.
3 // This company makes books out of your Instagram photos! Like a chic scrapbook.
4 // Prettier than iPhone headphones, and COOLER too.
5 // For Girls Night In. Pairs well with a cabernet and The Princess Bride.
6 // SugarPaper for Target??? Yes please.

Check out gift guides for the ladies of Christmas past here and over here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blue Penny Films website

Site design by Victoria Kutsuris
Good news! We've published our website for my sister and mine's film business, Blue Penny Films! With a name like Blue Penny it was easy for me to design a corporate identity of blue dots set on a black film background. A color + a tangible object = no duh branding. A big thanks goes out to my work colleague, Michael who helped me code the thing and put up with me flip flopping and changing my mind throughout implementation. We're excited to hit engagement season with the proper tools in place to showcase our business! More to come soon!
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