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30
Oct

Daydream Collage

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Design, Inspiration

"But a Daydream" collage

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Last week’s challenge for Raining Umbrellas was to create a collage selecting a time in our lives that formed who we are today.

If I had to describe in one word who I was as a child it would be “daydreamer”. I grew up on a farm surrounded by nature, free to explore and let my imagination run wild. I read and wrote a lot, so I was always surrounded by fairies and magic folk, medieval knights and fair maidens, ancient deities, forest critters and more.

These enchanted stories and my love of nature have definitely influenced my creative style and who I am.

26
Oct

October Studio News

Friday, 26 October 2012 | Life, Web

Things have been extremely busy in the Kitten Lane studio this month! In between family events and work, my DIY wedding plans are now in full swing. Here’s what’s been happening over the past month…

Website Projects

This month saw the launch of a couple of websites for two wonderful ladies- Nat (Clique Clothes) and Bethan (Blooms by Bethan). These two projects have easily become my portfolio favourites!

Blooms by Bethan wordpress blog design

Blooms by Bethan is the little boutique business of the talented Sydney cake decorator and florist, Bethan.

As a startup business owner, Bethan had a limited budget for this project, but also mentioned that she really loved the design of the Kitten Lane website and wanted something similar. She already had the logo designed, along with the watercoloured peony, so I had lots of inspiration to draw from for this design ready to go.

To keep costs down we decided to design the new website using Kitten Lane’s WordPress template. I was able to recycle most of the code and although the website is similar to KL in terms of layout, the new site has been given its own unique stamp.

To finish off the project, a matching e-newsletter was developed so that Bethan can email out all of the latest news to her customers and followers. I absolutely loved working on this blog/e-news design with all of its gorgeous flourishes!

Clique Clothes woocommerce shop website

Clique Clothes is an Australian online store stocking the latest NZ fashion labels. This was an interesting project as Nat originally had a friend building this site and had contacted me to just add a couple of nifty little jQuery effects for the images and menus.

It wasn’t long before we realised that the shopping cart being used wasn’t going to do the job (the checkout process was completely broken!), so after some thought we ditched the old system and Nat requested my services to rebuild the online shop from the ground up. Still wanting to keep the website on the WordPress platform, we decided to build the new shop using the WooCommerce shopping cart.

The design was kept true to the original PSDs and the old shopping cart template, but also took on some new (and improved) styling from the new WooCommerce template. I also made a few little tweaks to buttons, fonts and padding just to make it a little tidier.

Wedding Plans

My fiancé and I have decided on a country wedding (pretty easy decision really as we both grew up in the country) and have found an old hall for the reception. So now that the  venue is booked, I can start focusing on the fun part – colour schemes and decorations!

COLOURS

A couple of weeks ago some sample colour swatches that I had ordered for the bridesmaid dresses arrived in the mail (yay!). The swatch that I have chosen is ‘Seafoam’, although this is closer to the ‘Cameo Green’ colour below. Together with dusty pink and a little bit of cream I think this will achieve the romantic, “rustic charm” feel that I’m after (looks a lot like the colours on this website, right?).

DECORATIONS

I decided ages ago that I wanted to hand make all of the decorations for the wedding, so a few weeks ago when I was up at the farm I gathered up a whole heap of jars that mum had collected. I’ve posted a few photos below of what I’ve made so far – I’m rather pleased with the results!

wedding color swatches
Handmade wedding tealight lanternsHandmade wedding tealight lantern close upHandmade wedding tealight lanterns
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23
Oct

Serendipity

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Design, Inspiration

serendipity

I’ve just started the Raining Umbrellas creativity e-course as part of my “Year of Creativity”, which I am super excited about. Today’s challenge was to write, draw, design or photograph our perspective of “Serendipity”. With that in mind, this design was inspired by the little surprises we find in nature that brighten our day, like a four leaf clover, a heart-shaped cloud or pebble.

14
Sep

Fab Font Friday ~ Frankie Magazine

Friday, 14 September 2012 | Design, Tutorials, Typography

Frankie Mag - original

frankie mag blog style

I love the style of the Frankie Magazine website, with its organic, handwritten title complimenting the typewriter body text that gives the site a retro feel.

So today I’ve created a quick 5 min Photoshop tutorial on how to recreate this look! The cursive title looks like it has been hand drawn, but we can use a font that is very similar instead to mock it up in no time at all. I’ve chosen a font called Business Penmanship, but Learning Curve Pro and Sunshine in my Soul are suitable free alternatives.

Use the Business Penmanship font, then skew and scale to adjust text to match the Frankie font

That’s all we need to do for the title, although if you want more of an organic, hand drawn feel you could print out your title and trace it with a black pen then scan it back into your computer.

So now we can add some body text by using a monospaced, typewriter-style font like Courier New (I’ve just set this to 12px).

The end result:

Create the Frankie magazine online style

Font: Business Penmanship
Combine with: Courier New
Great for: Handmade / Vintage Designs

PS: Did you find this post helpful? Would you like to see more posts like this? Leave a comment below!

06
Sep

Sights of Melbourne

Thursday, 06 September 2012 | Life, Photography

winter streetwinter treesspring streettapasSeafood at St KildaPalais Theatre in St Kilda

Hello! I haven’t posted in awhile as I have lots of family things happening at the moment, including my sister-in-law’s upcoming wedding. I recently went to Melbourne for her hen’s weekend and as I didn’t want to drag my SLR around I decided to challenge myself with just taking some creative instagram photos on my mobile to capture the Melbourne atmosphere. I hope you enjoy :)

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