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What’s in a name?

Inspiration Adventures Summer 2013 ezine

Late last year, my buddy Jenn at Kanna Glass Studios had an idea for an ezine to inspire artists of all mediums. Each issue would center around a specific theme, and would focus on how working within that theme, or any boundary really, can actually be freeing and push us as artists.

I know that it’s been a long journey for her, but she pushed through and launched Inspiration Adventures last month. And guess what? Yours truly is a contributor for this first issue. I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

My article focuses on gathering color inspiration from theme materials, then narrowing those shades down to a select few that you can work with as you create a line or a series of work. Right up my alley, right?

Best part is the digital version of this first issue is free, and comes in both portrait and landscape for your reading preference. Click on over here to grab a copy for yourself, and to see the other lovely artist contributors.

But that’s not all. Jenn let me know last week that she needs to rename the ezine, so she’s taking the opportunity to hold a naming contest. And the prizes? Copies of my ebook, Understanding Color. If you’ve been wanting a copy for yourself, but haven’t grabbed one yet, this is an awesome chance! So, head on over to her blog for more details and to enter.


Freebie Update

freebie update

In cleaning out my inbox last week, I came across so many emails letting me know that the freebie downloads I posted weren’t working. I would get notes like that from time to time, and respond individually, but I didn’t realize just how many people were struggling until I saw all the emails together. And that’s just the people who were kind enough to reach out, so who knows how many just gave up.

The bad news is that I have no idea why the downloads were causing problems. I suspect it had something to do with my website, or server, or bandwidth, or something technical that I don’t fully understand. My web host says there’s nothing wrong, but the frequency of emails tells another story.

The good news is that I’ve got a solution that I hope will fix the issue. I uploaded each file to a public folder on my Dropbox account, then updated each post with new download links. You can find a list of freebies on the Freebie page, which has been updated, too, or by browsing through the freebie category.

I had a recent reader who was having trouble check that she was now able to download the files she wanted, and it worked for her. So, if you’ve had trouble in the past, can you check and see that those links are working now for you, too?



Freebie :: Square Social Media Icons

square social media icons - jan 2013

 I had some time this weekend, so I put together an updated social media icon set, this time with a new square shape!

This set includes two new buttons, one for BlogLovin’ and one for Goodreads; I had requests for those over the last couple of months, so here you go! I also had a few requests for a black and white set, so each button comes in both color and black and white. Aaaand, for those who might not easily be able to change the sizes and want something smaller, each button has two size versions, too – the original size I made them at, 52 pixels square, and a new, smaller 32 pixels square.

Note: If 32 pixels is too small, use the larger size and adjust the width with a little HTML code when you install them on your site. Instructions to install or adjust the size are right here.

Terms of use are simple: Feel free to use these on any personal or commercial site you’ve got. All I ask is that you please don’t sell, redistribute, or claim these as your own work.

Happy Monday!

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Freebie :: Holiday Gift Tags

Last year, I did the 12 Days of Digital Freebies, and it was super popular. I still get hits on those posts, which makes me happy. A whole lot of work went into it, so I like knowing that people are loving them and still downloading them.

I was hoping to do the same this year, but friends, I’m wiped. The ideas are there, but the energy is not; at least not for all 12 days. I don’t think people realize how labor intensive freebies can be! This year and the last two months have been so crazy busy, that I just want to sleep (and play on Instagram). But I can’t not do a little something, either – I do so love a good freebie!

So, instead of 12 days, I’ll be sharing what I can when I can, from now till Christmas, starting with these printable holiday gift tags.

I’ve been seeing a lot of white-washed/light colored wood and dark berry red everywhere – in stores, in catalogs, and on Pinterest – so that’s my inspiration here! I opted for little designs instead of words, but included blanks, too, in case you’d like to stamp your own message in or you’re not a fan of red. I’m also loving alternate shapes, like hexagons and triangles, but included circles and rectangles for the traditionalists.

The tags come in a downloadable PDF for easy printing at home. Print your favorite pages onto white cardstock for a sturdier tag, or on full sheet labels (a.k.a. sticker paper). Then cut, punch out the hole, and tie it (or stick it) to your gift! Done. Click here to download the PDF.

This freebie is for personal use only. Have fun!



Freebie :: Printable Birthday Cards

I was feeling inspired this past weekend by birthdays and cards (thanks for all of the birthday wishes over the last few days!). So, I sat down and started doodling, and thought, why not make turn a doodle into a sweet little birthday card? So I did.

Who doesn’t need a birthday card at the ready?

This birthday card features a sweet little scalloped banner in two different color combos on the front, is blank on the inside for your own message, and measures 4.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches high when folded (it’s a standard A2 size). There are two little matching gift tags, too, one blank and one printed with “To” and “From” on the front.

Since this is a digital PDF file, all you have to do is download and print it off onto sturdy white cardstock. Cut just inside the dotted line, fold at the arrows, and viola! Grab an envelope at your local office supply or craft store and you’ve got an instant birthday card.

This freebie is for personal, non-commercial use only. I’d love it if you want to share it with friends, but please direct them back here to the post instead of directly linking to the file.


P.S. Colors can vary from monitor to monitor, as well as from printer to printer, so I’d do a test print on regular computer paper first.