Day 240: Make the best of an unpleasant situation

I woke up with every good intention to be somewhere I needed to be this morning, but shortly after arriving to my destination, I began to fell ill. I tried to stay and make it through, but my body couldn’t handle it any longer, so I packed up my stuff and headed home for the couch.

After about an hour and a half of just resting, no nap for me because I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up in time for work, helped make me feel better.

I think my body has gotten to a point where it just needs a good day of rest and relaxation before diving into life again.

I have plans this week to take a break starting tomorrow, but a deep cleaning of my house is in order. However, after a good night’s rest and turning off the alarm and phones, hopefully I will wake up refreshed and energized for the day.

Sometimes in life, we just don’t feel good but still need to keep moving because it’s just not possible to stop. The best thing we can do for ourselves (body and mind) is just find a few minutes of time in the day when things are not working out and just do nothing. It could be for five minutes, an hour, or even a day, but our bodies aren’t meant to keep going, and going, and going, and going like the Energizer Bunny. We don’t have a stop button, but we can stop ourselves from becoming burnt out in life.

As for today’s card, it’s inspired by a business card. I loved the simplicity of the design and how the negative space works with the text. The design feels clean and airy. There’s something so powerful in a design when it’s done in black and white. Black is a very strong, dependable color while white is pure and clean, but putting the two together into one cohesive design can really make a person stop dead in their tracks. Black and white artwork sometimes can be difficult to pull off, especially when the design is so minimal. However, when it’s done right, it can look amazing and really create an impact.

Take black and white photos for example. There is nothing better than looking at black and white photos that were shot with a film camera over 50 years ago. You can try to reproduce a digital image in Photoshop to look like it was shot back then, but it cannot compare with the original. Black and white photos are so powerful and capitative that they really drawn you into the image.

Personally, I feel black and white imaginary can really make a powerful statement and are more interesting to look at than color images.

Anyhow, here is my card for today.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.31.14 Inspired by a business card © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.31.14 Inspired by a business card
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 239: Too tired to concentrate

I’ve had a very long, busy, but productive day and I am just too tired to concentrate on anything but getting to bed.

So, here it goes.

Today’s card is inspired by tiredness because my eyes are getting heavy and I’m too tired to sit at the computer any longer. I wanted to create card that didn’t require much concentration and effort. It’s nothing fancy, exciting, or detailed in design, but it will work for today.

Here it is and good night.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.30.14 Inspired by tiredness © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.30.14 Inspired by tiredness
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 238: Rejoice in your accomplishment

Today I accomplished something that I didn’t think was possible.

Time was running out this month to meet my deadline, but I pushed myself to do more and finally, I managed to make it with two days to spare!

I set a goal, and worked really hard all year when time and the weather permitted me to do more. I took breaks when necessary, but most of all, I never gave up and when I saw I was near my deadline, I pushed myself even harder to make it. Whew…what a feat! Next week it all starts over, but I’m going to enjoy my staycation and get plenty of rest.

It feels like such a big weight has lifted off my shoulders now that it’s over. So I plan to reward myself with a staycation. I would take an actual vacation, but that requires money and time off of work, I have to be at work tomorrow. 😦

Okay, onto today’s card!

It’s inspired by a wedding invitation that looked like it was done on a chalkboard, so I had to create my version in a Thank You card. I used a medium-dark gray as the background, and chose a fat, wide font that could stand out on the background comprised of Chevron stripes. I also added some decorative elements to tie everything together into one harmonious design.

So, here it is and let me know what you think.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.29.14 Inspired by a wedding invitation © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.29.14 Inspired by a wedding invitation
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 237: The inspiration is in the art

Today’s inspiration comes from toilet paper roll art. Wait…get your mind out of the gutter people.

It’s not what you think.

Anyway, I was looking at the new pins on Pinterest for inspiration and came across a picture of toilet paper rolls that had been turned into an art piece. The artist created a string of flowers out of the rolls and it got me inspired to create my own flowers. So, using the shapes, I recreated the flowers myself and instead of keeping the flowers as an outline like the toilet paper rolls were, I added color to my flowers. I chose a nice pretty peach color because I didn’t want to use the obvious: red or pink. I thought peach would be a nice compliment and look prettier.

I wanted the card to be feminine (sorry guys), something that you could use as a Thank You card for after attending a wedding.

So, let me know what you think.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.28.14 Inspired by toilet paper roll art © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.28.14 Inspired by toilet paper roll art
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 236: I’m late for a very important date

…with my bed. I’m past my deadline for putting up a card because I was wrapped up in something else, and just finished today’s card.

It’s inspired by an infographic (Why does Facebook and WordPress feel the need to autocorrect me?!?!? Infographic is one word, not two. Getting off my soapbox now.), and I really liked the color palate because they reminded me of the 1950s. The colors and design for the infogrpahic looked like a retro time piece.

Okay, I’m too tired to type any longer.

Good Night.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.27.14 Inspired by an info graphic © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.27.14 Inspired by an info graphic
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 235: Revaluate your circumstances before making a decision

For some people decision making is easy, and others struggle with what is the right choice to make. There isn’t usually a right or wrong choice per say, it’s just a matter of what consequences do you want to live with.

In my life, several monkey wrenches keep showing up making it harder for me to figure out what the right decision is for me. After speaking with a good friend, I took a moment to revaluate my circumstances and think, I’ve come to a decision about a few things that have been on my mind.

So the next time you need to make an important decision in your personal or professional life, make sure you take the necessary time to reevaluate your circumstances before a decision is made.

Anyway, today’s card is inspired by the color gray, and no, it has nothing to do with my mood today. I was looking at some pictures online and saw two different bedrooms decorated in shades of gray, and I decided to create a Thank You card in gray and white. Both rooms had tons of patterns and gave me inspiration to create my own in the card.

Here it is.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.26.14 Inspired by gray © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.26.14 Inspired by gray
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Day 234: Someone turned up the humidity

It was 90 degrees today, and someone turned up the humidity to full blast. The funny this is that summer is close to being over, and Labor Day is this weekend, but it feels like an oven around here.

My hair has grown two sizes and if I don’t contain, it will get frizzy. And yes, I have big hair today. Tomorrow’s not going to be any better as it will be 91 degrees plus humidity. At least I’ll have a chance for one last trip to the pool before it closes. 😦

Okay, let’s get on with the card which is inspired by an artist’s work. It wasn’t the work itself that inspired me, but the layout of the photos and colors. The artist took a photo of their work and it was showing them on an angle. The artwork was white nature shapes such as leaves and feathers on blue paper – the work is called “sun prints”. I’ve never heard of sun prints until today and I have no idea what it is, except to guess that it’s another form of creating art.

Anyhow, I used the colors and directions of the picture to create today’s Thank You card.

Here it is!

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

08.25.14 Inspired by an artist's work © 2014 Stacy Schilling

08.25.14 Inspired by an artist’s work
© 2014 Stacy Schilling