Day 365: At last, how sweet it is

At last!

This is my final and last post of the 365 Days Thank You Card Challenge and I’m so happy it’s FINALLY over! 🙂

Don’t get me wrong, but I’ve enjoyed pushing myself as a designer for an entire year and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve never made myself do something like this, and it was hard at first, but got much easier as time went on. Some days I found my inspiration right away, while other days I was almost beating my head against the computer desk to come up with an idea.

You have to understand something about creative people.

There is no way to turn on creativity like a light switch. You can’t flip a switch and expect something creative to flow out. Creativity takes time and happens when you least expect it. It cannot be forced or rushed. There’s a process behind it. You have to go away from what you’re supposed to be doing, and find something else to occupy your time. When your mind isn’t thinking about the design, then the ideas will start to flow like a bowling ball rolling down the ally. First the ideas start out slow, and then the momentum picks up and things are whizzing right by you. Soon you have so many ideas coming out your head that you can’t stop it. It’s like when I volcano finally erupts. It just bursts into the air and there’s nothing that will stop it. The same when creative has finally kicked in.

However, now that I’m putting this design challenge to bed, I can focus my attention on other things in my life and hopefully, more client projects.

I love being a designer and creating something out of nothing for my clients. It’s a cool process to stare at a blank page on the computer only to find out later that you’ve created a finished product that either seen by billions of people online or something you can touch and feel with your hands. I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything else, but it’s what makes me, me!

As for the Thank You card designs I’ve created all year, some I love and others I wish I could have done something different.

Here are a few of my previous favorite cards:

01.08.14 Inspired by Paris and the 1950s © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.08.14 Inspired by Paris and the 1950s
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.22.14 Inspired by the De Stijl Dutch style © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.22.14 Inspired by the De Stijl Dutch style
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

05.20.14 Inspired by water © 2014 Stacy Schilling

05.20.14 Inspired by water
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

06.19.14 Inspired by a patterned box © 2014 Stacy Schilling

06.19.14 Inspired by a patterned box
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.15.14 Inspired by a branding board © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.15.14 Inspired by a branding board
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.25.14 Inspired by a typography image © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.25.14 Inspired by a typography image
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.28.14 Inspired by Cincinnati © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.28.14 Inspired by Cincinnati
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.27.14 Inspired by another designer © 2014 Stacy Schilling

10.27.14 Inspired by another designer
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.06.14 Inspired by a WordPress website © 2014 Stacy Schilling

11.06.14 Inspired by a WordPress website
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.05.14 Inspired by a web graphic © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.05.14 Inspired by a web graphic
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.06.14 Inspired by soap packaging © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.06.14 Inspired by soap packaging
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

And at last, the final Thank You card in this design challenge.

Thank you all for being a part of my journey to become a better designer.

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.”

12.31.14 Inspired by New Year's Eve © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.31.14 Inspired by New Year’s Eve
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 361: It’s almost over and the end will be here

There is exactly one more day left in 2014, and the end of my design challenge.

Stick a fork in me, I’m done!

I’m ready to take on new challenges and projects.

It is time!

Anyhow, here is today’s Thank You card inspired by nothing. I’m just not in the mood to be inspired, so I just threw a card together.

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.”

12.30.14 Inspired by nothing © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.30.14 Inspired by nothing
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 360: Excited to see the finish line

Although this post’s title is Day 360, there are only two more posts left in this design challenge.

It might seem confusing, but there were a few days in the year that I didn’t put up a blog because of circumstances beyond my control.

However, I am excited to see the finish line because I’m ready to do something else with my time. I’m just not exactly what creative project it will be.

The idea will strike when I least expect it, so I’m not going to push myself into another project yet or put pressure on myself either.

I’m going to let sleeping dogs lie before I do anything.

Anyhow, today’s Thank You card is inspired by a poster, and I really liked the color palate and simplicity of the design.

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.”

12.29.14 Inspired by a poster © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.29.14 Inspired by a poster
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 357: Winding down to the very end

I’m tired, my head aches, and this design challenge is winding down to the very end within five days.

That being said, today’s Thank You card is inspired by an outfit.

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.”

12.26.14 Inspired by an outfit © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.26.14 Inspired by an outfit
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 354: Running out of energy but determined to finish

I am running out of energy, but I am determined to finish my Thank You card design challenge.

I only have eight days left, and I hope they don’t drag on because I’m ready for a long break.

Anyhow, today’s design is inspired by a pair of high heels. There was something really graphic and simple about this pair of high heels, and I decided to transform it into a 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.”

12.23.14 Inspired by a pair of high heels © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.23.14 Inspired by a pair of high heels
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 353: Winding down to the very end

With only nine days left in my Thank You card design challenge, I am ready for the finish line.

I have no idea what’s going to inspire me in the last days of this design challenge, so you’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyhow, here is today’s Thank You card inspired by a man’s watch. I was drawn to the color palate and graphic elements in the watch.

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.”

12.22.14 Inspired by a man's watch © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.22.14 Inspired by a man’s watch
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

Day 352: The last double digit day

As the countdown to this design challenge comes to an end, I realize that today is the last day it will be in double digits.

We officially have 10 days left of 2014, and that means only 10 more days of Thank You cards.

I’ve gotten so used to designing these Thank You cards everyday, that I have no idea what’s going to happen at the first of the year when I don’t have to design one.

This design challenge has become a habit, a good one for that matter, but it’s a habit that started out rough and now has become ingrained me in.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see what next year brings.

Anyhow, today’s Thank You card is inspired by an infographic.

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.”

12.21.14 Inspired by an info graphic © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.21.14 Inspired by an info graphic
© 2014 Stacy Schilling