Uhhh, guys it been FOREVER since I posted. I just hate it when life gets crazy. School for me started on the 3rd and I’ve been overwhelmed with and endless pile of homework, daily cross-country practices, piano lessons while at the same time I’m trying to finish up my room redo (I’m hoping to be done around late October/November) and 90 day Book of Mormon challenge, plan my sixteenth birthday party, there are SO many other things on my plate right now too… so this blog gets thrown on the back burner. But, honestly I just haven’t been feeling it lately, I kind of been questioning if blogging is really worth the time it takes up in my life, so we will see what happens.
Anyway, on a happier note, today I want to talk about printables. More specifically how I come up with cute and unique looking printables on a weekly/monthly basis (well, since school started it hasn’t been as consistent, but Ill get there). I love to create digital designs on Photoshop and Illustrator, but sometimes I feel like my designs always end up looking similar to each other, and I don’t want that. I want to branch out in what I’m comfortable with designing and I can’t do that if I design every printable the same.
Sometimes it’s just hard to come up with original ideas, I know I’ve struggled with that a lot. Today I’m going to be sharing 5 different tips and questions to ask yourself when creating digital designs.
1. What symbols and designs go along with what I’m trying to create?
Think of all the symbols and designs that go along with what you are creating. For example, if you are creating a birthday invitation you will want to use something like balloons or a birthday cake to go along with the theme of the invitation.
2. Repeat Fonts
This is a hard one to explain, so basically, pick about 3-5 different fonts and repeat them throughout the whole design. I find that if you use too many fonts, the design will be too busy and will be more confusing then cute.
3. Draw it out
This is my ALL time favorite tip. I use this for everything! I find that when I draw out my designs beforehand, I am a lot better with the end result. My favorite way to do this is to fold a piece of paper into 8 sections and them create a different design in each square, which leads to my next tip.
4. Try many different designs
When you are drawing your design out beforehand as I mentioned in the last tip, try many different styles and designs to figure out what you like. Don’t be afraid to push your limits, I find that this is when I come up with the best ideas… when I’m pushing myself to come up with different ideas.
5. Come up with a color scheme
This one is more important than it might seem. If I don’t come up with a color scheme beforehand, my designs usually end up looking practically the same in color and style. If your not sure what colors you want, Pinterest is a great resource. I like to type in “Color pallets” and look through to see what I like. Also, simply using Google works as well.
Well, that’s it for today! See you guys back on Thursday!