Monday, August 31, 2009

Gearing Up for Fall

I can't believe it—the girls are going back to school in just two days! It's amazing how quickly the summer has flown by, but I'm looking forward to the Fall season, which is one of my favorite times of the year. I love wearing a cozy sweater on a bright day when all the leaves are changing colors! So what do I do to prepare myself for the upcoming season? I check out the Pantone color trend forecast, of course! I started using Pantone forecasts waaaaay back when I first started out as a graphic designer, and have continued to use them for my home remodeling projects and hobbies like scrapbooking and jewelry design. It's a wonderful resource for planning color combinations and to jumpstart your creative juices if you're feeling stumped (and I like looking at all the yummy colors anyway! ;-D).

You can download the PDF version of their report for this Fall by clicking here. Another great resource I've recently discovered is a website called Fashion Trendsetter, which has several other color trend forecasts you might want to check out. After looking at all the gorgeous color swatches, I'm excited to start working on some new glass bead combinations this week. I hope they inspire you to work on something new and colorful too!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'm in Bead Trends Magazine!

Woooohoooo! I just got my complimentary copy of the latest issue of Bead Trends, where I am fortunate to have a bracelet made with my "faux jade" glass beads featured! This is the first time I've been published in this magazine and I really love the way they photograph and present all the projects—it's more like a beautiful little coffee table book than a magazine. All the projects are so yummy and my brain is already brimming with ideas for Fall. So if you haven't had a chance to check it out before, I hope you do soon (and don't forget to take a gander at my project in pages 82-83! ;-D).

Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Digital Classes!

During my graphic designer days, I admit I was considered a bit of a computer geek, because I used a lot of fancy design programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark Express on my beloved Mac computer. Now that I'm involved with other things, I haven't been able to keep up with all the upgrades and features as much as I'd like to, even though I still use them in my work. And I don't learn very well by reading computer books or manuals—they put me in sleep mode almost immediately! LOL So imagine my excitement when I discovered a local Seattle company called Creative Techs that has tons of great online tips and has begun offering special webinars for all sorts of programs relating to digital creativity. And best of all, they're FREE!!

I've already taken several of their webinars and have loved each and every one of them. Their instructors are awesome and you can opt to pay a small fee and download PDF files and video sessions so you can review them later as much as you want (or in case you miss any of them). Believe me, it's well worth the price and you will learn so much! And how fun it's been to learn in the comfort of my own studio, sipping a Frapacchino Lite in my jammies! ;-D

I wanted to help spread the word, since they're hoping to get 1,000 people enrolled in each class and that way they can continue to offer more free webinars in the future. So if this sounds interesting to you too, I highly encourage you to click on the icon above and check them out to see if there's something coming up that you might like to try yourself!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...