Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mood Board Love


I did a logo the other day, and here's the mood board I used to communicate my vision for the logo. Mood boards make a big difference whenever I'm working with a client who isn't positive of the style or look they are going for. And they are usually inspiring enough to carry some excitement and beauty through until we have a tangible logo, or end-product to look at. Love how this mood board turned out! What do you think?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pre Order: Roses On My Table



"I'd rather have
roses
on my table than
diamonds
on my neck"




I'm designing some quotes to put in my new store (once my new website is up) and this is the first of the new batch of posters! I'm offering $10 off if you "pre-order" this poster, which is a great upside...but the downside is that you'll have to wait a little extra to get it. Check it out, and if you want to pre-order it, those details are below.







Details:
Pick from 3 standard sizes, digitally printed on high-quality, natural white cover-stock paper, frame not included. To pre-order, please send your payment to alexibullock@gmail.com, each price includes a $5 shipping charge. Send $15 for a 11"x14" print, send $13 for an 8"x10" print, and send $11 for a 5"x7" print. Other payment options are available, email me with your questions!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beauty: How Lip Gloss is like a Font

Okay, feeling slightly out of my element, but am mustering up the courage to be true to THIS post. In short, on my blog, I'm trying to help connect my graphic design mind to topics that are more relatable to those who read my blog. Stay with me, I promise it will make sense how to connect graphic design topic to a beauty post.

As a designer, I have a large collection of typefaces (fonts), so many different styles and they all have great uses to create certain looks. But just like many designers I know, I tend to fall in and out of obsession with one typeface at a time. You see, once I realize how wonderful it is, I tend to favorite said typeface and use it whenever I can, because I'm comfortable with it, I know how it works, and I know it will make my work look better.

Lipgloss is just like that. No really, it is!

As a woman, I have a large collection of lip gloss, so many different shades and they all have great uses to create certain looks. But somehow, I tend to fall in and out of obsession with one lipgloss at a time, I imagine other women are like this too! It's because once I realize how wonderful the lipgloss is, I tend to favorite it and use it whenever I can, because I'm comfortable with it, I know how it works, and I know it will improve my appearance!

Lipgloss is the bomb, especially the one I'm wearing in these posts, you HAVE to try it out!!!

...and yes, my husband is a bada$$...









But really, though, this lipgloss is so amazing! It is so so shiny, and stays put, and looks amazing! You'd never guess it, but the color I have on has a slight purple-ness to it. It's the color "Pout" (which is not the color pictured below) take a look!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gold Leaf Business Cards

I absolutely adore these business cards I recently finished. It was one of those projects that started quickly, and then once it got to the printer it ended up being more complicated than expected. Note to self, gold leaf is gorgeous, but tedious to perfect! But if you can push through the endless rounds of proofs, then it's all worth it in the end. I mean, come on. Aren't these gorgeous? Shelby Margaret was such an incredible client, thank you so much for your patience and easy-going-ness. You were a dream to work with! And now you have gorgeous cards! Woohoo! And might I add, that if you need some photography, you should use this girl! Shelby Margaret also does something she calls surreal photography, and it is so mind-blowing, I've included a few of my favorites below. Stunning, simply stunning.

Business cards are the perfect way to leave an impression, and if you don't have any yet, you need to get some! If you'd like me to design your own business cards, send an inquiry with an email at alexibullock dot gmail dot com so I can design some for you, too!
















Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Interiors: American Flag Pride

Have you read any of my recent posts? They talk about not being afraid, new changes coming to this blog, and that I'm shifting my blog to be about designing other parts of my life, not just graphic design. That will give you a little background if you're new or haven't been in awhile. This is a continuation of those posts, so take a lookie!

How do I take my thought process of creating a graphic design piece to designing my home? How does that even make sense? Well, think of it this way. Part of being a designer, is making conscious decisions to improve the overall aesthetics and purpose of a project. So when it comes to my home, instead of buying something for my home just because it's there, or maybe because it's on sale, then slapping it into the corner of my home I want to be more involved in the what, why and how when it comes to designing my home. What do I want my home to look like and portray? Why? What is the overall vision for my home? Does this specific piece add or take away from my overall goal? This type of thinking is what I do for graphic design projects, and it works quite easily for anything and everything.

One thing you have to take into consideration as a designer are trends. Yes, yes, there are some designs that are timeless, and that's a noble goal for many things I design. But not everything has to be timeless, some of it can be trendy, if it's trendy for a purpose.

Like...have you seen this trend lately? [Insert a the "Star-Spangled Banner"]









I know, I know...it's after the patriotic month of July. But who says you can't be patriotic all year long? Right? That's what we think, too. Thus, I found a flag a month ago, mended the ragged edge, hung it up on the widest un-used wall in our home, and have left it up for over 6 weeks now! What do you think?








Needless to say, I'm in love!! I'll probably take it down for the holidays, though, or unless enough of you think it's awful! Tell me what you think!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Start to be Great

I've done a lot of thinking lately and although I think that graphic design is fascinating and I'm so passionate about it, I also realize that not everyone is interested in graphic design the way I am. That's why I'm going to start incorporating posts about how design can effect other parts of a person's life, as well. I want to tie in the conscious thinking I do with graphic design projects to all parts of my life. Truth be told, it's what I already do, I really do design my whole life, each small piece of it. Now, I'm finally going to be sharing that with all of you! Today's earlier post is the start of showing how I design other parts of my life, specifically my style. And later this week, you'll see more posts about designing other parts of my life, like designing my home, designing beauty, designing food, designing vacations and designing life! And of course, I will still post about graphic design, not sure if it's possible for me not to! Can't wait to show you what my new blog looks like! It will probably be a little haphazard in the beginning, but I'm swallowing my fears and just doing it! I just have to start and not worry about what it looks like for now, but just start! Hopefully the few of you who read my blog will like it!







Monday, August 4, 2014

Styled Floral Blazer with Boyfriend Jeans

Monumental day, peeps, very shortly, I have some big changes coming to the overall look of my blog! I know, this will effect the very purpose of your life as you know it (insert sarcasm), but until that change comes, I'm going to start altering the content of my blog posts to be better aligned with the new purpose of my blog.

And what changes are those? Well for one, it's officially my second style post! Woohoo! I'm swallowing my fears about not being a fashion designer (read my initial thoughts here) and just posting! I'm swallowing my fears when it comes to fashion posts and not being qualified for such posts, but in general, I'm swallowing my fears about what this blog is morphing into, as well. Read today's latter post if you're curious what is coming!!

Back to today's style post!

GOAL: Find an outfit to wear on the plane that accomplishes 3 important things: 
1. Comfort, 
2. Stylish enough for a business trip, 
3. Warmth (I'm always cold on planes). 







This outfit is the perfect answer for a few reasons. Most importantly, it was comfortable. Comfort is huge in my book because you're uncomfortable enough sitting next to strangers and breathing stale air, so I do whatever I can do to feel as comfortable as possible. The easy answer is to wear sweats and slippers. But, I was on a business trip with coworkers, so I had to appear professional. So instead of sweatpants, I wore boyfriend jeans, which are on the casual side, but a lot better than sweats. And to dress up the jeans, I chose a floral blazer, which I wore instead of my normal plane attire of a sweatshirt. And the pieces that tied the two together was a nice, flow-y tee shirt with a statement necklace. Lastly, the shoes. Normally I would wear a cute pair of heels with this outfit to make it more sexy, but I really hate walking through security in bare feet. So I opted for comfortable white tennis shoes, instead.

I'm still learning how to style boyfriend jeans, but I think I'm doing an okay job for my first whack at it? Right? I'll probably try again next week, because I've seen some really cute outfits on pinterest lately. Take a look at this week's outfit and tell me what you think!






Check out some suggested pieces below, and I won't tell you which ones, but two of the jackets are actually on sale right now! Bonus!

Bridal Shower Invitations

I had the privilege of designing bridal shower invites for the NEWEST member of the Bullock family! Can I just take a moment to say how much I love her?! She has only officially been a new sister-in-law for 48 hours, but boy, she is so fantastic. I can't wait to get to know her more. So hurry up and get back from your honeymoon, Heather, let's play now that the stress of your wedding is over!!! Anyway, here's what I created, hope you enjoy!














I found the original idea for the design here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Neon Flowers

I'm trying out a new thing: style posts! I won't claim that I am a fashionista, or that I even really know what I'm doing. In fact, I'm kind of terrified to try this out! Who am I to post about style? I have no background in fashion, and I don't follow the rules, actually, I don't really even know the rules in the first place! But here's the thing, if something scares you because you're not good at it, or you're insecure about what others will say, or you have no clue what you're doing, then maybe that thing is going to stretch you and grow your potential. Maybe, even though it's scary, it's worth it to plug your nose and plunge into the water. I have this problem with not posting things until they are perfect, but that just means I never post at all!! So instead of tailoring each post to be as perfect as possible, I would rather just put it out there! I'd rather face the fear of not knowing what I'm doing, and just do it (thank you, Nike). It's no fun living life saying, "if only." If you want to do it, then do it, and don't worry what others will say. I shouldn't worry that there are others more qualified to post about style or beauty, I should focus on myself and what I want to do, no matter if other people don't understand my journey. I am figuring out my journey as I go, and I'm pretty excited about the future! I will be posting on here more often so I will start unveiling my new journey organically, but for now, I'm moving forward with faith in my journey and a cute neon shirt! And if you need a little extra courage to not care about what others say, then here's a quote I found the other day that has really stuck with me and given me the courage to post new things:







#amiright?










So without further adieu, here's my first style post. Today's first outfit is the perfect work-to-date outfit for summer! It's a bright, neon, floral top which is flirty and summery, paired with white to give the neon a pop.




| Shirt: Amara Day Spa | Pants: H&M | Purse: Tai Pan Trading | Chevron Ring: Old Navy | Sandals: Forever 21 |




*Disclaimer, yes those are selfies. Like I said, I'd rather post an imperfect post than never post at all because I try to get it perfect. So...selfies it is!
**Disclaimer 2, make sure to wash your bright top separately before you wear it. I didn't wash mine first and the neon bled all over my white undershirt! Luckily, there's spray-n-wash!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Domaign #6: Beach Tote

After a one-month hiatus (sort of...I had a pretend Domaign event last month) it's time to announce my sixth monthly Domaign class!!! I'm so excited to announce this one, it might be my most favorite event ever. I am doing another collaboration this month with my friend who is the extremely talented Sarah from anne b designs. If you don't know who she is, make sure to read her bio at the end, you won't wanna miss the bags she is launching with her crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo! The Domaign event this month is sort off a kick-off to her event two days later, where she is hosting the same class that Domaign is doing (cost is $5 more) and she has two other classes too. This class is gonna be killer, as well as her event, because Sarah knows her stuff and is gonna walk us through every step of the way!

So what is June's class? We are making beach totes!! These totes can seriously fit everything you'll need, I kept adding more and more to show you how much it fits! I even added a pillow, 'cuz, sure...you could need a pillow at the beach or by the pool, right? haha... That's what I thought. And even though I don't live by the beach, I'm gonna pretend every time I use it that I'm at the beach and not by the pool. So who wants to take the class with me?












WHEN IS THE CLASS?
–In Two Weeks!!

Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm MST
My home in Lehi, UT
I'll send you a confirmation email with the address once your spot is reserved.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT
–Send your payment to Sarah's PayPal
  • The class is $25 and covers all materials, supplies and instructions.
  • All reservations come with the natural canvas exterior, camel tan leather straps and pocket, and your choice of lining! Choose from floral, pinstripe, or coral. 
  • Please register for the class by sending $25 to Sarah's PayPal account email anneb.sarah@gmail.com (NOT MINE! and don't purchase the class on her website, that's for her event, NOT Domaign). When you send the money, make a note as to which lining fabric you want.
  • The class is first come first serve with a cap at 15 people. So sign up ASAP, this class WILL sell out!











Now, let me introduce Sarah and her upcoming event!

Sarah Burroughs is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, studied dance and advertising at BYU, and is now living in Salt Lake City pursuing her dreams in the sewing world. She is a self taught seamtress and designer and established anne b designs (her middle name and last initial) once she graduated from BYU 2 years ago. anne b specializes in handmade women's bags that are sold in several boutiques in Utah, sold on popular online shops, featured in two local magazines, and sold 200+ products in Paris, France with a roaring response from customers!



Last summer, she had the privilege of volunteering in Uganda, Africa last summer to teach women and children how to sew her bag designs. They were quick and eager to learn and that's when Sarah found her love for teaching. So when she returned to the states, she wanted to bring that same spirit of innovation and creativity to her community. 



Sarah is launching a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo on June 26 to raise money to fund for the development of a sewing school in Salt Lake City, Utah, which she will call MADE. Backers will then receive a bag handmade by local refugees whom she'll personally mentor and ensure quality production. 

On the night of the launch, she is hosting a sewing workshop, The MADE Workshop, in downtown Salt Lake to introduce the essence of the sewing school to the community. The MADE Workshop will offer 3 instructional courses open for women and men - learn the basics of sewing, make a tote bag, or make a skirt. See photos, details, and register for courses here - www.annebdesigns.com