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Noteworthy 3/5

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Design:

• A brilliant brand integration between Fox + iStock.
Animal illustrations with a hipster flair.
Awesome packaging for FROLIC, flavored peanut butter.
• A quick video on why packaging really is important.

Misc.:
13 podcasts to inspire and make you smarter.
Ikea furniture that will be able to charge your phone wirelessly.
Easily distracted like me? Could have something to do with your creativity.
Airbnb is always doing interesting+ out of the box campaigns. Check out their newest.

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Noteworthy 2/17

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THURSDAY. I am off to Seattle to do some wedding planning (!!), and meet with a bunch of vendors. All you wedding pros, planners and enthusiasts, what are some of the best tips you have for staying organized? Let me know! Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links from around the web!

Design:
• How an old school publishing house is using digital design to sell their books (Check out the interactive site.)
30 beautiful reasons to love red, pink, orange + yellow.
• Love love love the packaging design on these chocolate truffles
• This super detailed, hand illustrated map of Paris by Jenni Sparks is so well done, I can’t stop looking at it.

Misc.:
• Need some inspiration for your Oscar viewing party? My friend (and expert event designer) Simply Troy has some great hosting tips over on La Crema‘s blog. (I also designed some pretty awesome Oscar ballots + bingo cards that are available to download on their site.)
• A simple secret to finding happiness.
• Have you see Drake’s newest mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” album cover? The typographic choice is…interesting, and was very quickly turned into an interactive site. Play around with your own album name creations here.
• Redecorating your home? Check out this year’s interior design trends.
• Wanderlust? Check out this gorgeous travel site to inspire your next trip.

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve created a hashtag project on Instagram to add more positivity to all of our lives (who doesn’t need a daily does of motivation, happiness or inspiration?) Follow along at #thedailyshine and tag your own pictures. I’ll be reframing my favorites weekly!

Have a happy day!

Galentine’s Day Downloads

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Happy Friday!! Forgot to send a V-day card to your best gal pals? Not to worry, I made some Galentine’s Day downloads you can easily text, email or upload to Instagram (ready to go + sized, all you have to do is tag your bestie) to let them know you are thinking about them! Four colorful + conversational options below…think of these as digital conversation hearts! Want something a little more personalized? Hop on over to my Instagram…the first three people to comment + tag three friends will get a customized Galentine’s Day card to share with your chicas!  Happy Galentine’s + Valentine’s Day!
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Download this gem!

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Download cheers!
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Download some x’s + o’s
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Download this love!

Noteworthy 2/12

Valentine's Day
Love is certainly in the air with Valentine’s Day around the corner. Whether you have a hot date, or plan on laying low, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links found across the web.

Design:
• While it is sunny + warm here in LA, the other coast has been bundling up. One person decided to make the best of the falling snow and created temporary typographic beauties.
• Remember Microsoft Paint? Bet you haven’t seen art this gorgeous come out of that program.
• Peak Brooklyn hipster levels have been reached. What do you think of this super clean branding?
• Did you see yesterday’s post about this year’s trending Valentine’s Day inspiration + visuals?

Misc.:
Do you follow me on Instagram? I’ve created a hashtag for positive quotes, mantras + inspiration: #TheDailyShine. Check it out, and start adding your own! @fromraintoshine
• Find your wine and cheese soulmate with this program.
• I hosted a Galentine’s Day with Party Pail. Check it out here!
How to rock at social media, according to one popular model.
10 Things I Learned + Loved This Weekend: Bright Bazaar‘s weekly serious of gorgeous photos, happy thoughts + lovely colors.

Finding Fresh Valentine’s Day Visuals

Check out what iStock (a leading stock photography site) has discovered about the trends + fresh Valentine’s Day visuals. To see more photography trends, check out their site.

Hearts. Flowers. Chocolates. Happy, young couples holding hands and splashing through puddles of rain together. You know the drill. The lead-up to February 14th trots out the same visual clichés to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Although the media is saturated with traditional iconography surrounding the holiday, people’s attitudes towards Valentine’s Day are changing and there is a growing shift in the status quo of imagery used to represent love.

From a creative perspective, art often imitates life. And in life, love takes many forms. Love isn’t relegated solely to the pink and red hues associated with Valentine’s Day. There are many more shades in the color palette of love. From the unconditional love a parent has for their child, the platonic feelings a person has for their best friend, to decades of romance shared between an older couple, there are a number of ways love can be visualized.

While classic Valentine’s imagery is no less iconic, consider departing from tradition this Valentine’s Day and tap into visuals that express a more modern, more inclusive sentiment. Here are a few Valentine’s Day image ideas to serve as inspiration.

A Refreshing Take on Love In Bloom Valentine's Day
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A young couple surrounded by wildflowers and truly enjoying each other’s company trumps store bought blooms and sitting across from one another at a table. Opt for a fresh take on romance that focuses on joyful, relaxed expressions of affection instead of imagery that feels staged.

Love Ages Well
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Young lovers eventually grow old. Although the body ages, a true and eternal bond lasts. Images that show an older couple still deeply in love are equally as sweet and poignant as those depicting younger couples – and offer a refreshing, unexpected look at love.

Embracing Same Sex Couples
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In the U.S. alone, the Census Bureau estimates 168,000 same sex married couples and 646,464 same-sex households. That number does not even account the number of LGBT individuals on the dating scene in the United States, let alone the world. Despite these numbers, there is a sore lack of Valentine’s images depicting same sex couples. Photographs of loving partners of the same sex show that love knows no gender lines.

Romance, Schmoemance: A Focus on Friendship — including Four-Legged Friends

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Who says that Valentine’s Day is just for lovers? Many people are now including friends in the celebration of love. While Singles Awareness Day on February 15th (aka – Half-Priced Candy Day) hints at an air of cynicism towards Valentine’s Day by those without a partner, many singles choose to celebrate the day by pampering themselves or by letting their friends know how much they mean to them.

While friends of the two-legged variety are becoming an important part of the new Valentine’s Day landscape, let’s not forget about our four-legged friends, either. In 2013, of the $18.6 billion Americans spent on Valentine’s Day, $815 million was spent on pets. From adorable kitty sweaters in sweet shades of pink and crimson, to heart-shaped boxes of doggie treats, pets are now part of the new Valentine’s Day equation.
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Photos depicting an unbreakable bond between gal pals or a rock steady bromance showcase that Valentine’s Day has meaning for best friends, too.

Love takes many forms, but is best expressed honestly, openly, and (when it comes to creative imagery) as realistically as possible.

Join the conversation about how to #RePictureLove on social media!

This post was written as part of a partnership with iStock and From Rain to Shine. Use code VDAY10 + get 10% off any credit pack available now until Feb 20, 2015. Check out their site for tons of stock image options!

Noteworthy 2/5

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Happy Thursday! Enjoy this week’s Noteworthy round up! Be sure to check out Tuesday’s DIY to learn how to make these awesome floral centerpieces!

Design:
Packaging design trends for 2015.
• Did you know Pantone does a color of the day?
• Famous painting recreated with Pantone chips.
• An illustrator brings pop culture to Starbucks sleeves.

Misc.:
• Overwhelmed? Try these productivity tips.
• It’s not too late to start creating an amazing 2015.
Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
• Check out a guest Galentine’s Day post I did for Chelsea over on Lovely Indeed.

Pop Alt Mini Party + DIY

Special thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®  for sponsoring this party. 
Happy February to all! I got back last week from another incredible Alt Summit. Not only did I get to speak on Photoshop for bloggers, I was also fortunate enough to throw one of the Mini Parties Friday night with three of my good friends: Audrey of French Knot Studios, Izzy of Izzy Hudgins Photography + Troy of Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events (friends I made at Alt last January, + I couldn’t imagine my life without them now!)
The theme of our Mini Party was Pop Alt. Inspired by Andy Warhol, bright colors + the pop art movement, we transformed the room into a color blocked wonderland. The walls were adorned with over 900 feet of hand sewed black and white drapes (created by Ms. French Knot Studios herself) + giant Andy Warhol quotes (designed by yours truly), the tables covered with stunning sequin table cloths (thanks Troy + La Tavola!) + a gorgeous geo curtain backdrop for selfies. As take aways/swag, I designed four postcards printed by Tiny Prints, each with a different Warhol quote. Izzy was there to photograph + capture the evening, and created an awesome 80’s pop music playlist. For the center pieces, we created a floral meets comic art masterpiece. Check out the DIY below so you can make your own awesome center pieces. Bonus! The icons I designed are also available as a free download!
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Supplies:
• 2 rectangles of wet floral foam
• Bamboo skewers
• Spray paint in assorted colors
• These downloadable images (if you choose!)
• Card stock
• Printer
• Adhesive backed glitter paper
• Scissors
• Glitter
• Glue pen
• Salad plate
• 50-60 white carnations like these from FiftyFlowers.com
• Plate to hold the floral foam
Directions: 
1. Print elements on card stock.
2. Cut out the shapes from the cardstock, and matching shapes from the adhesive backed glitter paper.
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3. Spray paint the bamboo skewers in a variety of bright colors.
4. Draw on the elements with the glue pen where you want to accent with glitter. The glue pen dries pretty quickly, so work in sections.
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5. Sprinkle with glitter.
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6. Peel off the backing paper of the glitter paper, attach the bamboo skewer, then carefully line up the printed piece on top.  Press together firmly to adhere.
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7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each element.
8. Place floral foam long sides side by side on a salad plate and trim off the corners so they’ll fit.  Then soak in water.
9. After foam soaks, place on salad plate.  Cut stems of carnations so they are about 2″ long.
10. Gently push each carnation into the foam making sure to hide all the green foam.
11. After they are filled to your liking, add your fun Pop Art elements.  Vary their height for added interest. Pop Alt Party
Let us know if you try this DIY and how it looks!Special thanks to the following companies for sponsoring this party: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® , Tiny PrintsLa Tavola LinenWholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com. 
Photography by Izzy Hudgins