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Floral Watercolor Art + Tips About Graphic Design

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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I did a watercolor painting session last week for a friend of mine. She needed a logo for her new business Christian Grace Embroidery. Since she wanted the elements in the design to include florals, I thought it would be easier to do it hand-painted first. When I used to work as a full-time graphic designer, I always tried to make my work simple and clean.  I like choosing simple fonts and avoid using more than 3 font styles. You can see my old commercial designs and advertisement layouts here. Today, I wanted to share some basic steps on creating graphic designs like this.

RESEARCH

Most of my clients give samples of what designs they like in terms of look, color schemes etc. I also do my own research for inspiration before I start putting the composition together.

 

SKETCH

Start to sketch what the composition could look like. I like to make a few studies (definition) to see which design will work great for the product/service.

 

COLORING

Watercolor is a great option to use for creating floral artwork. I wish I brought my good paint brushes that I used in the Philippines. Investing in good brushes makes a big difference in your brushstrokes when it comes to painting.

 

SCAN

After I’m done painting, I use a scanner to transfer it to my computer. Then, I start polishing it up in Photoshop.

 

LAYOUT

I always make sure that I have a good resolution size of my design in Photoshop, so the quality of the image will be good when printing, uploading, etc. Try to explore different styles coming from the original artwork. For example, for the Facebook header, I repeated​ the floral artwork three times to create artwork on the top. You may try to remove some elements or try to copy some areas, according to what you need.

 

I hope this helps those who want to make their own logo for their business, or those who are beginners in graphic design. If you are fan of embroidery, don’t forget to check out Christian Grace Embroidery and their products. Support local moms and their business in Houston!

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Bathroom Update on a $20 Budget

Monday, April 3, 2017

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When we moved back to Houston last year, we were excited to move into our new apartment with our kids. The first thing that I fell in love with at our new place was the bathroom. Overall, our new apartment is more spacious than our apartment in LA, has a big tub, and has a walk-in closet too. Texas has bigger spaces, but guess what, it has lower costs of living too, especially compared to LA. You can see my post about our bathroom makeover here, where I added curtains and some plants too. This time, I decided to remove the plants and add artwork I made, inspired by a coconut tree. I bought this affordable poster frame (around $15) a few months ago, but never had time to start painting. I finally found some time to paint during my kids’ bedtime. It’s a good way to relax after a long day. I used watercolor for this painting which i was actually hesitant to use, as it had been a long time since I last use that medium. But hey, it turned out okay, right?  I guess my artist friends will be like, “Umm, you need more blending.” Haha

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I went to one of the biggest garage sales in Houston held by Impact Church of Christ last month. That’s where I got this native basket that I turned into magazine container. What was the price? Only $2!! This is what I always love about going to this garage sale of Impact Church, I always find cool stuff in a very affordable cost. You can find stuff for babies and kids, furnitures, kitchenwares (found gorgeous pieces!) and many more. You should definitely won’t miss this garage sale that happens every year (around March). Better follow them in Facebook to get updated for upcoming events. And guess what, all the money you spent will be 100% donated to this church who helps people who are less fortunate. bathroom-update-on-a-budget (5)

Here’s a haggard photo of me and my fresh artwork made by time and effort of a mom 😉

Happy weekday to all! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram :-)

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Cute Valentine’s Gift Wrap (Tutorial)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Another Valentines is coming! Brent and I are actually will not be together on Valentines since I’m in the Philippines for visit. I think this will be our first time that won’t be together after we married. Anyway, I thought to share with you a cute Valentine’s gift wrap that was inspired from Pinterest. As you know, I love kraft wrapping paper which you can see from my old gift wrap tutorials like “How to create a bow using ribbon”, and Christmas gift wrapping paper like here / here. So here’s how I made this Valentines gift wrap:

 

Materials to use:

Glitter

Invisible Tape

Scissor

Kraft wrapping paper

Pencil

Twine

White Paper

Small piece of cardboard
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Step 1 Sprinkle glitter on   a flat surface and use invisible tape (measured how long needs to use for the gift wrap box) and let glitter stick all the sticky side of  invisible tape.

Step 2 Wrap your box with kraft paper as you normally do and start to wrap the first strip and secure it with invisible tape.

Step 3 Finish the other glittered tape on the opposite direction and sealed again with tape at the back.

Step 4 Use twine to wrap as how the glittered tape shows in the photo. Leave 5 inches on both end of the twine.

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Step 5 To create the paper heart shape, I sketch it on a piece of cardstock and use it to trace six (6) heart shapes. Cut the heart drawing and punch a hole on lower part using a puncher.

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Step 6 Insert 3 heart shapes on each end of twine and secured the end by knotting it.

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And that’s it! Here’s a simple yet cute gift wrap you can try for Valentines whether for your boyfriend, husband, family or even to your friends!:-) I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
Have a great week everyone! Follow my Philippine trip journey at Snapchat and Instastories :-)

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How to be creative on your Christmas gift wrap

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Here’s another fun way to be creative with your Christmas gift wrap. By experimenting with the texture of Christmas decors, you can get a modern, stylish gift wrap perfect for Christmas! Here’s how I made it!

Materials:

Kraft Wrapping Paper

Invisible Tape

Artificial Christmas Pine Leaf

White Acrylic

Sponge Brush

Paint Palette (or you may use a simple plate)

Twine

Scissor

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Step 1: Start wrapping your gift box with kraft wrapping paper and secure it with invisible tape

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Step 2: Apply white acrylic on the flat surface of your palette. Then, flatten it using a sponge brush.

how-to-creative-christmas-gift-wrap-8 Step 3: Press one side of the pine leaf down onto the paint. Make sure you are covering most of the area of the side you are using.

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Step 4: Dab the painted side of the pine leaf on the kraft wrapping paper. Try different angles for variation. Be sure sure to cover each side of the gift box. Let it dry.

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Step 5: When it’s dry, wrap twine around the box. Make sure there are at least 5 inches of slack remaining at each end of the twine.

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Step 6: To make the small wreath, cut two other artificial pine leaves and curve them into a circular shape. Attach them together using hot glue.

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Step 7: Put the small wreath on the top of your gift wrap, and center it. You may simply glue the wreath on top, or use any leftover twine to wrap around the wreath to decorate it.
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You may also attach a name tag with the twine you wrap around the wreath (as shown in the picture above). I recycled a cereal box to create my own tag for this Christmas gift. :-)

Any other creative gift wrapping ideas that you love to do for Christmas? Don’t forget to check my other gift wrap tutorial for a DIY Christmas tree stencil!

Merry Christmas to all! :-)

 

 

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Our Christmas Greeting Cards

Monday, December 19, 2016

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Yipee! We survived having our Christmas greeting card photos taken, although it was a rollercoaster! 😉  If you have seen my posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories a few weeks ago, I shared a couple behind-the-scenes looks during our shoot with these two adorable, yet active toddlers. They were running around and didn’t want to stay in one place! But thank God, my mom was there to entertain the kids with the help of their best friends Owl and Froggie (their stuffed animals). Another important thing that we brought were snacks. Oh boy, do they love to eat all the time. It was helpful to use a tripod and clicker as well while my mom entertained her grandkids.

In the end, I’m happy with how the photos came out. I think it’s best to take  A LOT of pictures so you have many options to choose from. We tried to take photos one hour before sunset so that our pictures would have golden light. It was beautiful!!  Printing tip: Always make sure to send JPEG files (which I mostly use) to your favorite printing company in CMYK mode. It makes a difference with the colors and brightness!

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Have you seen our Christmas photo cards from last year? It’s like the behind-the-scenes images from this shoot, except for the reflux baby. 😉

P.S. I forgot to ask Brent to proofread the text for our cards. I missed “s” in “The Smiths.” 😉

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Gift Wrap Idea: How To Create A Bow Using Ribbon

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 

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What you need:

A gift wrapped with brown wrapping paper

Thick Ribbon

Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Scissor

Pencil and markers

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After wrapping up your gift with brown wrapping paper. Start by placing ribbon around the gift. Make sure it is able to wrap all the way around. Then, stick it to the back with the glue gun.

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To start the bow, use a length of around 12 to 13 inches.

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Fold at the back and seal it with a glue gun.

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The bow should be like this when pressed this way.
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Apply glue gun inside the center and hold for a few seconds until it’s glued together and dry. Clean up the excess strands of glue if there are any.
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Cut off a ¾ inch strap of ribbon
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Wrap the ¾ inch ribbon over the center of the bow. Glue it to the bow with the glue gun.
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Finally, stick it on the top of the ribbon, wrapped on the gift box. gift-wrap-idea-how-tocreate-a-perfect-easy-bow-using-ribbon-brown-wrapping-ideas-wedding-anniversary-birthday-present-hello-island-mama-tutorial-12

Brent and I celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary this month, so I wrote “Fifth Year” on the top of the gift wrap. You may try writing your husband’s name, anniversary date, or inspiring words instead of your anniversary year. If you are not comfortable doing handwritten words like this, you may find a font that you like. Then, simply print the word/s and trace it by shading at the back of it with a pencil.
Brown wrapping paper or kraft paper is my favorite option for gift wrapping, whether it’s for holiday gifts, birthdays, or anniversaries. By adding some accents, it makes the gift wrap more interesting and exciting. gift-wrap-idea-how-tocreate-a-perfect-easy-bow-using-ribbon-brown-wrapping-ideas-wedding-anniversary-birthday-present-hello-island-mama-tutorial-9

Any favorite gift wrap ideas you have?

If you like this tutorial, share the image below to your Pinterest board :-)

 

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Whale Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whale themed baby shower ideas also perfect for birthday parties! This theme will inspire you to create summer vibes for your baby shower or child’s party.

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Baby showers are always fun to attend; meeting new people, food, desserts, games, and opening of gifts. One of things that also make me excited are seeing themed decor. A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Suki, had her baby shower and I was in charge of decorating. The theme was inspired by whales, which Suki chose. The first thing I always do when planning for decorations is going to my favorite site Pinterest.  It’s where I love to pin different ideas.

I made this balloon banner a couple of days before the shower because I was afraid that it would take lot of work and time. But it wasn’t actually that hard. Blowing the balloons was much more difficult than making the actual balloon banner! If you’d like to know how to create this, check out YouTube. There are plenty of tutorials there. :)

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This whale themed was mostly used with balloons and some DIY art work such as the painted whale hanging from the ceiling. This whale was made in an old cardboard and used acrylic. Here are the photos I snap during the baby shower.

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Baby Shower Favors/Giveaways. These were Hershey chocolates covered with blue paper. The center of the blue wrapping paper was cut out to show the word “He” to show the baby’s gender.

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A Bible verse about children.

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Guess the Size of Mom’s Waist. I was really surprised by some of the guesses for Suki’s waistline size… She is not having triplets or quadruplets. 😉

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Messages to the couple where guests wrote a note of advice or encouragement, for their new journey of parenthood.

 

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Cupcakes made by my sister-in-law Alia. Delicious! Am I the only one who feels excited about desserts in baby showers??!

 

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The couple opening the gifts for their baby boy.

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Balloons to add accents on the other side of the living room. I used thread to attach the balloons together. On the bottom right is one of the guest’s baby girl. She is sooooo cute!!! My kids love her!

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Another dessert made by my mother-in-law. I love how she made the waves so nice and neat.

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Meet the mom-to-be, Suki! If you have seen my blog post about “Smokey eyes for Asian Eyes”? That’s her! You can also check out  behind the scene photos of her wedding where I did her makeup. I can’t believe she’ll be having her first child next month!!

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Me and Suki! :-)

If you’re having a baby shower, what theme would you like to have? For pinterest ideas and inspirations, check out my boards HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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Wedding Anniversary: Gift Ideas for Him

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A guide of ideas for wedding anniversary gifts to help wives get cool gifts for their husbands. This guide is also great ideas for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and any other celebrations for HIM!

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If finding a gift for your husband is quite challenging, don’t worry, you are not alone. I also having a challenging time guessing what my husband Brent likes. Most of the time, I actually end up getting him more of what I like, such as facial wash and moisturizer for men, hipster sunglasses, or a nice watch. He then usually ends up asking, “Why are you trying to change me?” Haha!

Brent and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary as husband and wife this week! This time, I decided to do some homework to find cool stuff that he will be excited about. These are 7 great ideas you might consider as a gift for your husband as well. :-)

1.  Silicone Rubber Wedding Ring Band 

This silicone wedding ring is perfect for a husband that is always active, goes outdoors often, or loves to swim. Wives would love to have these too, especially if you’re also active and outdoors often.

2.  Leather Full Flap Messenger Handmade Bag

This is a genuine leather bag that has padding for a laptop. I love how it looks vintage and can easily be matched with men’s wear.

3. Clarks Men’s  Slip-On Loafer

I think these slip-ons are perfect for everyday use. Brent loves Clarks. He has one pair for work, and it looks professional and has classic styling. Clarks are well-known for their well-made materials and great tastes in style.

4. Portable Power Bank with Smart Charge for iPhones, Galaxy and More

If your husband is a fan of Pokemon Go, this might be the best gift ever. 😉

P.S. I don’t play Pokemon Go nor do I love anime, contrary to my husband’s Facebook posts which try to convince his friends otherwise. However, I do love Brent, so I support his Pokemon activities…

5. C. S. Lewis Signature Classics: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, and The Great Divorce (Boxed Set)

My husband admires C.S. Lewis’ books. I haven’t read any yet, but I do know that they discuss Christianity and have very inspiring words from the Bible. If your husband is looking for a great Christian book, my husband highly recommends this!

6. Custom Comic Book

I got this idea from an episode on the TV show, The Office. I searched on Etsy for someone making personalized comic books about couples’ stories. I was glad to find that someone does offer this idea for couples. Even though I’m not a fan of comics, I think it’s a sweet idea! 

7. DoubleNest Hammock

A hammock that is good for camping, hiking, boating, or just back-yarding. The good thing about this is that it is good for tall people, like Brent. It even has enough space for two people! It’s perfect for couples.

If you are sweeter than a honeycomb, here are some fun ideas as sweet as you are.

DIY that you can make:

1. PUZZLE DATE

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2. PHOTO MEMORIES TIED TO BALLOONS

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3. DIY ANNIVERSARY DATE WALL ART

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P.S Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the chance to win an Amazon or Paypal gift card! Details here

 

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