2008-07-31

Simple Florals Patterned Paper Template

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
~Pablo Picasso

Simple Florals is a quick patterned paper template using a few (basic) floral brushes I made in Illustrator. Please see the readme file for terms of use. Thanks and Enjoy! Download Simple Florals template here.

2008-07-29

Favorite Freebie -- Adobe Kuler

"Life is trying things to see if they work."
~Ray Bradbury
Kuler is an Adobe Labs (free) application that can help designers and artists across all mediums find, create and share beautiful color combinations. It's absolutely one my favorite freebies!

Vintage Postcard

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
~Scott Adams


A couple of years ago, when we were renovating our old farmhouse, we found some old magazines, letters and postcards in the walls. Their copyrights have long expired so I'm using them to make some premium vintage brushes that I'll be putting up for sale soon, in the meantime you can go ahead and download this brush that I made from the back of one of the postcards. Commercial use with this brush is ok, please see the readme file included in the zip for more info. Download the Vintage Postcard brush here.

2008-07-27

Groovy Embellishments

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
~Eden Phillpotts

A few embellishments to go with the Groovy Papers and Retro Flower Brushes. Three pins and a large mosiac/stone styled title. (used "Action Is" font from dafont) The flower cutouts are there to show the transparency of the title, they are not in the zip file. Please see the readme file for more info. Enjoy! Download Groovy Embellishments here.

Groovy Papers

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
~Carl Sagan

New"Groovy" Papers that I made with the Retro Flowers brush pack. My ten year old son doesn't think they look very "groovy" ("Needs some orange" he said-- is he a designer in the making?).
Anyway-- If you're willing to overlook the lack of orange, you can download my "Groovy" papers here.

2008-07-22

Happy Birthday Mom!

"A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled."
~Emily Dickinson


Again, nothing to download; just a pen and paper layout I did awhile back of my mom. (The scan isn't great!) Anyway, today is her birthday (she's far, far, far away from me-- in Thompson, Manitoba) so I'm posting this to wish her a long distance Happy B-Day.

Love Jen.

Beach Boys

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
~George Bernard Shaw

Nothing to download here; just a quick page using the Summer Sails Paper Kit (PS I scraplifted this layout from Simple Scrapbooks November/December 07 issue-- p.59 "9 Months" by Candice Palmer)

2008-07-21

Summer Sails

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
~Albert Einstein

Awhile ago I went to a community art show and was a little bit offended to see that one of the featured pieces was a (childlike) painting of a sailboat. At the time I decided it wasn't really art; however, here I am, years later, still thinking about that one simple painting. As it turns out, the "art that wasn't" has had a subtle, yet significant impact on my creative psyche. So in honor of that unknown artist (oh how I wish I would have kept his business card!) I made these "sailboat" brushes over the weekend. The brushes are free to use in your personal and commercial projects. Please see the readme file for more info. Download Summer Sails here.

2008-07-18

Itty Bitty Buds Photoshop Brushes

"Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem."
~Julia Cameron

Itty Bitty Buds Brushes is a set of 4 high resolution Photoshop (created in CS3) brushes. Please see the readme file for terms of use. I'm really curious to see how they are used so if you can, post a link so we can see! Download Itty Bitty Buds Brushes here.

Daily Doodle 4 July 18.08

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
~Scott Adams


"In The Neighborhood" is one of my first ever vector illustrations. I've included a jpg, psd and the ai file in the zip so the image is editable in either Photoshop or Illustrator. I hope you can find a use for it--Enjoy! Download "In The Neighborhood" here.

2008-07-17

Favorite Freebie -- Hawksmount Universe

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
~Dr.Suess

Hawksmount Universe is a top favorite freebie of mine. Hawksmount (I don't know her real name) is a graphic designer from Poland who makes free (drool-worthy) Photoshop and Gimp bushes. Her work is excellent! I'm pretty sure it's ok to use anything you download from her in your commercial projects, but make sure to read her terms of use before you use them anyway-- if only because, like her brushes, her terms are very good!

2008-07-02

Itty Bitty Buds

"Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?"
~George Elliot


Itty Bitty Buds is a 12x12 digi template I made for scrapbook designers, but anyone is free to use it. Please see the readme file for my terms of use. Thanks and enjoy! Download Itty Bitty Buds 12x12 paper template here.

Flowers First Photoshop Brushes

"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better."
~John Updike

Flowers First Brushes includes four high resolution floral brushes, created from my own vector art. Please see the Readme file included in the zip for my terms of use (which are pretty liberal btw!). Comments encouraged--now download the Flowers First Brushes here.

Flowers First

"I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice.""
~Erich Fromm
Flowers First-- so named because it's one- an obvious floral design, and two- it's my first digital offering. My terms of use are simple: You can use this design however and wherever you choose, for commercial and/or personal use-- with one exception, you can't offer it (that means even for free) as is. You need to do something with it (IE, color it ) If you have any questions, please ask! Oh yeah, I'd love to see and share what you create with this template so send me a link would ya? Comments are always welcome and a link back to this blog would be appreciated but isn't necessary. Download Flowers First 12x12 patterned paper template here.