Jan
14

Framebridge

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I have a confession to make. I’m a legitimate print hoarder.

I’d guess I own around forty pieces of varying shapes and sizes, but only about half are actually framed. As someone who likes to change up the art in her home frequently this presents a little bit of a problem, and if you visit you’ll often find pieces hung by metal clips/pants hanger/washi tape.

 

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Because I’m such a portrasti-framer (Can that please be a thing?) I’ve become very excited about affordable online framing. And one in particular, Framebridge. Basically you visit their site, then input the size of your piece and choose a frame style and a mat if you’d like one. Framebridge calculates the cost and then gives you the option of receiving a tube or flat mailing supplies or using your own. They email you the free shipping label to print and affix and you’re set. You can also send them a file you wish to have printed and framed.

 

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A few weeks later your art shows up back at your house and ready to hang! I’ve used a similar service in the past that I was not nearly as impressed with. Framebridge‘s attention to detail and protective packaging had me smiling from ear to ear. Each frame comes with a bracket and nail to assure an all-around quality experience (and eliminates the need to dig through your own things to track one down).

 

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These are two screen printed posters by Jordan Grace Owens that I’ve owned for just over a year, previously victims of the aforementioned pant hanger treatment. I chose a simple thin natural wood frame – the Marin – for both pieces so as not to detract from the art, and I also opted for no mat. The end result is just what I envisioned, two pops of color to welcome guests into my home in the entryway.

 

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Try Framebridge for yourself before January 29th and receive 15% off any order with the code DESIGNCRUSH!

This post is sponsored by Framebridge. I received product and compensation in exchange for my thoughts of the experience. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Jan
10

Happy Weekend

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01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.

Design Crush elsewhere:
January is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen linens and invest in some new ones.
It might be cold outside, but your home can be downright tropical indoors.

Jan
05

Print Edition: January

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We Love Your Work by Wasted Rita // Bouquet by Alexandra Dzh //
Home is Where the Pants Aren’t by Jenna Kutcher // Let Me Entertain You by Variety Show

 

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I Love October by Mateja Kovač // Single Ladies by Draw Me a Song //
Botanicals No. 1 by Mia Carameros // Girl with Glasses by Lindsay Letters

Jan
01

Twenty Fifteen

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Sayonara 2014, aloha 2015! Last year was full of much success on both personal and business levels, but it was also filled with turmoil and challenge. Some good, some bad. I’m looking forward to grabbing the new year with everything I have and squeezing every last drop of potential out of its 365 days. Here’s to a good one!

Dec
22

Day Designer

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It’s that time of the year when I wax on about how much Whitney English’s Day Designer has changed my workflow and basically my life. I’m on my third year for 2015, and can honestly say I’ve never felt like my time is being used more efficiently or that I’ve been more organized. (And trust me, those are no small words.)

 

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I’ve been using a paper planner since I was in high school, so I’ve seen my share of layouts and designs. And what I love most about the Day Designer is that Whitney was looking for a better way to manage her days and created a solution instead of waiting for something perfect to come along. There are a few pieces that won’t be a fit for every user, like the business planning section in the front and a few sections on each daily page, but they’re easy to overlook if you don’t need them.

 

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That said, the Day Designer is brilliantly put together for the small business owner and freelancer. My favorite element is the split day schedule of an hourly timeline and a checklist. I also highly rely on the Due block at the top of each page and the big picture monthly calendar that starts each section for trip and project planning.

 

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I just finished flipping through 2014 and can’t believe everything that I somehow managed to accomplish. I can hardly wait to see what’s in store for the new year!

Dec
17

2015 Calendars, Part 7

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Typodarium 2015 by Slanted // 2015 Botanical Calendar by Stationery Bakery //
2015 Calendar of Silly Holidays by Dirty Bandits // 2015 Lunar Calendar by The Far Woods

 

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2015 Linear Calendar by unfiber // 2015 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs //
Calendar To-Do list Pad 2015 by Ryan McGinness // The Circular Calendar 2015

 

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Color Swatch Calendar 2015 by Vonfreyhold // Moon Fig 1 2015 Calendar by Hammerpress //
Perforated Calendar 2015 by HAY // Vertical Calendar by MAKE Collaboration

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5 // Part 6

Dec
16

Holiday Cards – Part 4

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Shiny New Year by The Good Twin Co. // Bright Year by Parrott Design Studio //
Stuff It by Farewell Paperie // Jingle All the Way by Steel Petal Press

 

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Season’s Greetings by Skipping Fox // Happiness & Love by The Yellow Note //
Color Swatch Tree by Fierce Mally // A Cozy Cup by Fierce Mally

 

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Peace Pie & Coffee by Moglea // Merry Little Christmas by Thimblepress // Ho Ho Ho by Big Jon //
Trees on 67th Street by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

Dec
11

2015 Calendars: Part 6

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2015 Wall Calendar by Mr. Boddington’s Studio // 2015 Time Map by People I’ve Loved //
Wildlife 2015 Calendar by Vikki Chu // Gem + Mineral by 2015 Calendar by LEIF

 

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2015 Calendar by Jennifer Young Studio X Good on Paper // Stendig Calendar //
2015 Calendar by Tiny Kiwi Prints // 2015 Wall Calendar/Nature by Modern Printed Matter 

 

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 Watercolour Birthstone Calendar 2015 by Squirrelly Minds Paper //
The Great Gentlemen Calendar 2015 by Mr. Pike // Dogs of the Year 2015 Calendar by Charlotte Farmer //
2015 Literary Calendar by Obvious State

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5

Dec
10

Holiday Cards – Part 3

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Happy Holidays by Our Heiday // Holiday Hats by Erin Wallace // Happiest Holidays by Moglea // In Good Spirits by Swiss Cottage Designs // Merry Christmas by Printerette Press

 

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Flourish Holiday Card Set by Four Wet Feet // Coppy Merry & Happy by Moglea // Love and Peace by Ink Meets Paper // Jolly Holidays by The Social Type // Warm Holiday Wishes by Our Heiday

Part 1 // Part 2

Dec
04

2015 Calendars: Part 5

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Twenty Fifteen Calendar (download) by Cocorina // The ‘Be List’ 2015 Calendar by fig. 2 design //
2015 Stones Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop // 2015 Astrology Wall Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop

 

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2015 Shapes Wall Calendar by Dozi // Hip Hop Hooray 2015 Charity Calendar by Ask Alice //
2015 New Zealand Birds Calendar
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// Planets 2015 Calendar by Meg Bentley

 

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Donuts of the Bay Area 2015 Calendar by Donut Galleria // Wall Calendar 2015 by Karolin Schnoor //
2015 Calendar by Klaus // Signature 2015 Wall Calendar by Artifact Uprising

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4