Friday, August 16, 2013

Time to Challenge Myself...Design-Wise Week Two

Hello everyone.  If you missed my post from last week describing my foray into kit design, you can check it out HERE.  I am really pleased with the feedback I received.  There is even one person interested in purchasing the kit when it is done!  Woo hoo!  Not sure how I'll accomplish that yet, but it is nice to know that you guys are confident enough in my work to want to purchase it.  That really means more than you will ever know!

Well, it is my second week into designing this kit and as always, I want you guys to know what I've been up to.  The second week, like the first, was all about papers: 
  • words
  • stripes 
  • geometric
  • floral/damask/ornamental
  • multiple patterns
  • grunge/distressed
  • floral/damask/ornamental
As a reminder, here is the colour palette I am working with available over at Design Seeds:

Finally, here is the sneak peek of all the papers I've created this past week for the Naturally Cool kit:

Now since it is difficult to get a true idea of what the second last paper in the set, the words paper looks like, here is a better preview of that one:

One of the comments I received over in the forum was that someone felt I was thinking outside the box when it came to designing my papers.  That is a seriously huge complement since this is the first time I've put a structured set together.  So now I want to know what you guys think of the latest designs?  Do you think I have a future in design?  As always, I'd love to know what you think.

Over the course of the next week I'll be working on the third set of prompts which are all about creating elements.  I'm a bit freaked out because I've never really created much in the way of elements.  I was also telling a good friend that I really should have planned out my ideas as what sort of theme the kit was going to take on because I have no idea what elements to include.  Since the kit is called "Naturally Cool", I went with the concept of nature's beauty with the word paper and will continue this theme but it still doesn't tell me the direction to take in my elements.  I also have to create an alphabet and my version of Photoshop Elements doesn't allow for layer styles or for batching so I may have to create each letter one at a time.  If that is the case I'm obviously not going to be finished in a week.  More like six months from now!

Big hugs to you all and thanks for your continued support and feedback.

Until next time,
I used a frame template from Marisa Lerin in my words paper, I also used a geometric template for my geometric paper,  a grunge template in the damask,  a distressed overlay in my leaves paper, a different one for my grunge paper.  I used a cardboard template from Brooke Gazarek for my stripes and geometric paper, and a canvas one for my word paper. Both these artists and their templates are from
Pixel ScrapperI've used a really pretty pattern from Trine over at Nothing But Freebies for my damask paper and a beleveled template for my mixed elements paper.  Finally I have used elements from Karen's Scrap and Graphics.  I used a silver leaf in my leaves paper and a bird in my mixed patterns paper.  Please pay these wonderful ladies a visit.  I couldn't have created anything without their amazing talent and generosity.  


Crafting Vicky said...

wow ohhhh wow this is just fabulous! Totally love the design!

ike said...

Well - I tell you... this is looking fabulous so far. The colours are awesome and the papers are definitely something different so you are 'thinking outside the box' as that person quite rightly said :-D
It is very exciting watching this evolve Lisa :-) Go Girl !!!

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome designs. You really have a talent for this. You should have the complete range printed in 12x12 size, so that we in South Africa can purchase the real thing. I really love these designs.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Edwina said...

Hi Lisa, I love these papers. They are so gorgeous! I love the leaves designs and the one that makes me think of antique fabric. Love the Nature sentiment. It needs to be a digi so it can be added anywhere. Elements, leaves, rocks, palm tree, anything that has to do with nature. Butterflies, and flowers too as most people like them, but they are usual. Edwina Brown

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Lisa! Another beautiful paper set. The textures look amazing, and those colors are so soothing yet invigorating at the same time! Beautiful artistry! hugs, de

Karon said...

WOW - they are wonderful and definitely unique! TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

SAMARA said...

Lisa this is a gorgeous paper package! Where can they be bought? The words are spectacular to go with the are doing a stunning job and I totally support you doing this yourself and selling them on Etsy! xox

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are all so pretty, Lisa. I really like the cool colours. Love the bird paper especially.

Pia S said...

These papers are truly gorgeous, Lisa! I like every one of them! And it's a great mix of elegant and cool, male and female! But I know I'd love to have the second one from the left also in the same tone as your third from the right as well. Just an idea...

Tlc Creations said...

Your papers are beautiful~! Love all the texture and dimension.