Work In Progress

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Brandng, Graphic Design, Identity, Packaging 1163 Views

I don’t usually show people what I’m working on before it’s done, it makes be feel vulnerable. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about.

Today, I’m sucking it up and showing you what I’ve been working on in my free time. After I’ve gotten all caught up on client work I’ve been trying to squeeze in a few designs for myself. Please ignore the the messy art boards.

We are planing on getting this design made into a stamp for our packaging. Jake came up with this idea. I really love it.

I’ve been trying to re-design out letterhead ever since we updated our blog design. It has been a long time coming, but I think I’m just about there. 

 Ohh, what’s this you ask? It’s a little project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. You’ll see.

Jamie BartlettWork In Progress

Fresh off the Press: Custom Stationery

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Cards, Design, Letterpress, Paper, Paper Goods, Stationery, Wedding 1363 Views

lately weekends have been the only times we have to get things done. So this Labor Day weekend we had was much needed around our house. It gave us time to check a few things off our to do list and squeeze in a little relaxing time together.

Our list of letterpress projects is starting to stack up so we managed to get one printed and ready to go this weekend.

Stephanie, who I had the privilege of designing wedding invitations for, came to me after returning from her honeymoon and asked if she could get some stationery letterpressed with her new last name! I loved working with her before so I jumped at the opportunity.

They match what we did for her invitations (which I promise to show you as soon as I can take pictures) I really love how simple and clean these turned out. I’m almost tempted to print some up for myself.

Jamie BartlettFresh off the Press: Custom Stationery

Finders Keepers: My Pantone

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Color, Design, Pantone, Technology 1433 Views

Here’s an app I would probably not only find useful, but also fun to play around with. MyPantone will even capture colors from pictures on your phone and then create harmonious color palettes. I’d love to have the Pantone library at my finger tips. 

Jamie BartlettFinders Keepers: My Pantone

Quill & Fox Does it Again

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Cards, Design, Paper Goods, Shop 1138 Views

This morning started off right with a dose of delightful design from Quill & Fox. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at their new products that are so clever and beautifully designed. I love everything they have done but these new designs are just too good to be true.

I’m really crushing on the Loch Ness Moster Postcard, but then again I really love the Forest Park Postcard Set. Ahh, I just can’t decide. I love them all!

There are even more new designs in their Shop.

Jamie BartlettQuill & Fox Does it Again

The State of Graphic Design

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Graphic Design 951 Views

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Infographics are always so cleverly designed. I came across this one about graphic design. I thought it was interesting and insightful–probably because I’m a graphic designer! 

Jamie BartlettThe State of Graphic Design

Reupholstered Chair

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Decor, DIY, Furniture, Home 1808 Views

You’ve already kind of seen the finished product of our chair we reupholstered from Pixel’s Watch Me Grow photos, but I wanted to show you more of the process we went through to get this little yellow beauty.
Here is the condition we found the poor saggy chair in at Goodwill. The fabric was pretty worn in spots and the caning on the sides was starting to break, but it was the perfect size and style for the space we have in our living room. It just needed some love.

The hardest part of the process was taking everything apart. There were so many staples holding it together. 
The cushions had seen better days so we ended up replacing those with fresh new foam. As we took stuff off we made sure to take lots of pictures so we could remember how it all went together. We used all the old foam and fabric as templates for cutting the new pieces.
Once we got everything off my dad cleaned the chair really well and touched up a few spots with stain. It looked one hundred times better when he was done and we hadn’t even started putting it back together yet. 
Finding the fabric was a lot harder than I thought. I knew I wanted something similar to what was already on the chair. I love yellow and it would be the perfect pop of color to add to our decor. I also wanted something with a soft cozy texture. 
We ended up going to the fabric district downtown LA. There are so many shops full of fabric that it was a little overwhelming. I brought along a swatch of the old fabric I had taken off the chair and went in each store to show the owners what I was looking for. Finally I found one store where the man was able to climb through rolls and rolls of fabric to find just what I was looking for – a nice bright yellow cotton velvet fabric.  
For the buttons we went to a local upholstery shop, gave them some of our fabric and asked them to cover ten new buttons for us. 

The best part was when we got to start putting all the pieces back together. It was such a fun project and we felt pretty accomplished when we finished. We gave an old sad chair new life.

Jamie BartlettReupholstered Chair

Finders Keepers: Handmade to Sell

Jamie Bartlett Blog Post Book, Business, Finders Keepers, Inspiration 940 Views

I discovered this jem of a book last week and went out a bought it the very next day. I was so excited about it I just about read the entire thing in one sitting. It talks a lot about the business side of crafting (the part I can say I don’t know too much about). All my business knowledge comes from friends and family–and now this book. If you’re a crafter and want to know a little more about the business side of things, go grab this book at Barnes and Noble and settle down on the couch for the afternoon. I bet you’ll learn a thing or two.
Jamie BartlettFinders Keepers: Handmade to Sell

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