Monday, January 30, 2012

{Monday Tips & Tools} Learning InDesign

If you haven't noticed yet, you will. I'm playing with a couple new blog series concepts in an attempt to come up with a blog schedule that is varied, interesting and fun. I like the idea of a "Tips & Tools" series because I'm constantly challenging myself to try new things and learn something new and a series like this would be a great way to share what I've learned with all of you.

As you know, my current obsession is Adobe InDesign. I love learning new technologies and adding new tools to my repertoire and I'm determined to learn how to use Adobe's InDesign for my digital and print design (in order to phase out Publisher). This weekend I spent a bit of time getting aquatinted with my new program and while I'm still a far cry from being very good, I think I'm getting the hang of it! (See my very first free printable here if you missed it!) There isn't anything overly intuitive about the program but I've heard it's easy compared to programs like Photoshop. Whether that's true or not it doesn't meant there isn't a learning curve involved. Luckily Adobe has recognized this and identified a need for some truly awesome video tutorials on AdobeTV. So I've shared with you here a couple of the ones that have gotten me started:

I hope someone out there finds these as useful as I did!

In closing, I'd like to ask you readers if there are any questions that any of you have or topics that you'd like covered in the "Tips & Tools" series. Instead of just telling you guys what I think is helpful, I'd love to cater it to what you think is helpful. Just leave a comment or email me at with your suggestions!

Friday, January 27, 2012

{Friday Freebie} "Stay on Task" Printable

I told you guys that I was determined to learn InDesign in order to have greater artistic capabilities with invites, cards and other digital design items. Well, I'm hard at work learning the ropes and becoming familiar with all the tools that the program provides, and believe it or not, I'm having a lot of fun doing it! As a matter of fact, I was learning so much that I decided to go ahead and create my very first printable to share with you guys. Anyone in need of a good looking To-Do List? If so, I've created a couple here for you to print and enjoy! Let me know what you think! (Click on image to be taken to google docs, where you can download).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

{Totally Pinterested Tuesday} Digital Design Freebies!

I've been up in the air as to whether or not I want to continue with the Pinterest blog series. Everybody's doing them and I generally try to be a tad original in my methodology, but in the end it fits with my goal here at DIYOD. My goal is to share cool stuff that you can either make or buy, preferably both. This blog series allows me to find cool things on Pinterest and point you to them. And let's face it, Pinterest is, hands down, the best place on the internet to find inspiration in mass quantities. It may also be the nicest place on earth ("I LOVE THIS!"), but that's another story. With this in mind, I've decided to keep my little Pinterest blog series and continue to invite you to follow me and all my awesome Pinterest boards:)

So what am I going to share with you today? I'm going to share with you some of my favorite digital freebies I found on Pinterest. Why? Because I have been harboring a dirty little secret that I'm attempting to change. I (nervous and reluctant sigh) stillusePublishertodoallmydesign! Phew. I said it. That's right ladies. I create all my wedding invites, birthday invites, and various other digital design work on Publisher. It's all I know! But the reality is, it kinda sucks. It's clunky and hard to work with, and I needed something better. Today I downloaded the free trial of Adobe's InDesign and I'm determined to learn how to use it. To get me excited and inspired as to all the new goodies I could make, I decided to stop by Pinterest to see what was good. Here are some of my favorites! (For the full list, follow my digital design board on Pinterest!)

Vintage Apothecary Bottle Labels
(source: eatdrinkchic)

Printable Recipe Cards
(source: heartmadeblog)

Super Cute Door Tags
(source: designeditor)

Ticket Place Card
(source: lovevsdesign)

Do you guys know of any other great design oriented printable sites? Please share!!! And don't forget to follow my pins on Pinterest!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

{Friday "Food" for Thought} Your Crafting Space

So, here's what we're going to do. I'm going to pretend like it hasn't been over 3 weeks since I posted the last "I'm so sorry I've been MIA" post and you guys are going to pretend not to notice. Sound good? Great ;)

It has come to my attention that there are are a select few women out there in the world who are blessed with spaces like this where they can create their masterpieces:


and this:

But then there are those of us that aren't quite as blessed, and have to squeeze all of our supplies and our work space into a mere corner of our living space. That means organization is critical! I, myself, am lucky enough that my husband has let me have a corner of our living room (which often creeps into the WHOLE living room...and dining room... and sometimes the guest bedroom). This is what it currently looks like:

Here's the right side of the "corner":

and this is the left side:

I struggle to try and find a place for everything, especially since I collect EVERYthing. "Hun, don't throw that can away, I might use it," "Oh, you're not going to keep that wrapping paper you just tore off that gift? I might have a use for it," "Look! This is on sale! I could totally craft something with this!" It's a sickness. 

So, as my collection of supplies has grown, I need to find new and creative ways to organize my small space. In case you're also looking for some new organizational ideas, here are a few ideas I found around the big ol' net:

Use bead board and cans!
01 Get Organized: 14 Organization Station Ideas!!  

Clear out that old armoire!

Buttons and Baby Food Jars
Pinned Image

Some Simple Shelving

A Frame and Tension Rods!
Be Different...Act Normal: DIY Gift Wrapping Wall Rack

A Knife Strip!
Knife Strip

Do you have any other great ideas that'll help me re-claim my mini-craft space?! Send them my way!!
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