The world is better with me in it

Laura, would you have time to come up with a Life Skills logo we could put on t-shirts and the notepads for the camp?

Here are the characters: 世界因我而精彩

The English is “The world is better with me in it.”

We have equal guys and girls, so it would need to appeal to both.

Any ideas?

Do you know what dimensions you need? Or a number of colors?

It should be horizontal, don’t you think? To go across a tshirt? Maybe no more than 3 colors?

So here is something I learned: all the globe art I have cuts off ALL of Asia. Like, I wanted to play with including the earth, y'know? But not one that doesn't even SHOW Asia. Hmph.

Well that is interesting. : ) I just had to order crystal world globes for the cleft trip, and I learned that in EVERY globe, they put the US above China. Like we are lording over them. YIKES.

Okay, this is supposed to be an abstract globe, but I'm not sure it reads as that unless you know it's supposed to be that...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!! Super, super cool and powerful. Let me run it by the China team members to make sure they love it as well. THANK YOU!!!!! :)

Yes, you are

I know the only way to get better at these is do more of them and I mean to and then... never do. Alas. Much like I mean to keep this blog updated...

You are a feminist

From this essay

Year of the Sheep

Love Without Boundaries needed a design for their Chinese New Year cards and sent me the photo of the adorable kiddo in a sheep costume.

They also wanted a design where a parent could add their own photo.

I also recently designed their annual report. I did it one page at a time and never looked at how it would turn out flip-book style. D'oh! So many pages where the boxes don't line up. Design woes.

Fandomtines 2015

In 2013, I made a set of "Primevalentines" — styled like the themed valentines you pick up to hand out to classmates. And last year, I made valentines for the fandoms that helped me through the adoption wait.

This year, they aren't so much "valentines" as just Graphics for My Current Fandoms. (I knew I'd be disappointed to not make something.) I started with Les Mis AUs.

(Uh, yeah, see, I read Les Mis in high school and honestly, I don't remember Enjolras or Grantaire's characters at all. But I have a friend who likes this pairing and she knows I love a good AU, so she sends me little portions of fics and then I get intrigued and... yeah, I have accidentally joined the Les Mis AU fandom. Nerd pitfall.) One of the writers that has delighted me to no end is idiopathicsmile. This is taken from one of her fics:

Next up is the Hexagon Fandom, which is really just Fandom Fandom... as in, how fun to connect with people elsewhere over something as simple as "hey, hexagons are rad!"

Hexagon fandom

Then I wanted to do something for Teen Wolf. I was thinking Stiles but couldn't decide upon my angle and then Kris and I watched the episode where Papa Argent bellows "another werewolf?!?"

My newest fandom is The 100, so of course there was gonna be a Bellarke one. (This one is my least fave as I rushed it a little in my eagerness to share with yadykates...)

All that was left was Landline. MollieKatie had requested that there be a Landline valentine, but she had no specifics for me. I tried flipping through the book for ideas but all I would end up doing was re-reading several chapters at a time. (Ah, Rainbow.) Finally I decided: SUBPLOT ROMANCE. And the pugs.

Book cover for The 4th Corner

When Liz Ashe mentioned that she was getting close to publishing the sequel to In Shadowside, I pestered her to find out if I'd get to design the cover for it. And I did!

The 4th Corner is available on

Logos for the family business

I adored North & Marigold in Stephanie Perkins' tale in My True Love Gave To Me, so I decided to design a fake t-shirt for his family's business — the Drummond Christmas tree farm. While I was working on it, I realized there really needed to be a companion design for Marigold's mom's restaurant.

I tweeted these at the author & was delighted that she linked and reblogged them:

Fanmixes front and back

Cover art for my Landline fanmix

When I make the cover art for my fanmixes, I usually only do one side. But for Rainbow Rowell's Landline and Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I did the track list, too.

Cover art for my Coldtown fanmix

Rendered quotes

Good things grow

This is another quote from one of Rainbow's books. Basically I did this because Bethany showed interest! (On Tumblr here.)

But I'm glad I got in a little practice because the same week, I had a request:

Charli saw her first star this morning when we went out to see the lunar eclipse. She wanted me to take a picture "so I can show everybody." It was a really touching moment and I want to capture it somehow artistically for her and for me.
She sent me a little sketch of a silhouette, some trees and the verse John 1:5. This is what I came up with:

Light shines

It met with approval.

Charli said, "It's my star... and me!"

Themed birthday invites

For Cash's 5th birthday, we had a Lego theme. I would have ordered these except the seller was in Australia! Alas. But I totally copied her design for the invitations. (And the idea to include knockoff Lego men in the goodie bags.)

Each kid got a personalized Lego tag, which is the zenith of how far I will go craftwise:

Lego party favor tags

Zoe's party was at the skating rink. SK8TE Party, yo!

Themed birthday invites

Ani's adoption announcement

Six months after your adoption was complete, and I finally got one of these printed for your baby book. (Yeah, our little secret: I didn't even send these out. I just made the one for that page in your book.)

I wanted Ani's announcement to be vertical, like Cash's. So two kids would have horizontal ones and two would have vertical ones. But Ani's "baby book" was designed for a horizontal announcement. Fine.

By the time you get to that fourth kid, it feels like a miracle to even HAVE a baby book, much less stress over design format.

Sub-blog creations

A pal and I run a Tumblr dedicated to fan fiction. (Not like, posting it, but like talking about it? Indirectly?) Anyway. We'd been talking about something and she said "God Bless Fanfiction" and I decided there needed to be a stitch sampler for that. So we put it on Metastories.

This same pal runs a Simon Snow blog, and the thing with sub-blogs for small, below-the-radar fandoms is that it's hard to come up with posts, especially original content. So when she said "I'm picturing Watford's gym tees..." and sent me a little sketch, I couldn't help but try to make a graphic that would look as she described.

Nuptial Brewing Co.

Page Brewing Co.

My pal Eric was designing a box to hold beer for his friend Elisha and asked if I could make a faux brewing company design. (This was to be a wedding gift, hence the Hoppily Ever After.)

Alas, the design had too many fine lines for the vinyl stencil that was being made, so we made a bare-bones version. You can see it here in Eric's Flickr photostream.

I had wanted to make something typographic for Katherine's wedding, as well. Since she and her dude are also into craft brews, this seemed applicable to them, as well:

Harvey, party of two

Welcome to Night Vale

Wow, I haven't updated here since China. Oops.

So of course I hadn't posted this quote art for Welcome to Night Vale. (Yeah, not really getting better at these. Sigh.) (On Tumblr here & Pinterest here.)

Also seems I never posted the one I made for "Cassette."

(Tumblr, Pinterest)

While I was in China, I got email that this Minecraft build had used my art for Dark Owl Records in their design and is that not TOTALLY AWESOME?

Winter 2014 issue

I had two stories in the last issue: Cornerstone Coffee. Am I on the coffee beat now? :)

And Frios Pops

“'You're not getting any younger,' I told him. I said it jokingly, half-hearted.”

A week later, she came home and Andy told her he'd quit his job. He'd been working on a business plan to sell frozen treats.

“It took my breath away a little bit, though I tried not to show it,” Leslie recalls.

Then Andy gave her a sample — his Key Lime Pie flavor.

“As soon as I tasted it, I knew it was going to be great.”

Fandom Valentines part 2

I would deem "if you like your coffee hot, let me be your coffee pot" a cheesy lyric. But I don't find it cheesy when the Arctic Monkeys sing it.

"Heh, I should turn that into a Valentine," I said to myself. And thus I decided to make fandom'tines this year. Love notes to the fandoms that helped through the adoption wait.

GreenAngelHeart is my Arctic Monkey buddy, so I tweeted this one at her. It was well-received.

Then, of course I needed to make something for one of Rainbow's books. How about the Boba Fett reference in Eleanor & Park?

During church, my phone started going "bzzt... bzzt... bzzt..." Because I get a notification when somebody favorites or retweets when I'm mentioned on Twitter and Rainbow had mentioned the Valentine.

I made one for My Mad Fat Diary (cheating a bit and starting with a graphic I made over the summer):

I needed a Valentine for fandom itself. A pal runs a Snowverse Tumblr; I was duty-bound to make something she could reblog, right? Hence, the SnowBaz Valentine.

I wanted to make one for Misfits, using Rudy. But I never found a screencap that I liked enough and was ready to be done at five.

But then molliekatie started following me on Tumblr and I saw where she was asking if anybody was going to make a Valentine for Attachments, so...

I love the tags on this reblog: #OMG #Attachments #attttaccccchhhhmmentsssss #i'mmm meltiiinnngggg #lincolnnnn and bethhhhhh #best quotes #what is this liiiffffeeeeee

(Will I do this next year? We'll see. *but molliekatie's already asked if there will be a Landline one and you know me...*)