Geometric Coasters DIY
When Cricut asked me to create some fun, party projects for their design software, Design Space, I immediately knew they had to be A) simple, B) geometric, and C) super cool. Hence, these geometric coasters.
The actual coasters and the geometric decals are both made with the Cricut. What was once known as a crafting machine solely for scrapbookers and teachers, the Cricut has made a Justin Beiber like comeback in the past year, just without the crying. Hey, Beibs, no crying, OK? You haven’t even been gone for that long. And does a 21 year old really old enough for a “comeback”? I digress. Back to the coasters.
Sketchbook Series in NYC
Do you know how to draw? For the past few years I’ve been making my event design sketches on Illustrator. Honestly, they could be better. I went to art school, which I guess means that I have a tad bit of knowledge on how to draw something with pen and pencil. When Mary said she was bringing her Sketchbook Series to NYC, I jumped on the chance to learn from her. She has a crisp, modern, easy to understand way of sketches that I know my clients would love. She is the guru of event design drawings.
Luckily, as I went to buy my ticket, Stacie Shea asked me to make a backdrop for the Sketchbook Series students to draw in exchange for a seat at the workshop. YES, PLEASE. Stacie helped on the logistics for the conference, Reveriemade did those beautiful flowers, Lael Cakes created that succulent tower of goodness, and Nuage Linens let us use their studio and sequin tablecloths.
We all collaborated on the look and feel that we wanted the class to have. Using NYC as a natural inspiration (look at those views from Nuage Linens!), we worked off of this inspiration board.
Metallics, bright pops of colors from spring peonies, some hearty succulents, and the architecture of the city all came together to create a cake table that was used as the main drawing model for the class. I created a backdrop of mixed metallic NYC building silhouettes. The crisp lines really played beautifully off of the softness of the peonies.
Oh, and did I mention the gold metallic ceramic vases? All flowers should be in geometric, gold, ceramic, super shiny vases forever and ever.
Keep it modern. Keep it simple.
That should be my new life motto.
Here I am. Trying my best. I highly recommend Mary’s Sketchbook Series class. It’s only day, which is not a huge time commitment when it comes to industry conferences. You’ll leave with the skills that most of your competitors probably don’t have. Which puts you a leg above the rest. Congratulations.
Wonderful photos provided by City Love Photography.
DIY Drink Stirrers
Drink stirrers are the type of DIY party project that you can mindlessly make while partaking in an Inside Amy Schumer marathon with one hand on the tacky glue and the other deep into a bowl of snacks. Because no craft is done properly without a nice snack assortment and a funny, silly show. Preferably sitting on the floor like a six year old playing with legos.
Maybe that’s just my favorite way to be creative: surrounded by colorful cardstock and gummy bears.