My September #Birchbox Goodies!

Hi ladies, here’s what I got in my Birchbox this month. It felt like I waited forever to get these lovelies in the mail! This month there are 3 special box designs; I was super excited! Learn more about their awesome designs
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Women’s Fitness Digital Magazine Mock

I was feeling inspired one evening and started working on a new concept for a digital magazine. The look I was going for was an emphasis on fitness and fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those girls who gets “dressed up” to go to the gym. But, I’m definitely inspired and more motivated with the right clothes. I love the bold, neon and bright color trends you see with fitness apparel today. I drew from that when working on this idea. I’ll continue to develop it and perhaps turn it into a real digital magazine for my tablet one day!

Movie Ticket Invitation

Hey followers, take a look at my movie ticket invitations! I designed these based off old ticket stub designs for a kid’s birthday party. I had fun with these! Quick tip: If you do something similar, make sure you do what I did and hide the white semicircles in Photoshop before printing them. I didn’t know what size circle punches I would be able to find at Michael’s and I didn’t want to risk cutting the circle in the wrong spot and end up with white along the edge. After I was done, I thought the ticket stubs looked a little too conservative for a kid’s birthday invitation so I’d suggest dressing them up with a fun and colorful patterned envelope.
Until next time! D

A Look at the Branding for Cupcakes4Charity

The inspiration for my event benefiting the children’s hospital, Cupcakes4Charity, was based on the previous year’s branding by Donny Carpio. Because the sale was being held in Autumn this past year, I updated the colors to match more of a harvest feel but I wanted to make sure the colors were still fun and vibrant and in line with cupcakes and especially kids! I added a polka dot pattern and created a seal, which is reminiscent of a cupcake wrapper. I enjoyed making the advertisement materials and event decor. It was a fun break from doing interaction design and client work.

Be Ready Christmas/New Years Card

Make sure your sweetheart’s lips are super soft for New Year’s Eve! I designed this holiday card with one of my favorite holiday color combos, ice blue and red. I love going outside the traditional Christmas colors. The ice blue really represents the falling snowflakes well. And I think the red brings out the romantic side of Christmas and New Year’s. I printed the front ribbon of the gift box separately, cutting and pasting it on to the front of the card. On the back side, I made sure to add a little bit of mistletoe.


Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this fab idea, I got my inspiration from the awesome Brooklyn Limestone.

I hope this inspires you to create something sweet for your sweetheart this holiday season!

Holiday wishes from Dawn

#FreePrintable “Merry” Holiday Gift Tags

I’ve been working hard on a free holiday printable for you guys the past few days and now they’re finally ready for posting! I designed these gift tags with you ladies in mind. I hope you like the pink, gold, and black colors I picked. They are all centered around a “merry” theme. Simply print the PDF on cardstock, cut out, punch, and affix to your gift boxes/bags. In the photos above, you can see that I used gold baker’s twine, which I was excited to discover at Target. You can find a variety of colored twine in the scrapbook, holiday, or dollar areas at Target and Michael’s if you want the same look. You can also add your own metal eyelets to the holes for an added touch.

Happy Holidays!


Preview of the gift tags

Download PDF

12 months of Christmas/Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar

Last year, I received a cute Max Brenner chocolate gift box. Inside was an assortment of chocolates, all in individual boxes. This inspired me to create my own gift box with small gifts inside. BTW the chocolates were DELISH!


The holiday season is fast-approaching and it’s time to start making your gift list. This gift is perfect for anyone and you pick the budget! Make one for your spouse/significant other, kids, friends, and/or parents… Label it as a survival kit for a coworker or teacher for the upcoming year.

Think of this as an advent calendar that lasts all year long. Look for small trinkets for each month of the upcoming year, wrap them up, and place them all in a box. The recipient can look forward to opening a small gift the first of every month (if he/she is patient enough!) Make sure to label each gift with a month. (I made my own tags and labels.) If you think 12 months is TOO LONG, you could also do an advent calendar.

What gifts should you get? I picked items that had sentimental meaning or were related to the month I wrapped it for. Wrap chocolates for February, do cat ears for October, or pick up an ornament for December. Try a gift card, candy, lottery ticket, DVD/CD, jewelry-the options are endless! You could even let the kids help pick out small gifts at the dollar store or dollar bins at Target. If you want to to stick to food, I recommend going to World Market and getting different candies from around the world. They have a stocking stuffers area that also includes small bottles of wine, cheese, sausages, and more.

Let your creativity run wild and have fun! Be You, Be Creative.

Wrapping paper: Target (for the best coordinating gift wrap & supplies!)
Blue ribbon: Dollar Tree
Snowflake gift box: Big Lots (They have beautiful and durable gift boxes in all sizes)
Snowflake ornament: Target