Monday, 13 July 2009

And We're in Business

After a super-hectic weekend, I finally got around to playing with Photoshop. You may have noticed that my blog has had a little bit of a makeover, yay! I've designed my own header and changed it from it's previous gloomy black. What do we think? I think a white background is always easier to read, no?

Anyway, it's been a good 5 years or so since I even peeked a glance at Photoshop, so it was an interesting experience. On opening up the program again for the first time, I mainly just stared blankly at the screen, going "huh?" That didn't really get me anywhere, so I pretended I was in Star Trek and tried yelling at it. "Make file bigger! And....go! I said go! File...bigger...? Help...?" Yeah, that didn't work either. Eventually googled Photoshop instructions. Apparently, it's Edit, Transform, Scale. Of course it is. Obvious really... :)

I did finally get the hang of it, and happily my refusal to flatten any of my previous images meant they were all fairly easy to mess about with.

So, here is my business card design:

I wanted to keep it pretty simple and also wanted to stick with the heart type logo that my old flatmate (somewhat of a graphics genius) designed for me. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, but I've had to order them via an internet business card type place, so I've no idea how they'll turn out. Fingers crossed they look okay...

I also bought some rather lovely (and expensive - eep!) fabric to make a table cover out of:

There will be a panel of this in the centre, with a black panel either side, as I couldn't afford to do the whole thing in this stuff. I'll hopefully have time to edge it with rope cord and put some little tassles on the corners too, but suspect this may be a little over-ambitious...


the purple dragon said...

Hi Lauren, I stumbled across your blog when I googled hatblocks, and have really enjoyed reading your posts so far. What happened to the mannequin? Have you got a finished picture?

I am hugely impressed with the work you've shown so far, and look forward to seeing more; you're inspiring me to get my finger out, and try and make the pictures in my head in to reality. And I live in Medway, so know your old stomping ground (lucky you, you escaped!)

Any chance you could do some links to the places you bought your equipment?

ShinyLauren said...

Thank you so much :)

The mannequin is nearly finished, I just haven't had a chance to update on it yet, but will hopefully have some pictures after this weekend. My first ever stall, eek!

Let me know which equipment you are after and I'd be happy to post some links to where I got it.