So I don’t know that I’ve been getting a lot of quilting done lately, but I’ve certainly been playing on the computer designing logos for a few different groups lately. It’s all design work, so I never feel like it takes away from what I would like to be doing. It’s just working in a different medium.
I’ll be honest. I like to know how to do everything. Ha! Well that is NOWHERE near where my abilities are…but I pretend like I know what I’m doing and throw together these things using online tools and paint and word. Nope. I don’t have a graphics program. Well, I do have EQ but that is for quilt designs and it’s not super user-friendly to get it to work for other things like logos. I really would like to get a graphics program because I like to believe that it could only help me. 😉 Someone, Tracey maybe, gave me a tip to look on ebay for photoshop 8 which you can get pretty cheaply since there is a 9 out.
So, I’ve been designing away… first I made a label for the VIBees that we are going to have printed on Spoonflower and therefore all have the same label for our quilt with all the names of the ladies who are in the group. Not my idea, but clever Cherie brought it over from another group that she is in. I was elected to design it because I had designed the logo for that group already. I spent entirely too much time on it because, first, I had never used Spoonflower and needed to get a grip on that, and second, because I could not for the life of me find one program that would let me do everything I needed. (Thus began the desire for a graphics program!) I would love to share the finished product with you, but it has everyone’s full name and hometowns…so because you never know who’s out there on the internet, I’ll just show you some pieces of it.
This is the graphic that I originally used for the group’s logo. she looks like a very important person, doesn’t she?
And this is the border that I eventually used for the label. It started out green and beige I believe and I painstakingly changed the colors individually on every little piece so that it matched the flapper girl. (see why I need a better program? LOL)
I eventually threw these together in word and played with the size until I finally found a decent size that it would save the clipart image to so that I could get a large enough label. Did I mention that I don’t really know what I’m doing? Even now, with the label done, I’m still not sure that I love it…There are still things that I would like to look better. Sigh.
So then I made the logo for Modern Swappers whose name has been changed to Make Mine Modern.
Again, much playing with graphics and such…the rainbow graphic in the background is something that I “borrowed” from an actual company that I believe is Arab. Hopefully they won’t mind that I altered it and used it for our little logo. 😉
Well, then I decided that my little fabric challenge needed a button to help us all remember what our goals are (no fabric buying for 8 weeks!). Again, found the perfect tape measure fabric picture…changed all the colors and played around…and tada! a new button was born…
but then Lynne started to complain that it was going to be too difficult, so I needed to make her a button of her very own. 😉
So then I thought I was all done for a while… but wait! The Doll Quilt Swap is starting and they asked for blog buttons as well. They didn’t ask me personally but for some reason, I felt that I needed to inundate them with options. So without getting too wordy about each one, I’ll just show you them. I acquired most of the images used from a graphics site that has some free downloads for royalty-free pictures. aka I can use them without a guilty conscience. LOL. (unlike my Arab one!)
Phew! And personally, I don’t even think that mine are the best ones to be honest. I might vote for someone else’s button. Amy has one with cuteness galore! And you may notice that my buttons tend to not be very quilty. I love quilts, but I don’t feel it always translates very well over into blog buttons. But I could easily make a quilt block one… maybe I’ll do one last option just to show that I can be nice and traditional and quilty. 😉
So, please, someone tell me what graphics programs I should be looking at!