Hand drawn wreath inspiration

meghan bradley design + photo via besotted blog

I loved spotting this super creative (and very Anthro-esque) design by photographer Meghan Bradley the other day.  Meghan used our free wreath download and one of my all time fave Magpie Paper works fonts for her daughter’s first birthday invite. I love how simple it is yet there’s that hint of wonky charm that I love (the perfect in the imperfect), the slight texture on the cardstock is a perfect finishing touch, I wish I would have thought of something as lovely for E’s first birthday (I went for a Mr. Boddington design). I think this wreath with that initial would make a great custom stamp, I happen to know of a fine company that makes those sorts of things…

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Free hand drawn wreath

Perfectly charming font

Photoshop

Great cardstock

Custom rubber stamp

P.S. I am going to keep you busy on Instagram because Meg’s another one to visit.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Appointed by Suann Song

appointed by suann song via besotted blog

Last week we received an email from the very talented Suann Song that she was launching a new project-Appointed.  First, let’s preface this by saying pretty much everything Suann designs is completely up my alley, Appointed no exception. Within one week Suann had exceeded her original Kickstarter goals (but of course!), they are still raising funds though so if you are just seeing this for the first time and want to be one of the first to receive your Appointed goods, I say head on over to the Kickstarter donate and place your order! As far as my professional opinion as a branding expert everything is spot on-Name, logo design, product, collateral, it’s all A+! From my own experience as a graphic designer I can tell you how very difficult it is to work on your own brand and nail it, it’s like the cobbler with no shoes. I do have to give props to the props, Maria and Kellyy did a fantastic job of styling and Kate, oh Kate, sigh. Here’s to wishing Suann tons of success in her endeavor, I do hope you stop by and visit her!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

SOFIA KAMAN IG $500 GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY

sofia kaman $500 gift certificate giveaway

I love a good stack, so much so that when we were designing my wedding bands (yes, bands plural) I had a band made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Granted my bands were only a millimeter wide (teeny, tiny), but I do love them!

I was talking to my friend, jewelry designer Sofia Kaman (queen of the stack) today, she just finished her re-brand and the herculean task of a new site re-design, she’s celebrating with helping you get started with your own stack!  I know it’s the 11th hour to mention this but they aren’t doing the drawing until tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, March 7!)  All you need to do is regram the above image, tag @sofiakaman and use the hashtag #skstylegiveaway to be entered to win a $500 gift certificate towards your own stack! Beware though before you visit her site be prepared to be majorly tempted, Sofia has some pretty, crazy amazing designs that would look good on your finger forever. I chose some of my faves, here, here, here and here, but believe me I have a laundry list of many more!

Speaking of re-brand, and I KNOW Sofia is going to kill me, but we have had heated discussions about this and I am convinced I am right on this one and I want to hear your feedback. Sofia was adamant that her name follow with ‘fine jewels’, I was adamant that it be ‘fine jewelry’. Sofia said that ‘fine jewelry’ sounded stuffy to her, where I believe ‘fine jewels’ doesn’t sound high-end and sounds more like she is selling loose gemstones. ‘Fine jewelry’ is timeless, classic, it also clarifies that she is selling ‘fine’ versus ‘faux’. What do you think? Which sounds better to you for gorgeous, (fine) jewelry?  And btw, it has no bearing on who will win, I just want her to go into this re-brand as successful as possible!  Good luck everyone!

P.S. The hand lettering was done by the very talented Torrie Asai, who for the record is not a professional letterer, but boy she could be!

PODCASTS : MY LATEST LISTENS

new podcasts to listen to via besottedblog

I love a good listen, I had powered through most of my favorite podcasts and had to try to find some new podcasts to fill the void. Lucky for me (and I hope you) I found some really great ones. The newly launched Invisibilia has me wanting more, subjects are diverse but even the mundane in the hosts talented hands is fascinating. For those that make their living as a Creative The Accidental Creative offers some excellent insights and interviews. If you are a Ted Talks fan (I am) then you’ll love the Ted Radio Hour, it feels like a hybrid between the talks and This American Life. Jess Lively has an inspiring podcast The Lively Show with some great guests you are sure to recognize and be interested in.

What about you? Do you have any podcasts that you want to add? I LOVE learning about new podcasts! If you missed my other podcast posts below are some of the ones I have listened to and loved:

Stuff you Missed in History Class

Radiolab

After the Jump with Grace Bonney

The Moth

Lettering Photoshop brushes

hand lettered corazon besotted

Yesterday I posted this lettering on Instagram and thought it might make a good Photoshop brush, I made two versions, both available for free to download (Valentine’s day is right around the corner after all).  We are still hoping to launch our Foto Rx  Photoshop actions this week and I have been a bit frantic, Michelle on the other hand is cool as a cucumber whilst the top of my head keeps popping off and steam escapes cartoon style. I am hoping to get back to a more dignified demeanor soon.  I am just so darn excited, it’s the first big thing I have done since baby E. arrived and it’s making me feel like I am finally starting to get a groove going.  I have felt so inept at adding any other task other than mother to my plate. I seriously don’t know how mom’s around the globe do it, it took me over a year to finally get anything done!

The photo above was edited with Foto Rx (but of course), the front most flower was suffering from overexposure so I used ‘paint on dark’ to bring back detail in the petals, if this had gotten to bright white on the overexposure mark, nothing short of time travel and taking the photo again would bring the detail back, all white overexposure means there isn’t any data to mine, thus rendering any remedy completely useless. We have included a few bonus film effect actions for you in the set, I used Matte+ a few times to get that muddy/foggy film look that is currently so popular and added film grain.  The effect also helped me add my Photoshop lettering brush over the photograph without there being too much competing detail, a cool ‘trick’ to use when you want to add text to your photographs for your blog.site, Instagram, etc. Have any burning questions? Now is the time to ask them, always best to leave us comments, because it’ll be much faster to get your answers than via the abyss known as my email account.

If you would like to be notified of the launch of our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here! and you can download the lettering Photoshop brushes here.

P.S. This was shot with my Iphone, it was one of a series (I did get in one decent photo), it was an image I thought was a goner until I ran it through a Foto Rx remedy, so if you are wondering if you can edit Iphone images, the answer is yes, if you have a high enough res image!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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