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How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 2

How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 2

So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, go to File > New > Insert width and height to 210x210mm or any dimensions you prefer. > Click OK

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find any design resources you have to place into the art board. In this tutorial, we are using the Hopeless Romantic Toolkit. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want) > Click ‘Place
  2. I brought in the original Teddy Bears (the same one) over into the art board. Arrange the images to your liking.
  3. To create the zig zag lines, first create a straight line across your art board using the Line Segment Tool (\) on the left panel. Use the Shift key as you create your line so it will be a 100% straight line. Make sure you select the stroke not fill (you can find this on the bottom of the left hand side panel), insert a colour and increase the stroke size to 3-4 pts so you can see it better.
    • Then click on your stroke, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag. 
    • Under the Zig Zag tool box, adjust to the size you want. For this tutorial, you can adjust the size to 9.53mm and Ridges per segment to about 12. Select  ‘Corner’ under Points option. Click OK. 
    • You can then increase the stroke size to 40 points and stretch the stroke to your desired outcome.
    •  To convert the stroke into a path, select Object > Path > Outline Stroke.
  4. To duplicate the zig zag path, click Alt to duplicate. Then at the same time, together click Shift and bring the zig zag path downwards. You will notice the path is duplicated. Then select the zig zag path you’ve just duplicated, and on your keyboard select Ctrl + D a few times (to duplicate the last action) a few times until they cover the whole art board. Group the paths together and aligned vertically and horizontally to center.
  5. To change its colours, go to your swatches panel, click the small arrow on the right of the panel and go to Open Swatch Library > Color Books > Pantone+ Pastels + Neons UnCoated. Select the grouped zig zag paths, and select the colour you want from the pastel colour panel you’ve just opened.
  6. Create a box for the background colour by selecting the Rectangle tool (M) and make sure you cover the entire art board size. Use the pastel colour panel to change to your desired colour.
  7. Place the Teddy bears in the middle. Create a dropshadow for your bears so your teddy bears stand out a little more. Select your teddy bears and go to Effect > Stylize > Dropshadow. I advised to choose ‘brown’ colour to blend with the teddy bears as ‘black’ is a little too dark and overpowering. Set the X  and Y offset to 1mm and Blur to 1.76mm and click OK.
  8. To mask the whole image so the zig zag lines will not be seen around the artboard, is by selecting the Rectangle tool (M) and make sure the rectangle you’re creating is covering the entire art board size. Select everything and hit Ctrl+7 on your keyboard.
  9. Here are some helpful shortcuts for you to use. If you’re using a Mac, replace Ctrl with CMD key:
    • To group an object = Ctrl G
    • To ungroup an object = Ctrl + Shift + G
    • To lock an object =  Use keys Ctrl+2
    • To unlock an object = Ctrl + Alt + 2
    • Bring object to front = Ctrl + Shift + ]
    • Send object to back = Ctrl + Shift + [
    • To mask an object = Ctrl + 7
    • To unmask an object = Ctrl + Alt + 7

To use the image for your projects, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or PNG (usually for transparent background) > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB  > Quality 10 > Resolution 300 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved!

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB  > Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

There you have it!

An easy cute wall art designed in Illustrator :).

 

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How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 1

How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 1

 

So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, go to File > New > Insert width and height to 210x210mm or any dimensions you prefer. > Click OK

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find any design resources you have to place into the art board. In this tutorial, we are using the Hopeless Romantic Toolkit. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want) > Click ‘Place
  2. I brought in the Tree, Swing and Teddy Bears over into the art board. Arrange the images to your liking.
  3. Here are some helpful shortcuts for you to use. If you’re using a Mac, replace Ctrl with CMD key:
    • To group an object = Ctrl G
    • To ungroup an object = Ctrl + Shift + G
    • To lock an object =  Ctrl+2
    • To unlock an object = Ctrl + Alt + 2
    • Bring object to front = Ctrl + Shift + ]
    • Send object to back = Ctrl + Shift + [
    • To mask an object = Ctrl + 7
    • To unmask an object = Ctrl + Alt + 7

 

To use the image for your projects, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or PNG (usually for transparent background) > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB  > Quality 10 > Resolution 300 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved!

 

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB  > Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

There you have it!

An easy cute wall art designed in Illustrator :).

 

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I hope you’ve learned something and you like this tutorial. Do leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions so I can improve on my future tutorials.

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How to Superimpose a Pattern Over Another Image in Illustrator

How to Superimpose a Pattern Over Another Image in Illustrator

 

Start Creating a Passive Income Using Illustrator

So why Illustrator? Well Adobe Illustrator is professional design software commonly used by graphic designers or other designers to create professional, beautiful artworks and designs for commercial or non commercial purposes. But if you do not have a Graphic Design degree but want to acquire the skills anyway.. my tutorials can help you learn the basics of Illustrator to create beautiful professional designs or graphics to be sold in the market place like Creative Market, Master bundles, Design Cuts and lots more..

And start creating a passive income for yourself!

 

So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, download your free vector pattern (Illustrator file) here and open it.
  3. Open your Swatches panel (right hand panel) and drag your vector pattern into it.
  4. Double-click the pattern (you’ve just dragged into the swatches panel) and un-tick ‘Move tile with art’. But make sure the ‘Size tile to Art’ is tick! Click ‘Done’ and the window will automatically close to bring you back to your main canvas. Your swatch pattern has now been created!

 

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find an image you want to superimpose your pattern on. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want to superimpose your pattern on) > Click ‘Place
  2. We don’t want the image moving around so let’s lock it in place. Use keys Ctrl+2 (PC) or CMD+2 (Mac) to lock the image/object.
  3. Then create a path over the area you want your pattern to appear. Use the Pen tool (Shortcut for ‘P‘) and trace the area. It takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy as!
  4. Use the ‘Selection Tool’ (Shorcut for ‘V‘) to select the path you’ve just traced/created.
  5. Open the Swatches panel and click the pattern (you’ve dragged in previously) to fill in the path you’ve selected.
  6. Once the pattern is filled in, remove the stroke. Select the stroke and click the slash icon (None /).




 

And here’s the fun part!

  1. Make sure your path is selected again using the ‘Selection Tool’ or use shortcut key ‘V‘.
  2. Go to the Transparency Panel or if it’s not open, go to Windows > Transparency. Or just use the shortcut key Shift+Ctrl+F10
  3. In the Blending mode panel, on the dropdown menu click Multiply. Play around with the Opacity but I think 90% opacity would be perfect!
  4. If you’re not satisfied with the path, you can edit the path again to your liking.

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB  > Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

 

There you have it!

A beautifully imposed pattern over an image in Illustrator :).

How to superimpose a pattern over an image in illustrator



And here are just a few examples below on what objects you can superimpose your pattern on.

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Free Printables: Mother’s Day Coupons

Free Printables: Mother’s Day Coupons

This is a brilliant way to pamper your mum on this special day especially when you are on a budget or short on cash.

So what if you are? I believe giving these coupons to your mum is a more meaningful gift because you can show your love and appreciation not to mention, sincerity through your actions.

My printables are only just a few examples you can use to pamper your mum.. you don’t even need a fancy software to create your coupons. If you want to get super creative,start personalizing your coupons! Just get some art paper, use markers or paint and make them yourself. Wah lah!

Anyway, I hope you are inspired by today’s gift and remember to pamper your mums on this special day!

You can download your free printable coupons here. Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers around the world! 🙂

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Goal Setting: Get Absolutely Clear On Your Goals!

Goal Setting: Get Absolutely Clear On Your Goals!

Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important part of achieving your dream or vision you have set for yourself. It could any one of these; yearly, monthly, weekly or daily goals. Whichever one you are planning, if you are really serious about achieving your goals you need to take some time to plan and get absolutely clear about them (once you are clear about your vision first of course).

For those who have downloaded my free printables, I hope you like them and are making good use of them. For those who haven’t, you can download your free printables here through my sign up link. I personally have chosen these ones; the Monthly Goals Breakdown Planner and Habit Tracker because I know they will give you immediate results – IF you use them of course.

They won’t do anything for you if you just leave them sitting away in your inbox.



Clueless, really..

I was never really a planner or a super organized person. But after having three kids, and running two businesses, I know something’s got to give.

As busy as I was, I had to make time for everything. And here I am, where everyone wants my attention or needs me to do something for them.. or spend time with some one or some thing. I had to make time to cook, run errands, do housework, online shopping (thank GOD for that), doctor’s and dental appointments..And then, there’s the non-negotiable time for the husband. Time for prayer, entertainment and most importantly – time to get out my creative juice: for creating, hustling, packing, sending, newsletters and the list goes on and on…

Gosh, you must be thinking..how did I do all that with a house full of kids, a husband and two businesses?

Goal planning of course.

And yes, a lot of the credit also goes to my husband, Peter who is my rock in supporting me and my work and helping me with the kids and household when its needed.

I needed to be disciplined too – to stop when I needed to stop and get focused on completing a goal I have set for myself. That’s a tough cookie I must say because of the daily distractions that surround me each day. So if you missed a day, keep going, do it the next day but do not stop.

“Don’t do your best. Just do”. – Wayne Dyer

Of course what Wayne (God bless his soul) is trying to say is that you don’t have to be perfect in everything you do, but to work on your goals consistently, every day.

And the way to do it is to FOCUS.

First, cancel out the noise and focus on your thoughts/goals. Print out your printables. Sit down for 30 mins to an hour and plan your goals for the month first and then break it down. And if you’re using my free printables, see how I do it below:



Real and Uncut

I like to be super realistic, open and honest with you because that’s just how I roll…

So here it is, a sneak preview into the goals of a fellow designer. It ain’t all pretty and tidy I know.. but once I get ideas in my head, I had to scribble them all down…hence the messy hand-writing. But hey, be yourself.. and do whatever floats your boat. Saw my little flower doodles? Well,  that’s just some things I like to do. Be yourself and put some personality into your goal-setting page if you like.

Then.. I fill out my tasks and goals into the Tasks Overview of the Week Planner. That’s one of my newest printables I have just created. Caution: It’s highly addictive to use. I have just started using this week, and I feel that it is already helping me to stay clear of distractions and I got so much clearer on what I have to do this week.

Let’s focus in on Week 3. See below how I do it:

So, I’ve taken what I’ve written down on Week 3 (left picture) and fill in the Tasks Overview Planner sheet (right picture).

If you can’t finish the extra tasks for the day.. feel free to move them around to suit the availability of each day. But do your best to achieve the goals for the week.

And that’s how you plan a fully productive week.

The Painful Reality

Oh yes… and the lack of sleep is also inevitable when one is chasing a dream.

There were a couple of weeks when I only have 3 to 4 hours of sleep. And when I finally head to bed like 4 am in the morning, the baby was crying and I had to feed her before I was able to lay my head to rest. So there were tough nights/early mornings. But I do it NOT because I have to.. but because I have a BIG vision in my mind that I can clearly see and a BIG enough why for me to push through ahead those tough days.

Whether you are in a similar (I hope not), stressful and tired situation like that.. just take a deep breath. Breathe. Relax. And then, say to yourself…

This too shall past…

And it will.



Have a clear vision

So you need to be clear about your vision first. It could be learning a new skill, completing a project for a client, building a playhouse for your child, to lose a few extra pounds or to achieve financial success.. whatever goals you have, you need to be clear on what the outcome you want and then plan ahead. Start with a big goal and then break it down into chunks.

 

Have a BIG enough WHY

You need to have a strong why and not just any why. Find a reason strong enough that makes you want to get out of bed to do it – no matter how tired or exhausted you are. And that magic WHY will pull you through the hard days especially when you feel like giving up.

My WHY is that I want a better life for my family. My kids are my driving force for me. I wake up everyday wanting a better life for my children. I want to give so much more back to society, the poor, to charity, to the church and the lives of children who are lacking education around the world.

 

Here’s a very cool video for you to watch if you need a boost of inspiration:

So before you get clear on your goals, go figure out your why if you haven’t already.

Do you have a BIG enough why to help pull you through the hard days of achieving your dream?

So what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

How You Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

How You Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

Welcome to Janice Designs

Previously known as Janicecreations.

First of all I just want to say how grateful I am for all of you who are reading my very first post today. I am thankful that I am able to voice out my thoughts on this blog. You have no idea how completely rewarding that feels especially if it is something I’m really passionate about.

I finally completed this challenge!

For those who have waited, I thank you for so much for your patience. I hope you like my new website which I have slaved night and day to make it happen and I finally did it in under three weeks. So yes, I’ve worked through the holidays. I was driven and have decided that I will get this up no matter what. The best part of it is I am able to kill two or three birds with one stone! As I was creating these printables, I was using them at the same time to plan out my business goals for 2017. I have also used these printables to assist me as I re-design my website. They have been a huge help to keep focus on completing this huge task (re-branding my website) in such a short time.

 

5 Ways On How I Set My Goals For the Year

Before I start planning my year, I spent some quiet time by myself, I meditate and say a little prayer so I have a clear, focus mind on what I want to achieve this year. I have some tools that helped me to do so:

  1. Try a calm, relaxation music that allows you to relax. Try this one. You Tube have a great resource on different kinds of calming music for free. Go check it out. It is not only great for meditating, but these relaxation music helps you to relieve stress and helps you to be peaceful. It just helps your mind to focus and tune it to what you want to do: reading, study, artistic work. It is absolutely amazing.
  2. Plan your tasks backwards. What I mean is, I start planning the whole year by writing down my goals and what I want to achieve for each month of the year. I used the Top 2017 Goal Overview Printable to help me to do so. Or look at the examples below.
  3. Plan your first three months from your Goals Overview. And breakdown your weekly tasks for each month. Continue this method every 90 days. I used the Monthly Goals & Weekly Breakdown Planner (print out three copies and start planning your first 90 days) or you can see the example below. You can also get a free copy of it here.
  4. It’s time to plan your week. Set clear, achievable goals for Monday to Sunday. I find when I started planning my week on what I want to achieve from 9am – 12pm, 12-3pm and so on and so forth, I feel like I’m not just treading on water and see where my life takes me. My day became clearer, I know what to expect and my day becomes more productive. Try this planner to help you achieve your weekly goals.
  5. Plan your day and set clear expectations on what you want to achieve today. It’s so easy to get distracted and carried away by the hustle and bustle of life. This is true especially when you have children that can take your most of your attention. Write your to do list – From taking your dog for a walk, running errands and taking the kids to school to going to work and working on various projects.. Writing these goals down and looking at them throughout the day can help you to focus and get your head back into whatever it is you want to achieve that day. This planner can help.

 



Here are some examples on how I used my printables.

 

How You Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet. Get your copy today - http://janicedesigns.co/printables/make-2017-best-year-yet-collection/

Taken from - 'How You Can Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet'. Get your copy today - http://janicedesigns.co/printables/make-2017-best-year-yet-collection/ 

More printables coming soon (e-store)

I hope you’ll take the time to browse through my work (I have more printables coming soon. I only had time to put those couple of ones up.). Also if you do want to learn more about me, you can read my story here. I thank you in advance. I am truly grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to share my passion with all of you!

I am grateful for every purchase of the Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet Collection Printables. I do believe it will help make your goal planning a lot easier.

For those who are on the fence – you can try these two first. You can have an awesome month by just using these two Free Printables!

Those two were taken from my ‘ Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet Collection‘. It is a 15 page goal setting planner for those who want to take goal planning up to the next level. For those who want more of a complete goal setting, this collection will be a big help to you as it did for me.

Ready to join me and make 2017 your best year yet?

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