Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Make It Special

I haven’t yet decided if I am going to share my “30 While 30 List” here, but I will let you in on one of my life goals: Make It Special. “Special” is obviously a relative term, but to me it means putting extra creative effort, time, energy and love into things.

Here’s a special gift box I put together for a friend’s birthday:

Each gift in the box is personalized to her — mostly in the form of a monogram or initial. And I used that fun string idea to make the wrapping special, too.

{I’ll share my favorite monogrammed gifts next week. Do you have a go-to “special” gift?}

New Spring Design: Cherry Blossoms

The new PosePrints design has us in the mood for spring! Click here to personalize our new Cherry Blossoms card design, complete with lots of pink cherry blossoms and a faint strip of blue sky:

Here it is personalized as a Save-the-Date (for a wedding in Washington, DC, the United States’ land of cherry blossoms):

And as a springy Baby Shower Invitation:

And as a cherry blossom-themed Thank You Note:

It comes with black type, which (of course) can be changed — along with any other aspect of your custom PosePrints.  Just let us know what you want to see!

Here’s to spring flowers!

Pinterest Project – Cursive Cards

As I’ve said before, Pinterest is this craft geek’s dream come true.  This time, inspired by this pin, I made personalized cards for a friend’s birthday gift. Although it’s not letterpress (I wish I had a press at home!  A girl can dream.), I’m happy with the result. I hope said friend is, too:

Looks simple, right? Well, that was the goal.  Making it, however, was anything but simple. Here’s how it went:

  • In Adobe Illustrator, I started out by typing her name in “Respective Slanted” font:
  • I created the swirls/ribbon on either side of her name by using a couple of different glyphs.  Then I molded them together with an upside down “e” (while wondering what I’d gotten myself into.):

  • The letters of her name were too close together, so I increased the kerning and then made little “connecters” (technical word), like this:

  • I then joined everything together and used the smooth tool to make it look cohesive. Then I printed the design onto A2 cards:

What do you think? I’m all about Pinterest Projects, but I’m not sure if I’ll be tackling this one again anytime soon. Glad I tried it once. : )

String Wrap

Check out my string, posing as wrapping paper:

It’s rare a box is nice enough for this gift wrapping technique to work, so I was pret-ty happy to get a cute box with my Anthropologie purchase. Have a nice, small box and some string? Here’s how you can DIY:

1. Tape the end of one piece of string to the bottom of the box.

2. Wrap it around the box a few times, and tape the other end on the bottom of the box.

3. Repeat!

Pretty cute, right?

 

P.S. Like the gift tag? I made that here.

Add Your Pose to a Facebook Wall

My last post described how to make a PosePrints Avatar into your Facebook (or Twitter, or Pinterest) Profile Pic — but the PosePrints + Facebook affair doesn’t stop there!  You can also post an avatar to your (or a friend’s) Timeline, along with a custom greeting:

How to post a “pose” to your — or a friend’s — Facebook Wall/Timeline:

1. Select any PosePrints product to begin (it doesn’t matter what it is) and click the pink “Personalize This Design” button.

2. Customize your avatar and click the blue “Save Pose” button.

3. Click the “Save For Facebook” button that pops up to the right of your avatar.

4. Enter in your name and email address on the next page.

5.  Check your email for your “PosePrints MyPose Confirmation” and click the link in the email.

6. Click the link at the bottom of that page (below where it says “Please enter this link into your Facebook profile for it to appear on your page!”).

7.  Paste the URL of that page onto your/a friend’s Timeline — and customize the message (by clicking on it) if you’d like — and click the “Post” button.

Use a custom avatar to wish a friend a Happy Birthday (’cause let’s face it — a simple “Happy Birthday, Jill!” gets old), a Happy New Year, a Happy Valentine’s Day, a Happy Easter, a Merry Christmas, or a plain ol’ happy day.

Click here to begin!

 

Making A Pose Your Facebook Profile Pic

We have received a few inquiries lately regarding how to make a PosePrints “Avatar” into a Facebook Profile Pic.  (We call it a “pose” as opposed to an “avatar” but we’ll call it an avatar in this post — ’cause that’s what the cool kids are calling it.)  We’re working on making this process more streamlined (via a Facebook app, perhaps?!), but until then, here’s how you can make your PosePrints avatar into your Facebook (or Pinterest…or Twitter) Profile Pic:

 

Here’s how to make a “pose” your Facebook Profile Pic:

1. Select any PosePrints product to begin (it doesn’t matter what it is) and click the pink “Personalize This Design” button.

2. Customize your avatar and click the blue “Save Pose” button.

3. Click the “Save For Facebook” button that pops up to the right of your avatar.

4. Enter in your name and email address on the next page.

5.  Check your email for your “PosePrints MyPose Confirmation” and click the link in the email.

6. Click the link at the bottom of that page (below where it says “Please enter this link into your Facebook profile for it to appear on your page!”).

7. Right-click on your avatar and save it to your desktop.

8. Upload it as your Profile Pic!

I know eight steps seems like a lot, but it’s actually a pretty quick process.  And we’re working diligently to make it quicker and easier for you!

Thanks for striking a pose on Facebook!

P.S. You can also post an avatar to your (or a friend’s) Facebook Timeline or post PosePrints e-cards to your/friend’s Facebook Walls.  We’ll leave those instructions for another day, though…

Instagram

I’m slowly delving into the world of Instagram — on my husband’s phone.  Still the semi-proud owner of an antiquated BlackBerry, I can only Instagram when I’m with my husband at nights and on weekends.  And on vacation:

{That’s me in NYC this last weekend.  We saw The Book of Mormon.  It was fantastic.}

So while my Instagram activity is sporadic, I’m still there — at JenHMoss. Find me!  I’ll be getting much better with it, too, since I’m finally shopping for my *first* iPhone and should have it in the coming weeks.  Cannot. Wait.

Bottle Labels

PosePrints was supposed to start out as a custom-caricature-bottle-label company.  I’m serious.  It all started back in college, when I covered six bottles of “birthday beer” with homemade labels for a friend’s 21st birthday. My mom was so PUMPED by these labels that she slyly stole one of the leftover bottles when we were moving out of our apartment at graduation. And she still has that stolen bottle. I’m serious (again).

PosePrints obviously skipped the label boat and instead was transformed into a caricature stationery shop, but I still have a special spot in my heart for homemade bottle labels. As recent as 2010, I made one as part of a dear friend’s birthday gift (shown above).

And here’s another one I made back in 2005 (two years pre-PosePrints!).  The “Jenny Regal – Aged 28 Years” label is covering a bottle of Chivas for a friend named Jenny on her 28th birthday. Don’t be jealous of my brilliant wordplay!

I actually am looking forward to hosting a party or shower and creating custom bottle labels (and finally making my (mom’s) dreams come true).  I’ll keep you posted…

DIY Gift Tags

I’ve always been one to make my own birthday/baby shower/bridal shower/greeting cards for friends and family. In the last couple of decades, I’ve only purchased one — maybe two? — mass-produced greeting cards (due to a severe time crunch, I swear), and I still haven’t forgiven myself.

Lately, however, I haven’t had nearly the amount of time I need to make quality birthday/shower/greeting cards, so I’ve started creating homemade laminated gift tags instead.  They’re not *as* “I-put-so-much-time-into-making-this-especially-for-you” as a homemade card, but it gives my gifts a nice, crafty, thoughtful touch.  And it takes only a few minutes to make (with no trip to the stationery store!).  I highly recommend trying this at home.

Here’s what you will need to create your own gift tags at home:

  • Paper (blank on both sides — or with a pretty design on one side)
  • Pen or markers
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch (I use a 1/16″ or 1/8″ punch from a craft store)
  • String (friendship bracelet string bought in bulk from a craft store)

Here’s your laminating machine (clear packing tape!):

I “laminate” the paper to give the gift tags a nice, sturdy, “this took a long time to make” feel.  The laminate also allows them to last longer, in case the recipient is the keepsake type. (One of my friends still has her Jen-made laminated tag from a few years ago, and puts it up on her Christmas tree every year as an ornament.)

Here’s how you can laminate your gift tag (or anything else that measures less than the width of your packing tape!) at home:

1a. Pull out a long piece of clear packing tape from the roll.

1b. Stick one side of your completed tag (PosePrints caricature business card cut-out, shown above!) against the sticky side of the tape, then fold the tape over against the back side of the tag.

1c. Press the tape together so it’s sticking as close to the tag as possible.

2. Use your scissors to cut around the gift tag (I highly recommend cutting your tags out using straight lines — it will make it easier to follow the lines when cutting away the tape.)

3. Punch a hole.

4. Thread your string through the hole and tie to the gift!

 

Obviously I am a fan of drawing caricatures, but any simple drawing will work for your tag. (Check out that flower up there…you can totally do that!)  If you’re afraid of the pen, use rubber stamps or left-over greeting card scraps or any pretty patterned paper.  I promise, once you add your “laminate,” anything will look somewhat fancy.

Do you make your own greeting cards or gift tags?  I want to see! (Email me at Jen at PosePrints dot com.)

Derby Invitations

We just added a new Kentucky Derby background design — as well as Derby-themed caricature accessories — to the PosePrints site!

{Kentucky Derby Party Invitation and Kentucky Derby Baby Shower Invitation}

{Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower Invitation}

A seersucker suit, some boutonnieres, a big hat, a Derby-style fascinator and a mint julep are among the new features we added for your custom Kentucky Derby Invitations.  If you remember, we created a special Derby Invitation for a charity event last year, but the caricatures were different from our PosePrints poses.

If you want any of the accessories on your Derby Party Invitation in a different color, just ask at check-out!  We will change the color of your fascinator, hat, boutonniere or suit — free of charge.

To the races!