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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Day 151/365 - Recoloring

Took a bit to decide and then took much longer than I expected to. 

But I do get to enjoy the fact that I made this image from "scratch" using geometric shapes in Microsoft Publisher. Not too bad for a first attempt.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Day 149/365 - Table Manners

Another quick one that came together at the end of a long Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Day 148/365 - Purple Passion

Simple and for once done in just a few minutes! I needed an easy one today.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Day 147/365 - Favorite Movie and Fun with Fonts

Open Admission. I skipped the last two days. Good news is, the busiest work time is over and life returns to some semblance of normal.

The hardest part of today's prompt was choosing a favorite movie. I've got several, but decided to go with a classic.

Right after I sat down to think about what I wanted to do, I got a message from a close college friend. Something got me thinking back to our college past and the almost poetic Scarlet O'Hara fits she would display at college parties. So today's project is for her.

Her grandmother passed away yesterday and there's been a flurry of messaging back and forth between she and I and 3 other friends.  Collectively this group of friends is known simply as the Ohio 5 (although I'm the only one that still lives here.)

The five of us are about as different as five people can be. We all met in college and somehow, through the magic of email and then Facebook messaging, we've stayed in almost daily contact for the last 17 or so years. The beauty of a relationship like this is having a group of people with totally different life situations and personalities and ways of looking at the world to help you deal with whatever life throws at you. We've talked each other through new relationships, ended relationships, engagements, weddings, losses of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, birth of children, cross-continental moves, therapy, buying new houses, buying new cars, grad school, bad mosses, evil co-workers, awful jobs, medical procedures. Life. We talk each other through life.

If you don't have a group like this, I highly recommend finding one. Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, New York City, NY, Baltimore, MD and Columbus, OH. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. And I'm more fond of these people than they could ever know.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 144/365 - Hands and Feet

Guess what. I ignored the prompt again. I mentioned that this was the busiest time of the year at my job, right? When I decided to take on #makesomething365, I knew this time could be the downfall. So I'm sharing another project from work. Best I can do!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 143/365 - Leftovers for Days

Took a well-deserved break from my graphic design theme because I made 30 POUNDS of hummus last night. But fate proved useful that this was the prompt today.

Why would someone feel the need to make that much hummus? My younger three kids have Health Awareness week at school and today was "Try It Tuesday", where the kids get to try healthy snacks they may not know about. We thought a lot of kids would shy away from it, but we had to have enough in case they all want some.

What goes into that much hummus? It was 4 #10 cans of chick peas, most of an 8lb tub of tahini, almost a gallon of lemon juice, 1 cup of salt and 3 cups of cumin. And lots of patience to make it in the food processor about 1.5 pounds at a time.

And yes, there was probably 20 pounds left over. We'll be creative with spreading the wealth. 

Day 142/365 - Framework

I took artistic liberties with the prompt. Mostly because I'm just not THAT good with computer graphics. The frame idea came from the idea of a door, though.

I went for the idea of making new pictures with frames out of a larger one. Here's the original for reference. I was a big fan of this when I first saw it a couple of years ago.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 140/365 - Rebus Me This, Batman

I had way too much fun with this as soon as I figured out what I wanted to do. That part took the longest. But, like so many things in life, I found what I was looking for in song lyrics.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 139/365 - Fancy Schmancy

I'm in the busiest season at my afternoon job. We've got the biggest fundraiser of the year coming up next week and I was tasked with creating table cards and signs.

What does that have to do with today's prompt?

Nothing. It has nothing to do with it at all. Well, I suppose food is a central point. But I have a phobia with spoiled food so I'm just going to turn this on.

But I was pleased with how the menu turned out, so I'll share that as my creative output for today.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138/365 - Always

Any prompt telling me to use imaginary characters or a fandom in any way is a dangerous thing. Because I get sucked in and obsessed. 

Awhile ago, I saw an Harry Potter book cover image that blended all 7 covers into one. I really like it and I've even ordered a phone case of it. But I thought it would be fun to try to recreate it myself. 

Here's the original:

I got some of my measurements a bit off, but not too shabby. This is why graphic design is not my day job!

Day 137/365 - Up in the Air

Here was one I knew just what I wanted to do, but I just couldn't find enough time to do it as well as I wanted to.

Wednesday morning in Columbus was beautiful. April and the first half of May were almost constantly cold and rainy here. It was a strange spring. But the last week or so has been gorgeous weather. It was so clear, the first thing I thought of was how cool some skywriting would look. So I made my own.

Day 136/365 - Life Size

I had a little trouble trying to figure out how to make this prompt lend itself to graphic design. Then I gave up.

So I decided to focus on the clothing aspect. I tooled around a bit online while thinking about what to do. Then I came across some paper dolls. I thought that might be fin to work with. I tried a couple of different ones, then came across a Disney set. I went right to my favorite, Ariel, and then just went from there.

A few minutes later and some creative cropping, I was finished!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 135/365 - Pencil Rubbing (Graphic Design style)

I panicked when I first read the prompt. How was I going to pull this off with a computer???

So I tried my hand at working with a pencil sketch filter. I just tried to keep it simple and built a simple image and found an online service. has lots of free effects that was easy to use, although it uses some strange cropping so I had to fiddle with the image. But now I can say I've tried it. 

In case you're wondering, here's the original picture:

Day 134/365 - Childhood Revisited

I thought about a number of ideas for this prompt, but got a little overwhelmed by choices. 

Finally I settled on something. Turns out, I don't remember many stories from childhood, but I did think of one of my favorite books "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. I felt a connection with many of those poems. Because they were silly, but felt very real to an impressionable 5-10 year old. One of my favorites is called "Sick".


“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more—that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut—my eyes are blue—
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke—
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is—what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

From Shel Silverstein: Poems and Drawings; originally appeared in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Copyright © 2003 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Day 133/365 - Ignoring the Prompt

I ignored the prompt today. Not because I didn't like it or I couldn't think of anything, but because I already had a creative triumph for the week and wanted to share it.

I found a way to save the church where I work, hundreds of dollars a year by building a new website on a different service. It had been hosted before with a company that specializes in church websites, but doesn't give a lot of options and overcharges just because they think folks aren't tech savvy enough to fight them on it. 

I suppose not every church has someone like me and it may be their only option, but I'm pretty proud of the finished product. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

The video was made as a suggestion from our pastor, who thought it would be a good way to announce the new and improved website to the congregation. He wanted a way to point out the features to our aging congregation and where to find things on the website. This video was showed during the announcements this morning and it got great reviews.

This was my first attempt at making a training video. I wrote a script, working through each page on the menu bar. I started by creating the photos, then added the arrows. I used a free service called EZVid (  to make the video. It was a great service for something like this. It allows you to add photos, choose background music, change the slide duration and record narration. It was actually pretty fun to put together and I was thrilled with the outcome.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Day 132/365 - Button Up!

I had every intention of turning this into a button first thing this morning and wearing it all day, but I just didn't find the time.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Day 131/365 - Natural Wording

I knew just what I wanted to do, but got a little lazy in making it work. Ii think I got tired of it before it was done.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 130/365 - American Songbook

When I read the prompt, I immediately thought of my favorite recording of all time. 

Several years ago, my sister made mix tapes for people for Christmas, by asking them their favorite songs and then putting them all together for people. This was a big hit for some of the older folks in our family and even though I could have done it myself, I appreciated the gesture. 

One of the songs on my list is a betrayal to my Scottish heritage, but I just don't care. Danny Boy will always be one of my favorite songs. My sister, found a recording of Elvis singing Danny Boy. For your viewing pleasure, I give you...

Day 129/365 - A Future in Forging Money

This prompt allowed me to do the geekiest thing I have ever attempted, and for that, I will be eternally grateful. And since I'm still playing catch up, I spent way more time than I should have. But I still say it was worth it!

In case you're wondering, The base I started with was a Lithuanian 20 Litas note. I just liked the look of it.

And if you are a Doctor Who fan, you'll recognize a bit of Gallifreyan on my picture. I used an online translator ( and typed in 20 Dollars. The output was a clear background png file, which was enormously helpful.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 128/365 - 10 Little Words

Still playing catch up, but I'm much closer. And no, I don't think this is my best work. But I'm glad I still did it and didn't just skip.

Day 127/365 - Postcard from the Edge

I can't even say this one took much effort. I found the Paris postcard on a quick online search, then I remembered the goofy bumper I saw not too long ago. It cracked me up and I guess this was why I took a picture of it.

Day 126/365 - Flying High


First attempt at making a GIF! Which I will always pronounce with a hard G. And I'm playing catchup because I have not had any free time at a computer in 4 days. Oh well, let's keep going.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 117/365 - I Would Walk 500 Miles

I had to backtrack to stars month for this one. Life had organized itself perfectly for this prompt.

But like all well-laid plans, scheduling chose to SNAFU. Ah well.

I had been working on a whole shoulder tattoo  piece in honor of my daughters. Last week was supposed to be the finishing day, but my artist and I mixed up schedules. But I was so excited about this idea, I decided to hold off posting until we did it.

Since I don't go to tattoo parlors everyday, once she had finished my design, I asked her to add a small star somewhere. 

And now I've got a forever memory of #make365.