Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays 05 – Maroon 5

In today’s installation of Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays… I bring to you Maroon 5.  Maroon 5 is one of those bands that I got *super* into when Songs About Jane came out, and then I kind of lost touch with them aside from the single – but I’m completely loving them again with the release of their new album, V.  Maps was their first single released on this album, and I think it’s one of the catchiest songs of 2014.

Also – I am totally loving the font and colour combo for today!  If you’re curious, the fonts I used are Ostrich Sans Inline and CK Carolyn.

Got a song suggestion for a future week?  Leave a note in the comments, or send me an email!

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Free Thanksgiving Printables!

Here in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving weekend!  I’d say Thanksgiving is probably my favourite holiday – not just because it’s my birthday weekend, but also because I think it’s awesome to have a day of the year that’s specifically dedicated to giving thanks.  This year in particular, I’m thankful for a lot of things – my family, first and foremost… my new job that I love, being in Canada… and so very much more!

So, I decided to create a printable for you and your families to share what you’re thankful for!

I'm Thankful For... free printables at Superflash Creative!

 

These printables are configured to print on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper – there are two files – one that says “I’m thankful for…” and one that is blank.  You can use the blank one as a place card, or a note, or … well whatever you like.

To get the printable, surf on over to the Superflash Creative Facebook Page – click like, and then click the “free downloads” button in the tool bar – you’ll see all the free printables I’ve offered over time, and if you click back at any time, you’ll be able to see all the new content that’s added as well!

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Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays 04 – Royal Wood

This is my birthday week, so for this week’s Lyrical Inspiration post, I decided to showcase my absolute favourite musician – Royal Wood.  I can’t even put into words how much Royal Wood’s music means to me – I haven’t identified with music so deeply since my teenage obsession with Our Lady Peace.  His newest cd, The Burning Bright, is one of the best albums I’ve heard in my entire life – you can read my review of it over on the Singles and Pairs blog to see why I feel so strongly about it.  But if you don’t feel like reading a full review… here’s one of my favourite songs from the album:

Royal Wood - Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays at Superflash Creative

 

“White Flag” is one of the stand-out, rocking tracks from the album, and it is amazing to see live.  I’ve seen Royal in both full band and acoustic performances – each have their own unique flair.  I highly recommend seeing him live if you ever get the opportunity!

 

Got a suggestion for a future song? Email it to me!

Create your own personalized “Wreck This Journal”

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Have you heard of Wreck This Journal?  It’s a super awesome book by Keri Smith – on each page, there is a different prompt to “wreck” the page, and by the time you finish all the pages (which could take anywhere from a month to years, depending on how dedicated you are to it), your book will look *nothing* like it did when you bought it fresh from the store!  My friend Amber introduced me to the book – she bought a full sized one and showed it to me over coffee one day… a few days later, I went out and bought myself the pocket sized travel journal (called Wreck This Journal Everywhere) for my trip to Newfoundland.

One day, Amber was upset because she spilled a full cup of tea all over her journal (and even though it’s called “wreck” this journal, I can definitely empathize with not wanting to actually destroy the entire thing).  So,  I decided to make her a personalized journal, to cheer her up.

The first thing I did was go out and buy a plain notebook – I found a set of 3 hardcover, pocket sized notebooks with a plain white cover and plain white paper inside in the dollar section at Target, and they seemed perfect for the task at hand!  I made the cover using coordinating scrapbook paper, and included a little pocket, with a matching bookmark that slid right inside.

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The next thing I did was to think up different page ideas and ways for Amber to wreck her new journal.  In the exact middle of the book, I created an “about me” page:

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I created different instructions for every page.  Some involved interaction with other people (there’s an “autograph” page and a page where she will have a friend write her a letter), some involved interaction with the environment (think leaf rubbings, gluing in random objects found on your journeys, etc) – but I tried to keep most pages focussed around things that really reminded me of Amber.  One of Amber’s favourite things in the world (and one of my favourite things about her) is her love of music… so of course, there were a few music-oriented pages in her personalized Wreck This Journal:

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I used some journal prompt cards from my craft stash (these ones came from a K & Company Smash Pad) and taped them in using washi tape in coordinating colours.  Not all the pages had something taped on the opposite side though, because I wanted to leave some space for doodling and answering the prompts.  I also only taped the top down, so that they can be flipped up and doodled under, if desired.

Personalized "Wreck This Journal" ideas & inspiration at SuperflashCreative.wordpress.com

 

Creating your own wreck this journal is a super fun process, because you can make it really specific to yourself (or your friend!).  Are you a foodie?  Create food-inspired prompts, like listing a random set of ingredients and making a recipe out of them.  Are you into sci-fi?  Create a page where you doodle a monster from space.  The possibilities are endless!

I do think it’s way more fun to create a journal for a friend (and have them create one for you!) because then the prompts come from someone else and they’re more unexpected!  It’s also a great idea for a quick gift for a birthday, or any day, present.  Will you create one?  What are some of your ideas?

Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays 03 – City and Colour

This is the third installation of my Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays – a weekly feature where I’ll feature one of my favourite songs and present a quote and a video from it for you to enjoy.  Got a suggestion for a future song? Email it to me!

This week – it’s “The Girl” by City and Colour.

The Girl by City And Colour - Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays at Superflash Creative

 

City and Colour is the stage name of solo artist Dallas Green, who happens to be my friend Amber’s favourite musician.  While I can’t say I share her complete love of City and Colour, this is the one song that I constantly get in my head.  City and Colour recently announced an upcoming collaboration with Pink, that will be released under the name You + Me, and it sounds really intriguing!

Anyway… without further ado, here’s The Girl:

 

And, as an added bonus, here’s an acoustic cover version of this song by Sarah Blackwood of Walk Off The Earth:

Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays 02 – Rebel Emergency

If you missed the blog last week, you’ll notice a new weekly feature around these parts – Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays.  Each week, I’m going to dig through my mp3 archive (and songs that you send me!) to feature some quotes from my favourite songs – both popular and obscure, old and new.

This week, we’ll pop into the archives to visit Rebel Emergency (AKA Panic and the Rebel Emergency).

They Said by Rebel Emergency - Lyrical Inspiration Tuesdays at Superflash Creative

I first fell in love with this band back in 2005, with their cd Captured By a Vision.  Their rock sound, infused with a bit of reggae was music to my ears .  They were also super entertaining to watch live, and I remember going to dozens of their concerts that year alone.  This is a sweet little love song from that album, that was later remixed to go on their 2009 release.  Hope you enjoy it!

Favourite Fall Font Combinations

One of my favourite parts of graphic design is bringing fonts and colours together to create a piece of art.  As we’re ushering in a new season shortly, I thought now would be a good time to do a font pairing post, so today, I present to you some of my favourite fall font combinations.

I enjoy pairing thicker, bolder fonts with lighter ones, serif fonts with scripts, and so on.  I think you’ll see a pattern in most of the stuff I design, when it comes to fonts.  When you’re pairing fonts, just try to make sure there is contrast between the two fonts.  If you choose two fonts that are similar to each other, it’ll just look “off” and unpleasant to the eye, even if you can’t pinpoint exactly why.  There are many other rules to consider with typography (like leading, kerning, and so on), but contrast between fonts is definitely a good place to start.

So, without further ado, here’s my favourite font combinations for autumn:

Favourite Fall Font Combos from Superflash Creative

1. A Song For Jennifer  2. From The Woods 3. DK Kwark 4. Frente H1 5. Little Trouble Girl 6. KG Skinny Latte 7. Egrigio Script 8. Bountiful 9. Tall Trees 10. Acoustic Bass 11. Sketchetik 12. FFF Tusj 13. MA Sexy 14. Amatic 15. Bleeding Cowboys 16. Mesquite STD 17. Marcelle Script 18. Homestead 19. Colleged 20. Autumn 21. Rechtman 22. Mayonaise

 

For more fonts, please check out some of my previous font posts:

And of course, my “Font Obsession” board on Pinterest.

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