There Is No X!

I’ve found myself with a bit of time off work lately, so I’ve been exercising the creative side.  I’ve had this idea for a print to hang in my kitchen for a long time, and now I’ve finally gone and made it.  The meaning of “There Is No X” is of course, for all the people who pronounce this amazing Italian coffee as “eXpresso” instead of espresso (a nice, soft s sound), a total pet peeve of mine!  I have a few other ideas in mind for future prints with the same theme.
There Is No X

I created the espresso pot, cup and coffee beans using my own little vector technique in Photoshop.  I figured that I would offer it up for sale on the same site that I list my photography, because I’ve ordered prints from them, and they always turn out great.  ImageKind.com is a great resource for photographers and graphic designers, as they will print photos and canvases in just about any size, with just about any frame and matting you desire.

The full size print is a high resolution file with no web crushing, as you see in the preview.  It does not have the “superflash creative” tag at the bottom.  I also created a version with a wider border that would look nice as a gallery wrapped canvas.

If you would like this print, but you want the colours customized, please send me an email and we’ll work something out!

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Daily & Weekly Planner for Educators – free printable

Attention teachers and homeschoolers! It’s the start of a new school year, and it’s always a good idea to start the year off organized… so today, I’m offering up some free printable Daily & Weekly planners.

I was recently chatting with my friend Jen about my blog and graphic design in general.  She told me about her adventures in homeschooling, and suggested that it would be cool if I offered up some printables on my blog using my own graphic flair for moms who homeschool.  I decided to take her up on the challenge, but it is taking quite a bit of research.  I don’t have kids, and I’ve never tried educating them before, so I’m not sure exactly what is needed for homeschooling.  I am, however, super big on organization – so while I attempt to learn about what kids would like, here’s something that I know will be useful for moms, teachers and educators in general.

Daily & Weekly Planners for Homeschool & Teachers by Superflash Creative

I created these files in Illustrator, and used grey, black and white as my colour scheme, so that you don’t have to worry about using up all your colour ink.  The PDF’s are in two separate files for easy printing (Because you may want 365 pages of the daily, and only 52 of the weekly!)

I’m trying out something new for the downloads this time around.  If you would like a full resolution PDF of these two planners, surf on over to Superflash Creative on Facebook, hit the “like” button and then click the free downloads tab.  I plan on offering some free printables over that way as often as possible, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Inspiration Board: Dark Beachy Living Room

Cheryl contacted me recently with a bit of a conundrum, and needed a bit of a design consultation.  She just recently signed a lease on a new place, only after she saw it the first time, the owners changed the paint colour to a deep grey.  Cheryl is more of a light grey and turquoise kind of girl, so she asked me for some suggestions on how she could work with the dark grey, and still keep a beachy-light feel to the place.  I came up with the Dark Beachy Living Room inspiration board:

Dark Grey Beachy Living Room Inspiration Board Superflash Creative

If Cheryl is able, I suggested painting one focal wall in a lighter colour, such as “Shaken Not Stirred” by Valspar (available at Lowes).  If not, I think this colour scheme could easily work with the dark grey, as long as all the furniture and artwork elements are in lighter shades.  Having recently moved myself, I know how budgets can be tight right after moving, so I scoured the web for some elegant DIY elements that could easily be put in place.  One of the easiest and most striking displays in a home is a gallery wall.  By using white shadowbox frames, with turquoise paper placed behind, and white shells in the foreground, Cheryl will be able to both lighten her walls and bring in the beach feel she is looking for.  A white-framed mirror placed above her fireplace will help brighten the room – and a DIY element, such as a seashell garland, will bring in the beachy feel and memories of the ocean.  And if you didn’t want to go the DIY route, you could easily implement a room scheme like this with store-bought items.

When it comes to designing a room around a particular colour, especially if you’re not particularly fond of the colour (but it’s unchangeable), the first thing to think about is elements that you would like to have in the room.  With a dark room, it’s best to choose furniture and decor that will brighten the room, especially if it is not a particularly large space.  Since grey is a neutral colour, there was lots of room to maneuver here, and give Cheryl a look that she could truly love!

Do you need help with colour or design of a space in your home?  Leave a comment with your email address and we’ll chat!  Find the sources for this post below the cut!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Printables

Father's Day, Free, Printable, Superflash Creative, Did you forget tomorrow is Father’s Day?  Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.   I designed some tags that you can print and use a number of different ways.  The possibilities are endless.  Use them on a handmade card… cut them out and use them as cupcake toppers (you may want to scale the size slightly smaller for that!)… print them on cardstock and write a note on the back.  Just click on the image at left, which will link you to a larger file that you can right click and save.

Whichever way you use them, Dad will appreciate the thought – and I promise, I won’t tell him that it came at the last minute!

If you do use them, please post back and let me see what you did to recognize Dad on his special day!