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The cooler weather is slowly rolling in to the Northeast, and with that comes the desire for Fall and all things pumpkin. With that in mind, we were inspired to roll out a fall printable for all you holiday decorators out there.  Visit our shop to purchase your very own, “It’s Pumpkin Spice, Ya’ll” printable for only $3!  The fun, festive colors and typography are the perfect inspiration to start your fall home design. We also have a download of the SVG file, for those who want to use it to create their own vinyl decals, t-shirts, signs and more.  Keep an eye on the store as there are more fall themed products coming very soon!

Use coupon code FALLTENOFF to get 10% off your purchase between now and October 20, 2017!

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Typography is popular in wedding settings and can produce some amazing decorations.  Did you know you can make your own typography décor?  Typography is arranging type to whatever font and size you want with particular spacing in-between.  It can create a cute sign, a beautiful saying, or a bold statement.  There are so many different ways to display your greeting or message that will suit any style of wedding.

Rustic Typography

Some fonts can make lovely rustic or vintage wedding designs and decorative items.  They can be used on wedding invitations, menus, greeting signs, schedules, table numbers and much more.  Frame your typography stating words like “love” or “forever” for a classy display of affection on your wedding day.  Decorate your wedding and reception with the power of words. There is no limit to what you can do with typography, especially for a rustic wedding.

Create Your Own

You don’t have to pay for a custom piece when you can make your rustic typography decorations.  Cutouts of the words you want can be tricky, but there are easier ways to get what you’re looking for.  Try using a single piece of wood in whatever sizes you would like.  For wedding displays or greetings, it generally should be larger so everyone can see it.  Prime and paint the wood whatever colour you choose.  It can be stained too if you like the natural look.

Using sandpaper you can distress the board a bit and let some of the wood come through the paint for a vintage feel.  It is optional if you would rather leave it painted in its entirety. Using cardstock and scissors or a Cricut machine, cut out any number and letters you want to the size you prefer.

The layout is essential, and you can arrange it however you would like.  It is where many people get creative with both the fonts, sizing, and design to create a beautiful and original piece.  Attach the letters and numbers using glue like Mod Podge.  After they are placed and have dried a bit, you can then paint over it with the glue to seal it all into place.

Wood Cut-Outs

You can make wooden cutouts of your typography too!  It is a little more involved, but it looks stunning.  Decide what font and word or words you would like and print them out in a large size.  Print them out large enough to make them your pattern to place on the wood.  Cut out your words and glue them onto your piece of timber.  The adhesive can be removed using sandpaper so don’t worry too much about this part.  Cut your word out using the appropriate tools and be sure to wear safety glasses.  Power tools can be dangerous, especially when cutting out letters or words because of the angles.

Once your word is cut out, you can give it a quick sanding and then paint or stain it for a beautiful DIY rustic wedding decoration.

You can use Typography just about anywhere. From wedding invitations, pillows, signs, artwork to many others.  It is an attractive way to display affection or announce your big day.  It can be used for your guest’s table number or to label items at the bar or at the buffet or snack table.  There are fonts for everyone and everything, especially for events that have a rustic or vintage flair to them.  Typography is a creative process that has an attractive outcome.  It can add the finishing touches to your wedding day and reception, and you can later display your creation in your home.

sarahMeet Our Guest Blogger:

Sarah, has learned a lot about DIY projects and woodworking. She hopes to share that knowledge on The DIY Hammer, where anyone and everyone can learn how to use their creativity and imagination with DIY!

As you know, in addition to our regular design services, we are collaborating with District Bliss this year for their DIY workshops, and have been promoting some merchandise on our Etsy shop. If you haven’t been to an event, we’re excited to share some photos with you here.

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We’ve been showcasing designs for mugs, coasters, handmade scarves and much more.

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We also do custom designs.

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Check it out and join us for a District Bliss event at West Elm soon!

5 reasons

You may wonder, why should you choose to hire a design agency versus having a designer on staff?  What is the advantage of working with an external freelance designer or design agency like Stacy Kleber Design long term? Today we’re here to share some of the benefits with you.

We Know Your Business

Using the same designer or design agency regularly means we know your business. We remember your preferences and cater to them every time, meaning less revisions and quicker turnarounds.

We See Things from an Outside Perspective

Sometimes it is hard to view something objectively when you are too close to it. As an external designer, we are outside the company culture, and can offer recommendations that may not occur to you.

We Have Skin in the Game

Since you are our client, our success depends directly on your happiness and success. Therefore, we will work incredibly hard to give you the best service and solution for your design needs.

We’re There When You Need Us (and Not When You Don’t)

Maybe you don’t have the money to hire a designer on staff – or you don’t have enough work yet for a full-timer. That is where we come in. We work on a project basis, so you get the help you need on an as-needed basis. We can also work on retainer or by monthly contract.

We Do All the Things

Though we specialize, a small boutique agency or freelance designer needs to know way more than design. We understand what it means to run a business, and to advertise a business.  Therefore we have a better understanding of your needs as a business.

Are you ready to take the plunge?  Let’s talk!

 

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If you haven’t seen it in your news feed already, we are partnering with District Bliss to create signage and collateral for ALL of their DIY workshops at West Elm this year. The first will be in February, where we’ll be making potato print tea towels and bags with The Neighborgoods! They’ll be plenty of fun to be had, and a few surprises from us too.

You can sign up for that here.

As if that we’re exciting enough, we’re coinciding the first workshop with the launch of our new Etsy shop! We’ll be selling our hand made scarves and some fun typographical signs, as well as some printables. And if you are at the workshop, you get the discount FIRST!

We can’t wait to see you and share what we’ve been up to!  Get ready for an exciting year!

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With the new year upon us, we’re taking a minute to reflect on who we are and how we help you. With that in mind, we came up with a new description for our services:

“Stacy Kleber Design LLC is a DC based graphic design agency specializing in affordable, on-going design support for businesses and nonprofits.

We love helping our customers to establish and build their brand, using everything from logo design to infographics to print collateral. We work with clients both nationally and internationally, as their primary designer or as a supplement to their internal design team, to ensure consistency in their brand and to produce high quality design work.”

While we will still be taking one-off jobs, we really want to be your partner – to offer on-going design support for you and your business. Maybe you don’t have a full-time designer on staff – or maybe you do and they need additional support. That is where we come in. We offer design on an as-needed basis to help you maintain a consistent look and feel, as well as a high quality design presence.

Many of our clients have been with us for 5+ years. We know their brands inside and out. They will tell you that we deliver quality work, on time, every time.

Think about it. We’re here when you are ready to take the leap. In fact, we’ll take it with you.

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Happy Thanksgiving to our clients and friends!  We are so grateful for your support and for the opportunity to work with you this year.

 

happiness in design

Today, a little insight into me…

What aspects of a project make me truly happy?  It might not be what you think. Sure – it is fun to launch a project with a big client, but the things that make me happy to work from day to day are actually much more subtle…

Details.  

I LOVE details.  The things that are less obvious, yet really cool. I just finished a draft of a folder, and you know what I enjoyed designing most? The inside. I can design the front, but what I WANT to design is that pattern or color you see when you open it up – that bit that surprises you. That is where the fun is.

White space.

I love using tons of white, with a pop of color. A white business card which flips over to reveal a hot pink back?  Yes!  I’m all in. Again, there is that element unexpectedness to it that makes it interesting. White space not only creates contrast, but is a great way to call attention to specific elements of a design.

Type.

I want to really let type shine. When I design a logo, I think about the personality of the typeface. Are you destined for an elegantly refined serif? An ultra-modern sans? An inviting and friendly slab serif? Finding the perfect fit is half the fun.

Paper.

As primarily a print designer, I love to pick out paper. Different weight, tone and texture all add an element to design that can’t quite be achieved digitally. A really nice paper calls out to be touched.

What makes you happy when you see a design?

BEST KEPT

Last week I went to a Smart Ladies event featuring Lauren Rothman, stylist to some of DC’s best. The event was about dressing for confidence, and dressing for your job. While that was interesting, and she had great tips, the thing that spoke to me most was something that probably passed under the radar.

She spoke about how many people don’t advertise that they use her services – but share her name with others in whispers.  Lauren Rothman called herself a “best kept secret”. 

Best. Kept. Secret.

I like that.  In fact, the more I think about it – the more I think that may very well be what I am too.

For the last few weeks, I have been working on presentations for a good friend and brand guru.  My designs will be seen by countless people.  She will rock these presentations – I know it.  Like most things I design, my name will never be on them, and it is possible that very few people will know I designed them.  But I helped to make her look GOOD, and to me, that is an awesome thing to be a part of. That’s who I am – a best kept secret.

Let me help you look good.

Share my name in clandestine whispers.

I’m fine with that.

That’s the job, and I love it.