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Rockin A Design on Etsy

I initially intended to use the blog part of my website as a way of showcasing new work of mine as it was completed but I have very much neglected to do this! So I wanted to get back to it by sharing one of the biggest work/news I have since I last updated……I have started my own graphic tee line!!!

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I am selling my tees in my Rockin A Design Etsy shop and have really just loved coming up with my own concepts and designs.  I’ve previously done and still do custom t-shirt graphics for boutiques and groups but the pull to do my own concepts kept tugging at me.

Designing for t-shirts is one aspect of my job that just doesn’t feel like work to me and as the saying goes if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.  It has been a lot of fun creating designs just for the sole reason that I want to wear it and itFollowYourBurroTee‘s even better if that design speaks to a customer and they want to wear it too!

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Thanksgiving Place Card Free Printable

Thanksgiving Place Cards Printable

Thanksgiving Place Cards Printable Preview

Thought it might be fun this year to design a Thanksgiving place card printable as a freebie here.  One side says “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!” and the other side you can write on.  If you do a set table for Thanksgiving you can fill in the names of the people attending or if you do a buffet line meal these would be cute to put the dish names as well, I would love to see “Green Bean Casserole” I am thankful for you!! lol

Use the link below to download the pdf.

Thanksgiving Place Cards Printable

Graphic Tee Designs

Who doesn’t love a graphic tee?  They are sported by everyone from newborns (graphic onesie?) on up.

Before I even dreamed of being a graphic designer I realized I had a small obsession with western/cowgirl graphic tees so naturally after becoming a designer I now have a small part in adding more to that market.

I have done quite a few designs for Ranch Royalty Clothing Co.  The owner and I collaborate well and also as a designer I’m not TRYING to identify with the target audience, I’m already there, this is my lifestyle as well.

Here is a collection of designs I’ve done thus far and you may see some of the designs reprinted on various shirts and in different colors depending on the season:

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Quote Designs

These quote designs are a fun creative outlet for me (so is my job haha).  They start with inspiration, usually by seeing a quote I love or coming across a picture that would be perfect to add a quote to.  This most recent one I did for Valentine’s Day.

"I wanna be a cowboy's sweetheart." Country song lyrics quote design.

Cowboy’s sweetheart

I have been doing these and posting them to my Facebook book page for about the past six months but I wanted to add them to my blog so they can be pinned to Pinterest as well.

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." Coco Chanel quote design with vintage cowgirl photo.

Classy Cowgirls, vintage photo.

"Talent is a pursued interest.  Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do." Bob Ross quote

Talent takes practice, photo courtesy Cassidy Horn http://www.cassidyhornphoto.com

"You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou quote design.

You can’t use up creativity.

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."  Walter Winchell quote design.  Vintage cowboy photo, friend helping him get on a horse.

Real friends, Walter Winchell quote, vintage photo

"Give a girl the right shoes/boots and she can conquer the world." Marilyn Monroe quote design with boots substituted for shoes for cowgirls.

You just need the right boots!

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don't turn up at all."  Sam Ewing quote design with vintage cowboy branding photo.

Hard working cowboys, Sam Ewing quote, vintage photo.

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Winston Churchill quote design with black and white photo of a horse.

All the pretty horses, photo courtesy Kiomi

"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." Ellen Johnson Sirleaf quote design with hand drawn lettering.

Just a dirt road dreamer, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf quote

All art and design copyright Rockin A Design 2013-2014

 

Website Header Design and Photo Editing

A lot of businesses already have websites in place and don’t necessarily need a rebuild but rather just some new graphics, so if you already have a website in place and use a website editor to manage your website and are needing a fresh look for your header or photo editing I can help, I have worked with a few clients in this way.

One such client was the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce.  They recently upgraded their website and already had one built by a company that manages many chamber websites. It is the type of site that has an editor where the user manages their own content.  I was contacted by Kristine with the Dalhart Chamber to help with images, content on the pages and overall polishing up the site before launch.

I designed a header image for them that would integrate nice with the design they already had in place.  I wanted the header to look like it was part of the site design and not just an image floating at the top of the page and I think we achieved that, take a look at it on their homepage.

Dalhart Chamber of Commerce Header image

 

Another area where a custom header would be needed is in a WordPress site.  I set up a WordPress site for a client using one of their basic templates and designed a custom header and changed the overall color theme to match.  We decided on a WordPress site for her because she was needing a site where she could add pictures of her handmade products as she has them available and was not wanting an ecommerce site.

The header and logo I designed for her features the logo in the middle so that when the site adjusts down to phone size just the logo fits perfectly in that size.  Please visit The Cowgirls Home website on your desktop and phone to see the responsive design.

The Cowgirls Home logo and header image

 

I recently added a few images to the Ranch Royalty and Cowboy Honor Clothing website.  The owner was needing an image for each lines homepage as the other pages display the actual products.  She sent me an image for each line and I cropped them the same size and textured alike to keep continuity among the pages and added the logos to each.  I used her log-in to her Joomla site and uploaded them to the appropriate pages.

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I have not had experience with all the different website editors out there (there are many!) but a lot of them are similar, have the same look and terminology, so feel free to contact me if you are needing design help within yours and I can certainly take a look.

New Year, New Site, New Blog!

I just re-designed my website and decided I wanted to integrate a blog with the new site design.  I use my facebook page to showcase new work I have done but I wanted to add a space on my site where I could easily share what I’ve been up to as well.

On the topic of new year, here’s some inspiration for rollin’ your sleeves up and gettin’ stuff done this year!

Inspiration quote design "You can make a wish or you can make it happen"

Inspirational quote design