Gift Guide Featurette: Noogle, kid inspired graphic design

Noogle is your one stop shop on Etsy for party printables, childrens room decor and wall art, and learning activities such as flash cards and busy bags! Created by Shannon, busy working-mom to a toddler, with the philosophy that learning and partying should be, well, fun, Noogle is focused on providing quality, creative items for whatever your need.

I have personally ordered party invitations, tent cards for our food buffet, and signs for the front door and have never been disappointed in what we have received. Each item is printed and cut with precision, packaged with care and delivered well before my deadline.

Shannon also takes extra time to work with you to ensure that your designs are perfect. Check out this pirate party invitation that she designed for Owen 3rd birthday party.

Noogle also offers digital design and printables so that you can print at home, or at your desired printer. If you're in a time crunch, this option is really awesome. For our Halloween party, I wanted to send out a quick email invite, so I had Shannon whip up a spooky, creepy design. She did a fantastic job and all of our guests were impressed.

As a special treat for you.....

If you don't see it in the shop, or have a specific idea in mind, just send Shannon a Convo and she can create whatever it is that will fit with your event, children's room, or party!

Happy holidays from Noogle!


Tiffany Kuehl Designs - creatively inspired blog designer

I recently have had the pleasure of working on my blog re-design with Tiffany Kuehl Designs. My bloggy bff, Shizz from Baby Shmizz, referred me to her when we were in New york City at BlogHer'12 and I contacted her after attending Mandy's {Harper's Happenings} protips session and leaning the importance of having a clean, professional design for your blog.

I knew what I wanted and the feeling that I wanted the blog to exude - professional, clean, and artistic. I wanted it to be a space where readers will be inspired, and I wanted it to reflect who I am as an artist.

Tiffany took my very archaic Paint drawing and turned it into something spectacular. From adding every individual piece of stitching to the page tabs, to creating the perfect ombre for my social media icons, she truly took my vision to the next level.

My favourite part about the entire design is the coral brushstroke. It fits so beautifully well, and it's perfectly imperfect.

I cannot thank Tiffany enough for giving me exactly, to-a-tee, what I was looking for. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone looking for a designer who is inspired, creative and simply easy to work with. Waking up to emails and proofs was a great start to the day, and I definitely feel as though I was able to connect with Tiffany as a person - she got to know me and my story, and was open to sharing hers.

If you are in need of a new design, and want to work with someone amazing, I would definitely recommend Tiffany.


Talk-To-Me Tuesday...with Stephi!

I have a guest blogger today that you all really need to meet. Her name is Stephi Williams and she is the brilliant mind behind Bleue Moon Web Design. I know alot of you mama bloggers out there sometimes struggle with formatting and you Etsians wonder about having your own .com and e-shop...well look for further for some words of wisdom (and crazy reasonable prices for a template overhaul!)

Without further adieu...welcome Stephi!

Bonjour! My name is Stephi and I'm a wife, mother, homemaker, aspiring artisan and web designer. There's this one amazing quote that sums it all up:

"The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” I have been designing blog templates since 2004 and usually when I was supposed to be spending my time somewhere else. I have watched morning sunlight peak through my window blinds more times than I care to admit. To say that web designing is a passion of mine might be an understatement. In March, I was invited to join The Artisan Group and in April the founder, Valerie, contacted me about designing the group's blog after seeing my personal blog’s template.

After the group’s blog was unveiled, Tina Dean Designs asked me to help her with her shop and blog too. I never ever considered shop templates but I'm not one to say no to challenge either. And I'm so happy that she took a chance on me because as they say, the rest is history.
Today I proudly help growing artisans take their business to the next level whether it be a stand alone online shop, blog template or splash page at Bleue Moon Web Design. It brings so much happiness to my heart when the project is complete and I see them brag about it to bits! I love helping other people get a little closer to making their dreams come true, I really, really do!

So the million dollar question is always "What do you suggest for a beginner?" Now I'm a self-taught designer for the most part so anything I say is simply personal opinion. With saying that: Do what's right for you! Some might tell you that you can't have a colorful background because it's unappealing. I say you can have that bold background but just know that you need to dial down the rest of the site. A bit like accessorizing, yes? Design with thought and care.

I also believe in the mantra of K-I-S-S: Keep It Simple, Stupid. Keep your header and sidebar clean. You don't have to cram all your information in those areas because that's the ideal place for side pages. The sidebar should quickly sum up who you are and/or business along with easy to see navigation for new viewers. I also think a good logo or header is visually important. If you want to be seen as professional, a high quality graphic is a good start.

That's one big reason that I say it's okay to hire outside help... ya know, not just because it helps my business! Do what you do best, right? I have full faith that you could design your logo or site, but think about the time you would have to spend to make that happen. I can make my way around Photoshop, but even I hired Fancy Designs to create my logo. Why? Because the hours I would have spent creating that graphic would have been hours I could be working. If you have limited time to spend on your business, a designer can take the stress away from you while you're creating products and networking. Win-Win! And I do realize that there are plenty of templates out there to choose from for all sort of site platforms, but why wouldn't you want a site that is as unique as your voice or the products you offer? Support small businesses including us designers! :-)

MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the Sweet Stella's Anniversary Celebration!

I have had the pleasure of playing with, and reviewing {and loving} the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software.

Are you a scrapbooker? Blogger? Graphic Designer? Well this is the software for you {and you'll have a chance to to win it at the end of the post!!}

I'm not exactly the best with graphic design and making this pretty. Give me paper, scissors and glue...I'm your girl. But a computer, eek! Or at least, that's what I thought...

The MyMemories software makes digital scrapbooking SO easy! The program is incredibly user friendly, gives a step by step and has really amazing layouts!

First and foremost, the installation process is a breeze. I could let it run in the background, and come back to it when it was finished...but still be able to work on things that needed my attention...and not have to reboot when I was finished.

I LOVE that I can select any template, add in pages to make sure I have enough for the album, then select pictures from my computer to fill in the spots. This makes organizing all of the special events in my son’s life so incredibly easy! The first album I did was all about his first birthday party, and the On The Spot template was perfect for his Mickey theme!

The Control Panel at the side makes it really easy to add word art to customize your pages, which means that you can journal literally anywhere to tell a story. I especially like that you can save and return to your projects at any time. For me, I’m on the go with my son so much that I only have a few minutes here or there to work on projects like this (very much the reason why I have printed pictures for a physical scrapbook that hasn’t even begun to materialize over the course of 16months!). Ease of use, and ease of time! Brilliant!

And this isn’t just for scrapbooking folks! Think about the possibilities….books customized for your children, calendar’s for the Grandparents, gifts for everyone! Which is perfect with the holidays just around the corner!

I played around with…

Christmas cards – simple and beautiful, and I can share it digitally with our family! Eco-friendly! How cool is that!?

Family collage of my maternity and newborn photo shoots with a buttercream background, I love it and will definitely be framing this one for our new house.

Product collage for Sweet Stella’s with cool backgrounds, screw embellishments and string!

A birthday invitation for Owen's 2nd Birthday! LOVE IT!

You can even add media and video! How cool is that?! We have alot of family that is out of town, so being able to share the moments when Owen first rolled over, crawled and walked is something that is really special, and MyMemories makes it so easy!

MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Suite is giving away to one lucky reader of Sweet Stella's a full version of their amazing software!

AND for you lucky, lovely people a special code which provides a 10% discount off the purchase of the MyMemories Suite software, and a $10 coupon at the MyMemories store! A $20 value!

Code: STMMMS4024