We’ve moved!

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Design Once, has been a fun blog to write over the last year!

I’m going to continue writing more design related content, but I need to move on over to blogger, where my company blog resides: www.freshouttakes.blogspot.com.

There will be some minor glitches to be improved upon in the upcoming weeks, but overall I am happy with the tidy clean appearance and the content which will be a combination of Fresh Outtakes product updates and my personal lifestyle and design ideas.

I hope you enjoy the new combined version!


May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Free Valentine’s printable!

February 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Free printables, just in the nick of time!

Our last free printable was downloaded so many times during Christsmas that I had to give away another one. You can download the aqua and purple template for free! These labels make great gift tags or print on sticker paper for sealing bags, envelopes or for embellishing your Valentine’s notes.

The labels are formatted as a pdf available to you immediately. Click here or on the photo above to download the file.

Once you put your labels (Avery #8293) into your printer you will be able to print from Acrobat rather than downloading any complicated templates. I’ve done the work for you!  If you need Acrobat Reader you can download it here.

Other designs available for purchase on Etsy for just 1 dollar…

I hope you have fun with these colorful designs and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!!

Tangerine Tango wrap up!

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s been a fun week exploring the history of Pantone® and its newest color of the year.

I found this color everywhere around my home and office. I had magnets, fabric, magazine clippings, envelopes and more!  I was so surprised that I had enough to fill a whole tray with these bits of inspiration. Naturally, I felt compelled to create a new design board for my office using any materials I could manage to stick under a magnet.

I hope you enjoyed this week of posts about the new “exotic & energizing” color of the year, Tangerine Tango.

Have a great weekend!

What they are saying…

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you’d like to read more about Tangerine Tango on the Pantone® website, click here.

Who IS Pantone anyway?

January 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Pantone® DEFINES color.

For designers, Pantone® is THE way to communicate printed color. We use the Pantone® book in the same way you would use a color swatch at the paint store. In our digital files we designate by number, what color we want to produce. You can see those numbers next to the color squares in the picture above.

The following description is taken from the Pantone® company website: “The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.”

In simple terms, Pantone® is how we can articulate to a printer what exact color we want to see. It’s the industry standard for communicating color. Furthermore, a printer will not only have the swatch book that designers use, but another swatch book that actually breaks down the exact ink formula needed to reproduce a specific Pantone® color. Pantone® colors are also referred to as a PMS color/number.

Interested in reading more? Click  here.

This information is simply to remind us why, if anyone, Pantone® is qualified to name a “Color of the Year.”

Rumor is, that the color chosen is supposed to connect with the “spirit of the time” or the current “mood of the era.”

I hope you hang in there with me for a week long celebration of the color, Tangerine Tango!

Pantone Color of the Year 2012

January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Every year Pantone®, the printing industry standardized color reproduction system, will declare a particular “Color of the Year“.

This year they have declared “Tangerine Tango”, or Pantone® 17-1463, as the color of the year!

As a designer, I find their annual announcement interesting, and I admit that I am curious every year in anticipation.

Tangerine Tango has been described by Pantone® as a provocative attention-getter in fashion, versatile in the cosmetic industry, and is said to energize interior spaces.

I have to agree…it’s bold, it’s energizing and it just so happens to compliment my favorite color!

More to come this week in celebration of Pantone’s® Color of the Year…

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