Once upon a time, waaay back in 2013, you may remember when my blog underwent a revamp.
The blog design you see today was made up from elements I took pictures of. One thing at a time.
The little tag tied with twine and the clipboard were from two of my photos.
Then they were magically spun together, adding graphics on top by a very talented blog designer and guru team which I wrote all about in THIS post.
Fast forward to today, my stencils are in current need of some pro-done labels.
Little did I know, I’d ultimately run down a million rabbit holes over several days, printing seemingly hundreds of proofs, only to be shot down with not being able to use the online graphics I chose because I was ‘selling a product.’
Read the fine print first, folks.
And all while I was using someone else’s graphics, I had thought to myself, “I really could shoot a picture of that myself… I mean, I did it for my own blog design…”
So after scrolling through endless legal banter, I was done like burnt toast and shut the works down, grabbed my camera and head down to my workshop to build my ‘labels’ myself.
You heard that right.
I had a vision of what I desired the labels to look like, so I started off taking high resolution pictures of reclaimed wood, ending up with 2 I ultimately used.
These boards were lined up on the floor of my photo studio, then the tripod was wrangled to hang directly over the boards for a direct overhead shot.
Next up, I hung up these two pallet boards on a white wall, adorned with rusty junk hardware and some well used stencil brushes, leaving the centre open for the desired graphics.
I lucked out. I knew I’d have to do endless edits to remove the background around the wood (which I’ve conveniently forgotten how to do!) if I didn’t place this on a white background. (which I of course didn’t have). So screwing the boards to a white, naturally well-lit wall ended up being perfect.
Then I proceeded to edit the photos, finally bringing them into Pages, a simple document and drawing software I use on my Mac.
Cue in ENDLESS editing and printing. My laser printer ran out of ink!
I always like to print proofs because they look very different in-hand than on a screen.
Anyway, I worked it hard until I ended up with (a very big pile of paper and) a final draft.
Here is how the header label ended up. It will fold in half, then tuck over the stencil, then be slipped into a bag.
This kind of header allows for more info too! Included is how to work with patterns, as well as some super basic tips on how to stencil.
Edited to add: I’ve already updated the small label! Egads. I need to send this off to the printer before I change my mind AGAIN. 😀
And these will be the smaller labels that will go on stencils that don’t work with a larger header.
The overall wood photo was used for this background.
And the arrow graphic is an actual stencil!
I haven’t worked with all the new fall stencils yet, however the Arrow Kit is one of them! Well, I guess you can say I used it now. 🙂
You can check all 7 of the new fall stencils HERE.
So, here’s basically how the stencil packages will look with their new outfits on.
The printer will need to approve that everything I designed will indeed work, so there may be some small changes. Crossing my fingers it works out… and I still like everything tomorrow! Which isn’t always the case.
While today was rather tedious, now I’m thankful the legal jargon shut me down, otherwise I would have used someone else’s stuff!
Doing it myself ended up way better anyway… I mean… I built my labels! Literally.
Plus… I ended up with a blog post AND a pretty cute DIY paint brush holder!
And my stencils will have pretty new outfits soon…
What do you think of ‘the new-old look?’