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It’s Time To Get Stuff Done!

If you follow me on Instagram (@Svetsxpres) you’ll see (that I just went blond…and ) that I just bought the most awesome notepad from Urban Outfitter (originally $16, on sale for $4.99 with an additional 50% off)…so of course I bought a few! It seems I’ve been on a real kick of buying to-do notepads. It seems like writing every little thing is the only way that I get things done! …and yes, I am one of those people that sometimes writes tasks after I’ve done them just to feel accomplished…but I am not the only one…right?

As a designer, my notepads of course have to be aesthetically pleasing. Something about writing on a pretty piece of paper makes me want to accomplish the task just a pinch more. This recent notepad obsession (I think I have enough to last me a few years), has led me to compile a list of some of my favorites that are still on my to-buy list! Check them out below, and of course, let me know what some of your favorites are, and where you get them!

// To-Do Notepads

1. Caroline Creates // 2. Puddle Duck Paper Co.
3. Sugar Paper // 4. Rifle Paper Co.

22. July 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The Classic Card Collection

A little while ago, I came across this fantastic set of cards by the collaboration of Kelly Thorn and Enormous Champion. The lettering and vintage floral designs are just impeccable! Check out the entire collection below, and purchase your favorite cards HERE for $4.50 each.

// Thank You Card // Congrats // Happy Birthday // With Sympathy // Get Well Soon // Missing You

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14. July 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Tiny PMS Match

Tiny PMS Match is a personal project created by Inka Mathew, where  she matches small everyday objects to their Pantone color equivalents. So far there are over 70+ creations and counting. Check out some of my favorites below, and make sure to follow the whole project on either Instagram or Tumblr.

// Tiny PMS Match

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30. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Perfect for toasting to any occasion, Chronicle Books has released a set of Cheers! 12 die-cut notecards shaped in a variety of beer, wine, champagne and liquor bottles to offer a range of classic greetings and for spreading some cheer! Check out these mid-century-inspired designs below, and purchase your very own set from either Amazon or Chronicle Books.

There are also some pretty awesome stickers included…and who doesn’t love stickers?!

// Cheers! // Cheers! // Cheers! // Cheers! // Cheers! // Cheers! // Cheers!

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16. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Say Happy Father’s Day With An Awesome Greeting Card

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to start the week off by sharing some of my favorite cards from around the web to celebrate the dads in our lives! Enjoy the collection :-)

// Father's Day Cards

1. Rifle Paper Co // 2. Missive Press // 3. Sugar Paper
4. Sugar Paper // 5. Hello Lucky // 6. Quill & Fox
7. Emily McDowell //8. Fifty Five Hi’s // 9. Hammerpress
10. Hello Lucky // 11. Night Owl Paper Goods
12. Lady Fingers Letterpress
13. Old Tom Foolery // 14. Maginating // 15. Emily McDowell

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09. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Click and Blossom Mugs

Perusing through the Creature Comforts blog, I came across these super fun mugs (each one retails for $16) by Click and Blossom—Rick and Rose, a husband and wife team with a diverse background in advertising, photography and graphic design. Below are just some of my favorites, so make sure to check out their shop for all of the designs…and not only do they have mugs, they also have a plethora of tees, totes and wall prints! What are some of your favorite designs?

// Click and Blossom Mugs

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04. June 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The 50 State Nicknames

Browsing through Behance, I came across this awesome lettering project by C. Lee. For the project, Lee created typographic emblems of the various nicknames for each of the 50 states. Check out the collection below (in alphabetical order by state), and scroll to the bottom to see which nickname belongs to which state!
// 50 State Nicknames

In case you’re wondering which nickname belongs to which state, here is the list: Alabama - The Cotton State, Alaska - The Last Frontier, Arizona - The Valentine State, Arkansas - The Bowie State, California - The Eureka State, Colorado - The Buffalo Plains State, Connecticut - The Nutmeg State, Delaware - The Blue Hen State, Florida - The Sunshine State, Georgia - The Peach State, Hawaii - The Aloha State, Idaho - The Gem State, Indiana - Crossroads of America, Illinois - The Corn State, Iowa - The Hawkeye State, Kansas - The Sunflower State, Kentucky - The Bluegrass State, Louisiana - The Pelican State, Maine - The Lumber State, Maryland - The Crab State, Massachusetts - The Pilgrim State, Michigan - The Mitten State, Minnesota - The North Star State, Mississippi - The Magnolia State, Missouri - The Ozark State, Montana - The Treasure State, Nebraska - The Beef State, Nevada - The Battle Born State, New Hampshire - The Granite State, New Jersey - The Garden State, New Mexico - The Cactus State, New York - The Empire State, North Carolina - The Tar Heel State, North Dakota - The Rough Rider State, Ohio - The Buckeye State, Oklahoma - The Sooner State, Oregon - The Beaver State, Pennsylvania - Liberty Bell State, Rhode Island - The Ocean State, South Carolina - The Palmetto State, South Dakota - The Coyote State, Tennessee - The Volunteer State, Texas - The Lone Star State, Utah - The Beehive State, Vermont - The Green Mountain State, Virginia - The Mother of States, Washington - The Evergreen State, West Virginia - The Mountain State, Wisconsin - The Cheese State, Wyoming - The Cowboy State.…

07. April 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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I’m Looking For My Forever Home!

For anyone that knows me, they know how much of a soft spot I have for animals! As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across some fantastic infographic posters to promote pet adoption. The posters were created by the FURminator in support of the Pet Rescue Network of St. Louis, Missouri. The idea behind the posters was to create a series of adoption posters to show off these truly adorable and lovable dogs, and hopefully, help them find their forever homes. So, of course, I had to share this wonderful project! Check out the posters below…

// Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion // Pet Rescue Network - Pet Adopotion

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24. March 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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Country Maps Made From Their Iconic Foods

I have to admit Buzzfeed is an addiction of mine. I usually peruse through it when I need a short mental break from work, and it’s often just a series of hilarious GIFs and funny 35 Facts That Will Make You Feel Old; however, once in a while, I find some amazing content that is undoubtably worth sharing. This project is definitely one of those times!

In this Food Maps series, Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves (with typography by Sarit Melmed) took many iconic foods of countries and continents and turned them into physical maps. These maps show how food has traveled the globe, transforming and becoming a part of the cultural identity of each particular region. The maps were inspired by Caitlin and Henry’s passion for travel—exploring new places through the food you eat is often a portal to the cultural complexities of a nation. This project is a playful representation of their interpretation of food from around the world, demonstrating how food unites people and begins a conversation, as they hope these maps will. Check out all of their amazing creations below!

// U.S. - Corn // Australia - Shrimp // China - Noodles // France - Cheese & Bread // Japan - Seaweed // Africa - Banana's & Plantaines // India - Spices // South America - Citrus // UK Biscuits // New Zealand - Kiwi // Italy - Tomatoes

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17. March 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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The A-Z Sign Language Doodles

Happy Snow Day to anyone experiencing yet another winter storm! The federal government is closed today, so I am dedicating my day to some freelance and the blog.

A few weeks ago, I came across the Instagram account of Alex Solis, a designer and illustrator working on a book showcasing the American Sign Language alphabet through a set of signs and adorable illustrations. The project consists of photographing the american sign language alphabet one letter at the time, and integrating a fun character that starts with the same letter. Three days ago, Alex completed the last and final letter for this project, and his kick starter campaign to get the book printed is in full swing! Check out and donate to the campaign here. Below, I pieced the whole alphabet together, so that his entire collection can be showcased in all of its awesomeness. Check it out!

// Sign Language Alphabet Doodles - Alex  Solis

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03. March 2014 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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