One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now vote, vote, vote! In honor of the King's birthday (January 8th), cast your ballot for your favorite Rock and Roll designs by next Wednesday, January 13th!
Today we are kicking off a brand new series of free digital downloads, brought to you with love from designers in our community. We encourage you to download these designs, play around with them, change the colors, add text, whatever! Then upload them to your Spoonflower account and see them come to life on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap (personal use only, please). First up are some cute little kritters from Spoonflower's very own graphic designer, Robin (you may know her as kritterstitches!). We are so excited to share this with you here on the blog each Monday, and we hope you enjoy!
Thanks, Robin! We'd love to see how you all change, manipulate and play with your free downloads from this series, and better yet, what they look like on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap! Not sure where to start? Read this article on how to use the Spoonflower color changer tool, or add text and fun effects using Picmonkey. Don't forget to check back next Monday to receive new free downloads, and be sure to share your creations with us using the hashtag #Spoonflower and #SFdownloads on social media.
For much of the world, the New Year means coming up with a list of things we'd like to do; projects we need to finish, skills we've always wanted to learn, places we wantto visit. But another component of the year is keeping up with the trends. Whether your resolutions have to do with reinventing yourself or bettering what's already there, one thing is certain: you have to pay attention to the trends. If those are cries of exasperation I hear, don't worry–paying attention to trends doesn't necessarily mean subscribing to all of them (that would make for an alarming wardrobe!). Instead, knowing what the trends are, helps you create garments, designs, or gifts in agreement or contrast to them.
To help pin down some of the more prevalent trends for the coming year, we've put together Spoonflower's own 2016 trend report (according to 2015's New York, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks' and compiled using designs from the Spoonflower community) to keep you stylish and informed through the rest of Winter and into Spring and Summer!
Animal prints never truly fall out of style, but frequently see a resurgence. Popular in the Fall/Winter months, this year's styles especially favor bold, classic leopard designs, as well as the lesser seen zebra prints.
Windows are the perfect pairing of practicality and decoration and so many of the possibilities are represented in this week's Design Challenge. You all really impressed us with your submissions! We're thrilled to announce the winner of our Windows Design Challenge, "Painted Rose Windows" by Logan Spector. Be sure to show some love to the rest of the top ten designs!
For all lovers of the Pacific Northwest, this artistic coloring book offers 40 beautiful illustrations by Lucie Duclos and Mélina Lamoureux, just waiting for you to add color. So get cozy, grab a cup of coffee and your favorite colored pencils and travel up and down the West Coast through luscious forests, seaside villages, serene lakes, snow capped mountains, salty oceans and white sandy beaches.
One lucky winner will recieve a prize pack which includes the following:
When the world of sewing and yarn-crafts combine, the intersection can be a truly beautiful thing! Today's tutorial comes from Julia, blogger at All Sparkled Up and frequenter of Spoonflower's Pins & Needles monthly community craft night. Julia is stopping by the blog today to share how she used her scanner and Adobe Photoshop to turn crocheted granny squares into unique custom fabric and gift wrap!
*This tutorial can be simplified for your own comfort level, but is written for a Photoshop Skill Level of Medium to Advanced.
Are you stuck in a designing rut and need a guiding hand to take your skills to the next level? Have you dreamed about making a trip to visit the Spoonflower HQ but just haven't found the opportunity? Let Spoonflower Handbook Co-Author Becka Rahn lead the way during the first ever Spoonflower Handbook Masterclass!
It's the New Year and you've got big plans: Finish that quilt that has been hanging around for the past 2 years, organize the craft room (I'm looking at you, fabric stash), finally attempt the unthinkable...zippers. Whether your resolutions are inspired by your crafting hobbies or simply a kick-start to getting back on track, we've got you covered with five different resolution re-starters to prevent the mid year slump!
We've all been there before...frantically searching for fabric shears under a mess of fabric scraps, pattern pieces and thread and uttering out the words, "Tomorrow I'm going to organize this entire craft room from head to toe if it's the last thing I do!" Let 2016 be the year of the clean craft room with the help of a pegboard supply wall!
Are your knick-knacks too cute to part with but are taking up valuable real estate in your supply drawer? With the help of Samarra Khaja (a.k.a SammyK), you can add a quirky and functional touch with her custom wall art organizer designed for Spoonflower fabric!
By the time April rolls around, most of us have long forgotten the New Year's Resolutions we so excitedly proclaimed in January. Help your artistic resolution avoid the mid year slump with 365: A Daily Creativity Journal : Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! The book offers 365 project prompts to kick start your creativity, plus plenty of room for journaling, sketching, and jotting down ideas.
Have you been yearning to design your own fabric with Spoonflower but haven't found the time or resources? Let 2016 be the year of custom fabric design with the Spoonflower Handbook. Full of tips and tricks for creating personal one-of-a-kind projects, the handbook will help you stick with your resolution.
New Year's Resolutions not quite your cup of tea? Rememberlutions are a great way to celebrate your successes throughout the year! After each memorable event, document it on a piece of paper and add it to your rememberlutions jar! At the end of the year, you can celebrate all the exciting events in 2016!
Whether you're gearing up for a year of new hobbies or brushing off forgotten projects, we hope these tools will get you ready for a successful new year!