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How to move your designs forward in 2017

How to move your designs forward in 2017

How to move your designs forward in 2017

Have you thought about how to move your designs forward in 2017? Whether you create graphic design as a personal hobby, or have been designing professionally for years, we all need a plan to move forward. This simple guide demonstrates 4 essential points on how to move your designs forward in 2017.

How to move your designs forward in 2017

Ideas

It all starts with an idea. That first thought turns into a brainstorming session. You may be stuck in a rut. Perhaps you are just burned out or have been designing under the same company’s style guidelines for years. It’s okay. There is hope. Try to brainstorm as creatively as possible. Keep your ideas simple and clear. Sketch them out to gain inspiration or to later refine on requirements. Most importantly make sure your ideas as something you want to do.

How to move your designs forward in 2017

Research

Sometimes researching is best before thinking up new ideas, but not always. Reading in general no matter what subject can help you think in a different way. The internet is full of information on any topic, but be sure to check your sources. However, resources can be factual, non-factual, or even out of the norm. Stories about aliens could help with an alien themed party or even to get in a fun mood for a corporate event. Obviously don’t have E.T. peaking out behind a table, but inspiration can be implemented. Stories and imagery are an easy way to find inspiration. Finally, among your research be sure to stay up to date. Make sure some articles that you are reading are dated 2017, and not all 1985.

How to move your designs forward in 2017

Innovate

Innovation is crucial to be a successful designer and move your designs forward in 2017 and beyond for that matter. Ask yourself these questions:

“How can I make my design(s) better?”

Extra brainstorming, more time, or creating a personal style guide may help.

“How can I be better?”

Try something new! Take an extra step or two to go beyond your next project scope.

How to move your designs forward in 2017

Create an Impact

Finally, create! Create your work for a reason. Don’t design it as a mundane task but as a pleasure. Here are some questions you should ask when you think you are finished with a project:

“Will this help my company/client/message?”
“What does my message or design say?

“Does my design speak without words?” and if so “What is it saying?”

Finally, have another set of eyes look at your work. Is the message clear?

Bring on 2017!

In conclusion, these are the 4 simple points on how to move your designs forward in 2017. Brainstorm ideas, do your research, think innovatively, and create an impact. Simple, right? The truth is, these points demonstrate how to remain a successful designer for years to come, not just 2017. Our fast paced world is full of new technology, ideas, opinions, and a lot of different styles and trends. We may never be able to read a clients’ mind, but we can try to prepare ourselves for our ever-changing expectations.

 

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Christmas Freebies

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Christmas Freebies

We are most definitely in the Christmas spirit here at SavanasDesign. One way that we like to spread Christmas cheer is through Christmas freebies! We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving full of happiness, family, and food! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone let’s bust out those lights, turn on a Christmas song, and get crafting! Our shop has you covered on all of the Christmas goodies you need. But first let’s make sure you get to the highly anticipated Christmas freebies!

Today marks the last freebie of the year. It also marks the last official monthly freebie. WHAT!?!? I know. I know. But don’t worry because we will certainly be posting freebies on occasion. SavanasDesign plans on making a full 2017 monthly calendar available early next year. Our schedule has just become too hectic to juggle in order to keep up with monthly freebies. Sales have been picking up as our shop grows. That means that constant planning, creating, and listing are priorities for us right now. Our work will be featured on many new platforms in 2017. My work will also be featured in the book Bézier | The Best Vector Artists Worldwide Vol 1. I will also be a blog contributor which is great news for you! I will be writing about helpful insights in the design world and helpful How-to’s! Now, on to those Christmas freebies!

Printable Christmas Freebies

Our Christmas freebies this month include our landscape December 2016 calendar and our portrait December 2016 calendar. Both are instant download calendars that are easy to print. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little treat so included is a gift tag freebie! Featuring good ole Saint Nick (a.k.a. Santa Claus) and a snowman, these downloadable Christmas gift tags are sure to add a personal touch. These 2-sided printable tags include easy to follow printing instructions. Check out our set of 6 Christmas Gift Tags for more fun! Terms of use are very relaxed, but link backs are required.

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December 2016 Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download Landscape December 2016 Calendar

 

 

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Portrait December 2016 Calendar

 

Download Portrait December 2016 Calendar

 

 

Snowman Gift Tag Christmas Freebie
Snowman Gift Tag
Gift Tag Christmas Freebie
Christmas Light Back Tag
Santa Gift Tag Christmas Freebie
Vintage Santa Gift Tag
Gift Tag Christmas Freebie
Christmas Tree Back Tag

 

 

Download the Free Printable Christmas Gift Tag Set

Christmas Design Goodies for Sale

Finally onto our brand new Christmas listings!

  1. Christmas Clipart Set – Enjoy 11 cute Christmas clipart pieces. Perfect for decoration, classroom activities, and card design. Our set features candy cane clipart, stocking clipart, present clipart, santa hat clipart, holly clipart, merry Christmas clipart, Christmas light clipart, snowflake clipart, ornament clipart, Christmas tree clipart, and teddy bear clipart.
  2. Christmas Tree Set – 9 beautiful Christmas Tree clipart pieces. Create stunning Christmas theme graphic design, planner stickers, and crafts.
  3. Ornament Set – Set of 10 rainbow Christmas ornaments that are perfect for crafters and designers. Set includes gold tone metal and silver tone metal options that make Christmas promotional design a piece of cake in this easy to use set.
  4. Snowflake Set – Stunning set of 50 snowflakes! This clipart set is a must for designers, planners, crafters, and teachers!
  5. Winter Scene – The winter scene is created with the designer in mind. Featuring a beautiful snowy scene with a snowman, stars, snow-covered mountains, snow-covered trees, cabin, and santa on his sleigh, this set is a must for designers that need elegance. The AI and SVG options allow designers to separate needed elements and create their own design.
  6. Winter Christmas Card – Our winter scene was just too cute to not create a print ready Christmas card! Featuring “Happy Holidays” on the front, our card is blank inside allowing for your own special words. Files come as an easy download that is ready to print!
  7. Holly Clipart – This clipart features 5 different holly options. Many people also use this as mistletoe. Perfect to create a quick and easy holiday card, tags, decoration, games, and much more.
  8. Christmas Light Clipart – This set is my personal favorite. Featuring 8 different options, you are sure to find one that is perfect for your project. From straight lined to loose, our Christmas lights are perfect for Christmas cards, Christmas promotions, and Christmas printables!
  9. Gift Tags – Our gift tags include 6 front and back designs that are suited for all Designs include Christmas tree, Merry Christmas, snowflake, candy cane, teddy bear, and red and green retro design. Back of the gift tags say “To:” and “From:” with Christmas elements that will undoubtedly add a beautiful personal touch to your gifts. Easy to follow printing instructions are included.
  10. Snowflake Cut Files – 50 set of snowflakes have been created into easy to use SVG and EPS files that any cutting machine will love. Stickers, planners, cards, confetti, games, decals, iron-ons, you name it!
  11. Merry Christmas Cut Files – Our Merry Christmas cut files include a beautiful design with Christmas lights. Another fun included option is to layer between different cut options!
  12. Happy Holidays Cut Files – This cut file includes the phrase “Happy Holidays” with two cute snowflakes. Also included is a layering option. This is perfect for creating that perfect holiday gift!

Christmas Design Coming Soon:

  1. Christmas Scrapbooking Paper – Christmas scrapbooking paper will soon be released! Santa, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, and snowflakes are only a few elements that you will see! Our 10 pack will include fun patterns for all ages. Whether you need a more elegant design or a fun design, this one pack will have you covered. This set is easy to print your own scrapbooking paper or use as digital scrapbook paper.
  2. Christmas Borders – Christmas borders are a perfect way to create easy festive design. Whether you are creating a promotion or crafting, our Christmas borders will be perfect for any project. We will have straight options as well as framing options!
  3. Snowman Coloring Sheet – Our snowman coloring sheet is as adorable as can be! He is perfect for holiday activities in the classroom. He is also so fun to color with the family and hang up when done!
  4. Santa Claus Coloring Sheet – Our Santa Claus coloring sheet features good ole Saint Nick. Featured in a more vintage design, he is perfect for both children and adults. This zentangle coloring page features fun designs to color in and his most well-known phrase “Ho Ho Ho!”
  5. Nativity Scene – This design is one that I am most proud of. I will probably be featuring this one in the book that I mentioned earlier, Bézier | The Best Vector Artists Worldwide Vol 1. This Nativitiy Scene clipart set features 13 characters. Our characters include: 3 wise men, Mary, Joseph, The Shepherd, Angel, and of course little baby Jesus! Animals in this set include a cow, donkey, sparrow, sheep, and baby lamb. Also included in this kit is the starry night sky, sandy ground, hay bed manger, stable, moon, and north star. Whether you use this as laid out or create your own scene with this set, you are certain to get many compliments!

We hope our designs help you get in the Christmas spirit just a little more!

 
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Thanksgiving Activities – New Clipart and Paper for Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Activities – New Clipart and Paper for Thanksgiving Crafts

Happy Halloween everyone! If you haven’t yet, be sure to read my blog about Halloween crafting. I have created a lot of design that you can use for Thanksgiving activities. From clipart, patterns, and coloring pages, you are sure to be able to craft or make fun activities out of my designs. Our November freebies include a November calendar and a turkey coloring page!

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We have been so busy here lately and our sales are really picking up! We redesigned our logo and branding so our website is now fresh with a new look! Now it is also easier to find us because our domain name is savanasdesign.com!

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Sales for November

I have a ton planned for Christmas, so be sure to check back on November 14th for a sneak peek. Our sales for the month of November will include 25% off everything in my etsy shop and online shop (this will already be taken off – no coupon required). If you purchase anything from SavanasDesign in Creative Market during the month of November, 25% of the proceeds go to All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit organization that sends aid to those in need suffering from the effects of natural disasters like hurricane Matthew.

Thanksgiving Downloads

All of our Thanksgiving work have been released. Here is the list!

Thanksgiving Turkey Clipart

Indian Clipart

Turkey Zentangle Coloring Page

Indian Coloring Page

Vintage Turkey Clipart

Turkey Cut Files

Thanksgiving Doodle Clipart

Thanksgiving Clipart Set

Watercolor Thanksgiving Clipart Set

Thanksgiving Digital Paper

Real Autumn Leaves Clipart

Autumn Leaves Clipart

Watercolor Leaves Clipart

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Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is nearly here! Next thing you know Thanksgiving and Christmas will sneak right up on us. In preparation for Halloween I have been busy making a lot of design resources, coloring pages, and freebies.

What’s New

I have listed 20 new listings in the last month, and more is coming!
Half of these listings are Halloween themed or Autumn themed.

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Want to know a scary secret? Here is a spooky deal for you! Consider it a Halloween treat from SavanasDesign! You will enjoy 30% off your entire purchase of $3.99 or more with our code: HALLOWEEN16. Redeem our offer soon before it disappears. Coupon is valid both in our shop and in our etsy shop.

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Among our new listings include 2 Halloween coloring pages. These make fantastic printable placemats for children. Either Halloween coloring page are perfect for children or make great coloring pages for adults. One page features a spooky graveyard with tombstones, a bat, scared cat, and moon in the distance along with the phrase “Happy Halloween” drifting in the scary tree. The other coloring page is a zentangle coloring page. This bat coloring page is perfect for adults or children alike. Both coloring sheets are perfect to print out for trick-or-treaters, print and use as placemats, or color and use for Halloween decoration!

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We have listed 4 sets of clip art that I think is perfect for Halloween whether you are creating invitation design or decorations for Halloween. Our Halloween clipart set features ghost clipart, jack-o-lantern clipart, pumpkin clipart, Halloween trick or treat clipart, candy corn clipart, witch clipart, witch hat clipart, Halloween tree clipart, broom clipart, skeleton clipart, tombstone clipart, moon clipart, black cat clipart, Boo clipart, and bat clipart. Bat clip art is featured both in my Halloween set as well as my two separate bat clip art collections.

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The bat clip art collections feature 13 total bats with 10 rainbow pastel colors, 1 black bat, 1 brown bat, and 1 that can be printed and colored or used as a white bat. The bats make perfect baby clipart as they are cute, colorful, and can be used for games or coloring. Whether using for clipart for baby, or to print out for Halloween decoration for your house or classroom, you are sure to have fun!

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Our best selling set last month features beautiful pumpkins. Not only will you receive 5 JPGs and 5 transparent PNGs, but you will receive the pumpkin .AI or Illustrator file in which you can customize yourself. Would be perfect to make colorful pumpkin placemats, create pumpkin and baby clipart, or to print out for Halloween games or classroom games.

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From our Halloween clip art set, we have created Halloween digital paper! These Halloween patterns are perfect to use for scrapbooking paper, Halloween invitations, or to use in your own digital designs or print designs. All patterns are seamless and can easily be used for Halloween wrapping paper or trick-or-treater bags!

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Last but certainly not least that we would like to showcase this month is our free printables, including our October 2016 calendar. This printable calendar is completely free! Whether you want a free calendar printable for your dorm room, office, or house, you will quickly start jotting down to-do’s after downloading and printing. This month we wanted to express our gratitude with our customers and audience by also including a portrait version of our free printable October 2016 calendar. Perfect for public places in your office or to put in your binder!

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Not only do we offer 2 free versions of our printable October calendar 2016, but we also included a special bonus offer of our printable candy corn digital paper. Feel free to hand these out to trick or treaters or to create in your craft! With your calendar printable and your candy corn pattern paper, you will find numerous creative ways to enjoy Halloween for 2016!

With much love,
xoxo
Savana