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Lauren Conrad Hair and Make up Blog Tutorials!

I recently discovered that Lauren “LC” Conrad had started her own beauty blog along with two other girls called The Beauty Department. I never watched any of her shows but did admire her fashion sense. This blog is great because they break down essential hair and make up tools as well as offer tutorials for some of her signature looks. The twisted sister is my current fave hair tutorial!

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DIY Bow from Maps and Magazines

Check out this awesome DIY tutorial on creating your own bow from How about Orange.
Jessica suggests using magazines lying around the house or even maps which I especially like.

paper, magazine, maps…anything :0)
staples and adhesive (glue dots)

Cut a magazine page into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. Cut two inches off 2 of the strips. Cut the last strip down to 3 1/2″ long.

Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Shape the last, short strip into a circle and secure it with a glue dot.

Layer the 3 longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Add the next two groups of pieces, doing the same. And finally, stick the loop into the center.

No need to buy expensive bows from the stationery store anymore!

Excellent Photoshop Retouching Resource

26 really nice photoshop tutorials via Six Revisions. While these are excellent tutorials, always remember to “leave room for reality” as one of my photoshop teachers once said 🙂 Have fun!

From Dingbat to Vector

So as a designer, it is almost a faux pas to use clipart; or some purists may even extend it to dingbats. But me? I LOVE THEM! 🙂 If i ever get a puppy, I vow to name him “dingbat”. I usually go find my free fonts and dingbats at

Download Eutemia Ornaments

Anyway, using dingbats are great but an even better way to utilize them is to convert them into vectors. The benefits of this are easier scaling and manipulation of the image. Most people will do this to outline fonts (basically converting the font into shapes/points/anchors) when someone else doesn’t have the font; most likely your professional printer will ask you to do this if you print something with them.

Just select the font after you’ve typed it out, go to:
Type>Create Outlines

And it should look like this! You may have to Ungroup them first to break them apart. Enjoy!

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