Cover Reveal for LB Stimson’s Redwood

I have been privileged with the opportunity to design the cover for writer LB Stimson’s new novel Redwood. It’s a haunting paranormal, fantasy tale that I look forward to reading. Redwood is due to be released by KCL Publishing October 26, 2016!

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Portfolio Updates!

nullI’ve recently updated my portfolio to include the complete artwork for Lola Blake‘s Lust: A Seven Sisters Novel. I was more than just the cover artist for this YA novel. I, also, worked on this project as the editor! I have absolutely loved working on this project and want to share this wonderful story with the world. Lola has penned an amazing novel, which also serves as a great start to this series. The next book in the series, Gluttony, is due out the end of this year/early next year. I’m really eager to get to work on the editing and artwork process for it as well. I’ve chosen the stock photos already that I will be working with. Previews for it should be coming soon!

Lust is now available. Buy it here! You can view the complete cover artwork here.

I’ve, also, recently added a flyer design that I’ve completed for Rachel Rain Martin. You view it in the Marketing Material Designs section of my portfolio.

Now I’m off to work on an assignment for my first class! I’m always taking commissions so if you need any design work done, don’t hesitate to contact me.

-Carrie

Taking Classes!

I have decided to take some online courses in Graphic Design. I’ve signed up through Coursera to take their Graphic Design Specialty which is done through CalArts. I’m rather excited to take some formal classes and learn new ways to work as a designer. At the end of these five courses, I’ll have a certificate in Graphic Design! I can’t wait to post that everywhere! My classes officially start next week! I’ll keep everyone posted on how this learning is helping me to better myself as a designer.

Completely Updated Portfolio!!!

I have finally been able to completely update my portfolio with recent artworks designed for Rachel Rain Martin, Mahinour Tawfik, and Lola Blake. I’ve also got some other projects in the works in terms of artwork, book design, and editing.

onthebluffsfrontcoverfinalresizedWhat I’ve been doing for Rachel Rain Martin:

  • Book Cover Design for the re-release of On the Bluffs of Cane Creek
  • Header Design
  • Bookmark Design
  • Poster Design
  • Presentation Folder Design

 

 

 

 

darksecretsfrontcoverfinalresizeWhat I’ve been doing for Mahinour Tawfik:

  • Editing, Formatting, and Internal Design for her debut poetry collection, Dark Secrets
  • Book Cover Design for Dark Secrets

 

 

 

 

 

 

lust front cover resizedWhat I’ve been doing for Lola Blake:

  • Editing the first novel in her Seven Sisters Series, titled Lust
  • Book Cover Design for Lust

 

 

 

 

 

 

front cover resizedMy upcoming Projects:

  • Formatting and Internal Design for Lola Blake’s Lust
  • Completion of Book Cover Design for Lola Blake’s Lust
  • Internal Book Design for Samantha Dempsey’s Mason Monkey and the Golden Banana
  • Book Cover Design for LB Stimson’s Redwood
  • Editing the second of Lola Blake’s Seven Sisters Series, titled Gluttony
  • Book Cover Design for Rachel Rain Martin’s Montana Dreamer
  • Book Cover Design for Lola Blake’s Gluttony
  • Formatting and Internal Design for Lola Blake’s Gluttony

 

 

I am always taking commissions so if there is something you are looking to have done, don’t hesitate to contact me!

-Carrie

How to Make Your Medical ID Bracelet More Fashionable

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If there is one thing girls who are required to wear medical ID bracelets despise, it is how un-fashionable but expensive they are. As a girl who not only loves fashion but is required to wear one, I thought it would be nice to help others in my position be able to make this a bit more fun and in style. If you already have one and hate wearing it because of making it match your clothes or style, it is really easy to create new strands for yourself to attach to the ID tag! A quick trip to the craft store can help you rack up on all kinds of beads and such to make this so you. Once you make your first custom strand, you will want to keep making more so that you have plenty to choose from! I have customized two strands already with plans for doing more! Now, you can always use different beads than I am using in this DIY. Just remember to make this yours!

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Materials + Tools:

  • Pair of Scissors
  • Nylon Cord
  • Measuring Tape
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Tweezers
  • Lighter
  • Your Medical ID tag
  • 2 Lobster Clasps
  • 10-16 small, glossy black beads
  • 4-7 large, round decorative beads (mine are blue)
  • 3-6 medium, silver decorative beads (mine are hearts)

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Instructions:

1) Measure your wrist with the tape measure then roll out your Nylon cord to that length without cutting it from the roll. Lay your ID tag at the end of the cording to account for it in the size of your strand.

2) Create a pattern with your beads that is the length of the remaining measured cording, using the black beads to border the two different decorative beads. The pattern would be like: Black Bead ● Large, Round Decorative Bead ● Black Bead ● Medium, Silver Decorative Bead ● Black Bead ● Repeat starting with the Large, Round Decorative Bead

3) String the beads onto the cord in the pattern you have created.

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4) Secure the bed on the end of the strand by looping the cording back through the bead the opposite way. You will pull the cording upward causing all of the beads to move down the cording, which is why you do not cut your measured cord off the roll downward at least 3 inches. Then separate the bead on the end from the others by pulling it down towards the end of the cord. Move the cord down to the opposite end of the bead then loop it through the other side. Pull the cord back through the bead to where it is going back in its original direction.

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5) Now it’s time to add a clasp! Take a Lobster clasp and loop the cord through the end. Slide the clasp downward until it is almost against the black bead that was just secured on the end. Before pulling the loop tight, insert the end of the cord through it. Pull that loop tight and repeat two more times.

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6) The clasp now must be securely tied to the cording. Take the cord that is hanging from the end of the clasp and loop it around the small amount of cording between the clasp and the black bead on the end. Then insert the end of the cord through the loop and pull it tight. Repeat this two more times for a secure knot.

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7) I like my clasps extra secure so I repeat the process of step five through the clasp again.

8) To make the bracelet strand even more secure, you will secure the large, decorative bead next to the end just as you secured the end one in Step 4. After you have looped the cording back up through the bead, you will use the tweezers to pull the cording that’s against the side of the bead upward. Then, loop the cording underneath that piece. After that, you will create a loop around the cording between this bead and the black bead on the other side of it, not the one against the lobster clasp. Insert the cord through that loop and pull it tight. Repeat this two more times.

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9) Pick up the cord of your beads from the end that is still attached to the roll. Pull 2-3 inches of extra cord from the roll and cut it off. If the end of this cord is frayed, lightly paint the end with clear nail polish and allow to dry.

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10) Repeat steps 4-8 on this end of the cord.

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11) Once you have finished securing the beads and clasp onto this end of the strand, clasp one end onto your Medical ID tag and wrap around your wrist before securing the other end to the tag. Give it a quick test to see what your new fashionable, stylish, and decorative custom strand looks on your wrist!

12) Unclasp the bracelet from your wrist and cut the excess cording on the strand to where there is less than half an inch hanging off. Take a lighter and burn the ends of the excess strand to completely secure your bracelet. Please be careful to not let it burn too much or it will damage your bracelet, as it only takes a few seconds. Also, please be extra careful when using lighters.

13) Enjoy your new Medical ID Bracelet that now just looks like your regular in-style bracelet!

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Have you used this to create one of your own? Show it off in the comments!

Big Changes!

A lot of things have changed here! I have not only added services for editing, formatting, and internal book design but for writing and editing articles as well! I have added a section for articles, DIY, inspirations, and more too! It will be filled with things that I love, inspire me, my DIY projects, and articles I have written. Le Fey Designs is becoming more than it ever has been! I original started it as design company for my professional design work but it is now becoming about all facets of my creativity. I will now make this a bit more personal as it is a part of me! You will see a lot more about each little thing that I am up to. I hope that my creative projects and bit of silliness not only brings others inspiration but a bit of positive light to their lives. I have added links to my personal twitter and instagram to the contact me & links section for everyone to check out too!

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Oh and by the way…I am now located in Bucharest, Romania! Until my next update, please stay tuned for the addition of so much more creativity to this website!