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Today is my THIRTIETH birthday and as a gift to YOU, Mike and I are excited to offer a free 2011 calendar for your iPhone! Check out how cool you can be:

Here’s how it works:

1) Download the zipped file right here: Ollibird 2011 iPhone calendar

2) Get the files onto your iPhone in whatever way you like best (I personally hate syncing my iPhone and just find it easier to email myself the images and save all to my Saved Photos).

3) Each month, set the appropriate image as your wallpaper for your lock screen only (in my opinion, these images won’t work well as the background of your home screen).

That’s it! If you want to know a little bit about how this came together, here it is:

Every year I have a goal to make a calendar, and due to awesome clients who kept me very very busy this fall, I wasn’t able to do a new calendar (of course, I’m not counting the planners that I do for FranklinCovey). But the idea hit me yesterday that I could do a quick calendar for the iPhone! I used Mike’s amazing watercolor animals from our 2009 calendar and paired them with a great new font (Monroe) that my brother gave me for my birthday (some people don’t even understand why I would even WANT fonts for my birthday…) and the rest is yours to enjoy!

If you’re interested in learning how to do stuff like this yourself, by the way, don’t forget that Mike and I offer online classes and textbooks in Illustrator and Photoshop, starting at the beginning level! And they’re all on sale right now for Christmas. Check them out!

Here’s a preview of all 12 images:

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Here are some fun Summer Twitter backgrounds if you’re looking to change things up a little! You can find others in my old posts: here, here, and here.
Simply click any of these images to get the full sized file. Save that image to your computer and upload it to Twitter! (These can also be used for blogs!) All of these images are meant to be tiled. Leave a comment if you’ve used one so I can check you out!

I also do custom patterns and illustrations, if you’e looking for something that is unique to you or your brand. Send me an email to alma {at} ollibird [dot] com!

Custom pattern: $50
Corporate package: $100 (make your twitter page match your existing site or blog)







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Today I made some new Twitter backgrounds if you’re looking to change things up a little! You can find others at my old post, here.

Simply click any of these images to get the full sized file. Save that image to your computer and upload it to Twitter! All of these images are meant to be tiled. Let me know if you’ve used one! I’d love to see it.

Or better yet, pay me to make one custom for you! Just email me and describe what you’re looking for and I can make it happen!

Custom pattern: $50
Custom illustration: $75
Corporate package: $100 (make your twitter page match your existing site or blog)




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(This post also at Petit Elefant.)

As a graphic designer, no new thing I do or try will stick unless it involves some good design. I recently committed to planning meals weekly and keeping the family to a food budget. So what I felt would really help me out was a place to display what meals I had to eat, and what ingredients I had in my fridge that needed to be eaten before they went bad. Like my huge block of gorgonzola from Costco for example. I developed this.

This is a meal planner that I am proud to display in my kitchen. Remember that advent calendar that I made for you all for Christmas? Well, I designed this to use the same frame. I designed the poster and printed it out, then put it under glass. I can write on the glass in dry erase (or wet erase) marker. That way, both Mike and I can see immediately what’s for dinner every week. I can also list what needs to be used up and what I still need to buy. And there’s plenty of room for lunch and breakfast if I’m so inclined. I have put this print for sale in our store in 5 different colors; for $10 you can have the files that you need to print the menu planner at three different sizes!  You can print it at home, at a print shop, or with a photo developer (I print my 16 x 20s for only $6 at Costco).

(By the way, if you want to learn to create your own graphics, check out my online Illustrator 101 course. )

Finally I also put together this fun design that you can download for free! I hope that you feel inspired to plan your weekly meals too, and I hope that one of these menu planners can help you feel like you’re doing it in style!


Instructions:

Click on the image above or click this link: menu planner. Wait for the image link to come in—this may take a while because it is a very large file. Save image to your computer. Dimensions are 19.625″ x 15.75″ but image can easily be cropped to most other standard dimensions. As is, the image will fit well in an Ikea Ribba frame.

To print the large image, try a printer such as Kinkos. I printed my poster at Kinkos for just under $10. Alternatively, you can have a photo processor (like Costco) develop this image. Just make sure when you’re uploading that you don’t choose “auto color correct” or “faster upload speed”.

Place image in a frame, under glass. Fill in your menu each week by writing on the glass in dry or wet erase marker!

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Looking for a background image for your twitter page? Try my free downloads. Simply click any of these images to get the full sized file. Save that image to your computer and upload it to Twitter! All of these images are meant to be tiled.

Or better yet, pay me to make one custom for you! Just email me and describe what you’re looking for and I can make it happen!

Custom pattern: $50
Custom illustration: $75
Corporate package: $100 (make your twitter page match your existing site or blog)