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Valentine bottles

Valentine bottles

Seriously had trouble coming up with a nice Valentine’s gift for my boyfriend, Jody. First of all, I am not a romantic person nor the type to put much thought into gifts but Jody is someone amazing so I figured I should think of something cute and mushy!! Or as my sister Kim puts it….embracing the cheese!!

So I pondered: wouldn’t it be cool to design my very own wine or lemonade bottle to fit our relationship? Make a gourmet picnic and surprise him for a nice lunch?

Things I needed for the bottles:

Now, I designed and printed out labels of a vector drawing I did of us. I am 5 feet tall and Jody (boyfriend) is a mere 6 foot 3 soooooo I drew the image of him towering over me. Printed on full page labels, cut to size and placed over the bottles.

I took Mod Podge, and brushed over the label and bottle over night. Thanks to Kim for this tip! Dried like a charm – cleaned bottles and added my juice with my trusty funnel!! And ta-da! Fancy customized bottles! My valentine for my dude!


He seemed to really dig the bottles and I had a great time making them!! Again, thanks to Kim for all the help <3!!

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

Green Card work

Green Card work
  • 3 Different poster designs for Green Card
  • 110 lb. cover – semi gloss paper (to add a shine but not a glare)
  • cutting board
  • Printed our smaller flyers on 90 lb. cover – high gloss

Sorry for a late post!!! Okay I have been working with this local DJ here in Houston for about 2 years now… he just started a super group of collective sounds, including a drummer, saxophone player and guitarist. Part light show, part interactive band – really interesting and cool. They are called Green Card because well they are all non-American. Mishka is from Russia (DJ), Eli is from Israel (guitarist) etc etc…

Note: I also designed Green Card, DJ MikeC, Mishka, 3rDimenson and Illuminati’s logos!

Anyway here is a small collection of work I have done for them since their debut. I don’t have pics of the decals I made for Mishka’s laptops…coming soon!

First reveal was to mimic a fake green card and have the image of the front men hidden since they go by different DJ names.

Second flyer was for a Thanksgiving show, they became such a huge hit after their debut we had some nice action shot of the guys. This time we put the whole band.

The newest flyer is for a New Year’s Day show. I figured lets work with their pics, do something shiny and classic looking. Bright lights with tints of purple and green for the theme of Green Card. Back to basics only using the front men.

We are thinking of using a similar style for their cd cover. Also side note – I have been using invoice bubble for my invoicing…LOVE IT! AND you can now add the official Mind-Speaks twitter over here.

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com

rebranding

rebranding

Materials used:

  • 110 lb cover – bright white card stock
  • dvd- and dvd labels to print on
  • x-acto knife
  • dvd
  • 100 lb text paper for resume

I was asked to help my boyfriend to rebrand his cards, resume and site. I have way too many things on my plate at the moment including 3 freelance projects, a huge web project for work and trying (and failing) to update on Shattered-Tranquility.

So he only stated he wanted something clean and simple. In one day I made something playful yet simple. Card and resume design relied on simple san serif font with a cool baby blue to highlight, the print outs came out really well. Sexy chick on the dvd is a drawing Jody did



The site is only a temporary layout since we needed something up and fast.

And of course with any self brand, after awhile you should try to rebrand or change the style so you can keep things up to date. I am working on a logo design for a local DJ so next time I post it will be that branding process.

This post was written by:

mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com