From a blank canvas to a fabulous welcome wall

The dust is almost settled at our new location. We just moved across town but dismantling presses and 40,000 square feet of machines, supplies and people is no small feat. When the guys found our new location, they said, “It’s a total craphole and it might be haunted, do you want to see it?” All I saw was potential and a place to show off our expertise and our customers’ talent. BTW, it’s not haunted, the boys are just a little easily spooked.

This is the 80s Fab entry before we worked our magic. I’ll do another post so you can see all of the building’s former glory and how we’ve upgraded to a super fun, colorful workspace. Soon as the last of the boxes go away.

Formerly Fugly, but with potential...

Formerly Fugly, but with potential…

And this is what happened when I threw out an invitation to a bunch of creatives. I asked if anyone wanted to work their magic on a canvas, no rules (almost) just whatever inspires them. I got even more enthusiasm than I hoped for but I shouldn’t be surprised because we designers are our own breed. We NEED to create. It’s even better when we get paid for it, but most of us are designing all the time, whether we’re on the clock or not. And we love a challenge, particularly without lots of rules 🙂

Can you think of a better way to welcome visitors?

Can you think of a better way to welcome visitors?

I LOVE the messages on both of these. Happy day was designed by Laura Thacker from Carolina Quill.    Quit Slackin’ came from the talented and witty Julie Wylie at Whimsy & Wild.IMG_2285

I want this trailer. Thank you to Kim Arnold of Barefoot Studios for this gem.IMG_2286

This gorgeous water color features a message that is close to my heart, thank you for the reminder Laura at And Everything Nice. And my coffee soulmate, Amy Sturn of Springlake Statonery illustrated this heartfelt message to caffeine-addicts everywhere…IMG_2288

A whole different take on water color came with this zen Welcome canvas, thank you to Lauren Crawford from Crawfitz Designs.

Another inspiring message combined with great type and a fabulous flamingo came from Krista Mullis at Pluma Paper.

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This juicy persimmon colored canvas with a great business message comes from Adrien Frayle at MarieDesign.com

The happy floral comes from my very talented partner in crime in my other designer life, Ilene Guy at Simon+Kabuki.

And I LOVE this take on a map by Kim Harrington at greylein.etsy.com. Makes me want to go somewhere…

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And the last to be mentioned but first to arrive was this fantastic typography with key industry words by Becky Florence of Pineapple Princess Design Company. She sent it within a day or two and kicked off what turned out to be the most fun design collaboration ever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me decorate our new digs and especially for confirming what I know about designers: We Rock.

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