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Easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards for kids

Posted on February 02, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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Valentine's Day is coming up, and this will be the first time my boys will celebrate it at school. I’m really excited for them, because though it’s been a very long time since I’ve been a little kid, I vividly remember loving all the mini cards, origami hearts and trinkets that were exchanged.

Our preschool has a couple of guidelines. First - candy and sweets are out. I can totally get behind that because, I mean really, who wants a bunch of toddlers amped on sugar?? Not me. Second, they encourage keeping it homemade. Again, I'm down with that because I love getting a little crafty. But, if you are anything like 99.9% of the mamas out there, you have very little free time, plus if you have multiple kids, that means cards for multiple classrooms, teachers, assistants, etc., etc. Yeah, it’s a lot.

Whether you have to make a lot, or just a few, here is a super easy, super quick way to pump out a bunch of homemade Valentine's Day cards for your little ones. 

Here’s what you need:
• Our printable mini Valentine’s Day card
• Colored cardstock
• Scissors or paper cutter (I use this one which really saves on time. You can find it at most office supply stores)
• Double-sided tape
• Pen 

Here's what you'll do:
1) Print our mini cards using your desktop printer or local copy shop.
2) Trim the mini cards using scissors or paper trimmer.
3) Cut cardstock into 3" squares. I used Kraft paper, but use anything that fits your vibe.
4) Using double-sided tape, stick the mini card to your cardstock. (I got my toddlers to help with this part.)
5) Have your kiddo sign their name at the bottom. Boom, you are done. 

We hope you and your littles enjoy spreading love and joy this Valentine’s Day. We would love to see your creations - Tag your images with #nicomade and share, share, share. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Posted in cards, crafts, design, diy, free, freebie, hearts, kids, kraft paper, make, printable, valentine's day

DIY gift wrap in 3 simple steps, plus free gift tag printable

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

DIY gift tags 1Ready to WOW your friends this holiday season? OK, let’s do it! Here’s your guide to make beautifully wrapped gifts in three simple steps that will have all your friends saying “Oh my gosh, that’s so cute!” And then you get to say, “Thanks, I made it.” with a lovely little smile on your face.DIY gift tag 2DIY gift tag 3

Here’s what you need to make the gift tags:
• Kraft cardstock (or heavy-weight paper of your choice)
• Our printable gift tags
• Scissors or paper cutter
• Hole punch (I used a 1/8” punch, but any will do)
• Baker's twine
• Tape
• Pen

Steps:
1) Print gift tags on the paper of your choice
2) Trim the tags using scissor or paper cutter
3) Address your tags and affix to the fabulous gift that you just wrapped (see tip below). You can either punch a hole at the top of your label and run twine through it, or just tape it to your gift.

Voila!

DIY gift tag 4And if you really want to channel your inner Martha Stewart, you can even trim the corners off the top of your tag. Wow, now we’re really getting crafty!

Wrapping Tip: Keep it simple. I keep white wrapping paper on hand because it works for all occasions. I like to use contrasting materials and colors, and I’m really into the kraft and white paper combo right now. Add a little P.O.C. (pop of color) with baker's twine, washi tape, or fresh seasonal sprigs from your local florist. So simple. So cute!

We’d love to see how you experiment with your own combinations. Comment below, or tag your creations with #nicomade on social media.

Happy wrapping!

 

Posted in bakers twine, crafts, diy, free, freebie, gift tag, gift wrap, holiday, illustration, kraft paper, living, make, printable, style, wrapping

nico made as seen in Vogue

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

As if designing wallpaper for the super rad Surfjack hotel wasn’t amazing enough, this happened – nico made was highlighted in Vogue for our work done in said hotel. Ahhh, pinch me because this might be one of my biggest OMG moments yet!

It’s tough being a creative entrepreneur. You constantly second-guess yourself, your skills, your projects. And then every now an then, you have an amazing moment like this, and it’s like pure rhapsody for your creative spirit.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Surfjack, you need to. Like now. It’s dripping in creative sauce and is a wonderland for photogaphiles. Oh, and while you are there, make sure to take a selfie and post it to Instagram. Because Vogue, that’s why.

Surfjack Pool

Photo: Courtesy of Brooke Dombrowski
Pool lettering by Matt Tapia

Posted in graphic design, hotel design, illustration, instagram, interior design, island style, living, social media, style, tropical decor, vogue, wallpaper

Taking a chance leads to big rewards | Creating wallpaper for the Surfjack Hotel

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

I’ve always dreamed of creating my own wallpaper, but it was something that I stuffed into my “that would be awesome, but I doubt it will ever happen” basket. Well, a year ago I must have really been putting out positive design vibes, because the stars aligned and I was presented with the opportunity to create wallpaper for a new hotel in Waikiki. My reaction was somewhere along the lines of, “whaaaaat?!? OMG! whaaaat?! No way! Yes, I'm in”

The hotel project was sort of “under-wraps-slash-hush-hush”, so I wasn’t given too many details. I didn’t know the hotel name, brand, location, or size. Oh, and of course it was somewhat of a rush project. All these things would normally raise red flags for me, but I honestly think I was so excited for the opportunity to fulfill a creative dream that I just took a chance and went for it. Soon after signing on with the project I learned that several local artist would be tapped for various projects and I instantly knew in my heart that I took the right chance at the right time.

Fast forward several months and it’s unveiled that the project is for the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (which happens to be the coolest - check out their vibe), the wallpaper is up (and I’m in love), and I’m happy to report the project was a smash hit on so many levels. The hotel renovation was part of a movement that encouraged uniqueness and selfless progression. I’ve made friends with so many talented artists and pushed the boundaries of my creativity and confidence. 

Nothing would have been possible without the vision of the talented people at The Vanguard Theory and commitment to unique design by the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club. Mahalo!!

At the Surfjack opening party. Hey, look, that's me!

Working on the scale of the pattern. The bigger and bolder, the better!

Touring the property with Michelle of The Vanguard Theory.

The devil is in the details. Surfjack branded crates for in-room dining service.

Posted in bird of paradise, design, graphic design, hotel design, illustration, interior design, island style, tropical decor, wallpaper

Our favorite shave ice in Hawaii

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

As the rest of the northern hemisphere gets deeper into the fall season, we islanders are still soaking up the warm sun, enjoying our cool treats, and pretty much unaware of any other season BUT summer. While our friends in the cooler climates are going crazy for Pumpkin Spice eeeeeverything, we are still in “cooling off mode” with some shave ice from our favorite neighborhood shop. What’s our other favorite place to get shave ice you ask? Well, it just so happens to be the Rainbow shave ice (t-shirt) from online retailer Izzy and Luke, designed by, you guessed it …. nico made. I think it keeps these littles looking pretty cool, dontcha think?

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Posted in apparel design, design, graphic design, illustration, kids, rainbow, shave ice, tshirt

nico made for Coco Moon

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

My little twins were born 6 weeks early, which meant they were itty, itty, bitty for a really long time. They absolutely loved the comforting feel of a good swaddle, and it was really the only way we could get them to sleep at night.

When we were first contacted by Coco Moon I was still struggling to figure out this whole work-life balance thing (and I’m still trying to figure it out). But, despite our hectic schedules the opportunity to work with a new local company and create beautiful swaddle blankets was something I couldn’t pass up.

Amber (Coco Moon’s founder) had great vision for her company’s aesthetic. We worked together until we got the right colors, scale, and pattern, and in the end I think we created uniquely beautiful designs that are sweet and true to the Island-style vibe of Amber’s vision.

As a designer, it’s extremely fulfilling to see Coco Moon become sought-after, and as a local business owner, it’s so great to see another woman-run business blossom. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Check out some of the custom prints we created ...

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Posted in blankets, design, graphic design, illustration, logo, patterns, prints, swaddle

Feeling special

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

Long live mail (the real kind, you know, the stuff that arrives in your actual mail box). Flux Hawaii magazine agrees, and they rounded up some of Hawaii’s talents (ahem … insert throat clearing here … why thank you, Flux Hawaii) to show that the beautiful art of stationery is not only alive and kickin’ but an important part of our well-being. I mean, just think how it makes you feel when you get something (other than bills) in the mail - happy, excited, curious, special. Well, here’s to making you all feel like someone special. ‘Cause guess what? You are gosh darn it, you are. 

nico made in flux magazine

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