Illustration & Typography

The marriage of illustration and type is one of the key components of an effective graphic design. Attention grabbing designs are more memorable to the audience than plain text and graphics. In this Adobe Illustrator creation, I combined a simple dress with unique typography. The message is meant to inspire in a playful manner. Remember ladies you are beautiful, classy and sophisticated!!!

Words of inspiration. (Click on image to enlarge) - Designerella


Fabric Printing!

Fabric printing can be fun, creative and personalized for anyone.  Last summer (2011) I spent studying abroad at Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy.  It was an amazing experience and I took thousands of pictures of the different places I visited.  Yes, I have too many pictures and that is one of the many reasons why the process of putting together a professional photobook is taking longer than expected.

A special family member living in Grand Rapids, MI surprised me by making these amazing placemats, and pot holders for my home. Her name is ScrappyLynn and her crafts can be found on Etsy!  She is an amazing sewer and is always coming up with different ideas that focus on re-using materials and scraps. She took some of my Italy photos and printed them on fabric using an inkjet printer. ScrappyLynn then used scraps from old projects to frame the photos. On the back she used several different sunflower patterns as the sunflowers were in full bloom when I was traveling through Tuscany.

Placemats and pot holders made by ScrappyLynn.

Placemats made my ScrappyLynn.

Potholders made by ScrappyLynn.

ScrappyLynn thank you for making me these placemats and pot holders.  Now when I cook and sit down to eat I have a reminder of my wonderful experience living and studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I was inspired this Valentine’s Day to create unique crafts using chalkboard paint.  I always find using chalk fun!  This Valentine’s Day I decided to use a little old media to create personalized fun and crafty gifts for loved ones.  Below is a picture of all the pieces I made using chalkboard paint.

Valentine's crafts using chalkboard paint - Designerella

I found this heart shape vase and painted the front face so I can customized the message.

Be Mine vase. - Designerella

Some people may be addicted to java but I find myself addicted to LOVE!

These plain white mugs needed a chalkboard makeover! - Designerella


It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a card.  These cards are ideal for those who are searching for the perfect words.  You can always erase, but keep what you LOVE!

Cards you can use over and over again! Although my Grandma Tessie already perfected this. - Designerella




Welcome to Designerella’s First Post!

As I begin my graphic design career I am excited, nervous and anxious about what comes next. Here at Designerella’s blog I will explore my creative side discussing topics including graphic design, fashion, travel and food. However none of this would be possible without the love and support from my friends and family. I would like to thank you all for sticking by me and believing in me. Cheers! Cin Cin! Prost! Živjeli!


The first Designerella promotional item is a wine bottle label that I will share with my closest family.  They have always given me the support I needed and for this I am eternally grateful.  I am blessed to have their love and support. Thank you so much and I hope you all enjoy my creative designs and inspirations on my blog.

Designerella's Wine Labels