Mia is blogging --Have you Tried digital papers? a sneak peak !

It has been such a busy day ! , i set myself up today in the direction to create a few digital papers and when i did sat down i just couldn't stop and i was really amazed at the number of papers that i managed to create! 50 in all!!! here is a a preview of one set that i just finished compling . this one is black and white so it has limitless possibilities ! these can be used anywhere in crafting softwares where you can use overleys , black and white images to create silhouettes and cutouts and so much more! I even created a quick invite by just layering a few of my creations

and here is what i created using these

 i just have to submit these to store yet , but just couldn't wait to show it off to you ! :)
oh and did i mention that i created a few clipart sets as well?
here are the previews and once these are uploaded to the store i will update the link to these to the store here at AIF ....

and look at this one too :)

and then These!!

All this in one day! yes and besides this i resolved so many issues of my two boys enjoying their summer vacation and splashing in water all day as we had a rainy day here , yes full day the sky pouring after many days of harsh mister sun sipping with straw directly from our heads!
Hope your days are better - wish you all the good things in life!
signing off Mia'

Freshly Drawn - Fun in Circus - Cliparts and graphics Vector pack

It is a waaaaaaaaaaaay  hot day here hotter than ever! and i Just finished creating this wonderfully adorable and cute lion in the circus ! wont you like to take  him home? .

and here is a sample card that i created

currently available through Etsy Store . I will be listing it as soon as i can to AiFactory :)

Animal Party Birthday Thank you stickers for PMAP

I did this! :- Stitching project

I used to be such a crafter and good at stitching when i was away from this monster computer and pen tablet! and once i started off with drawing and designs somehow the little stitching person in me got lost . Just to revive that i am now trying my hands on stitching and being Good at it! :P will i be successful ... Sure! i will... that's the spirit! :)
So i started looking for stitching patterns for boys , God internet is such a big place but cant a girl find a free pattern for boys shirts!?! or have i missed something ?
anyway i finally found 90 Minute Shirt and i am glad that i did! :)

and then i HAD to make it!
Great thing about being in pakistan is that Paksitan produces best of cotton for tees and all the brands like Levis , Next , CalvinKlien get their stuff done from here . And when i decided to hit the market of tee cloth WOW! i found such treasures!.
Anyway Finally i got myself 2 KGs of cotton for tees .. YES they sell here by KGs in this market it is around $2 per KG!
Here is what i came up with finally.!

Not a perfect photograph but i did it!!

Tutorial : How to Create a Print Ready Invite with Bleeds

This tutorial will take you through setting up a document , creating bleed area , and working while keeping it in mind , along with some tips and tricks . A very bright sunny simple tutorial.

Source file can also be downloaded which is accessible to our premium members of Aivault (more info at aivault site).

This Final PREVIEW , what we are going to create!

Step 1

Since i am creating a basic 7 inch x 5 inch card i will keep my dimensions of the art board the same.

Create a new document , with crop marks added . I have chosen to have .375 inch crop marks all over , below is a screen shot of my document settings.

Step 2

Create a rectangle , to the full width and height don't forget to add the crop marks all around. in this case i will add .375in x 2 to the file size which is 7x5 inch ie the rectangle size which will be the background of the card will be 7.75in x 5.75 in.

Step 3

My background rectangle now must be perfectly aligned along the crop marks so i am using the Align panel , see below my selection? i am keeping the ALIGN to selection to Align to art-board. After that select align object second option from left and Distribute objects second option from left . Well of course there are many ways to align it perfectly but this is how did this with this design.... :)

Step 4

I start off by creating a random shaped box which will be the text area. I used the pen tool to create it just roughly we can always adjust it once the other elements of design are in place.

Step 5

And now the fun part! adding elements of design , yum yum i chose this cool little vector pack from AiFactory

The sun looks so adorable and full of fun!  I just copy and pasted it into the artwork .And decided to create clouds on my own.

Step 6

Select the shape tool and draw some random circles nothing specific here.

Step 7

Hmmm rotating these might make the shape more interesting what do you think?

Step 8

And then just hit unit in the pathfinder tool window. which you can always access through Windows> Path Finder. I love love love this Tool!

Step 9

Give the shape a bit of color. Nice blue color isn't it?

Step 10

And one of my fav is the mesh tool , just click anywhere where you would like to add color . remember if you would like to keep the shape for a later use create and reserve a copy of it as once it is Meshed up you cant add any strokes!. I wish it doesnt do that!! .People at Adobe listen to me please ! Or am i missing something please share if i am....

Step 11

After you click randomly anywhere shift the color triangles to choose a lighter color.

Step 12

And repeat

Step 13

And repeat Simple right! , lovely shading ..!! Yum!

Step 14

I decided to give the cloud a little bit of transparency , you can choose not to if you like ... i dont mind ;)

Step 15

Copy , paste , resize

What they say two is a company three is a crowd? .. hmm not really looks ok to me ...

Step 16

Now i see the Text Area that i created can be scaled further to give text more space. Use the Direct selection tool to shape it up scale it up and hmmm space it up ..:)

Step 17

I create a copy of this shape and pasted in front

Step 18

The earlier copy is given a bit of Grey shade ... why?.. just to add a bit of interest...

Step 19

Type in the text , Whatever!

Step 20

And a bit of more interest? another cloud added here... you can choose not to if you don't mind and drop any other related graphic from the set.

Step 21

I used the Pen tool to create some more simple and random shapes ... again for the sake of some more design elements. no rules here.

Step 22

And another , using pen tool it is really easy you must just click pen tool at one point then on another then on another and when you come back to the first click you will see a little "o" near your pointer this means that this last click will close the shape . it is important that all shapes are closed once it goes to the printer. so just keep an eye on open paths .

TIP:- in order to join open paths click on the loose ends of the path using CTRL and then hit CTRL + J to join them

Question :- How do you know there are open paths?

Answer :- let me continue with this tutorial go ahead and find your answer HERE!

Step 23

More random shapes! and yes a bit of transparency.

Select the shapes and transform it to be exactly 7.75 width.

Step 24

Draw a rectangle along the lower path.

Step 25

Create a small rectangle in same height as the green bar below , click and create a copy while you drag it towards left while pressing shift .

Hit CTRL + D to repeat your last step and achieve bars in a row.

Step 26

Here is how it should look like.


Switching to a Wake up early Routine

Me and murad have decided to have our lives better managed...oh finally LOL . So we are trying to tuck our kids in bed ON time that is 8:00 and then clean up the kitchen , throw away the garbage and say our prayers on a timely manner and be in bed by 9:00! well since we implemented this we are trying our best and by the time we switch off the lights it is 10:00 already !. But hey it is a good start . So we wake up now at 5 in the morning and off to a fresh start with kids still in bed and 1 and half hour to say morning prayers , and check our emails . I think it is working for us as most of the client list is overseas and they are usually wrapping up the day when me are getting out of bed :) . Lets see how well this routine goes and what positive changes it would bring in our lives.
As for the kids Mahd n Emad are soon having their pre final exams so little guys are having a tough time. Mahd is having difficulty remembering 4th table , which im a bit surprised about , as he is quite good at maths. I must look for some fun resource sites for him or maybe create some flash cards for him .
Here is a pic of both on our trip to Muree