Tag Archives: graphics

I Spy Photo Game {Wedding | Party | Printable Freebie}

7 Feb

My WordPress analytics for 2011 showed that this post received more hits than any other of my posts last year, so I decided it was time for a follow up!

Let’s start with a basic Google search here. What an incredible number of styles and wording there are around!

I still think that this game is a great ice breaker and gives the kids something to do at a wedding. It would also make a great activity for those big special occasion parties – you know the ones: wedding anniversaries, special age parties, etc. Just change the words around or write your own rhyme (I’m absolutely no good at that!) and you’re good to go.

As a special thank you for taking the time to read my post I’ve decided to give away a printable I Spy. I found this rhyme on an image in the Google search, but unfortunately I am unable to find the original source so if these are your words please let me know so that I can credit you properly!

To get your free download file please click here (updated … you will be taken to the Freebies page of www.justjanedesigns.com to download these files).

Enjoy! Jane x


Knights, Castles, Dragons & Princesses …

16 Nov

So my little one is having his fifth birthday in December and, after mulling over  a few choices, he decided on the theme of knights and the party will be at home in the garden.  I really know how to drop myself in it!

The first challenge was to design an invitation.  I was originally thinking along the lines of a castle drawbridge or gate that opens up to show the details of the party.  I’d like to have a knight and a dragon somewhere on the front & maybe we should include a princess too?  I have some lovely digital stamps that I purchased from www.scrappindoodles.com featuring a knight, some dragons and a castle.  The line art on these ‘Colour Your Own’ (CYO) graphics is by Alice Smith.  I’ve used the graphics for some of my son’s friends birthday cards and I think they will look great.

After quite a bit of juggling and manoeuvring of graphics on my page I decided that the castle option just wasnt’ going to work.  The doors would have to be huge and the castle tiny to make it right.  So, onto plan B! 

One of the dragon graphics features a dragon sitting with his arms outstretched – perfect for holding something.  Inspiration struck!  I ran up a draft for Rhys to see with a traditional green dragon on it.  No, he wants a red dragon – red is his favourite colour, had I forgotten?  OK, so I’ll change the colours!

Here’s the final draft, and the ones that were distributed this morning to all his little pals. If you want to try it out for yourself I’ll be uploading a version to my website for purchase later today (www.justjanedesigns.com).

One slight hitch – once the tag is pulled it can’t really be put back!  Oh well, not everything can be perfect all the time …

One last word.  All the kids in his class loved their invitations.  Now I’ve just got to try and make the party stand up to their (perhaps) elevated expections!!  Wish me luck …

Jane x

Sourcing graphics

14 May

I felt it was probably a wise move to mention the sourcing of graphics for projects here.  For me this area has always been a bit of a mine field. 

Throughout most of my working life I have been an avid user of Microsoft clip art and other media files.  I know that these are safe and free from royalties, etc for the uses I’ve put them to.  However, now that I’ve started with Invites I’ve become aware of a number of pitfalls with regard to copyright, royalties and licencing of images, clip art and other digital graphics.  All the sites I have visited during my various searches for original graphics have their licencing and terms of use posted somewhere, however not all are easy to find.

I don’t want to go into the depths of the various copyright and terms of use contracts here but generally the graphics (even if you purchase them) may only be used for personal use.  Some may be used commercially, but often that means on finished products only – i.e. you may not resell the graphics in their raw form – and to me that is only fair.  Some state that you must change the graphic in some way.  There are all sorts of pitfalls and if you are about to embark on a similar journey to me then I would strongly recommend that you check out the origin of your graphics, clip art and images before posting them to a web site.  It is often possible to purchase a licence from the designer which allows you use the graphic in the way you wish – all it takes is a quick e-mail.

So, for the sake of the designers I would ask that you take a bit of time to consider the use of the image you are about to download and out of courtesy make sure you have permission to use it as you want.  If you are unsure contact the designer and ask – you may find that a simple  acknowledgement is all that is required.

That said, I try very hard to acknowledge the designer of any media I use where required.  If you are a designer and have found one of your graphics illegally used on my site please do get in touch with me and I will arrange to correct any error as soon as possible.  It will have been a genuine mistake on my part.

Have fun looking for new graphics!