RDD BLOG HAS A NEW HOME!

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Hi friends! I’m excited to announce that Rebekah Disch Design has a new home, and from now on, I’ll be blogging over at rebekahdisch.com/blog. This blog platform has served me well over the last few years and has made blogging such a joy for me to share bits of my life. But as my design business has taken a new turn in recent weeks, it was time to launch a new, cleaner, and more user-friendly site where I can continue to blog (more easily and more frequent than before… yay!) and where I can showcase my design portfolio, services, and growing business.

Head on over to rebekahdisch.com/blog, subscribe to my posts, and sign up for my mailing list for continued updates on what’s happening over here at RDD on a weekly basis. I have a lot of fun posts up my sleeve and can’t wait to continue sharing great content with you in coming weeks.

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IN THE SHOP: BEACH-THEMED PRINTABLES

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I don’t know if it’s the east coast vibes or what, but I’ve been majorly craving being by the water this summer. Soaking in the hot sun rays, getting a nice burn-tan, feeling the coastal breeze, diving into that great beach read as I soak my toes in the sand. I figured if I can’t be on the beach and out in the sun every day, I can at least dream and doodle about it.

So today, I pulled out my sharpie and some crisp white paper and started writing and sketching and produced a few fun hand-lettered pieces for the shop. If you’re like me, and you’re craving the water and sunshine as much as I am, you may want to grab one of these for a little summertime inspiration.

All prints are PDF printables that you purchase once and then download and print as many times as you want. Simple purchase, download, print, frame and enjoy. That’s it. Easy peasy ocean breezy. Click on each photo to take you to the shop.

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Beach Day

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A Summer Without the Sea

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Sunshine and Water

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MINTED DESIGN CHALLENGE: VOTE FOR ME!

Minted is at it again! Their latest design challenge was for artists to design products for their new brick and mortar shop in San Francisco, California, home of their headquarters. Designers were challenged to make “unique art and designs that bring a piece of California, and especially the San Francisco Bay area, to life.” I’ve never been to San Fran, but thanks to the internet, it didn’t take me long to discover what a cool and happenin’ city this is… and now I’m craving a trip to the west coast.

Here are my four submissions – voting starts today and ends Monday, July 18 at 1pm EST. Like what you see? Click on each photo to take you to the product page, and cast your vote!

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FEATURED IN STYLE ME PRETTY: SOUTHWEST-THEMED WEDDING PROGRAMS

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About a year ago, I was contacted through Etsy by a soon-to-be bride who commissioned me to design some custom wedding programs for her Arizona desert-chic wedding. These were so fun to create as I gathered southwest-themed and desert botanical inspiration and worked with her to create these programs that also served as fans for guests to keep cool with during the outdoor Fall ceremony. Her wedding, perfectly captured by photographer Paul Von Rieter, was so unique and beautiful, that it was recently featured on one of the most notable wedding blogs around, Style Me Pretty. I don’t always get to see my designs in action after releasing them to clients, so it was really exciting to not only see my programs photographed in context of the wedding day, but to also see them featured online on such a huge platform.

Click here to read the full post on Style Me Pretty.

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Photography: Paul Van Rieter
Ceremony Venue: Hoot and Holler
Reception: Scottsdale Botanical Garden
Floral Arrangements: Bethanne Outcalt
Signage and Favors: Revelry Social
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Hair:Marc And Company
Suits: Top Man

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TRYING NEW THINGS & A PATTERN CAMP REVIEW

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Last month, I completed Jessica Swift‘s Online Pattern Camp Class. I never thought I’d be interested in surface design or pattern-making, but the design firm I work at offered to pay for my enrollment in the class (sweet!), and I jumped at the opportunity.

Many of the first few lessons are basic introductory lessons like how to use Illustrator tools, scanning in sketches, etc. (things I already utilize daily), but it was still inspiring to see someone else’s process and gain a few new tips. Once we got into the pattern-making tutorials, I. WAS. HOOKED. Jessica does an excellent job at teaching several different ways to make patterns in Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as helping push your brain creatively to think outside of the box. I’ve only made just a few patterns so far and know I’ve only scratched the surface of this amazing world of pattern-making. I feel like I’ve been introduced to a whole new level of design possibilities and am excited to put these newfound skills to work and use them in my design offerings in days to come.

Has anyone else taken Jessica’s class? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it and how you’re using your patterns in your work and everyday life.

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IN THE SHOP: VALENTINE’S CARDS

Valentine’s Day. You either love it or hate it. Well, people, regardless of your feelings about the impending holiday, it’s a week away. And if you celebrate it at all, you will most likely need a gift, and if you buy a gift, you will need a card to pair with said gift. And you know how daunting those holiday card sections are. Do you really want to spend an hour of your precious Target-time reading through the endless options of overpriced sentiments when you could be using that time diligently perusing the One Spot?

Well, I hope to make the card-searching process a little less painful for you by offering you… the printable card, right from the comfort of your own home. You pay a small price, and you get a PDF that you can download and print wherever you want. I’ve whipped up a few fun hand-lettered designs that are a bit humorous and oh-so-romantic. Each card comes in three colorways and downloads instantly in your account. Maybe one of these speaks to you.

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Married folks, you know what I’m talking about…

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Here’s a throwback from last year, also available in the shop.

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ETSY SALE: NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31

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As I’ve entered a new season of life these last few months (moving from Texas to Alexandria VA, working a full time graphic design job, supporting my husband in his job transition, settling into a new church, making new friends, and adapting to a much faster pace of life than we’ve had the last 7 years, no big deal), blogging and designing for my Etsy shop have naturally taken a back seat for some time.

So, though I don’t know what the future holds for my online/social media “life”, I still want to communicate important and fun things that go on with Rebekah Disch Design, even though they may be few and far between for a while.

And what is more important and fun than a SALE? And when I say sale, I don’t mean like an Anthropologie “sale” where a $200 shirt is marked down to $180. I mean 50% off items that are originally 8 and 15 dollars. Hello.

NOW through OCTOBER 31, I am offering all of my art prints in my Etsy Shop at half price. Art prints are a great way to add some pizazz to your walls and also make great gifts. Just pair with a pretty frame (TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, or Ikea are great resources for stylish, inexpensive frames), and voila! Easy, instant art.

Need more direction on how to use some of these prints? Let me help you. Keep in mind, some come in multiple colors, so be sure to visit the “art prints” section to see all listings and colors. (Also, click on each photo to take you to the Etsy listing.)

How about one of these for a sweet hostess gift for your fall dinner parties or Thanksgiving get-togethers? (three different colors)

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This would be a great anniversary gift for the special lady or gent in your life. Extra points if they love Parks and Rec.

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I could totally see this one hung in a boy’s room or even a home office as a reminder to press on through adversity.

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This would be a great inspirational reminder for a home office, girl’s room, or in a living room gallery wall as a family manifesto of sorts. (three different colors)

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I love this western-themed print for a nursery or kid’s room. It would also make a great gift for the proud southerner in your life. We all know one of those, don’t we? (three different colors)

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THIS coffee print. Need I say more? Coffee addicts unite! (2 different colors)

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How about this snarky little guy for my teacher friends’ classrooms? Or hung in your home as a reminder to take a screen break and savor the moment?

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This one is special to me because my mom speaks this verse over her children. What a great gift for a mother or father raising their kids to love the Lord and walk in His Truth.

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And make sure to share your finds via Instagram or Facebook – I love to see my art on your walls! Just tag @rebekahdisch (Instagram) or @rebekahdischdesign (Facebook). Happy shopping!

MY NEPHEW’S NURSERY + AN ARABIC ALPHABET PRINT

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We finally have a baby in the family. No, I’m not pregnant, but my big sister, Jessica, will soon give birth to the first little munchkin among all of us siblings, and the anticipation of little Remy arriving has been the cause for celebration as of late. My sister Sarah, my mom, and I recently took a road trip to Houston to have an small, intimate baby shower for Jessica, and we had a blast helping finish up her nursery decor, showering her with gifts, and perusing the baby aisle together at Target.

Among all of her baby needs, Jessica had one special request for me: make her an Arabic alphabet print for her nursery. I LOVED the idea of designing a typographical poster using an alphabet in her husband’s native language, and I was up for the challenge. After working with my bro-in-law, Ala (who is Syrian, so his first language is Arabic), on making sure I was using the correct letters and in the right order, I was able to piece together the alphabet in a way that was orderly but still had a whimsical flow.

And I love that this print will be a keepsake for Remy as he grows up learning both English and Arabic and also appreciating and being proud of both his Syrian roots and his American culture.

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