I am super excited to share this collection with you – I had so much fun designing this collection that it definitely felt more like play than work. Outfitters was created for all of you cliff diving, star sleeping, row boating, forest dwelling adventurers. Inspired by autumn fashion, the pacific northwest, and gritty wood printed textures.
Truth be told, I didn’t like camping much at all until after I had reached adulthood. I took a trip with my in-laws to the grand canyon. That is where I found a love for camping – and I’m sure glad I did.
I’ll begin with the cut-apart-paper: they generally come first because they give a good overview of the whole collection. For this cut apart we pulled in a lot of map and icon elements which we used throughout the entire collection, along with gritty textures and textile inspired patterns.
The plaid on the backside is the first thing I designed for this collection. In the fall of every year I suddenly feel the urge to wrap myself, all my possessions, and my entire family in bold, dark plaid. Luckily my obsession worked in my favor while designing this collection. Also, did you guys notice how last fall literally everything in Target was plaid – or had plaid packaging? I was in heaven.
To create the stamp-like texture on this mountain print we used Kyle Websters Nupastel brush in photoshop. I cannot rave about his brushes enough. I used to be in a constant state of searching for affordable textures to use in my designs and now I just make them all myself. If you use a tablet with your computer or are into digital illustration or painting you should really look into getting these. They work best with a pressure sensitive tablet. End rant.
Vanessa designed this adorable thermos paper, and the plaid on the back is another Cassi contribution. As well as being obsessive over plaid, I am also very possessive of it as well. I didn’t let Shalece or Vanessa design any plaids for this collection. #sorrynotsorry
Okay. Speaking of thermos’s – STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND WATCH THIS. Yes, that is Steve Martin. Yes, he is singing a song about a thermos. Yes, I sang this song every time I saw this paper for months on end. Yes, by the end everyone in my office had it memorized. You’re welcome. Now finish reading this post and then go watch The Jerk, because it is the best movie in the world.
More papers designed with the beautiful Nupastel brush.
Vanessa was the Icon Queen of this collection. She drew every single camping icon you see – in the entire collection.
A smaller and redder version of the first plaid, with these adorable trailers that Vanessa drew on the back.
I don’t know if I should call this green pattern a plaid or weave – it must be some crazy hybrid. We really strived to use textile inspired patterns for this line and I’m really proud of the paper. It was so fun to create – just kidding, it sucked, because… math.
Just a couple of trapezoids and triangles, hanging out together, being friends.
Houndstooth is just plaid’s adorable, cute little brother so he belongs in this collection too. In ombre. Orange ombre. Ombre plaid houndstooth forever and ever amen.
The color blocked stripes on the back are great too – they can be cut out and used in lot of projects.
Did you know that you can fit all the letters and numbers in a neatly stacked 6 x 6 grid? NOW YOU DO. You’re welcome.
If you remember in my last collection I talked about the challenge of innovating stripes, dots, and chevron patterns. This is my take on a more interesting chevron for this collection. I arranged all of the oars into a chevron like pattern. Done. Using icons in place of flat color cheveron really added to the interest on this paper.
Vanessa came up with this mountain paper in the last minute to replace a paper that wasn’t working as well as we hoped. It turned out to be one of my favorite papers of the whole collection! Thats what I like best about working on a team so many more ideas and people to work with!
Because this was a mini collection I’m going to show you all the products we designed for this collection as well.
Lets start off with these Thickers. They’re made of white chipboard with a copper foil finish. Copper foil was the perfect finishing touch for this collection, it really helped to increase the camping vibe and also to class it up a bit. I also doesn’t hurt that copper and brass are trending right now. I loved this project that Raquel Bowerman created with these Thickers for the pink paislee blog.
Next up we have a set of puffy stickers. These puffy stickers have a matte finish (usually they’re glossy) and work so well with this collection. They’re the perfect sticker to add dimension to projects.
These copper stickers were printed on clear acetate, so there is no pesky white border around them. I used up all my camping phrase brainstorming skills on this sticker sheet so don’t call me up asking for any – I don’t have anymore!!!!
We kept referring to these as hipster banners around the office. They’re so cute and little – they’re the perfect size for a scrapbooking page. Although, I might try to tape them onto my tent the next time I go camping, bring a little home decor into our tent. 😉
The most unique product we designed for this collection was this set of debossed leather badges. We weren’t sure how they would turn out when we sent the artwork to the factory but they’re amazing. They got all of the finest details and really made an outstanding product.
Last but not least, the ephemera pieces. These come with 50 diecut cardstock shapes, 10 of them with the copper foil. We included a lot of frames and tags in this set to compliment all of your awesome adventure photos!
So far my favorite project created with Outfitters has got to be this Field Notes Journal that Tessa Buys created for her son – SOOOO CUTE.