BILLI HUGHES PORTFOLIO

LOGOS

A Sample of logos from various companies and events.

CARDS

Christmas Cards, Postcards, Business Cards, Birth Announcements

CLIENTS

Just to name a few . . .

HELLO, I AM BILLI HUGHES


I AM A GRAPHIC, WEB & PHOTO DESIGNER

Billi Hughes is a talented graphic artist and technology wizard with over 10 years experience designing and developing creative marketing that utilizes the right mix of technology and design to engage the audience. Billi successfully translates the client’s vision and goals into a clear and effective layout and design. Billi is skilled at designing and developing creative and integrated campaigns for direct mail, webinars, tradeshows, social media, websites, SEO, and new product releases that meet the company’s goals and requirements. Billi believes in the power of great design and appropriate technology to help organizations gain market share and presence, generate leads, and engage customers and prospects.

  • MOVE

    RUN MOM RUN

    As a work from home mother of two I can get a little stressed. I have gained a passion for running to calm me. Here is my running blog.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    WHAT OTHERS SAY

    The highest compliment I can be paid is the trust you exhibit when providing me referrals of family and friends. See what others have said by clicking the image below.

  • PHOTO

    WHAT I SHOOT

    I enjoy taking pictures of my little ones, my dog, and life.
    Click the roll of film to “develop” my photos.

    Photography

About this Blog // Photography was my first love. I love taking pictures, mostly of my girls. Then I discovered Graphic Design. This blog has a little of this and a little of that.

  • ELSA DRESS

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    Hayden received a birthday invitation in the mail earlier this month. Her friend Ruby was having a princess birthday party and the kids were instructed to wear their favorite princess outfit. We currently have Sofia, Snow White & Belle, but as I was told, “Mom, it says your favorite. Elsa is my favorite.”

    I could have just told her to wear one that we had, I mean, there was no dress out there unless I wanted to pay an arm and a leg for one. However, Elsa herself was going to be at this party, and I know Hayden really loves Elsa. So I began my research.

    I looked all over the internet to find a pattern. There had to be one, right? Nope. However a lot of moms were in my same boat and made their own with instructions on what they did. So, in return, here is my tutorial. And I say tutorial lightly. I didn’t take step by step notes, or pictures. I just kinda winged it.

    *Note: I am not a seamstress. This dress may fall apart if it gets worn too much.

    The Dress

    With no pattern, this is what I did. I took one of Hayden’s dresses and traced the skirt portion of it on the fabric. Cut out the two pieces & sewed it together. It did come out a little too “Poofy” for Elsa, so I trimmed off some of the sides to make the angle more gradual. After I did that I realized, dur, it needs a liner, so I had to back in and add that. (Like I mentioned above, I am not a seamstress). I didn’t want to mess with a zipper or button (I haven’t ever put one in) so I used ribbon to tie it together around her waist.

    For the top, I stopped at a second hand store and found a white tank top and then sewed the sequin material to it. It was a little scratchy for Hayden so she put a shirt on underneath it. That worked out well as we had one that was the same color. I just sewed the top and the back where the material meets. I wanted it to be loose & flow on her.

    DIY Elsa Dress

    The Cape

    I think this is the most important part of the dress, which is why I spent the most time on it. And quite possibly went overboard. I purchased organza material (per another DIY post) and cut it to 48 x 56. Yes, this is big for a 5 year old, but again, the cape is so important.

    I found pictures of the cape online and made my own version in Illustrator. I added guides for 12×12 squares, created slices of each square, then saved each square as a JPG. This basically created a puzzle to put back together.

    elsa cape in illustrator

    I then opened each JPG in Silhouette and created a cut file and cut out each square. I then put the “puzzle” back together on the kitchen counter. This was extremely tricky. I need the outside pieces so the actual design was “cut out”. I then took re-positional spray adhesive and placed my stencil onto the cut organza.

    * I used a standard card table. Ideally a bigger table would have been better, and I would have stretched out the organza and taped it down to keep it smooth before i added the stencil.

    Elsa Cape Stencil

    Next I took a paintbrush and fabric Mod Podge and “colored” in the stencil. I did this is sections ad the Mod Podge can dry quickly. After the glue was down I sprinkled on ultra fine glitter.

    Elsa Stencil Glitter

    I pulled off the stencil while it was sill wet to avoid any stickiness after it dried. No idea if it mattered. Once it was complete, I hung it in the bathroom to dry.

    Elsa Cape Drying

    The next day I used my Silhouette again and cut out snowflakes and repeated the same steps with the glue & the glitter. I could have done different sizes but at this point I was cutting it close to the party.

    Elsa Cape with Snowflakes

    The cape was still a square at this point so I had to round it off. After I cut it I noticed my cut lines were not straight (Not a seamstress) and it felt unfinished. At this point I sewed 1.5inch silver ribbon all around the cape.

    I thought about just sewing the cape to the back of the shirt, but thought it might get annoying for her so I used my Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers and added 3 snaps in the middle of the cape. Super easy to remove, which is great when we get into the car.

    TaDa!

    Hayden was a little upset that she didn’t have the gloves that Elsa does. Yes, those are cool too, but I was running out of time & not really sure how to do those. To make up for it, I did add a small loop on each side of the cape so she could loop the cape around her middle finger & spread it out. This made up for it. Once she realized the wind would blow it, she felt so cool. Her smile made it totally worth it.

    Final Dress Pictures

    There you have it. That is our version of the Elsa Dress. There may be easier ways to put this together or something smarter. I am just putting this out there to help the next mom who is looking for ideas on how to create her own dress. I hope this helps!

    P.S. yes, we are also missing Elsa shoes. The green doesn’t quite go with the outfit, but they are her “tap shoes” (shoes with a little bit of heal so they make noise) and she didn’t complain.

    P.P.S. She just woke up and came out of her room with the skirt on, “Mom, can you tie this?” I think she likes it. Nice work mom.

  • FROZEN INVITAIONS

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    Even though I tired to talk Penny into a Doc McStuffins party, I was a little glad that she choose Frozen. However, not so glad that I am late to the game and can’t find anything Frozen. Which means, I get to make as much as I can. Not complaining, once again. :-) Below is just a part of the invitation. This will be the inside of the card, which will be made with the Silhouette Machine tomorrow. More to come, I just couldn’t wait to share.

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  • WHAT IS RELAY FOR LIFE?

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    As a new volunteer I thought I would post this information about Relay for Life. Why? Well, because I am new to it as well and I have no idea what to expect. So here is what they gave me.

    What is Relay For Life?    

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

    At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in over 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, we are creating a world with more birthdays – a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life.

    Celebrating Survivors

    The American Cancer Society defines a survivor as anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer.” We invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay For Life because they are the reason we Relay. Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer – so they can celebrate another birthday. This year, more than 11 million people will be able to do that thanks to the support of millions of dedicated Relay participants.

    Survivors are the guests of honor at Relay and each event opens with the Survivors Lap, where survivors lead the way around the track while participants honor and applaud them.  Caregivers then join in with the survivors for the second lap as the people who have walked most closely through the cancer journey with survivors.  Being a part of the Survivors Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they’ve overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated.

    A Chance to Remember

    One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony. As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria; each bearing the name of someone who has been touched by cancer, many are adorned with pictures and personal messages of inspiration and love. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

    Why Relay?

    Everyone’s reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You also have the opportunity to gather together with family, friends, co-workers and others to create lasting memories, from entertainment, food and games, touching ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay For Life.

    No matter why you take part in Relay, however, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you help the American Cancer Society save lives!

     

  • HELLO KITTY PARTY CUTOUT

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    I am a Pinterest fanatic. While looking for ideas for the birthday party I combined a  couple ideas that I pinned. I took this pin and this pin and combined them into the awesome party prop below.

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    It as amazingly simple to do. I found a Hello Kitty coloring page, turned it into vector, resized it to fit on 36×48 page, and sent it online over to Staples to print as an Engineering Print. $7.29 later they emailed me that my print was ready. I picked it up and it was a giant coloring page. My next question was do i leave it black/white or color it in? Answer? Let the birthday girl color it in herself!

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    She loved it and it was less work for me.

    I stopped at the dollar store for the paper goods (plates, napkins, silverware, cups) and found in the school section, the display art boards. PERFECT! Then when I had my Silhouette Cameo out making decorations I cut an oval out to test the size of my daughters head.

    So after it was colored I cut it out (but could have kept it white as the cardboard was white – but the whiskers were cute sticking off the page), glued it on the board, drew around the hole & used an exacto knife to cut it out. Done for less than ten dollars!

    As you can see below, it was such a hit that everyone had to try it out!

    kitty-cutout

     

  • DAY 9

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    Day 9: I am grateful that I hold the ultimate title: MOM. #365gratitude #cy365

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  • DAY 8

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    Day 8: today I am grateful for the words “snuggle with me momma”.

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  • DAY 7

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    Day 7: today I am grateful for afternoon airplane rides. #365gratitude #cy365

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  • DAY 6

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    Day 6: I am grateful that I can still push myself. #365gratitude

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  • DAY 5

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    Day 5: I am grateful for morning sleeping buddies. #365gratitude #cy365

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  • DAY 3

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    Day 3: I am grateful for tequila. #365gratitude #cy365

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