How Our February Prints Came to Life

In case you missed it (although we’re sure you didn’t), our February collection released earlier this month and has been a huge hit with Trunk Keepers and customers alike! Full of colorful patterns, playful designs and plenty of coordinating styles so your littles can match, there is so much to love this month. We caught up with Print Artist, Maggie Szott, to learn what inspired her this season and what it takes to create the perfect print!

MJC: In just a few words, tell us about the February collection!

MS: “It’s playful, bright, unexpected, fun and made with love!”

MJC: Describe your approach when working on a pattern for a new season.

MS: “Our patterns are always mindfully chosen to convey the theme for a new season. We start by gathering various inspiration elements and create pattern boards for each release. Next, we carefully put together the color palette and then I begin my pattern design.”

MJC: “Do you create patterns digitally or by hand?”

MS: “It all depends on the feeling I want the pattern to convey. Some patterns require pen and ink sketches with an overlay of color to show movement or texture (like the Easter bunnies pattern), while others can be done digitally. I love both methods!”

MJC: “What is your favorite pattern you worked on for February?”

MS: “Do I HAVE to choose one? I love them all! But, my favorite ones are usually the conversational patterns. They are always so much fun, unexpected and whimsical!”

MJC: “We know you worked on the cupcake print featured in the Let’s Talk Dress! How did you begin working on that one?”

MS: “The cupcake print was so much fun to do! I knew I wanted them all to look super yummy and be filled with sprinkles, hearts, stars, fruit, fun and joy!  There is a cute little donut shop near my home that always has these amazing donuts that look like cupcakes, which inspired this print for sure! In the beginning, I chose the colors and started with the fruit. Since I knew I wanted six different cupcakes to create a nice variety within the print, I began playing with different toppings and shapes. After each cupcake was complete, I arranged them into a pattern and recolored it in multiple colorways. It’s one of my favorites!”

MJC: “Wow! How long did it take for you to work on the cupcake pattern?”

MS: “Just a couple of hours. All of the elements are individually created before combining them to form the whole cupcake. Each one is unique and special in its own way!”

Do you have any questions for our designers? Comment below and we may answer it in an upcoming post!
     
Bridget - February 18, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Beautiful! What sort of things/places inspire your designs? I’ve really enjoyed the color palette this release!

Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Valentine’s Day has a way of sneaking up on us every year. It feels like we have all the time in the world between the start of the new year and February 14. But then, BOOM! Suddenly it’s less than two weeks away and you still need to make a Valentine’s Day boxes for the kiddos, find cute cards and figure out what treats to make for the class. Sound familiar? Well, we wanted to take at least one thing off your overflowing plate — Valentine’s Day cards. We designed four super cute cards that you can download and print off for your kiddo’s classmates!

 

 

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Now that you have the Valentine cards handled, it’s time to decide on treats. We have you covered there, too! Find a simple and delicious treat to make with these Valentine’s Day recipe ideas from Matilda Jane associates.
     
AffiliateLabz - February 15, 2020 - 11:08 pm

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

Trisha - February 5, 2020 - 10:24 am

Perfection 💜

Lisa Smith - February 5, 2020 - 9:38 am

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How to Brighten Up a Bedroom in the New Year

No matter if you make resolutions or just go with the flow, the New Year always seems to bring a sense of renewal and refresh. One area we always love to give a little update to each year is our home. Once your holiday decorations are packed away for the year, sometimes your space feels particularly bare. We all know that January isn’t the most colorful month of the year with the lack of flora and sunshine, but you can compensate by bringing some color into your space.

 

One of the easiest spaces to update is a bedroom. A few small tweaks, like switching out the comforter, can make a big impact! Get started adding splashes of color to your little gal’s room with the help of these simple tips (and our new home items).

 

#1 Pick a Pretty Comforter

 

Make a statement in a big way with a brand new comforter! Beds take up the most space in a bedroom, so it’s important that you choose a style and pattern that really stands out. Our new Time for Bed in a Bag Set has the prettiest mix of patterns featuring florals, stripes, dots, and gingham. Plus, pillow shams and a matching throw pillow are included!

 

#2 Organize (with Style)

 

Between all of the toys and stuffed animals, it’s easy for a kiddo’s room to look like a tornado whipped through. Get a jump start on your spring cleaning with a little organization. The beginning of the year is a great time to sort through your belongings and determine which items to keep and which items to donate. Once you’ve pared down, place her remaining toys in a large bin like our So Much in Storage Bucket. This large bucket can fit several blankets and plenty of toys — not to mention, it coordinates perfectly with the comforter!

 

#3 Add personality

 

Nothing adds personality to a room quicker than a few wall hangings. Choose a few pictures from the past year to hang up in pop color frames. Then, add some playful pieces like our Believe Pennants. This pack of three has fun, positive sayings that will keep her motivated year round.

 

How do you add some personality and color to your space? Share below in the comments!
     
SEO Affiliate - January 28, 2020 - 10:19 am

Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂