I think many of us are easily transported by the plethora of materials that we can use to create our projects. Sometimes I let myself sink in the luxury of all that my craft box holds – stamps, glitter, fancy papers… Other times my mind goes in other directions – I get excited by the design possibilities that software open up for me, and the fact that the Maxx can handle it. Do you spend more time on designing the project? I sure did on this one. This project was simple to make, but it took a lot of time to design. For me, figuring it all out was the fun of it.
It all starts with a story (of course). I wanted to make something special and unique for my nephew. My young nephew is an amazing example of how the human brain is a sponge. Almost four, he speaks 4-5 languages. This is thanks to his parents and his environment. He has an American father, a Japanese mother, and he lives in Switzerland. So English, Japanese, German (high and low), Swiss-German and some Italian are all part of his daily auditory fare. I decided to make him his own logo that was uniquely him, one that I could return to again and again as the years progress.
His mother sent me his name in an email in Kanji, his father sent me a translation of the German and I supplied the English. I modified a web graphic image for the center. Since the Kanji in the email was not a font, I had to turn it into a PDF. I then imported it and the image which had been a raster graphic that was converted into a vector image in Adobe Illustrator , to MTC. From there I broke the verbiage into top and bottom, and wrapped it around a circle and did some tweeking to produce this logo, which reads, English translation: Harada and Friends…Builders of the Future.
Although this boils down to a very simple graphic design, the fact that the software let me create something this unique for him is what blows me away. I sure could not do this with any other canned image cutter package out there. To me, being able to do this is the entire reason that I got the Maxx. Flexibility of design. If I imagine it, I can design it.
I’ve used this logo cut out of iron-on vinyl (mirror image the logo and cut) and made shirts for him. Made a poster for him. And just the other day I found out that he’s going to be a big brother. So I sized the logo down, and cut one to fit a onesie. Thanks to the flexibility of the software that Maxx can use, it lets me build for today, and for the future. So when he and his brother are older, I can size that logo up, and make those shirts in XL!