Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Cards

Do you remember this art class technique? Take crayons and colour over a piece a paper. Then paint over the paper with black poster paint. Once it has dried completely, use a pointy object to scrape away parts of the painted area to reveal the crayon underneath. The paint-over-crayon creates a grainy effect.

That is what was used to create these Halloween cards which were delivered to clients last week. Happy Halloween!

[Photos taken by Take Root Creative]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Fun {From the Shops of Uxbridge}

With four more days until Halloween you still have lots of time to deck out your house in 'spooky' style, find a last minute costume or pick up some reading material to get into the spirit of things.

Here is all the information for the books (from Blue Heron Books) featured below.
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio & Scott Campbell - $14.99
How to Draw Chiller Monsters, Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies by J. David Spurlock - $22.99
Haunted Ontario by Terry Boyle - $22.95
Cottage Country Ghosts by Maria Da Silva & Andrew Hind - $14.95
Ghost Hunt by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson - $18.99
Jeepers Creepers by John Robert Colombo - $19.99

[Blue Heron Books, Presents, Presents, Presents, La Petite Fleur]

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{Client Appreciation Gifts} - Apple Baskets with custom stickers

In autumn there are so many fun ways to show your customers just how much they mean to you by using the season to your advantage. Here at Take Root Creative, we put together baskets of apples with custom fruit stickers featuring the TRC logo.

Looking to show a little love to your customers this season? We have lots of great ideas for autumn-themed packages. It's also not too early to start thinking about the winter holiday season!

[Three of the baskets lined up and ready to be delivered]

[A close-up of the custom fruit stickers]

[The basket and apples close up]

[The poem by Helen Moore used on the tag]

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{How to...} Create a contact form for your Facebook page

Today we are going to walk you through the steps of creating a custom contact form for your Facebook Page. We are using a service called Email Me Form which allows you to create up to five forms and receive up to 200 submissions monthly for free. Hopefully the steps are fairly clear, but if you have any questions, leave a message in the comments.

Step 1. Go to Email Me Form and create a free account

Step 2. Click 'Add Form' at the top right. (image below shows two forms already done)

Step 3. Create a form with the fields you want by double clicking the items on the left. They will then appear on the space to the right. If you want to delete an item you chose, roll over it until you see the box around it with the 'x' and click it to delete.

Step 4. Once you are finished, click 'Save Form' at the bottom. This box will appear. When a person fills out this form, it will get emailed to the address you created the account with, but if you want that to be different click on 'Modify email notifications for this form.' If not, then click on 'Take me back to the Form Manager.'

Step 5. Roll over your form in the list so you see the options pop up underneath it. Then click on 'Code.'

Step 6. Open another window or tab in your browser and go to Facebook and login. In the top searchbar of Facebook, search Static FBML and choose the first option that pops up. When it loads, click on 'Add to Page' (on the left side) under the question mark photo. If you have more than one page, a box will pop up prompting you to choose a page.

Step 7. After you have added it, click 'Close' and go to your business/organization page and click 'Edit Page' (at the top right).

Step 8. Click on 'Apps' on the left hand side.

Step 9. Within the list of apps, you'll see 'FBML 1' so underneath that, click where it says ' Go to app'

Step 10. Now go back to the tab/browser window that has your Email Me Form page open. Highlight all the code in the box and click 'copy' (either by right clicking or go to 'Edit' then 'Copy')

Step 11. Go back to you Facebook tab/browser window and click 'Paste' in the main large box. In the 'Box Title' space, type in 'Contact Us' or 'Contact Form' depending on what you want it to say. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Save Changes.' Then go back to your page.

Step 12. On the left side under your profile picture you will see 'Contact Us' (or whatever title you entered) as one of the options. If you click on that, it will take you away from the 'Wall' of your Facebook Page to the 'Contact Us' page. It take a couple seconds to load into the space so it might look blank for second (like it didn't work) but be patient and it will load. You are finished! When someone fills out that form, it will send you an email with all the information they filled out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

{New Work} - So Eventful Logo Design

Heather and Michelle came to Take Root Creative to design a logo for their new business - So Eventful. They wanted a brand that both speaks to their clients, who range from brides to corporate business executives, as well as represents their own personalities. We designed a customized font to create a strong logo-type that can be used on its own as well as with the 'celebration' marks and circle background. Thanks ladies for this amazing opportunity!

Friday, October 7, 2011

{Local Biz Feature} Village Cupcakery & Cafe

For those who follow Take Root Creative on Facebook, yesterday we posted a photo of a lovely pink parcel and left it up to you to think about what was inside. I say 'was' because all that is now left in that box are crumbs from what was a Pumpkin Spice Cupcake from Village Cupcakery & Cafe.

Located at 15 Main St. North in Uxbridge, this Parisian-style cafe features a carefully selected menu for enjoying a lovely lunch. If the name isn't enough to remind you to keep room for dessert, the glass display case will taunt you with a visual reminder of what lies ahead. 

Looking for a unique treat to take for a Thanksgiving dinner this weekend? Pick up a box of Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. With creamy icing on top and a pumpkin filling at the centre, they are both delicious and fun to eat! 

[All photos taken by Take Root Creative]