Charity Bake Sale: Cupcakes Against Breast Cancer

Last week Studio Bionic participated in NCCER’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity bake sale. We baked, designed, and packaged, two dozen gluten-free Pink Velvet and Creamsicle cupcakes.

The following is a tale of what happens when designers love to bake…

Pink Velvet gluten free cupcakes for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity bake sale

Thanks to ClearBags’ extra tall, super clear cupcake bags (with plenty of frosting clearance!) and Sweets & Treats colorful, no-fade cupcake liners, our gluten free cupcakes looked amazing!

We used printable round kraft labels to close up the bags and give the presentation a “Rustic Modern” look. At least I call it Rustic Modern… regardless of terminology, it’s the inspiration behind Studio Bionic’s branding identity.

Creamsicle gluten free cupcakes for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity bake sale

The hot pink and white cupcake liners were absolutely gorgeous on their own. We set it up so each flavor had a unique liner design – the Creamsicles got baked in quatrefoil liners and the Pink Velvets wore a damask print. If you’ve ever baked cupcakes, you’re aware how much colored liners fade after baking.
They turn transparent.
Grr.
Well… the frustration is over!
Sweets & Treats cupcake liners keep their color. Even the white stays WHITE! Yeehaw!

Pink Velvet gluten free cupcakes for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity bake sale

We wanted the two dozen to have a cohesive look even though they had different flavors, colors, and frostings. So I made little sprinkles shaped like the “Breast Cancer Awareness” ribbon. Then we took paper doilies: cut them up & glued them into wrappers; then slipped one over each cupcake’s liner. I really loved the end result of the wrappers since they let the liner underneath peek through.

Make your own lace cupcake wrappers using paper doilies!

The best part of the whole shindig was NCCER raised over $500 for their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team!

Stay delicious y’all,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Avengers Wallpapers Series: Simple, Minimal, HD

This collection of wallpapers is inspired by that itty-bitty summer movie that no one’s heard of – Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’m sure you haven’t seen it yet, right?
Minimalistic Avengers HD Wallpapers for desktop and mobile devices

// 5 Color Choices
To keep the focus on bold, branded imagery, the design scheme of my Avengers Wallpaper Series is minimalistic and flat (flat: as in no gradients, no drop shadows, no crappy nonsense).

Your color choices include black with white logo, white with black logo, black with red logo (inspired by Iron Man & Thor), black with green logo (inspired by the Hulk… duh), and black with purple logo (inspired by Hawkeye). If you’d like a custom color, please post a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.

// Dimension & Definition
Each wallpaper is sized at 1920×1200 pixels which scales to fit most laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. For devices of different dimensions, such as the iPhone, your device will auto-crop or fit the wallpaper to your screen.  Every wallpaper is pixel perfect, high-resolution (HD), xxxhdpi and retina ready ~ they’ll look stunning on your Mac OSX, Windows, ChromeOS, Android, Speak & Spell, iOS, or Linux screens!

// To Download
Simply click on the wallpaper color that you like.  Then right click, and choose “Save As”, then save the .png image to your computer.  Download as many as you’d like.  Easy as pecan pie!

Want more awesomeness for your screen? Be sure to check out my other free wallpapers!

Stay vigilant & watch out for Thanos…
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Legalese: The Avengers logo is the sole copyright of Marvel. I don’t own it (sure would be nice if I did. Ha!). I just wanted to create a few pieces to support one of my favorite movie series of all time. Oh and I adore Iron Man (He’s a snarky uber-geek! What’s not to love?!?). These wallpapers are for personal use only!

Photo Story: Florida Spring Sky

There are a few perks to living in Florida. Not many; but there’s a few.

As many of you know, catching the extreme “blueness” of a sky can be difficult. Today, however, luck was on my side. The sky was simply gorgeous and my camera managed to captured it!

Fair warning… do NOT expect a stream of endless blue skies ahead. I created a set of six over-the-top, loaded-with-color presets for Adobe Lightroom. I may never use these Presets again, but they were definitely a blast to create. And… I love the results!

More Than Blue Skies Ahead - Colorful gradient photo presets for Adobe Lightroom

There’s been some interest in these presets (thanks y’all!) so, if you’d like your very own free copy of these horrendously bland Lightroom Presets, simply leave me a comment below, shoot me an email, or send a tweet to @BionicBeauty. The package contains six presets which are optimized to be used alongside/layered with other presets. Yep, you can use more than one LR Preset on a photo if they are set up correctly!

Wishing you skies of blue (& various other colors),
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

2015 #AprilFoolsDay – Best of the Web

Did you know???

  • The earliest recorded mention of April Fools’ Day, way back in 1392, is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
  • In 1957, the BBC aired a television show about farmers harvesting freshly grown spaghetti. The network was then bombarded with letters from viewers asking how they could purchase their very own spaghetti plant!
  • BBC struck again in 2008 when they aired an elaborate video documenting the discovery of flying penguins.

These days April Fools pranks are even more elaborate and widespread thanks to our BFF – The Internet. Over the past decade, Google has continued to raise the bar on jokes & pranks (some of their “pranks” have become actual products – ah hem, Gmail’s 1GB+ of storage space!). Each year more companies, such as ThinkGeek, Virgin America, and Netflix, join the fun.

So let’s nix the dilly-dallying, tip over this barrel of monkeys, and see what’s funny enough to send snizzlebiscuits & sweet tea flying out your nose…

Pac Man Fever

Fire up Google Maps either in your browser or Android or iOS and search for Arc de Triomphe… Zoom in a bit. Tap the Pac Man button. Run from Ghosts. Rinse and repeat.  Check out Google’s hints for more locales to munch ghosts, strawberries, and ubiquitous dots.

Play PacMan in Google Maps - April Fools Day 2015

Best. Phone. Ever.

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge!
It’ll slice. It’ll dice. And it’ll come in super handy in a Zombie Apocalypse!
New Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge mobile phone

Smartbox by Gmail’s Inbox

All the portability and anti-spam benefits of email with the tactile feedback of paper mail. This will finally put the USPS out of business! A gal can dream, right?

#ChromeSelfie

Reaction videos are SO frakking yesterday. Today, if you’re one of the super-cool, uniquely trending individual snowflakes out there, you’ll jump on board the Chrome Selfie bandwagon. Just visit a website via Chrome on your mobile, touch menu, then Share A Reaction. Smile real purdy like and show off that hipster hair!

Take a #ChromeSelfie for April Fools Day 2015

Google Panda

Search becomes CUTE, round, fuzzy, and minimalistic black & white. Gotta give a virtual fist bump to Mr. Ozan Mindek – he’s got incredible language skills!

rorriM, rorriM

Go forth and click https://com.google.
I’ll wait.
Might as well tell it to do a Barrel Roll while you’re over there.

Google Fiber Dialup

Bee-naw. Bee-naww. Bee-nawwwww. (That’s my impression of the old n’ lovely dialup modem sounds. Sheesh. You try spelling it.)
Google Fiber is swell and speedy. But take a minute to slow down, dial up, and get your hugs on.

A Selfie Is Only Good As Its Stick…

Handcrafted in real wood by the artisan craftsmen at Motorola.

Reddit Wife Swap

The Android subreddit looks like Apple; and the Apple subreddit looks like Android.
Fangirls/fanboys across the universe have vapor locked.

Apple's subreddit goes Android for April Fools 2015 Android's subreddit goes Apple for April Fools 2015

The Keyless Keyboard

Bonus points since this gadget runs on tree-hugger-approved wind energy!

Spider Squisher Pro Extreme!!!

The new must have Android app. Check out XDA Developers video review:

My high score is 447. I challenge every single person out there to beat THAT. Booyah!

Wishing you many loud laughs, righteous snorts, and goofy giggles,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. Jump in your Delorean and check out the best April Fool’s Day pranks of 2013 and 2014!

Creating Lightroom Presets That Layer + Bonus Prep Checklist

Create Lightroom presets than can be layered with other presets
I enjoy creating Adobe Lightroom presets and I love editing my photos in Lightroom. I probably get more of a kick outta it than I should; but hey, it makes me happy. What I don’t enjoy is making a list of all the Settings I want to include in my preset. And I don’t ever do the Check All unless I really have made an adjustment in every single setting.

So to prep for making a preset, I go through my photo in Lightroom and make a note of each setting I want to include in the new preset. Why? Because selecting only what you need creates a preset that’s lighter weight but, and this is the kicker, it also allows you to use more than one preset on a photo! More specifically, it allows you to layer two (or more) presets as long as they don’t change the same settings. Example: One preset adds some Graduated Filters, vignetting, and clarity; while the second preset alters saturation, vibrance, graduated filters, and exposure. As long as the person creating the presets checked only what they needed to, you’d get the benefit of both presets – except the graduated filters! (You’d only get the graduated filters setting of the second/last applied preset since it overwrites the first presets graduated filters. Get it? Got it? Good.)

Now that we’re on the same page on how I prep to create a Lightroom preset, you can see that making that note each time can be a pain. I’m either alt-tabbing back & forth between Lr and TextEdit or I’m jotting it down on scrap paper. Each method gets the job done. But it’s a pain. And I always forget to make my list before I get to the “make a new develop preset” screen. Oy. Cancel. Make list.

Over the weekend, I finally solved my little OCD issue. Here’s a handy-dandy image of the “New Develop Preset” screen. Open it with Skitch (or your fave quickie photo manipulation tool) and put a dot/X/unicorn over each setting as you change them in your photo. When you create the preset, simply check off all those that you marked, and no others.

Your fellow Lightroom groupies will thank you for presets that can be used with other presets!
Checklist to help create presets for Adobe Lightroom

// To Download the Lightroom Preset Checklist
Click the image to open it full-size; then right click and choose Save As to download it to your machine.

Questions? Suggestions? Want to chat? Please leave me a comment below. I love comments almost as much as I love creating presets!

May your days always be filled with proper presets,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

// Licensing
Creative Commons License
“Checklist for Creating Lightroom Presets” by Studio Bionic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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