Sydney Newsom

Sydney Newsom. Based in Birmingham, AL, US.

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About Sydney Newsom

Simply Put: I Love Creating. While I find satisfaction and peace in the practice of tried-and-true design methods, the ability to “push the envelope” on a regular basis is what keeps me up at night and wakes me up in the morning. I live in "The Magic City" of Birmingham, Alabama amongst an ever-growing creative community that is passionate, vibrant and always giving.

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Kampai Designs on Jan 17 2017
Kampai Designs
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Hi Sydney, you were on my list for the Minted holiday card exchange but for some reason your card came back marked "UTF". I checked the address and it seemed to be right. So sorry it did not make it to you :(

Jana Volfova on Jun 04 2015
Jana Volfova
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You just made my day Sydney. Thank you for your note on my design. I was debating last night if I should even post it. (It's a bit out of my comfort zone). It's great to see your designs. They stand out in this challenge. Best of luck. :)

Debb W on May 29 2015
Debb W
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Hi Sydney! I was just asking about you! So glad to see new work from you!

Laura Hankins on May 12 2014
Laura Hankins
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Sydney! Enough with all that prettiness, save some holiday picks for the rest of us ;) But seriously…crazy lovely entries!!

Susie Allen on Dec 18 2013
Susie Allen
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Hi, Sydney. I love your work! I just posted a question on the forum that I thought you might have some helpful insight on. If you have time to interrupt your holiday cheer and give it a look, please weigh in: http://www.minted.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=296&page=1#Comment_14611 Thanks a million!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Dec 09 2012
Kim Dietrich Elam
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You're welcome! Maybe there's there's still hope? I'll keep my fingers crossed for that one!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Nov 23 2012
Kim Dietrich Elam
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Hi, Sydney! I really hope your For Jane is still in the running - it was one of my favorites! The name cinches it for me. Good luck!

Olivia Raufman on Sep 20 2012
Olivia Raufman
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Sydney, your new profiel pic is GORGEOUS!

Monica Schafer on Sep 19 2012
Monica Schafer
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Beautiful new pic!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Sep 15 2012
Kim Dietrich Elam
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I hear ya - someday, I hope to have a photo I like well enough to replace 5-year old me! ;)

Kim Dietrich Elam on Sep 14 2012
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Great new profile pic, Sydney!

Marabou Design on Sep 14 2012
Marabou Design
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Loving the new profile pic! x

ERAY on Feb 14 2012
ERAY
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Hi Sydney. I wasn’t sure if you were aware but your website seems to be down.

Ana Gonzalez on Dec 21 2011
Ana Gonzalez
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Congrats on your win! I loved that card since the beginning, sweet! Happy Holidays!

ERAY on Dec 19 2011
ERAY
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Hi Sydney. My email is eric@thecomstocks.us

ERAY on Dec 19 2011
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Hi Sydney. Thank you for your kind words. In 1996 I worked at an advertising agency in Salt Lake City and was in a cubicle next to Nate Williams cubicle. He had these huge paintings on the wall. His style was a bit different than from the work he is currently creating but I remember thinking, wow this art is so awesome. Anyway I reached out to him about a year ago and showed him some of the work I had been working on. By the way some of that artwork is work that I have entered into this latest art submission. His feedback was very helpful. Needless to say I am trying very hard (maybe to hard) to create my own illustration style. And the more that I create the stronger I feel in my style that is just beginning to show through.

Sandy Pons on Dec 13 2011
Sandy Pons
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Hi Sydney-Glad you like my card! I used a white gel pen called Gelly Roll Medium that I got from Jerry's Artarama.

Kim Dietrich Elam on Nov 13 2011
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Sydney - I think you should submit a 30x30 artwork of your "Blushing" monogram...love that monogram!

Debb W on Oct 30 2011
Debb W
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Hi Sydney, if you have a moment I could use your expertise on a design, woodcut love. I'm new to stationery design so I admire and deeply appreciate your self-taught ability! Wow!

Debb W on Oct 23 2011
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Love your positive influence!

Susan Asbill on Oct 17 2011
Susan Asbill
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Hi Sydney! I just wanted to thank you for your help on my 'Lucky in Love' design. I tried out a brush script and it definitely felt more classic Vegas... but I still had a soft spot for the Wendy. Anyway, I didn't want you to think I ignored your critique. I appreciate you taking the time to give feedback. :)

Snow and Ivy on Oct 13 2011
Snow and Ivy
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Hey Sydney!! Thanks so much for your help on my 'Wright' design - it was really helpful. I feel a lot better about the direction it's going in. You give great critiques!!

Carrie ONeal on Oct 13 2011
Carrie ONeal
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Hey Sydney! You made me smile. Thank you so much for missing me. I miss you guys too. My work schedule has been overwhelming lately and I haven't had much time to work on any concepts. I have a few in my head and am hoping to find some time this weekend before the challenge is over. Whenever I do get a chance to see what ya'll are doing...it's a little intimidating. The designs are so, so beautiful. But I still appreciate being missed! Hugs!

Susan Brown on Oct 09 2011
Susan Brown
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HI Sydney, Thanks for the encouragement on my design. I added both their first name initials and wonder if it should just be "S" or whatever for his last name per your suggestion? The proportion seemed off w/just one initial but happy to edit. If you have time I'd appreciate more feedback. Thanks. http://www.minted.com/design-rating/38860

Smeeta Sharma on Oct 06 2011
Smeeta Sharma
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Sydney I love your work! How do you find such balance in your "chaotic" (I mean that in a good way) type work? My work is so structured and when I try to do something with so much detail it just looks like a mess. Love reading your forums posts too. Keeps me entertained.

Katharine Watson on Oct 06 2011
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Sydney, Thanks so much for your sweet comment, I really appreciate it! Katharine

Snow and Ivy on Oct 05 2011
Snow and Ivy
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Hi Sydney! Thanks so much for your help on my frame concept - it was exactly what I needed; I was feeling kind of stumped on what to do with it. I'd love to hear what you think of the revisions... still questioning colors. Thank you!! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/38516

Rouge Bicyclette on Oct 04 2011
Rouge Bicyclette
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Hi Sydney! Thanks for all your comments, they were really helpful. If you have photos that are older than around March this year, I'd be interested in getting them from you, yeah.

Susan Asbill on Sep 28 2011
Susan Asbill
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Thanks so much for your feedback on my design 'dearest'... it means a lot to me! I uploaded a new version. If you get a chance – can you let me know what you think? :) http://www.minted.com/design-rating/37902

Melanie Severin on Sep 24 2011
Melanie Severin
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Congrats on your award for Best Type-Driven Design, Sydney!! :)

Susan Asbill on Sep 19 2011
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Thanks so much for the font information Sydney! :)

nocciola design on Sep 13 2011
nocciola design
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Hi Sydney, just wanted to thank you for the mentor pick for the birth announcement challenge :) Can't wait to see what you come up with for the wedding challenge!

Carrie ONeal on Sep 06 2011
Carrie ONeal
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You're scaring me...I think you're insanely talented even when you're not "saving up". I can't wait to see what you've got in store!!

Courtnie Johnson on Aug 18 2011
Courtnie Johnson
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Sydney, I've been seeing you all over the place. Congrats on all of your wins. It's so cool to see someone I know all over the web! Hope your at-home business is going well!

Guess What Design Studio on Jul 15 2011
Guess What Design Studio
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Hey Sydney! Nice to "meet" you! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my "have a blast" design - I really appreciate it! I love your work and your fun, creative energy! You're super talented! Thanks again! :)

Melanie Severin on Jul 10 2011
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Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Sydney! :)

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jun 18 2011
Kim Dietrich Elam
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Sydney - thank you so much for your supportive and constructive feedback on my "into our hearts" design...I've made lots of changes. If you have a minute, please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks!

campbell and co. on Jun 01 2011
campbell and co.
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hi sydney! thx SO much for your sweet comment on seasonal scallop, we really appreciate it!

cambria on Jun 01 2011
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Thanks for all of your lovely comments!

Jennifer Wick on Jun 01 2011
Jennifer Wick
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Sydney, your heartfelt comment made my week!! Especially because I have adored your fabulous style since I first saw Love and peace eternal : ) I was having a serious case of the envies after seeing these amazingly understated designs and wondering if mine would be better on School House Rock! So thanks for the awesome encouragement. I can't wait to meet you one day at a Mintie Meet up!

Emily Ranneby on Jun 01 2011
Emily Ranneby
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ah, thanks for the comment on my artic polar bear design sydney. you are such a sweetheart. and a fabulous designer yourself ;)

Dozi on May 31 2011
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thank you so much for your comment! your designs are beautiful!

chocomocacino on May 31 2011
chocomocacino
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Hi sydney, thanks for your feedback on my 'nostalgich' NOEL.. I know I've been playing around with the 'L" until the last drop of my 'sleepy eyes' LOL.. still can't figure it out the right treatment yet... But now, I hope that after submission closed, I still have chance to tweak it! I love your new logo! It symbolizes you so much! I have a question, for your handwriting, do you draw with your own hand and scanned them then draw them on computer?

Emily Ranneby on May 30 2011
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hey sydney! thanks for the suggestion on my parisian holiday ribbon card. i have actually re-thought the whole card a bit. new colors. larger type and so on. thanks!

wendy fessler on May 30 2011
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hi sydney, Thanks for your positive comment on my "believe in the wonder" card - it made my day :)

Melanie Severin on May 28 2011
Melanie Severin
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Thank you so much for your very kind and helpful comments on Holiday Swag and Snowman "Joy" :) Your work is amazing - I'm in awe of your creative talent, girl! Thanks again and best of luck to you in this challenge :)

karen boehm custom on May 27 2011
karen boehm custom
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Hi Sydney, thanks so much for your comment on Holiday Peace! I'm just trying to clarify where you were suggesting for the mistletoe--in the top right corner of the card? I'm considering moving it to the center, the balance is nice between the graphics + photo...maybe not so 'stranded'?

Carrie ONeal on May 05 2011
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Sydney. thanks for the comments on my Sweets for the Sweet entry. Do you mind taking another glance at it and seeing if the spacing looks any better. Be honest. :)

Jennifer Wick on Mar 11 2011
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Thanks so much for the compliment, Sydney! For the lettering, I sketched them with pencil, scanned them in, then live-traced them in Illustrator so I could clean up the letters. I miss seeing your designs lately - Hope that means your business is taking off : )

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Dec 02 2010
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Sydney, Thank yo so much for your help with my seascape design from the last challenge. It got an editor's award, and I'm quite sure that it would not have without your generous guidance.

Kelsey Premo Jones on Nov 30 2010
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Why, thank you Sydney! Your work is great as well. And WAR EAGLE!!! Can't wait to watch the SEC Championship this Saturday!

Laura Hankins on Nov 15 2010
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You're too sweet Sydney- thank you for the great comment on Quilted :) Your Folklore is one of my absolute favorites this challenge!!

Ann Gardner on Nov 01 2010
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Sydney, thanks for your comment...I think I lucked out during everyone's summer hiatus. Didn't you notice that the number of entries were quite a bit smaller than the current wedding challenge? Plus I think I had way too much time on my hands! ;-)

Bourne Paper Co. on Oct 25 2010
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Just noticed your backer for Love & Peace Eternal, really lovely, great work!

nocciola design on Oct 13 2010
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re: mod fall, Thanks for your feedback Sydney! The plus sign is smaller and the letters closer together now. I could also make the whole thing a little smaller if needed. Huffing and puffing over here ... ha ha :)

nocciola design on Oct 13 2010
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Thank you for your feedback - I will try a vertical format later today and maybe post both versions in the forum to see what people like. Congrats. on all your recent wins!! Love your lettering and your entries for the wedding challenge as well :)

Ann Gardner on Oct 09 2010
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I may have rocked the last challenge but look at you in the holiday challenge! Belated (way too belated!) congrats! Thanks for your continued comments...keep 'em coming! (please)

Adam Lorber on Oct 04 2010
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Thanks for that tip about Bebas Neue...it's about time someone kerned that font! Your post on your blog is hilarious! Thanks again!

Courtnie Johnson on Oct 01 2010
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