Happy New Year! To celebrate 2019, I thought it’d be fun to ring in the new year with a resolutions checklist in Illustrator, but with a little spin to it 🙂 Instead of just a list of goals – or a list of empty lines staring you down – this one is all about action! Feel free to customize with your favorite verbs, but I’ve got 10 to get you started. Read on to make your own! Or if you are ready to take this digital, check out my tutorial here!

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Create a Resolutions Checklist in Illustrator

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Colors used in this video (RGB):

  • Light blue: 234/238/243
  • Medium Blue: 199/208/211
  • Dark blue: 97/111/124
  • Gold: 211/177/74

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Here’s the written version of how to create a resolutions checklist in Illustrator!

Base template + verb list
  • First, grab your favorite watercolor graphics (a wreath or arrangement work great for this) – pick up the free mini kit above + use the included arrangement if needed!
  • Create a new document, sized 4″x8″. If using a background color, apply a 1/8″ (.125″) bleed and keep your file RGB unless you have an older printer that would work better with CMYK.
  • If using a background color, place it on its own layer and lock it. Create an ‘artwork’ layer above it and place your wreath and resolution checklist text within it.
  • Create your own banners or grab the ones from the Skinny Jeans font for your column headlines. List out all of your resolution verbs with generous leading.
  • Create a top line and repeat it on the bottom. Blend together to keep your lines evenly spaced. Next, separate them by expanding them (object > expand) and then ungroup (object > ungroup).
  • Use your direct select tool (keyboard shortcut ‘a’) to move the left anchor point of each line to the right to increase readability.
  • Create your checkboxes using the rectangle tool.
  • Set your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ text and group with your checkboxes.
  • Position in the middle of your banner headline and duplicate the group, repositioning it on the bottom.
  • Use your blend tool once more to repeat the other 8 and position perfectly.
  • Done!

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