November 28, 2011

Mine Mine Mine

I love the steps behind my work. Even if I am the only person who knows that I took a staged an item, photographed it, manipulated the photo and created my own graphic- I don't care. The fact that these (enjoyable) steps help make the project all mine is worth it to me.

Okay, I'll shut up.

November 27, 2011

Blogging in "Contagion"

One of the doctors in the movie said this to Jude Law's journalist character:

"Blogging isn't writing. It's graffiti with punctuation."

November 21, 2011

All my little pretties

Working on library book invitations for a client. Love the rich colors!

November 16, 2011


I am glowing. Since I have been home tonight, I have been in contact with three different clients- and all three have been pleased with the work I have produced and very complimentary.

I love doing what I do. Don't get me wrong, there are times I hit a rut during a project or stress/lose sleep because of a timeline. You can't escape those moments in any field. But reading words of affirmation in an e-mail or hearing them straight from the mouth of the client is so rewarding.

From customer service to producing creative work, I grow from one project to the next.

November 14, 2011

Invitation- Assembly

I still have more elements of the library book invitations that I want to touch on, but I feel like I've been yabbering on- we need a picture break!

November 12, 2011

Invitation- THEIR tree

After the seeing the Cherry Blossom invitation and discussing the inspiring Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations, we just had to have a tree in the library book invitations. I knew exactly where it would go. BUT I couldn't draw just any old tree.

The bride and groom visited the wedding weekend location, and the Maid of Honor and I joined them. They were tackling the logistics of the ceremony and reception, and I took photos and contemplated the design aspects.

The path the bridal party changed- so the the bride and groom would be meeting the pastor (the bride's uncle) in front of this little grove of trees:

November 11, 2011

Invitation- bringing everything together

I was ecstatic to develop the remaining elements for the invitation. Next up- how to assemble the invitations.

I had taped a piece of ribbon in between the "pages" to emulate a bookmark; I also taped decorative scrapbook paper to the outside of the "cover" for the binding. I thought about all of the tape we would have to purchase; how many pieces of tape we would need to cut and place; and I was also thinking about how time-consuming and disastrous the process could turn out to be.

Considering I was designing the piece, I wanted the execution to go smoothly and, quite honestly, I wanted the invitations to be as perfect as possible.

Before my ah-ha! moment, I had been doing research online to find inspiration for a unique invitation design. I loved the idea of fabric and stitching...and the idea stayed in my mind when I realized the library book was a go. As much as fabric would have been fun, I knew the scrapbook paper would be much simpler and faster, and would provide enough detail- especially if we stitched the paper together.

Hours of research and pondering later (I found a blog post about sewing with a craft machine that generated over 200 comments!) I decided on the Janome Sew Mini. I was able to pick up my new investment at Hancock Fabrics just five minutes from my house.

November 6, 2011

Invitation- We have a winner!

I don't know why I was so nervous about showing the book prototype. I created the cover and inside pages with text, including the font and layout I wanted, just copying and pasting info from the bride's wedding website.

Spending the time on the piece was well worth it, because it gave her a good idea of what I was going for. And really, not many changes had to be made on the inside after that. I knew I wanted the binding, but I needed to do more research to decide how to approach it. We found the library pockets that same day on Etsy, and everything was falling into place. What a relief to know we had made a decision, and what excitement to know the final details were in the works!

Nice balance

What a perfect day- I got chores done at home, worked on some freelance work and enjoyed some downtime as well. I love these productive, balanced weekends.

I have been very grateful for a balance in my freelance work as well. I had a spurt of photography jobs, which have overlapped with graphic design projects- and also a request for wedding invitations like Amanda's! I worked on the sewing portion today and will start the illustrations tomorrow. I wrestled a bit with the machine, but got the tension issues figured out. Always learning, I love it!

November 4, 2011

Invitation- aha! moment aka "duh"

Amanda is an avid reader and the Winnie-the-Pooh book elements were just so fitting to her and what she wanted for the wedding- comfortable, familiar, simplistic, idyllic. I decided to create an invitation that looked like a page out of a book, and started working on a layout in Photoshop.

But there were so many aspects of a book that I wanted to include. How could I fit all the aspects of a book onto the front and back of a single piece of paper? It finally hit me- I had to create an actual book with multiple pages, so we could include all the necessary components (aka the layouts, design, wording, etc that make a "book" a book!). Plus, having multiple pages would allow all of the actual wedding information to be organized for the "reader" aka wedding guests.

This thought hit me and I couldn't stop working, I was too excited. I needed to create a prototype right then to satisfy my creative jitters!