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I thought it’d be fun to show you a little peek behind the curtain of my pug designs. I recently posted a new postcard to my Etsy site for the upcoming Easter holiday featuring my pug Maisy. I was actually born on an Easter Sunday, so this holiday is very special to me.
It took several photo shoots to get the right shots. I use actual photos of the pugs and the lighting has to be just right with their head & tails at just the right angle.
Then I take the photos into Photoshop to crop out the background, or crop out their little heads. This is my favorite part because I’m left with an adorable photo of my girls!
I use Illustrator to turn the photos into vectors, which are able to be stretched to any size. These usually require lots of tiny adjustments to capture the essence of the pug. After adding a border and some text, this Easter card was ready for press!
I can’t wait to send this card out to my family & friends!
If you would like your own digital copy to print & send to friends, use this limited time code SPRINGFLING50 to take 50% off the Easter card in my Etsy shop, or any other item in the shop! This offer will be available through Easter Sunday, April 20th.
My soul searching has hardly ended since the last time I wrote. I have been endlessly researching answers for what could bring my soul alive, and finding others who have shared a similar journey. Along the way I’ve found some inspiration women entrepreneurs. Emily Ley. Lara Casey. Whitney English. And many more. Women who said there is an option for someone like me who wants to balance their home life while doing something they love. Something that most importantly made a difference, and helped others. Because truly, that is what I have been lacking. The opportunity to help others, like myself, who are lost. If I can help just one of them, while taking care of myself and my family, I will consider my life’s work complete. But of course I won’t stop with just helping one!
I realized the best way I can help someone is with the skills I already know: creating beautiful designs for events, and helping people understand how to execute them with less time and stress on their part. I did this while working at a national stationery retailer. I did this while working as a wedding coordinator. And I loved it. But I never got to do the part that I really loved, which was make beautiful designs for people that loved them. So that is what I will do!
I am so proud to say that I launched my stationery line through Etsy on February 9, filled with wedding Save the Dates, dog adoption announcements, a “honey do” task list and a pug valentine postcard. It’s not much yet, but I am so thrilled to have it out there in the world. It was one of the most fulfilling moments I have had. I have several other designs cued up in my brain, and I can’t wait to find time to get them out. I feel as though nothing can happen quickly enough. As though I am just waiting for my life to really start. A Lady in Waiting. Right now I have an Easter postcard in the works… I’m very excited about it!
I am so thankful I found women like Lara Casey. Only further proof that I really belong in the South 😉 I am using the #Powersheets templates she designed to help explore my biggest dreams, then turning them into achievable goals. Here’s a peak at what my March goals look like:
I will be leaving for vacation soon with S and my family. Never has a vacation felt more needed! I’m looking forward to a chance to reflect, relax, and maybe even work on some designs. Until then…
After working at Paper Source for a year and casually done graphic design forever (I was designing newsletters with Microsoft Publisher at the age of 10), I was most excited to design our wedding invitations. The process lasted several months (not exaggerating) and consisted of many designs that were abandoned all together. The final design went through multiple drafts before arriving on the final printed piece.
All the paper was purchased at Paper Source, and then printed and cut down at a local printer. The assembly was done by my wonderful friends and family (thank you for putting up with my crazy assembly lines!!!). Not pictured is the green ribbon and silver wax seal used to hold together the components, which was the most time consuming part.
My vision was to create a classic, yet whimsical design for our “medieval garden” wedding. Some of my obsessions include brackets and calligraphy, which made their way into the design. The liners were Cavallini papers cut down and hand stuff by my great team.
Beautiful paper is another love of mine. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but I used the yummy Luxe white paper for all the pieces (which is quite a pain to find a printer for!). I ordered our return address stamper from Paper Source as well (are you noticing a trend??), which tied in with the brackets on the invitations.
There were MANY more printed pieces that added to our wedding suite that I can’t wait to share with y’all!