Thursday, February 24, 2011

Little Princess Paperie

I have always loved to make things, whether with my mind, my hands or on the computer. As an art student in college {lithography and art history -- what did I think I was going to do with that upon graduation?} I took a few graphic design classes and loved the process, but knew that I would never survive in a design firm professionally. I continued working and became less and less happy with the tiny amount of time I was spending in creative endeavors. Fast forward four years. I was having a beautiful baby girl, surviving on love and a few weeks paid maternity leave and just couldn't justify spending a lot of cash on Ella's birth announcements. I began playing around in my design programs from college trying to figure them out all over again and subsequently stumbled upon an on-line digital print shop. The rest is history.

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I started out just making things for friends and family, tweaking my blog design here and there and before I knew it my design aesthetic had completely changed. I decided when I was pregnant for the second time to really begin pursuing my love of graphic design on my own terms. Since then, I've designed many invitations, announcements and holiday cards and opened a shop on-line to share my designs with others. While most of my work is generated through my blog and locally, I did sell some things through my etsy shop over the holidays and hope to spend some real time this year stocking it up and marketing my designs in a more deliberate way.
 
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The designs below are some of my favorites created over the last few months, but you can always see what I'm up to by clicking on the DESIGN button in the menu at the top of the page {you can click FAMILY to wind up over here again}. The SHOP page will take you directly to my etsy shop {although it could be empty depending on if I've had time to add new listings!}. Most of my work is custom and created as I have requests for specific designs. I use no clip art or "borrowed" images and all of the design elements and layouts are my own. Each of the cards you see here and on the DESIGN page, can be customized to meet your needs. The fonts, design elements, orientation and image placement can be changed with just a few mouse-moves and you are well on your way to the design of your dreams.
 
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{charlie guy oatridge, front & back}

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{john henry henson, front & back}

I use a professional print service and all of my cards are printed using a digital press and are printed on beautiful 100# stock in a number of paper finishes. Card corners can be rounded for a few more dollars and all designs come with complimentary white envelopes. In addition to announcements and invitations, I design holiday cards, thank you notes, personal stationery and calling cards. Need more information on my prices and the process? Click on over to the DESIGN page and use the sidebar buttons to navigate my PRICES and POLICIES pages. Still have questions? The CONTACT button will let you send a quick email and I'll try to answer any other questions you have.

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{matthews holiday card, front & back}

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{hendricks holiday card, front & back}

Thanks so much for visiting today. 
I hope you'll click here to see what other mommies are making these days!
all photographs in these digital designs courtesy of KW Photography

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