•      I've been working on a few projects lately, but nothing that I'm able to post at the moment. So today I decided to play with an idea that's been bouncing around in my head for a few weeks now. I'm always waiting for a project that really appeals to me to fall in my lap, so I decided to make one up for myself as a way to grow my portfolio and have some fun. I'll be posting more in the next few weeks, but here's the first. This space-themed birthday party invite was inspired by vintage Cold-War era Russian space program posters (à la propaganda): see this and this, minus the communism, of course. I prefer the term cosmonaut over astronaut, but this can be easily adapted to suit any preference. Anyway, here it is:

  • This past Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of taking a few photos of my sister-in-law's family while visiting them for the holiday. Then I got the chance, for the second year in a row, to create a holiday photo card for them, this time using the one of the photos I had taken. I just received the printed version in the mail today, so I thought the timing was right to post it. It feels good to see a project through from start to finish! 
    (Which one do you think they chose??)

    Option One

    Option Two

     Option Three

  • Creating this winter wonderland birthday invitation was a bit of a stretch for me. Elegant and feminine are not usually part of my design aesthetic, but I thought I would give it a shot. Here's the options I can up with:

  • I finally got Photoshop and was playing around with some new brushes/fonts. Here's something I made just for fun; translation: I need a new project to work on!

  • I had the pleasure of designing a first birthday invitation for my nephew, Harrison. His birthday is in October and since he loves apple juice, apple sauce, and all things apple, his mom decided to throw him an Autumnal apple-themed birthday party. I created three different proofs to begin with. Once we had decided on the favorite, his mom, Amy, asked if I could try adding a teddy bear to the design, since his nickname is Harry Bear. I tried it out and it looked great!

    First option

    Second option

    Third option

    Final Proof

  • Recently, I was asked to create a shabby chic, Anthropologie-inspired invitation for a "burlap and lace" baby shower that my sister-in-law was planning for a friend. I created three different options and then ended up combining two to create the final result. 

    The first has a very traditional look: 

    The second incorporates both the lace and the burlap/brown paper:

    The third is a more modern/geometric look:

    This is the final result, a combination of the first and third:

  • My nephew Oliver just turned two this past June. Some of his favorite activities are coloring and painting, so his super-talented party-planning mommy (my sister-in-law, Amy) decided to throw him an art-themed birthday party. In preparation, she asked me to design an invitation for the party, featuring rainbow colors or crayons. Here are a few of the proofs I came up with: 

  •         I had the opportunity, recently, to design my first Gender Reveal Party invitation for a friend of my sister-in-law. Up until this point, I didn't even know that this was a thing that people did! 
    The plan was that my sister-in-law, Amy, would find out the gender of her friends' baby before anyone else, and then make a batch of cupcakes with a hidden dollop of either blue or pink frosting in the middle, so when the guests (and future parents) bit into the cupcakes, the gender of the baby would be revealed! 
    The mother-to-be had seen an invitation I had made for my nephew's 2nd birthday party (which I will be posting soon) and liked it so much that she asked if I could make a custom, cupcake-themed invitation for the party. 
    Here's what I came up with:

    (They're having a "she", by the way!)

  •  I was playing around with some font mixing today -- using various fonts to illustrate the meaning of words. Here's what I came up with:

  • My older sister and her husband are hoping to move to France in the fall and they needed an info card to pass around to help raise support for their work there. Here are two of the proofs I created for them to choose from.

  •   Last summer, my sister-in-law Amy and I planned a baby shower for our sister-in-law Tricia. She loves to sew and quilt and is especially enamored with Amy Butler fabric. I designed this invitation for her sewing/crafting themed baby shower. 

  • I made these as a surprise for my sister-in-law, Tricia. Her son Alex was born in December and she was looking for aviation-themed decorations for his nursery. I decided to make these pieces as a series to hang on the wall of his nursery. Unfortunately, I haven't yet had the chance to have them printed and framed for her, but it's on my to do list. 

  •        My sister-in-law has an adorable family, so when she asked me to design their holiday photo card this past year I jumped at the chance. I decided to make several proofs for her to choose from using poppy red and teal as the color palette with a vintage 1960s feel. Photo credit goes to my talented sister, Sarah Seavey.

  •     I created this piece to be hung on the wall in my nephew Harrison's nursery. His mom, my sister-in-law, chose other brightly colored animal portraits to hang alongside it. The adorable finished nursery can be seen here on her blog. I drew some inspiration, especially for the beak and legs, from one of my favorite artists, Charley Harper.

  •     I don't consider myself an artist in the traditional sense -- I can't draw to save my life -- but I do enjoy creating collage pieces using vintage photographs and advertisements. Here are a few I have made recently.

    Glisten -- For Body and Soul

    A Much Anticipated Rendevous
    (inspired by The Sirens of Titan)

    Just Ignore It -- Maybe It Will Go Away

    Summiting Mount Lyon