Friday, December 17, 2010

Work in Progress

photo - knit scarf in progress

*tap. tap.* Is this thing on? Testing. Testing. *ahem*

It's been more than a while since I have blogged. Today just happens to be one of those days were it seems like it should be done. Now, what to say? It's difficult to jump back in after such a long silence. How about an outline of life since my last posting in May?...

Summer happened.
I worked.
School started.
I worked.
Fall happened.
I worked...

Most of my work has been freelance graphic design and consultation work, and I've had quite a few projects for the food industry. I have worked on milk cartons, pasta boxes and sliced cheese packaging. I even landed a job so large that I had to outsource some of the work. Luckily, Laurie is still my trusted design sidekick and she saved my a**. We met the most ridiculous of tight deadlines...ON TIME. I'll be able to post photos of projects I've worked on when they "go public".

So today, as I finish the last of my projects for 2010 (hopefully), I'm wondering how it became almost 2011. Crazy. I plan on taking the next few weeks off to hang out with my family, shoot photos, knit, ski, sled, and relax.

Hope all is well with everyone out in bloggerland.

- Amy

Saturday, May 22, 2010

NSS (Midwest)

I've been home for a day and a half and I'm still decompressing. New York city was amazing. The National Stationery Show was busy, productive and overwhelming. It was incredible to see an entire industry pulled together under one big (leaky) roof.

Thanks for the great week, Laurie! I'm proud of you for all the work you have done. :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Hi People! We are having a great time in New York city together.

Today was Day 1 of the National Stationery Show. We are in booths 1555 & 1557. Pop by and say "hi" if you are attending the show!

Amy & Laurie

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Composition and Perspective (Midwest)

I have a new freelance design client and scads of new work. So...what do I decide to do? Add a photography project to my plate. I know, insane, right?

I decided to partake in the weekly assignment via the C&C Photography blog. I'm catching up on the assignments, so this is the project from last week.

Here is how I interpreted the assignment:

First I gathered random objects and very quickly arranged them as a still life. I did not spend much time on composing the objects. I figured I would challenge myself to create a pleasing composition without arranging and re-arranging it in front of my camera. I didn't move any of the elements. I just moved my camera, my focal point, my distance to subject, etc. Here are my results.

#1 take one image "as the eye sees it" from straight on
Notice how I placed the objects in front of a window? I did that on purpose to make different shots look completely different exposure-wise.

#2 stand on a chair and get a birds eye view

I combined two instructions into the for the above shot
#3 one close up or different angle
#4 shoot off center using neg space in composition

#5 extra credit "un focus" create a painterly or impressionistic feel
This one was tricky, and I don't think I quite got it right. Oh well, I'm not being graded on these, right? Right!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Business Cards (West Coast)

Well we officially have some new cards!  Finally, after doing many other things on our little old presses, I have bit the bullet and made us some official cards.  With the NSS quickly approaching, I thought we had better come armed with some pretty new cards.  Enough of our quick print cards, it's time for the real stuff.  It always seemed much too extravagant to print up cards for myself on something as pricey as Cranes.  But I decided what the heck, I am going to take the plunge and be extravagant this one time.  First color down, now on to the next!  : )

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Portfolio Work (Midwest)

I have been a busy bee these days. I have been building a local client base steadily for the last 6 or so months. My plan is to have a pretty full plate of design work come September of 2010. That's when all three of my kids will be in school full time! (No time to cry about that today, but it's a comin'.) I could spend my days getting manicures and watching Oprah, but I can't wait to be working again. Yes. I'm a design dork.

Anyhoo, I find it so interesting how my photography is working it's way into my graphic design work. Yesterday, I photographed some packaging samples for my portfolio. I have no studio lighting, so I had to work with available window light and white foam core for bouncing that light. All this time I spend behind the camera is really paying off. Though these aren't perfect, I feel like I was able to work with what I had and make a presentable solution.

Also, It was fun to go through my file cabinet and leaf through labels, boxes and other samples. When I pull out a sample I have all these fond memories of my old clients and the times Laurie and I spent working for them. I miss those days. And Laurie, I miss you the most. I'm glad we are going to be together in New York for a whole week!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Real Simple (Midwest)

A big excited thank you to the people over at Real Simple for featuring one of my photos on their blog. My photo is the second one on the right in the second row. Yay!!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Bright, Bold, and Beautiful! (West Coast)

Well happy February to you.  I can't believe how quickly January went by.  Our posts have been non-existent.  Hopefully February will have a wee bit more time in it (I guess that is impossible since there will be less days than the rest of the months).

Today I would like to start of with a thank you to Laura over at Bright, Bold, and Beautiful for the post about our West Coast Lucky Bee Press!  She has a fun blog, if you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year (West Coast)

As 2009 comes to an end, it is time to reflect a bit around here.  Time seems to be moving at a record pace around here.  School and work seem to dictate most of our schedule, and the year is zooming by.  For Ethan, third grade is half over, and Katie is halfway through her first year of middle school.  First dance, check.  Cell phone, check.  So many things are just around the corner.

The upcoming year for me is already looking full.  Amy and I are heading to New York in May for our first Stationery Show.  From now until then we will have a lot of planning and prep work to do.  Fun and exciting.  We will be sharing a booth with some great letterpress gals.

My resolution for the next year is to try to slow it down a bit, and really enjoy the little things that can often go unnoticed.  What's yours?

P.S. Thanks to the gals over at etsystalker!  We were stalked!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Colors (Midwest)

A big thanks goes out to The Perfect Palette for featuring one of my cards on their blog this week. They highlighted the colors red and gingerbread. Lovely combination don't you think?