June 2011

6 articles in June 2011

These were some proofs awhile back for a client that was going for a traditional typographic feel paired with a more modern layout. I love working on one color designs because it really forces you to organize your information and not overwhelm the piece. I also love when there can be variation between the pieces, so they tie in together but stand on their own as well. What do you like to do when working on designs? Do you like to have everything match perfectly or is there some variation that you like to include in your designs?

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Monday morning my husband came home early and broke the devastating news that his father had passed away. We are deeply saddened at this unexpected loss and at the overwhelming impact Randy has had on our lives. Randy was there hours after I had given birth to each one of my babies. I have fond memories of him holding David in the NICU only a year after his sweet wife (Brian’s mom) passed on. We all thought David was a birthday present to Randy that year. While I finished college, Randy and Brian mixed bottles and babysat those long winter days. Oh how I’m going to miss the smell of Old Spice on my babies after spending a day at grandpa’s or from sitting on his lap at church. Charlie keeps running around the house saying “ba-pa’s house! ba-pa’s house!” Even at …

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We buy almost all our house papers from Legion (letterpresspaper.com) – there are so many, and in varying weights and finishes that it just works when we want something special. Before National Stationery Show, Josh from Legion approached me about a project for his business cards for the show. He wanted the luxury of letterpress but printed on as many papers as possible so when handing out his cards, he could have an assortment of the papers that Legion offers and also show how the printing varies from stock to stock. This is the first time I’d been approached about printing a full run on multiple papers. At first I was nervous but the more I thought about it, I realized it would be a great opportunity to print on papers that I don’t usually order on a regular basis (as well …

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Ironically I’ve been telling myself this a lot more recently. We have had continued health issues come up with David outside of the burn incident – which includes an unofficial/official diagnosis of Celiac Disease in addition to his Type 1 Diabetes. Trying to take it all in and see what the next steps of life hold for us. All I can really say is that I am a pawn in this huge game of life and hopefully someday I will have crown to go with the conquering of autoimmune diseases that have invaded our family!

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Having just had mother’s day (and thinking about all that my mom has done for me over the years) I really wanted the “Queen” card to convey something that all mom’s can relate to. Queens used to be ruthless, they would do anything to get their children on the throne – I think mother’s took it as their responsibility to raise their children up to nobility status (and many clawed their way to that position). After becoming a mother I have learned that we are still advocates for our children in so many ways. When David attended kindergarten I had to learn fast that no one would be responsible for him in school unless I demanded it. From day one, my husband and I have had to advocate for equal rights for him even with his diabetes. We’ve had to be tolerant, …

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After the serious and brutally honest posts from Monday and Tuesday I want to leave my last NSS related post with some AMAZING fashion from the paper runway. Yes, these are made from paper and were the highlight of National Stationery Show 2011. These photos in NO WAY do the dresses justice but I really wanted to capture the details more than the full modeled dress as the drapery behind them looked like crap and I knew I wouldn’t be able to photograph it well. Aren’t these amazing? I’ve never seen more beautiful paper!

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