No one says no!

March 15, 2012

No one says no!

Pam & David Invitations

March 12, 2011

You may remember, Pam & David loved their labels so much that they commissioned me to design their invitations! Here’s what we have so far:

I also did a version with teal leaves as Pam had mentioned teal may be a theme, but she decided to go with green. The other version also has a more polished calligraphic font, but I’m hoping we’ll go with this font! Pam wanted a rustic feel to match the location. Names and location have obviously been changed. 😉

Shopping Day With Papyrus

March 11, 2011

I’m having more Papyrus sightings than I can keep up with! It’s amazing how much there is! I found another site, Papyrus Watch, is doing the same thing, but they accept submissions from everywhere. I’m going to continue my project, as it is just about the Papyrus I encounter in my everyday life.

Today, we go shopping with Papyrus.

This is my absolute favorite picture so far. It’s a perfect example of my Papyrus is not right for your business. What do greetings and gifts have in common with dentistry? Find a unique font that says something about your business! Hire a designer, and don’t just pick the first “unique” font off your default font list!
Next, I wander in to Bales. I see a wide variety of food here, but none of it screams “Ancient Egypt” to me.

I’m not sure who supplied the matching sign…
Sorry for the bad quality. This was hanging on the ceiling. I searched for the actual wine bottles, but found none. Went out of business for using Papyrus? I kid, but check out the Stag Hollow and Spindrift logos. I always admire the unique designs on wine bottles, so it’s baffling that someone would use Papyrus.

My roommate picked this up. The brand logo is not in Papyrus, but obviously Papyrus perfectly describes green tea!

I stand corrected. Trader Joe’s also feels that Papyrus perfectly describes green tea!

We carry these at work. I guess people think Papyrus has an Asian feel? As also seen with the green tea…

Papyrus Project 3

March 4, 2011

Today continues the Papyrus Project with one of my personal favorites. I took this picture in September 2010 during my last visit to Japan. Unfortunately, we were riding on a train when I happened to notice this sign. I wish I would have jumped off the train, even though the doors were about to close. At least you can still see the Papyrus. This photo also really makes me want to get a camera that shoots in RAW, because then I could have brought back all the Papyrus.

Anyway, this photo is amazing to me because it was a Papyrus sighting in Japan. But I don’t think it’s all too common a font there.

Papyrus Project 2

March 3, 2011

Today, I share more from the Papyrus collection! It’s amazing how much Papyrus I find just around Beaverton.

This one is a real gem, because it was done by someone who has no idea about print resolution. If you view the full size, you can clearly view the pixelation in the background image. Actually, the font looks ok (besides being Papyrus), so it seems that the resolution is ok, they just blew up the background image.

I found this in the newspaper. Another company using Papyrus for their logo! Tsk tsk…visiting their website I found it again.


This last one was found on a vote incentive for Evil Diva, a webcomic. I was surprised and disappointed to see Papyrus on their site!


More to come!

Label News!

March 2, 2011

Exciting label news! I ended up sending this label to Pam and David:

That one was my favorite, and others I asked agreed. They loved it! And now they want to commission me to design wedding invitations for them with a similar theme, but with marionberries! Needless to say, I am extremely flattered and excited.

Also, when we get these labels printed, I will be posting photos of them on the jam!

The Papyrus Project

February 28, 2011

I‘m excited to announce this new project: The Papyrus Project! I see Papyrus everywhere and I finally snapped and decided I needed to make a record. Papyrus is not original anymore and should never be used for logos! It should also not be used for anything else. This project will show how overused Papyrus is and hopefully serve as a warning to any who think of using it. Papyrus drives the Graphic Designer in me crazy!

This is the moment when I decided to record Papyrus: at Peachwave Frozen Yogurt at Cedar Hills Crossing.

Shortly after I went to Eugene and found this gem in the UO Career Center.

And in my Eugene hotel room I was bored and flipping through the dining guide….little did I know I’d find this!

I have a few more Papyrus finds that I will share later.

Learning WordPress

February 25, 2011

The time has come again for a change. I want to move off Blogger and fully integrate my blog into my portfolio. Unfortunately, it seems the only real way to do that is to learn to create WordPress themes.

This is a whole new ballgame for me. I know limited HTML and CSS through working with DreamWeaver. But the biggest problem is I’m still stuck in the table era. A professional designer once commented that he was surprised I used tables, as most people my age never did. Well, that’s because I started designing websites when I was about 12, when tables were all the rage! At some point I did learn about divs, but to me those were boxes you floated inside the tables so you could have scrolling content. So trying to think outside of tables is a challenge. Personally, I’m still not so sure what’s so wrong with them. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Anyway, I’m using this tutorial. It’s very basic; a little too basic since I do have an understanding of code. But since I know nothing about WordPress, it’s great.

Here is what my new layout will eventually look like.

Snow Day!

February 24, 2011

In Oregon, snow is pretty rare. I’ve always loved snow, so it was kind of exciting to wake up to a blanket of snow. Of course, being Oregon, it’s not so bad that the roads aren’t clear. By the time I ventured out to walk to the store, it had mostly melted; but I managed to take this photo of a secluded area.

It’s interesting to note that my enjoyment level of snow has changed a bit since I was a child. Snow always meant school was closed and the day could be spent building snow forts. Now I have a more adult perspective on snow. Working at a hospital, the world doesn’t stop because of snow. Instead, my higher-elevation co-workers call in and I am called instead.

When Nick and I traveled to Paris, it snowed the morning of our return flight. My first reaction was joy, quickly replaced by fear that our flight would be canceled. While we had joked about getting stuck in Paris before we left, in reality, work would not be pleased. Another adult problem with snow. In fact, our flight was almost canceled, but that’s a story for another time.

Last month we also had ice, but no snow. Ice is a problem of its own. Tonight, Disney movie night has been canceled because of snow/ice (What was I saying about being an adult?). I took this photo of MacDo’s fountain encased in ice, another rare sight for Oregon! I enjoy that there is also a plamtree in the background.


Regardless of adult problems it causes, I still love the quiet beauty of snow. I just wish I could still have snow days.

Label Again

February 23, 2011

None of those text options really did it for me, especially at print size. More options…