What is a Brand Rep on Instagram?

A Brand Rep {short for Brand Representative} is someone who represents a brand on Instagram or other specified social media. Usually it's an upcoming brand or a small to mid-sized store that will choose either an Interior Designer, Stylist or Staging Professional based on their particular style of photography and the look the brand wants to promote.

DISCOVERY Women's Conference

DISCOVERY Women's Conference

I was a then full-time Art Director for a good-sized church in Huntington Beach, CA when I was asked to be on the Planning Committee for a first time, on-campus Women's Conference. Before I said yes, I had to make sure they understood that I'm very into details. We started planning a good 6 months out with the team, however, since I worked 2 offices over from the Women's Director, we basically started the day after the previous year's retreat.

Nate's Memorial Highlight Video

I really like that Facebook enabled "memories" to pop up from past posts into your current feed. Nate's Memorial Highlight Video just came up the other day and I must have watched it 20x already. I miss that boy so much and can't help but wonder what he would be doing with his life today. Something major, for sure. I can also envision him in Heaven, happy and probably has a whole tribe of friends and family he takes care of and runs around with. I'm sure they would be all vary in ages because that's how Nate rolled & that warms my heart.

Christmas in June

It's that time of the year again when Minted uncovers design genius through their Holiday Card Design Challenges. Who doesn't love a challenge? I try to participate in these challenges when my schedule allows. This year I submitted five designs into the {non-foil-pressed} No Business Like Snow Business and one into the {foil-pressed} No Business Like Snow Business.

Branding Your Wedding

Putting together a look and feel for a wedding is not very far from putting together the look and feel for a brand. Wedding branding is meant to evoke a feeling for the overall theme and is an important step in the early stages of planning. Along with design elements, a brand will encompass personality, this helps to keep a consistent theme going throughout the entire planning process from paper products to favors. Wedding branding is typically created by a professional graphic designer, however if you’re on a tight budget, it certainly can be accomplished by yourself.

5 Easy Tips to Build Your Brand While Not Quitting Your Day Job

5 Easy Tips to Build Your Brand While Not Quitting Your Day Job

There seems to be a cultural shift with the big box stores all having similar items for sale made from over seas to a new trend of using creative makers from across our good ol’ US of A getting in on a piece of the action. More and more avenues are opening up to the independent designer, this is great news as a whole, but success doesn’t happen over night for most brands. Some of us still rely on making a living the old fashioned way with a full time or close to full time job and moonlighting as our brand’s designer, marketer, blogger and so on.

There is a strategy to building your brand successfully while juggling the most demanding of jobs as long as there is plenty of room for organization, discipline and determination. Every decision you make is fundamental to building your brand and taking it to the next level. Here are 5 easy steps you can follow

Telephone Print {how to}

Telephone Print {how to}

April was the Women's Getaway Weekend for my church and the theme this year was Called to Love. I created the artwork for the gallery wall that was full of love scriptures and quotes. Some lucky attendees were awarded a print by a sticker being randomly placed under their chairs. Although I couldn't hang the artwork on the wall at the hotel how I wanted, we made due and they still looked cute. One of my favorite prints was the one I made with supplies that I had lying around my office. It's super simple and you can switch out any of the materials to whatever you have on hand.

God Knows The Date

God Knows The Date

GETTING THROUGH GRIEF AND WHAT I'M LEARNING ALONG THE WAY.

For the second year in a row, it starts at prom season, I catch myself playing back events all the way through to June 21st. I can sense it starting because there is an anxiety that forms in my chest, no matter what I do, I know how the countdown ends. Grief is not linear. What I mean is once you feel or {think} you get through one emotion, it doesn’t mean you’ve dealt with it and won’t feel it again. It's a process I don't think I'll ever fully get through.

How To Create A Clean & Simple Inspiration Board

How To Create A Clean & Simple Inspiration Board

Inspiration boards are the starting point of every design project I create for my business. For me, it is a fundamental step in the creative process to visually and effectively communicate with my clients that sometimes words simply can’t do, it establishes the aesthetic feel from the outset of the design project. This can prove to be a huge time saver with revisions later on, it ensures the client that we're on the same page as far as the direction of the project. I also use the inspiration board as an intuitive way to brainstorm and organize my research.