Megan and Lee's Life Story

Here is the final map incorporating the two European illustrations I showed in the last post. This project was a little different than most of my maps, because it included places from all around the US and across the ocean. Although the icons are laid out roughly in relation to each other, we decided that a storyboard look would be more appealing than trying to make a to-scale map.  I love how it turned out, and as always I love creating meaningful art pieces for people to give as gifts!

International Maps

I've been working for the past few days on my first map with international locations. Definitely do not mind looking at these pictures while sketching! I'll show the final map in a few weeks!

Society6 Store up and running

I just finished my store on Society6 with my city map prints. You can purchase the map designs on several different items, including pillows, shower curtains, laptop skins, t-shirts, and tote bags. I especially love how the pillows turned out, and they're only $20!

City maps - coming soon!

I have been working like crazy to create art prints of some of my favorite cities to sell as art prints. It's a lot of work to research the cities, narrow down which locations to include, draw a layout that looks balances but is somewhat true-to-life, and illustrate all the places, but I love the results!

I also spend a lot of time picking out the color scheme for each city. I try to really reflect the "feel" and culture of each city with the colors. 

Here are some of the first samples of the prints, Charleston and San Francisco. I can't wait to share more soon!

Book Design

I have been working on a personal project for the past few weeks, designing, laying out, and printing my grandmother's memoirs. She passed away in 2009, and left behind a manuscript of her life story. She had an interesting life, living through the Depression, working for the war effort in Washington, DC, raising five kids and traveling all over the country and the world. She also writes about her parents' and grandparents' lives in the late 19th century as farming families of French Canadian descent. 

The cover is a picture of my grandma standing in Lake Champlain, which is near where she grew up in Whitehall, New York. I chose this as the cover image because the landscape of upstate New York hugely shaped her life.

I used Adobe Illustrator to make it look as if the landscape wraps around the back of the book as well. 

It was quite a big project to layout the interior of a 126-page book, but a great way to become really proficient working with InDesign.

The book also has about a dozen images, which had to be scanned, edited in Photoshop, and put in the book using InDesign.

I also created a family tree for the back of the book, and a map illustration for the beginning highlighting all the places she lived. 

I printed the book using Blurb.com, and am somewhat happy with the results, although I chose the cheaper paper option and probably shouldn't have. Anyway, I am happy to have a printed version of Grandma Marie's life story, and am sure it will be treasured in my family for many generations to come. 

If you're interested, a copy of the book can be purchased here.

Label Stickers for Sale

My floral circle stickers are finally available for sale on Minted! I won Editor's Choice award for this design earlier this year in Minted's new sticker category. They come in five colors, and all text is completely customizable. I envisioned them on mason jars of homemade jam, but I can't wait to see how customers incorporate them into their own projects!

Redwood Wedding on Style Me Pretty

I am so happy to announce that my invitation suite was featured on Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog I have been reading for years. I never thought I would see my name in the credits one day! Lucy Munoz did a beautiful job, once again, with the photos. Take a look at the rest of the feature here, or by clicking the picture below.