Last week, a designer friend and native New Yorker came up with the idea to start an Etsy shop to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As one of the most devastating storms in our nation’s history, relief funds will be very important in the coming weeks and months to ensure that all those affected can return to a normal life.

Jackie’s idea was to create a shop of one color prints, cards, tags and thank yous that could all be hand stamped or embossed. She then reached out to some of her fellow designers to see if anyone was interested in participating and contributing designs for the shop. I have to say, I have been very moved by the outpouring of love from the design community. Everyone was so excited to help and contribute as much of their time as they could. I feel very lucky to have a design included in the collection!

To view the full shop please click here! Take a minute to browse the collection and buy a card or two to help with this worthy cause!

1 – To Build a Home art print, 2 – Mod Move moving announcements, 3 – Birds of a Feather 3 art print, 4 – Birds of a Feather 1 art print, 5 – Birds of a Feather 2 art print, 6 – Initial Lace business cards, 7 – Date Silhouette save the date cards

I was overjoyed to be included in a feature on the wonderful Style Me Pretty site last week! I have been a SMP fan for some time and love what they do for the wedding industry. If you or someone you know is planning a wedding it is definitely a great resource to use. They have links to several of the best vendors for photography, stationery, flowers, cakes, catering, etc. The feature from last week spotlighted 3 designers from Minted (including your truly!) and gave readers a peek into our work spaces. Even Desmond made a brief cameo in the post!

And here are some of the photos I styled for the post:

Thank you Minted for the amazing opportunity!

Well it’s that time of year again…the long summer wait as the Minted team makes their selections for the 2012 Holiday collection. The challenge closed mid June, but we will not receive any results until late September. It’s only a few months, but it is a very, very grueling wait. This year’s over 2600 submissions were seriously stunning and made for some very exciting competition. I enjoy being pushed and motivated, and this group of designers definitely does that! I really tried to put my best foot forward with my submissions and now all that’s left to do is cross my fingers and hope for the best. Cannot wait to see the final picks…whether or not I am included I know it will be a gorgeous collection.

Here’s a peak at some of my cards that made it to the final round of voting:

I had not one, but 2 brothers graduate this past month. The first was my middle brother Logan, from the University of Florida! The second was my youngest brother Ryan, the third and final Smith sibling to graduate from Brookwood High School. I convinced my mother and Ryan to let me design his graduation announcements back in March and had the absolute best time putting them together. My family is always the ideal client because they trust my visions 100%, removing a bit of the stress from the design process. But at the same time, I wanted these announcements to be perfect for my little brother, so I did stress over the details just a little.

I adore infographics, especially ones that have a little more personality, and I knew right from the start I wanted to incorporate some.  Lucky for me, my brother is multi-talented, and an over-achiever so I had a variety of tid bits to choose from! Ryan will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall so we decided to go with a red and black color scheme.

Congrats Ryan! Along with Ryan’s announcements I also got to create a design for a family friend. Becca is planning to be a fashion design major next year and definitely wanted an announcement that would stand out and reflect her creative side. I sent over a few different concepts, but this one was her favorite.

Also, I have a few grad announcements currently for sale over on Minted!

Congratulations Class of 2012!

 

Today I am excited to feature a recent logo & branding design project I worked on for the wonderful Michelle White! Michelle is a talented Atlanta based wedding photographer who I met last Fall. I loved her approach and her style – very sophisticated and classy with a touch of glam. She was looking to come up with something totally new for her business, that she could also incorporate into her site and blog. Here is a little bit of the inspiration we pulled from:

Color was very important. Michelle absolutely loves the color yellow and wanted to make sure the logo was warm and sunny. Fashion and elegance were also key points of inspiration. I wanted the logo to feel timeless and sophisticated, two qualities I feel reflect Michelle’s own personal style.

Along with the logo design, I also worked on business cards, a CD template, and as a letterhead that could be printed or used digitally. We went with a lace-like damask pattern to help compliment the logo on the various additional pieces. Along with the above items, I also created 2 new watermarks for Michelle to use.

I had the most amazing time working on this project and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Michelle! If you are in the market for a wedding photographer make sure to check out her website here, as well as her blog here!

 

Today I am excited to share a collaborative project I got to work on with my oh so talented better half, Jon-Michael Sullivan! Two of our good friends, who had recently gotten engaged, asked about possibly doing engagement photos and save the dates. Of course we jumped at the opportunity to work with them! I even got to tag along for the engagement shoot…which was at a gorgeous venue in Athens, GA. The day of the shoot, it rained all morning and we were all a little hesitant about making the hour drive. But then just as we arrived the rain stopped, the clouds cleared, and JM was able to get some gorgeous shots!

After the engagement shoot Katie and Matt selected their favorite images and we went to work on the Save The Dates! Their wedding will have a rustic-chic feel and they wanted to make sure the cards communicated that. The tire swing at the venue was definitely something they wanted to highlight so it was the photo we went with for the front…which I loved! It was one of my favorites from the session 🙂

We kept the palette simple and used a linen texture for the back. They also loved the idea of a multi-photo card and suggested a photo strip for the back. I love how well it all came together!

Could not be happier for this amazing couple and I am so excited to help them celebrate in the Fall!

Well the first day of spring was this past Tuesday, but it has felt like spring since about January here. Because of the drastically higher temperatures, we decided to start planting a little earlier then normally recommended. Last year was our very first attempt at a garden of any kind and boy did we learn a lot. Not knowing what we could and couldn’t grow we staggered our plants last year from May to July. We would make trips to Home Depot, swing through the garden department and some how wind up back home with a whole trunk full of new things to grow. It was a little addicting 🙂

This year we figured it would be smart to plant everything at the same time. I’m sure we will certainly add to the collection, but for now we have (pictured above from top to bottom, left to right): basil, cowhorn peppers, cilantro, strawberries, pimiento peppers, jalapeno peppers, petunias, and tomatoes. We’ll probably add a bell pepper plant and a few more herbs soon!

We live in a second story apartment with a pretty big deck that get’s lots of sun. Container plants I have been told can be a little trickier, but so far we haven’t run into too many problems. My one piece of advice would be if you plant tomatoes in a container, get a big container! They have a root system like nothing I have ever seen and they grow insanely fast. I’m going to take a second round of pictures in about 2 months to compare how much each plant has grown. So nerdy I know…but seriously, gardening will get you hooked!

We also spruced up our sunroom and added some new plants indoors as well. We saw this gorgeous Red Peace Lily at Home Depot and decided it was a must have for the apartment. It’s the perfect touch of color with all of the green around it. So pretty!

Happy gardening everyone!

 

I just recently had a new suite of wedding invites launch over on Minted, and I could not be more delighted! This was my first big step into the wedding world and I had the best time coming up with color stories, themes, and flipping through the latest bridal magazines. I had such a great time that I am in the beginnings stages of designing a new collection that I plan to launch myself some time this summer. Stay posted for additional details!

For now, here are a few inspiration boards I put together featuring new Minted invites! I love inspiration boards…so many pretty things all in one place!

Vintage Garden Wedding

Modern Coral Wedding

Rustic Fall Wedding

Check out the entire new collection here!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some of these free, printable templates I designed for NAPCP.com! They can be used as gift tags for teacher gifts, classroom valentines, and much more! Check out full details and downloadable files here!

Happy Valentine’s Day!