Paper Hugs and Die Cut Dreams

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Blinkie!!

I have to say - I am surrounded by awesome people everywhere!  In this case, I am talking about Amanda of Manda Lane Scraps.  She made me this AWESOME blinkie for my new endeavor!


You can find her designs HERE.  

She even made it friendly to ALL my endeavors!!   Thanks Amanda!!  You're TOP NOTCH!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ink & Pixels

Hello everybody!!  Long time no post.  :)

There's been a lot going on since I posted last.  So let's see if I can catch you up to speed as to where I have been and where I am going.

I started school last August and all was well.  I had been unemployed since March and figured I needed to do something, so school was the choice I made.  Everything was great!  Well, then I got a new job - which I love.  Should still be great, right?  Well, it was (and is) but that meant those 8 hours that I was doing schoolwork and my digital designing was eliminated.  So time being at a premium, something had to give.  Digital designing took a back seat, and although I really wanted to do something with it, time made me leave it.    In the meantime, college courses got tougher.  I was asked to design at a store, but still was having problems finding time to design, so that store never opened.

I also connected with an old friend.  He happens to be a photographer and I helped him brand his business.  I created his logo, letterhead, and business card.  I designed his website (although I didn't install it) and have learned photo editing (to an extent).  I also maintain his galleries and assist wherever I can.  So add that to my repertoire.

In the meantime, I was hired as a permanent employee at my job (I had been a temp) and I started my core courses at school.  Money for a single parent is always tight - I am no different.  So I talked to a friend who does medical transcription at home; typing is something I excel at.  I asked if there were any non-medical transcription jobs where she worked - hoping she could get me in, give me a reference, a contact person, anything that might assist.  She said she's help me look.  So I started looking myself and found this on-line company, almost the eBay of computer jobs, and looked to see if I could get hired by somebody as a contractor of sorts.

I connected with this AWESOME author who needed help editing her eBook.  Heck, I've been an administrative assistant  for more than 20 years - if I don't know grammar and punctuation by now, I never will.  Anyway, she hired me and I edited her current book.  She referred me to other authors and I am about to start editing my second book/second author.  I am pretty excited about ALL of it!  Doors are opening.

With everything I am doing, I figured I need to re-brand myself.    Although I love my design name - Paper Capers Designs - it really didn't fit where I was heading and all that I do anymore.

So...after discussing my situation with my two go-to people for opinions, INK & PIXELS was born!  {Like the new logo??  I created it myself and am on the flaunt!  LOL}

I figure this feel and logo can cover my book editing, photo editing (I have even done some audio book proofing), logo creating, digital design and even web design if/when I get there.  I'm quite pleased with the name and logo (if I do say so myself).

All that being said, I am doing a guest design spot in October - for a wonderful gal I "met" when I first started doing hybrid digital stuff many years ago, and my new logo and name will be in place for that.  If it works well, I might try to grab a few more guest design spots.  If not, I know designing will need to hold for a bit longer.

Anyway, that's where I am right now.  I will be moving to a new Ink & Pixels domain soon, but until can catch me here.

Thanks for catching up with me...