Graphic Design

Smith Family Tree

Are you ready for the most adorable thing ever? Are you really ready? OK, here goes. LOOKATTHEADORABLEFAMILYTREEIDESIGNEDFORMEANDHUBS!!!!! *breath*

I am so very pleased with how this project turned out. In fact, it might be my favorite thing that I’ve ever designed. EVER. (EVAAAAAARRRRRR, right sisters?)


Welcome to our “family tree!” It’s not a real family tree because those follow some sort of genealogy structure, but I love it just the same.

I designed this print in InDesign using five different fonts (the hearts are a font!) and three different colors (brown, green and pink in different transparencies). InDesign has this great feature where you can draw a line and then make your text curve to the line, so I used that to get some of the names in our tree to curve like tree branches.

The Fonts:

I only did our immediate families because once you get past that we get wayyyyyyy to crazy. Already we have three sets of parents! I had to contain our crazy somehow 🙂 Our parents are in brown and paired with one another and a small pink heart. The dark green names are those of my siblings. The hubby has none, so they are all mine *evil laugh.* Then the lighter green font are the various last names of our family. I am a Bauer turned Smith. My older sister is a Rivera. My dad is a Bauer and my mom a Rowicki-turned-Brown. Tierney is my mother-in-law’s maiden (and now middle) name, and Shaffer is my step mom’s maiden (now middle) name. The date is our wedding date, when our families became one big happy family (our one-year anniversary is coming up so soon! Holy cow.).

I absolutely love how well this print turned out. This might be the first of my designs I have professionally printed for us. It is just perfect.

Do you have a family tree in your home?


Graphic Design

Do what you love. Love what you do.

I am very excited for my weekend. Tomorrow morning I’m driving to Pennsylvania to see my sister, my momma and my godmother for a day of girly fun. We are going shopping, moseying around Amish country, touring vineyards and visiting Longwood Gardens. AND I get to see my sister’s new house! Very exciting. Then, Sunday is Father’s Day. The hubby and I are having dad and the family over for brunch — I’m making waffles. Mmmmm. THEN, I’m celebrating Father’s Day with my step dad and we’re having delicious steaks. Mmmmm. It’s going to be a food-filled day.

My weekend is totally jam-packed with fun, but no time for any of my ongoing projects. It’s no biggie, but I still wish we had three-day weekends all the time. I could get so much done!

Speaking of getting stuff done… I am working hard to get my craft room organized and pretty. I put a lot of supplies away last night and am sorting through decorations to figure out what I want to hang and where. I want to hang a print of mine in my craft room for sure and I thought this would be fitting:

UPDATE 5/2/15: This print is now for sale in my Etsy shop! It only took me three years to create one. Sheesh. Head over and check it out 🙂


Another project I want to do for my craft room is to spell out “CREATE” above my work space. I’m not sure how I want to tackle that yet… maybe 3D letter, maybe more prints… we’ll see!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a fantastic Father’s Day!

Graphic Design

Nothing is impossible

I stumbled across this quote from Winston Churchill on a website created to collect words of support and donations for one of my older sister’s best friends. He and his family are going through a really tough time, but are constantly being supported by their friends, families, coworkers, etc. I thought this quote was particularly inspiring, especially considering the amount of support the family has gotten and the trials they’ve already overcome.

“If we are together, nothing is impossible.” – Winston Churchill

So if you or someone you know is in need of some words of encouragement, wisdom, inspiration, etc., feel free to download this free printable and hang it up where you will see it and be reminded that nothing is impossible with the love and support of those who matter.

Check back tomorrow for an update on the wooden trunk I am refinishing! It’s been primed twice and is ready for some color!