Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to write a quick note before I leave town.  I will be accepting new orders, but they will not be fulfilled until after January 4th.  All my current clients, I will be working on your items after December 29th.

Okay, enough business...

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all my readers, clients and friends that have supported EDUB this year.  I couldn't have done it without you all.  You are the reason why my family is having a good Christmas this year (and why I still have my car lol!)  Everyone have a great holiday!




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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I have GREAT clients :)

I love designing for etsy customers. They are so fun to work with and they send me stuff :)  I was so excited to find these on my doorstep yesterday:

And Tawnya of Vintage Bakeshop didn't just send me the chocolate cupcake mix...She sent me all the mixes with the labels that I designed!  I can't wait to try them out...I think I'll try red velvet because that's my favorite :)  Thank you so much Tawnya!  I LOVE them!
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Before and After Wednesday!

So I'm a little behind...oh well.  It will just be before and after someday :)  Sometimes my schedule is just too crazy to actually have a schedule.

Before:

After:  The colors in the first one weren't exacly conveying the modern feel that she wanted for her bakery...so we switched it to orange and green, got rid of the leaves and junk and changed the font in life to look more like handwriting.  The swirls actually came from a previous draft that I did, that I didn't actually save. 

If the food is as good as the logo looks, I want some of that...ha ha :)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A little bit about EDUB...

One of my friends is doing a paper on me for college. It's about a woman entrepreneur...which I happen to be. I was so flattered that she asked to do hers on me...so of course I said yes. I thought she had really good questions, so I wanted to post the Q and A here :)

-How did you come up with the name "Edub" for your company?
Edub is just my initials- EW :)

-How do you balance your priorities (family, business, leisure time, etc.)?
My family is always first. I plan work around Riley's naps and "play time." I don't work on weekends or when Sean is home, unless it's imperative that I get a design out. I work in the mornings usually and start cleaning and cooking around 4.  I'm still working on finding leisure time, but I enjoy what I do, so I guess that is my leisure time!

-What kind of advice do you have for other women looking to start their own business?
For women starting their own business: Have confidence in what you are doing, and find a niche (something that people will want). Having said that, start small. I had big dreams, so it was easy for me to get overwhelmed. By just starting out with $10 jobs, I knew I could grow from there. I'm still in the growing stage, but I know I couldn't have done this if I didn't believe in what I was doing.

-How do you see the future of Edub? 5 years, 10 years down the road?
5 years- I plan to do websites in the near future, but I also want to be more knowledgeable, so I might put everything on hold to get a bachelor's degree in graphic design. I'm thinking it might take me a few years since I don't want to go full-time. In the mean time, I want to start a printing business to attract more customers (I lose some because I don't print :P) And I'm going to start a scrapbooking business.
10 years- By now, the kids will all be in school :) So, I want to do this full-time while they're at school. I also want to have a few employees to help me with the printing and designing. This is where the whole dream big thing comes into play!

-Also, could you give me a date/time frame of when you learned graphic design, then found out about etsy stores and started bidding, and when you made your own business?
Timeline: First off, I've been doing graphic design for forever, but I only used paint. My dad told me to go into graphic design, but I didn't listen :) Parents really do know what they're talking about!
February 2007- Started digital scrapbooking...realized I was pretty good at it!
August 2007- I started writing and designing my company's handbook. This is when I really got interested in graphic design.
April 2008- Moved to Arizona. My company still let me keep my job, but the business was really slow, so I mostly practiced designing while I was there!
July 2008- Lost my job with my company, so Sean and I lived off our savings for the rest of the year. I really started brainstorming about what I could do...
April 2009- Started designing logos for $10 on etsyI have since raised my prices (obviously), and I get about 2 or 3 clients a week!

If you have questions, or would like to know more, just leave a comment!!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Glambaby Designs

I'm way excited to feature this logo. I love it...the colors, the star, the distressed look, the fonts, everything about this. It's totally my style. And this is from yet another etsy store I wish I'd known about when I was looking for baby stuff. Glambaby Designs has the cutest diaper bags!  Maybe for my next baby when my purse is shot :)  If you don't have a baby, don't worry, she has other cute items, like purses, wallets and wristlets!




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Monday, December 7, 2009

Before and After Monday

I have been thinking lately about what I can do to make my blog more enjoyable to my readers.  Also, how to get more readers :)  And the thought hit me...maybe I should talk more about the design process...since that's what I do.  Being a first-time mommy (and running around like a chicken with its head cut off), I usually only make time to post the AFTER....the result of hours of work on a logo.  Today, and hopefully every Monday, I want to show you the BEFORE!

This is still one of my favorite logos and one of my favorite people to work with.  When we started, she didn't even have an etsy shop.  Now, she has a successful shop and she's a successful crafter.  I have a key fob she did and it's wonderful.  I never have to look for my keys in my huge diaper bag/purse and it's also very stylish.

So, Kristen of modmomME wanted a silhouette of a modern woman holding a baby, a purse and had a toddler hanging on to her leg.  I was pregnant at the time, so I didn't realize how true this image was.  I think it captures what every mom does every day!  She also wanted pink, turquoise and brown for her colors...with a touch of a chartreuse-ish (not sure of the color tone here) green the first draft looked like this:


Pretty good for my amateur self...but not quite what Kristen had in mind for her company logo.  With a little tweaking, her final draft ended up like this:



A lot of people feel bad for having me do a lot of drafts...but that's why I offer unlimited revisions!  I want your logo to be perfect!!!  Company branding is very important, so you want it to be right.  I think we got modmomME right :)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

color.me.sweet.

I am even more behind on this logo.   This is color.me.sweet.  I designed her hyena cart as well.  She makes custom, whimsical clothes for little ones.  Be sure to visit her shop...she has some great designs!




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Monday, November 30, 2009

Whimzy Creations

I have been way behind in posting this, but I really wanted to post this even though it's in my portfolio.  This design was really fun to do because of all the patterns on this topsy turvy cake.  Who knew that watching food network's Challenge would come in handy?  The cake competitions really helped inspire me for this logo for Whimzy Creations.  She makes the cutest custom birthday banners and other party favor supplies.  Can't wait for Riley to turn one so I can shop here!




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The Vintage Sash

I was very lucky to work with the owner of The Vintage Sash.  She had me design a ton of items (gift cards, blog header, etsy store designs, etc).  It was a lot of fun and the result is great:

Her etsy store isn't opened yet, but I will be sure to make a post when it does!  


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scrap Edub Teaser

I honestly can't tell you how excited I am for my scrapbooking store.  I'm working on four different kits, and I finally finished one:



But I'm not selling anything until I have at least 3 of the collections done...so you'll just have to wait :)

Funny story about my scrapbook company name.  I was so excited about my new logo and I showed my husband right when he got home...he said "that's cute..."  then read it out loud "Edub's crap"  Ha!  So, I'm changing my name to "Scrap Edub"...I'm lucky I have a guy around to think of things like that.  I think Scrap Edub has a cute ring to it...I always think of rub-a-dub-dub when I say it...so coming soon:  Scrap-edub-dub three kits in a...tub???  Okay, I'm not clever, but still, it's exciting :)
 

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Monday, November 16, 2009

The New Look of edub!

I know people loved my old look, but I needed something different, and something that could show my diversity, instead of something that shouted out "I only design Etsy Shops!"  So, I came up with something that is still fun and girlie, but would be attractive to other markets as well...something that is just...ME:




Enjoy the new edub!!!


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Spoonflower contest!!

I am competing in a fabric design contest at Spoonflower.  I had to design a fabric with fish and it had to include these colors...I think it turned out adorable!  

Vote here!!! 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blog Feature

I posted about Janet G Anderesen Photography a while ago, but Janet was kind enough to feature me in her blog. Thanks again Janet!
This is a picture of my sister-in-law (janet's daugher, by the way!) and my niece. I love this picture, so I had to put it on her business card!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Eternal Reflections Photography


This was really fun to do...however, I always love doing photography logos because they're so girlie and are whimsical and flourished...just a lot of fun!!! You have to check out their blog too. I looove it! They're such talented photographers...kind of makes me wish I lived in Canada...except that I hate the cold :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

San Diego Baseball Camp

So, this is a new style for me, obviously, but I think it turned out perfectly for my client's needs:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sneak Peek

I'm getting closer and closer to my scrapbooking line and I'm super excited. So excited, in fact, that I couldn't wait to show you my new logo:
Will post more updates when I have my supplies ready!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Customhouse Baby

Be sure to check out Customhouse Baby...especially if you are expecting or have little kids, or know people who have kids (I guess that sums it up...everyone should see her site!). She makes bedding sets and they are so cute! It made me sad that I already had all of Riley's crib items...but I promised her that I'll look her up for our next one. Also, another reason to check out her store is her banner...I love it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Apple Dumpling Gear

I love the way this turned out...okay, I say that everytime, but this was a new concept for me...and I just really like it.
I also designed her Hyena Cart, so be sure to take a look at that. I designed all the elements on the page. She makes all sorts of items for children, so check it out!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Katydids

So, I have a huge fear of (and this is totally embarrassing)...grasshoppers. They seriously creep me out. When I was looking up pictures for this logo, I was literally gagging looking at all the grasshoppers. At least katydids are the cuter kinds, but still...it was rough for me!

However, I think the katydid in this logo turned out oh so cute...no gagging here :) I also love the polka dots in the lettering, the font is awesome (from 1001freefonts.com...I purchased the 10,000 fonts and it has been a lifesaver!), and I just love this new logo. So did my client...because I didn't even have to do any revisions :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Clever Cupcake

So, I had a challenge with this one because I had already made a cupcake logo, and the owner of Clever Cupcake wanted it to look like the Run, Lori, Run logo...which consequently, also looked like the Vintage Bakeshop logo. So, I had to come up with something the same, yet totally different (isn't that a movie quote?) I think I nailed it! The cupcake concept is totally different, and the cupcake "foil" border adds a nice touch. Clever Cupcake makes these cute pendants...all custom made with your design. Be sure to check her out! Right now she has her Halloween banner up...which I also designed :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Downtown Dancewear

At first she wanted it to be mostly green, but after playing around with it, I really liked the turquoise color for the font...and she agreed. I LOVE the colors in this. I think it's perfect for dancing attire :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sweetlife Bakery

LOVE this new design!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Been Busy

I finished this a while ago...but I've been too busy to update anything! That's good right??

Vintage Bakery is a shop I wish I'd known about when I was getting married/throwing my sister-in-law's bridal shower. She makes baking mixes for showers/weddings/gifts, etc. Check out her website and you'll also see all the labels I designed for her!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jennifer Clare Photography

Kind of weird I had two photography logos to do at once, yet the style was totally different. It was a lot of fun! Jennifer Clare is in Derby, England and she's fabulous. Check out her site:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Janet G Andersen Photography

I had the pleasure of working with my sister-in-law's mom (also my friend!) on this logo. I LOVE the way this logo turned out...wish I could keep it for myself! lol

Janet did my wedding pictures and they turned out AMAZING. She is seriously so talented. She is in the Phoenix area, so if you are there and need pictures, check her out!

A couple of my favorites from my wedding (they're scanned in, so that's why they're blurry)...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moondoonie Logo

I'm finally finding time to update my blog. Here is my newest finished logo for Moondoonie. They have really beautiful jewelry, that I think is really unique. The picture below is my favorite pair that you can find here:


I also designed Moondoonie's blog...check it out!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Goodbye to a Dear Friend


Kameron was my good friend. Please read this and contribute to this cause:

Kameron Haban lost his battle with Lupus Wednesday morning. He has touched the lives of so many with his huge smile and genuine kindness, and will be missed by so many! Jami has also touched many with her amazing courage and faith throughout their ordeal. Whether you know them or not, please keep Jami and 2 1/2 year old son Kason in your prayers.

This sweet family is in need of emotional, spiritual and physical support. Kameron spent more than the last month of his life in the ICU. We are all blessed with an opportunity to help. Yesterday a bank account was opened for them. Anyone can go to any Bank of America and make a donation to the account under JamiLynn Haban for the benefit of Kameron Haban. You can also make an online donation at paypal.com by sending it to habanfundraiser@gmail.com

Jami did an amazing job of updating everyone on her blog kamandjami.blogspot.com if you would like to read more about their experience. It is extremely intimate, and sure to touch your heart.

Please help us lend support to the Haban family during this time. Feel free to help spread the word of how to make a donation to those who you know will want to help.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Forgot to post this one! This is my cousin's logo...she did my pregnancy pics :) If you're in the Phoenix area, be sure to look her up! http://simplyyouphoto.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back to Work



Here are my latest logo designs!

Monday, July 27, 2009

PS

I have a blog feature up today: http://macaroniandglue.blogspot.com/2009/07/artisan-feature-edub-graphic-art-and.html

Check out this blog...it's awesome!

Blog Contest Winner!



Riley Sage was born on July 10, 2009 at 7:47 am. She was 20 inches long and 7.3 lbs. She's getting bigger (well, mostly fatter) everyday and she's just the cutest thing...with tons of spunk!!!

Now, the winner is Joneel! She guessed July 11...close enough :) I randomly chose her from the others that guessed July 9. Thanks for entering the contest everyone!