After more years that I want to admit, I’ve finally taken the time to get a portfolio back online. I’ve struggled with my online identity for years, all while focusing on others people’s identity, company, logo, website, and on and on.
A few months ago I woke up around 4am. I was the only one awake in the house and I just felt God saying, “Get up and get this on paper. I’m about to give you some info you need to remember.” Well, when God wakes me up that early, I try to listen. And I’m so thankful I did.
Within a matter of 2 hours I had sketches for a whole new line of stationery, a website outline, and ideas to market myself. Now let me back up.
2001 – Sassy Pants Designs was born. After 4 years, one National Stationery Show, and a lot of life with me and my partner, we decide to put it on hold and not try and grow the business.
2004 – eh paper hired me as the main designer. After 4 years, many national shows, 72 designs, and countless customers, it was sold to another local company who has since sold to another company. I have no idea where all of the designs are.
Since 2004 I’ve done a lot of pro bono work for friends, co-workers, and myself. I also have not had a portfolio of print work online that whole time. So, one of my 40 before 40 goals was to get a new portfolio online. I didn’t make that deadline. But when the 4am call came – I knew I’d have to get this done. I’ve spent the last month messing with design, fonts, styles, gathering samples I wanted to highlight and just thinking about this in (all) my spare time. I’ve only worked on this in small chunks after the kids are in bed and mostly for the 30 minutes I can keep my eyes open before drifting off to sleep.
JD was free to take photos of my work last Sunday and I was able to add the critical piece – the work! I’m so excited and ready to see where God takes this. It’s all His. Please join me over at my new website, where I’ll be blogging from here on out, posting work and working on new designs. I’m hoping to offer some gifts from time to time also. After all, what’s the fun in designing if you can’t do something completely free of constraints and then share it with people.