Katie Michelle Designs Rebrand

I am SO excited to announce that the Katie Michelle Designs rebrand is complete! A HUGE thank you to the lovely and talented Lauren Carns for doing such beautiful work and for dealing with all of my indecisiveness and sporadic schedule the past couple months. She has been so kind and patient. If you are ever looking for any kind of design work, give her a holla because she is a gem to work with. 

Lauren first created some mood boards to draw some inspiration from and to hone in on what my style and aesthetic was. I think she perfectly summed me up in this mood board. Sometimes I just like to stare at it because it is so pretty!

Next she went to work designing my new logos. My only request was that they involved some of my calligraphy. She did a great job mixing hand lettered elements along with digital ones, along with a pop of color!

Next Lauren designed a new business card and package insert for my Etsy shop. She had the GENIUS idea of the package serving a dual purpose. The back features my business information and then the front can be saved as a small postcard size print. Such. A. Fun. Idea. 

Lastly but most importantly Lauren designed my brand new website which includes hand lettered elements as well as some watercolor images! You may notice that my website address has changed to: www.katiemichelleralls.com, so please change your bookmark/favorite accordingly!

Another new feature to Katie Michelle Designs is a newsletter! Subscribers to the newsletter will receive free monthly downloads, coupons, as well as other fun goodies! To sign up, just simply sign up at the bottom of home page! I promise I will not SPAM you, I hate receiving junk email too!

I am excited to get back to blogging as well as sharing more new and exciting projects with all of you!

FREE Valentine's Printable and Greeting Card

Today I had to go to the grocery store which goes against my grocery shopping rule of never going on Friday, especially to Safeway and really especially before the Friday of any holiday but... Travis just had neck surgery and he needed a few things so being the loving wife I am, I went anyway. 

Upon walking into the grocery store I was bombarded with the strong sent of thrown together flower arrangements, the shiny, giant mylar balloons caught my eye in the fog of red and husbands buying last minute Valentine's Day Cards rushed past me. I immediately regretted going into the store for this exact reason so I grabbed a basket and pretended I was on an old rerun of Supermarket Sweep to get my items as quickly as possibly and leave the store without losing my sanity. 

I know what you are probably thinking, Katie is a real scrooge when it comes to Valentine's Day...well you are partially right... I am a scrooge when it comes to THIS kind of Valentine's Day. You know the commercial, cliche, in your face kind of Valentine's Day. The one where people feel some kind guilt into doing kind or loving things for each other and men in particular have a huge pressure put upon them by society to live up to unrealistic expectations. When Travis and I were dating I told him to not ever buy me flowers on Valentine's Day because that was "the thing to do," but I would love flowers "just because" any other time of the year and thankfully he has lived up to that request. 

The kind of Valentine's Day I do love is one that isn't showy, or over the top but that is thoughtful and from the heart. Hand written cards, homemade dinner and a day spent with your special someone doing something that you BOTH love and enjoy, that is really what the day is about. I am also a firm believer in that Valentine's Day should not be celebrated just one day a year but it should be every day a year.

If you have not yet had time to go and pick out a special card, purchase a gift or maybe you are just looking for something pretty to send your girlfriends I have you covered! In the spirit of love and giving, I am giving you all a free downloadable KMD watercolor heart and also an 8 x10 print. Just print out on card stock, trim down and you are good to go!

Just simple click HERE for the card....

And then click HERE for your 8x10 print. 

Please only use these for your personal use and do not sell or market them as your own. 

I hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day and please, for my sake, continue to share the loving spirit all through out the year just not on Sunday :)

Journals & Grandma's House of Central OregonI

My senior year of high school we took a test, that I can no longer remember the name of, but essentially you answered a million different questions and then were given your top three career choices. They were evidently supposed to be fairly accurate, I am not sure how, but do you know what my top career choices were?
  1. A Nun
  2. Addictions Counselor
  3. Psychologist 
I can guarantee that these are not the normal answers for most high school seniors. I am not quite sure how my test answers arrived at those results. I am Catholic but I have never felt the calling to join the convent. I do like to think of myself as a good listener and I always weigh both sides/options equally so maybe that is where the counselor or psychologist came in? The thing that all three have in common though is service and that characteristic is something to be proud of and be shared. 

I have been brainstorming ways I can give back through my business but have had a hard time coming up with something since calligraphy doesn't really tie into a lot of service organizations. One day it finally clicked to me on something I could do. Many people who use my journals use them for prayer or reflection, so what better way to give back than by giving a portion of the proceeds from each sale to an service organization!

With that being said I am happy to announce that now, a portion of proceeds from all journal sales will be donated to Grandma's House of Central Oregon. Grandma's House is a non-profit home and outreach center, providing safe shelter to homeless or abused pregnant, parenting and adopting girls in Central Oregon. I love what this organization stands for and even more, I love that the girls in these less than ideal, sometimes heartbreaking situations, still decide to choose and believe that everyone's life is precious. 

Jenna Kutcher, who is a Wisconsin photographer, blogger, girl boss, lady entrepreneur extraordinaire, recently wrote a great post about giving back, service and why it makes sense. Read on if you have another minute. 

Interested in purchasing a journal? They are only $12 and have a variety of uses, they even make great bridal party gifts! Head on over to the Etsy shop to snag yours now! Shopping doesn't count if it is for a good cause right?!