It’s the final countdown! Just one more month until the All Dressed in White Bridal Show at the Anvil Center in New West minster. I’m so so so excited!
I have a lot of organizing and preparation to do, but I am so loving the process. I ordered my first ever batch of business cards last week, and I am close to finishing my wedding stationary rates package!
I have also set up a Facebook page to advertise my wedding stationary design, which is great too! I am part of the Vancouver Wedding Swap Facebook group, so it looks like I will actually be able to start marketing myself!
I’m full of good vibes over all of this. I feel as though my business is kind of dividing into two groups: weddings, and everything else. I’m thinking it might be better to keep those worlds separate for now and encourage their individual growths, which may lead to me having 2 websites one day! But that’s wayyyy down the road from here.
Of all things, I think what I am looking forward to most is the opportunity to meet other vendors and designers in the wedding industry. I have had very little contact with other designers since I began this venture – so I am more than ready to shake some hands and trade some business cards! Although looking at the vendor list, I might be the only stationary designer there? WHAT?
I mean, I was really looking forward to meeting fellow designers, but this could be an incredible opportunity for me to network myself to clients and brides who are coming to the show looking for a one-stop-shop!
Anyways, I’ll be posting my marketing materials as they come! I hope you like it, and I hope the show has a great turnout! Tickets are just $15 for brides, and $10 for guests, and the place is going to be packed with vendors and designers with amazing deals!
Hopefully I will see you there!
I’m going to be honest about something that I’ve been thinking about for a while, especially over the last few weeks. Those real estate signs I posted a few days ago? I don’t like them very much.
I’ve produced way better work, and I’m capable of more than that. I remember making them late on Tuesday night, burnt out and uninspired. Maintaining my goal of 1 project per week is very important to me, but I feel as though lately I am losing my grasp on why I set out to do this in the first place.
I want to practice, and I want to get better. I want to produce work that reflects my skill, maybe even contribute to my portfolio! Some weeks I feel like I did really well. Other weeks, I fell short. Last week was one of them. I don’t want to compromise quality for quantity. It doesn’t paint an accurate picture of what I can offer and produce. So I’ve been thinking back to the beginning of the year, and how I can solve this problem.
When I first envisioned this blog, I saw it as an opportunity to showcase not only the work that I do, but how I do the work. The process, the rough drafts, all of it! The process is everything, it showcases the thought and effort behind every design decision, and gives meaning to otherwise careless shapes on a screen. I want to put that amount of care into every project I do, big or small, short-term or long-term.
So! I have an idea! There are a lot of projects I’ve been dying to work on, but haven’t had the time to squeeze them into a week. What I am going to do instead, is take 2 or even 3 weeks for certain projects (ones that call for that amount of time) and update my progress as I go. I’ll still post every week – my updates as well as my design process – only this time I will be able to offer better quality productions. I promise, this isn’t me trying to get out of working hard, or back-pedaling out of my goal. I really want to improve myself, and I believe this is the best way to do it. So wish me luck!
Last week my family and I went to Maui, Hawaii for a family vacation! We haven’t travelled together or gone on a family trip since I was little, so this was a pretty big deal for us.
It was absolutely gorgeous, of course! I’ve never been to a tropical place of course, and I was totally blown away by how beautiful and warm it was. I could have spent the whole week swimming in the ocean with the fish and turtles.
Now that I’m home, it’s time to get back to work! Obviously I wasn’t in the mood to spend part of my vacation in front of my computer, so I am going to make up for last week and submit 2 projects this week!
I also was thinking during my trip, I really want to put in an effort to make more blog posts. Not just for weekly design submissions, but also updates on my other goals, and my life in general. I found my old day planners from 2015 and 2016 yesterday, and I’ve been flipping through them since! It’s so fun to look back and see everything that has changes. It’s like reading a diary from a lifetime ago, even though they are only a couple years old! I would love to have that same feeling reading back on these original blog posts a year from now.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back to post soon!
Super fun crazy times!
I found a room in a shared apartment last week, and I will be beginning the moving process starting next week. I have so much to organize and do but I’m really excited! It’s been such a wonderful start to the year. So much change. I hope it keeps up!
I will have a lot more space to work in, which will be fantastic. The location is super convenient, and the rent is a steal compared to what most people are paying these days! Maybe I will post some pictures of my work space once it’s all set up (don’t hold your breath)! Aaaah! I’m so looking forward to this.
Hooray! KatCanDo.ca is finally live!
I’m so excited to have this done, and to have a place to fill with work and content to future clients and employers. What a great way to kick off the new year!
A big thank-you to my boyfriend Justin Neumeyer for helping me with my photo-shoot and configuring the technical aspect of my website. You’re the best!
Looking forward to what comes next!
Thank you for tuning in! This is my first post to my first blog. Soon to be followed with many, more interesting posts about my work, my developments as a designer, my ambitions and thoughts, and some of my life.
I will be posting a new project every week, and updates along the way. This blog’s primary objective is to keep me accountable and working on my own projects consistently! So if you are interested in some of my more “unrefined” projects that you might not find on my website, or in my portfolio, you have come to the right place.
Looking forward to starting the new year fresh and inspired!