| Christmas in February

CHRISTMAS CARD UNSCRATCHED
First recap: After years of false starts, we finally got Christmas cards out this year! Inspired by our lotto-loving neighbors, we did a scratch-to-win theme. The design came together around these handy scratch-off stickers, and included a series of clues about each family member to fan the intrigue.

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Family pictures are pretty creepy when half-scratched. 
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Surprise! Its the Laidlaw-Morris Clan! If we accidentally missed sending you a card, forgive me. It was an eleventh hour, egg-nog impeded endeavor. PS— if you think getting three kids to look at the camera— forget about smiling— for a last-minute family selfie is an easy task, guess again. I need longer arms and better bribes for a family of five!

| Love is for the Birds

When up-and-coming-singer-songwriter Taylor Olson approached me about designing her album art, I was very interested. Album art! But when I heard her voice, intrigue begat excitement—this girl can sing. We wanted to create something that was evocative of her folksy sound and hint at the lovebird theme without going all Portlandia.

I initially wanted to do a hand drawn version, and had a splendid time stealing my kids’ colored pencils. Ultimately we decided it might be a little too folksy, and went with the bolder vector art. Which do you prefer?

P.S. Check out Taylor’s album on iTunes. Ivy (who has exceptional taste in music, as evidenced by her recent Michael Jackson kick) loves Bird Songit has been on heavy rotation around these parts.