spring sale : (e)mail marketing

advertising campaigns, ecard, marketing collateral, retail advertising


It’s a spring savings celebration at Celebrate Me Home during the entire month of March! This highly anticipated annual event lures furniture and home decor shoppers in from all across the Northwest. Located just off I-84 in Troutdale, OR, CMH carries a unique collection of distinctive statement pieces that bring comfort and beauty to the space you call home.  This timely message was delivered in the form of a direct mail postcard, email campaign via MailChimp, facebook cover page and website homepage insert.

precious print designs by innocent wisdom on etsy

art, prints & framing, illustrations


Helping my daughter, Kristen, set up her Innocent Wisdom mini shop at the Troutdale First Friday Art Walk in October and November has been a fun and rewarding experience. She was able to showcase her work in the front of Celebrate Me Home and sell prints of her original art, featuring children’s prints with Troutdale shoppers. Located on the historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale, Oregon we have enjoyed beautiful weather, friendly, helpful business owners and wonderful customers. Selling prints (framed and unframed) during our 5-9pm stay has been a great experience that will help Kristen grow her business. Below is a most sweet and precious way to present the lamb and pup prints — we love Columbia River Gallery’s exclusive mat and frame presentation! These are also available for sale, please contact Innocent Wisdom or Columbia River Gallery on how to purchase.


graduation announcement : gresham high school

invitations & announcements


  1. Buy white cardstock and find oversize envelopes in graduate’s favorite color — in this case, chartreuse.
  2. Select a few distinctive senior portraits of graduate as taken by Lenny Pichette Photography.
  3. List past four year’s worth of graduate’s accomplishments : music, voice, stage and tennis
  4. Design and craft a handsomely unique, personalized announcement in honor of this high school and its impressive graduate.
  5. Polish announcements off with coordinating band and slip into envelopes.
  6. Address, stamp and mail.
  7. Encourage, nurture, and graciously guide 18 years of developed skills, talents and interests into a successful and happy adult!

facebook cover photo : sales event design

advertising campaigns, facebook timeline cover, retail advertising


So excited to make use of Facebook’s new cover photo guidelines — one can now add special event or promotional information to their photo or image! Following Facebook’s 20% text rule (by using this cool tool) while keeping your photo or design as the main focus can be a bit challenging, but well worth the effort in keeping your main image clean and appealing. Here is my first promotional cover page for Celebrate Me Home, can’t wait to create the next one!

wine tasting cards

event image designs, illustrations, retail advertising


I had the pleasure of creating this postcard/handout for one of my favorite local home furnishing stores, Celebrate Me Home. Using the Bamboo Create in Illustrator I drew the wine glasses with the paintbrush tool and filled them with red wine using the pen tool. A fun, stylized image with a purpose — that’s how I like to design. Printing by Leamy Printing.

baby shower invitations

event image designs, event planning, invitations & announcements, kid-friendly designs, stationery : social


Little lamb, who made thee? Introducing my newest baby shower invitation for our beautiful mom-to-be. Lambs and the color pink were part of her chosen theme, so this invitation honors both.

Using Illustrator to create a more simple graphic style from a purchased piece of clip art I then printed the lamb on pink cardstock and embellished each with a little bling on a small white flower. With exacto knife in hand, I freehanded a wooly cut-out for the white card insert, punched a hole in the opposite end and pulled a white satin ribbon through. Slipping the invitation into a white envelope with flap on the short end ensured that this original and unique invitation design would be delivered with a touch of distinctive flair to friends and family …  Little lamb, God bless thee.

facebook timeline cover : valentine

facebook timeline cover, invitations & announcements, photography, stationery : social


What makes the heart go pitter patter? A special Valentine just for you! I remember in elementary school how exciting it was to fill out valentine cards on Valentine Eve and drop them into each classmate’s handmade oversized envelope the next day. Seems we never had enough time to open them all at school, so I would rush home and go through my pile at a more leisurely pace to further enjoy the silly sentiment and sweets. Loved it when candy was attached making the day end extra special.

Through the years, I still give out Valentine’s on occasion. When our three children were younger I would leave them each special Valentine treats to discover in the morning or after school. And I always make or give a valentine to my husband. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day several decades ago and it’s been a ♡ marker on my calendar every year since. It seemed befitting to take a pic of our names spelled out in slippery Scrabble order since he and I have enjoyed playing that game ever since our heartful and humble beginnings. Happy Valentine’s Day!

facebook timeline cover : holiday

ecard, facebook timeline cover, posters, typography

Oh, what fun it is to design a timeline cover this way! Words of the season dressed in festive fonts mingle amidst a bright background color reminiscent of  December’s jewel. Fonts are Mrs. Eaves and Baker Script who have graciously left room for the addition of a profile photo once on Facebook … voilá! Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful holiday season.

baby shower invitations

invitations & announcements, stationery : social

First comes love, then comes marriage…now comes the baby in the baby carriage! Congratulations to our newlyweds, Jillian and Matt. They are expecting their first baby in June 2012. It was a pleasure creating 30 of these semi-handmade baby shower invitations.  Thank you to my friend, Nancy, who helped with finalizing design details and precisely cut the pinking shear edges to each piece of ‘baby’ blue material. For more information on how I can make invitations like these for your event, email me : bdavidmill@gmail.com. Prices vary based on materials, starting at $7 each, includes envelope.

brian’s rocky road : chocolate design

rocky road

Homemade Rocky Road is the order of the day. My husband, Brian is making his chocolate debut at our local green grocer, Lillian’s just in time for Valentine’s Day. This delicious chocolate treat is loaded with peanut butter, marshmallows and several other delectable ingredients making it the perfect chocolate choice for you and/or your special someone. For more information on how you can order locally or online, please email Brian Miller: brianmiller.bkm@gmail.com.

auld lang syne : happy new year!

posters, typography

In honor of long, long ago and happy days gone by, this typography poster design represents the neighborhood many of my friends and I grew up in. Each entry is the name of a street that one or more of us lived on as we attended elementary through high school together. This poster is dedicated to those of us who graduated from Hiram Johnson High School, Class of 78 and still enjoy getting together from time to time. Some still live within a 20 minute drive of this hallowed neighborhood and have raised families here. Others, like me, live hundreds of miles away, but make a trip back home every so often just to reconnect. To all I take a cup ‘o kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Happy new year!

blog design : gresham high school choirs

editorial designs, education, school event designs

Now that Gresham High School has rolled out its new website, it’s each teacher’s job to create and maintain online information accordingly. Some teachers have neither the time and/or the training to put important data online that is visually appealing, easy to follow and simple/quick to do. As a member of the GHS Choir Parents Council, I volunteered to create a blog for our Choral Director, Janine Kirstein. She has so much to share each year with students, parents, staff and peers that it seemed befitting for her to have a detailed online presence. And, for all the parents out there who rarely, if ever, see information sent home — this blog’s for you! Staying on top of choir information is vital to each student’s success.

The Gresham High School Choir blog is designed to inform, inspire and invite followers to see and hear the beauty of vocal arts through the GHS Choral Program. Choosing WordPress for the blog was familiar, convenient and most aesthetically pleasing. The theme, Dusk to Dawn gave Janine her preferred blue background with simple flourishes that exude art and music. Bonus : at the end of each year, the blog can be printed and kept as a nice journal of events.

ecard design : merry christmas!

ecard, photography, stationery : social

Had a ton o’ fun taking these photos of our new kitten, Cloud. He was abandoned outside of a local vet’s office back in October. A friend of my son’s from high school who works at the vet surprised us with an introduction to this little 6-7 week old guy. We fell in love with him immediately and watched as he quickly made himself right at home. He is now a permanent family member. Cloud’s favorite perch and napping spot is atop a chair inside a brown fluffy blanket. This is the e-card I sent out to clients and friends.

flyer design : win a vacation!

flyers, school event designs

The Gresham High School Concert Choir headed to Orlando, Florida spring of 2012 to compete in the 2012 Heritage Music Festival! Students sold raffle tickets to raise $$$ to go. Two lucky raffle ticket holders won 7 Days & 7 Nights at the World Mark resort of their choice! For each raffle ticket purchased 100% went into the student trip account. There was no limit to how many tickets one could buy!

Choir students used this flyer to inspire, excite and inform their potential participants and supporters as they each raised money to enjoy and learn from this special musical experience. While creating this flyer, I reminisced about my own high school travels. One trip in particular still stands out above all — when our entire senior class flew to LA to spend the night [11pm-7am] in Disneyland. The park was filled exclusively with pending high school grads from many parts of the west coast. Good times!

graduation announcement : university of oregon

invitations & announcements, stationery : social


Oregon, our Alma Mater, we will guard thee on and on…such is the sentiment of the 2011 University of Oregon graduates. This year I had the privilege of creating personalized graduation announcements for one of UO’s Lundquist College of Business grads, Lenny Pichette. Lenny requested a dark green cardstock for the cover so I chose Beckett Cambric Greenbrier. For the interior card panel I went with Mohawk Solutions Ivory Linen with matching No. 10 envelopes. Lenny’s submitted photo was processed in sepia tone as a complementary nod to his BA degree color of brown. The handcut photo window zooms in on our grad while a nice scenic surprise delivers insight to this grad’s career destination. Once opened, a two-sided tasselled medallion with a UO seal hangs taughtly from slick golden thread as the honorary UO emblem of choice. The ivory linen envelopes made for a cohesive and polished delivery. This impressive graduate has a career position in Seattle waiting for him — congratulations Lenny! Go duck go, keep winning duck win!

event image design : cinema under the stars

logo designs, marketing collateral

Summer is coming, summer is coming! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and treat yourself and/or your family and friends to Free Family Movies After Dark with Cinema Under the Stars. Select schools and parks within the Gresham and Portland, OR metro area will be showing free movies throughout July and August as a way to reach out and bring neighbors and families together in a positive, entertaining environment.

Below is a portion of the sponsorship brochure I had the privilege of designing for two amazing volunteers (Richard and Cathy) who are spearheading this event. They dictated yellow and black as their colors of choice.With this 11×17 2-sided, 2-color brochure I used the bright yellow to grab its deserving attention and the black to inform and encourage its excited audience. This piece will NOT blend in or get lost in any paper shuffle!

If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or be a vendor at the event contact Richard Kiely at Home Run Graphics or Cathy Sherick at GGAPP. Click here for movie schedule.

wedding invitations

invitations & announcements, stationery : social

Going to the chapel and their gonna get married… These small wedding invitations are for a small private ceremony that was held in a small chapel in a very small town. Only 30 names are on the guest list. A larger reception was held at a later date. Announcements hit the mail the week following the ceremony. Bridal showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties and a lovely honeymoon were also on the calendar of spring and summer events for this couple. The monogram I designed along with the complete wedding invitation package are a gift to my daughter and her fiancée.

Jillian had a lot of say in how she would like their stationery to look. She chose blue with a pop of pink as her wedding colors, but decided to use only blue for her wedding stationery. We worked together selecting the wording, typefaces, paper and designs. We combined two type families for the script (it took awhile to find just the right  J, C, and M) and used a sans serif for the non-script. Can you name which three fonts were used?

Below are the announcements which were sent out with a photo two weeks after the ceremony. Photo credit goes to Glass River Photography — Aaron did a great job capturing the essence of beauty, simplicity and fun of our happy bride and groom. To see the wedding ceremony photo collage I designed for Jillian and Matt, click here.

program design : gresham high school choir

marketing collateral, photography

Congratulations to the Gresham High School Concert Choir for being chosen to perform at MENC : The National Association for Music Education Northwest Division Conference in Seattle this month! Here are a few of the pages from the printed program I designed for the audience members of this event :

After meeting with Janine Kirstein, the Choral Director for GHS I set to work on the design and production of this small handout. She indicated the following attributes : clean, classic and simple using Gresham High’s color blue. Given the importance of receiving this honorary invitation for the choir to perform in Seattle, we talked about how the design should complement the talent, training, support and personality of the students and the GHS community. During the development of the concept, I was inspired to explore the possibility of using an image of the school building for the cover. Seemed a befitting tie-in as we described the skills, experiences and attributes that are built daily inside these walls. Grabbing my Canon Powershot SX130 I took a few photos then worked the final cut in Photoshop trying to enhance the blues in adherence to the color theme throughout. I used InDesign for type, page layout and print readiness … voilà!

Special thanks to our local sponsors : Lillian’s Natural Marketplace, Vintage Station, Dr. Perry Stevenson, and Frenzi, our newest Yo Cream shop in downtown Gresham. Their logos were printed on the back page. Above is the center spread photo of our illustrious concert choir — photo credit goes to Gene Takalo.

sketch : ad design

retail advertising

To sketch or not to sketch — that is the question when design projects begin and deadlines loom. For instance, taking a new ad concept and putting it on paper (or chalkboard, wipe/erase board, napkin, etc.) before working it on the computer is a crucial part of the design process.  Some graphic designers — myself included at times, skip the manual sketch and jump right into designing on the computer. We consider our computer comps to be our electronic sketches. There are pros and cons to both techniques and designers are more than ready to debate their chosen modus operandi.

If I had to choose a side, my alliance would be with sketchers. And I do not consider myself a great sketch artist. But when I sketch first, it does help me see my vision in less time, with less effort, less distraction and I can be free to create more options. At times, it’s through sketching that I also come to the finer details earlier on which can ultimately save time and money.

Above is my sketch for a photo developing ad concept and its final outcome, a 3cx18″ ROP ad. I used the buyer’s ad list to sketch and collect props and product. When directing the photo shoot, this sketch helped me communicate my idea clearly and easily. I was still able to move things around and play creatively, but ultimately the photographer and I got in there, made good use of our time and ended with great photos that worked well for the ad. I produced this particular advertisement a while ago .. but I can still picture it!