Announcement! KR Creative will be moving to an office on Central Avenue in January! I am so excited that I can hardly stand it. I have been working out of my home office for over 3 years and come so far. It is time to expand for many reasons. I am running out of room for all of my equipment and I would like a nice space to meet with clients. I want a place where people can just walk in to inquire about a website, print, or design job. I love the atmosphere here in Nebraska City and I think I will fit in just great downtown. It really is a great place to live and a great place to grow a business.
There is an awesome space in the back for an art studio. Once a month I plan to have an art night where I will teach a new art lesson to those who sign up. It is a nice night out for people and they won’t have to drive an hour to enjoy some creative & social time. I have so many ideas and I can’t wait to share! So keep an eye out in the coming months for my class schedule.
I can’t wait to make a new sign and add some vinyl to the windows. I am going to paint the walls and decorate! I will get some tables and chairs for the back and a place to store all of my art supplies. Dream come true friends. This shows that if you believe in yourself and work very hard, you can make it happen. A celebration is in order here.
I have been focusing mostly on print design for the last four years. I love to design for print, but I also have a fondness for the web. I have designed several websites over the last few years and plan to make the list grow longer and longer. I studied HTML and Dreamweaver in college and recently took the course The Girls Guide to Web Design (awesome course by the way).
It is SO important to have your business on the web these days. Less people read the newspaper and phone books… they go straight to Google!
I used to design websites using Dreamweaver, but now I use WordPress exclusively because I want my clients to have the option of updating their own website if they choose. If you want your site to have visibility on the web and get noticed by search engines, you will want your site designed using WordPress as the CMS. It is great for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are so many plug-ins that can do amazing things for your site. You can learn more about WordPress here.
I plan to put tutorials for WordPress on my blog soon. Check back!
It seems as though kraft paper is on my cutting board quite a lot lately. I love kraft paper and so many others do as well. I have listings for kraft paper business cards in my etsy shop as well as earring cards. I have also done several kraft paper brochures. People love the natural look of it and the bonus is… it’s recycled.
I like to use kraft paper from the French Paper Company. It is from the Speckletone paper line and comes in several different weights and sizes. I use the 80 lb cover stock. Here is a short description of the Speckletone paper from the French Paper Company website. “Way back in 1955, we created Speckletone – the first-ever recycled sheet with flecks and shives – to inspire designers and their clients. We’ve inspired a few imitators over the years who attempted to replicate Speckletone’s incredibly rugged good looks, but what they can’t copy is the genuine small-town USA character that goes into every sheet of French Paper.” This is part of the reason that it is my all time favorite kraft paper. My printer loves it too.
If you are in need of kraft business cards or promotional materials, get in touch with me. I’d love to work with you.
This is the inspiration board that I made before making over my website. I had heard of polyvore before, but never used it until a few months ago. I chose some of the colors that I really like and making this was super fun. I pinned these items onto a Pinterest board first. You can find me on Pinterest here http://pinterest.com/kradke/
I am not quite finished with my website but I am VERY close. I will announce and celebrate when it is complete. I got quite a few portfolio items up today. Check them out!
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to design a logo for the town that I grew up in and design t-shirts and koozies for their 125th Anniversary Celebration. I first went and took photos of some of the places in Cook that really stand out to me and then I drew them in pencil. I scanned into my computer and touched up and converted to a vector image. This is how it turned out and I couldn’t be happier. It was a great feeling to see all of those people in Cook wearing the t-shirts last weekend.