I recently pushed myself in the world of design. It wasn't anything new or innovative, in fact, a lot of people are doing it right now. However, I knew absolutely nothing about how to do it or the steps I needed to take in order to make the vision in my head a reality.
When you work in a creative field, it's easy to master a style or process and get stuck doing it over and over again. At the same time, when you have that creative vein, there's a part of you that wants to push the envelope, think outside of the box and do something that's never been done before. So when my client wanted to incorporate gold foil on her invitations I was both excited and a little scared. I wasn't sure if I had the skills to get it done beautifully and to the high standard I expect of all my work.
This is my 10th year owning my business and if look back at where I started and how far I've come, it's pretty amazing. I remember in the beginning running around town hunting down paper and envelopes. I would make daily trips to the craft stores buying rhinestones and ribbon and most times I would have to drive to several to find the quantity I needed to complete a single job. I was unfamiliar with the design programs and had a difficult time calculating the amount of time needed to design and complete a project. I spent endless hours researching the best glue, scissors, rhinestones, paper cutters and spending lots of money testing them out so I could have the best for my clients. My standards were high but in the early years of my business, my skills weren't mastered yet. I knew I had to provide quality products and impeccable service to set me apart from other designers so I kept learning, researching and working on my craft. Over time, the things that were once difficult became easier and through the process I found my design style.
Now 10 years later, I'm still learning to master new skills and expand my design sense. Through my recent process of designing with foil, I learned so much and in the end I know it made me better. It was uncomfortable at first, but when we make ourselves uncomfortable, that's often where we grow the most. I want to consistently push myself to learn new skills and design techniques so I can continue to provide beautiful work for my clients. I am as passionate about the process as I am about the final piece and I find joy in the journey. After all, the journey is where the magic happens.
Graphic designer, music maniac, dancing fool