A couple of my pages from last week, both a little different from the norm.

Love getting to mix things up with a cool vertical photo!

This one’s not my favorite visually, but there’s reasoning behind it — we wanted the Obama story high up on the page, and there’s no way the word ‘marriage’ would have fit in one column. In the interest of having headlines that make sense, I gave it two columns next to the lead story … it does help to think like an editor when drawing boxes on the page. (:


Graduation weekend, part II: The fun continues! Twenty-four hours after my dad’s graduation, my brother walked across the same stage to accept his music degree. Congratulations, Josh!

The graduates and their rings — Dad’s been talking about taking this picture for quite a while. (:

Then we added me.

And here’s a shot of Josh with his graduation gift from me (he actually opened it the day before). It’s been sitting in my apartment for months, and I was so excited to finally give it to him!

It’s a quilt made up of Bluecoats T-shirts (including several stolen from Josh’s closet when he wasn’t home). Thanks to the folks at the Quilt Loft, who did a wonderful job creating exactly what I had envisioned — it’s beautiful, and the perfect gift to celebrate such a special day. Love you, brother!


I was lucky enough to see two loved ones get their diplomas this weekend, starting Thursday at my dad’s graduation. He has been working so hard (on top of a full-time job) toward his degree in applied arts and sciences, and he is now a proud Texas State alumnus. Congratulations, Dad!

He’s a fan of the flip cam I got him. (:

Woohoo! Love you, Dad!


Hooray for graduations and a new project to work on this week!

Josh and I headed to Zilker Park on Saturday to take some pictures for his graduation invitations. He liked the jumping shots I did for Kevin’s invitation in December, so we started with that.

He also wanted to do some normal shots, plus a super silly one with his tuba (we did attempt some jumping pictures with the tuba, but he wasn’t able to get as much air on those — ha!).

Josh originally wanted to do several images on the invitation, but once we uploaded that tuba shot … well, that was it. I giggled the entire time I was working on it.

Ta-da! Special thanks to Noble, who went to the paper store for me and cut all the backing paper to size while I was at work. He’s turning out to be an excellent arts & crafts assistant — should be useful for wedding planning purposes. (:


I’ve had the pleasure of both designing and editing some great stories over the past month (on that note, take a moment to check out this piece following an Austin officer’s death last week). Here’s Sunday’s front, designed by yours truly.


Six days of work followed by a day off followed by another six days of work = let’s make the most of the day off!

In other exciting April 12 news, nine months until wedding day!


I did my first Sunday A1 this week! Yay.