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I am honored to speak tonight at the Creative Collaborative tonight on the subject of balancing work and home life within the creative realm.  It’s a subject that both Alma and I are  pretty familiar with, and it will be a group discussion. Hopefully we will help each other figure out better ways of striving towards the sometimes mythical balance that we strive for professionally and personally as creatives.  If you are in the Provo area tonight, come on by!{Mike}

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We had Nicole Gerulat shoot these “afters” months ago of our remote office here in Springville.  We have used them for a few different things, but I just realized it might be fun to see a before and after.  Without any real explanation, here it is.  Thanks again Nicole!

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I was able to do portraits of an entire family for the first time not too long ago. It was a great experience.  Jane, who is great, commissioned them from me.

She chose to go with the more graphic versions I offer, where the subjects are depicted a solid white, with a contrasting solid color in the background.

You can read about them here, on her blog as well.

Thanks Jane!

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While Mike and I love working together and collaborating on various projects, nothing gives us quite as much joy as our GREATEST collaborations, our children. We are now proud parents of two children; Baby Joan joined our family on April 3rd!

I had some health complications after the baby came (okay, that sounds more ominous and dramatic than it really is… I had to have my gallbladder out) and spent a few days in the hospital, which allowed us the time to actually put together a proper birth announcement (we never sent out a birth announcement for Oliver).

Nicole, of course, photographed our precious baby, so ultimately the announcements didn’t need very much design, since I didn’t want to compete with her beautiful images. Mike and I developed this idea together of a two sided announcement. I love that people have to choose which side to display on their fridges. I’ve had many reports of kids getting ahold of the cards and playing with them, flipping back and forth to show “happy baby, sad baby, happy baby, sad baby.” In fact, we even have a copy that I’ve been keeping in the car for Oliver to play with, because he also loves to flip it back and forth and say, “Awwwwwww, WAAAAA!”

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We just discovered we neglected to post about a handmade print we created for Maggie Mason‘s Mighty Summit last year. Maggie writes a great and well read blog called Mighty Girl.

We were asked by her to provide the handmade print that the attendees of the summit received as part of their basket of goodies. And speaking of baskets, a basket of blankets was among the suggested imagery we were given to work from, so that’s what we chose as a subject matter for the print.

This one was a true collaborative effort on our parts. Alma did all the design work for the print, and I did the color work–watercolor rendering. We even got Nicole Gerulat to shoot the process, as well as shots of our studio space which we will eventually submit as a before and after to a site or two. Thanks Nicole! Thanks especially to Maggie for the opportunity. Hopefully it was enjoyed by those who received it!

You can read her post on the giveaway here: