What do I do in my spare time?

I thought I would take this last post of the year to show what I like to do sometimes in my spare time other than design. So enjoy this slideshow of images of me building something that you can touch and not just see!


And that was my fun project that got my brain off of design for a day!


For our last new media assignment we had to rebrand SCCA.

This was an interesting project because it was very close to home and everyone around us was working on doing the exact same thing. So it was definitely hard to not be influenced by what other people are doing.

We ended up going for a more playful theme that would hopefully draw people into the program and get them to check out more about it.

I would say more about it, but I created a whole website to do just that! So go check out the website I made!!



For this project Jill required us to create a spread in a magazine. This is a very useful project because we are going to be making an entire magazine next fall which will be a massive project.

For this project we had 3 options. One was about Burning Man, one was about a fancy car and the last one was about upselling clothes. I decided to go with the car one because I resonated with it well. I also wanted to do burning man but at the time it seemed like that is what everyone was doing so I avoided it.

The first thing we had to do was make an opening spread. Now this started off a little rough for me..


But with some help it SLOWLY got better….



After we had this a little better nailed down we had to add in the rest of the article. With a blank spot for an ad that we would have to create later.


Then with some help I created an ad and started to shift things around.



Finally after a lot of help from Jill and my classmates I was able to create my final magazine article seen below. Along with it’s grid system.



This was a very exciting project for me to work on because it is something I had never really done before.

We had 3 choices of topics and we had to turn the wall of text that Jill gave us into a beautiful poster. First though we had to figure out what we wanted the poster to look like.

I went for the Dancing theme and started to figure out what was unique about the Typographic style.


From here I created some sketches.


From here I created mock up after mock up…..


Until finally I had my poster! Here it is along with the underlying grid structure.


Painting with weird brushes

So for my third project in my production class Jason gave us all 6 letters / numbers that we had to turn into Photoshop brushes and then paint a pretty nature picture with.


We had to use these to make a pretty picture. Which is not an easy task. First I created a sketch of what I wanted to paint.


Then I went through with my brushes and added colors on top of colors. Eventually ending up with a completed painting!



For the second project in my production class we had to create something that made you QUESTION REALITY. This project was crazy because we had to use photoshop to make something unreal look possible. I think the hardest part about this project was coming up with the idea.

I originally wanted to create a piece where I put an island on top of a piece of fruit that I then put in the ocean. This turned out to be insane because trying to even make a piece of fruit float in the ocean is really complicated.

So then I moved the ocean to just a cup of water. And I wanted to put an island in a tea cup. But that also wasn’t looking correct.

So instead I tried something new. I found really good images and tried to think of good ways to combine them. I ended up going with an apple and a frog. The combination was really weird but I ended up using a hard light filter to put the frog texture on the apple to make the transition look seamless.

Final Indesign


So for our introduction into Photoshop we had a very interesting project.

We had to take a picture of our face and replace squares of it with other pictures that WE HAD TO TAKE so it still looked close to correct.

I think the first part of this project was way harder than it should have been for me. Finding a decent photo of my face that I thought  I could replace images in was fairly hard. But I ended up going with a picture from my graduation from under-grad. I liked that I had the graduation cap on because I thought I could do some cool things with that.

Then I had to find photos that I had taken to put in the squares. This was a difficult task, but I ended up using photos from road trips and hikes that I had taken.

Here is the final result.



So I decided that I needed a portfolio site if I ever wanted to get a job or internship so I started to build one. I talked to a lot of people about what makes a good portfolio site and ended up deciding on 6 projects that I wanted to focus on and make them the focal point of my site. It is important to have stories behind them so they all link to a secondary page that I want to eventually have the deep project written out because case studies are good. I also wrote up a resume that is directly available from the home site.

Check it out!



For the second project in packaging class we had to make gum! I was required to make gum that would help with digestion and heartburn.

First I did a good bit of research:

Digestive Gum:


Improving Digestion With Chewing Gum

Chewing gum made from xylitol, which is a natural sweetener, is the best way to see digestive benefits. In order to improve digestion, try chewing gum that includes xylitol just before you eat a meal or right after you finish. When you do this, you help your body to create more saliva. As a result, you build up the amount of acid that is in your stomach. With this acid, your body can then digest your meal much better than it could if you didn’t chew the gum.

You can then improve your digestion as a result of chewing it. Try carrying a pack of gum with you for a week or so to see if it helps you improve digestion. If it doesn’t, you could have a more serious problem with your digestive system.


  1. Chew sugarless gum

Chewing gum could be beneficial if you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux. Researchers from Kings College London conducted a study that appeared in the Journal of Dental Research. The 31 participants saw a reduction in their reflux symptoms when they chewed a piece of sugarless gum half an hour after a spicy meal. Worth a try!


Acid Reflux / Heart Burn


A new study shows chewing gum after a big meal can reduce acid levels in the esophagus and may aid in preventing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The study showed that acid levels following the heavy meal were significantly lower on the occasions when the participants chewed gum than when they did not.


Chewing on a piece or two of gum, it seems, helps force fluids back into the stomach and flood the esophagus with alkaline saliva, neutralizing acids that cause the characteristic burning sensations.

On both days, some of the subjects were then randomly selected to chew sugar-free gum for half an hour after the meal.

The study found that chewing sugarless gum for an hour after a large breakfast reduced acid reflux in both groups for up to three hours, particularly in the heartburn group.


Chew cinnamon gum after meals.

Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which helps to neutralize stomach acid. Gum chewing also encourages frequent swallowing, which clears irritating acid from the esophagus more quickly. Just make sure to choose non-mint flavors, since peppermint and spearmint can relax the LES and exacerbate symptoms. Pick up cinnamon or fruit flavors instead.

Chewing on a piece or two of gum, it seems, helps force fluids back into the stomach and flood the esophagus with alkaline saliva, neutralizing acids that cause the characteristic burning sensations.

The studies showed reductions in acid reflux from multiple causes, but the gum used in the tests was sugarless. We don’t know if sugar actually makes a difference in treating heartburn, but it certainly does nothing good for your teeth. So next time you’re concerned about a little acid reflux, pick up some sugar-free chewing gum and be prepared.


Digestion Gum – Sugar Free made from xylitol – Kiwi Extract

Acid Reflux Gum – Sugar Free – Mastics – Ginger

Heartburn Gum – Cinnamon Gum. – Mastics

I ended up creating a very simple gum packaging that was square so it would easily fit in your cabinet.


I created three different kinds of gum pictured below.


Wine Bottles

The first project we did in my packaging class is an exciting one. We had to create wine labels for a company that already existed. We were required to change them from a kind of calmer label to one that younger people would like. First I had to do some company research:

Company History

Owned by Brett and Denise Isenhower who are both from Indiana. They both worked as pharmacists at the same hospital and fell in love quickly. Moved to Colorado first but Brett realized he didn’t want to be a “corporate slave” Brett originally wanted to brew beer, but his wife told him that his beer wasn’t very good and encouraged him to try something else. They were originally going to be in the Yakima Valley, but were not in love with the area. On a drive east, they found Walla Walla and fell in love with it and the beautiful blue mountains. Continued to work as pharmacists to fund their small business. They have 2 kids. He is really interested in biodynamic winemaking. Have a dog named Lucy. Very much a family operation. Brett loves Robert Frost, and the artwork of local artist Caprice Scott. Also like to use the names of native flowers.

Type of Wine

He says “I need to make Bordeaux blends in order to get people into my tasting room, but the Rhone varietals are where my true passion is.” Likes to experiment a lot with different wines. Really wants to make a 100% Roussanne. Makes all kinds of wines, a Snapdragon Roussanne-Viognier, a Wild Thyme blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, a River Beauty Syrah which is derived from the Six Prong Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills that averages 6 inches of rain per year, and a Paintbrush Merlot are only a couple of the many many wines he makes. They don’t sell their wine in the store. Only for sale from them or from their wine club. Specifically we have a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Roussanne, and Syrah.


Then I looked at the current branding and created a Moodboard and some initial sketches.






It was hard for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but eventually I settled on a simpler look that younger people would resonate with. I decided to name the wine after the flowers as well which seemed to work well for me.



Overall I am very happy with how this turned out! And the pictures are awesome too.