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    Happily Vector After

    I’ve designed illustrated portraits for a couple of projects lately. I’ve been having a lot of fun creating them, so I thought I’d open up a digital shop for the holidays!


    Custom Illustrated Portrait Design


    Christmas is just around the corner! These vector portraits make great Christmas cards or gifts!

    If you’re interested in a custom portrait, please check out or message me at happilyvectorafter {at} gmail {dot} com.



    Welcome to the World, Claire!

    We’re an aunt and uncle again! Our nephew Jonah got a new sister January 8. Congrats, Joe and Brittany!

    We can’t wait to meet baby Claire this summer! 🙂

    Isn’t she beautiful?!


    Baby Claire


    Claire Birth Stats



    Student Work: Type as Image

    This is my second time teaching a semester-long Graphic Design elective to high school students. I have a much smaller class this year with only 12 students.

    As part of our typography unit, I showed this video by Ji Lee on Type as Image (I edited out some of it). After that, I had the students create their own Type as Image vectors in Inkscape. They had a little less than five class periods to create their words. I had them present their top three designs.

    I’ve been very impressed with how quickly this group picked up vector design. Here are a few of their Type as Image creations:


    Type as image: walk


    Type as image: treausre


    Type as image: tie


    Type as image: tetris


    Type as image: scacchic


    Type as image: rollercoaster


    Type as image: music


    Type as image: look


    Type as image: increase


    Type as image: foot


    Type as image: cut


    Type as image: cosmetic


    Type as image: barcode


    The students will make refinements based on my suggestions before adding the project to their portfolios.

    Which word was your favorite?

    (You can see a photo of the Type as Image projects from last year in this post.)


    Beautiful Kenley

    Vicki and I met in seventh grade. She has been one of my dearest, most precious friends ever since. We were locker partners in high school. She drove all the way to Arkansas to visit me in college. She introduced me to David. We were in each other’s weddings. Vicki is the type of friend who would do anything for you – and she does. She loves fiercely and gives so much of herself to everyone in her life.

    Vicki and Rusty had their first baby this summer. We were so excited to first meet Kenley! Vicki asked if I’d take a few photos. Kenley was only 4 days old for our photo shoot. I can’t get over how beautiful she is! My heart is so full of happiness and love for this sweet little girl.


    Kenley in a basket


    Kenley feet


    Newborn Kenley


    Kenley in a basket


    Vicki’s mom made this quilt for Kenley. It matches the curtains in her room:


    Kenley with her quilt


    Kenley with rings


    Kenley and dad


    Mom and Kenley


    Mom, Dad, and Kenley


    I love this family!


    Mom, Dad, and Kenley



    Meeting Baby Kenley!

    Our best friends Vicki and Rusty had their baby! We couldn’t be more thrilled for them! Their daughter arrived early Wednesday morning and they named her Kenley Elizabeth Harris. We got to meet her yesterday. She is absolutely beautiful:




    She is so tiny! We met her when she was just two days old. It’s been a while since I held a newborn. I was nervous I was going to break her. David, on the other hand, was a natural:


    David holding Kenley


    Leah holding Kenley


    I designed birth stats for Kenley with the same owl themed graphics I used for Vicki’s shower invitations:


    Owl themed baby birth stats


    Baby, mom, and dad are doing great. Such a beautiful family!


    The Harris Family


    Vicki and Rusty did a fantastic job with her nursery. Vicki went with gray, coral, and owls for the theme. I got to help with a few things!


    Gray and coral nursery


    I designed two prints of prayers. One was a prayer Vicki’s dad said with her at night. The other she found on Pinterest. Again, these were based on the same graphics as the shower invitation:


    Nursery wall with prayers


    Here’s a close up of one of them:


    Prayer design in nursery


    We’re so glad she arrived before we head back to Turkey. Congrats, Rusty and Vicki! Kenley is the luckiest little girl in the world to have you two as her parents! We are so excited to watch her grow.



    Experimenting with In-Camera Double Exposure

    A couple of weeks ago I read an article by Sarah K Byrne Photography about in-camera double exposure. According to her blog:

    Double exposure is a technique that originated with film photography where you would expose the same frame of film twice (or more). Film can only be exposed to light so much before it will stop recording information. So the part of the film that was darker after first exposure will be most receptive to the light from the second click.

    I thought her photos were beautiful, and David and I made a few attempts in our apartment with our Nikon D5100. The lighting was never really great and the results just looked like two layered photos with lowered opacities. It was a super sunny on our day off last month and we decided to give it another try.


    Double exposure with lilacs. I did make color adjustments in Photoshop.


    Double exposure with pine


    Double exposure with flowers


    Double exposure with flowers


    Our camera doesn’t have all of the options the photographer talked about in her video tutorial, but it is still a fun tool to experiment with.

    The basic steps for multiple exposure with a Nikon 5100:

    1. Set your camera to either the M, A, S, or P setting.
    2. Hit the Menu button.
    3. Under the Shooting Menu, turn Multiple Exposure to ON. We suggest starting off with 2 shots. We left the Gain ON, but you can play around with this, too. (The manual says: “Gain ON is adjusted according to number of exposures actually recorded. Gain OFF is not adjusted when recording multiple exposure. Recommended if background is dark.”)
    4. Frame and take your first photo.
    5. You have 30 seconds to take your second photo (otherwise, the camera will automatically take the next shot). The camera will then merge the two photos!

    A few notes about using a Nikon 5100 for multiple exposure:

    • You must be in M, A, S, or P in order to use the double exposure menu.
    • Live view does not work with our model.
    • We found the double exposure worked best when the first picture was a sharp silhouette against a blown-out, solid background.
    • More detailed instructions can be found in the manual.

    Hopefully we can have some more fun with in-camera double exposure. I’d love to try it with the fall colors in Michigan sometime!


    How to create in-camera double exposure on a Nikon 5100



    Owl Themed Baby Shower Invitations

    Babies have taken over my news feeds, and there are many more on the way! I was so excited when I found out earlier this year that my best friend was pregnant! Vicki and I have been friends since junior high, and she claims responsibility for matchmaking David and me.

    It looks like timing will be perfect and her baby girl will be born while we’re still in the States this summer. I can’t wait! Vicki is the most adorable pregnant lady. We’ve kept up through Skype and she posts weekly bump photos. She and her husband Rusty had a gender reveal party not too long ago. I so wish I could have been there:


    Cutting their gender reveal cake... it's a girl!


    At vicki and Rusty's baby gender reveal party. It's a girl!


    I’ve had the honor of designing wedding invitations for several of my friends. Now that I think about it, Vicki was the first person to ask me to design wedding invites. And now she gets the first baby shower invitations!

    Vicki’s been loving owls lately. She also told me she plans to use the fabric she used for her sash in my wedding for something in the nursery. When her sister asked if I’d design the invitations, I was reminded of a cute illustration I purchased off of iStockphoto. I made some color adjustments, added in some pretty type, and ta da!


    Owl themed baby shower invitation.


    {Please note that I changed the date and address so I could post it on the web!}

    This will be such a fun summer!