1987 - 1988
After seeing an job advertisement in the newspaper for a "typesetter" and commenting that I didn't know how to fix typewriters, I reluctantly sent in my resume since the ad indicated that experience was only an asset.
I've never looked back and I thank the lady who took a chance on me every day. I instantly fell in love with "typesetting", and I will be honest and tell you that I was so glad when the profession's status was upgraded to "graphic designer".
1988 - 1993
After getting my start at the Stony Plain Reporter/Spruce Grove Examiner, one year later I followed the person who hired me for a position at the Purple Pages (attempted competition for the Yellow Pages). When that business folded I worked at The Print Shop in Edmonton until our first son was three months old, and then I became a stay at home mom.
Our second son was born in 1991 and when I became pregnant with our third I took a job at Ronald's Printing and then at the Edmonton Examiner until we moved to Grande Prairie in 1993.
After giving birth to our last son and only 9 months in Grande Prairie, I was very fortunate to land a job at the Daily Herald-Tribune in the classified department. Three months into my new position an opening came up in the composing department and because of my background and experience they accepted my request to transfer departments.
In 2005 I was promoted to Production Manager where I had the opportunity to manage up to 13 awesome graphic designers. It has by far been the most rewarding and happiest time in my career. Unfortunately, due to company outsourcing we all lost our jobs and I was laid off in January of 2013.
2013 - 2014
And it was just the kick in the butt I needed to venture out on my own. For the past year I have been building my client base and working from home. But the best part is that I can take my work with me wherever I go and so I take it with me to my second home in BC's beautiful rain forest.
I love what I do so much and I don't think I will ever come to the point where I've had enough. I'm excited to hear what types of projects you have to bring to me and can't wait to show you my stuff!
no awards but plenty of rewards
i love my job
The end prize
5 star treatment
what i do
I have fun. I love what I do. I love the anticipation of a happy client.
It's my job to offer my experienced opinion, but in the end the final product needs to reflect my client's vision. It's very exciting owning a business and I know more than anyone about the long nights laying in bed while you come up with the best strategy and a design that will make you stand out from the best.
- I listen
- I offer my experienced opinion
- I get creative by making your ideas visual
- I send you your proof/s
- I wait in anticipation
- I work on second, third, and fifteenth proofs
- You approve
- We go to print!