19 May

Pepper Talk with Katie Burns

Welcome back to Pepper Talk, this month we have Katie with us. Just a little background before we get started, Katie is relatively new to Eleven Peppers Studio. She mostly works on projects for the private sector but writes content for 11P blogs and social media posts.


1: Do you have any nicknames?
Kate, KitKat… my favorite is earth-to-Katie, typically used when I drift into “Katie-Space”.

 

2: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Kiss my husband, cuddle our two dogs, drink hot lemon water and then workout. The workout ensures that I don’t feel too guilty with the next thing that happens… typically a not-so-healthy sausage, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel [grins] mama gets hungry!

 

3: How would you describe your design style?
I don’t have any [laughs], just joking. Since I’m not a designer by trade, I’ll relate this question back to content creation. My style is conversational, witty, a bit sarcastic… which doesn’t always translate well. Oh and self-deprecating.

 

4: How did you get started?
After college, I started working as a program manager on a small web-development team… really I translated all that software-dev “speak” to customers and vice-versa. This ensured that everyone was happy with the final product. I’ve always been drawn towards people’s stories/ideas/needs and I love capturing their unique voice. It seemed like a natural fit to take over creating content for the company’s social media presence.

 

5: What are your favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
For social media I love Buffer to schedule our posts. Planoly is another great app to make sure your feed flows and is well curated. Huge fan of auto-correct and spell-check [smiles], my mother taught high school English back in the day and always corrects me, so these tools give me a leg up.

 

6: Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
I’m a start now and think later kind of gal. I rarely brainstorm on a project for too long before jumping in. My motto: go with your gut and then revise the heck out of it… and spellcheck!

 

7: What do you draw inspiration from?
Everything… I’m constantly scrolling through Instagram. As a creative company we follow a broad range of companies, all with different styles and voices. It’s the perfect storm of inspiration.

 

8: Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: Caffeine… tea, not coffee.
Sweet or Savory: Savory, give me a loaf of bread any day!
Favorite Movie: Return to Me, classic.
Guilty Pleasure: Oh, any of those ridiculous Valentine’s Day, New Years Eve, has-everyone-and-their-mother’s-mother-casted movies.
Hobbies:: Beach volleyball, cooking/baking, shopping at Home Goods.

 

9: Okay, admission time… If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
Again, going to go with content and I’d have to say pretty much any quote about “Mondays” ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for meeting Katie. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

12 May

Printable Mother’s Day Cards

With Mother’s Day approaching (Sunday, May 14th… make sure your calendar is marked), we wanted to make sure you were covered in the thoughtfulness department. We have three beautiful options to choose from or maybe one for each of the mothers in your life. Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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What You’ll Need
8.5 x 11 white card stock paper or printer paper
Printer
Pen
Scissors
Mother’s Day card download (pick one or all of them!)

Instructions
Step 1: Print onto the card stock or printer paper
Step 2: Cut out the card along the grey edge
Step 3: Write the most endearing words for the hard working momma(s) in your life
Step 4: Fold in half, seal and deliver
Step 5: Watch out for the waterworks

Optional
Snap a pic and tag us on social media @elevenpeppers, seeing you spread the love would make our day!!!

05 May

Star Wars Takeover: And the Winner Is…

And we’ve got a winner!!!

But first, just in case you missed the STAR WARS TAKEOVER on our social feeds, head on over to our Instagram or Facebook account. It’s okay, we’ll wait…

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Did you hear the one about the Star Wars text crawl walking into a bar?

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The bartender yells, “Get outta my pub! We don’t serve your type here.” (Reader’s Digest)

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Just a little designer humor for you…

Okay, so today, we’re announcing the most popular Star Wars character illustration. There were six total and it was a close battle…

So, are you ready?

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The winner is… BB8!!!!

 

Now let’s see how that magic happened…

 

We also wanted to share a little behind the scenes footage of our talented designers work.

Music: Williams, J. (1999). Dual of the Fates [Recorded by Abbey Road Studio]. On Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Soundtrack [CD].

 

Another year, another Star Wars Day gone. We hoped you enjoyed the takeover!!!

May The Fourth Be With You.