Monarch Jewelry’s October Breast Cancer Awareness!

 At Monarch Jewelry, I am responsible for their social media and the Monarch Jewelry blog.  I recently learned about a local organization called Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach.  I was thrilled when Monarch Jewelry announced that through the month of October they would be donating 10% of their rare natural pink diamond sales… Read More »

Melissa Creates: Live Simply Entertain Stylishly

Branding and product photography are something I have been doing for many years.  More and more bloggers are branding themselves using everything from their websites and twitter pages to their business cards and promotional giveaways.  This type of personal branding is very similar to marketing that is done by larger corporations and organizations. It is… Read More »

Welcome to my blog! Where creativity happens!

Welcome to the blog!  This is a collection of my favorite posts.  For some of them, I give a behind the scenes look, and for others I offer helpful tips regarding how I did certain things.  In several of the posts, I mention Pam Grimes.  She was my business partner for many years and Originality,… Read More »

A Tribute to Lillian ~ Special Breast Cancer Awareness Tribute

“A Tribute to Lillian” was my first official blog post. For the Persona Designs posts, my role was primarily to create and produce the themed photo shoots, so blogging was a new venture for me.  This piece below was written in honor of my grandmother who passed away due to breast cancer and was posted… Read More »

The Ever-So-Sweet Christmas Candi!

This was one of my first professional themed photo shoots. I had been doing product photography for Originality for about eight years prior to creating this whimsical Christmas shoot. With Originality, everything consisted of white backgrounds and quite a bit of masking in Adobe Illustrator. For me, this shoot was very different. I wanted to… Read More »

Big Game Day – free printables!

“Big Game Day” was a Persona fav! One of my roles with Persona was creating and doing the themed photo shoots. Pam has a wonderful business mind and was always a forward thinker. She said we needed to come up with something for the “Big Game”.  When I created the graphics for this project, I… Read More »

Get Well Sooooon – free owl printables!

“Get Well Soon” was created with the Cold and Flu season in mind. At the time, the owl graphic motif was not quite at its peak and I wanted to incorporate it into a Get Well Soon theme. My inspiration was Mr. Owl in the old Tootsie Pop commercials “How Many Licks” and vocal emphasis… Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – garden themed free printables!

  “The Garden of Love for Mother’s Day” was Pam’s brain child. She created all the printable graphic elements, with the exception of my hand drawings on the seed packets (my attempt at coloring like a child). I purchased props to match the overall theme and directed the color scheme so that everything coordinated beautifully… Read More »

A Persona Birthday Party ~ {free birthday queen printables}!

  I strive to make my sets look completely different from one another. Sometimes I would be photographing three different themed shoots in one week’s time. Birthday Betty was our first Persona Pail, I took many photographs of her and made her environment fun and exciting. For this themed shoot, I used what I like… Read More »

A Decade of Gift Designs – our top ten!

Pam and I had just closed Originality, Inc.’s website, but we wanted to share with our Persona Designs readers some of our favorite Originality designs.  Together we created over two hundred gift designs for our corporate clients.  Selecting ten of our favorites was a difficult task since we had so many favorites.  More designs can… Read More »