Wedding Planning: Part 1

Planning a wedding is stressful. No News there. 6 months to put together the happiest day of my life. (While trying to also remain happy during said 6 months.)

The flowers, the dress, the location, the ceremony, the guests. I could go on forever but, you get the point.

So this is me documenting it. There are plenty of people probably doing the same thing but here is my journey.

So at this point Chris and I aren’t actually engaged yet. Like we have agreed that we are going to get married and we have a tentative date, my ring finger is just still vacant. (Early on in the relationship I told him exactly where I wanted to be proposed to at and we aren’t going there until spring break.)

However here are the things that we have figured out:

  1. Colors- Maroon and Charcoal grey

2. Reception Venue- His parents backyard

3. Registry- Okay so this one isn’t done but we have a solid start on it so…

4. Date – Nothing is actually set in stone and I don’t want to spoil it

5. Temple we want to get married in- Meridian, Idaho

6. The ring

Maybe some of these things will change but for now it is nice to feel like I’m getting some things figured out.

So far it is stressful to say the least, with jobs and school and traveling I am definitely afraid something important will fall through the cracks. I can see why people hire a planner but I am determined to do this the old-fashioned way. My mom and I hashing out details over a table full of ads from magazines and my Pinterest board that I started like 3 years ago.

As far as some of the other bigger details like the dress, photographer, the food, and literally everything else. Here are my current thoughts:

Dress: I want to wear my mom’s dress. My grandma will make it a little less 90’s and also the right size.

Photographer: Both Chris and I have friends that are photographers that would be totally capable and I would trust them with our engagement and wedding photos. My dad is also a really good photographer who I would also trust with them so I guess with three photographers someone is bound to get a picture of both of us smiling at the same time.

Food: This is a problem for future Kate.

So yeah, thats my thoughts for now. I have merely begun to plan my wedding and while it is stressful, it is also exciting to be planning the day that I have been planning for since I was little with my favorite person in the world by my side.


(P.S. Chris is helping me I promise, he just knows that I am a high-stress control freak so he just lets me do my thing and steps in exactly when I need him.)


New Years Resolutions: Photoshop

I had three resolutions this year: start blogging more, get better at photoshop, and get better at photography. Its already February 4th and I have only been succeeding at 2 so here is my start on the third.

I have been working on getting better at photoshop and photography (I am not nearly as good as I want to be but I am definitely better than I was a month ago) and I would still categorize myself as a beginner but I am definitely better than I was a month ago.

My biggest goal is to familiarize myself with photoshop and document my progress through my blog so here it goes.

(Also a huge shoutout to my amazing boyfriend, Chris, for walking around in the cold with me and being my subject and also letting me use some of his pictures from his recent vacation.)

Here is the original of the first picture:


And here is what I did to it:


I know its not a lot but its definitely more than I could have done a month ago.

With this picture I was trying to get better at using the spot healing brush tool and using image adjustments and while I know there’s no drastic change I would like to think that I’m better at it than I was a month ago.

Here is the original of the second picture I was working on:


Here is what I did to it:


With this picture I was trying to get better at filters and I think maybe I did a good job.

These are the first attempts of mine to get more familiar with photoshop and to get better at using it.

I also really want to get better at photography but that one has kind of been on the back-burner since it is still way too cold here to be outside for very long.

Both photos used were taken by myself or Chris.

Photography Reverse Engineer

Good photography is about more than just taking a picture. It involves elements that add visual interest for the eye. These elements can include a depth of field, rule of thirds, and leading lines. Here are a few examples:


Rule of Thirds:

ruleofthirdsexample by Myles Tan


This is an example of the rule of thirds because you have the girl in the field in the foreground then the trees along the shore in the mid-ground, then the ocean and the mountains in the background.

Here is my attempt to recreate the rule of thirds:


Photo by me


In this picture, in the foreground there is the man, the tree, and the bush. In the mid-ground there is the town and in the background there are the mountains and the clouds.

Leading lines:


Photo by: Robert Andall


In this photo you can see that the lines of the buildings give the photo depth. It makes the street seem like its endless and continues into the background indefinitely.

Here is my attempt to recreate this style:


Photo by me.


In this photo the lines of the field help the buildings in the background appear farther away and like the field goes on indefinitely.

Depth of Field:



Photo by: Lucas Becker


In this photo you can see that the angle of the photo helps you to see the distance of the field of vision. The front of the bridge is in focus while the distant hill is not as much which helps it to see farther away.

Here is my attempt to duplicate the depth of field:


Photo by me.


In this photo you can see that the mountains and the clouds in the distance make the picture seem like it goes on indefinitely but you can see as far as humanly possible.

In conclusion photography, and especially good photography, require more than just snapping a picture. Taking into account these elements makes pictures deeper and more visually dynamic.


Original: disabilities-memes-1482348-tablet.jpg

Edited: typography


Type 1: The first type of typography used is a slab-serif. This is identified by the slanted extra serifs at the ends of each line of each character.

Type 2: The second type is a sans-serif. This is identified by the clean cut lines and the absence of serifs at the ends of the lines of the characters.

These two typefaces are contrasting because one is much more clean cut and the other has a small decorative element. These help you to notice the differences in the words and which ones are more to the point and clear and which  ones are more decorative.

These contribute to the all over design because they help the words to stand out against each other and they help the eye be guided to what is the most important thing in the quote.

Reverse Engineering Post- Apple

The reverse engineer post is meant to help us see designs and be able to point out the aspects of them such as color, proximity, alignment, contrast, repetition.




Color: The colors used in this ad are very simple. The limited use of color ads to the impact of the aspects that do use color. The purple flower on the phone makes the phone an obvious centerpiece of the image. The use of color also makes the use of whitespace more impactful. It helps to make the phone and the text stand out as much as possible. The contrast between the mostly black phone and text draws the eye to that.


Proximity: The use of white space in this ad is vital. Centering the text and the phone makes them the clear focus and you know that that is the clear focus. The text is also very close to the phone and it is very clear that they are in reference to one anther.  


Alignment: The phone and the text are both center aligned with white space on either side. This helps the eye stay drawn to the images and helps it naturally shift from the text describing it to the image of the phone without any other distractions. This also helps the eye to be able to not be distracted with things outside the image with the use of white space.


Contrast: The contrast between the simplicity of the text and the detail of the image on the phone helps the viewer to not be distracted by what they are saying about the product and rather focus on the product itself. It also helps the viewer to be able to see that the focus is the product and that it speaks for itself.


Repetition: I think the repetition of whitespace gives this ad the biggest impact. With limited text and only one image the white space seems to scream the loudest to me. It shows the simplicity and luxury of the product being advertised.



This ad, though appearing simple, contains many advanced aspects of design. With the use of whitespace and simple text and images the viewer knows exactly what they are looking at and the point of the ad gets across very quickly.

Magazine Project

1. Description: a magazine for the students of BYUI
2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):First I took the pictures to go with the magazine. Then I found the talk I want to use and created the file in indesign. Then I created the front cover with the picture of the temple and placed the teasers around the enges and the black box on top. Then on the inside I placed the pictures I edited in photoshop and I put in the text boxes for the talk onthe page. The I played with the text until I got as much of it to fit as I could without looking squished. Then I placed just a simple picture on the back cover.
3. Message: A magazine for people who want to experience the spirit of ricks.
4. Audience: college students at BYUI
5. Top Thing Learned:  magazines are meant to be more visual than content oriented. 
6. Title Font Name & Category:
7. Copy Font Name & Category:Noteworthy Bold & light
8. Thumbnails of any original, unedited image used in the project:

Brochure Project

1. Description: a pamphlet for a clothing company
2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):first I drew out a plan for the brochure on paper. Then I found the pictures I wanted to use on both unspash and pictures I have taken on my own. Then I created the brochure document with 3 columns in indesign. Then I placed the text on the inside panels using the noteworthy font in both light and bold. Then I placed the pictures in photoshop documents the size of each panel and then place them in indesign behind the text. Then I found a font for the front cover and placed it on the front panel. Then I placed the pictures and the rest of the text on the other panels.
3. Message: A company meant for people who either live on the beach or want to dress like they live at the beach.
4. Audience: Men and women ages 16-29
5. Top Thing Learned:  Brochures are meant to get information across not necessarily take away from the company. 
6. Title Font Name & Category:
7. Copy Font Name & Category:Noteworthy Bold & light
8. Thumbnails of any original, unedited image used in the project:

image (7)9. Source of each image (website name and hyper link):



Webpage Design

1. Description: Webpage design for a beach clothing company
2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles):I used photoshop for this project. First I selected an image of a beach that was relatively plain to use as the background. I then took the opacity down to 30%. Then after that I created another text layer and put the word Cali in it. I then changed the font color to contrast the blue background. Then I changed the font to look more like cursive handwriting. After that I added another text layer with the words “live a California lifestyle” and changed the color to be darker than the headline and changed the font to be more readable and closer to a modern font. Then I chose 4 pictures to use for the sections. I then sized them to the same size and place then equidistant apart. I then created 4 more text layers with the words “mens” “womens” “childrens” and “videos” and made the font and color match the tagline. then finally at the bottom I put the words “copyright info” and “Contact Info” and made them the same font as the tagline and made them blue to contrast the orange like background.
3. Message: Clothing for people who want to go to the beach or look like they live a beach-like lifestyle
4. Audience: Men and women age 18-28
5. Top Thing Learned: Websites having too many clashing characteristcs look messy and unorganized
6. Title Font Name & Category: SavoyeLet Plain
7. Copy Font Name & Category: Seravek-extraight italic

8. Thumbnails of any original, unedited image used in the project:
9. Source of each image (website name and hyper link):








Business Identity

1. Description: A logo for a public relations agency
2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): For the logo I used I wanted it to be simple and easy to recognize so I went with the letters that are back to back with the line and small text. Then for the Business card I added the Lines to make it more interesting. Then for the letter head I broke up the design and used it throughout the design.
3. Message: A professional feel for a professional company
4. Audience: People looking for an agency that is professional and creative
5. Top Thing Learned: Logos don’t have to be detailed to get a message across and they don’t need to have a lot 
6. Title Font Name & Category: Minion Pro bold cons italic
7. Copy Font Name & Category:Minion Pro medium Italic
8. Thumbnails of any original, unedited image used in the project:
9. Source of each image (website name and hyper link)






Business Identity Project

1. Description: I created a business card and letter head for an imaginary public relations firm named after myself.
2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): For the first logo I created an ellipses and then copied it and placed it in front of the first. Then I moves it to the left and up and gave them each a stroke and a different fill. Then I Placed the letters KB in the center of the top ellipses and changed the color and created outlines of them and moved them closer together. For the second logo I created I used the brush tool and changed the style of the brush to look more like a paintbrush. Then I created the design with the two curved lines crossed with the straight lines. Then I took the opacity down to about 20%. Then I created the letters KB and changed the colors and placed them on top of the line design. Then I typed the words “Public Relations agency underneath and changed the font to compliment the letters. For the last logo I typed the Letters KB and then mirrored the letter K and moved it so that both letters shared the same stem. Then I placed the black line underneath and put the words Public relations Agency underneath.

For the letter head I took apart the last logo I made and used each element on different parts of the letter.
3. Message: The message I want to convey with my logo is professional and simple so that it is easy to recognize and recreate. 
4. Audience: Business owners searching for a PR agency
5. Top Thing Learned: Logos do not need to have a lot of color or detail. It should be simple enough to distinguish and bold enough to recognize. 
6. Title Font Name & Category: Mongolian Baiti. Sariff
7. Copy Font Name & Category: Georgia. Sariff
8. Thumbnails of any original, unedited image used in the project:
9. Source of each image (website name and hyper link):