18 DecGift Tags 2014

A present for your presents! Have fun with these free printable tags to use on your gifts now… or anytime! This is my way of thanking you for a great year! And I’m patting myself on the back for making that glittery bow too! Download here.

Cormier Creative free gift tag printable!

Cormier Creative free gift tag printable!

Cormier Creative free gift tag printable!



18 DecArtWorks Installation

Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working on a huge project for ArtWorks Cincinnati. I lead a team of student apprentices over 6 weeks to complete a massive graphic installation at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Our objective was to highlight some of Cincinnati’s landmarks. First we created an icon system of some famous structures. With the icons in place, we created coordinating artwork to cover 50+ huge glass panels. We even included quotes from locals about why they love Cincinnati… a fun touch! Check out the end result in the beautiful photos below, courtesy of J. Miles Wolf Photography. Or, check out this video clip of me on the local news!

Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center.
Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center.



17 SepPoop’s Scoop: Saying Goodbye


Today, I’m closing a chapter in what has been my favorite blogging experience. I’m sad to say, that our beloved Poop (my dad) passed away in March very suddenly. Today would have been his 63rd birthday. To honor him, I’ve created, with the help of my family, the final Poop’s Scoop. So without further ado, I give you…



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16 JanInside the Studio

It’s always fun to get a sneak peek into somebody’s studio. So today, I’m sharing a little photo collage of images from my office where I spend so so so many hours making the magic happen for all of you! So, without further ado… here’s my studio!




23 AprWhat I’ve Learned: Year One

Saturday marked the anniversary of what I like to call “My First Day of Freedom.” So, I’m going to share with you some things I learned during the first year of taking the leap and leaving my full-time job.


1. It’s Thrilling!

If you’re dreaming of marching into your boss’s office to let them know that you are DONE, savor that moment. You may feel sick to your stomach, totally nervous, questioning everything, but feel the fear, and do it anyway. That’s kind of my mantra now. But the thrill doesn’t end there. Oh no! Thrills and emotion come with the territory of running your own show. Clients come, clients go, things change. Highs and lows.


2. It’s HARD WORK.

I have never worked for anything as hard as I work to make Cormier Creative awesome. When I worked for someone else, I would count down the hours until I got to leave. I know I’m not alone on that! I would drag myself to work for another day at the office. But now, I wake up early and I’m excited about the day. Time goes by super fast and I want to work later and longer. It’s tough to drag me away from the computer. I’ve said goodbye to the 40 hour work week and hello to working around the clock.


3. Trust. Your. Gut.

From clients to products to anything you want to do in your business… If it feels right, go for it. I recently threw a very successful networking party. I knew it was a good idea, trusted that it felt right, and followed through. Not only was the turnout AWESOME but I was getting amazing feedback about how great the party was. I’m glad I trusted in the process and followed through. The same goes for that nagging negative feeling. Ditch the negative stuff… fast.


4. Be Giving and Positive.

While you can’t give away services to anyone that comes a knockin’, you can share advice, helpful tips and tricks and possess a generous attitude. It will take you far. Everyone is grateful for a little help along the way. If you’re the one giving it, I promise it comes back times 10. Nobody ever failed in business from being a great mentor, a ray of sunshine or for going the extra mile.


5. There’s No Turning Back

I’ve had a taste of freedom and there’s no way I’m ever going to work in an office full-time again. That means a life full of the unexpected, constant game-changers, crazy taxes, and, as luck would have it… impromptu trips to the playground, coffee dates without time limits and answering to the only boss I know now… Me.

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7 FebMeet the Intern!


Ladies and gents, Cormier Creative is proud to present Rachel: part-time intern, full time mother of her darling 7 year old (a domestic shorthair, Yoshi). She is following in her boss’s footsteps as a second year graphic design student at DAAP. When she isn’t designing, she is either designing or getting in-over-her-head with a DIY project. A die-hard coffeeist and mint green’s biggest fan, this girl is ready to help out on some awesome projects!



11 JanLooking for an awesome intern!

Cormier Creative is seeking our first ever design intern! I know, it’s pretty darn exciting! If you or someone you know is interested in working in my home studio in Cincinnati, please apply! You can find all of the details and application here.

Internship Description
3–6 month part-time internship (non-paid) for those interested in the graphic design, wedding
invitation, and social media industry. School credit is preferred but not required. Please read the
duties below and let me know if you are the perfect fit! If you are, please send your portfolio, resume
and application to sara{at}cormiercreative.com

Duties Include:
• Assisting with design projects
• Prepping blog posts
• Research for upcoming projects (fonts, mood boards, etc.)
• Wedding invitation design and assembly
• File organization
• Designing promotional materials
• Still photography of existing projects
• Quoting and invoicing
• Promoting Cormier Creative via Facebook and Twitter

• Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
• Great understanding of typography, balance and color
• Available 20 hours per week
• Understanding of social media
• Ability to write in a fun, upbeat style
• Pleasure to be around
• Great work ethic, proactive
• WordPress knowledge is a big plus
• Laptop with the Adobe suite downloaded on it
• Working with me in my home studio in Cincinnati

Sound like the perfect fit? Let’s get to know each other. I look forward to hearing from you!
Please apply by January 25, 2012. Here are the details and application.



22 OctSurprise Party Invitation

I will always believe that the party starts when the invitation is sent. It’s the invitation that sets the tone for the entire event. Yeah yeah, you’ve heard that before. But, it’s SO TRUE. In this case, the invitation was the driving force behind all of the party details. I worked with my client, Sue, to come up with a really fun concept—one that was really personal. We played up Joe’s obsession with cannons and his silliness. The result? Right here:

Sue heard nothing but rave reviews about this invitation before the party and it was definitely hard to keep it a secret! The fun buzz that was created was brought to the party. (I know because I got to attend!) Not only did this invite serve the purpose of providing party details, but it’s such a keepsake for Joe! Ka-boom!