AWCNJ and NJ Creatives Network Hosts “Master Your Money, Accelerate Your Success”

Click here for more info or to register for this event.
Click here for more info or to register for this event.

The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey Chapter (AWCNJ) and the New Jersey Creatives Network will be hosting an informative session on money management on Thursday, November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Unique Photo, 123 US Highway 46 West in Fairfield, NJ. Money and business expert Robyn Crane will speak about the importance of developing a better relationship with your money to achieve greater balance, have more time for yourself and gain peace of mind.

The presenter, Robyn Crane, is a Certified Financial Planner™. She is the host of the TV show, The Financial GSpot, the radio show, Let’s Talk Money, and #1 International Best Selling Author of Mind Over Money Management. Her blueprint for financial and business success has been featured on Fox Business News, The Motley Fool and

The cost is $5 if you’re member of either organization and $10 for non-members. This is a great opportunity to build your professional network, learn more about the organizations hosting this event, as well as learn how to manage your money more effectively — especially if you’re saving money to build a business or for personal reasons.

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

So, What’s Your Job Title?

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This topic has been in my mind for awhile because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. My little dilemma (if you call it that) is based on The Creative Group’s recent post on modern creative job titles.

Whenever I go meet people in professional networking or social events, the first question they would always ask is “So, what do you do?” What’s my answer? I tell them that I’m a “graphic design and communications consultant.” However, in my mind, am I really? Does this job title accurately represent the work I do?

In my experience, I always feel that I’m more than just a graphic designer. Other than having an art school background who’s very familiar with Adobe Creative Suite, my career has progressed to writing, editing, communications strategy, web content management, email marketing, blogging, social media management (at least for my own social media platforms) as well as budding freelancer and entrepreneur.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all. I feel that having an additional skill set makes you more marketable to potential employers or clients, especially that technology is exponentially increasing and businesses are looking for more than just a hands-on designer.

My only complaint is…what exactly do I call myself? Do I call myself a either a “graphic design and communications consultant” or “creative services professional” since I do more than just design? Should I use my given corporate job title as “Marketing Communications Consultant” even though it sounds too broad, or something else that’s more specific? Maybe I’m overthinking this whole issue and need some sleep (it’s 1:30 am ET in the morning)?

So I have to ask, what’s your job title? Do you make up a fancy job title based on your skills? If so, what is it? I would love to hear your ideas. 🙂

Portfolio Update: Custom Debutante Invitation


Project: Custom 18th Birthday Debutante Invitation and RSVP Card
Printing courtesy of Cards & Pockets

Designed an 18th birthday party invitation, which is a debutante ball to be held in New York. I’ve used Cards & Pockets for their printing services before for a wedding invitation that I designed and I can’t say enough positive accolades for this company.

Please click on each image below for a larger view.

Folded Invitation
Folded Invitation
Invitation and RSVP card together
Invitation and RSVP card

Design PIN-spiration – Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day is tomorrow. If you’re still looking for some inspiration to create your last-minute V-Day cards, here are some really cool cards from Pinterest. Here are a couple images I found (NOTE: I did NOT design them.):



You can also find more Valentines Day inspiration in my Pinterest page. Happy viewing!

Links To See – Weeks of July 7 and 14

Here are the latest headlines from around the Web:

  • When Marketing Over Social Media, Test, Experiment and Test Some More (From Entrepreneur)
  • Mac users targeted in ‘ransomware’ scam (From MSN)

From Project Eve

From Creative Bloq

Links to See – Weeks of June 23 and June 30

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. I’ll be heading back to work on Monday after a four-day weekend — which is way too short! Even before the holiday, I’ve been lagging on my posts the past couple of weeks. So I’m starting the week off right with a couple of design inspirations I came across this holiday weekend, as well as some headlines over the Web. Enjoy!

Links To See – Week of June 2, 2013

Some cool links of the week:

  • Infographic: Tackle social media in 30 minutes a day (From Ragan)
  • What Freelancing is Not (From Graphic Design Blender)
  • 5 Tips to Jump-Start Your Post Design Career (From Nubby Twiglet)
  • Why Freelancers Need a Good Working Environment at Home (From Naldz Graphics)
  • Create a Design Career Map to Chart Your Next Move (From HOW Design)
  • Why You Should Blog to Get Your Next Job (From Mashable)
  • 28 Creative Branding and Identity Design examples for your inspiration (From Webneel)
  • Getting Out of The Google Sandbox! (From PC Tech Authority)

The Future of Freelancing (from The Creative Group)

Are you ready to take the freelance plunge? The Creative Group created this infographic, including trends, tips and questions to consider before pursuing a consulting career.

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