Thursday, October 30, 2014

Client Spotlight - Trainer Jane

When you start your own business, you always hope that it will succeed. You can never know for sure, but if it's your passion, that's sometimes enough to push through and make it big.

When I moved out to the Durham region for a year, the first thing I did was try to connect with other small businesses. It involved a lot of meetings, joining chambers, pressing flesh, the usual stuff. It didn't take very long for me to hear the name "Trainer Jane" being talked about at a number of these events. Jane knew how to work the events, and while I wasn't necessarily looking for personal training at the time, he energy and passion plants the seed in people that she meets that says "pay attention to what this person is saying".

If anyone remembers my post about hats, Trainer Jane kind of makes me look bad :P She's a personal trainer, an author, a speaker, and a professional motivator: she gets people out to her Win Win networking event every month, and connects small businesses over discussions about what they can do to improve business in their area.

The Durham region was abuzz this summer with the introduction of light-up name tags, and the first work I ever did for Trainer Jane was to properly design her one of these, as she was content to show up at her events with her name hand written on this... nobody's perfect ;) Shortly after we relocated to Niagara, Jane contacted me again about her upcoming fitness book, and needed some assistance promoting it. I was familiar with media kits, but this was the first time I really got to sink my teeth into one. The artwork isn't final just yet, but expect these bad boys to be available pretty soon :)

Book Cover (artwork not final)

Sample Media Kit Page

Trainer Jane his all the social media outlets, and I highly recommend looking around at what she has to say. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thronies Rejoice!

What seems like forever ago, Carla bought me the Game of Thrones Puzzle of Westeros.

For anyone else putting this together, I feel your pain: the water is all black with SUBTLE shading water lines to indicate waves, the boats all look the same, and most of the pieces everywhere actually fit together. Over the course of something like a month we finally got it all together.

As soon as it went together I knew I had to frame it. It took a while to make this happen, as we were about to move, I didn't have the wood or the tools, etc. We brought it rolled to my parents' place and soon I started assembling the shadowbox. It had to be deep, as the Eyrie stands about 2.25 inches tall! (so cool!)

I bought the glass for it, had my dad help me with the construction, and coloured the backboard it was glued to to highlight some of the colours (shown in the picture above). Now it's mounted on the wall of our apartment, and I whistle the theme song every time I see it :D

You know you're jealous ;)