Jan 25 2012

Product Packaging

So, I received some VLove today! I was so pleased with the presentation… felt like I was receiving a gift and yep, made me feel special. It got me to thinking… {uh oh!} my husband and I also own & run Red Rooster Trading Company together. We wrap our products in hand.stamped burlap bags then nestle them in a bed of shredded newspaper {recycled from our local newspaper} and put them in a sealed gift box. To top it off we thank each of our customers using a Bb card and yes, actually writing each one by hand.

This is important to us because we appreciate our customers so much, without them we wouldn’t have a business! My mom told me that when I was little I always wanted to have my own retail shop so that I could say ‘Thank you & have a nice day!’ I may not have a ‘brick & mortar’ {yet, anyway}, but we do have our online shop, I just get to write it instead of say it. You see, dreams really do come true. 🙂

Ok, back on track… at Red Rooster we receive comments & reviews and practically every one of them says something about the packaging and hand.written note. They appreciate that there is a real live person handling & packaging their product that cares about the products they receive. And they appreciate being appreciated. So, if you own a business where you ship your products… it only takes a little effort to make a nice presentation, make someone feel special and show some pride in your product {Pride can be a good thing}. And a lot of times those people share their experience with others… word of mouth is one of the best marketing tools ever!

I took a few pics to inspire you… I had the privilege of working with each of these businesses on their identity & branding. I love having the opportunity to work with such a variety of companies. Each of my clients has an idea of how they want the world to see them and the best way to present that. It is my job to take their ideas and make them shine.

First up is how Rebecca Michaels shows her customer appreciation… don’t you feel the love? {I ordered a headband}

Next is a photog client of mine… vagabond def shows her appreciation with her packaging.

And last, but not least… Red Rooster’s packaging.

Thanks for stopping by, maybe you got a little inspiration. Now go and present your company well! If you need any design work or ideas feel free to shoot me an email for pricing.

Oct 11 2011

vagabond photography – belts & pendants

OH MY GOODNESS! LOOK what I got in the mail today… Already have my pendant around my neck. You know you want your own vagabond photography belt & pendant with your kiddos, favorite pet, rig, location… with that vagabond style we all have come to know and love! And the way she packages her goods is just the icing on the cake!

vagabond currently resides in Austin, Texas… but is known to make trips to various parts of the world, more often to CA, WA & MO. Now is your chance to contact her to book your next shoot… just in time for Christmas! Can you imagine your vagabond pics as Christmas cards too… oh dear, you better hurry. photography@vagabondstyle.com or 949.335.2285

Jun 11 2010

Forget the Tie… get dad something he will treasure!

Get creative this year when you are thinking of Dad!! Check out these cool gift ideas and Happy Father’s Day!

May 1 2010

get your own vagabond belt!

I just finished updating the website of vagabond photography. I recoded a bit of it to make it easier to update in the future, cleaned it up some and re-organized. Guess you could call it spring cleaning. Then for the fun part, I got to add more of her amazing pictures to the photography page and vagabond has reduced the prices of her belts!

Did you hear that? You can get your very own vagabond belt with reduced prices!! You’ll just have to check out her site for yourself and find your belt. A vagabond belt seems like a perfect gift for mom too, after all Mother’s day is just around the corner! If you don’t find that perfect one, you can always go for vagabond custom… contact her for more info photography@vagabondstyle.com. See some pics below and to get the whole story check out the site. { www.vagabondstyle.com }

Feb 8 2010

Custom Ad Design.

Recently I had the opportunity to work with Dayna, she was interested in an ad design for a newsletter put out in their community in Austin, TX. Cool beans! I love that technology allows me to have clients all over. And of course I always wonder ‘how did you hear about me?’… well she is a friend of vagabond {www.vagabondstyle.com}. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to grow a business.

Anyway… she is a realtor in Austin and wanted her ad to stand out from the crowd, but provide enough info for those looking to buy, sell or lease homes. She provided info that she wanted to include and an amazing pic of a home she has sold. I had the pleasure to design & layout and I found this cool pic of an old-time fireman’s hat to use in a section to highlight an incentive for firemen only.

If you are looking to buy, sell or lease a home in the Austin area… I would say Dayna is the lady to contact. Check out the ad below. And if you are in need of ad design {print or web} I would love to hear from you. design@brittaburrus.com or 509.429.1989

Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 5 2010

Custom Christmas Cards

So, we’re back-tracking a bit… but just wanted to share this fun project I did before Christmas. I had the fun time of designing a Christmas card for the McKee family. It is a flat Christmas card designed to fit in a beautiful Red #10 envelope that opens from the top. It is a simple yet fun design not taking the focus away from the pic but maybe actually complementing it… what a concept. 🙂 The photography is by the one and only vagabond photography, it is always fun to work with Amanda. It makes my job as a designer so much easier and more fun when I have amazing pics to work with.

Tina wrote…”We had an abundance of compliments on the cards. Everyone loved them, they thought they were just a little different than everyone elses.” {note from the designer: I love that they were just a little different than everyone elses, sounds like maybe they stood out from the crowd a bit. :)}

It is never too early to start thinking about your custom Christmas {baby, anniversary, save the date, wedding, you name it} cards. If you are interested in custom stationary I would love to hear from you… design@brittaburrus.com or (509) 429.1989

Thanks for stopping by and taking a step back to 2009 with me! Have a great weekend!

Aug 5 2009

Back in the groove…or maybe it’s grove!

So, if you hadn’t noticed I have not blogged in quite a while… our family went on a little vacation. We got outta the Grove & headed to Texas to meet our first ever nephew, Judah Davis Pulley. What a cutie… Jeff & Amanda are the proud parents. They are all doing great! Amanda took some amazing pics of him, see below for a sneak peek… check back soon to see the baby announcement I got to design for Judah!


Of course while we were gone our garden exploded! I had the chance to can some of our green beans before we left, but I came home to a refrigerator full of beans ready to can & more to pick soon. We were lucky to have Jeremy here to pick a load. I was so thankful to have help… my sister, dad & mom came back from Texas with us and I put them straight to work. They were pretty willing to help. 🙂 My mom says ‘you reap what you sow’, they are all going to reap big time! Since we have been back we have had such a plentiful harvest, it is really amazing. God is so cool!





We have had a garden each year since we have been here, I guess this is our third year. And what a harvest!! We have all snapped & canned, snapped & canned green beans galore, then we even had enough to share with Justin’s mom and aunt. There will be plenty in the winter to enjoy. I now understand where the saying ‘beans coming out of your ears’ came from… Besides green beans, we have cucumbers, squash, zukes, tomatoes, taters, onions & soon to come, corn. We have made zucchini bread, salsa & tried squash several different ways. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I am so so so thankful for all the help. I don’t know how I would have gotten any of this done without it. Especially when work calls… 🙂 see why I haven’t blogged for a while.

Thanks for checking out the blog, please come back soon… I will have some new projects up for you to enjoy.

Jun 16 2009

Britta burrus design teams up with vagabond photography.

Britta burrus design is working with Oakwood Industries, LLC on some of their marketing materials. They were in need of a fresh catalog and realized that with all their NEW furniture they would be needing images. Native to Memphis, MO, Amanda Pulley with vagabond photography was the photographer of choice. Not only does she have a great eye for detail and cool shots, she also has the skill set to work in different settings with a variety of lighting. What a fun & crazy week we had! It was our privilege to work with the Oakwood team.

Our mission: Stage 17 different sets {dining room, living room & office} and get that shot! for each furniture collection & take a single shot of each piece of furniture that Oakwood Industries offers to be used in their upcoming catalog, website & various marketing materials.

Day One: My house was the place to be on Monday of the photoshoot. The Oakwood truck showed up bright and early full of all the furniture to be staged & shot! My newly-remodeled living room was cleared out and ready to be set up! We staged a bedroom and 4 dining sets in this room. My main living room was used for an office & living room set. Each stage looked so amazing that I didn’t want them to take anything away! All day, the Oakwood guys moved furniture in and out & switched out rooms while Amanda & I staged each ‘room’.  I am sure my neighbors were wondering what I was going to do with all the furniture that was lined up on my front porch and in the driveway. It was a blast, but were we all worn out after that day only to start over the next morning.

Day Two: On Tuesday morning I met Amanda at the Dave & Melinda Burrus residence where we were quick to start moving things out of the way for the arrival of our next lineup. Once the truck arrived we were hustling through the day. We staged six dining rooms, a living room & two bedrooms in several of the Burrus rooms and even one outside using their beautiful view as a backdrop. We also had fun shooting some different ways of using their furniture. Look soon for their new catalog!

Day Three: With most of the staged shots out of the way we headed to the warehouse on day three where we went through about half of the pieces of furniture. The Oakwood team was there to move the furniture through as Amanda shot each piece. After we finished up at the warehouse we decided it was a perfect evening to set up one of Oakwood’s signature sets. Their reunion table looked beautiful in the setting sun as we staged it for a wedding dinner. What fun! I know those who drove by wondered why they weren’t invited. It was hard to put it all away after the photos were taken, seemed like we needed to have a party and enjoy the evening even more.

Day Four & Five: We finished up the single shots at the warehouse these last two days. As always the Oakwood team was there to move furniture through as we directed and took photos.

Details: A lot of prep work & thought had gone into the scheduling, gathering props & figuring out where each line would be shown off best before & during the shoot! Both Amanda & I had prayed that God would help us and take care of the details, as with such a huge project something is bound to be forgotten or overlooked. Let me tell you, He definitely did just that, we are so thankful! We were also blessed to have some great resources and generous people. A friend of Amanda’s shared his lighting for the warehouse shots, Aunt Vicky was excited to let us use some of her amazing ‘props’ & the Burrus’ were so kind to let us tear apart their house for a day! I cannot tell you how much fun it was to work with Oakwood. They are very gracious & such hard workers. Everyone thought it was perfect to have the designer working with the photographer, that way we could discuss what kind of shots were desired for each of the different projects! With all the preparation, prayers & such amazing people I would say our Photoshoot was a huge success! Whew! What a week! I think that each of us was worn out and Amanda did all this all the while being 8 months pregnant.

Check out some of the sneak peeks and look soon for Oakwood Industries new catalog. If you haven’t already, stop by their showroom on HWY 36 in Memphis, Missouri. They have come out with some new collections that you are sure to fall in love with. And don’t let their name fool you, they are much more than oak… now offering Cherry, Maple and more with a variety of modern finishes and lines! The quality, new & classic finishes & their amazing customer service is a mix that will keep you coming back & spreading the word.

May 26 2009

A baby shower at the Willows Lakehouse!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law at the Willows Lakehouse. It was the perfect location. Not only did it accomodate all the adults, there was plenty of room indoors & out to entertain the children that attended. Check out their website, it may be the perfect spot for your next family reunion, vacation, business event, wedding &/or reception. We live about a half hour from the Willows & it is a perfect weekend getaway… Not too far away, yet you have the entire lakehouse, not to mention the lake to yourselves! It is a steal of a deal!

View from the Willows Lakehouse at sunset! Amazing!
View from the Willows Lakehouse at sunset! Amazing!

Back to the baby shower! Amanda decided on a ‘zoo’ theme…
I found some great images of a giraffe, hippo & elephant. I stylized the images then used them as inspiration for all the details. I designed the invite to be flat & fit in a #10 biz envelope using a cool giraffe for the main focus. I also designed labels for the kraft brown envelopes & a registry card featuring a handsome blue hippo. The registry card was wrapped nicely in a tiny vellum envelope using a spiral paperclip to attach it. See pics below…

Baby Shower Tips…
1. Use a piece of string as a clothesline and hang up your ‘gifts’ for fun decor. (i.e. onesie, socks, stuffed animals etc)
2. I searched the internet for baby shower mad libs and found a great one that we just modified to fit our mommy to be. It was great fun!
3. Save your address list for the Mommy to be to have for her Thank yous.
4. Thank you notecards make a great gift!

If you are interested in the baby zoo! theme by Britta burrus design for your next baby shower feel free to call (509) 429-1989 or email for pricing.

zoo baby invites!
zoo baby invites! by Britta burrus design.
drink table
drink table
details... i designed labels for tiny water bottles
details... i designed labels for tiny water bottles
details... i also had favor bags for each guest with goodies inside.
details... i also had favor bags for each guest with goodies inside.
Mmm... finget foods & a delicious cheesecake made by Jamie.
Mmm... finger foods & a delicious cheesecake made by Jamie.
baby clothes on a line... great way to decorate! And mommy to be will be able to use it all!
baby clothes on a line... doubles as decor & perfect little gifts!
zoo baby thank yous! by Britta burrus design.
zoo baby thank yous! by Britta burrus design.
Beautiful & Delicious Chocolate Cake by Gabbitas Gourmet
Beautiful & Delicious Chocolate Cake by Gabbitas Gourmet
Happy mommy to be & friends!
Happy mommy to be (far right) & friends!

Mar 18 2009

the business card.

Pick Up Value : -adjective Everything that makes your potential client/customer want to pick up that business card and know more. Its what makes them want to check into your biz and see what you are all about.

Once you have a logo, the next step is to start using it to brand & market your business. Use your logo as a foundation and build from there. I love to use the logo as inspiration for future designs in the whole marketing package.

The business card is underrated. It is one of the least expensive ways to market your business. The design, print & paper are essential to the ‘pick up value’ of the final piece.

Check out the business card designs below. I am thinkin the ‘pick up value’ is pretty high. Who wouldn’t want to pick up a card that uses color or the lack of color to its highest potential. Not only that, but when the card is flipped there is even more to pull them in. The paper used is heavy weight, smooth or textured, gloss or dull matte finish is chosen depending on what the biz is about. Add some rounded corners to set yourself even more apart. The options are endless.

Use this inexpensive tool to entice the client to visit your website where you answer more questions and give them the full story of what you are about. Check out more designs at the Bb portfolio.  If you (or someone you know) are in the need of business cards with a high ‘pick up value’ feel free to call (509) 429-1989 or email for pricing & ideas.

Arlys & Co. Business Cards :: Kept classic by using Black & White. The back has a blank spot for appts.
Arlys & Co. Business Cards :: Even though this business card is very simple, it is classic, using Black & White. The back has a blank spot used for appointments.
vagabond photography
vagabond photography :: using the guitar & keeping the urban, edgy feel she uses in her photography was important to this client.
Whispering Pines Winery
Whispering Pines Winery :: This beautiful logo was best captured by using a vertical layout. Even with all the info, it is still clean by utilizing both sides.
violet love
violet love :: she already had her logo & look in place, so it was not difficult to make this card delicious.

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