I am a graphic designer that helps ideas take flight!

Laurie Lobdell

2015-02-26 15.48.40After working with Real Estate agents and Lenders on their marketing, I’ve become quite adept at creating beautiful and unique flyers, postcards and advertisements.  Then I wondered, how could I incorporate my paper illustrations (quilling) into my services for these clients?  A colleague suggested the idea of personalized closing gifts for new homeowners.


How nice would it be to move into a new home and have a beautifully crafted piece of art, that was personalized just for them?  A monogram can be designed and illustrated in the unique 3D art form of paper quilling relatively quickly and when put in a nice frame or shadowbox, can be something the homeowner will treasure for years to come.  They will also think of you (their agent) as the thoughtful person you are whenever they see it.  Also, they are sure to get compliments on the art and will be referring new clients when they say that their agent commissioned the piece just for them!

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Working full-time it was easy to let my blog slide, but now that I’m moving forward with my Graphic Design business, I’m making the time to post again…the blog is back!  Not sure how often I’ll post (don’t think I’ll ever be one of those “daily bloggers”) but I’ll be discussing design and marketing topics, upcoming events and specials and posting project pictures and info.

Seahawks Super Bowl quilledFirst up…the SUPER BOWL!  This quilling piece was designed and illustrated by me using a 3d paper art technique called quilling. Featuring a negative space outline of the Space Needle, the Seahawks logo, 12th Man flag and a football, this is one of the coolest pieces I’ve done so far!


Seahawks Super Bowl quilled2



I found these instructions on how to make your own inexpensive lightbox at home, with just a cardboard box, tissue paper and posterboard.  I decided to try this since I was having a hard time getting good pictures of my quilling pieces.  It was so easy and I was absolutely amazed at the difference it made in my shots!


Here’s January before:




And after:





Wow!  I’m definitely going to use this moving forward.  =)

After learning about Quilling (paper filigree art) and specifically being inspried by Yulia Brodskaya, I decided to give this a try.  At first I wanted to find a way to digitally create this art form, thinking that it would offer a new level of design manipulation.  I definitely learned a lot about the 3D effects menu in Illustrator, but could not find a way to make the designs look like real paper.  After many failed attempts, I decided that “virtual” paper rolls just don’t have the same impact as the real thing.  Here’s my attempt to create a quilled version of my name on the computer:


Close up look at virtual paper rolls:



Perhaps someone out there has the skills to do this, but I realized it wasn’t me.  Rather, I didn’t have the time/need/patience to figure it out.  I decided to try my hand at the actual paper craft, which Yulia has termed “papergraphics,” and this was much more satisfactory – and FUN!

Here’s how my name turned out in the papergraphic:



Not bad for a first attempt.  As you’ll see, the more I worked on this craft, the better results I was able to achieve.  I’ve tried a couple of logos (and these are NOT authorized or commissioned pieces, just me trying things out) and some typographical treatments.  I’m excited to continue to practice and improve and I hope that this can become part of my unique offering as a graphic designer!


Washington State University logo:



H2O at Home logo:








Close-up view:



As a creative person, I often struggle with “over-designing” things.  I have so many ideas and sometimes it’s hard to scale back.  The proper utilization of white space can make a good design into a great one.  White space allows the viewer’s eye points to rest and can help establish the hierarchy of your design.


Here is a before and after example of a promotional poster.  The project was to announce the upcoming release of a collector’s edition set of books and CD’s for the two “Alice” stories.



By simplifying the design, I was able to establish a better visual hierarchy and draw attention to the most important information on the poster.  It also has a cleaner, more professional look than the original.

I got my official certificate for completing the Graphic Design program at Bellevue College! I had a great experience there and learned a lot.  The instructors are all active in the field, so their knowledge is current and valuable.  I’m proud to move from student to colleague as I take my next steps into the world of design.