7.01.2017

Cancer Update, Baby Showers and Fireworks?

Hey everyone! 

I know some of you have been wondering where the heck I was for the last few months while my shop was closed. Well, in case you didn't see my Etsy message, I took a little bit of a mental break.

Last year I was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. The tumor was located in my right thigh, just above my knee and it was 19cm long, and about 7.5cm round in the middle. I fought long and hard last year and was cancer free for about two months until they found a few happy little tumors growing in my lungs earlier this year.

Having this recurrence diagnosis was very hard on me and my family. The statistics and odds are not pretty for people with sarcoma metastatic tumors like mine. Thus, the needed break to be with family and connect with the people I surround myself with (a.k.a. the village of friends and extended family whom I love)

Taking a breather from running my business was mandatory, and I am so thankful for those who did reach out to me with their condolences and for those who are keeping me in your prayers.

And just so you know... so far the immunotherapy treatments they have me on are working! So there's hope for the future and God is so good!

Amidst all of this cancer craziness, I had the pleasure of planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law who is expecting her first child. I have three boys, and when she announced that she was having a girl, I was all over it. Naturally, I have shared a few designs with you that were in her shower theme on my etsy shop:

Invitations


Game Cards


Mommy or Daddy? (He said, She Said Game)

You guys.. this is why I love graphic design. This is why I love anything centered around event planning. I love this stuff. My family thinks I'm crazy, but I don't care. I love it.

Here are some pictures that I took just before guests arrived:

Words for the Wee Hours - A word of encouragement, a chuckle or two, give the mommy-to-be a note just from you!
Please pick up a diaper and write on the booty, something to take her mind off the doody!
(I'm a sucker for poop jokes)

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cupcakes made by my super talented sister-in-law Emily





What do you think? It wasn't crazy fancy, and no I didn't hire a professional photographer to captivate all of our shower shenanigans like you see for some of those amazing Pinterest party types. I took all of those photos by myself.. with my phone. #winning


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On another note - What are your 4th of July plans? I'm pretty sure we're not even doing fire works this year (those things are crazy expensive these days, am I right?) We plan on having a low-key BBQ and enjoying time with the ones we love.

In celebration of our country's freedom, and since I know I've been gone for a little bit, I'd like to surprise you with a coupon code to use through July 31st.  AMERICA15 - use this coupon code to get 15% off your next design order!

I love all of my Etsy customers, you all are so good to me! I'd love to hear your feedback and please contact me if you ever have any questions!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and 4th of July!

3.01.2017

DIY Dream



Have you ever wanted cute invitations, party accessories and/or games for an event without breaking the bank? Our DIY printable options are easy, quick and affordable.

We offer the printable JPG and PDF file options for those who are on a budget, those who are on a tight timeline, or for those who aren't in the United States (Unfortunately, we don't ship invitations outside of the U.S. at this time).

If you're not sure what file to get, here's a quick breakdown to help you decide what you want:

» PDF «

  • PDF's are the best option if you plan on printing on pre-cut card stock (sizes A7 or 8.5" x 11" with two A7 invites to a page).
  • PDF's are best if printing from home or through a print shop like FedEx, Office Depot, Staples, etc.


*Most professional online printing companies will require PDF files. More on that in a little bit.

» JPG «

  • I only recommend using a JPG file when printing if you are planning to print through a local photo shop like Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.
  • Keep in mind that most photo papers do not allow you to print double-sided
  • This is the most budget-friendly printing option

                                               » ONLINE PRINTER «

When ordering from our shop, if you're planning to print through a different online printing company, please let us know which printer you're planning to use and what their bleed requirements are so that we make sure your printables are formatted correctly. Not doing so can result in important parts of your design getting cut off.

It's very important to make sure your online printer has a 5" x 7" size option before you order. There is only one online printer that I've run into so far that doesn't follow industry standard sizes - and that company is Vista Print.

I highly recommend using any other company than Vista Print. These are the specs for their "5x7" size:
Full Bleed Size
7.28" x 4.72"
185 x 120 mm
2185 x 1417 pixels

Document Trim Size
7.17" x 4.61" 182 x 117 mm
2150 x 1382 pixels

All of my designs can be printed as a standard 5" x 7" size.  If you were to print through Vista Print, it wouldn't print correctly, and parts of the design would look stretched, or worse: get cut off during the printing process. The sizes/specs that Vista Print uses are not industry standard and must be only for their equipment on site. Again, they're the only online printer I've run into that has weird sizes and printing requirements.  

Other companies I would recommend instead of Vista Print are Zazzle or StationeryHQ. However, if you did have your heart set on printing through Vista Print, we can alter our design sizes for an additional fee. Please email me {gdesignbybecky@gmail.com} or send me an Etsy message if you have any further questions.

I hope that clears the air on this topic, I know a lot of customers have been hesitant regarding the printable files, but I promise, it really is quick, easy and budget-friendly! Or.. if you're really not one to do DIY printables, we'd be happy to print and ship your invitations to you.

Our current turn-around for a first proof to be emailed to you is 2 business days (Monday-Friday), and print-ready files are usually emailed within 1 business day from the time you approve your proof. Our printing turn-around time is 1-3 business days (M-F) and we then ship via USPS 2-3 Day Priority Mail. 

So if you're on the fence about placing an order, I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have, or if you need an extra incentive, here's a coupon code for 10% off your next order: MAR2017 offer expires on Mar. 31st, 2017

If you want to visit our shop, we're always uploading new designs. Click here or click "shop" at the top of our blog.

1.27.2017

Love is in the Air

Hello friends! It has been a while, but we are back up and running.

Before we get into the purpose of this post, I'd like to update all of you and let you know that I am officially CANCER FREE. Yep, that's right. I beat cancer. It's surreal, and nothing short of a miracle from God.

Shortly after my big tumor-removal surgery last August, my husband and I decided that we should be closer to family while I'm going through remission, and that way, if the cancer shows up again, we'll have family closer to us. So now... our family and Pineapple Princess Design Co. are stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah! It has been and will continue to be an adventure.

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Let's move on to why I really started this post: Valentine's Day! Valentine's day is only a few short weeks away, and with that said, I came up with a few free printables for y'all. Who doesn't love free printables?

Love coupons are a personal favorite. These are perfect for married couples on a budget, and can be gifted throughout the year, not just on Valentine's Day. I tend to gift these to my husband every year (although sometimes he forgets to redeem them) and they usually get a good laugh. *warning, some of these may get things steamy* Each coupon pack contains a total of 15 coupons.


Manly coupons for him:



Thoughtful coupons for her:



One last design that I want to share (and it's one that I actually have framed in our master bedroom): is an 8" x10" I Love You Because... wall-art printable.  You can frame this and write cute messages back and forth with your loved one on the glass with a dry-erase marker. 




Well, that's all I have for you for now.. I'd love to hear your feedback, and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

To view more designs - Click on the "SHOP" button at the top of our blog. 

7.13.2016

Our New Blog

Why hello everyone! We are super excited to be starting a blog for Pineapple Princess Design Co. and plan to give you exciting back stories, facts about our business and stationery, free printables, and so much more. The sky seems to be the limit on where we can take this, so it's going to be really fun!



Let's have our first post start with a short summary on how Pineapple Princess Design Co. came to be:


In 2011, my best friend and I were planning each other's baby showers (our little boys were born 2 days apart). I'd had a little graphic design experience, so I thought I'd give it a go at trying to design her shower invitations. As I came up with several invitation ideas, I began to think about how I could share my designs with others.

So.. I started a blog called "Graphic Design by Becky". Nothing too fancy, but I was offering my invitation and graphic design services for free (or really, really cheap). I didn't seem to be getting very much traffic.. apparently no one wanted my free designs! Then a friend suggested for me to open an Etsy shop.

Etsy was something I had looked into before, but it seemed like an expensive and risky investment. I told her I didn't want to pay that much for something that I wasn't sure about.. shortly thereafter I had changed my mind and I opened my Etsy shop on May 3rd, 2012. Our business has only grown and flourished since then.

Things started to change and shift when I had decided that I wanted my focus to be more on stationery and invitations. Although I love doing anything and everything that has a need for graphic design, when someone would ask me if I could help them with a logo I would quickly become overwhelmed and wanted to crawl into a cave and would be consumed by my anxiety.

Logo work, even if it pays off in the end  (I had somewhat of a good portfolio), was always stressful. I never knew what kind of request I would get, and as a new business owner, I was still having to learn how to say "no". (If you're a business owner, you know how hard that lesson can be to learn.)  So, I decided that I wouldn't have listings on my Etsy shop that were listed for custom logo or business design work, and I wanted to change my name to reflect more on my specialty and move away from the image that I can do any kind of graphic design.

Thus, our new-ish name: Pineapple Princess Design Co. (a.k.a. PPDesignCo.). Why the name Pineapple Princess? When I was little, I had a computer math game that I would play on our family's PC and they wouldn't accept any "normal" kid's name (it was an alien/space themed game, and it was weird). So my daddy had come up with the name "Pineapple Princess" and that nickname has kind of stuck ever since. With my nickname, and my love for pineapples, I felt good about using that as our new business name and image.


Etsy has been nothing short of a huge blessing for me and my family. It allows me to have an outlet to do what I love while also being a mom to my three boys and help to our family's income.


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I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma (a kind of cancer, for those of you who don't know what that is) in my right thigh this last March. My husband was also unemployed during that time. So during chemo and all sorts of fun treatments and appointments, I still had to maintain my Etsy shop (with my mother's help) so that our family could have some kind of revenue coming in. With my husband's genius engineer brain, he purchased me a hospital desk/table and made it so I could do work on my desktop in bed.

Here's what that looks like:




So in between treatments, hospital appointments and many, many emails and Etsy messages, I still manage to be able to get orders fulfilled and rest periodically without completely going insane.

I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and be a mom to my three sweet boys at the same time.


Thanks for reading! Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions!

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