Emily Merritt

I’ve come to realize that creativity is essential in my life, it’s what makes my happy and gives me purpose. I’ve been scrapbooking one way or another since I was a teenager. It first started out with those fun cut and paste scrapbooks, then evolved to digital scrapbooking when I became a mom in 2005. When Project Life hit the shelves I was all over it and spent a lot of my time every week putting together our family memories. I spent the rest of my creative time designing products for The Lilypad and was with them for about 6 years.

In 2014 I decided to take a designing break and went to work full time at the elementary school that my three children attended. Although my time there was amazing, I felt like being creative and documenting my family memories took a back seat. I’ve felt the call to come back to designing, more urgently this last year. As of now I am a full time graphic designer and my first big project was designing a new Digital Project Life kit, which has been a dream of mine.

Realizing that creativity is essential in my life has been a huge wake up call for me. I fully believe this quote by Richard G. Scott, “Being creative will help you enjoy life. It engenders a spirit of gratitude. It develops latent talent, sharpens your capacity to reason, to act and to find purpose in life. It dispels loneliness and heartache. It gives a renewal, a spark of enthusiasm, and a zest for life.”

My style is based on funky, hand-drawn/hand-lettered designs. My color palettes gravitate towards a lot of black and white with pops of color. I love graphic design, Fixer Upper, my Apple Watch, playing basketball, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, the beach, reading and tacos.