Hey all! Thought I’d pop in and give you an update on what I’m working on/set a few other ideas in motion.

This week I’m working on some freelance wedding invites for a friend of a friend. Pretty excited because they’re having a Star Wars wedding and well… that’s definitely on brand with GEEKinSTL.

So since I kind of have wedding stuff on the brain I thought I’d share one of the first wedding suites I did for a friend in honor of #WeddingWednesday.

When Roxy asked me to design her wedding stuff for her I felt so honored. I hadn’t felt so excited since the first time I was asked to be a bridesmaid (I’ve been a bridesmaid… let’s see… 7 times now, but it was less at the time I was designing these, like 5?). I had done invites or programs before, but this was the first time I did everything. Invites, RSVPs, Program, etc. And to make it even better Roxy paid me in fried pickles! haha

After doing this wedding suite it’s kind of become my thing for friends, their wedding gift. I honestly love doing it. It lets me be a part of their special day and it lets me use my skills to hopefully make their wedding planning process a little easier, something I have a better appreciation for after our own wedding. I’m glad Roxy thought to ask me and that she was the first one I did them for because she’s super chill, which made it easier for me as I was learning. She also had some really fun ideas, like the mad libs, which I borrowed for our wedding.

Side note: Roxy & Alex just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary, which is also why this set was on my mind. Congrats you two!

Invitation:Schonlau Invite

RSVP:Schonlau RSVP

Schonlau Program

Mad Lib:
Schonlau Mad Libs

As you can tell I like hashtags. I think they’re important to help get your work out there and let other people see what you’re doing. So warning, I’m probably going to have a couple of hashtags that I use regularly on here. Also, I think they will help keep me inspired to post. Oh it’s Wednesday? I guess I could post something for #WeddingWednesday. Stuff like that. These new hashtags won’t have rules like #FollowYourArrowFriday, they’ll just be more for fun.

DesignGEEK out!



I’m back! That’s right, two posts in one week! Go me!
(Words of affirmation is my love language okay?)

Alright, so in my quest to be more creative I am taking inspiration from my college professor, Tad Carpenter. Tad posts a new illustration of a sun every Sunday, thus #SUNdaySUNS. Every week I look forward to seeing what he’s come up with (he’s been doing it since 2015!). I think this idea is a great way to not only be more creative, but also to challenge yourself as a designer.

So to get myself to be more creative each and every week I’m starting my own once a week design challenge. My goal is to make it until the end of the year (12 weeks) and then go from there.

Here are the rules:

Theme: Follow Your Arrow

For my theme I’m taking inspiration from Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves. My college friends aka the fartasses (Go watch Now & Then) introduced me to this song right before I moved to STL. I was crazily following my arrow to Missouri of all places (Rock Chalk!) and moving in with my boyfriend (DataGEEK) after spending probably less than a month of irl (in real life) time together. (Yes, we met online. You shouldn’t be surprised.) So this song has always held a special place in my heart and let’s be honest it’s just a great message.

Day: Friday

I must post a new design every Friday.

Hashtag: #FollowYourArrowFriday

Which comes from this post I made on my instagram over a year ago of my friend’s little boy Cam in his little arrow bib. So cute!

>>> Just a little reminder to #FollowYourArrow <<<
#Camden #FollowYourArrowFriday 

Design: Must Include an Arrow

Every design must include an arrow. Every design does NOT need to be about following your arrow, some may, but it’s not a rule. It’s about me following my arrow creatively and seeing where that will take me.

And with that, here is my first one:

001 - JOY WEEK#FollowYourArrowFriday: No. 001 – Joy Week

If you know me you know that I’m a big fan of the Bobby Bones Show. I’ve been listening every day via the podcast for over 4 years now. This week on the show it’s been #JoyWeek and on Monday Bobby was explaining what Joy Week is. He said, “There’s so many ways that you could interpret what we call #pimpinjoy, it could be toward other people, it could be within yourself that in the end influences other people.” and that inspired me to make my first #FollowYourArrowFriday about Joy Week.

So here’s to pressing start on this idea and to doing what brings you joy.

To find out more about Joy Week and #pimpinjoy check out Amy’s explanation here.

DesignGEEK out!

And so it begins…again.

Data, Design, Geek

Hi everyone! DesignGEEK here.

Alright so word of warning this is probably going to be a long one. Stick with me here…or don’t, no pressure.

Where to begin? Well, I see that our last post on here was in 2016…and it’s now the last quarter of 2018. What can I say except, life. As DataGEEK mentioned, in 2016 we were planning a wedding, then we had our wedding in 2017, went on a week-long honeymoon to Paris & London that we paid for in points and miles (I’m sure DataGEEK will do a post on that later), then we were stuck in Hawaii for a month after my dad (who is doing great now) had a heart attack, and then we bought a house, which we are still settling into 5 months later. So yeah, life. It’s busy. Always.

So why start this…blog? brand? thing?…up again now? Well, I quit my job. I wasn’t happy and we decided that it would be better for me to quit and focus on getting a job I enjoyed rather than keep trying to work, job hunt, and be unhappy.

So what’s the plan? Well, I plan on job searching, but I’m hopeful that I can also spend time on here. I plan on using GEEKinSTL as a place to be creative, share my designs, and honestly, learn wordpress.

So that’s the plan. That’s why now.

I will admit, it’s hard for me to just jump into this. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so doing this without having our site and logo and everything “perfect” is hard, but as Bobby Bones says, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just start. So here goes.

I think I’ll end by reintroducing us and what we’ll be doing (or trying to do) here. I think my husband said it pretty good in our first post:

Who is GEEKinSTL?

Since we’re just getting started (again), might as well start with an introduction. GEEKinSTL is made up of two distinct parts: DesignGEEKinSTL and DataGEEKinSTL. Both of those parts will become more obvious as this site and identity, builds, but for now it should be pretty obvious that we’re a couple of geeks in St. Louis.

What is GEEKinSTL?

GEEKinSTL is going to be our outlet to do very geeky things, including Etsy freelancing, Pinterest-style DIY, becoming involved in sports analytics, or talking about DataGEEK’s near-obsession with points and miles. And, let’s be honest, there will probably be some Star Wars. And Doctor Who (yes, that’s how DataGEEK proposed and was a big part of our wedding).

What’s next?

Will our logo be redesigned? Will we keep referring to ourselves as DesignGEEK and DataGEEK? Will we actually post? Well, you’ll have to come back to see! Or follow us on Twitter or Instagram: GEEKinSTL

Until next time, GEEK out!