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  • For the Love of Blogging began many years ago as the space for a young (and slightly naive) design school graduate. Since that time, I've grown a bit wiser and (hopefully) matured in my design perspective. So, my goals for this blog have evolved, and now I look forward to using this space as a way of sharing my experiences with Braizen, motherhood, and as a Jedi Master of design.

  • That's me: mom, greatest wife ever, designer, business owner, and the single largest contributer to Diet Mountain Dew's vast soda fortune. It's hard to believe that my journey into design and branding began nearly a decade ago with this blog and a drive to create dynamic brands for boutique photographers in the Atlanta area. Today, I'm the founder of Braizen, a small business branding design firm, and I dabble in a handful of other design-centered projects. This is my life, thanks for reading. Look for me on DribbbleFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram or head over to Opieh Studios to see all works in progress.

  • You read right – our's son's name is Opie. Well, his really name is Oliver Paul, but everyone calls him Opie. He's a real cool kid who loves to draw, makes messes, get dirty and work on cars with his Dad. He knows no strangers even at 4 years old and we expect he'll never be the shy kid in class. He is known for his many expressions and the conversations he spurs are off-the-wall-hilarious. He has an imaginary friend from California named Jack who is six and can drive. He's not really into social networking yet, but stay tuned. I am sure he'll add a twitter app to his iPad shortly.

  • Aside from being incredibly handsome, my husband Paul is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. I love him for his nerdiness, mostly because it means he can fix just about anything that goes wrong on the homefront. He's a brilliant engineer, loving father, and always manages to keep me interested, no matter the subject. For all of his awesomeness, I let him maintain a significant workshop in the garage, where he tinkers on his cars, motorcycles, and top secret projects with which I'm certain he will one day rule the world.


Looks like another one of my logos is being published! It will be included in a new LogoLounge Master Series Initials and Crests. I’m told the book will debut in a year. 

Congrats to my client Sarah Bussey!

March 5, 2009 - 2:53 pm

Kayla - Great logo!! I love Logo Lounge! Congrats!

March 5, 2009 - 11:47 pm

carolyn bowles - Congrats Ashley! Looks awesome, and how fantastic to be published!

March 6, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Alicja - Congrats girl! I’m so proud of you!!

April 9, 2009 - 2:51 pm

Sarah Bussey - WHOOOOOHOOO! That is awesome. I love love love my logo. Congratulations Ashley!

April 9, 2009 - 2:59 pm

Shout out to Ashley! » Sarah Bussey Photography - […] Initials and Crests.  HOLLA!!!  You guys for sure should go check her stuff out.  Here is the link to her blog post. […]

June 10, 2009 - 3:47 pm

angie roach - Hi there, I was looking for some information on your logo design fees and services. Your design site does not seem to be active. I came across Robyn Gerring Photography and she had listed you as the designer of her logo which I love. I would appreciate any redirection you have to offer.

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Zack Arias posted this yesterday on Scott Kelby’s blog… it’s funny and profound… just watch it.

February 20, 2009 - 1:25 am

Zack Arias - I’m glad you enjoyed the video Ashley. Thanks for linking to it.


February 24, 2009 - 1:55 am

Janice - Wow from the heart – that was SO touching – brought tears to my eyes!

March 13, 2009 - 12:21 am

Erika - That was awesome and a great reminder that you aren’t automatically great at everything you learn to exceed at doing. Something I definitely needed to hear. Thanks for sharing.

Tribute was great too.

April 6, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Jacqueline - That was phenomenal. Seriously! Food for my weary photographic soul.
You said it all so well. I thought it was just me who felt this way,
(Ahhh, there goes that arrogance again). Your insight is a blessing!
Spring is in the air. I can exhale now. Thank You!!

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A Third Look

This is another new template collection that is in the works.  We are affectionately calling it Itty Bitty right now.  Another 5×7 folded birth announcement template set that will include original illustrations and patterns.  Stay tuned for more!

Photos Courtesy of Stacy Larsen

February 13, 2009 - 1:39 pm

Jenni N - LOVE IT, LOVE IT LOVE IT. I cant wait to see all the other cool stuff you will be coming up with. Thanks for great inspiration and cant wait till your temmplates become available.

February 13, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Jenni N - LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! Thanks for the sneak peak and the great inspiration. Cant wait till the templates are available.

Also saw a logo you did on Design Aglow. WAY COOL!

March 18, 2009 - 1:11 pm

Photography By Shay - Will you let me know when these are avail pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top? :D

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Andria Fontenot: Branded

Andria Fontenot came to me by way of twitter and Mark Eric a couple of months ago. She was all too familiar with good design as her sister was a talented graphic designer. Needless to say I had some big shoes to fill. Her photography focuses on Senior Portraiture. We ultimately decided that an owl was the perfect icon for Andria. The owl represents wisdom, the arts, literacy, the love of learning, reading, facilitating knowledge, educational goals and achievements, such as graduation. The owl is also a sort of family mascot and so it has a tender spot her heart. Perfectly fitting! Hoot! Hoot!

I thought it would be nice to show you the original sketch as well so you could see a little of our process.

February 10, 2009 - 10:55 am

Vicki - I totally love the owl. What a great message behind it, and an awesome logo overall. It’s really neat to see the initial sketch, too.

February 10, 2009 - 12:08 pm

andria fontenot - I cannot say thanks enough! I love my logo and feel like my business is more complete now!

February 10, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Kayla - This is so cute! I love your work!

February 11, 2009 - 10:42 pm

Jenna - This is awesome, I lovvvve it. So funky.

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A Second Look

Just another sneak peek of what’s in the works at LUXC … We will also be offering custom album design.  We are working on the pricing and options as we speak so there will be more information to follow soon.  Stay tuned … more to come! 

February 9, 2009 - 9:49 pm

carolyn bowles - I can’t wait for your new product offerings! It’s all looking so beautiful!

February 10, 2009 - 4:24 pm

Mandy - I am ridiculously excited!

February 13, 2009 - 9:44 am

Sarah - I really love this! I have your asuka templates and use them often! I have been watching for more album design/templates from you! Very excited!

February 14, 2009 - 8:01 pm

Lydia - I love this type of album design. Can’t wait for your new site to be open!

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