ABOUT KAREN AMARAL
Get to know me a little bit better . . .
I have been passionate about design since I was a little girl. Since 1991 I have learned on-the-job to design websites, magazines, brochures, posters and the like. I love anything to do with digital, print and home design and I’m passionate especially about helping small businesses get their business off the ground with a web presence and print material to help them grow.
WHO KEEPS ME GOING
I am the wife of the most amazing man (Joe), the mother of two of the sweetest kids (Katelyn & Daniel) and I really enjoy all things creative like sewing, card-making, photography, graphic- and web-design. I love a good before-and-after!
In 1988, I met and then married (in 1990) the most amazing, fun-loving man I know. He keeps me laughing all the time. He is my #1 fan and supporter. He is definitely my helpmate. He’s my very best friend…he’s the one I trust the most – with my life, with my secrets, with everything. He is the one I want to grow old with.
I have an awesome, sweet, kind, caring, helpful, considerate, loving (and the list goes on) daughter. She is always putting others before her. She has the cutest laugh that makes us laugh. She can imitate the funniest things she hears on TV or in a movie. She married the love of her life in August of 2016 and she is a labour and delivery nurse.
I have an amazing, creative, caring, loving, just-like-his-dad-joker, sweet (and the list goes on) son. He keeps us in stitches with his joking and his antics. He has the neatest observations on everyday things and the quickest wit. He has a diploma in creative photography and most recently completed his Bachelor of Religious Education and has been focused on mentoring at-risk youth.
Other than Joe, I consider my mom to be my best friend…she’s the one I feel free to tell anything to. She has the best wisdom on everyday life. She’s practical and even keel. She’s shy which is probably where I get it from. People sometimes think I’m a snob when they first meet me…I am actually shy and can get a little uneasy about meeting new people unless Joe is there (I envy his ability to talk to just about anyone).
MY QUIRKS & PERSONALITY
I like to keep my home and especially my desk as tidy and as organized as possible so I don’t waste time having to look for things—I know exactly where they are. (So if that also means my Blu-rays are organized alphabetically and my clothes are lined up by colour, then so be it.) I also like doing this for other people too. I especially enjoy unpacking people when they move and helping them get organized in a day. This has also helped me when I’m designing something to compartmentalize items to know where they should go on a website or a brochure.
In social situations, although I might have an opinion, I tend to keep it to myself and let others speak. There are times where I am glad I’m like that because I’m sure it’s kept me out of trouble and then times where I’m not. There are times where I wish I would speak up more for myself. I can usually spot it in others too, so I’ll ask them for their opinion or view when I feel they wouldn’t otherwise share it. I’m an introvert at heart and recharge by being quiet…just ask my family after I’ve thrown a big party and end up needing a day or two to recover! 😉
I’m huge on colour. I can remember a high school art teacher saying to me, “I can tell colour is very important to you.” I love to see the perfect blend of colours with all their tints, tones and shades. I have friends who often call me to help pick the perfect tint or shade of colour for their decor. I love seeing (and creating) a great before-and-after with the use of colour. Currently, I’m loving all things bright, light and clean looking. My decor choices tend to change every so often—and by that I mean they probably change more often than they should.
To me, the most important elements of my life are my family. They mean the world to me and I couldn’t imagine doing life without them!
This is one of my biggest passions! I love anything to do with making things pretty on paper.
While I work primarily with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, I’m proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I’ve also just started learning Adobe Illustrator.
Using the WordPress platform, I love finding great templates and making them suit your needs.
I started working in Dreamweaver and moved into WordPress. I’ve also set up online stores with WooCommerce.
This is one place I love to experiment in my own home. While not trained, I have a great eye for colour.
WHAT I DESIGN
Brochures • Business Cards • Booklets • Calendars • Door Hangers • Flyers • Labels • Letterhead • Newsletters • Notepads • Postcards • Posters • Resumes • Tickets • Websites • and much more!