Graphcom Gets Creative After Hours

by | Jan 2, 2018

We’re even more talented than you think…

Do you ever wonder what the Graphcom team does outside of work? We have so many creative minds in our midst, and many of them carry their skills over to hobbies like crafting, designing, and volunteering. Check out how some of our team members keep the creative juices flowing outside of their 9 to 5.

 

allison brubaker's jewelryA Hidden Gem

Allison Brubaker, Project Manager
Side Hustle: Jewelry Making

Harrisburg resident Allison opened an Etsy jewelry shop in 2010 and began selling her handmade earrings. After receiving many compliments on a pair she was gifted, she mimicked their style in her own jewelry and it caught on. However, only making earrings became tedious after a while, so she branched off into working with gemstones and making other jewelry, too.

During the early days of her Etsy shop, she lived in Kentucky and found inspiration at a shop called Dandelion Bead Connection. When she moved to Colorado, she loved the endless bead options and inspiration there. Eventually, she started making pendant necklaces and using materials such as reclaimed wood and repurposed brass pipes to make trendy “upcycled” pieces.

Currently, Allison has loose stones that she wants to make into necklaces and “do something different” with. Her next move is to experiment with different materials and work more with sterling silver. She says she eventually would love to take a stone-setting class to broaden her talents.

 

Chelsea Schonhaut's cardsCrafty Cardmaker

Chelsea Schonhaut, Multimedia Designer
Side Hustle: Cardmaking

Chelsea has been making and designing greeting cards since she was about 13 years old. “I started doing it when I was too young to have a job but I wanted money,” she says. This hobby has remained part of her life ever since, and it even helped her earn enough money to go on a college trip to Italy (in addition to working three other jobs!)

She primarily makes cards for her family and friends, and even keeps a stash in her office at Graphcom, in case a colleague forgets to get their loved one a birthday card.

Chelsea’s mother is an avid scrapbooker, so this made it easy for Chelsea to find and use materials and tools for her cards. “I use all kinds of stuff,” she says, mentioning that she’s used cardstock, vellum, wire, lace, ribbon, and more to create unique cards. She even created birthday cards with fancy straws as candles.

Chelsea says her favorite cards to make are the more complex ones, especially “any occasion” cards, because they’re fun and she likes to see people’s reactions when they receive them.

 

Caring Crocheter

Beverly Parsons, Project Manager in McIlhenny Banners, a division of Graphcom
Side Hustle: Crocheting

For Beverly, what started as crocheted projects for friends and family soon turned into a labor of love for those in need. Today, Beverly crochets lap blankets and prayer shawls for folks in hospice care, and chemo caps for hospitals. It’s a year-round hobby, she says.

Beverly spent over 20 years volunteering with the American Red Cross Disaster Response and was a member of the Upper Adams Lion Club, which put her into contact with other organizations that help the community. A fellow Lion’s member told her of the need for prayer shawls, so she immediately put her skills to good use. Beverly recites a prayer as the shawl is made, to stitch the prayer into the shawl to comfort the person who receives it.

Beverly feels that the most rewarding part of what she does is giving something to someone even though they may never know who she is. She wants recipients to know they’re thought of every day.

“My mom taught me the basics of crochet, and through the years I taught myself the more complicated stitches plus a lot of other crafts,” she says. “I don’t know when to stop…but I thank her for opening the door for me.”

 

Ellen Wetzel's freelance design workDesign All Day, Design All Night

Ellen Wetzel, Middleweight Designer
Side Hustle: Freelance Designer

When art is life, it’s hard to turn the creative switch off. Just ask Ellen. Even when she’s not designing marketing materials for our clients, she spends her downtime freelancing and designing wall art, save-the-dates, wedding invitations, and more. She began freelancing once she graduated college to make extra cash. She also did side work before graduating, but she felt bad charging for it when she was still learning. Now, she says it’s a great low-key hobby that earns her some extra cash.

One of her projects includes buying burlap sheets, printing words or phrases on them, and framing them. She began giving these as gifts, but eventually the recipients wanted to order more from her.

Ellen also designs logos, most recently for a new restaurant in Pennsylvania called Alfie’s. The main way she gets freelancing requests is by word of mouth, but she also has an Instagram (@ellenwetzeldesign) where she posts pictures of her work.

 

Restoration for a Cause

Steve Jago, Imaging Operator
Side Hustle: Volunteer Restoration

Steve volunteered his time and talent to restore four pieces of a nativity set for a local church over the summer. The figures are approximately life-size, and according to Steve, “they were in seriously bad shape.”

He volunteered his time to strip the paint, make repairs, prime, paint, and coat to keep the pieces safe from winter weather. It took the entire summer to make complete restorations.

 

karydwen poe's jewelrySet in Stone

Karydwen Poe, Variable Data Tech
Side Hustle: Jewelry Making

Karydwen told her kindergarten teacher that she wanted to be “an artist, dinosaur hunter, or a scientist.” While her career at Graphcom as a variable data tech is a little different from those aspirations, she still is an artist on the side; she creates and sells handmade jewelry.

Karydwen has had her Etsy shop for almost five years, and she says that her love of stones, glittery shiny things, and the joy of creating art inspire her jewelry-making.

She makes jewelry “sporadically,” as she feels inspired. Her favorite materials to use are raw, semi-precious stones.

 

 

celebrate gettysburg magazine coversCelebrating Modern Life in a Historic Town

Troy and Jessica Dean, VP of Creative and Senior Designer
Krista Scarlett, Senior Writer/Editor
Jenna Zelkowski, Art Director
Ellen Wetzel, Middleweight Designer
Chelsea Schonhaut, Multimedia Designer
Kylee Myers, Business Development
Side Hustle: Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine

More than 10 years ago, Troy and Jess started Celebrate Gettysburg magazine with nothing more than big dreams and hard work. They never imagined that their small publication, which served as an outlet to showcase all that is interesting, unique, and good in Adams County, Pa., would become one of the region’s most sought-after publications.

Today, the magazine has a readership of more than 45,000 with over 200 distribution locations and readers all over the country.

Jess serves as art director, overseeing all aspects of the magazine’s design as well as general operations. Krista is the editor of the magazine, assigning, editing, and writing stories, and working one-on-one with freelance writers and photographers. Jenna, Ellen, and Chelsea design each issue, and Kylee sells ads.

“We love our Adams County community, and we love the community we’ve built around the magazine,” Krista says. “Celebrate Gettysburg began as Jess’ passion project, and it’s since turned into ours as well. It’s a joy to work with your best friends on a publication that celebrates the best of life in our small town.”

 

Want to get to know our team even better? Let’s be friends! Call 800-669-1664 or email info@graphcom.com.

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