Brochure Project

DESCRIPTION: Design a brochure for the company of your choice.

PROCESS (Program, Tools, Skills, FOCUS Principals):

  1. I found the idea for the design of this brochure on Pinterest, and I used InDesign to create my desired layout.
  2. I then cut the photo of the mountain with the reflection in the water in half, placing the top portion and the bottom portion on opposite ends of my brochure.
  3. Using Illustrator, I created a color gradient with the slate blue color found in the sky of the mountain photo. I then positioned these color gradients so that they blended with the photos in the top and bottom of the brochure.
  4. I then placed the photos and added in the necessary text.
  5. I then exported the document as JPEGs so I would be able to upload it.


When I brought my rough draft to class, I hadn’t finished all of it. It was more difficult for the students in my group to give me help. They did like the idea that I had created, and encouraged me to continue in the direction I had taken.

MESSAGE: To spread awareness about the charity run.

AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in running.

TOP THING LEARNED: I think I learned how to effectively use the three Adobe programs together to create one thing.

COLOR SCHEME AND COLOR NAME: Complementary//Slate Blue and Light Brown

TITLE FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: American Typewriter Bold//Slab Serif

COPY FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: Minion Pro Regular//Old Style



Web Page Mockup


DESCRIPTION: Design a website homepage using a grid. 

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): 

  1. The first thing I did was choose who I wanted to design this webpage page for. I settled on the logo I made for myself in the last assignment.
  2. I then drew out some sketches to get an idea of what I wanted my web page to look like. The site I ultimately created didn’t look anything like the original sketch that I drew.
  3. I then used a grid on Photoshop to make a wireframe of my website.
  4. After I finished my wireframe I proceeded to add photos and place things where I wanted them. In my Photoshop document I placed lines above and below the links on my page, but they wouldn’t show up after saving the document.


screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-4-01-55-pmCRITIQUE PROCESS

My original website was very plain. Its difficult for me design things using lots of color and flare, because its not my style. My group had lots of things to say about that, which I greatly appreciated. They wanted me to add something else to my page to better showcase who I was, and make the services that I offered more obvious. In result to the suggestions that I received, I did make some changes. I added more specifics as to what I do, as well as add a quote near the top under my logo.


A college student looking for freelance work in public relations.


Anyone in need of help with public relations.


I wish I had done this assignment in InDesign because it would have gone a lot more smoothly. Photoshop is a great program, but not for this type of project.


Complementary// Black and White


Calibri// Sans Serif


Business Logo


DESCRIPTION: Create a versatile logo for a company which is timeless and can be used for multiple types of documents.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)

  1. I first sketched out some different ideas for logos that I liked. 3-logos
  2. I took those ideas that I had sketched out did my best to create them in Illustrator.
  3. The first one was my favorite, but I didn’t end up using it because I couldn’t come up with a way to implement it well in a logo.
  4. I took the last logo that I had created and added a gradient to it.
  5. I tried multiple fonts to see which one would compliment my logo the best.

CRITIQUE PROCESS: I brought my finished product to class with me to show a group of classmates. They liked my finished product, but they also gave me lots of ideas of how I could use the first logo better.  I still kept the last one just because I liked the finished product.

MESSAGE: An inviting, versatile logo which can be used for many different businesses.

AUDIENCE: Anyone who is interested in my services.

TOP THING LEARNED: I learned a lot about how to align and move around text.

COLOR SCHEME: Complementary, black and white







Montage Project



Design a spiritual poster montage using a blend of images and type.

PROCESS (Programs, tools, skills, FOCUS principals):

I actually started this montage with a quote in mind. Then I used images that I liked to create the desired montage in Photoshop.

  1. I used Photoshop to layer the images that I wanted. I used layers as well as blending tools to overlay the moon and the building with the galaxy photo.
  2. I added the C. S. Lewis quote and added it on top of the image.
  3. I was careful to take note of the the alignment and spacing and followed the necessary design principles.


I brought a copy of my montage to class and met with a group of 3 other people. I was able to get some positive feedback about what to change on my montage. The comments my classmates made were mostly positive, but I was able to change my typography a little bit. They recommended that I make the quote more evenly spaced from the edge so that it matched the spacing of the moon in the opposite corner. I tried it out and I liked it a lot better.


A message of inspiration to find the best in others.


Those who want to be inspired by a quote.


I learned how to make layers in Photoshop and blend them well.




Calibri Bold, Sans Serif



Source of each image:

One of the things I was most excited for about coming home was watching Netflix.

My mom was even excited for me to watch Netflix with her. She would email me every week, and tell me about and new show that she and my dad were watching.

I haven’t had a ton of time to watch Netflix since I’ve been home.  But, I have perused the website a little bit.. Here is what I have found:

  1. Stranger Things: This show is a Netflix original. My mom raved about it all through my last transfer, and when I got home I watched all 13 episodes in 2 days. This show involves a group of 4 kids and an interesting little girl who get themselves tied up in a sticky situation. It has a pretty cool sci-fi twist to it.
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: I watched 2 full seasons of this show and I have to say, I don’t think its worth watching the other 9 available. Grey’s Anatomy is a long, scathing love drama, following a group of young interns through their residency and Seattle General Hospital in Washington. People can’t seem not stop falling in love with each other. But, medical cases kept me intrigued.
  3. Gotham: This rather violent saga follows detective Jim Gordan pre-batman in the city of Gotham. We see the development of Bruce Wayne, the future batman, as well as the development of the future villains in the DC Comics.
  4. Hawaii 5-0: I LOVE this show. I watched the first 2 seasons when I was still in high school, but I’m re-watching them now because I don’t actually remember anything that happened. It centers around an elite crime fighting task force that takes on drug lords and murderers in Hawaii. Its exciting and fun and I love following the adventures!
  5. Vampire Diaries: I just started watching this show a few days ago, and I am HOOKED. Its so early 2000’s and it just draws you right in. Nobody in the show looks their age, that’s for sure.. The main characters are supposed to be 17 year old highschoolers, but they definitely look like they’re in their 30’s.. Its okay though.

I am grateful for Netflix. Its helped me to become more and more.. normal. I’m excited to continue this adventure as a normal human.

Fueled By Mountain Dew

I love junk food. I love chips and twinkies and movie theatre popcorn. I love Oreo McFlurries from McDonalds. As much as you all cringe at this list, you can’t deny the fact that you also began to salivate. I believe that I have developed a mild love for Mountain Dew. But, not just any Mountain Dew. I like the mixed sodas from Great Scott’s, a gas station down the street from my apartment. Now, we all have our little addictions. I’m not proud of my love for Mountain Dew. But I think that the past few weeks it has really helped me out a lot. Everyone has that little thing that brings them joy in this troubled world. While Mountain Dew helps me to stay awake at night when I need that little extra push to do homework, there are a few other things I’ve figured out since being home. Through smiling, exercise, and spending time with those who lift me up, I’ve been able to find a joy that lasts a little longer than the kick that lovely green soda brings me.


I have a hard time smiling. My face, when I’m deep in thought, is not a smile. I look really irritated at the world. People always ask me if I’m mad at them, or if something happened. This usually pulls me out of my daze, and respond with a, “What? Did you say something?” According to, psychologists have found that smiling really does improve your mood. I have found that smiling at people as I’m out and about usually brings a smile in return, which automatically lifts my spirits. Fake it till you make is a motto that really helps me out.


For the past month I have been very diligent about working out. 3 days a week I have to get up at 6:45 to get to the gym, while the other days I just go after class. Not only have I lost a few pounds, but I have seen a noticeable difference in how I feel and how I view the world around me. I’ve been able to handle stress better, and I feel now that I really can accomplish those goals that always felt out of reach. I’m almost at a point where I look forward to going to bed at night so that I can wake up and go work out. (Currently the only thing standing between me and bed is this blog post.) I am someone who thrives on sleep. I don’t do well when I am in bed by 2am. The Mayo Clinic, a world renowned hospital in Minnesota, states that regular exercise improves mood and increases energy. I love how I feel after I do some squat sets. Nothing compares. My next plan of action is to start eating healthier. I think I’ll feel even better when I give up Mountain Dew..


Some of the best and worst experiences I’ve had since being home have involved my friends. I love them. But they also give me a huge amount of anxiety. So, I have thought long and hard about exactly who I want to spend my time with, and about how I will spend my time. You really do become like those who you are around the most.But, on that note, I also feel that you can be a force for good to those that you are with. We can help those around us as well, and I think that I’ve also been able to help my friends to become more spiritually focused. As we turn outwards, and focus away from our own problems, we can really begin to feel like we did as missionaries. If we are willing, Heavenly Father will always give us opportunities to lift and inspire.

For everyone, its different. What helps me get through each day will be different for you. But, whether its going on a run, or eating chocolate cake, find what makes you happy, and DO IT.

Run run run.

Every day (well, almost every day) for 18 months, I woke up at 6:30am and had 30 minutes to exercise. I can definitely say that exercise was not accomplished about 60% of the time. I had some companions who would not get up. I had other companions who would move from the bedroom, to the couch, and then fall asleep again. I had one companion who I worked out hard with every single morning. Her dad ordered her a 12 week body sculpting program by Jillian Michaels, and we did that thing every morning for 6 weeks, no matter how exhausted we were.

As you can probably tell, every companion was different, and I was different with every companion. But what each of these experiences had in common was the realization that we came to as a companionship: the realization that we actually really needed to exercise..

Physical fitness is very important. We all know that. According to the Mayo Clinic, a very well known hospital in Minnesota, adults require at least 150 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. If we divide that up into 6 days (assuming you don’t work out on Sundays) that is 25 minutes a day.

Before I came home, I had some pretty big fitness plans. I was determined to get home and get the hot body I had always wanted. But what do you think was the first thing that stopped happening for me? It wasn’t getting up on time. I still woke up early every day. It was the exercising. I no longer had a strict schedule to follow, so I didn’t really accomplish anything. (Other than finished all 8 episodes of Stranger Things in about 2 days.)

I promised myself that as soon as I got up to college, and had a more regular routine, exercise would become a part of my life again. And I am very proud to say that it is!

My best friend Spencer is an avid runner and gym lover. He is diligent and takes very good care of his body. With lots of help and motivation from him, I am proud to say that I have been at the gym almost every morning for the past 2 weeks. I haven’t gone down a pants size or anything that noticable, but I can see a difference in my stress level. Micheal Otto, a professor of psychology at Boston University, says, “The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.”

There are lots of ups and downs to post-mission life. But, a lot of the bumps in the road sure appear a lot smoother when regular exercise is mixed in.

Time Management

“525,600 minutes.”

Before the mission, the soundtrack to the beloved Broadway show Rent was definitely one of my favorite. But I definitely have to say that its taken on a whole new meaning since I’ve been home.

Serving a mission teaches you a lot about planning your day, and making the most of every hour. You plan backups, and backups to backups. And then a plan for if everything you possibly could have thought of falls through. You would think that applying this principle to normal life probably wouldn’t be that difficult.

But let me tell you, when forced to choose between going on a hike with a cute boy from your Spanish class, or working on an essay that you’ve been procrastinating on, you’re definitely going to pick the first choice.

I have to tell you though, I can see how the mission has changed me in this aspect. The Christlike Attribute of diligence has been thoroughly instilled in me. I’m far from perfect, but I am slowly applying this principle to my school work and seeing a huge difference.

According to, one of the best things that can be done to manage your time more wisely is to plan for unplanned events. Especially in college, we should just expect the unexpected. When we learn to just go with the flow of things, and to not feel pressured to stick with what we had previously anticipated.

On Monday one of my best friends came home from the mission. He lives in Idaho Falls, which as most of you know is a little bit of a drive from here. My friend Spencer and I had planned on leaving at around 4pm to drive and visit him, but of course things didn’t go as planned, and we didn’t get there until around 8:30. All my plans of an evening catching up on homework were ruined, and I dreaded the long night I had ahead of me. But do I regret it? Not in the least. I got to see Caleb! I was very tired this morning, but sometimes, that’s just life. I’ve learned a lot about just relaxing, and letting time manage itself.

Day 39

My name is LeeAnn Shaffer. I’m from California and I have been home from my mission exactly 39 days! I just counted to make sure. I served in the California, Rancho Cucamonga mission. August 15th, I stepped off an airplane into a very different world from the one I was accustomed to. A world of technology, education, friends, and men. 39 days seems like a sufficient amount of time to ‘adjust’, but while thinking about what to write about on this blog, I realized that the majority of my recent experiences all revolve around how difficult it has been for me to be…normal. As I sit here at my desk on a Friday night, rain beating down on the roof of my house, eating Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia out of the container with a spoon, bare with me as I try to get my thoughts out.

Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once shared a heart warming story from his earlier years. Called to serve a mission in English, he wrote home to his dad a month or so later telling him that he thought it was too difficult. He felt that he would be more useful, back at  home on the family farm. Thinking his father would support him in his decision, he was very surprised when he recieved the following letter in return from his father. In the letter to his son, he said, “‘Dear Gordon, I have your recent letter. I have only one suggestion: forget yourself and go to work.’” President Hinckley took it upon himself from the moment on, to always put the needs of others before his own. And when one looks back on the life of this extraordinary man, one can plainly see just how true he really was to this motto.

So thoughout my mission, whenever I struggled, whenever I felt inadequate, my own father would send me those same words. “LeeAnn,” he would say, “I know you are tired of hearing this, but forget yourself.” It seems simple enough. And in my mission, if I put my mind to it, it was. All I needed to do was work hard. But since being home, it has been much more difficult to simply ‘forget myself’ and ‘go to work’. Everything I am doing seems less important, and I no longer feel like I am making a difference. I have to think about myself, and my problems, ALL THE TIME. And it kind of sucks, to be honest.

In an interview with LDS Living, BYU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Ed Gantt shares some insites on why missionaries tend to feel this way. He says, “Being a missionary often involves the sense that what one is doing from moment to moment, day to day has really profound eternal consequences, and that one is being counted on by the Lord to do the right thing all the time so that people’s lives can be changed and souls can be saved.”

So the real question is, what can we, as the awkward returned missionary population, do to continue to feel this way?

When I was released from my service as a full time missionary, my stake president shared with me 5 things and told me that if I applied these principals to my life every day, I would continue to feel that same joy that I felt (almost) every day for 18 months.

President Teuscher’s recipe for post mission success:

  1. Pray. Pray every day. Pray about everything. Pray for others. Don’t lose this important opportunity to connect with your Father in Heaven.
  2.  Read. Don’t lose the habit of daily scripture study that you worked so hard to get! Reading the Book of Mormon every day will bring you peace and guidance in a time of your life when you need it the most.
  3.  Serve. Always being praying and looking for opportunities to serve others. One of biggest parts of your like for 18 months or 2 years was helping others. Keep doing that! In little or big ways, making a difference in the lives of others makes all the difference in your own life.
  4. Teach. For me personally, it was by teaching others the Gospel that I came to love it so much more. By teaching others we are able to keep the Spirit with us, and we can continue to feel like we felt before. Teaching helps us to become more like the Savior. And when we read His teachings in the New Testament, it wasn’t anything crazy or extravagant. It was simple. And much of his teaching was by example.
  5. Obey. Obedience is KEY to having the Spirit with you. We no longer have a Missionary Handbook to guide our every move, but we do have agency. One of the best pieces of advice I recieved before coming home was to create my own mini missionary handbook. Set boundaries for yourself. Write yourself some guidelines that will help you to be the most successfull you when you get home. For example, something I’ve committed myself to do is finish all my homework before Sunday. This has helped me to be able to focus a lot more on my Savior on His day, instead of thinking about school.

Day 39. Wow. I still can’t believe I’ve come to this point. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to without all the wonderful tools I’ve been given to succeed. Life is crazy, but I know what I need to do.

Till next week,