About Living Locurto – DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party Blog

Amy Locurto a Dallas, Texas DIY Blogger. Living Locurto is a DIY lifestyle blog focused on crafts, party ideas, recipes, travel and fun!

Living Locurto is published by Amy Locurto, a graphic designer and mom of two from Dallas, Texas.

Hi I’m Amy! What started in July 2008 as a blog about creative things I did at home with my children, LivingLocurto.com has since turned into a popular lifestyle blog! Today, you will find my original ideas, hundreds of free printablesrecipesparty ideas and DIY crafts.

Amy Locurto I grew up in Oklahoma and moved to the fine state of Texas after college where I met my husband and started a cute family. With a Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, I opened a design firm in 1999 called Atomic Egg.  At one point I had well over 40 clients, doing work for each one weekly while trying to raise two small children. Deadlines were tough, clients demanding, life was hectic and sleep was scarce, so I started a blog as a creative outlet to save my sanity. Over the past few years, I have given up ALL clients but one to blog and have never been happier! Sorry if you’re wanting graphic design… the firm is officially closed.

Now I focus on my blogs, products, practicing my speaking skills and doing freelance creative work for brands and publications. I love my job!!! Find my printable party collections in my shop, Printables by Amy, and my signature line of paper products, Party with Amy Locurto, at American Crafts.

I Heart Faces - Photo Challenges & Photo TipsI also love photography and am co-founder of the popular photography website I Heart Faces. With a large photography community of inspiring women and a forum with over 18,000 members, I stay pretty darn busy! We’re excited to be host The I Heart Faces Photography Workshops & Conferences for Women each fall.

I am probably just as busy now as I was with my design firm, but I don’t consider it work anymore… it’s a total blast!

Amy Locurto a Dallas, Texas DIY Blogger. Living Locurto is a DIY lifestyle blog focused on crafts, party ideas, recipes, travel and fun!

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Living Locurto Team

Living Locurto Team - Mandi and Amy

I’m proud to have such a creative group of women to work with. Click here to meet the talented contributors of Living Locurto!! ~ Amy

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What printer do you use?

I love my Canon i9900. This is great for my design comps since it prints up to 13″x19″. I’ve had this for about 6 years and never had a problem. I also have 2 other printers… an HP Laserjet 5000 and a Canon MP 460.

What paper do you use?

My favorite paper is Red River Paper, they specialize in ink jet papers. The 60lb Polar Matte is awesome, it produces really bright images.

I also really like double sided matte paper for when I print on both sides. Epson and Staples brands are both good. You can always find several packages of sticker paper on my shelves as well.

What were you doing when you decided to create your own business?

I started my career as an Art Director for Fossil in the early ’90s. I was in charge of photography styling and design for the catalog, designed watches, belt buckles, key fobs, and packaging, and even worked on some design for the retail stores. Then the internet boom came, so I moved into a career focused mainly on internet design and marketing materials for large businesses.

How do you do all that you do?

I don’t sleep much! Seriously… I only get about 5 hours of shut eye a night. My husband helps out a lot too:-)

What is your favorite pastime besides arts and crafts?

I love photography, reading, yoga, tennis (used to play, not anymore!) and traveling. Hip Hop dance class is a blast too.

How do you make your printables? Are they original drawings or stock? How can I do what you do myself?

All of my designs are original and usually hand drawn, then scanned and traced in Adobe Illustrator. I have gotten pretty good with drawing directly in Illustrator, so some designs I whip out pretty quickly.

Unless you’re a professional designer, you don’t need Illustrator. I’m on the hunt for affordable drawing programs because I get this question so much. Right now, I have been recommending Photoshop Elements. You can download free trials of Adobe programs at Adobe.com. You can also try these online programs… aviary.com and inkscape.org.

See my equipment and recommended products here.

How do you stay so organized?

I AM NOT an organized person! I have good intentions of staying organized, but never follow through:-) It’s the artist in me that works best in clutter I guess.

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