Last updated on September 1st, 2017 at 03:48 pm
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!
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I grew up in a small town, Pawhuska Oklahoma, and moved to the fine state of Texas after college where I met my husband and started a family. With a Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design, I opened a design firm in 1999 called Atomic Egg.
My design firm grew quickly and I was working very long hours while also trying to raise two small children. Deadlines were tough, clients demanding, life was hectic and sleep was scarce! I started a blog as a creative outlet to save my sanity.
Over the years since starting Living Locurto (finely named after my love of Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca song “Living La Vida Locurto”), I gave up ALL clients but one and have never been happier!
Now with only one design client, I can focus more on my blog content, traveling, speaking 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 a signature line of paper products, Party with Amy Locurto, through American Crafts.
I also love photography and co-founded I Heart Faces, one of the first and largest photography community for women. We hosted over 9 photography conferences and workshops with a forum of over 18,000 women!
You can also find me sharing all things about chickens over on my Chickens are Fun Facebook page!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What paper do you use?
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.
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.