Support REAL Artists & Designers

**Update on 1-4-13: The copied artwork that I refer to below has since been removed from Etsy after I contacted the shop owner.**

It has happened. I tried to share my artwork and it’s message and in the meantime someone has been selling it for 40 bucks a pop over on Etsy. I do give them some credit though, they changed the font. So good job, guys. That really made it better because according to your Etsy profile, you have apparently taken “a few graphic design classes” so that clearly makes you certified to sell my artwork.

On the left is my original artwork that I created as my final project for a Family Foundations class at BYU-Idaho in December, 2010 (THIS is the original blog post where I shared the project). On the right is the phony, the fake, the copy, the wanna-be.


Notice how they’ve conveniently cut off the part that says “Designed by Crystal Burnham” on the bottom right.

I know some of you are thinking “Well what do you expect?” and I’ve been asking myself the same thing. I feel the same as I did in Elementary school when a kid got credit for something that I actually did and blurted out “Nuh-uh!!” There is no way that I can have online exposure without this kind of thing, but I wonder what’s the point of writing this blog and sharing my work when dishonest people will steal my designs and call them their own?

What’s even more frustrating is that I see other pieces in their Etsy shop that are exact replicas, or near exact with some tiny changes, of other artists’ work. They aren’t even trying to make it their own. Comment on this post if you support REAL graphic designers and artists.

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“Party in the CIA” family video

Wow, it has been over a year since I last updated my blog. It feels like a lot has happened but not much really has. My life has changed forever, though, with the birth of my sweet son in April. I love him to pieces!

Here is our most recent family music video set to Weird Al’s “Party in the CIA”. You may also remember the “White & Nerdy” music video a couple of years ago. Usually my oldest brother produces these things but this last year he entrusted it to me and I had so much fun. Enjoy!

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Family DVD Cover Evolution

My eldest brother is a pro at video production and, along with all his professional projects, has put together a family video for all of us each year for maybe the last 10 years. We’re all so spread apart (I have five other siblings and none of us live in the same state) that it’s a great joy to get these videos in the mail once a year to see what the rest of the family has been up to.

For the past four years I have designed the DVD covers for these family videos. It’s interesting to see how the covers have evolved, not only as our family has changed with ‘cutbacks’ and additions, but also as my design experience has changed.

So here we go! (Note: these covers are shown as if the cases are open and lying down flat)




Here’s another ‘view’ of the 2010 cover, formatted to be one continuous scene:


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Modern Beauty

At this time in life my husband and myself, as well as friends and acquaintances, are starting to make something of ourselves. Now that, for the most part, we have finished our secondary education and that turbulent part of young adulthood life–when we don’t know what we’re doing–is over, life is beginning! I see friends starting families and others maintaining popular blogs about their passions. One has started their own clothing line (JunieBlake) and another professionally raises and breeds beautiful dogs (Lazy D Ranch). It’s a great time of life to do something that matters.

That’s why I’m excited to promote the new business of my dear friend Stephanie. Not only has she started a family with her husband, but she is now the owner of Modern Beauty! She’s a traveling hairstylist and make-up artist servicing areas of Northern Virginia. Her business is all about helping women embrace their individual beauty. I’ve had the privilege of creating and designing the look for this unique business.

Great job, Stephanie! So glad to be a part of this.

Lego Memories

What has a severe sore throat (with a squeaky and raspy voice), drippy nose, fever (with the accompanying aches and chills), ear infections and a pink eye? Me.

It’s been an awful week spent completely inside the apartment–excluding a quick trip to Urgent Care on Sunday to get checked–eating mostly yogurt and mashed potatoes (my throat can’t stand much more consistency than that). It is liberating in one aspect, however, getting to lounge about in my undergarments because the extra clothes flare up my fever. :)

I’ve spent most of this sick-time delved in books, in front of the television, and on the computer. Earlier this evening I found a unique post (on this blog) with great photos of Stormtrooper action figures in funny situations. This reminded me of the last day of my old Creative Perspective class in college. It was critique day for our finals and while we listened to feedback we also had a little fun.

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“Happy Birthday” a la RUSH

A big “Happy Birthday” to my brother Norman, RUSH style.

Continue reading to see how I created this Tribute-to-Norm replica of RUSH’s first album cover.

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Be Inspired

I consider myself somewhat talented, but I can’t do everything. That’s why I’d like to start sharing the work and talent of others with you every once in a while; work that inspires me and makes me want to do better or learn new things. It’s a fine line, though, between being inspired or feeling less talented when you see work better than your own. Allowing myself to be inspired by others is an attitude I’m trying to adopt.

So, with that said, be inspired by this short and beautifully simple animated film by Ryan Woodward from my Alma Mater.


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What happens in Vegas … ends up on my blog.

After thoroughly washing our wardrobe to rid the stench of cigarette smoke, and realizing that people do sleep at night, we’re back from Vegas! As a wedding gift my parents gave my husband and me a week of their timeshare to use anywhere. The decision was down to New York, NY and Las Vegas which we ultimately solved by drawing pieces of paper. Vegas it was!

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The End of My “30-Day Trial” Era

My husband and I had saved, and saved, and saved, and finally (with some help from our tax refund check) yesterday was the day. We bought a new computer!

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