The Pixel Diaries



About Karen:

Welcome to The Pixel Diaries, my virtual home, digital journal and all-around space to put pretty things. My technical role (the one I’d have to put on a business card) is graphic designer, but my actual role is world-traveling, dog-loving, wine-drinking yogi who makes pretty pictures.

My mister and I are literally all over the place, whether traveling the country in our motorhome or traveling the world via ship (we periodically teach classes on a cruise ship). This kind of lifestyle is very conducive to creative living, and I am so thrilled to be able to share my journeys with you, whether they be travel journeys, creative journeys or any other kind of journeys. Really, I’m all about journeys.

Please poke around here at TPD. I’ve got areas dedicated to travel photography, hand-lettering projects, the blog and more. Enjoy!

About Ben (The Mister):

My amazing mister is an educator, photographer, author and technomad. He’s been living on the road since 2006 searching out unique places to visit and photograph. He has a passion for vintage America and seeks out that kind of material as we travel around the country. (Needless to say, he’s driven down Route 66 a few times!)

When Ben isn’t on the road, he’s presenting Photoshop and photography seminars all around the world. Luckily for me, he needs a little assistance at those oh-so-exotic locations (wink, wink!).

“Happiness is a Journey, not a Destination”

Pencils to Pixels

Yoga is My Superpower (v2)


2016 Yoga Calendar

Illustration / Lettering

Try Something New Today

Daily Reminder / Illustration / Lettering

Kick Some Asana

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Marvel at Something

Illustration / Lettering

Create Something

Daily Reminder / Lettering

Go Outside

Daily Reminder / Lettering

Home is Where You Park It

Illustration / Lettering

Recent Posts

  • South Korea: Busan at a Glance

    South Korea: Busan at a Glance

    April 20, 2015
    South Korea is another one of those places that we probably wouldn't think to travel to on our own, but we sure were excited when our ship docked in the city of Busan (also spelled Pusan) for the day.   Upon arriving in a new country, we immediately try to obtain some of the local [...]
  • Up and down the China coast

    Up and down the China coast

    April 20, 2015

    “I’d love to get you, on a slow boat to China, all to myself, alone…” Ok, so maybe we weren’t alone, and maybe our “boat” was actually a not-so-slow, luxury cruise ship. But hey, whenever I have a chance to quote some Jimmy Buffett song lyrics, I’ll take it. On our last international trip, we had the […]

  • Taiwan at a Glance

    Taiwan at a Glance

    April 15, 2015 | 1 comment
    One of the great things about our cruise ship travel is that we get to visit places that are super interesting but that we wouldn't think of traveling to on our own. Taiwan is one of those places. The ship docked right in downtown Keelung early in the morning and would stay there until late [...]
  • Hong Kong: A new adventure begins

    April 1, 2015

    When Ben and I are in the United States, we live on the road (traveling in a bus/motorcoach). When we’re abroad, we live on the sea. We spend a couple of months every year teaching the Digital Filmmaking course to guests on board a beautiful Crystal Cruise Ship. This year, we will be spending two […]

  • Shooting the West

    Shooting the West

    March 18, 2015 | 3 comments

    Hey all! Ben and I just returned from a trip to Winnemucca, Nevada, where we spoke at a weeklong photography symposium called Shooting the West. This was an amazing trip for me, in more ways than one. First of all, we’re “between RVs” right now, so we’ve been spending a lot of time in one […]

  • Hand-lettering: A new creative journey

    Hand-lettering: A new creative journey

    February 1, 2015
    This is something I'm really excited to finally be posting here. As a creative person, I don't want to let a day go by without making something. It can be anything. A finished photograph, a cute graphic, an e-book layout, a kick-butt pizza, anything! For the past several years, I've been able to call myself a [...]
  • From Buddhas to Babies

    From Buddhas to Babies

    February 1, 2015 | 1 comment
    It's easy to understand why people say that it's hard to keep up with me. I can barely keep up with myself sometimes! Our lives zigzag between travel destinations, photo shoots, creative endeavors, etc. I, personally wouldn't have it any other way. It's boring doing the same things, day after day. I think that's one of the things [...]
  • Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    January 10, 2015
    After nearly two months of travel, we finally arrived at our last port of call: Hong Kong. We had never been to Hong Kong before, so after we disembarked from the ship we'd been calling home, we checked in to a hotel and stayed in the city for four extra days. Ideally, it'd be nice [...]
  • Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    January 8, 2015
    Of all the countries we visited on this 2-month journey, if I had to pick one to return to right now, it would be Vietnam. There was just something about it. Maybe it was the charming people, or the bright colors, or the art and food. It was probably a mixture of all these things. [...]


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