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Create a Custom Gift for Your Loved One with Keerie Layne 

From yard signs, invites and decor for graduation parties to custom drinkware and apparel for mom and dad, Keerie Layne Creative is one-stop for all your spring gifting.

By Jenna Spooner

Originally from Massachusetts, just 45 minutes north of Boston, Keerie Layne found her way to Ohio, where she ran an IT department for a school district for almost ten years. 

Layne loved working in IT and the opportunity it gave her to help people succeed, but she knew her passion was in something else. 

While stuck in the house during the pandemic, Layne began to create the decor for her own wedding. She ended up having an unexpected amount of time to work on and test different art styles that she wanted. 

By the end, she had designed her own wedding sign, seating chart, table numbers and a variety of wedding decor. With the extra free time she had in lockdown, Layne was able to perfect her decorations, which paid off.  Guests at her wedding offered her many compliments on her decorations. 

They also had requests.

“People started asking if I would make stuff for them,” Layne said. “It just kind of blew up from there.”

That’s how lockdown led to a full-time creative venture for Layne.

One thing she loves about the new gig is that whether its cups, sweaters or canvases with custom designs, her job is now different every day. 

Many of Layne’s items including serving trays, phone cases and jewelry feature press floral designs. She also loves animals and uses pet faces on her work. And yes, she can and will put your actual pet’s face onto items. 

For your mom, Layne has a Mama sweater, beach tote bag, a custom-made cup with a design she would love or a charcuterie board. 

Unlike flowers, candy, or a gift card she can use these gifts all the time. And honestly, dad would probably like those gifts as well – as long as the shirt said Dad instead.

If you have a graduate, that means a graduation party. Layne offers custom yard signs, invitations, party décor and custom print gift items to commemorate your grad.

In fact, she can also plan the party.

Layne is ready and willing to help plan your wedding, anniversary, or birthday party with the goal of bringing your ideas to life. 

Whether it’s the decorations, gift items, or invitations, she will make sure your party is special.

“My favorite thing about doing event planning is [that] even when people are stressed, they are so happy,” Layne said.

If you're looking for an affordable gift, have an idea for a custom design, or need an event planned this spring, Keerie Layne Creative is the place to go. You can find Keerie at Northside Marketplace at 21 Furnace St. in Akron, on herwebsite, on Facebook or on Instagram.


Keerie Layne's collection includes fun t-shirts and sweatshirts, pressed flowers and custom pet portraits in addition to her wedding and party work.

To reach content author Jenna Spooner,  email her here.

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