Merlby Designs was established in June 2019 by Heather Rice in honor of her rescue dogs.


Merle and Colby were adopted by Heather through a Delaware based dog rescue. The rescues’ work inspired Heather to offer her graphic design services to assist with their promotional flyers. Working with the rescue allowed Heather to connect with her passion for graphic design in a new way. Since her two fuzzy boys, Merle & Colby were the root of this inspiration, Merlby Designs was born.

Heather got her start in graphic design by chance. When a company needed someone to learn how to design and laser etch granite, Heather was recommended because of her creative skills. Once she tried her hand at graphic design she was hooked.

With over 15 years design experience, Heather is well suited to take on a wide variety of challenges. Experienced in Adobe Creative Suite, she also has skills in monument cutter and laser etching software platforms. Being quick to learn and adapt, Heather is able to work with new systems well in a short time frame. 

Prior to establishing Merlby Designs, Heather worked as a subcontracted designer under the name Heather’s Designs & More starting in 2005 establishing herself as a reliable artist who can bring passion and originality to any project.