I’ve finally come out of my hole!
It’s been a long couple of months of sketching and designing and I finally sent everything off to print! What am I even talking about? The 2016 Calendar, of course!
This past year has been a rather turbulent one for me. Lots of things in my personal life have been out of my control and I’ve found it rather hard to cope with at times. Couple that with the decision to move back home after not even being in this house for a year and you’ve got a pretty decent recipe for a large batch of stress.
So without really thinking about it, I started sketching flowers a lot. I do this often but these were rather quirky and for some reason, brought me lots of peace. Then I thought to make these into patterns that I could use around the house. And then, I finally thought that a calendar, full of beautiful blooms coupled with short, inspirational quotes about growth and overall positivity, was something that I wanted very much for 2016 and I had a hunch a few others might appreciate it as well.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of the months, this one is inspired by my mother who used to draw flowers for me when I was a little girl.
Her birthday and Mother’s Day are both in May and this being one of my favorite patterns, fit perfectly.
The idea behind this calendar is that once you’re done with the month, you can cut the left side and have the quote to frame or keep or to send as a postcard to a friend. It will be digitally printed to enjoy all the beautiful colors and letterpress printed for that extra special touch.
In the meantime, I couldn’t help myself and I made a couple of wallpapers because I actually love the December pattern as well and wanted it on my phone. So here are May and December for you to download. If you also want the iPad versions you can find May here and December here.
Hope you enjoy those downloads and stay tuned as I will be converting the rest of the patterns into lots of different things. If you'd like to see them as something in particular, let me know in the comments or comment on my instagram feed as I've been posting a lot of my behind the scenes work there too like the video below.
For now, have a happy Wednesday, a particularly happy one too because it happens to be my eighth wedding anniversary today! :)
My youngest brother got married recently and I packed up the boys and took them to Florida to attend the wedding, visit a while and have my grandparents finally meet Liam, my youngest. I planned to go offline for a little while and have some family time but I didn't mean to disappear this long as I did plan on working while I was down there.
Being a bit OCD and knowing that Mother's Day was around the corner, I carefully planned it so that I was able to ship Mother's Day cards out while I was on vacation and still take other orders to fill upon my return. What a masterful plan and how proud was I for being so organized!
Everything was perfectly planned right? WRONG!
Of course, when you think you've got your stuff together and you've thought about it all carefully, some little element that you never gave a thought to and that technically shouldn't have gone wrong, does. My computer, being the 5 year old lady that she was, decided she was going to crap out on me toward the end of my trip. Luckily, I had already filled the orders I had received while I was down there but it totally zapped me of the time I was so looking forward to having for working on a few top secret projects I have going on.
Not to mention, like the idiot that I am, I hadn't backed up in like, forever!
You can probably imagine the cow I was having. I'm savvy enough with computers and I was able to get it back up a couple more times to save a few important files/folders but seriously, how could I live without ALL of my folders and files and all the work I've been doing for so long. I mean, I could, but I just didn't want to. There had to be a way and luckily, Geek Squad ended up saving me because once I took the computer to Apple they told me the logic board had to be swapped out... again!
Good news is, I was able to get my drive backed up and then run the computer back to Apple and shipped off to be repaired again. However, while I saved my info (thank goodness!), I was still facing a computer that would most likely die on me again. So with a heavy heart, I had to buy another one. Ha ha! Did I say heavy heart? I meant crazy ecstatic!
Seriously, it was a nightmarish few weeks wondering if I was going to lose all my info and all, but now I'm writing to you from a brand new Mac Book Pro and that's pretty awesome! You know what else is awesome? This photo of Liam who stole the show the entire trip!
It's great to be back, looking at silly photos of these two boys that I was lucky enough not to lose. Moral of the story: BACK UP! I actually set up a back up day in my calendar so it can alert me every week. Don't want that to happen again.
So, since I had such good fortune after disappearing on you, I thought I'd make a smashing comeback with a giveaway!
I believe that when you give you get back and when you get, you should definitely give!
So here's my Thankful Giveaway. I'm giving away this "Thanks" Letterpress Set so you can be thankful too, in a very stylish way of course. All you have to do is Instagram, Tweet, Post on your Facebook or Share about it somehow then come back here and let me know where you shared in the comments below. That's it! You have till Thursday night to get it done and I'll announce a winner by the end of the day! The more sharing, the more entries.
READY, SET, SHARE!
These past few weeks have been a blur of lots of work, new projects and just plain INSPIRATION!
I've been working on new projects and with new projects come new tools.
I recently discovered Creative Market and if you don't know about it (I'm sure you do, I'm always behind with these things) you should definitely check them out. I bought a font family there a while back and have been IN LOVE with it. I've been using it on a lot of my marketing materials lately and some of my new projects, like these Owl Greeting Cards and Owl Notebooks.
These Owl Notebooks happened to be featured on Paper Crave last week and Cindy Kinash of Cultivated Mind happened to see them. Cindy is the AMAZING lady behind Cultivated Mind, a Type & Design Foundry that focuses on creating beautiful handwritten & calligraphy fonts and handmade artwork. She designed the font I used for these two designs and reached out and thanked me on twitter for using her fonts in my projects.
She was genuinely excited about the way I had been using her Local Market font and decided to tweet and share my notebooks on her social media as well. As a result I got some great exposure and a couple of people had to have my Owl Notebooks too. Isn't social media amazing that way?
As if that wasn't enough, Cindy then reached out to me via email and sent me a FONT CARE PACKAGE!
Now, if you didn't know it, I'm a serious font nerd and this was RIGHT up my alley, specially since I had been trying to decide which one of her fonts I wanted to purchase next just the night before. I mean, take a look at some of the screen shots for these...
They are chock full of EXTRAS! That's right, you don't only get a font, you get illustrations and banners and labels and all sorts of stuff!
This is the stuff font heaven is made of.
I will be going out of town for my brother's wedding on Friday and since my grandparents are coming up from Costa Rica, I'll have plenty of people who want to watch my boys so I'll get some ME time to play around with new things! I've already been planning the things I'd like to work on: a top secret project, new card designs and now, definitely playing around with some of these fantastic fonts.
Stop by Cindy's page on Creative Market and take a look at all the other font packs she's got in her shop. I'd be surprised if you don't find something you just HAVE to have.
Have a wonderful week!
So a lot of stuff is going on around here. I've been fully immersed in B-School (and loving it!) so there's a lot of changes and plans going on behind the scenes. If that's not enough, there are a lot of weddings going on in my family too and many people that want two cute little boys to be part of their wedding party. This year, my brother's wedding fell right on top of one my busiest times of year.
Instead of trying to design a couple of new Mother's Day cards, I decided to concentrate on one extra special design. I knew I wanted an illustrated design and I wanted it to be 4 colors, which takes a lot longer to print. I'm very happy with the result and I'm happy that I didn't put a lot of pressure on myself to do more than I have time for right now.
Here's a look at the sketch I started working from.
I originally wanted DAY to be in a dark circle and have the text knocked out, but I quickly realized it wasn't balanced. So I scrapped that idea, only to then realize I also didn't like the way I had sketched out HAPPY and DAY. So I redid that text as well, but this time, in the computer, hence, no HAPPY DAY in this cleaned up version.
I also knew I wanted the card to have a sketched feel, so I didn't clean it up too carefully.
I wanted my line to show a little more than I usually allow, I found it charming.
Here's the final version which I colored dark green after much back and forth about my palette.
I wanted it to have sort of a watercolory (yes I just made up a word) feel so I colored the rest of the card with a much thicker brush so that the color spilled out in places but would be framed by the final dark green color printed at the end.
Here's a couple of photos I took as I worked from my Instagram feed.
Mixing a peach for the second set of flowers. Notice the mess that is my desk when I work.
It's so exciting to see the card on press, unfinished. I get really excited about how it's all going to come together and so happy when things work out the way I planned, because as you can see, there's A LOT of planning that goes into one card.
Of course, there are many, many mess ups, but that's all part of the process... right?
This is the final photo I took for my shop. Aren't those little flowers JUST perfect for the photo? Little victories I say. :)
Have a wonderful week!
Today's post is short and sweet as there's much catching up to do behind the scenes and a lot of excitement about the book I just received in the mail!
It's the new Ladies of Letterpress Book and guess what?! I'm featured in it. Yes, I am giddy like a little school girl but who wouldn't be right? It's so exciting to see my work alongside so many talented and amazing women. Even my husband, who's a rather quiet man, was so excited for me and I found him looking through the book on his own. :)
So what's Ladies of Letterpress? It's a wonderful group of women who are involved in letterpress and I can't tell you how inspiring it is to be in a group of so many women with the same passion, where you can share all the joys of printing and all the disasters too.
The books is mainly a showcase of work from studios run by women around the world but nestled in there are a couple of more in depth interviews with a couple of studios, like this one with Judith Berliner of Full Circle Press.
The entire book is also perforated so you can tear away the pages that have a full sized poster to hang on your wall. One of my favorites is by Lilco Design + Letterpress Studio. Don't you love this design? I might have to tear this one out, or maybe buy a second book so I can tear it out, I'm too OCD to just tear it out of this one copy. :)
Then of course there's a tear away of my Letterpress Love Poem!
And finally, here's a photo of my section in the book, where they talk a bit about my studio and the work that was chosen for the book.
The book is much larger than I thought at 11x14 so the tear away posters will make great wall art. All in all, the book is a fantastic collection of truly wonderful work by dedicated women around the world. All giddiness aside, it really is such an honor to be included in it.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon if you'd like to check it out, it's a great addition to any letterpress library, specially with 86 removable posters!
Hope you enjoyed the quick look into this fantastic book and if you have it or do purchase it, let me know what you think here in the comments.
April is a wonderful month for many reasons.
1. It happens to be the month that a lot of my family members chose to come into this world. Seriously, my husband, son, brother and sister-in-law! It's a little ridiculous.
2. Spring is in full bloom (or should be).
3. It's NATIONAL CARD & LETTER WRITING MONTH! If that's not a mouthful, try saying it five times fast!
I have to confess, I only found out about that last one a little while ago, I know, pretty lame of me to be in the card business and not know that but it's hard to keep track of all the "National Something" days, weeks, and months in the year. I am glad I DID find out about it because I was able to turn that knowledge into something special.
I doodled a little sketch while playing with my boys. While it wasn't much to look at, it got my idea down and I was then able to return later on and turn it into a more respectable sketch. :)
I was extremely excited with the way it was shaping up so I cleaned it all up with pen, got it in the computer and got it ready for plates!
By now you probably know I'm a paper geek but what you possibly don't know is that I'm pretty crazy about recycling, in general of course, but specially paper. I have stacks and stacks of paper scraps that I just can't bring myself to throw out because I swear I'll find a project for them. Happily, I was able to do just that with this project! I have a huge stack of chipboard that comes with the paper I use for notecards. A lot of it is damaged or bent but a good deal isn't and I carefully picked all those pieces out and decided this was the perfect paper for my project.
So aside from this postcard being FREE, there's a lot more to like about it, like some fun hand lettering, hand fed letterpressing and downright up-cycling. You're welcome to grab yours if you're ready to join me as I celebrate by writing more letters this month. Also, don't forget to use the hashtag #hello_post to share how you used your postcard and all the other snail mail I just know you're dying to send out.
Stuff is a-brewin' around here!
I've been so excited these last couple of weeks. I'm turbo charged for some wonderful change and I want to bring you along with me! Wanna come?
Let's start off by giving you some well deserved and awesome stuff to keep. I designed this quote as part of another project I will tell you about in the coming weeks. It rings true not only for me but for so many other women in my life right now.
So let's DO THIS TODAY, remind ourselves:
We ARE BRAVER, We ARE STRONGER, We ARE SMARTER!
If you're like me you might feel overwhelmed now and again but let's keep reminding ourselves what amazing creatures we really are and how much we are able to accomplish when our mind is in the right place.
So click on over here to grab your downloadable print and if you're in my list you've got your handy code to get it for free! But don't despair, if you're not on my list, you have 2 options, you can get on my list and get the code (wink) or you can download the iPhone Lock Screen version. Yes, I'm that specific. When I was designing it, I thought "I really want to see this as a reminder all the time" and what better place than the lock screen on your phone? This way, you can be kind and remind yourself how great you are every day! Of course, had to make sure that pesky time and date didn't get in the way, so you're all set.
QUICK TIP: When I put it on my phone, it was zoomed in so it looked weird. Just give it a quick zoom out with your fingers and it'll pop in place.
One more thing, let me know in the comments below what other type of downloadables you'd be interested in, that helps me make content you'd like to have!
Have a wonderful week!
Glimpses of a life spent designing, printing and caring for two adorable, little boys! :)
This is the very first post I write from my new home in Kansas! I'm so glad it's for the Design Surface Patterns from Scratch Blog Tour. As many people before me in this blog tour, I was incredibly inspired by Bonnie Christine's class over on Creative Live. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Bonnie's class. I use Illustrator daily and I learned so many new things from this course.
Behind the Scenes anything always catches my attention. It's no secret it's my favorite type of post. I love to see the process people go through in their business and I love to share my behind the scenes glimpses. April of Blacksburg Belle started a blog tag game whose tag this month just happens to be "Behind the Scenes". After reading April's amusing answers I decided I had to participate.