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Winter Wedding Invitations

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I had the joy to design invitations for a friend of mine and her now husband. When I asked her what she wanted, she basically said, she wanted reds and winter greens. She left me to figure out the rest. I love getting let loose on designs. It’s fun. :) 

I lettered the names and painted the foliage, then scanned and designed. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to budget for these invitations so I kept them simple. I wanted something a little more visually impactful than center-justified text, so I designed the text on a slant. 

If I had had more time, I think I would have refined things just a little bit more, but I’m happy with the end result. Happy enough to post them here, right? ;)

I enjoyed adding more dimension to the art by including watercolor details to the artwork. I used techniques from a watercolor class I took from Natalie Malan in the fall. We’re going to be team-teaching a workshop! Learn calligraphy and watercolor on March 4th! Register here. Looking for more workshops? See the 2017 schedule for updates. 

Japanese Puzzle Eraser Valentines

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Most holidays I don’t go all-out. But Valentine’s Day is a day for me to have fun with puns and little gifts. I tend to give myself unrealistic expectations (all the time. Constantly. 24/7), I’ve gotten better at ignoring them and being more realistic with my time (because… umm… naps). But for Valentine’s I love doing something a little bit on the ridiculous side. I mean, come on. I could have gone to the grocery store and picked up any number of things that are already done. But this is like a hobby to me. An annual one, but a hobby nonetheless.

Last month while in San Francisco, I made it a point to visit my favorite Daiso store and as I was walking past the aisles of adorable-ness, I spotted a wall of assorted puzzle erasers and piled them in my basket. It just came to me that the kiddos in Penelope’s and Felix’s classes needed these things. And hey, they’re not candy, so my practical mom-self said, “The kids with dietary restrictions will get to enjoy these, too!!”

I found these darling clear plastic pillow boxes at my local packaging supply store (Pak N Wrap), if you’re not in my same area, you can get them on amazon right here

They’re so darling, the temptation to put them in your mouth is real, so I put a little note on the bottom that said, “P.S. This is an eraser.:)” Because heaven forbid a little piece gets lodged somewhere. 

 

My first inclination was to do some fancy-pants lettering like what I did above (I love the snap, so I wanted to throw that in here). But it’s for Kindergarteners and Third graders. They won’t be able to read that, let alone really appreciate it. So I busted out my more casual single-case lettering instead. 

Coming up with something clever to say was just about as stressful as naming a newborn. But instead of something timeless, I wanted it to be clever. Unfortunately, I’m not known for my quick wit. That’s okay. Because this girl can’t be perfect at everything, right? So I phoned it in with a “Hello, adorable”. And I’m happy with it. I wish I had done something a little more fancy and creative with the design of it all, but done is better than perfect any day. 

I didn’t complete these in time for you to use the idea this year, but this could be fun for a little party favor or little gift for future use. I hope you use the idea! Feel free to download the lettering by right-clicking the image below. And you can purchase an adorable assortment of puzzle erasers right here, if you’re like me and don’t have a Daiso store near you. Thanks Amazon!! 

Printable and its contents are free for personal use only. Any alteration or distribution of the file (beyond adding your own text) without permission is prohibited. 

 

Logo Design for Krisle Photography

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You know those times when you mesh perfectly with clients? Like you just get their vibe? This was it. Caitlyn and I had a little bit of back and forth about her style and aesthetic before I set to work on her logo. 

She wanted the lettering to be elegant, but not too elegant. Which is exactly how I roll. Perfect for wedding and lifestyle photography. 

For the design, I made a horizontal version of her logo (see it in action on her website) and a monogram for Instagram, favicon and watermarks.

As far as the process went, I sketched it out beforehand, lettered it on my favorite paper with my go-to markers, scanned and digitized. Want to learn more about the digitization process? I’ll be teaching a digital class at Letter Works this summer!

2017 Calligraphy Workshops

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I’m still working on fleshing out the rest of the year, but I’m excited to announce upcoming teaching gigs!! I’m so excited for this year, it’s going to be great. More workshops to come, be sure to come back and check out the updates. 

Brush Letter Crash Course

Friday, March 3 | 6-8 pm | SLC, Utah

I’ll be teaching a quick, yet thorough, brush lettering workshop opening night of the Vintage Whites Market at the Fairgrounds. No frills, breaks or treats; just getting intimate with A-Z. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Watercolor + Calligraphy Retreat

Saturday, March 4 | 10am-4pm | Draper, Utah

Natalie Malan and I are teaming up to bring the two hottest hobbies together! In this double-header retreat, learn watercolor florals and modern calligraphy in a 6 hour workshop. $155 ($145 for early birds!) class fee. All materials, snacks and lunch included. Beginner/Intermediate class. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Photo by Stephanie Lorraine Photography

Sew Simply Stitched Retreat

Thursday, March 16 | 2-5pm | Roosevelt, Utah

I’m teaching a brush lettering workshop as applied to quilting and textiles. I’ll be demonstrating how to use brush markers, readability, and ligatures for textile work. Register for the retreat: $25 early bird retreat entrance + $65 class fee. Materials included. Beginner/Intermediate class. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Flourishing Workshop

Thursday, April 20 | 6-9pm | Salt Lake City, Utah

Visit me at The Write Image on April 20th from  6-9 for an intermediate workshop on flourishing. We’ll spend the night working on oval drills, flourish essentials and how to apply that to your own individual style. Limited to 10 spots. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Digitizing Calligraphy at LetterWorks

June 24-July 1 | 2.5 day workshop | Ogden, Utah

I’m pleased as punch to be presenting at the 36th International Lettering Arts Conference, LetterWorks. I’m teaching alongside my calligraphy IDOLS! The conference is geared towards all skill levels. I’m teaching a 2.5 day workshop on digitizing calligraphy. We will be using both Photoshop and Illustrator. Geared towards beginning/intermediate computer users. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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Freebie: Printable Baby Shower Invitations

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This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby. Baby Cubby is the go-to for fantastic nursery and baby must-haves.

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Baby cubby isn’t just for new moms. I stocked up for Junie for Christmas with all sorts of darling duds and tactile toys that leave her entertained for hours. 

A friend of mine is expecting a baby, and all of us in the neighborhood are so excited for her! 

I had fun designing these invitations, they’re feminine, but the blues and pinks in the design still keep it open-ended. 

This was the inspiration behind the invitations. I took this photo at my cousin’s baby shower around 2 years ago. I love this bright and cheery combination. 

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The download includes a fill-in-the-blank version and a design your own version that you can pull into word or any other editing software and add the text yourself. Invites are 5×7, and work with A7 envelopes, like these pretty teal ones.

Printable and its contents are free for personal use only. Any alteration or distribution of the file (beyond adding your own text) without permission is prohibited. 

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