Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Real-Time Calligraphy Video | Families Are Everything


I’m not one to really get into the politics of things on here or anywhere on social media; after all, I find that language gets mis-interpreted and real communication tends to break down in a format as impersonal as online. But I’ve felt strongly the need to say that family is THE most important thing. We need family (whatever form that takes on for you) spiritually, physically, mentally– in all the ways. 

Throughout history, nations and civilizations fell with the crumbling of family. So for the first time ever, I called my representatives and made my voice heard (find yours here). For the first time ever!! If you know me, you know I HATE making phone calls. I know an executive order was signed to help alleviate the issue of families being separated, but this issue is far from over. 

It’s not about political alignment here. It’s about family. We are stronger together. 


Stepping off the soap box now. I penned the above video with:

Let me know if you have questions about the materials used or my process. If you’d like to learn more about calligraphy, I’d suggest taking one of my online classes (listed above in tools section)! I include personal coaching so you get a very one-on-one approach. :) 

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Inspirational Calligraphy: Gold Glam


I had the pleasure to contribute some calligraphy for a photoshoot a couple weeks ago. The theme: Gold, the style: Hollywood Glam.


I went for a flourished style with more traditional notes. But little nods to contemporary styling with the angled baseline

I just went for it, not knowing the overall look of the shoot. I’m stoked at how well it all fit together.



For the boutonnière cards, I went lowercase and simple, with a little flourish.


For the place cards I went more traditional and fancypants with lots of flourishes with each name.


Learn how to use the pointed pen with my online calligraphy class at I Still Love Calligraphy.

TFDS: bride & groom stylized shoot from Jesse & Kimberly Moore on Vimeo.

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Calligraphy: Collaborative Inspirational Wedding Shoot


I partnered up with Gentri, Emmily, Daryl, Erin and others to create a positively gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot.

I loved my wedding, but come on. These flowers make me want to plan it all over again.


The rich color palette was simply stunning, even more-so in person. All the textures make my eyeballs happy.


It was in the middle of a canyon near my house, freezing cold. The location was a bit out of the way, but simply magical.




To go with the natural glamorous theme, I lettered place cards on kraft stock with white ink, cranberry shadows, gold details with glitter.


The hand-lettered menu cards were printed with cranberry ink and gold details for an extra pop.


Do you ever wish that you could re-plan your wedding just for the sake of living in eye candy for a moment? I do sometimes. Then I sit back and think about how much I really loved that day with even with the road-blocks and compromises that came along with it.

See below for the full list of vendors:

*All photos in this post by Daryl Schmidt.

Calligraphy: A Quote on Friendship


I wonder, what if C.S. Lewis were alive today? He would be a must-follow on twitter. How many wise words of his have I seen penned on blogs, pinterest, facebook, etc? So many wise words.


This quote is heading to a client for a friend’s birthday. What a sweet sentiment.


I kind of went crazy with embellishments here.  I used FW gold, Dr. PH Martin’s pen white, hand-mixed gouache for the purple and blue details, an Esterbrook 357 nib and GreenGrocer’s kraft paper.

Equal Parts Inspiration and Fun


I feel like all I’ve talked about for the last 3 months is Alt Summit. It really is the best blogging conference for design-minded social media-ites, and so worth every minute of preparation and stress. I don’t feel like I can move forward with what I learned from the conference without touching on it here. I’ve collected a few of my thoughts that I feel work generally in life as well as in blogging. After-all this isn’t a blog about blogging, it’s a blog about creativity.


The keynotes this year were wonderful. Stefan Sagmeister said something that of course struck a note. How sound-bite worthy is the above quote? Something that I can live by. He’s author of The Happy Film. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m looking forward to taking some time to watch it.


Erin Loechner spoke about managing her online time, and I thought this quote she shared with us was so perfect. She talked about planning out time, your golden hours, and saving that time for the big stuff. This really hit home as I have no idea what fills those dedicated work hours sometimes. I’m going to work on being a) more focused during the work hours and b) more present in the family hours.

Striking a healthy work and home balance has been really hard for me these last few years. I feel like I’ve made great improvements, but I still have a long way to go.

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

My co-panelists. See link list below. Photo by Justin Hackworth.

I spoke on effective DIYs and Pinterest with Chris, Chelsea, Jenny and Jill. I feel like each of us could have touched on meaty information had we taken the whole day to do it. We had 40 slides of juicy information (available here) to pack into 50 minutes. We sorta did it, I kind of ran over.


One of the key points that I touched on was the above: “We are creatives, we can think outside the box.” Nothing is original anymore, but we can think outside our own personal scopes and come up with unique ideas. And we should.

This, of course, was not coming from a place of perfection. They’re my thoughts about my own personal work. All too often I get in creative ruts.


Lastly, One of the many themes of the conference was transparency. Showing readers your best and ugliest self, being upfront about expectations from brands and how to approach contributors or collaborators. Communicating clearly to one another, readers and sponsors is incredibly important!

On a personal note, I don’t think I really learned how to communicate until I got married. Chris taught me a lot about bucking up and saying the things I might not feel comfortable saying. I try to be as transparent (I’m really the same person online and off) as possible, but I could benefit from thinking on this more often.


I feel like I went to this conference with a better vision of what I wanted and who I am. I feel like I planned my presence well (making sure I had handmade, vintage and thrifted items on my person, creating pretty business cards and showing up prepared with a printed media kit in case an opportunity cropped up), but I may not have scheduled my time as flawlessly as I had imagined.

I did miss out on half the classes that I had planned on taking, and mostly that was because of lack of focus. I really should have geared up for the conference with more sleep than I had. That week I was working on something like 15-20 hours of sleep in 7 days. NOT SMART.


Stacy, me, Tiffany

I did take advantage of all of the photo booths. I didn’t take a single photobooth pic last year, I had to fix that. It’s really a fun way to break the ice with others. I’ve got some awesome goof-ball shots from it, too.


Miranda, me


Chelsea, Dayna, Miranda, me


Photo by Michael Rowley

I also took time out to do a creative project: chalkboard lettering for one of the mini parties. It was a great little creative escape in the middle of the conference and fun to get to know a few of the awesome people behind They were a real pleasure to work with.


Diana, me, Miranda, Alycia

This year was the second in a row that I stayed at a hotel and not at home. I knew I would get distracted by my adorable kiddos and sweet husband, that I decided to just act as if the conference were out of state. It was basically like an extended sleepover, minus the high school drama and double the fun. It was nothing short of a miracle that we were able to find accommodations so close to the conference since everything was completely booked solid. I thank my lucky stars for that. Next year I’ll book my hotel before I buy my ticket.

I had an absolutely wonderful time (not sure how this conference gets better every year, but it does!) and I’m looking forward to going through my giant stacks of pretty business cards this next week.

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