Worry

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

I love this quote by Corrie ten Boom because its so true. I also love that it offers a subtle hope, because when you think about it, you realize you have the strength each day to overcome it.

The Progression of a Hand-Lettered Quote

Since my first blog post two Septembers ago, I've developed my own process for hand-lettering. It's been fun! So, on this snowy day I thought I'd share a little bit of that process via photos--here we go!

First, I sketch the letters in pencil. Once I have the lettering at a good spot, I ink it with pen.

Next--sometimes, I'll instagram my sketch and leave it at that, as you'll see in the bottom left photo. But often, I decide to take it a step further and digitize the letters! In this particular case, I was in the zone when I finished instagramming and decided to digitize the quote as well. To do that, I first clean it up in Photoshop.

After that, it starts to be really fun! I take the cleaned up sketch into Illustrator and make it digital. I often spend a good bit of time cleaning up the curves, but in this case decided to leave it be. Then I play with the letterforms & decide whether to leave them blank or fill them in, what color they should be, and whether I'll add any illustrations or photography.

This time, I decided to use a photo I took of the ocean last summer as a background, because I wanted to experiment with gradients and it fit nicely with the quote.

At some point in my experimenting, I land on a design I love and decide it's finished (sometimes that takes me a while!). Once it's finished, I create print-ready files, take a trip to the printers, and then photograph my work, as you'll see below. I hope you enjoy it!

Lastly--for the first time, I decided to turn my lettering into a lock screen (you can see both below)! If you are interested in the lock screen, feel free to contact me (you can text, email, or submit a form through the site) and I'll send you the file! :)

My First Styled Shoot

This August, I got to participate in my first styled shoot! Kira of Kira Nicole Photography asked me to design beautiful blush and gold invitations, as well as a hand-letter a quote, for a photo shoot she and her team were doing for a couple whose wedding day happened to occur simultaneously with a crazy rain storm. Because of this, Kira and Kelsey graciously offered to re-take the wedding photos on a non-rainy day (so sweet!), and turned it into a styled shoot.

It was a crazy day creating the invitations for the shoot, I'll tell ya. This summer has been both wonderful and crazy! If you know me, you may know that I tend to fill up my schedule and free time with lots of projects and time with friends; I had a handful of other freelance projects going on that week. In addition, the shoot was actually supposed to happen while I was away on vacation, so my deadline happened to be the day before I left (aka packing day). Uh oh! Good thing I'm a fast packer, because I spent the better part of the day inking letters, choosing colors, illustrating details, at the printers, and adding final touches of gold leafing--8 hours, no joke! But I'm glad I did it, really excited about how everything turned out, and thankful that Kira asked me to be a part of the shoot.

The photos you'll see below are my own personal photos that I took of the blush, pink and gold invitation suite and quote. It was so fun to collaborate with Kira Nicole Photography-- you can check out the full shoot photos right here!, and to make things even more exciting, the shoot was featured on Bayside Bride. You can see the article right here--enjoy! :)

Liz & Kyle's Wedding Programs

One of my roommates, Liz, recently married her college sweetheart, Kyle, in June of 2015. I got to design their sweet and simple wedding programs!

Liz and I weren't really friends before we were roommates--we had met once or twice, but didn't really know each other. However, over the course of the year we lived together, we became good friends (thanks in part to our frequent and unplanned "kitchen talks"), so when it came time to figure out the programs, Liz asked me if I would design them for her.

I'm glad I was able to be a part of their big day in this small way, and am also glad I can call Liz a friend! To see some of her wedding photos (and also a few photos of same hand-painted signs I also got to help with), check out the photos by Anna Grace Photography.

Molly & Kevin's Wedding Invitations

Recently, two of my good friends, Molly & Kevin, gave me the opportunity to design their wedding invitations. Molly had seen Kate & Ty's invites (a few blog posts below), and after searching for templated invitations for a bit, asked me to design custom ones for her. I was so excited!

The design process with Molly was similar to the process with Kate and McKenna; we sat down and discussed relevant wedding details (such as colors, flowers, centerpieces, location, & more), looked at inspiration, and then reviewed some early ideas. From there, Molly and I worked together to refine the invitations. I also kept her sister and maid of honor, Kylee, in the loop (we lead Young Life together, so it was hard not to!).

Once the design was finished, I got to do something I hadn't done yet--coordinate the printing! Molly and I went to a local printer one night and got the invites printed, trimmed, and ready to go. We had previously ordered lemonade yellow envelopes to send the lovely invites out in. Finally, one other thing I was able to help with, which you'll see a sample of in the photos below, was address the envelopes.

The last thing left to do was wait to receive my own invitation in the mail, and now I'm looking forward to having a great time at the wedding!

McKenna & Nathan's Wedding Invitations

I had the pleasure of designing custom wedding invitations and wine labels for McKenna, a friend  I met in college, and her now-husband Nathan (I actually went to high school with his sister--small world!).

McKenna had a general idea of the look and feel she wanted for the invitation, but was pretty open about the details and graciously trusted my judgment. So, after we looked at inspiration and discussed relevant wedding details, I designed the invitations you'll see below. Rather than a printed RSVP card, McKenna used an online RSVP; however, she did ask me to design something a little bit uncommon, but very fun--wine labels! My college roommate (Erin's) dad actually made the wine for the wedding, and from there I designed the labels to complement the colors of the glass and wine (red wine was in green glass bottles, and white wine was in clear glass bottles).

I'm thankful that McKenna asked me to design these pieces of her beautiful wedding, and for the experience I gained in the process. I'm looking forward to many more custom projects to come!

My [New?] Passion

Recently, I've developed a new passion. Or perhaps I should say that an old passion has resurfaced, and it's commonly referred to as hand-lettering. I have very much enjoyed creating hand-written typefaces since the ninth grade, when I used to illustrate song lyrics (via various hand-drawn, bubble-letter-esque, scripty, stacking typefaces)  all over my algebra notes (on lined paper, no less). I'm happy to report that my doodles have greatly improved (as well as my choice of sketch materials--helloooo moleskine and micron pens). As they should, now that I'm backed by a professional degree and much more practice, experience, knowledge, and, yes, passion. I absolutely love this stuff. I can't believe it took me this long to really get into it, but it has become an enduring interest and something I think about constantly--no matter what else is going on, I'm collecting ideas and quotes and mental pictures everywhere I go (and I have the scattered and scribbled notes to prove it). I know that the more I practice, research and develop this passion, the better I will become at it. And so I've started to pull inspiration. I see design in everything (I've been told I can't look at anything without critiquing it.. oops). My instagram feed has become a constant source of inspiration, my cousins and friends have started to send me links to design websites because I talk about it so much, and I've started to dream. But enough about that for now. I'm thankful for my abilities so far and am looking forward to what's to come. Here's to passion.