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goalsWhen Promise Tangeman launched her new site, I loved listening to the interviews she had during her launch week. She talked with the girls from the incredible 31 Bits, and what they said really resonated with me. The conversation was about goals. When you have a lot of ideas, it’s so important to set goals. I like to set small and large goals. It’s important for me to make sure my small goals help me reach my larger goals. When projects come my way, I want to make sure they are inline with my goals. The girls talked about how this helps with accountability, especially if you write down your goals. Every decision can be weighed through your goals. You can look at each opportunity and make sure it feels right, otherwise you’ll be all over the place! I’m excited to focus on my goals, one of them is practicing hand lettering! Share your goals with me!

Like this graphic? It’s available in my society6 shop!

Last Minute Gifting

GiftsIs it almost the new year? I swear 2014 flew by! Even when the days are long, the weeks just fly by! I had some big ideas for gifts this year, and most of it has fallen to last minute shopping. I made a little printable to help keep me organized and budget what I wanted to purchase. I was surprised to find out that our family genuinely wanted us to give them wedding photos (I swear, I’ll be sharing them in the new year!). If you’re like me, and have some last minute shopping to do, feel free to download the printable and get shopping!!

Download the Gift List Printable!

Half Assed

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Gregg and I flew threw the whole series of Parks and Recreation (if you haven’t watched it, you absolutely need to) and loved every moment. I’ve been telling myself I’d explore hand lettering more, and I finally sat my butt down and did it. The above quote from Ron Swanson represents how I’ve been feeling lately. I feel like as a designer, there are a lot of paths we can take – editorial, print, web, production, UI, etc etc. As a freelancer, I get to explore a little of everything, and it’s always fun and challenging. I often feel a pull between the two and want to make sure I’m always putting my best work out, and not spreading myself too thin. I think it’s importantly to feel confident about which path you take, and you can still explore those other areas as you please! I’m trying to really focus on the things that make me happy and the projects that fuel me, and put my everything into those. If you’re feeling this way, I’d love to hear how you’re making a change!

Like the design? Available for purchase on society6. 

Fatima and David’s Wedding Suite

I can’t believe I forgot to share these! I had so much fun working with this couple who had a totally modern style. They wanted Kate Spade classic, black and white and stripes – I was ALL over it! I love how something so simple, makes such a statement in this suite, and their wedding day was absolutely stunning! Fatima_David Fatima_David_2

Interested in working together? Email me, I’d love to chat!

Creative Crush // Ink Meets Paper

When I started exploring the wonderful world of paper goods and walked NSS, I walked past Allison of Ink Meets Paper and her booth filled me with joy! I’m so glad that Emily Jeffords gave me a reason to reach out and say hello to her!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : I love that my husband Daniel and I are able to run Ink Meets Paper together— that it fits both of our talents so well, and we really do enjoy working with one another. I also love how no two days are exactly the same. One day may be filled with long-term planning and goals for Ink Meets Paper and the next day may be spent all day in the studio printing. While it can be exhausting to keep up with everything, it’s never dull, and I always look forward to the next day.

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT : Sweeteeth chocolate (especially the “Sea is for Caramel”salted caramel chocolate bar)

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : Candlefish — a new shop in Charleston, SC (on Wentworth Street) that has the most wonderful and carefully curated selection of candles, including an entire library of scents as well as candle-making classes. Their careful attention to detail makes for such a remarkable retail experience.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR BIZ : In 2008, a neighborhood friend and I signed up for a printmaking class at a local art gallery/studio (Redux Contemporary Art Center). We did monoprints, etchings, screen printing, and so forth, but I really connected with letterpress printing. At the time I was an editor in a corporate job, so it was really refreshing to be so hands-on and part of the process. That same year we also bought our first (and still our currently only) press, a 1923 8×12 Chandler & Price floor-model platen press. It’s 1000+ pounds of cast iron and truly a workhouse machine. It’s motorized, but each of our cards is still hand fed into the press, and each piece is printed one color at a time.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : We blog to share a bit more about the people and the story behind Ink Meets Paper, as well as current projects we’re working on.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS :  I think this quote from Theodore Roosevelt sums it up nicely: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” With a constant barrage of amazing work and talent available via social media, blogs, etc., it’s easy to feel you’ll never measure up to others. But once you’re able to let that go, you realize the importance and meaning in following your own path and business goals (and realize that your timeline isn’t the same as someone else’s timeline).

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : Michelle Jewell of Finkelstein’s Toys

Get to know Allison and Daniel!  Site / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

Rule The World Planner 2015

I am SO excited to share the 2015 #ruletheworldplanner with you! I realized I never really talked about why I started making planners, so here it is! When I was in college, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of ideas I had for projects, the amount of homework I had, and the amount of crap I carried in my bag! I always had notepads, sketchbooks, tons of pens and pencils, and of course, a planner to keep track of due dates, important dates, appointments and so on. As I started to simplify my life, I wanted something I could throw in a purse, and carry with me all the time. There are some AMAZING planners out there, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for, in my budget, with what I needed included, and since I loved office supplies & design so much, I figured I could make something. My first year, I just made a couple, and printed them on demand. I was happy to see that I wasn’t the only one who felt the need for this type of organized system. In 2013 as I planned 2014’s edition, I dreamed bigger, ordered more, got a new printer, and sold it on etsy. This past year, I asked questions, and made tons of changes to the planner, found a new way to print, and feel really happy with where the product is headed and how it can help other people stay on their toes and achieve their goals. If you ordered one this year – THANK YOU! Each order fills me with so much joy and makes me pinch myself – EVERY TIME! If not – get on it because they’re almost gone!!!! Click here to purchase, or to find out more about the planner and what’s inside!
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Photography by Audra Zaba Photo.

Creative Crush // Chloe Marty

Last year, the lovely ladies of Postmark Society hooked me up with the most KICK ASS PEN PAL! Chloe and I instantly hit if off, and we keep our conversations to good old snail mail (it’s pretty hard not to pick up a phone and call her since we have so much in common!)kristin_mae_marty_094kristin_mae_marty_112 kane-is-turning-one_invitation_and_paper_goods_BLOG35.52REMEMBERtheday_canvas1

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : My favorite part of running my own business is the flexibility of my time! Being a stay at home mom to a toddler, is made possible by the fact that I am able to schedule and budget my time for what works with our routine as a family. It allows me to be that SAHM, but also be able to contribute to my family’s income, do work that I enjoy, and keep my creative juices flowing.

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT : I rarely meet a cookie or pie I don’t like. Baked goods, in general, are a favorite.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : There are too many to pick just one! Every year around this time, I scour the internets to find neat shops to feature as a part of my gift guide (on my blog at the beginning of December)! Many of the cool items I find, I end up getting as stocking stuffers for my family members.

Along those lines, I just discovered Benny Gold, and I love their hipster-y tees, hats, socks, iPhone cases, pens, and key faubs. The artist series of paper airplanes are pretty cool, too. And, I am a big fan of the whole “Stay Gold” mantra that the brand is based off of.
That’s on the more masculine side of things, so for the ladies, I am loving Erica Tanov, especially the pillows, quilts, and candles in her home goods section. The scarves and leather goods accessories are beautiful, too.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR BIZ : Out of college, I worked as a marketing director for a real estate-related company. In addition to making the marketing plans, I also ended up making the ads that we placed in various web and print outlets. That gave me my first taste of commercial design. As I delved deeper into design and started taking on work, I focused on logos and branding for the commercial side of my work.

I taught myself Illustrator and Photoshop. I also took some courses through the Art Institute so that I would have a more structured design education, and knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Flash.
I have always loved paper goods and sending correspondence the old fashioned way. So, it was a very natural progression for me to focus on designing announcements and invitations. That remains the largest part of my design work.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : I blog because I enjoy it. My blog is an outlet where I can showcase any and all of my interests; a place where my interests in fashion, decor, design, and food/healthy living come together. In the past couple of years, my blog has become even more focused on my personal life; so it now chronicles a lot my family’s life including the growth of my son.

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS :  Stick with it and surround yourself with people who support and believe in you.

Building a business takes a long time. Often we have a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning of a new venture, but as time passes and our expectations of success aren’t met as quickly as we had hoped, our enthusiasm wanes. Sticking with it and cultivating that passion and enthusiasm is key.
Likewise, surrounding yourself with people who cheer you on will make your journey that much easier, and it will help you keep that enthusiasm.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : I honestly have not been keeping up on other creatives recently! And, I am way behind on my blog reading other than fashion blogs, which I am obsessed with lately. I mostly keep up with people through Instagram, which is a huge guilty pleasure. Many of the people I follow on Instagram aren’t necessarily “creatives” by craft, but I really enjoy following along with their adventures on Instagram. Most of my Insta-faves are other moms, which is a phenomenon that tends to occur once you are a mom yourself. Some of my current favorites are @ascotfriday, @aninebing, @__paw, @fathersdaughtr. For fashion, I love @happilygrey, @ivanarevic, @erinmayshed, @paigedenim, and @lizzyvdligt.

Get to know Chloe!  Blog / Instagram / Portfolio / Twitter / Pinterest / Shop

Creative Crush // Knack Studios

I’m so excited to have Knack Studios here today! Emily Jeffords tagged Knack Studios as one of her many creative crushes and it’s so great to share Barb’s work with you!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : Running my own business is both the best thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world! Even though it is hard though, it is so very rewarding to see the fruit of your labor on a daily basis. My favorite thing about my business is being able to create without boundaries and the freedom of flexibility 

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT : I love dark chocolate in any form but especially dark chocolate covered pomegranite pieces.

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : My recent favorite find is the sexy boyfriend jeans from Gap! No lie. I’m so happy in them.

TELL US HOW YOU GOT STARTED WITH YOUR BIZ : In 2001 I needed to paint my 70’s kitchen cabinets due to budget and time and so I taught myself how to faux finish using latex paint and a tobacco glaze. Three weeks later when the cabinets were all finished I was hooked on the power of paint and elbow grease.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : In all honestly my blogging is not what it used to be, but I am trying to get back to blogging at least three times a week. Blogging is a great communication tool and has been a great connector for me over the years. I have met some of the most amazing people through blogging and that is a really good thing!

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS : Never stop learning. Always keep moving and creating. Work hard. Be generous. Stay humble.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : My sister Sarah is so creative and I am always inspired by her photographs and hand lettered work.  Also, I love anything and everything by Annie Koelle.

Get to know Barb!  Site / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

Launched // Rochester Brainery

It’s finally here! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to work with the wonderful women behind the Rochester Brainery. Stephanie and Danielle and are FIRE, and the Brainery is the place to be! After showing my cards at their holiday Bazaar last year, we opened the door to some projects they had going on, and I had so much fun getting to know them and the passion behind their business. Head over to their site to find out more about them and be sure to stop by for the holiday Bazaar, and sign up for a class! Brainery-1

Small Biz Saturday

I’m not going to write a sappy post about how lucky I feel to get to be creative and work with people that inspire me, but seriously – you guys rock and I can’t thank you enough. I hope you ate as much as I did this Thanksgiving, and enjoyed every moment of it.

The wonderful news is that I totally am on the same page as you – we don’t want to put on pants today, but we really want to score some major deals this crazy shopping weekend. Stay on your couch, and head over to my shop and grab all the cards you could possibly need! I’ve got major markdowns, and I’m offering 20% off through Monday!

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Thank you for supporting local and small shops, and enjoy your weekend!