Calligraphy and Candy inspired Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photoshoot

I say YES to any opportunity to work with Natalie Sinisgalli. Not only is she one of my favorite people, but she’s SO talented, and the fact that she’s also in Rochester, NY makes me love her even more! For Valentine’s Day I was asked to contribute¬†some calligraphy to a beautiful styled shoot with some other incredible local ladies. I’m always honored to be asked to represent as a local designer. I loved working with red and pink to break up my regular black and white mix. White calligraphy on a bold envelope is such an amazing combo, I can’t get enough! I also experimented with calligraphy on vellum, which is another timeless option – I love seeing a vellum envelope for a really fun invitation. I hope you had a lovely day, and ate lost of chocolate, because obviously that’s the most important part of February 14th!

Model: Gina Mattice
Hair & Makeup: Special Occasion Hair Design
Nails: Sunless2Go
Rose: Stacy K Floral
Valentines: Sugar & Type
Video: Julia Hart Productions
Photography: Natalie SinisgallI Photography

Head over to Natalie’s site to see all the wonderful ladies, and the beautiful images from this fun Valentine’s day shoot!

Ilana Griffo Calligraphy

Learn Lettering with Me!

Skillshare with Ilana Griffo

I get emails from you guys asking how I got started in lettering, and all of your requests inspired me to start creating classes online to help you add to your design toolbox! In my first online class, I’m teaching you one method for creating custom lettering pieces in Adobe Illustrator.

My class is available on Skillshare, and I want you to enroll! If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives. It’s home to thousands of classes from business to cooking.

Even if you’re familiar with vectorizing your lettering, I hope you’ll enroll to learn a new approach, or pick up some new tricks. If you’re interested in a different type of class, please let me know as I’ll be teaching multiple courses over the next few months.

Thanks so much for your time, and for inspiring me to create this class! Message me if you have ideas for other classes, and I can’t wait to see what you create!

7 Reasons to Shop Small

Sugar and Type 7 Reasons to Shop Small this holiday season

Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK and that means holiday shopping madness starts NOW! With tons of craft fairs, black friday deals, and a million ways to shop from your pajamas, here are some reminders of why shopping small is so incredible.

  1. Unique and one of a kind
    When you buy from a local craft show, a local shop, or online from someone locally, there are a TON of handmade items. This item won’t be found in every department store, but that doesn’t mean it’s not popular. These items have something extra special about them!
  2. Meet your maker
    When you shop at your local craft sales you actually get to meet the person who made what you’re buying. Chances are, they’re super cool and you’ll want to be their friend (see number 4 & 6).
  3. Better than a pinterest DIY fail
    Don’t wait until the last minute, try something you found on pinterest, and then realize you totally failed. Adding a handmade element to your gift is great, but you don’t have to make the gift all by yourself. And let’s be honest, you’ve got a lot of shit to do.
  4. Grow your community
    You grow your personal network, and your community as a whole. You can make a new friend, or introduce an old friend to someone you just met! This helps the local shops thrive, which leads to the next item on our list!
  5. Support your local ecomony
    Local companies support local jobs! When you shop local, you’re giving right back to your community. The money goes back into the community, and supports a thriving economy.
  6. Makes a good story
    When you buy a gift locally, you get to tell the recipient all about your experience. Maybe your friend happens to own the shop, or maybe the company started kickstarter, maybe they give back to a non-profit that you strongly believe in. Each local item (even food) comes with a story! When you meet the marker, you can learn their own story and share it to make each gift really an experience.
  7. Super cool shit!
    Honestly, some of the most beautiful pieces come from your area! Talk about getting inspired! We’ve got everything from jewelry makers, to soap makers and I love knowing that my purchase helps them pursue their passions.

How are you shopping small this season? Head over to instagramand tag your favorite shop so I can check them out!