Last fall I had the honor of creating a logo for a very talented photographer. She just launched her new website, so I have to share. She knows how to use a camera in a way that I fear might be forgotten soon–she still loves film. You can see it in the ethereal color and softness that grace her work–that’s not filters, it’s natural light. And another skill you can’t fake when you only have so much film in your camera–a keen eye for composition and capturing the moment. Check out her site (with the new logo!) where she focuses on wedding and portrait photography. This is just one of my faves:
And here a some of the shots she did for our family:
I’ve been working on a line of illustrated invites/announcements and wanted to give a sneak peek of a couple of my cards. Would love to hear what you think!
Been eagerly awaiting the unveil of my first freebie which was part of the The Post Social’s Valentine series and today I get to share it with you! TPS cherry picks posts from other bloggers as well as creating original, top-of-the-trend content. They are a collaborative of smart and fashionable ladies, with thriving blogs of their own, so I was truly honored when they asked me to make some printables to be featured on their site.
Today they are featuring the DIY envelope and tomorrow they post the cards. Click here to download the template from their site.
See some card making tips below.
• Print the card on card stock. You can print the envelope directly on the paper you want to use or print it on card stock to create a template for cutting out of wrapping paper, newsprint, a magazine page, ect.
• Score folds before trimming (here I’m using the back of an utility knife — don’t press too hard).
• After folding the envelope, apply glue where the bottom folds overlap. You can seal the top flap with a label. And a kiss ; ).
For me, the best part of Valentine’s isn’t candy or flowers (though I do love me some candy), it’s the little Valentine. What is sweeter than a small note or card where you try to share what’s in your heart?
I suppose it harks back to school days that it seems a Valentine should involve cutting, pasting and, of course, hearts. It’s the only time of year I like hearts. But this year I’m in love with arrows, like this DIY from Design Sponge and this sweet print from Yellow Button Studio:
in the making:
Stay tuned the next two days for some Valentine printables!
I have a lot riding on 2012.
I’ve set some big goals for Little Rabbit Print, including launching a paper goods line very soon. The above 2012 print was sent to me by Urbanic just because they know I need a little encouragement right now.
Actually, they don’t really know me, but it is giving me positive energy when I look up from my work. And if you ask them, they’ll happily send you one, too.
This afternoon was an idyllic homework scenario. The toddler was napping, we had tea together, he worked diligently and I sketched (my homework). May not be so pleasant when he gets to Algebra but I love it right now.
Although I’ve never been big on the old New Year’s resolutions, last year was a different year for me. Maybe it was coincidental that I began to get resolve-y right around the beginning of 2011 and decided to make this a year of change. When I found it was the Year of the Rabbit, though, it seemed like destiny. Rabbit! It’s not my Chinese birth sign (which is a rat–so not cute) but has become a symbol for me over the years. It was already in my logo for a business I’d wanted to start, but only existed on a few hand-printed cards.
I started to tell people that this was my year. I was going to get my business going and figure out how to spend more time with my boys. I was going to get off the hamster wheel that had become my life. I had no idea how to pull this off, time-wise or financially. I started talking about it a lot, though, and eventually believing myself.
I started taking freelance work, coming up with a web presence, all the while not knowing exactly what I was doing. I updated my cards. I hoped to go from working full-time to part-time in the fall when my son started kindergarten, even though I had no idea how that would work.
Then in August, I got laid off.
The universe just thought it would take care of that one for me. Since then I’ve been muddling through a mix of joy and panic, but muddling forward and really, very happily.
Suddenly, it was a new year again. I looked back and realized that my 2011 resolutions were fulfilled.
I recently read this incredibly inspiring speech by the late Steve Jobs. There are many quotable gems, including one that especially touched me about following your heart and intuition, which I will be carrying with me into this new year. But in reflecting on 2011, I quote this:
“…you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
And now it’s go time. Time to make all the little pieces of the dream that came to me when I opened myself up to it a more permanent reality. Let’s do this 2012!
But first, let’s enjoy this happy little song I found when I Googled “rabbit connect the dots” trying to find an image for this post.
Last week I got to enjoy a night out with friends and three of my favorite things; beautiful paper goods, a pretty party and Frosted cupcakes. There was also rich, sipping chocolate (spiked if you like), a fun craft, Snow & Graham favors and lots of holiday cheer. Even without all the amazing holiday decorations, Urbanic is the loveliest paper store–packed with fantastic brands (i.e. Rifle Paper Co., Egg Press, Yellow Owl Workshop just off the top of my head but there are sooo many more!) and has such a cozy yet open layout I could browse for hours (and we did).
I didn’t get enough photos to really show the magic (let’s blame it on the spiked cocoa) but it was a charming party and nice way to get into the holiday spirit.