Coffee Is . . . Print

Are you completely, totally addicted to coffee? Multiple cups a day? Black? Sugar? Creamer? I’m what you might call a part-time coffee drinker. I have family members and friends who drink it all day long, day in and day out. I do love coffee (with decent amounts of cream and sugar, thanks for asking), but not five-cups-a-day love. I actually only buy it when we have company, because Brett doesn’t like it and I don’t want to waste money on coffee for myself. And honestly, coffee is more of a treat when I do get to drink a cup, because that normally means I’m with a friend or at my parents’ house in Ohio or somewhere special.

Coffee actually always reminds me of my church’s youth group growing up. Being with that group is one of my fondest memories of my high school years, and coffee was our thing. We’d be going somewhere, or on a trip, or coming back, (or pretty much anywhere, who am I kidding), and we’d make a Starbucks stop. My youth pastor and his wife would make it for us any time we were over at their house (which was all the time), and they always had the best flavored creamers. I think it got to the point where they knew exactly how some of us liked our coffee and would just bring it out without asking.

This print was created for one of my best friends (Brigitta), who spent an insane amount of time with me at Paul and Gen’s. We totally took advantage of their hospitality and were often oblivious to their tiredness or their poor kids needing to go to bed. (Sorry Paul and Gen, I really don’t know how you guys did it sometimes!) Now Brigitta has the cutest little apartment of her own and is slowly decorating it as she acquires furniture and gets crafty. For one of her walls, she split a huge map into three pieces and put them over canvases above her couch. I’m totally jealous and will definitely be doing that myself someday!

I created this for her kitchen as a Christmas gift with a quote she had pinned on Pinterest. She’d told me that she wanted to make a corner of her [lovely, spacious] kitchen into a coffee bar, so what better to decorate with but some really cute wall art? And the funny thing is, she received two other unique wall prints/decorations from friends for Christmas. So no excuses Brigitta, you have to get that coffee bar going!

Coffee Is .... with Frame

 

And this print is now available on my store! Find it here. Hope you coffee lovers enjoy it!

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Love Languages

I do not have an aptitude for languages. There are so many people out there who know English along with their native language, and others who are fluent in more than two languages. It blows my mind that people enjoy learning how to speak other tongues, but I definitely admire them. I took French for three years in high school, and pretty much all I remember is “Je t’aime” and “Tu t’appelle comment”, which I think means “I love you” and “What is your name?” . . . maybe. Don’t quote me on that.

Despite the fact that languages aren’t my “thing”, I really love this design. I started working on this print months ago and only just got around to finalizing it. The idea popped into my head one day when I sat down at my computer: saying “I love you” in a way that celebrates languages and how the world communicates love in a very simple design.

Sometimes I think we forget about the rest of the world. It’s so easy to be self-centered and focused on our own problems and trials. This print will be hanging above my desk shortly (when I print it and find the perfect frame) to serve as a reminder to think about others before myself. So many people are hurting. They don’t have food or clean water or roofs above their heads, no access to modern medicine. The world is so much bigger than me.

1picLoveLangThis print is available at my store! Head on over to check it out.

We Belong Together

Well guys, it’s been a few weeks! It’s been a longer break than I intended. Life has been busy lately. I think everyone can attest to that. Between working 35-40 hours a week recently and a bunch of design projects, my time has flown out the window! Don’t get me wrong, I love having design projects to work on. I never take that for granted. However, I’d love to get rid of this pesky day job . . . I work at a bank. I hate it. But I’m dealing with it, and thankful everyday for my side projects that will hopefully, hopefully turn into a full-time gig.

I had so much fun creating the print I’m sharing today. It’s a few months old now, if you can’t tell from the date on the design. Jared is my husband’s roommate from college. He and his now-wife, Linnea, got married on the beach in Cape Cod. It was absolutely beautiful and perfect.  For the past few weddings we’ve attended, I’ve tried to create something unique for each couple. I knew that Jared was a huge coffee lover, and he and Linnea stopped at a coffee shop the night of their engagement . . . what’s more perfect than illustrating with some coffee mugs?Banz_ol

Is there anything better than sharing a yummy drink and chatting with someone you love? Nope, especially with fall here and the cold weather setting in.

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This is available at my store here! Colors are, as always, completely customizable, and this can even be rotated to landscape orientation.

And now I’m craving a hot drink . . . I think I’m off to make myself some chai tea!

Mr. and Mrs. Card

While designing a few different cards for Father’s Day, I realized we had a few weddings to go to this summer. And if I was designing cards, why not design something unique for our gifts as well? Here’s what I came up with:

cardThe idea was something slightly whimsical but elegant as well. I didn’t want a typical wedding scene on the front — you know, a bride in her gown with a groom, a wedding cake, etc. After finding a few inspiration photos, I went with a couple sitting on a bench. To me, it was “cute” without being overly lovey-dovey, and the other line graphics added some fun.

When I design cards, I send them to get printed on cardstock and cut them myself. For the first wedding we went to, I didn’t leave myself enough time to think through the cutting process, and I ended up using a completely dull x-acto knife. Whoops. The edges turned out awful . . . hope you didn’t notice, Jared and Linnea! For the second wedding I was prepared and it turned out much better. I even put my own logo on the back of the card.

“Wedding season” is pretty much over with the end of summer, but for any of you who need a unique wedding card soon, just check it out over on my store!

Wedding Invitations Galore

I just thought I’d pop on here to share some wedding invitations I’ve designed recently. None of them were for anyone specific; I just sat down and created a bunch of unique styles for brides who don’t especially want to go with the “traditional” look. Personally, I love when brides want something a little different . . . the invitations can really set the tone for your entire wedding and show off your personality. I also love using a lot of color, if that’s not evident already:

INV_TealGold_7x5

A modern, text-heavy invitation. Found here in my store. A matching Save the Date is also available!

INV_flower

Simple and elegant, yet still modern in font choices. Found here in my store.

INV_gray_5x7

Chevron is a huge trend that’s been around for a little while now. I realize gray isn’t wedding-like at all, but I loved the look of it. Colors are always customizable for every order. Found here in my store.

INV_date

I wanted to do something that really showcased the date. Yellow and gray are so much fun together (but again, colors always customizable). Found here in my store.

INV_Story

I love this one. It’s about as far from traditional as you can get. I wanted to go for a pretty informal look, with a few different fonts that still work together well, and some elements to “break up” the design without taking away from the overall look. It would look great with a lighter background as well. Found here in my store.

INV_Stripe

On the opposite side of the spectrum, this one is formal, but in a unique way. I originally had this displayed with a deep red background and all white accents, but it looked too Christmas-y. It would be a great Christmas-time wedding invitation, but I didn’t want to limit its versatility. Found here in my store.

INV_2ColorPetals

Last but not least, another somewhat formal one. The simple flowers–to me–are modern enough to not look dated, but versatile enough to be used anywhere, traditional or not. Here it really adds to the elegance. Found here in my store.

Thanks for checking them out! I have so much fun creating these. Matching Save the Dates and RSVP cards are always available as well. Contact me to ask about pricing wedding packages!