twenty nine

Twenty Nine

Holy moly. I turn 29 tomorrow. This year is a big year! I’m marrying that handsome fella in September and I have so many things planned for the blog, youtube, and maybe some other little surprises peppered in :) It’s amazing how many things start falling into place when you spend time on the things that really bring you happiness.

I feel like we all kind of say ‘jeez, I wish I would have done that sooner’ to new things we try and enjoy as we start noticing years go by more quickly. I feel that way a lot with this blog and my youtube channel, but I remind myself that I need to say ‘I’m so glad I started the blog and my youtube channel’ instead. The past year and a half has brought so much to my life. I currently make no money off of this blog or youtube but they provide me so much incentive to create something new every week. I love you guys. Thank you a million for your comments, your visits + your views. They really mean a lot to me.

Anyway, sorry for getting so sappy, but thank you for a very happy birthday this year! Looking forward to spending many more with you all. Have an extra happy weekend :)

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Typins: 03

Welcome to Typins #3! This post is where I share my recent favorite typography pins from pinterest. Here are 8 more inspiration-inducing pins to get your type on ;) Read more…

digitally letter the number 3 two ways

Digitally Letter the Number 3 Two Ways

Happy Tuesday! I’ve had a few requests for more lettering tutorials, so I’m here to deliver! I’ve also made a lettering playlist which you can check out here where I’ll keep them all together :)

In this week’s quick tip video tutorial, we’ll digitally letter the number 3 two ways. For the first way, we’ll be using this Wacom tablet (or any of these) and the brush tool in Illustrator. After that, we’ll digitally letter the same number 3 from scratch using just the pen tool. We’ll go over the best way to plot your points and basic point handle adjustments using the direct select tool in Illustrator. Let’s get started! Read more…

design resources

Design Resources

Happy Friday! Just wanted to drop a little note that I’ve added a full design resources page to the blog which you can see here or get to from the main nav. These are all products or services I have used, bought, or interacted with in the past and genuinely recommend based on my own personal experiences. The list is split with services at the top and products right below it – if you’re looking for something in particular that’s not on there, please let me know and I’ll add it on! This will be an evolving list (these were all I thought of off the top of my head) so be sure to check back! Have a wonderful weekend!

lettering books to inspire your next project

Lettering Books to Inspire Your Next Project

If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m a little bit obsessed with typography! Every year around my birthday (next Saturday!) or around the holidays, when my family asks what they could gift me, I always ask for some kind of book relating to lettering or type. I love these books because, although there is sooooo much online, there are always gems buried deep within those book jackets or paperback covers. And while many people recycle what they see online, it’s nice to be inspired by something different. So if you’re looking for some lettering books to inspire your next project, here are some of my favorite lettering books – and I own all of them…except for #5, that’s getting delivered tomorrow :)  Read more…

create a hatched drop shadow text effect in illustrator

Create a Hatched Drop Shadow Text Effect in Illustrator

Hatched drop shadow text effects are becoming more common in typefaces these days – Trend was one of the first to offer a layered font with a faux hatched drop shadow which motivated others to offer them. But what if you want a hatched drop shadow on the font you’re using, not trend? What if it’s for a one-off headline where lots of text doesn’t need it, it just needs to look beautiful in one powerful instance? That’s when we start making art instead of adjusting type, which is why this week’s tutorial isn’t on a text layer style; we’ll be customizing our hatched drop shadow to fit an artistic style. Read more…

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Freebie: Vector Bows + Arrows

Maybe it’s the Valentine’s season, but for whatever reason, I had this song stuck in my head while I was working on things for the blog this past weekend. Before I knew it, I was doodling bows + arrows, so this week’s freebie is a set of hand drawn bows + arrows with a few hand drawn hearts thrown in for good measure :) Read more…

love, lettered this hope of something new

Love, Lettered

I’m really excited and nervous to introduce a very personal side project of mine: Love, Lettered. I’ve been putting it off because of my anxiety of publishing something so personal online – but with Valentine’s just around the corner, I feel like if I’m ever going to do this and do it this year, now is the time. Read more…