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Freebie: Floral Calligraphy Party Invitations

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Our sweet Miss Penelope got baptized this month a new member of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormon, aka LDS). It was a really sweet day for the whole family, it was hard not to get rather emotional over it.

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As a way to make a big deal out of her birthday and her baptism I threw her a party. The first real party since her dino brunch (favors, printables, invitation) when she turned three. I’ve got an amazing track record, folks. AMAZING.

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As I was looking around online, many of the baptism invitations I found looked a lot like wedding invitations (super formal copy, formal design and a glamor photo). Photos usually included the girl wearing the poofiest princess dress. And while that’s exactly what some girls want (hey, you do you!), it just didn’t seem like Penelope. But hey, I’m sure you could use these graphics for a wedding invitation. Just depends upon how formal/informal the thing is. So, you know, I’m totally a hypocrite.

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For the design, I hand-lettered the whole thing with bits of watercolor. Materials used for the design work:

For the process, I sketched out the wreath idea, and inked it up. Instead of watercoloring directly on top of the wreath I used a light pad and watercolor paper to do watercolor. I wanted to have as much flexibility as possible for changing things up as the design progressed.

Then I sketched the outline of the wreath and drew out lines for the text. I inked and scanned. Beyond cleaning up scans, I pretty much just layered everything together and printed. Coming up with the concept took longer than the actual design time itself. It still took a fair amount of time to complete.

 

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Penelope invited her closest friends to the baptism, but since many of them aren’t of our faith, I wanted to include separate information in case a friend didn’t feel comfortable attending the baptism (everyone’s welcome to baptisms, but it can be uncomfortable if you’re not sure what to expect).

Since making the artwork, I wanted to put it out there for anyone to use (for personal use only, obviously). So see below for the printable blank version! I think it’d be the perfect printable invitation for a tea party, outdoor picnic, baby or bridal shower. Prints 2 5×7 invitations per sheet. Single-sided, full color. I hope you like it and use it!

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Click the link above to download the printable. The printable is free for personal use only. Alteration or distribution of the files without written permission is prohibited. Feel free to email if you have questions about the artwork (see contact form above or comments section below).

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For the actual party, I didn’t get around to taking many photos of the set up. It was just pure family and friend chaos. But so fun. We decorated for the party with handmade paper flowers and succulents. I managed to sneak shots of the cupcakes I made. I made strawberry vanilla cupcakes with these darling liners that kind of reminded me of flowers.

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The food faire was simple. Make-your-own sandwiches, veggies, fruit, chips, dip, etc.

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And I set up a photo booth for Penelope to take photos with family and friends. As soon as the baptism was over Pen swapped her darling dress for play clothes. She had so much fun goofing off in front of the camera. I printed out all of the images she took with friends and created a little scrapbook for her with them.
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I kind of went a little bit on the crazy side for her big day! Part of me thinks I set a terrible precedence by making a big deal out of it; but I’m looking forward to Felix and June’s big days should they decide to get baptized as well.

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2016 Mother’s Day Printable

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I feel grateful for the wonderful women in my life that have been role models for what womanhood is about. It’s about strength, diligence, grace, grit, endurance and creativity. Those women that ooze greatness seem to be all around me. I’m grateful to call them my friends, sisters, mentors and mothers.

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More than laboring and delivering a child, motherhood is about nurturing beautiful qualities that lift others to improve and grow.

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So is there a woman who has mothered/nurtured/fostered something great in your life? Let her know. I hope you enjoy and use this free printable to send someone some happy thoughts this Mother’s Day.

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The printable comes 2 cards on a page, one in each color. Simply print, cut, fold and send.

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See above link to download. Artwork is free for personal use.

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Last Month’s Salt & Honey Workshop

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Teaching calligraphy is my jam. I truly love igniting that passion for letters in other people and helping them understand how letter forms work, how the materials work together and helping them explore their own identity through letters and words. Teaching online is pretty much all I do these days, but I jump at any chance I have to teach in-person. If you’ve missed my live classes, check out calligraphy.org. It’s the next best thing to an in-person class because you get personal coaching from me and my co-calligrapher, Erika. We love what we do.

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Last month’s Salt & Honey workshop was a blast. We had a great time in such a gorgeous space with amazing food provided by The Patisserie. My mouth is watering and I have a sudden craving for toasted coconut cake just thinking about it.

Want more Salt & Honey? Their spring market is this weekend! Details here.

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Each guest got a custom pouch packed with all the essentials.

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And of course a place card with their name written on it in rose gold. Naturally. View More: http://photos.pass.us/salt--honey-workshop

Those cakes were divine. I may have had a couple slices. Of each.

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We had a dude show up!! Haha. Usually I have one. Guys who sign up for calligraphy workshops are very smart. They get to learn something new and they’re always outnumbered. ;)

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I was just so impressed at how passionate everyone was about letters, how much they learned in such a short time and how many beautiful marks were made!

All photos by Stephanie Lorraine Photography

#Hallelujah Easter Printable 3: Printable Calligraphed Scripture

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I believe in Christ! He did something super awesome for all of us. I’ve teamed up with Mormon.org and Sugardoodle to share Easter printables focused around our Savior. I hope that if you’re a disciple of Christ, regardless of denomination, you’ll enjoy these designs.

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I knew I wanted to share some kind of calligraphed quote or scripture passage that would go beyond Easter Celebrations. I had a hard time thinking of what to do. But then Chris told me to do the obvious. While this scripture is so common, it still maintains so much power.

I went through a few different design ideas before settling on this one. The simple blues with the variation in watercolor feel just right.

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You can print off this scripture in a frameable 8×10 size or in a 5×7 to send easily as a postcard or in an envelope to a loved one living far away.

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I plan to keep this one up year-round. I do hope you enjoy it and don’t forget God loves you.

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Click the link below to download the printable PDF:

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Check out past year’s printable Easter stuff:

Easter Basket Tag • Easter BannerEaster Sunday Printable • 2011 Candy Box • 2010 Easter Candy Box

*By downloading the above material, you agree to terms of use: This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering any files is NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this freebie for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

Modern Calligraphy: In-Person Workshop in SLC, UT

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I’ll be teaching a calligraphy workshop this weekend in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah! I’m so excited to be teaming up with the awesome Salt + Honey Market to teach a beginning pointed pen class. It’ll be downtown at the Charcoal Loft from 2-5pm this upcoming Saturday, March 12, 2016. 

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In the pointed pen workshop, I’ll be teaching the essential foundations to modern pointed pen calligraphy to make it graceful and readable. The workshop includes:

  • Calligraphy kit (2 holders, 4 nibs, ink, pencil, handout and notepad as seen here)
  • 3 hours of instruction
  • Drinks & refreshments
  • Swag bag

I’ve been teaching calligraphy online and off for 5 years. Righties and lefties are both welcome.

The workshop starts from ground zero. If you’re coming with some experience, let me know at the beginning of class. I’ll have you work on some more challenging work during instruction time.

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Class sizes are small enough that I make rotations around during open practice to answer questions, physically adjust you to help with your positioning and encourage and critique your work. I look forward to meeting you on Saturday. SIGN UP HERE.

Unable to make it to Utah? Take the online class right here (same materials included holla!) and use code MARCH at checkout for 10% off. :) Expires 3/31/2016.

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