Year in Review: July thru December 2017

Last month I shared the first part of the 2017 Review, and finally below you can read the rest. I just love looking back on all these amazing projects that got to cross my desk. So much good stuff!


July

The start of July was spent wrapping up the beautiful Kara’s wedding which I blogged about earlier this year…

Amongst other Southern California summer weddings, like this one (images by Vacay Photo):

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And then finally, without knowing what was to come, I painted this fanart for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’s anniversary… the painting that planted the seed for many more watercolor floral letters.

Sam Allen Creates Original Watercolor Florals Painting - Disneys Alice in Wonderland Fan Art


August

August continued with even more paintings! Not only were individual letters created, I also created a brand new theme using evergreen branches for a last name sign, celebrating my aunt and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary!

Sam Allen Creates Family Name Sign Evergreen Winter Painting

And another new theme was created for a unique commission, celebrating a couple who got married in Key West, Florida!

Sam Allen Creates Family Last Name Sign Beach Theme Watercolor painting

And then my first—of many—floral family name signs! Eeek!

Sam Allen Creates Family Name Sign Watercolor painting

And to close the month, one more floral painting!

Sam Allen Creates Custom Watercolor Painting Quote


September

September was one very busy month! It started with painting up a bridal shower invitation and envelopes…

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Succulent Cacti Bridal Shower Invitation

In the middle of September, Andy and I celebrated our TEN year wedding anniversary. So of course I had to paint out our own personal vows before we left for a short weekend getaway.

Sam Allen Creates Personal Wedding Vows Artwork on fabulous Fancy Pants paper

Not only did I paint my own vows, but I also worked on this giant pair of 16×20 wedding vows that have now made their home in Ireland!

Sam Allen Creates Handwritten Watercolor Vows 16x20

And not only did these large paintings of vows cross the Atlantic but so did this last name sign!

More watercolor floral letters were made too of course, this is one of my all time favorites!

Also included this month, to celebrate my friend’s new home, we worked on this handpainted family sign! Congrats Jess!

Sam Allen Creates - Family Established Wood Sign

The month ended with the biggest, loudest and craziest party ever!


October

The month started with this GORGEOUS wedding in northern California. I loved getting to create these tags for each guest with gold watercolor paint! See more of this beautiful wedding here, photographed by Kirsten Wiemer.

A HUGE highlight of the year was getting to work on my first styled wedding shoot! The creativity was surging throughout the Estate on Second venue in Santa Ana, California! I am only posting this one single sneak peek, taken by Harper and Grace Photography, but please checkout the full shoot here.

Sam Allen Creates Wedding Invitation Suite on Handmade Paper with Marbling - Image by Harper & Grace Photography

Before going to the shoot though, I finally created business cards for myself!

Sam Allen Creates - Watercolor Calligraphy Logo and Business Cards

The month also started with some day of details created for a Charleston wedding which I also got to create the lettering for their letterpress invitations. It was my first time seeing my work printed with letterpress and I was SUPER excited to receive their invite in the mail! photos by Kaitlin Scott Photography

We ended the month going on a trip for my hubby’s BBQ competition team to Tennessee, but before we left… I painted #allthethings! Take a peek at some below:

The cacti bridal shower (see invite below) also took place at the end of the month for which I painted all these handpainted floral table runners!


November

This month was just pure and utter CRAZINESS! The month started off with some agate Thanksgiving placecards!

November also included the launch of my watercolor lyrics and vows on Etsy! To celebrate, I hosted a series of giveaways… here are some of the results:

Sam Allen Creates Handwritten Tolkien Quote Watercolor Painting

At the end of the month, over the Black Friday weekend, I hosted some BIG sales. One of which was for my handdrawn papercut silhouettes. These made the perfect Christmas gifts, I just love all their sweet little faces!

And one last note, the month included the launch of my Facebook page! It’s a bit neglected but it’s finally up and LIVE! Take a look!!


December

The month of December meant the finishing up and sending of all these Christmas cards!

The month also started with this painting of Psalms 23 full of bright yellow sunflowers!

Sam Allen Creates - Psalm 23 Sunflower Watercolor Painting

And of course, the month also included lots and lots of tags made for Christmas dinner and Christmas gifting!

Sam Allen Creates - Handwritten Calligraphy Christmas Gift Tags

Speaking of Christmas gifts! Several paintings were made to be given as gifts from me and commissioned by others for gifting too!

Another Christmas gift I got to help with was the painting of these reclaimed wood signs! They have such a lovely backstory too… this family just moved out of their home that they had for almost 30 years. They used the wood from a shed in the backyard to make each of their daughter’s a sign with and had me paint a cute family saying of theirs! I just love getting to make art such as this, so close to the heart!

Sam Allen Creates - Handpainted Sign on Reclaimed Wood

Lastly, what is Christmas without ornaments! This year I just couldn’t decide between these two ideas so I just went with a few of each! Plus finishing up the ornaments made from my son’s first Christmas tree in 2016!

 

 

Year in Review: January thru June 2017

2017 was quite a busy year! I was a horrible blogger all year too so please pardon me as I post a giant update on what I was working on the first half of last year! As you’ll soon find out, this was the year I broke into the watercolor floral game and had a lot of fun doing it too!


January

To start the year off, I worked on some sweet little first birthday invites for some close friends.

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February

The month started with first birthday prep for my bestie’s little girl. Even though this was well over a year ago, I still plan to share a more in depth blog on it because it was so darling!!

I was also working on another batch of designs to be presented to retail stores like Hobby Lobby! They were really my favorites and was so happy to see them in stores later in the year.

February is also the month Disney released some of the most epic of their original animated films and I love to create some fan art in honor of their anniversaries!

The month also included a few more custom pieces including this adorable woodcut sign!

And lastly!! Handpainted Where the Wild Things Are invitations! Looooove how these came out!!





March

It’s always fun to work on a different canvas, and in this case, literally canvas! I painted navy blue on this black canvas and then used a watered down white paint for the lettering. It’s still a favorite of mine!

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Canvas of Titanic Last Song Lyrics - Nearer my God to Thee

The month ended with a beautiful beginning… the start of my friend Lauren’s baby shower planning! And what’s the first thing you tackle for any event? Sending the invitations! I painted my first ever flower for Lauren’s invites, having no idea how the year would continue filled to the brim with watercolor florals!

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Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Envelope Addressing Bridal Shower


April

While continuing work on Lauren’s shower, this month also brought my friend Kara’s wedding to the front of my focus, starting with getting her wedding invitations addressed. I adore white on gray, just love it!

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To close the month, and just in time for Lauren’s shower, I got to photograph some sweet maternity portraits! You can view more on my blog here.

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May

The month of May started with Lauren’s baby shower! It was such a joyous day which you can view in full here, but here’s some of my favorite parts:

After the shower, Mother’s Day arrived within a blink. My little guy helped me create some fun projects for the grandmas!

Sam Allen Creates Grandparent Gifts from Children Love Sign with Footprints

Sam Allen Creates Grandpa and Grandma Pillow Designs, Printed and Produced by Hen House Originals

And of course there were miscellaneous Etsy orders completed throughout the month, like writing out these tags for a baby shower! Love when my customers send me photos!

Sam Allen Creates Handwritten Calligraphy Placecards for Baby Shower in Temecula


June

The start of June was filled with celebrations of my little guy’s first birthday! I did a full blog post on the party here, but here’s some peeks for you!

With the leftover sea glass from the party, I created these adorable mini placecards!

And then I ended the month painting this hot air balloon piece for a soon to be born baby girl! I think it barely arrived in time for the birth!

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Hot Air Balloon Nursery Art for Baby Girl


Stay tuned for another post to come for the rest of the work created in 2017! It was such an amazing year!

 

Geode and Succulent Styled Wedding at Estate on Second in Santa Ana, California with Events by the Cea and Harper & Grace Photography

The owner of Events by the Cea and I first met when I snuck behind the scenes at Kara’s wedding (link) to photograph some of the pieces I worked on. Shortly thereafter I emailed her asking if she had any styled wedding shoots in the works that I could collaborate on and luckily she was just starting to plan one for that fall!

I was so thankful for my first opportunity to work on a styled shoot (a mock-wedding photoshoot for wedding vendors to collaborate on to showcase their talents). And because it was local to me, I was able to attend the shoot too! The creative energy at the shoot was tangible! I soaked it all up and learned so much watching Christina and her team work their magic on decorating tablescapes, interiors, and floral installations.

But now let me step aside and allow the photos to speak for themsleves, all taken by Harper & Grace Photography:

Sam Allen Creates Wedding Invitation Suite on Handmade Paper with Marbling - Image by Harper & Grace Photography

 

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As published on The Every Last Detail!

v e n d o r s :
Planning & Design: Events by the Cea // Photographer: Rachel Matonis of Harper & Grace Photography // Dress Designer: Shop Blush Elegance // Hair + Makeup: Navany Macias // Stationery & Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates // Floral Designer: The Flower Story Co // Tuxedo & Men’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop // Equipment Rentals: Baker Party Rentals // Catering: Jays Catering // Venue: The Estate on Second

 

Romantic Winter Elopement at Sacred Mountain in Julian, California

Just wanted to pop in on this lovely Valentine’s Day and share some of my favorite photos from this styled shoot I got to collaborate on last month! Katie Hammond gathered quite the team of vendors, models and even a horse to all come together for such a gorgeous set up! My favorite part would be the reception table surrounded by the draped white linens making a nice secluded and romantic area for dinner, however the ceremony floral circle backdrop would be a close second!

This was my first styled shoot that I’ve participated in with multiple photographers. It’s so amazing to see everyone’s different perspectives of the same subject! Between the different angles and the post editing, each photographer created such unique pieces of art, moments captured in time forever…

Coordinator and Designer: Katie Hammond Photography | Model: Spencer Jones | Model: Rebecca Jesslyn | Model: Kaila Cotler | Model: Lesli Hope Jones | Other: Wine Tasting Jen | Groomsman Attire: Stitch and Tie | Vows Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates | Invitation Designer: Bloom Stationery Co | Beauty: Bridal by Haydee | Dress Designer: D’Angelo Couture | Cake Designer: Sweet Maples Creations  | Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design | Event Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian

Since this stylized wedding was shot by multiple photographers, please view the captions for proper credits.

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Invitation Design by Bloom Stationery Co, photographed by Brittany Szabo Photography

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Photo by Marisa McDonald

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Photo by MCJ Impressions

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Photo by Ressler Photography


This styled shoot has been featured on Strictly Weddings and Luxe Mountain Weddings.

Your New Friend Sam Hits 10,000 Sale Mark!

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When I opened my shop 5 years ago today, NEVER EVER would I have guessed this day would come. But it surely has and I am ever so thankful!

This started as an Instagram post but after writing out this novel of thankfulness, I knew I needed to move it to a blog post!

I never would have been able to imagine reaching 10,000 orders on Etsy and I never would have been able to without some help… I’m ever so thankful for the constant support I have and without each and every one of you, Your New Friend Sam would have fizzled out years ago. Today, I’m reflecting on all those who made this dream possible, I’m really ever so thankful for:

  • my customers of course! Some of whom I have since become friends with as we follow each other’s journeys on Instagram
  • my hubby and family: to get to 10,000 orders means putting in at least 10,000 hours of work and more and I certainly wouldn’t be able to do that without help! Our parents all take turns watching our babe to let this dream become a reality and for that I can not be more thankful.
  • my friends: there are a special few who I like to bounce ideas off and their help is always so encouraging and motivating in helping me keep the creative juices flowing!
  • my Heavenly Father: He has graced me beyond measure with the skills to keep this going. Only He knew the bigger picture and I never would have guessed what He had in store for this humble shop. I heard these lyrics at church not too long ago and they really hit home: “Take these hands / I know they’re empty / But with You they can” This is SO true!

Thank you for following my journey here on this blog… as a giant THANK YOU to celebrate, head over to my Instagram as the giveaway for my shop’s anniversary continues: instagram.com/samallencreates.

Etsy shop link: yournewfriendsam.etsy.com

My Etsy Shop: Your New Friend Sam’s 5 Year Anniversary

Sam Allen Creates, Etsy Shop 5 Year Anniversary - Watercolor Anniversary Card on Fabulous Fancy Pants paper

In writing out that blog post title, in writing out “5 Years,” I am amazed at how much has happened in that time.

Looking back to where I was 5 years ago, the night I opened my shop, I was working at a graphic design firm full time out of the house with a daily 90 minute commute each way. It was my dream job though so it was totally worth it. I opened my shop with just some printable invitations that I had already designed for friends. My plan was to not have to deal with shipping anything! (oh my, how that has changed!). And then it took a month to even make that first $10 sale.

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Later this same year, my best friend was getting married in the fall and as I had started to dabble in handlettering, she graciously let me write out her Save the Dates and address stamp. After which I added the address stamp to my shop… it was with this  stamp that really started changing my shop. People started buying it a couple times a month, then a couple times a week. They started requesting other types of stamp designs based on my writing. My writing?! What, how and when did that happen? I then listed these custom orders in my shop, and so on and so on, making my shop a buyable portfolio in a way.

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This is the best part about Etsy—or even Instagram, in my opinion, is the approachability that is given between the shop owner and the buyer. We, as shop owners, are so easy to talk to with just a click of a Contact button. Buyers can easily request customized and personalized products, which is just not something so easy to buy at your local Target.

It took about a year and a half to really gain momentum though, and what started as a printable invitation shop morphed into a full service lettering and design shop. Most of my business now comes from placecards and gift tags along with custom rubber stamps (none of which started in my shop!).

Sam Allen Creates Placecard Tags for Crate and Barrels Spring 2017 Catalog

It was through this shop that I opened a long, yet short, 5 years ago… that I was contacted to create my art for Hobby Lobby and Michaels… it was through my shop that I was found for creating placecards for the Crate & Barrel catalogs… and it was through this little shop that I found the freedom to leave my job and work for myself (in 2015)!

Your New Friend Sam Etsy Lettering Shop on the Road

My traveling lettering shop during a 7 week road trip, Fall 2015

While working for myself is not always a dream come true and it comes with lots of ups and downs, I am so thankful for this gift of being able to work from home and getting to create art each and every single day!

P.S. Take a trip over to my Instagram where I am hosting a giveaway of three sets of $50 shop credit: instagram.com/samallencreates

Sam Allen Creates Floral Watercolor Last Name Sign - Weymouth

One Little Word 2018: Focus

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This year, I have chosen the word “focus” to be my “one little word” for the new year!

And here’s 3 reasons why:

O N E .Improve the process. Over the past few months, I have constantly had to remind myself of this to the point it has become my mantra! I’m always whispering it to myself as the many distractions in this world split my focus. While I am really good at focusing on working and not getting distracted by social media, it’s the many projects that I am working on that I keep getting distracted by. So rather than plowing through a project to completion, I work a little here and a little there and then inspiration strikes on a completely other project and I start to dabble there. By the end of the day, I look back and see that not one thing can be checked off the list but the list has actually grown. Ugh.

To fix this, I will be reworking my day to day processes. Implement a schedule with daily routines, like taking care of the business side on Tuesdays, painting on Wednesdays, photographing those paintings on Thursdays, new listings on Fridays, etc. This will help to streamline the day to day and not have me jumping back and forth between all the various duties of a small business owner and the many hats we must wear.

T W O .Cut the clutter. Not only am I trying to clear my mind to allow myself to focus, I am also physically reworking my office to allow for maximum productivity. My office is always in a constant state of “creative clutter…” paintings are drying on every surface, old lettering projects for scanning are scattered everywhere waiting to by filed, scraps from the paper cutter left in a pile. All this is getting cleaned up or getting thrown out! And it’s feeling amazing!

T H R E E .Niching down. I tend to say YES to any and all projects. But it’s far past the time to start saying NO! Another perspective on focusing is narrowing in on what projects I want to work on. I tend to take on too many pro-bono projects, styled shoots, and other photo shoots that may not fit my aesthetic anymore so my new plan is to say YES only to the projects that will move my business and skills forward. This will all make me a better artist rather than keeping stagnant doing the same old thing. Giving me more time to focus in and hone my design skills and run my business (as the business side of life is always what gets pushed down the list).

Now I must remind myself yet again, “FOCUS, Sam and wrap this up!”

I hope this message may be helpful to some who feel just as all over the place as I do. I’m here to help and hope to share a few other tips along the way as I focus in on becoming a better artist by focusing my craft and on what really matters: getting the work done in a timely matter SO I can spend time with my little family!

“One Little Word” is a concept created by Allie Edwards, learn more about it here.

Kara and Jaime’s White Lace and Gorgeous Greens Summer Wedding

2017 has ended and while I am still coming to grasps with that, I didn’t want another day to flash by without sharing photos of my friend Kara’s gorgeous summer wedding!


To start of course, we need to take a look at the gray lace invitation with their watercolor brush calligraphy envelopes! Kara wanted simplicity in her invitations so we kept the design simple but with an intricate lace design in the corners in a pale gray for low contrast.

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Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing

The wedding ceremony was held outside of the Eagle’s Nest Clubhouse. It was truly one of the most gorgeous ceremonies I have ever attended… I just loved the cascading botanicals framing the bride and groom as they became husband and wife!

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George Street Photo - Eagles Nest Clubhouse - Bridal Bouquet of White and Green

After the ceremony, the guests came inside the Clubhouse to attend the cocktail hour and find their seats on this amazing table seating chart created with a variety of silver and white frames within 2 vintage window frames. It was such a unique concept and I loved getting to work on it with them!

Sam Allen Creates Wedding Seating Chart on Windows

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The last item I got to work on for the wedding was handpainted placecards for each guest! Kara and I came up with a fun way for the server’s to know what dish to provide the guests… the different amount of leaves in the corner of the card would say whether they got steak, shrimp or vegetarian! I loved it (the shrimp and the outcome of the tent cards!)!!

 


Wedding photography by George Street, photos of my handlettering designs were taken by me.
Wedding Coordinator: Events by the Cea
Wedding Venue: Eagle’s Nest Restaurant & Clubhouse
Florist: Benabese
Table numbers painted by Skript Shoppe

Isaiah’s Under the Sea First Birthday Party

After Lauren’s beautiful baby shower in May, I was in a party planning slump which meant I ended up putting off planning Isaiah’s birthday party until the absolute last minute! The whole party pulled together only the week of the event, except for the invite of course.

I took some photos in my office of my favorite decorations before the party just in case something happened to them on the day of. I got a little caught up in them and they probably don’t really go for a first birthday but I love them nonetheless.

But first, I want to share the invite with you! It was so fun to work with such bright paint colors! And make the simple ocean illustrations all fit together like a big puzzle!

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And of course I had to paint up some Thank You cards to match! However, that did make me end up sending them months late! Just like this blog post, I’m always late nowadays! 😛

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While searching for Under the Sea birthday party ideas, I came across this saying about the ocean and loved it so much, I knew it needed to be on display at the party!

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I also came across these amazing glass bottles at Michael’s and of course I had to write all over it. I used lyrics from “Oceans” by Hillsong… it’s another one of those decor items that don’t really fit a kid’s birthday party but I just had to make it. My hands were itching to letter on this bottle!

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One very important part to any kid’s first birthday party invitation is the “achievement poster.” I loved going over all of our boy’s favorite things, collecting what’s near and dear to our guy and painting them all out. He made the perfect model as well! I had no idea what he was going to do posing with a poster over half his size but his little faces looking at his mama’s work was adorable.

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Finally, here are some photos from the actual birthday party day!

Our amazingly generous friend Anthony took the majority of these photos! It was such a relief to just be able to focus on Isaiah and not have to worry about documenting all these details! So thank you, Anthony!!

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And that’s the end of that! It was here and gone within a blink of an eye and now I have a 15 month old! But seriously, when do we stop counting months? Anyway, the day was such a joy. I love watching our boy be loved on by his family and friends. My heart just overflows.

Lindsey and Anthony’s Tropical Wedding at Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego—Watercolor Wedding Stationery

You guys, I wrote this post TWO years ago, just after the wedding and then I found out I was pregnant and my blog pretty much burnt out for a bit while I struggled with a full 9 months of morning sickness and then newborn craziness and then just working mom life with a baby. So I hope you’ll indulge me with this “throwback post” as I’m excited to be posting this now even though it’s two years later!!

This was such an amazing wedding to work on!! First of all, I got to be bridesmaid AND the stationery designer so that’s always fun!! Second of all, Lindsey let me paint all over everything! And that is extra fun!!

Lindsey and I have been friends since 4th grade. She was in our wedding several TEN years ago and I was honored that she asked me to be in her wedding as well!!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from the wedding, of my work and the day itself!

First off though, let’s start with the wedding invitation suite….

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It was my first time painting flowers of any kind, I definitely learned a lot during pages and pages of practice! Even looking back two years later, I still love this suite so much. It was also my first time addressing envelopes in watercolor. I went through quite a bit of purple watercolor paint that summer!

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We even worked on some rehearsal invites to go with the theme as well…

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Okay okay enough of nerding out over paper goods in my home photo studio, let’s see the real wedding photos… by photographer Melissa McClure! And you can see her blog of the day here with so many more amazing photos!

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The reception was held at the Bali Hai Restaurant in La Jolla. It was a gorgeous restaurant right on the beach with a dock down into the water.

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For the placecards, we created individually painted bookmarks which would then fit a photo strip from the photo booth!

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And just a few more pictures of the beautiful bride and groom and I’m sneaking one in of me with the bride too! Isn’t she lovely!!

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