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Ever have those weeks that are just slow enough that for half a heartbeat or so, you start to question whether you’ve headed down the wrong path? That was me last week. That was me just this past Sunday. My Etsy shopped slowed from the frenzy of commuter hour to a nicely paced drive in the middle of the country. i.e. it didn’t even stop. But it slowed to the point where I had the mini-est of panic attacks, questioning whether or not this could really be for real. That the craziness of these past few months were over and that it was all a big joke that God was pulling. Well, all those doubts flew right out the window on Monday and we’re back to the juggling always multi-tasking day-to-day frenzy that my life has become. I must admit, I kinda missed this frenzy.

Soooo…. another week with no Internet finds for my footnotes. Uh, this may be like week 3 of me missing them, so let’s take a moment to see what I’ve been up to. Just a few sneak peeks…

1. Embossing [Anything I Can Get My Hands On]

A few months back, a very dear friend of mine asked me to design a bridal shower invitation. The theme involved the lovely color of gold…. so I asked her if she would want to try embossing the invitations. Something I have been wanting to add to my shop for sometime (but did I mention I hadn’t tried this technique in over a decade??!). So we get the invite design, rubber stamp made, and we plan a day to get together to create 50 invitations. Ugh, let’s just say, it didn’t work out like we hoped. But since I had all the tools now, I wanted to put them to good use—plus I discovered embossing pens where I can straight up right and turn my writing to embossed amazing-ness—which led me to embossing wedding table number cards, greeting cards, and whatever else I could get my hands on! Let’s just say, my hubby came home from a weekend of BBQ to a kitchen lightly covered in glittering gold dust. I snapped some photos and just listed these babies in my shop this week. Let’s see what happens next shall we? Whether they sell or not, I sure had fun making them!

your new friend hello happy birthday cards

Whew, after that long story, you may still be wondering what embossing even is…. using rubber stamps and a embossing ink pad or a pen that emits the special embossing ink, the ink impression is dusted with powder and then heated which creates that raised embossed link.

2. Hand Lettered Hang Tags

Another semi-new product to my shop are hand-lettered tags that can be used for gift tags—and personalized for name cards too! I love listing new items just to see what happens. After listing a set of 4 tags that would be for the everyday use with sayings like thanks, cheers, happy birthday, etc… I had a few custom orders come in with personalized tags for a bachelorette weekend, and then by a couple brides who wanted their bridesmaids names written and another just wanting their bridal party roles written out. These are the days where I can’t believe I’m getting paid to just write someone’s name on a tag. Humbled and shocked and feeling so blessed about this!

your new friend sam etsy bridal party name tags

3. Full Calligraphy Stamp

I’ve also listed a few new rubber stamps… seriously, I really used this little slow period to get a ton of new products going! I had listed a full calligraphy address stamp some time ago but was never truly happy with the look of the design…. and then comes another amazing Etsy customer who specially requested the stamp and I really love how theirs came out! Using a kinda funky and whimsical writing…

Your New Friend Sam Calligraphy Address Stamp Warren Family

4. Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp

Another rubber stamp just added to the shop is a Christmas one! Is it really that time of year already?? Okay, I may be a little ahead of myself, but I just started doodling and trying out the lettering and loved how the y in merry crossed the t and dotted the i! So I just couldn’t wait any longer! View the listing here.

Your New Friend Sam Etsy Calligraphy Merry Christma Rubber Stamp

5. Church Re-Brand

And last but not least, a non-Etsy related project, finishing up the big branding overhaul at my church. Well, semi-finished. Here’s a web banner, that we’re not even using anymore (don’t want to ruin the surprise of the new website!) just to give you a peek as I still need to photograph all the rest of the printed pieces. A time consuming, but oh-so-fun-and-worth-it project!

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1. Freelance Wisdom from Kristen Drozdowski

This post. Love. Needed. Loved. Read it. Once. Twice. Thrice?

Not all work is fun – and during those non-fun times, it’s important to always love and embrace the fact that you’re allowing yourself to follow your dream to do something creative for a living! Even when it’s stressful – you’ll love it all if what you’re doing is something that makes you happy.

Found via June Letters, more on Kristen’s site.

2. 40 Reasons to Love Lettering

I love how of Design*Sponge phrased this in her introduction to 40 Reasons to Love Lettering:

As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings.

I totally agree! Which is all the more reason that I love getting to create so much with lettering in my Etsy shop! I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I loved going through all 40 images of such a wide variety of lettering, from the style of the lettering to the placement of the text! See them all here.

3. Multinational Typeface

I love this new typeface an advertising company in Singapore developed. Representing the flags of countries they do business in, they each remind me of wood cut blocks on old printing presses. Really neat to see the various pieces and flags come together into one cohesive typeface. Found via DesignWorkLife.

4. 271 Years Before Pantone

I’ve been meaning to post a snippet from this book… 271 years before Pantone came out with their “standards of color,” A. Boogert painted in watercolor, variations of color that span 800 pages with handwritten notes indicating how much water diluted each specimen. Truly magnificent in detail! More info here, found via swissmiss.

5. Blossom Type

These floral letters definitely caught my eye as I scrolled through my blog feed, but then when I saw a more behind the scenes photos, I truly appreciated the minute detail and the trained hand it must have taken to assemble such a small and complex piece, times 2+10 numbers! Wow. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy.

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1. A Paper Forest

I am so behind in reading my favorite blogs so I am only just now seeing this Paper Forest by Kelli Anderson for Tiny Bop’s PLANTS! app. Kelli and her team created thousands of itsy bitsy paper objects to create a vignette of the forest to illustrate the life of plants…. it’s truly remarkable. Click through to see a wonderful and awe-inspiring behind the scenes video. My favorite parts are of course the variety of textures created with the paper like on the tree trunks, but also the way they used the various sizes of paper, like when the badger digs in the snow and bits of white paper pour up and out. I also loved the digital vignettes and the way they added a whole other layer of the roots system. Seriously A-Mazing!

2. Little Braver of the Woods Shirt

I feel like I feature something from Brave the Woods in each of my Friday posts lately… but their content is just too good not to share and re-share. This time though, I’m posting about some of their own illustration work being produced on t-shirts. I think I’ll need one for each little nephew! More info here and more info to come once these are produced!

3. New Logo for SAM

sam at SAMWhen I got my first chance to go to Seattle back in 2008, I just had to visit the Seattle Art Museum, or the SAM. Because, well, my name is Sam. I never actually made it into the actual museum but I perused the gift shop and stalked the entrance taking photo by each place SAM was written. And now the SAM has just revamped their branding with an all new logo. See a full post on the identity change in this opinion post on Brand New.

4. Little Free Library

Last week, my friend Kathleen, posted about the Little Free Library, a “a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place.” Well now that just sounds divine… I looked them up in our area right away and since we basically live in a giant hole of nothingness, the nearest Little Free Library is 30 miles away… Anyway, this is just such a cool idea! Hope to find one soon and get to leave my own book while taking another!

5. The Brand New Club 33

Just last spring, we had the honor to have lunch at Disneyland’s historically mysterious Club 33 restaurant in New Orleans’ Square. I am still so thankful for the experience, but now all the more so with these drastic changes that have just been revealed to the public. With a brand new entrance, renovated dining rooms, and a brand new jazz club expansion, it’s almost an entirely new attraction. See all the changes for yourself in this photo tour on MiceChat.

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1. Walt Disney World Badgehunting

I love Allan Peters’ Badgehunting blog posts… wherever he goes, he documents the beautiful modern and vintage type lockups that he sees. This time, in Walt Disney World. How can I not post about it when it combines two of my favorite things in the whole world? Type and Disney Parks. It always makes me happy to see people truly appreciate these details that Disney devotes so much time to. See the rest of his post here.

2. How to Conquer 6 Common Business Fears

I love getting emails from Etsy for the sellers. Like Love Love. They are always short and to the point, but so full of great information and advice! And are usually so true to where I am at and what I am feeling. Katy Svehaug emailed out recently with an article titled “How to Conquer 6 Common Business Fears” and the whole time I’m reading I am just nodding and smiling, yes yes yup, exactly! From the fear that sharing your work because it is so personal and close to your heart to being afraid to fail to the more unique, [Not Knowing] What Success Looks Like for You. It’s a great read, take a look here.

3. Not-Another-Bill

What a cool and fun concept! After you pick your interests and subscribe to their site, Not-Another-Bill will send you, via snail mail, a package/letter/parcel from one of their contributors. Now that would be something to look forward to! Read more on their site here… originally found via Brave the Woods Blog.

4. Calligraphy Video by Hej Heidi

I can watch people write in calligraphy for hours on end. Seriously. It’s just beautiful to watch the various techniques. It’s an art form as much as it is “just writing something down.” Thank you Hej Heidi for sharing!! See more on her site here. Found via Pinterest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcQPAHKxbQU

5. Plastic Bag Printmaking

This is such a cool idea! Found via Creature Comforts’ Three Things I’m Loving Right Now, what I love most about the technique of plastic bag printmaking is that you have a bit more freedom and if you mess up on the bag, you can start over without ruining the canvas! Second favorite part, is the layers upon layers you can go.

 

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Okay, please forgive me as I neglect again to post the usual Friday Foonotes post. Last week I just gave it up all together and just didn’t post one. But I didn’t want to leave you all hanging again! So here’s a peek at my current projects, some are still in progress!

1. Splish Splash Birthday Invitation

Oh how I loooooove how this invitation came out for my friend’s little baby girl. It’s literally my absolute favorite design I think I’ve ever done. Is that saying too much? I don’t know… I just really love. It was one of those times that it came out exactly like I had dreamed it up in my head. I love the layers of illustration, texture, and color. But seriously, isn’t it darling? Hoping to send these out over this weekend in coral envelopes stuffed with pearlescent envelope liners. Ah! And you know that a full post on the invite and the party will be posted, when the time comes. I was just too pleased with it that I’ve already listed in my shop, find that here.

your new friend sam splish splash under the sea birthday invitation printable

2. Personalized Love is Sweet

Just yesterday, I  got a custom request on Etsy to create a stamp for a cookie bar station for a wedding. Together with the bride we created this Love is Sweet stamp. So excited to get this in hand!

your new friend sam love is sweet etsy rubber stamp

3. Church Forward

But what’s really been the star of my current workload is creating all new graphics for several new projects for my church, Calvary Chapel Canyon Hills. First priority was to create a sermon graphic for a 3 part July series.

church forward web banner

4. Now What, A New Believers’ Packet

And then we also created an 8 page brochure-like booklet for new believers… something that will be party of a larger “welcome basket.” This is still a work in progress but it’s been a pretty fun and immersive project, can’t wait to have the real deal in my hands!

now what new believers packet

5. Scrapbook Birthday Cards

And last, but certainly not least, the first weekend of June is usually full of birthday celebrations! So of course, I had to find a bit of time to sit down and make up some cards for these best friends of mine who celebrate their special days in June.

sam allen creates scrapbook card amie 2014

 

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1. Russ & Daughters

My favorite design posts are ones that go through the process of their creations. Kelli Anderson’s process is always so deep and unique per project. Her skills this time even expanded to architecture design as she got to work on the store front of the new Russ & Daughters cafe. Every piece designed for Russ & Daughters is beautiful standing alone, and then brought together they form a truly unique look that goes past the paper goods, through the interior design and to the store front. She even got a look at the creation of the neon sign outside! A dream project executed to perfection. It takes a long time to write process posts, but somehow Kelli makes it look effortless and I thank her for the time she spends on them. I finished the post truly inspired and hope to always apply that much effort to all my own projects. See the post here.

P.S. I also am really craving a charcuterie platter now.

2. Pageant of the Masters

LOVE this fun new blog series, Pageant of the Masters; where floral designer Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, Kate Osborne of Kate Osborne Photography and Brittany from The House that Lars Built team up to recreate famous paintings that feature floral elements. They did such a perfect job and I love the bit of process they give behind the creations… like how in their latest piece, Herbert James Draper’s Pot Pourri, its not even physically possible to hold the bowl in such a way so in the photo someone is holding it from below the table. So interesting and so fun!

3. Chrysler Building, Design*Sponge Icon

Ever since our trip to New York City this past summer, I declared the Chrysler Building to be my favorite NYC building. Literally, every time I see it in movies now I nudge my hubby to acknowledge my new fave. So now I’m nudging you… check out the short and sweet post on Design*Sponge for a little history on this beautiful art deco building that has graced the NYC skyline since the 30’s.

4. Joey Chou’s Haunted Mansion

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on my new favorite illustrator, Joey Chou’s site, that he was releasing some new Disney related prints and work. And even though I am so very behind in reading my beloved blogs, I happened to see it just 2 days before he would be at Downtown Disney at a signing event. Since I’m collecting pieces for my Disneyland themed guest room, and was struggling to find a Haunted Mansion piece that wasn’t too gory but kept with my look, I fell immediately in love with his Haunted Mansion piece. Saturday came and we trekked down to the park, of course not going inside the park itself—very bitterwsweet, and got in line. Unfortunately, Joey was very late to the signing and we couldn’t wait for him to arrive but I did get my Haunted Mansion piece! Someday, hopefully, I’ll get it signed! But until then… it will be hanging for all my guests to see! See more of Joey’s new Disney inspired pieces here.

5. Great Dates on a Beautiful Mess

I’m really excited for this new blog series, Great Dates, on A Beautiful Mess!! Their creativity knows no bounds!! See the inaugural post where they enjoy a brunch date followed by a farmers market.

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1. Aesop Illustrated

Since November, at the design company I work at, we’ve been immersed in the land of nursery rhymes and poems as we illustrate large scale posters for the primary elementary school classrooms. I got pretty excited to see how other artists are tackling these poems and fables in the modern world. See more of Denise Gallagher’s work on Aesop Illustrated on For Print Only, or check out her site.

2. Brave the Woods’ Target Gift Cards Design

I always have the hardest time picking out which gift card design I like best… or more so, which design do I dislike the least… so I love seeing these gift cards from Brave the Woods for Target. These would definitely be the obvious choice! I love the subtle the texture and grit, along with the playful typography. And of course, the color scheme just pops without being too saturated. Such nice work Brad!!

3. The Meaning of Maggie, Book Trailer

I may just not in the loop, but did you know books have video trailers now? This trailer for The Meaning of Maggie, by Megan Jean’s Sovern, is just SO fun! And I loved seeing a glimpse of the process to create it on designworklife. Seems like a really fun read!

4. Make Your Own Outdoor Pergola Curtains

Just last month we had a new patio cover installed, it even has an overhead fan to help beat the miserable heat of southern California. Another wonderful aspect of it, is our added privacy because we are very close to our neighbors in proximity. I kinda jumped out of my chair when I saw that A Beautiful Mess had posted a DIY for pergola curtains! These would add even more privacy for us and give our little space the illusion of walls. Love! Read the DIY here.

5. The Dress Theory Bridal Shop Opens in San Diego

A long time friend of mine has started a series of bridal dress shops that sell the most detailed and gorgeous wedding dresses I’ve ever seen. They’re so very vintage in style, and the shop itself is decorated in a similar style. When we were up in Seattle a couple years ago I got to see the first Dress Theory in person, and it truly is lovely! I am so proud of my friend Cami and all that she has done with this business of hers. It’s truly amazing to follow along… after opening up a second shop in Nashville last year, they’re now on their THIRD location here in southern California! Yay! Okay… I know I am already married and whatnot, but I still have a handful of not-yet-married girlfriends and I can’t wait to tag along to this shop and see it in person. If you’re a bride to be, go check it out!! They just opened, literally!

P.S. If you think that front porch is to-die-for… check out Cami’s blog where she shares how you can have your own front porch party too!

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1. The Bible of Barbecue

I love when my world of design overlaps with my hubby’s world of BBQ. This overlap could not be more true in the form of this consumable book… pages are torn and ripped from their spine to create a meal complete with salt, foil and a dishtowel! It’s pretty amazing… pretty beautiful… pretty one of a kind! If the below video isn’t showing up, click here for more on the project.

The Bible of Barbecue — Tramontina from JWT Brasil on Vimeo.

2. Paper-crafted SXSW

Ever since getting into scrap-booking, I all the more appreciate the time intensive, all consuming detail oriented art of paper cutting! Please take a moment to appreciate this beauty… from Zim & Zou for the SXSW Film Festival. Found via Brave the Woods.

3. 3D Newspaper

Fun stuff! Found via swiss miss, designed by Felipe Salazar.

4. Pinterest Illustrated

I loved watching this short video and animation on how Pinterest works… it truly is a phenomenon and one other amazing way the whole world connects. And of course, the designer in me, loves the case study on coming up with the icons and a breakdown of the various stages the design went through. Read more in Matt Stevens’ portfolio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc

5. Sony’s Flower Petal Explosion

Individually hand-picked flower petals, to represent each one of the 8 million pixels in Sony’s new TV exploded from a Costa Rican volcano, creating one beautiful visual! I love the behind the scene images of the crews there to document the petal explosion as well as a teen skateboarder cruising down the petal covered street. Found via The House That Lars Built.

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Guys, I used to religiously post these Friday posts… but you see, this blog is supposed to be fun! And I don’t want it to add stress to an already stressful workload. So I neglected my Footnotes posts these last couple weeks. I bet you didn’t even notice! Anyway, I’m still trying to catch up so instead of posting some inspired design pieces from around the web, I’m posting a little sneak peek into my life lately—pretty much all Etsy related. I always love making these posts, hope you like reading them!

1. New Handwritten Vows PRINTS!

As a special request, I mailed out the original copy of a hand written vows print that I created… and just for the heck of it, I kept the listing up in my shop… and it’s been bought twice more since then! What??! I guess I’m selling prints now too! Time to get me some more shipping supplies as these are a way different animal than my itsy bitsy rubber stamps! I’m truly honored that anyone deems my handwriting worthy enough to hang in their house, truly humbled by this whole experience and thankful to God for each and every sale. Okay best move on before I cry some more.

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2. Personalized Made with Love Stamp

From a friend’s pin on Pinterest (thanks Trisha!), I was inspired to make this stamp for my shop. I seriously love and it may be my favorite stamp yet!

Made with Love Rubber Stamp, With or WIthout Personalized Name

3. Sunshine and Lemonade Birthday Invite for Grayson

I’ve said this a thousand times over, I love working with my friend Jess on invitations. She usually just gives me a spark of an idea and then gives me total freedom to make whatever I want. And is totally encouraging along the way. This time, she showed me a picture of a lemonade stand that he husband will be making for the party… and that she wanted on the invitation. All I could picture in my head were gray outlined illustrations, but that seemed kinda boring for a 2nd birthday party and then I was sparked with an idea to use watercolor paint. Something I hadn’t done since I was a kid! Definitely a classier kids invite, so I know it won’t be for everybody! I’m going to post more about it all later, but I sure love how it came out! 

sunshine and lemonade your new friend sam birthday invitation

4. Custom Maps

Almost a month ago I listed custom maps in my Etsy shop, without having any idea on if those would sell at all but since I’ve made them for a few wedding invitations for friends, I thought it may be a need in the Etsy world too. I’ve already sold 3 of them! But boy do I need to up the prices, because they took a lot longer than I remember to make! They are definitely fun to make and a challenge to get them to match their already created wedding invitations. Take a look at some other maps here.

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5. Geraldine’s College Graduation Photos

And then finally this past weekend, I got together with my good friend Geraldine to take her college graduation photos! Isn’t she gorgeous?! I can’t wait to show you more, I can’t even say I have a favorite. I love them all!

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1. Grand Budapest Hotel Graphics

I really don’t know much about this movie but without even seeing the film, I’m already loving the graphic design! Since the entire world is fictional, a design team came in to design EVERYTHING. The film’s lead graphic designer, Annie Atkins, said:

This film was particularly fun, I think, from a graphics point of view, because we were creating this entirely fictional country that Wes had written – the State of Zubrowka. It meant that every little detail had to be made from scratch – flags, banknotes, postage stamps, everything.

Now that sounds like fun! See so much more here on Graphic Exchange.

2. Brittney Lee’s Wedding Invitations

After finally seeing Frozen, my love of Brittney Lee (previously posted about here), the movie’s visual development artist, has exploded! Not sure why I wasn’t before, but I am now following her blog and have found her wedding invitations. How unique are these? Seriously loving the color combination and the whole pop-up package!

3. Disney’s March Magic Teams

I love when my passions overlap… so I just knew I had to share this when I saw it in my blog reader. What if Disneyland ride’s were basketball teams ready to compete in March Madness? Well, whoever wins that one, the team’s logos are pretty neat! The Hecklers team is pretty funny to me too! See the rest of the team line up here.

4. DIY Chipboard Album

I’ve shared my love of scrapbooking on here before, so I definitely am loving this DIY chipboard from A Beautiful Mess. My favorite part is how it folds out, really opens up a lot of creative layout ideas. Is there anything those ladies haven’t thought of to create? See their DIY post here along with a video!

5. Propogating Succulents

Now that I’ve managed to keep more than a dozen plants alive in my backyard, I think I have quite the green thumb. But in truth, I just got lucky. There are quite a few little “hard to kill” succulents that are wasting away though and this article blew my mind on how to keep them alive. I’ve planted new succulents from old before, but seeing them just come from a leaf at a time is pretty neat. Plus, the photos are just gorgeous! Read the whole post here.