Sam Allen Creates: October thru December 2018

I really love the end of the year! October and November are such crazy busy months but I just love my job so much! And then by the second week of December, everything just slows down and I can enjoy that special time of the year with my family! This year was just the best yet, hope you enjoy this glimpse into all the fun projects that crossed my desk this fall and holiday season!

View Part 1 of my 2018 Review here.
Part 2, April–June 2018 Review
and Part 3, July–September 2018 Review


October

The month started with an order of handpainted wedding placecards and table numbers. I adore these photos supplied by Kaitlyn’s wedding photographer, Lyndsie Smith.

Dusty blue envelopes for the win! This shade of blue has just been so popular. I was pretty excited when the inquiry came in! Plus, I LOVE addressing envelopes!

When Kayla Denae told me she was going to do a giveaway for a styled engagement session, I jumped on board to create a special calligraphy piece for the couple. But then when she shared her ideas for the shoot, I couldn’t decide which quote to go with so I just made them both! Please go take a look at Kayla’s blog post, it’s so full of woodsy inspiration and a gorgeous couple!

The letter C made of a sweet little miss’s favorite shades of purple with a neutral green background all ready to be hung in her bedroom! Custom painted letters, created in the color scheme of your choice available here.

A lot of the latter half of October was spent creating an extensive watercolor line… I’ll be sure to post more about this soon, but the basic idea and goal was to create a full package extending from my popular watercolor tags! So those looking for placecards can find matching table numbers and menus too! Oh and bridesmaid proposal and thank you cards! Whew!

As I was working on my product line to be sent to the amazing Stephanie Weber to photograph, I also created her family a watercolor portrait as a thank you! Aren’t they precious?!

Part of my watercolor line includes these table number cards and I love that this bride also ordered matching handpainted signs for her cards and gifts table along with her dessert table! Thanks Eva Lin Photography for the images!

As the month closes, let’s start to turn toward Christmas! Eek! I absolutely adored getting to work on these custom stamps for omslag.se! These photos they’ve shared are just GORGEOUS! Take a look at their Instagram for even more beauty!


November

If the year wasn’t crazy enough, in the month of November, it really picked up (as it usually does).

First up, a styled shoot in Joshua Tree! If you love this peek, take a look at the full blog post here. Photos by Lisette Gatliff Photography.

Just in the nick of time, I created some “fill in the blank” menus for Thanksgiving… a gift for those who signed up for my newsletter! (and I started a newsletter this month too, because I just needed to add more to my plate!).

Another one of the “big” items that I launched this year were these little “thankful for” tags! They were an unexpected smash hit!

In addition to creating tag placecards, I also painted names on these gorgeous marble tiles for a Friendsgiving!

Earlier in the month, I painted a new logo for Harper and Grace Photography! Rachel had it up on her site the very day I sent the final files! Interested in having me write out your business name, take a look at my shop here!

I loved this spin on my usual Floral Lettered last name signs. This customer wanted me to paint more tropical flowers as a gift for a friend who was married in Hawaii last year! I really loved mixing it up!

November is really my busiest month for creating Christmas gifts! This painting was made as a gift from one sister to the other, created from a wedding picture! Watercolor portraits available here.

Creating custom Christmas cards usually starts in November, and sometimes even October! I loved creating this year’s set of cards and am already dreaming of 2019 designs. (this first card is my very own with my guys! at Disneyland!)

In September, one of my forever friends had her first baby, a gorgeous baby girl named Lennon! I loved getting to design little Lennon’s birth announcement as a gift to the new sleep deprived parents, with photos taken by the happy-as-can-be daddy! (See a behind the scenes video of my painting in progress on my Instagram!)

And of course, we must circle back to the happenings in the wedding world…

The first of many vow book sets were made for my friend and fellow creative, Stephanie Weber. I love her welcome packages for her clients. You can see the passion and care she gives her brides right away in these packages! See more on her blog here.

These placecard tags were painted during an Instagram LIVE, during which I answered questions about my process and viewers got to watch me paint in real time! After the LIVE was done, I painted some more for a video which I posted on Instagram here…. But best of all, I got this gorgeous real wedding photo back from their photographer, Darla Winn Photography! I just LOVE getting real wedding photos back from my customers!

A succulent and greenery watercolor painted wreath for an April wedding! Painting in green is my favorite since it’s my favorite color! Custom paintings available in my Etsy shop here.

A watercolor painted Floral Letter H, painted with a touch of gold for a May wedding along with a large poster of song lyrics. I can’t wait to see these wedding photos!

Adorable boutonnieres made for the men at this wedding photographed by Montana Crumlish! I love it when my tags get used with gorgeous florals (San Diego florist, Janna Hatch)!


December

Here we go, rounding the final corner into the end zone of 2018 (I think I may be mixing sports metaphors here, but you know what I mean!).

The month started with not only designing these Christmas cards but also in taking the family photos myself!

And I also got to design this Christmas card for my bestie, there was definitely a theme in all of these cards! They’re still hanging in my house and I feel like you can really tell they were all designed by the same person!

For this year’s annual ornament gift for our family and friend’s, I created these clay ornaments using air dry clay and cookie cutters! Each person or family received a letter to represent their name painted in either pine tree branches or floral leafy vines!

One of the last projects I tackled before Christmas was creating these Friends themed baby shower invites! As a diehard fan of the show, I definitely felt the pressure in designing them but truly love how they came out!

And of course, we can’t let the month go by without some wedding details!

A beautiful boho inspired styled shoot, full of rich detail and even handmade macrame! Photos by Melissa Fe Chapman.

December wouldn’t be complete without sharing some Christmas gifts that I got to work on!

Hand drawn Papercut Silhouettes…

Watercolor portraits…

And of course a personalized ornament for one sweet little girl’s first Christmas!

And finally, just days before Christmas, I got this Kraft paper roll sign finished for my new friend Caitlin who I met while working on this styled shoot. I’ll be updating this soon with photos of it hung in her home, so excited to share with you!


And with that, the year 2018 ended. Looking back on all the marvelous work I got to do, I feel so blessed and so thankful for each and every customer, friend, and collaboration! Thank you for taking a look, I appreciate your love and support!!

Peaches & Cream Styled Shoot with Christine Pegany—As Featured on Wedding Chicks!

I was absolutely blessed to be able to be a part of this gorgeous photo shoot, planned and photographed by Christine Pegany! She has so much talent and such an eye for details. Plus you know, horses!!

Regarding my stationery: I loved the theme of Peaches & Cream too… and used a peach blossom as inspiration for the suite by painting a branch for the envelope liner. Each page of handmade paper was painted with a watercolor wash before printing the calligraphy. These flatlays Christine shot are just divine.

Keep scrolling to see all the beauty the team made that day and see the bottom of this post for a full list of the vendors!

Photography – Wild Love Photography – https://www.wildlove.us
Venue – Carola Horse Ranch
Florists – Black Petal Floral Design – http://www.blackpetalfloraldesign.com/
Furniture Rentals – Mintage Rentals – http://www.mintagerentals.com/
Cake & Cupcakes – Texas Wildflours Bakery – https://txwildflours.com
Calligrapher – Invitations – Sam Allen Creates – https://samallencreates.com/
Weddings Sign – Leigh Letters
Dress Designer & Veil – Yours And Mine Bridal – https://www.etsy.com/shop/YoursandMineBridal
Shoes – KUKLA Fashion Design – www.etsy.com/shop/kuklafashiondesign
Hair & Makeup – Ashley A Hair & Makeup – http://www.ashleyahairmakeup.com/
Jewelry – Pink Carnation Design – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkCarnationDesign
Suit & Tie – Stitch & Tie – https://stitchandtie.com/
Mens Ring – Metal Wendler – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MetalWendler
Hair Vine – Bella Via Designs – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaViaDesigns
Ring Box – Happy Boxes Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyBoxesShop
Day of Coordination – Sweet Laurel Events – https://sweetlaurelevents.com/
Models – Colton Longden & Lacie Burkdoll – http://www.lalalalacie.com/
Handmade Paper – Fabulous Fancy Pants – https://fabulousfancypants.com/


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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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

 

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.

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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Lauren & Kellen — Menifee Maternity Photos

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This little sweet baby girl is about to make her debut in the next couple weeks so I thought I’d share a few of her parent’s maternity photos with you all first! I can not wait to cuddle and love on this babe. Timehop has been reminding me daily of my little Isaiah as a newborn from last year everyday and it’s giving me baby fever!! Olivia June, I can not wait to meet you! And neither can your mama!!

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Taylor and David’s Wedding at The Crossings, Carlsbad — Elegant Lace Wedding Stationery

Not every day does a designer get the privilege to have their hand, in my case that can be taken literally, in so many aspects of a single wedding. My wonderful family friend Taylor, had me create so many amazing pieces for her wedding last year two years ago… from the save the dates and invitations, to the tent cards to signage, I got to do it all—and I loved every piece! I have been so excited to share this special day with you all and the time has finally come! Just in time for their 2nd anniversary!! What the what?! Where does the time go?!

Starting with the Save the Date… we started to explore the type we would eventually use and the overall look and feel.

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Then a few months later we started on the invitation. I love every bit of it even still after these last two years! I found the lace embellishment on shutterstock.com and after showing Taylor, she LOVED it as it reminded her of her wedding dress. So that was the perfect border elements to our stationery for the invitation suite and day of paper goods. After you take a look at the invite, there’s beautiful photos from the wedding day itself ahead!

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Okay okay, enough invites already… here’s the beautiful wedding day photos captured by Heather Elise Photography.

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Guests first look after arriving to the wedding was seeing this amazing table set up for the place cards! I loved the circle design these tent cards were placed it with the large silver vase in the middle.

But of course, before the guests were to find their seats. We needed to watch those two lovebirds get hitched! It was such a beautiful ceremony! Not only did I cry, but I laughed as the groom handcuffed himself to his new bride… and then they couldn’t get the handcuffs off later. Oh my.

Taylor and David are beer snobs connoisseurs, so the reception tables were named after their favorite breweries.

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Thank you so much, Taylor and David, for letting me be such a special part of your wedding day. Creating your paper goods was such an honor. Love you guys!

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Four Month Old Isaiah

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Considering you will be 5 months old next week, I’m a little late in posting this. Thankfully I took good notes and wrote this out a few weeks ago because you have changed SO much since you turned 4 months. Every day brings us a new joy and discovery… but for now, I’m enjoying taking a look back on the month before:


You’ve found your hand, your fist and then your thumb. But you kinda prefer to alternate them all and end up with lots of eye pokes.
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For a time, you’d like to throw your right arm out and above your head, but end up with smacking yourself in the face. In just this past week, you’ve really figured out how to grab and hold things whether it’s a teething toy monkey or a blanket.
You’ve found your voice. Chats with you are my favorite. You rarely even interrupt but are always ready with a lengthy reply.
We heard your first laugh. It came and went so fast and I couldn’t wait to hear it again.
You’ve had your first Disneyland experience. Something I’ve been waiting for for as long as I can remember. We took you on Its A Small World for you first ride. Walt Disney and Mary Blair would have been proud! You seemed to like it at first, after all we are on a boat (another first!) and water is your favorite, but then your sleepiness kicked in and you kinda lost your cool. Your sleepiness overtook you for your second ride as well: Winnie the Pooh. Being able to take my very own baby to a place I’ve loved so deeply was so magical. Being part of the stroller pushing mamas, wow! I can’t believe I get to do that now!
You still get super excited about things and flail your arms up and down when you do. Add in your super big “crazy eyes” and we can’t help but get excited too! You love your Nemo jumper, especially when Sheldon the seahorse says a hearty “Hi Isaiah!” It almost guarantees your gummy bashful smile in return.
Bath time is still a highlight of the day. You’re almost growing out of your tub though so the kicks and splashes haven’t been as frequent! Now that you don’t hate getting out of the tub as much, snuggling up in your towel has become a lot more fun!
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Being your mama, son, is a privilege and an honor. Why God chose me for this joyful task, I will never know, but I will never stop thanking him for choosing me to raise you. Your smile and spark are contagious. Your curiosity in the smallest of things, like the polka dot lining on the Boppy, makes me wonder and makes me so excited to show you the world.

Molly’s Bright and Colorful 2nd Birthday Celebration

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You guys… In my last post about working with Trisha, I mentioned how much I adore designing for her! With all this hand lettering and painting going on, Trisha is my #1 customer (no offense to all my other #1 customers though!). She is such an encouragement and makes me strive to keep doing better and better, while still surprising her with each design. And now that I’m in the midst of working on her daughter’s 3rd birthday invitation, I thought it was time to post about the 2nd birthday invitation!

Trisha was really open to the direction to take the design. She wanted it bright and colorful though! So after showing her a few ideas, we went with a fun and whimsical direction and I got to hand write the whole piece! And then the best and final and most perfect touch, Trisha punched out and sewed on a few bright and colorful flags. Oh I love them so!

First off, I wanted to show you the work-in-progress sketch of the design before it was fully inked. It was really important to plan it out in pencil to really get the layout and how the words and lines would interact and flow together.

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And then the fun and festive color was added to match the scrapbook paper that Trisha found for the banner.

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I love how Trisha sewed on the paper banners, it was such a fun handmade touch to the invitations.

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Can’t wait to share this year’s invites with y’all! Hopefully it won’t take me a year to post about them though! Ah!