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handwritten Tag

1. Lettering Index Feeling so very thankful to Brad Woodard for sharing this wonderful lettering resource! The Letter Index is a jackpot of letters and words in a variety of styles from script to logo to hand made. It's just amazing. Quite often I'm asked to write out someone's name and just my handwriting will be used for their logo. That's quite a lot of pressure on my little pen and me, so this will be a hand resource to look up interesting and new ways of adding flourishes to make their letters a little more unique. I'm going to start pinning some right away! See my Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy board here. 2. The Hidden Sea For another jaw dropping typo-centric piece, I'm loving Jon Contino's new type and illusration work for The Hidden Sea‚ it's just gorgeous! I'm already a big fan of Jon Contino, especially his other nautical inspired designs, but this just blows them out of the water (pun intended)

After a year of planning, my best friend's wedding has come and gone. And while that may sound bittersweet, in place of wedding planning, they now are building their married lives together. It truly is the best end to the year, and a whole new beginning to something even sweeter. All that to say, I don't know if I've ever been more excited to blog here before! And to share these photos from Harvard Photography, with a couple of my own photos thrown in there too. This was definitely a DIY, do it yourself, craft-centric wedding

Over the years as I've posted a few dozen invitation designs, and all the while quite a few people encouraged me to open an Etsy shop. And I finally did! Back in February, on a night my husband was out of town, I sat down and stocked a few invites and opened a shop. Just printables, nothing printed. Calling the shop "Your New Friend Sam"—a name I had been wanting to establish here on my blog but never felt enough confidence to do. Then while working with my best friend on her wedding stationery, starting with her save the dates, I created a return address stamp with a mix of handwritten and digital type. And from there, my little shop grew from invites only, to also include rubber stamps. And that's when things got interesting. As of August, I still hadn't sold over 20 orders through my shop, but in this past month my sales have almost doubled! And that doesn't even include friends and family that have been keeping things consistent along the way. As a perfectionist, I kept delaying an official post on my shop until I felt like I truly had it figured it out

1. The Progression of Storytelling Really enjoyed this short video found on Brave the Woods! Joe Sabia has great storytelling skills—all using his iPad to supply the visuals. Just watching made me so excited to create and read and learn and share! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did or at least I hope it brings a smile to your face this Friday morning! 2. Once in A Lullaby Adorable poster by The Heads of State (and congrats on the new site!)

1. Ryan Hamrick Lettering Loved this video created in reply to the question, "Where's the best place to get started in lettering?" And a big thanks to Ryan for this wonderful post on some of the tools of the trade—now I want a felt pen! 2. Nike Air Packaging Makes me want to buy a pair of Nikes just to be able to pop the packaging! Found via The Dieline. 3. Pipe Shelves With our office barely done