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Featuring: Erin Condren

Erin Condren Feature
I am so excited for my November feature because it is a company I love. I interned for Erin Condren in college, and have been a huge fan of her designs + products for a long time. She specializes in many different types of custom stationery, and is continually expanding to create personalized home and technology accessories. Her designs are fun, positive and super cute. She definitely has a very unique style that radiates happiness.

I wanted to get to know a little bit more about Erin’s design process and how she came up with making such awesome products.

1. What inspired you to start this company?
I really enjoy making people happy. I had been printing cards and stickers to give as gifts, and my friends encouraged me to make more.  I started putting my email on the backs of what I made, and the requests started coming in! I began designing and printing in earnest and soon hired my first full time employee! It took a lot of effort, and time away from my family, but it all seemed worth it to receive a thank you note from one of my customers.

2. Where do you find inspiration and what do you do if you have a creative block?
I find inspiration everywhere! It really helps having the wonderful family that I have, and to live in a beautiful place like Hermosa Beach. Whenever I get stuck, I make sure to breathe and not to try and rush it.  Creativity is just like everything else, you have good days and you have bad days, and trying to push for inspiration won’t get you anywhere.

3. What is your favorite product that you design?
Most definitely the Life Planner.  Not only is it our most popular product, but it keeps me on track as well… I wouldn’t be able to juggle all the things I do without my planner!

4. How do you balance work/life and family?
It’s not easy, but it helps to be an early riser 🙂 I tend to get up at 6:00am and by the time my kids are up I’ve showered, gotten dressed, and checked my email.  We have breakfast together, pack lunches, and then go our separate ways.  I’m in the office by 8:30am and I typically leave at 4:30pm to be with my kids.  If I end up staying late, my husband gets home to help the kids with their homework and have dinner.  I must admit, we eat out most nights… by the time I get done with everything it’s just easier to go out! Though sometimes I feel bad for not making my kids dinner, I find I get to talk to them more than if I were trying to juggle pots and pans.

5. What is your motto for life?
“Let’s get it done so we can have some fun!”
“Nobody plans to fail, sometimes we just fail to plan”
Erin Condren Picks
I have picked out four of my favorite products that I find myself using all the time or ordering for others as gifts.

#1 (iPad Sticker): I have this iPad sticker on my iPad case and I love it. I get so many compliments, and it adds a layer of personalization to my case. It is customizable, so you can choose which two colors you would like. There are so many different designs to choose from, you may want them all.

#2 (Notepads): I am always taking notes and like to have paper on me. These note pads are the perfect size and come in so many different designs and colors.

#3 (Stationery): Hand written letters are something that I value. I love getting a handwritten note from a friend, or sending a thank you note after a birthday. Erin Condren has multiple different styles of both flat and folded cards for almost any occasion. You also get return address labels that match your design. They are so cute, you almost want to save them all!

#4 (Life Planner): Erin’s favorite as well. The life planner was my go to scheduler for everything in college. I LOVED it, it kept me sane and organized. For anyone who is a big planner and likes to write their life down, I highly recommend these planners. There are so many special added details that come with the planner (stickers, pouches, motivational quotes), in addition to it being customized and colorful. There are so many new designs continually being added appealing to so many people. This would be a great gift for a college student!

I love this company, and always find myself on her site for myself and for gifts. With the holidays right around the corner, I know I will be getting gifts for some of my loved ones from here!

Special thanks to Erin Condren and Sam for their assistance with this post!

Font Friday 3.1

Happy first day of November! I’ve been feeling particularly inspired by autumn lately, even though it still looks like summer in Los Angeles. I head up to Seattle in a little over three weeks and I could not be more excited! Enjoy this Winnie the Pooh quote in a great serif font and have a great weekend!
From Rain to Shine Font Friday
Quaver is a great serif font that also has a sans serif counterpart as well. Download from Lost Type Co-Op.
[image from flickr]

Sugar Skulls + Cupcakes

I have a serious love for cupcakes (gluten free, of course), and for Halloween. What better way to combine the two than with Sugar Skull Cupcake Toppers. I am a huge baby when it comes to scary things (think zombies, blood, monsters, bugs…yuck!) and prefer the cutesy, more fun Halloween elements (dressing up, candy, fun decorations.) Thats why I designed these colorful sugar skulls. They are festive, fun, happy and free to download below!

Supplies:
–Toothpicks
–Tape
–Thicker Paper
–Scissors
Printable Sugar Skulls (download here!)

They are super easy and quick to make (the skulls, that is. The cupcakes make take you a bit longer). Simply cut the skulls out around the light dotted line and fasten a toothpick to the back. Voila! Cupcake toppers.
Sugar Skulls Halloween
I chose black and white cupcake tins to compliment the pastel orange frosting and colorful shapes of the skulls.
Sugar Skulls Cupcake Topper
Sugar Skulls Cupcake Topper
To get the pastel orange frosting, we added tiny amounts of red and yellow until we found the shade we liked.
Sugar Skulls Cupcakes
Enjoy these cupcake toppers and have a wonderful Halloween!

Special thanks to my roommate for her baking and frosting assistance!

Monday

Last week, while sitting at my desk, I created a fun typography + icon for how I was feeling about it being Monday. I kept that Illustrator file open all week, and every day, added how I was feeling about the corresponding day. The result is below.
Days of the week
How do you feel about the days of the week?

Font Friday 2.9

For this week’s Font Friday, I realize that I have already done this font. BUT, I really like it, and think it is pretty versatile! So, incase you missed it a few months ago, here it is again: Champagne & Limousines.

Champagne & Limousines

Trophy Cupcakes in LA

I look forward to the parties that Urbanic throws every couple of months. Last night’s party featured a delicious Seattle-based company, Trophy Cupcakes, and celebrated release of their new book, Cupcakes & Parties. We sipped champagne, ate some adorable mini cupcakes and created an adorable badge. Take a look at some of the photos from last night.
Get Crafty
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Trophy Cupcakes
Get Crafty
You can see the badge I made (from cupcake tins!) on the bottom left! Such a fun evening!

Font Friday 2.8

Happiest Friday to you all! It is my favorite day of the week! Enjoy this week’s font, it totally reminds me of a typeface you would find on a vintage post card.

Greetings
It has a retro feel which I think would also look great on an invitation for cocktails! Southern Aire can be downloaded here. Have a great day and weekend!

[image from flickr]

Findings on FFFFound

I enjoy finding inspiration on different sites across the internet. One site that has a great cross-section of images is ffffound.com. You never know what you’re going to get (SERIOUSLY). Enjoy these images I found that inspired me in different ways.
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Font Friday 2.4

Greetings from Oregon! I’m spending Labor Day in the Pacific Northwest, and loving every second of it. Enjoy this beach inspired Font Friday!
Wisdom Script
I love this typeface, Wisdom Script. It seems to be popping up all over the place, especially in hipster (or faux hipster) logos and clothing. I love how it is playful, and the readability is not compromised. Enjoy!

Starbucks: Pink

Despite the fact that Starbucks released their pink sleeves advertising their new partnership with a bakery from San Francisco a few weeks ago, I am a recent big fan. I love the scalloped boarder, the typeface, and the interesting color. I know not everyone is a fan, but it is definitely nice to see a temporary color that draws more attention to it. Being from Seattle, I’m a Starbucks lover, and from a designer standpoint, really like and am enjoying this playful change. [One side note: it does look like Starbucks is advertising breast cancer awareness since this similar shade of pink has come to represent that].
starbucks sleeve
starbucks pink sleeve