Tag Archives: Positivity

#thedailyshine

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve created a hashtag project on Instagram to add more positivity to all of our lives (who doesn’t need a daily does of motivation, happiness or inspiration?) Follow along at #thedailyshine and tag your own pictures. I’ll be reframing my favorites weekly!

Have a happy day!

Noteworthy 1/29

Clear Your Mind
After a month long break, and a few days at Alt Summit, I am back and inspired. Check out this week’s round up of noteworthy links that I have found inspiring.

Design:
• If you saw Aaron Draplin’s inspiring interview last month, here are a few more nuggets to get you pumped on design.
• Movies on Netflix for every designer.
Creativity hacks for those who may not consider themselves “creative.”
• A card game to help discover your brand.

Misc:
• An interesting perspective on a way to save time.
• The search for the perfect nap. Is there one?
Social media, according to a teen.
• Super Bowl predictions from a variety of sources. GO HAWKS!

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude
The holiday season is upon us, and chances are you will be going to parties and giving and receiving gifts. I was always taught to have an attitude of gratitude and send a hand written thank you note following the receipt of a gift, or a lovely dinner party. According to Emily Post, written thank you notes are always a good idea, and should be written as soon as possible [within one week of receiving or attending a dinner.]
Attitude of Gratitude
When writing thank you notes, keep them short, sweet and in a conversational tone. Express your gratitude for the present received, and let the recipient know how much you appreciate it.
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Some may think that sending a hand written note is old school in today’s world full of technology and emails. However, manners never go out of style, and everyone loves receiving a nice note in the mail. 
Attitude of Gratitude
Letting the sender know how much the gift meant in a note shows your gratitude.
Attitude of Gratitude
Although it may seem obvious, you should always start your note with “Dear ______”, rather than just jumping right in.
Attitude of Gratitude
Attitude of Gratitude
Thank you notes tend to be sent more around the holidays, but are an act that can be done all year long. It is always a good idea to send a hand written thank you note for gifts received on your birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, promotion, etc. Professionally, sending a hand written note after a job interview is a classy way to let the interviewer know you enjoyed your time.
Attitude of Gratitude
Following a big event, such as the holiday season or your wedding, it is best to get started right away with your thank you notes. Create a list of individuals whom you need to send your thanks to, and complete some every night. It is an easy way to show your gratitude, and let the individual know how much it meant to you. Plus, there are SO many cute stationery options out there, you are sure to find one that reflects your personality. Tiny Prints has such a wide selection, I found these three styles and instantly fell in love.
Attitude of Gratitude
Photos by Sam Zachrich
[This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints, however all opinions are my own. Check out Tiny Prints for numerous stationery and thank you note options.]

Midweek Motivation 1.1 – Gratitude


midweek motivation: practice gratitude Thanksgiving is only EIGHT days away! What are you thankful for? Even in the darkest of times, we can always find someone or something to be grateful for. Psychology shows us that an attitude of gratitude can have a huge, positive impact one’s mental state, and perception of the world. For today’s midweek motivation, beautifully written by Elizabeth, I challenge you to look for something to smile about or be grateful for.

[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Midweek Motivation 1.0

mid week motivation quote
Happy Wednesday before Halloween! Needing some midweek motivation? I’ve teamed up with Elizabeth to bring you inspiring, feel good, or positive quotes to help get through the last few days until the weekend! Enjoy!!
[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Alt. Summit Recap//Font Friday

Hi All! Happy Friday. Today, I am guest posting on Squirrelly Minds, showcasing five (yes, FIVE) fonts and designs. Head on over to her site and check those out! Tan + I met at Alt. Summit a few weeks back, and I am so happy we did. I haven’t been able to verbalize the experience I had at Alt. That happened to me in January as well. It is 3 of the best, most amazing days, surrounded by the most wonderful and creative individuals. Check out my summary below. It is mostly visual, with a few tidbits here and there.
Alt Summit Recap
I attended my first Alt Summit in January of this year, not knowing a single person. I think that was the best decision I have made to date. I love trying new things, going on adventures and putting myself in new places. Within fifteen minutes of walking in the door at the Grand America, I had made two friends that, to this day, I still talk to at least four times a week. Everyone had said before going to Alt to go with a purpose, intention or goal you wanted to accomplish. As I am still new to this blogging world, I went with the goal of wanting to make new, inspiring and positive friends who I could bounce ideas off of, connect with and get creative with. I totally OWNED that goal, and found some of the most amazing, genuine, kind and inspiring individuals (shout out to my Alt. Tribe!) that I know I will be friends with for a LONG time. This time around in June, about half of my Alt. Tribe came back, and we added some new friends to the mix. My goal for this summit was still to meet and make wonderful and positive connections, but also to focus on where I see my blog and creative endeavors going. I also attended as a speaker, discussing Photoshop + Illustrator for Bloggers. Essentially, I took what I learned in four years of design school, and my three years in the real world and condensed it into an hour and a half class. I love working with bloggers for their design needs, so teaching them basic design skills was a treat. I cannot say enough amazing things about Alt Summit. If you are on the fence about going, COME. You never know what you will learn, what idea will be birthed, or what amazing new friend you will meet. My vision for my blog and freelance design has become clearer, and I can’t wait to share with you all what I have in store. I believe that taking risks, and putting yourself in a new environment helps an individual grow immensely, learn about themselves and find out what they want. I walked in with a smile on my face and left with the biggest grin. Check out some photos below to see the rest of my time in Salt Lake City.
Silhouette
Silhouette Alt Summit
The first night I attended Silhouette‘s sponsor dinner at The Melting Pot. The theme was black, pink and gold + flamingos. (I see a flamingo trend forming, more on that next week!)
Oh Joy! From Rain to Shine
I got to connect with one of my favorite bloggers, Joy from Oh Joy! who’s book, Blog Inc. got me started on this blog!
Photoshop Illustrator Bloggers
Taught my first design class, Photoshop + Illustrator for Bloggers on my BIRTHDAY! (Email me if you would like the presentation, or if you would like to schedule a time to run through it with me!)
Martha Stewart
Martha Martha Martha.
Alt Summit
Alt Summit
The colors and attention to details is impeccable and oh so gorgeous.

Come back next week as I round up my favorite business cards from not only June, but January’s summit as well. Have a great weekend!

[All photos beautifully taken by Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis]

Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
Summer Zest Party
The Set Up
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
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I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
Summer Zest Party

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The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Sips
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

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Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
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Summer Zest Party
The Gals
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
Summer Zest Party
Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


Featuring: Asia Pietrzyk

A few months ago, I came across Asia Pietrzyk’s work + portfolio and fell in LOVE. Her work is so playful, unique and creative, it’s like a visual candy land. I contacted her because I knew she would be a perfect fit for my From Rain to Shine Features. Asia is a designer, illustrator and creative who lives in Stockholm. I picked her brain about her creative process and what she does in a dreaded creative block. Thanks Asia!
1. How long have you been designing + illustrating and what sparked your interest in this field?
Growing up I knew I wanted to become a creative but I didn’t know what to focus on. I loved to draw, read, write. I was struck with literature, film, art or even poetry. My parents were a little bit skeptical about my passions and kept telling my that living life as an artist may be interesting but pretty hard. Back then, I didn’t have enough strength to follow my heart and eventually I ended up with a Masters degree in German literature. I realized two or three years later that I didn’t want to be a teacher or interpreter. I went back to drawing and painting, invested in a few books about graphic design, lettering, illustration and I knew that it was the right path to go down. It’s been over 4 years since that happened. Today, I am very happy and I truly love what I do.
2. What is your creative process like?
It depends on the project. If I’m working on a completely new subject, I always start with a lot of notes and stickies. I write down all my thoughts and ideas, the good and the bad ones. Sometimes, I make very rough sketches, but usually I go straight to Illustrator where I work a lot with colours and shapes. I also will visit Pinterest or ffffound to get inspired. Looking through great projects and feeling a bit jealous (in the healthy way of course) always motivates me.
3. How would you describe your design style + aesthetic?
I’d say it’s simple, bold and sometimes a little bit quirky and naive. I focus on contrast, colours and simple shapes when illustrate. I admire Scandinavian design and its simplicity & minimalism especially since I  live in Stockholm. Every thing mid-century catches my eye, and recently I discovered very old Japanese ink paintings to be very inspiring as well.
4. How do you handle creative blocks and where do you find inspiration?
Well,  first of all, I don’t panic. If I feel stuck and can’t come up with any ideas, it is a sign that I need to take a break as soon as possible! We are not machines, everyone has good and bad days. If you don’t have a tight deadline, stop staring at your screen, chill out and take it easy. Watch a silly movie, clean your kitchen, just do something that doesn’t remind you about the block. I get inspired a lot by old Polish movies, reading biographies of people I admire,  good stories and music and, of course, by nice food. Recently, food has been my number one inspiration. I do love pinterest and ffffound. Another website I visit often is Freunde von Freunden. I think that other people and their amazing stories are the most inspiring.
5. What is your life motto or phrase?
Make mistakes and learn from them.
6. Is there any particular project or design you did that you were exceptionally proud of?
Yes! It’s the Hooray Bag from the new ban.do collection. I was SO happy last year when Jen Gotch, the creative director, contacted me and asked for help with some new products. She wanted me to play a little bit with hand lettering and word “hooray.” I hadn’t worked too much with lettering, but I do love letters and always admired Jessica Hische’s amazing work. She is so good! I wanted to do something simple, and decided to use my “clumsy font” that was created about three years ago for a personal project. I sent it to Jen and she loved it. If someone told me a few years back that my hand lettering would be printed on ban.do bag I wouldn’t have taken it seriously. Now, I feel so flattered to see how many people bought this bag and actually love it. Seriously, it’s every designer’s dream.
7. Favorite city in the world?
I guess Berlin and Stockholm. Berlin for being such a multicultural, crazy place and Stockholm simply for everything. I am very lucky to live here.
Asia Pietrzyk Feature | From Rain to Shine
Thank you to Asia for answering the questions and providing the images!
[Interested in being featured? Contact jessica@fromraintoshine.com]

Font Friday 5.4

Free Fonts | Quotes
Too often, we all get caught up in the minor stresses of life. It’s important to step back and realize how awesome life really is, and how lucky we are to greet a new day. Have a great weekend, and hopefully you can enjoy some sunshine!

I am LOVING this script typeface, Remachine Script. It is free for personal use, but make sure you read the license if you would like to use for commercial purposes. Remachine Script can be downloaded from here.

Font Friday 5.3

Free Font | Typography | Font Friday
Happy Friday all! I’m looking forward to this busy weekend ahead, and hopefully will get some time to be outside! Surrounding yourself with positive people and good energy is one way to be happy! I love this versatile typeface, 5am Gender. The letters are very tall and narrow, but have a great amount of thickness, making it ideal for many uses! Enjoy!