THE TOP 6 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2018 AS A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR

The Top 6 Things I Learned in 2018 As A Creative Entrepreneur | Atiliay.com

I have had a lot of thoughts about this past year and I really wanted to write about them for 2 reasons: 1- so I don’t forget these lessons I have learned/to remind myself of them in case my future self needs it which I think she will and 2- in case it can help you! In this post I am listing the top 6 things I learned in 2018 as a creative entrepreneur as well as sharing my favorite podcasts and podcast episodes that have really impacted my life this year.  Although a lot of these lessons were discovered because of Atiliay and having a creative business, I think they also apply to life in general and can be relevant regardless of what your profession is. It’s not the shortest post and it’s literally taken me all day (and then some!) to write it so thank you for reading and I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me! :)

This post will cover:

  • The Top 6 Things I Learned in 2018 As A Creative Entrepreneur
    • Mindset Matters…SO FREAKING MUCH!
    • Remember Your WHY, INTENTION, and PHILOSOPHY
    • SUPPORT / Mastermind
    • Make Social Media A Positive and Happy Place For YOU
    • Make a NO LIST
    • Anything Is STILL Possible
    • Bonus: Celebrate Your WINS and Acknowledge Your STRENGTHS
  • Podcasts That Have Impacted My Life This Year
  • New Year Wishes To You!
  • Free PDFs for 2019

 

1. Mindset Matters…SO FREAKING MUCH!

I feel like I read and hear about mindset all the time, but it wasn’t until this past July that I feel like I TRULY understood its importance and power. It seems like every single summer (and during other times of the year too!) I get super slumpy and begin to question EVERYTHING. I lose motivation, I feel super uninspired and creatively blocked, and I start to wonder–did I make the right decisions? Is this the right path for me? Do I need a day job? Can I make a living from being creative? Will I ever feel secure if I am a creativepreneur? Do I need to pivot? What if I am not pivoting fast enough? WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?

Somewhere in my own endless line of questioning myself, I stopped long enough to take a breath and put on a podcast to try to quiet my mind. I am a huge fan of podcasts! If at anytime you feel like you physically don’t want to do something (ie: I don’t want to get off the couch) or you are feeling sluggish or unmotivated mentally, stay where you are, put one on, and you’ll instantly be doing something productive (keeping in mind what you choose to listen to.)

I started listening The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Episode 635: High Performance Habits from Master Coaches, and it completely changed how I was thinking and feeling! By the end of the episode, my mood and attitude had switched gears. It got me curious again, I started feeling inspired, hopeful, and motivated, and it really helped me to begin to get out of that slump.

I think the most helpful thing was that there were actionable tips that I could actually implement. Even if I didn’t do something exactly as they were being described, it still gave me the basic principles so that I was able to create a version of it that worked for me. I also think it helped me to start DOING again instead of just wallowing and doing nothing. And I just don’t think you can stay in a slump when your mind is learning and growing.

At the end of the day, being a solo creativepreneur means having just one person to motivate, push forward, stay organized, and do the work–myself. If I start questioning everything and going in a downward spiral, I need to be able to pull myself back up and stop it (and the ideal situation is to not even go down that path to begin with!) If my mind isn’t strong, it’s easy to drown in that way of thinking. This is something I am still working on (I don’t think I’ll ever be done!) and while I think it’s normal and healthy to have doubts and question things, instead of just feeling slumpy, giving up, and being unproductive, I am trying to keep going, doing, and believing in myself and my pursuits.

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2. Remember Your WHY, INTENTION, and PHILOSOPHY

This was also another big game changer for me during my summer slump. I was reminded of these concepts from the podcast I just talked about and this podcast episode as well.

Here is my why, intention, and philosophy I initially came up with:

I started making cards because I wanted a way to get people to help me feed kids at the EEC Preschool in South Africa! My intention has been to create a fun and easy way for others to give back with me. My philosophy is that we can all create small ways to make an impact. (I shared a little more about this over at this Instagram post.)

It’s been about 5 months since I wrote the above, and it’s still pretty accurate! I do think it will probably change and go through different iterations, but the most important thing is for me to not lose sight of it. It’s easy to in the daily hustle and bustle and grind but if there’s something I can do daily, weekly, or monthly, to center myself back to this, I think it can make all the difference.

 

3. SUPPORT / Mastermind

This past year I was lucky to continue my friendship with Susan of Rae + Lily (we met on Instagram almost 2 years ago) and for the past several months, we started meeting up every other Fridays and having one-on-one Mastermind meetings (or “MM” as we call it when we are texting :)). If you haven’t heard of a Mastermind or weren’t sure what they are, it’s basically a group of people who get together to brainstorm, hold each other accountable, and provide support. For us, it’s dedicated time to talk about our creative and entrepreneurial endeavors, goals, highs and lows, get advice, and bounce ideas off one another (during this time we make sure we don’t talk about other things, like Terrace House lol). It’s about an hour long and at the start of it each of us has 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to speak followed by a response from the other person and then the rest of the time we discuss whatever topics we need to.

Having these meetings have helped me SO much in SO many ways. It has kept me accountable, helped me come up with new ideas, given me answers, are fun, and I always leave each meeting with new ideas and excited to get started on them!

Besides that Susan is amazing and I just think she is so wise and I enjoy her company, I think our MM has worked for us because of a couple of reasons: we truly care about the other person and want to see them succeed, we take our MM seriously, we are able to meet up and have face-to-face time consistently, and we are in the same type of industry but have taken different paths/had different experiences/do different things (we can relate yet provide a different perspective).

If there’s someone you think would be a good fit for you and vice versa to do this with, I think you should reach out to them and schedule your first meeting! I’ve learned that having support like this is invaluable.

PS: Your MM doesn’t have to be the same as ours–you can definitely structure it differently/however you’d like!

 

4. Make Social Media A Positive and Happy Place For YOU

If that means unfollowing people or muting posts and stories, do it! We have all experienced the negative side of social media and what an unhealthy life-sucking black hole it can be! If people you follow are making you feel bad about yourself, making you compare, or anything that isn’t good for your mental and emotional health, stop looking at it by removing it from your feed. It’s not to say that these people are doing anything wrong or intentionally making you feel that way–it’s more about us. For example, it’s weird but there are some people I am genuinely SO happy for and then with other people, their wins make me feel so bad about myself! Stopping myself from looking at their posts has not just made me feel better but helped me focus on my own path instead of worrying about what everyone else was doing. I fully support community over competition and I also genuinely believe there is enough success for all of us, but at the same time, I don’t ever want my support for someone else to come from a place that is not genuine or fake in any way.

On the flip side of things, I try very hard not to post things that I think may make others feel badly. It’s important to celebrate our successes but I also think it’s important to pick which ones we share and how we share it.

With ALL of that said, I know I am very lucky to have found a wonderful community on Instagram! Many internet friends have become real life friends and social media has been a huge part of my journey so I am very grateful for all the positives that have come from it!

PS: Some accounts I highly recommend you follow and make me very happy whenever I see their posts: @wolfgang2242, @owenthegriff, @scruffles_fatcat@hotdudeswithdogs, @hotdudeswithkittens, and @overheardla ;)

 

5. Make a NO LIST

I heard about the No List on another episode of The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Episode 670: Building An Influential Personal Brand with Rory Vaden. A No List is exactly what it sounds like–it’s what you ‘re going to say NO to! We won’t be able to do it all and saying no to something gives us the chance to say yes to something else. I can have a hard time saying no (anyone else?), so this was a really good exercise for me that has eliminated a lot of stress and helped me stay on track.

I only had one thing on my No List in 2018 and it was to say NO TO CUSTOM PROJECTS. This might sound surprising but I decided that I want to be product and workshop based and in order to do that, I needed to stop working on custom projects (such as addressing envelopes or creating invitations or signs). Although I have loved aspects of every project I have worked on, they’d be more stress, time, and work than I had anticipated–EVERY SINGLE TIME! And accepting those jobs and sharing photos of them would only lead to more of the same work that I was trying to stay away from. This had nothing to do with my clients (who have all been amazing!) but more to do with me and what my own strengths and weaknesses are. I have found that I am much happier working this way. There are exceptions–if a dream job or custom project I was really excited about came my way, I am allowed to say “yes” to them but only because they made me super excited and not because I feel like I had to.

 

6. Anything Is STILL Possible

When I was younger and throughout my 20s, I completely believed that anything was possible. Like if a friend told me they were going to become an astronaut but had no previous education or training in this area, I would completely believe that it was 100% possible if they were willing to put in the work and make it happen! I also believed deep down that I had it in me to lead a different life, one that I wanted to live and to do things that would be special and leave an impact. As I got older (I am 34 now), without me realizing, that part of me slipped away and the reality of life and paying bills and being an adult set in. It’s not that I didn’t believe this anymore, but I just kind of forgot about the magic of possibility I had believed in so strongly before. I recently remembered this and realized that I shouldn’t let that part of me/way of thinking slip away!  I truly do believe that no matter how young or old we are or how whatever, anything is still possible if we really want it! This also goes back to mindset and truly believing in yourself!

I think this quote sums up pretty well how I feel: “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” — Charles Bukowski

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BONUS: Celebrate your WINS and acknowledge your STRENGTHS

Most people don’t do this enough, myself included! I am sure there were SO many things we all accomplished these past 365 days but the things that pop into mind is what we HAVEN’T done. So this is a reminder to celebrate all the amazing things you have achieved and all the things you are capable of doing in the days to come. In the same vein, don’t forget to acknowledge your strengths. Instead of thinking “I wasn’t this” or “I wasn’t that”, acknowledge and celebrate the strengths you possess that have helped you get through tough times and allowed you to be where you are today!

A few of my wins for the year was teaching almost 50 workshops and I am really proud of some of the freebie PDFs I have included in my newsletter this year. And because of the workshops, I’ve realized that one of my strengths is being able to make people feel welcome and comfortable and it’s something I’d like to do more of in the future!

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PODCASTS THAT HAVE IMPACTED MY LIFE THIS YEAR

Here are my favorite podcasts and episodes that have helped shape my year:

And some other podcasts I love:


 

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

How has the past year been for you? What are some lessons you have learned? What are your dreams and aspirations for 2019? I’d love to hear! I also wanted to take this time to thank you for being here, for your time, and for your support–it really means so much to me. I am excited for what the new year holds and wish you lots of happiness, love, laughter, and success in the days to come! Happy New Year!


 

FREE PDFS FOR 2019

I have created 3 different PDFs to use for the new year and I wanted to share them with you! I have found in addition to everything that I mentioned above that writing things down and getting my thoughts on paper help me stay organized and help me keep my eye on the prize, whatever that may be! The 3 freebie downloads I have created are:

  • The Hello 2019 is a PDF is an overview and outline of your year
  • The Habit Tracker is a tool to be used daily to create new habits or maintain the ones you have
  • The Mindset and Goals PDF is for you to organize your thoughts and goals on a monthly basis

If you’d like to use one or all of them, all of these PDFs (along with an entire library of free downloads) are available to my newsletter subscribers. I know how many emails we all get so I try to send just 1-2 emails each month to keep in touch and share things I think may be helpful! If you’d like to get on the list and receive these along with new PDFs every month as well as news and more, sign up for my newsletter by clicking here:

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CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN RIVERSIDE

DIY Wrapping Paper by Atiliay.com

I’m looking forward to teaching this DIY Wrapping Paper Modern Calligraphy Workshop in Riverside! This is the final class for 2018 (where did this year go?!) and I hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, don’t worry–I’ll be scheduling workshops for 2019.

If you’d like to be notified when workshops are scheduled, be sure to follow my Instagram (you can always find the workshop calendar by month in my highlighted stories on my profile page if you miss the posts), Facebook, and sign up for my newsletter to have the info emailed to you.

Workshop experiences make great gifts! I have had husbands surprise their wives or friends come together for birthdays and it’s so much fun! The gal or guy we are celebrating also gets a little surprise from me to help make their day extra special :) I know it can be hard to purchase tickets for a specific date without consulting first AND keep things a surprise so that’s where my gift certificates come in! What you can do is wrap and give the certificate and once your recipient opens it, you guys can figure out a date and you can purchase the tickets for both of you (no reservations need to be made in advance in order to give a certificate). The gift certificates are completely free and can be personalized–just email me at hello@atiliay.com to request one!

Please note this is a holiday inspired workshop where we will be learning faux calligraphy and using it to create wrapping paper and packaging you’ll be able to use for the holidays! There will be brief instruction in the beginning and the remainder of the time will be used to create. If you are looking to learn the basics of brush lettering, please sign up for one of my Beginners Brush Lettering Workshops. If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Click on the link below for more details and to reserve a seat at this workshop. I hope to letter with you soon!

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12/8/18 | DIY CALLIGRAPHY WRAPPING PAPER WORKSHOP
Hosted by Cursive / 2790 Cabot Drive Suite 4-115, Corona, CA 92883
10:00AM-Noon, Saturday, December 8th
$60/person
*Prior workshop attendees will receive a $5 off the workshop and be reimbursed day of the workshop!
Click here for details and registration

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN THE OC

DIY Wrapping Paper by Atiliay.com

I’m looking forward to teaching this DIY Wrapping Paper Modern Calligraphy Workshop in the OC! This is the final class for 2018 (where did this year go?!) and I hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, don’t worry–I’ll be scheduling workshops for 2019.

If you’d like to be notified when workshops are scheduled, be sure to follow my Instagram (you can always find the workshop calendar by month in my highlighted stories on my profile page if you miss the posts), Facebook, and sign up for my newsletter to have the info emailed to you.

Workshop experiences make great gifts! I have had husbands surprise their wives or friends come together for birthdays and it’s so much fun! The gal or guy we are celebrating also gets a little surprise from me to help make their day extra special :) I know it can be hard to purchase tickets for a specific date without consulting first AND keep things a surprise so that’s where my gift certificates come in! What you can do is wrap and give the certificate and once your recipient opens it, you guys can figure out a date and you can purchase the tickets for both of you (no reservations need to be made in advance in order to give a certificate). The gift certificates are completely free and can be personalized–just email me at hello@atiliay.com to request one!

Please note this is a holiday inspired workshop where we will be learning faux calligraphy and using it to create wrapping paper and packaging you’ll be able to use for the holidays! There will be brief instruction in the beginning and the remainder of the time will be used to create. If you are looking to learn the basics of brush lettering, please sign up for one of my Beginners Brush Lettering Workshops. If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Click on the link below for more details and to reserve a seat at this workshop. I hope to letter with you soon!

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12/1/18 | DIY CALLIGRAPHY WRAPPING PAPER WORKSHOP
Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-Noon, Saturday, December 1st
$55/person
*Prior workshop attendees will receive a $5 off the workshop and be reimbursed day of the workshop!
Click here for details and registration

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOPS IN LA

Calligraphy Workshops in LA by Atiliay

I’m looking forward to teaching these upcoming modern calligraphy workshops in LA and surrounding areas! These are the final classes for 2018 (where did this year go?!) and I hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, don’t worry–I’ll be scheduling workshops for 2019.

If you’d like to be notified when workshops are scheduled, be sure to follow my Instagram (you can always find the workshop calendar by month in my highlighted stories on my profile page if you miss the posts), Facebook, and sign up for my newsletter to have the info emailed to you.

Workshop experiences make great gifts! I have had husbands surprise their wives or friends come together for birthdays and it’s so much fun! The gal or guy we are celebrating also gets a little surprise from me to help make their day extra special :) I know it can be hard to purchase tickets for a specific date without consulting first AND keep things a surprise so that’s where my gift certificates come in! What you can do is wrap and give the certificate and once your recipient opens it, you guys can figure out a date and you can purchase the tickets for both of you (no reservations need to be made in advance in order to give a certificate). The gift certificates are completely free and can be personalized–just email me at hello@atiliay.com to request one!

Here is the schedule for calligraphy workshops in LA and surrounding areas–click on the links for more details and to reserve your seats. I can’t wait to share lettering with you!

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12/9/18 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1
Hosted by Oh Shiny Paper Co / 513 South Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776
10:00AM-11:45AM, Sunday, December 9th
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12/9/18 | DIY CALLIGRAPHY WRAPPING PAPER WORKSHOP
Hosted by Oh Shiny Paper Co / 513 South Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776
1:00PM-2:30PM, Sunday, December 9th
$55/person
*Prior workshop attendees will receive a $5 off the workshop and be reimbursed day of the workshop!
Click here for details and registration
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12/16/18 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1
Hosted by Cottonwood Home / 1016 Lawson St City of Industry, CA 91748
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, December 16th

DIY HALLOWEEN CALLIGRAPHY PUMPKINS

Boo Pumpkin Tutorial by Atiliay.com

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DIY Halloween calligraphy pumpkins has become my new favorite way to create fun and cute decorations for fall and Halloween! There’s so many different shapes and sizes that can be used for a variety of things from table top center pieces to porch decor to mini pumpkins to gift or top Halloween treats with–you can even branch out and letter on squash or apples! Here are all of my tips and directions on how to create your own lettered pumpkins!

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BEFORE GETTING STARTED…

Here’s a few things to think about to help you get great results on your final lettered pumpkin!

PUMPKIN PICKING TIPS: Before getting your pumpkin, decide what color marker you’ll be using and what you want to write–this will help you decide what color/size pumpkin to get. Once you’re at the store, make sure to pick a pumpkin that has enough surface area to fit your text and that the portion that you’ll be writing on is smooth and blemish-free. Try to find a pumpkin that will sit flat on a surface so it’ll be easy to display.

WHAT TO WRITE: Short phrases work well because you can letter it large enough for people to read and it’ll fit on one side of a pumpkin. You can letter something that goes all the way around a pumpkin but that would work best if people are either allowed to pick it up to admire it or it’s a centerpiece for a table that can be seen from all sides. Otherwise, if this guy is going on your porch, it’s best to stick with someone that people can easily read as they are walking or driving by.

PRACTICE YOUR WORD/PHRASE: Before lettering on the pumpkin, I recommend practicing your word/phrase on paper first so you know how you want your letters to look, your hand gets used to the movements you will have to make, and you can practice the word/phrase in the actual size it’ll be on the pumpkin.

If you’d like to write the word “boo” as shown in the image, DOWNLOAD MY FREE BOO PRACTICE WORKSHEET! Trace the word in two different sizes then write it on your own.

If you like the practice sheet and would like more in the future as well as INSTANT access to my free PDF library–which includes boo gift tags and an “eat, drink, and be scary” sign–join my newsletter so you don’t miss out BY CLICKING HERE TO SIGN UP!

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Boo Pumpkin Tutorial by Atiliay.com

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DIY HALLOWEEN CALLIGRAPHY PUMPKINS

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MATERIALS

  • Pumpkin
  • Pencil (a #2 pencil works fine with a dull tip so it won’t pierce through the pumpkin)
  • Eraser
  • Permanent marker such as Sharpie or DecoColor Paint Pen
  • Nail polish remover
  • Q-tips

DIRECTIONS

1. Decide what area of the pumpkin you will be lettering on. Wipe that area with a damp towel to remove any dirt. Dry the pumpkin.

2. Before lettering, try to visualize where you want your word/phrase to start and end.

3. Lightly pencil in your word/phrase. If you need to make any adjustments, erase the area you’d like to change and pencil in your new line. Once you are happy with your light outline, go over it again in pencil, this time making the line darker.

4. Now you are ready to go over it with your permanent marker! Since this is a non-traditional surface, go very slowly! I’ve found that when you reach a ridge or dip, it works better to stop at the ridge, pick up your marker, and start again instead of trying to draw a continuous line through the ridge. If there are any gaps, go back and dot it in or draw a short line to connect it. Because these permanent markers do not have a brush tip, I used faux calligraphy to create my lettering. Faux calligraphy is manually making all the downstrokes you create thicker by coloring it in. I began by lettering the outline of my word first, then I went back to fill in all the downstrokes. Be careful when coloring to not scratch off the existing ink–it may help to fill in any light areas by creating small short strokes or dots to make that area darker. Don’t be afraid to turn your pumpkin upside down or sideways while you are lettering–whatever helps your hand and marker get to where it needs to go!

5. Make sure the ink is completely dry and erase any pencil lines that may be visible.

6. If you make a mistake, the ink can be removed with nail polish remover! If it’s in an area that is close to another letter, I recommend using Q-tips dipped in nail polish remover to erase your mistake. I originally made the dot of my exclamation point to high up and wanted to lower it. I was able to erase the original dot with the nail polish remover but it did take several tries and rubbing on the area pretty hard. So try to get it as close to how you want it as possible, without relying on being able to erase any mistakes. If you feel like you’ve messed up on a large area and want to start over, just turn to the other side of your pumpkin and start again there!

I hope you liked this tutorial and will try this project out and have discovered a new way to use pumpkins to celebrate the holidays! I love seeing what everyone comes up with so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you post a picture or send me an email.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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If you enjoyed the free “boo” practice sheet and would like 2 more Halloween inspired PDFs –one is an “Eat, Drink, & Be Scary” sign, the other is a “boo” goody bag tag–sign up for my newsletter to get instant access to download them! You will also receive access to my free PDF library! Sign up below by entering your email and clicking subscribe:

 



 

Eat Drink and Be Merry Hand Lettered Sign by Atiliay.com

Boo Tags by Atiliay.com

ATILIAY X MARVY UCHIDA BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP

Atiliay and Marvy Uchida Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop

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ATILIAY X MARVY UCHIDA BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP
This workshop is designed for beginners, no experience is necessary! If you already have brush lettering knowledge please check out the Atiliay x Marvy Uchida Brush Lettering Event!

I am very excited to be teaching my Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop at Marvy Uchida HQ! This workshop includes a very special starters kit filled with over $50 worth of Marvy Uchida brush pens and tools. You will also receive a personalized pencil pouch and Marvy Uchida canvas tote to get organized and take everything home in. This workshop includes additional instruction on how to use all the items you will receive. There are 2 sessions available–please click on the time you are interested in for more details and to reserve your seat:

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.Sunday, October 14th
10:30AM-12:30PM or 1:30PM-3:30PM
Marvy Uchida HQ | 3535 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
$75/person
Each seat will provide 25 meals for The EEC Preschool + Nursery
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If you have any questions, please email Olivia at hello (at) atiliay (dot) com.
I hope to see you there!
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Marvy Uchida Headquarters, Torrance, CA

ATILIAY X MARVY UCHIDA BRUSH LETTERING EVENT

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ATILIAY X MARVY UCHIDA BRUSH LETTERING EVENT
Please note this event is not for beginners, prior brush lettering knowledge is needed. If you are a beginner, please check out one of the beginners workshops that are available!

I am very excited to be co-hosting a special brush lettering event with pen company, Marvy Uchida!

We wanted to create a day for you to try and take home different Marvy Uchida pens and products (over $50 worth of goodies!), have dedicated time to practice and experiment, meet other fellow brush lettering enthusiasts, and have fun! Demos and brief instruction will be given along with worksheets and supplies and the rest of the time will be for you to create! We won’t be going over the basics since you already got that down ;) but I know it can be hard to find time to practice so we thought this could help with that! And if you do have any questions, I will be there to help.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please read the details below
and click on the two different times to reserve your seat:

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Saturday, October 13th
10:30AM-12:30PM or 1:30PM-3:30PM
Marvy Uchida HQ | 3535 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
$65/person
$55/person for previous workshop attendees (please email me for the offer code to use at checkout!)
Each seat will provide 20 meals for The EEC Preschool + Nursery
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You will receive brush pens in different colors and sizes and be the first to try Marvy Uchida’s newest brush pen, a blender, a palette, water brushes in different sizes, watercolor colored pencils, a personalized pencil bag, a canvas tote bag to take everything home in, and more! All supplies, worksheets, paper, and light refreshments will be provided.
If you have any questions, please email Olivia at hello (at) atiliay (dot) com.
I hope to see you there!
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Marvy Uchida Headquarters, Torrance, CA

DIY CALLIGRAPHY WRAPPING PAPER TUTORIAL

DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial | Create beautiful wrapping paper with your brush lettering! Follow these easy steps to add a personal touch to all of your presents and elevate your gift wrapping game.  It's a fun, easy, and affordable. Click to see all the steps from start to finish.

One of my favorite ways to utilize and practice my calligraphy is to create wrapping paper with it! This DIY calligraphy wrapping paper is easy to make, affordable, and so much fun to give to your friends and family! I love that you can personalize the text by adding the recipient’s name to the lettering (“Happy Birthday, Jessica!”), use the paper as a card and write your message directly on it (they can read it once it’s unwrapped–you might have to tell them not to rip it off though :)), or match the text with the gift (if you are giving concert tickets, write the lyrics from a song by the artist).  There are so many things you can do with this so get creative with it! It’s also nice because this project is very forgiving–don’t worry about little mess ups or inconsistencies since you’ll be cutting the paper up, folding it, and also topping it with ribbon or other decor. I think what makes gifts special is the thought that goes into and this adds a lovely to touch to any present and occasion you are celebrating!

In this tutorial, I will be using brush lettering with brush pens to create the wrapping paper. If you do not know how to brush letter, it’s OK! Try faux calligraphy or using your own cursive or print on it–you will get the same effect. I also decided to go with a neater look with the lettering and having it go diagonally across the paper. I am using Marvy Uchida’s Le Plume II Brush Pen which I really like for medium to larger sized lettering.

For the kraft paper, I am using Goodscery‘s kraft paper roll. Their paper is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and is available on Amazon Prime. I also like that the paper is not coated so it has a very nice and natural hand feel to it. The roll comes with a free ball of jute twine as well! Goodscery is offering 20% off to Atiliay readers– just enter the code 20OFFATILIAY when checking out! Click here to check out Goodscery kraft paper on Amazon.

I hope you and the recipient of your gift enjoy this tutorial and I’d love to see pictures of the DIY calligraphy wrapping paper you create– tag me on social media if you’re sharing it there or send me an email (hello@atiliay.com)! If you’d like to see more versions of this gift wrap as well as other brush lettering ideas and projects, be sure to follow me on Instagram, @atiliay.

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MATERIALS

  • Kraft paper roll
  • Brush pen of your choice (the larger you’d like your writing to be, the larger the brush tip should be)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Invisible tape
  • Items to decorate your gift with: twine, ribbon, washi tape, sprigs of flowers or greenery, etc.

DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial by Atiliay.com

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DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cut your kraft paper to size. Always add a little extra so you don’t end up with too little and don’t have enough to go around your box/gift! You can also save the larger scraps to wrap smaller gifts with.
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Step 2: Decide on your lettering for this gift wrap:
1) What do you want to write?
2) How large/small do you want your lettering (which will help determine which brush pen to use)? Do you want it to be neat or a messy scrawl?
3) What is the layout of your lettering? Straight, diagonal, random, etc.?
For this tutorial I decided to letter “happy birthday!”, medium sized, and wanted to text to be written diagonally across the paper.
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Step 3 (optional): Draw a light pencil outline of the lettering. If it’s a more complicated design, you want to have an outline to follow, or you are a perfectionist like me, draw a light pencil outline of the lettering first for placement, size, and to make sure your letter shapes and forms are how you like it. I made diagonal lines across the paper that are 1 3/4″ apart and lettered within them to help keep things looking neat and consistent.
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DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial by Atiliay.com
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Step 4: Start lettering! Go over your pencil lines or freehand it. If you used pencil, let the ink dry COMPLETELY, then erase any lines that weren’t traced over in the ink. (If you are impatient, set a timer and give your ink time to dry–it is the saddest thing to erase too early and smear your beautiful work!) The nice thing about the Marvy Le Plume II pens is that the ink dries quickly! I still will only erase a corner to make sure it’s smudge proof before starting to erase a bigger area.
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DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial by Atiliay.com
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Step 5: Wrap your gift up! I love this part and seeing the paper you just created come to life.
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Step 6: Add the trimmings–I love this part as well and you can get really creative with this! One of my favorite things to do is add some fresh greenery to the gift (try to do this the day of so it stays fresh). You can use different twine/ribbon/lace, add a gift tag, top it with homemade pom poms, stick a bow on it–just to name a few ideas.
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Step 7: Enjoy your new creation and have fun giving it away! :)
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DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial by Atiliay.com

BE A KIND DRIVER – FREE PDFS FOR THE ROAD

Car Sign PDFs by Atiliay.com

I was at a stoplight last week and I kept hearing this car honking continuously. After about 10 seconds of this I started to get annoyed and began looking around to see who this jerk who kept honking was! I finally saw the car, a few lanes away from me. In the drivers seat was an older gentleman, maybe in his late 60s, and he had stopped honking and was holding up a sign at the car in front of him that read, “left break light out”. The man in the car in front read it and waved thank you. How awesome is this guy to have signs in his car letting other drivers know that their break lights are out?! It really made my morning to see that. It’s such a great idea–a simple yet very kind gesture to those we are sharing the road with. It’s also smart because sometimes if people are yelling at you from their car or just honking, you don’t always know what they want and might ignore them. I was super inspired by this man to make signs of my own! I thought I’d share them so everyone can help out a fellow driver on the road the next time they need it. Please do keep in mind to use these signs when you are at a full stop (!) or you can have your passengers hold up the signs for you.

There are 5 signs total:

Left break light out
Right break light out
Both break lights out
Gas cap open
You have a flat tire
Turn on your headlights :)

Click here to download your free PDFs for the road.

In the recent months, I have left my gas cap off one too many times (!) and Justin actually didn’t know he had a flat tire until someone told him! So I added signs for those as well. I hope you like this idea and will join me in keeping these signs in your car and using them to help out other drivers!

If you’d like to share with me how you’ve used these PDFs, I’d love to see/hear! Send me an email (hello@atiliay.com) or tag me on social media (IG: @atiliay / #atiliaypdfs) so I can check it out.

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 PRINTING TIPS:

* I recommend printing on heavy cardstock so it’s easy to hold up and stay flat. You can also try laminating them as well!
* If your PDF is getting cut off, make sure to change your printer settings to “fit to page”.

This is a gentle reminder that this PDF is designed for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
Please ask for permission first if you would like to share this. Contact Olivia at hello@atiliay.com.
Thank you for your cooperation!

FEBRUARY 2018 | MODERN CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

February had me driving around Southern California for 4 awesome calligraphy workshops in San Gabriel, Long Beach, Vista, and Downtown LA. I had a ton of fun and was very excited to meet fellow lettering enthusiasts and continue to raise meals through creativity and community. Every workshop is a totally new and different experience thanks to each attendee and the energy they bring to class–I am very grateful for everyone who has trusted me to be their teacher and made each workshop so amazing!

Letter For Good: Each workshop seat helps to provide 10 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa. February workshops helped to provide 400 meals!

See below for all the fun details on this month’s workshops!


Are you interested in learning the art of brush lettering? I’d love to letter with you!

To view the current schedule, please head over to the Workshop Calendar.
To view more photos from previous workshops, please click here #atiliayworkshops.
Private workshops are also available!
If you have any questions, please send me an email at hello@atiliay.com.


2.4.18 | OH SHINY PAPER CO | SAN GABRIEL

Atiliay Brush Lettering Workshop - Oh Shiny Paper Co 2-4-18

It was great to be back at Oh Shiny Paper Co! I enjoyed getting to know this great group of ladies–and one gentlemen who actually surprised his girlfriend with this class and joined us as an observer :) We had been emailing back and forth to coordinate and I was so excited to have her join us–I couldn’t wait to ask her about the surprise. She told us he drove her here and she literally had no idea what she would be doing until she sat down. He totally deserves major boyfriend brownie points for pulling this off!


2.17.18 | METAPHOR BOUTIQUE | VISTA

2.17.18 Atiliay Calligraphy Workshop at Metaphor

Although I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and been to San Diego many times, I’d never stopped by the lovely city of Vista until my workshop at Metaphor Boutique! It’s a goal of mine to teach in different cities (and maybe states in the near future) so I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach here and make my workshop available to those living in SD and surrounding areas. And because I taught at Metaphor, I actually had the amazing opportunity to meet and letter with two new friends from Germany, Minelle and Kathryn! Minelle found my work through Instagram and realized I was teaching a workshop close to where her friend Kathryn (who is also from Germany) was living, ON Kathryn’s birthday, WHILE Minelle was in town visiting! Super serendipitous and I love how lettering brought us all together! We emailed to coordinate and this was part of Minelle’s birthday gift to Kathryn. This is seriously one of the coolest things that has happened on my lettering journey and I was so glad to be able to help them celebrate while doing something they both loved!


2.18.18 | SHARE & DO GOOD | LONG BEACH

Atiliay Brush Lettering Workshop - Share & Do Good 2-18-18

It was great to be back at Share & Do Good–not only is it a lovely space but they also give back a portion of proceeds from workshops to Rice Bowls! So it’s double the giving which I really love. We had a birthday surprise here as well, this time from a husband to a wife! The week of the workshop he forwarded my reminder email to her to let her know she was attending. High five to all these sneaky/thoughtful significant others :) Thank you everyone for coming–I loved learning about everyone’s interest in and appreciation for lettering!


2.25.18 | COCO FRESH | DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Atiliay Brush Lettering Workshop - CoCo Fresh 2-25-18

Boba and brush lettering? Sounds like a good combo to me! :) Thank you CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice for hosting and providing every attendee with a boba drink of their choice! It was pretty cool to be in the heart of Downtown LA, across from Pershing Square, for this workshop. I also loved that we had 2 sets of mother daughter duos attending the class together–workshops are perfect go experience alone or with a friend/family member. Everyone did such an awesome job and I know their skills will just continue to grow and flourish as they continue to practice their lettering!