CANDIDLY CAFFEINATED PODCAST INTERVIEW

I was so excited when Hannah invited me to be on Candidly Caffeinated! Her podcast is all about learning to thrive in our creativity and we met up last week to chat about my journey with Atiliay, expanding our comfort zones, and personal growth.⁣

I really enjoyed our conversation and if you want to check it out, the episode came out today!

Here are the links to listen to Episode 57 of Candidly Caffeinated, “Finding Your Path with Olivia Lin of Atiliay”:

Apple Podcasts

Stitcher

⁣⁣Hannah gave me such a wonderful opportunity to share about myself and Atiliay so I wanted to tell you a little more about her! Not only is she the creator and host of Candidly Caffeinated, Hannah is also a writer, speaker, and a consultant on content strategy as well as a coffee enthusiast and believer that EVERYONE is creative (I completely agree!)

You can connect with Hannah on:

Website | www.HannahJMoyer.com

Instagram | @hjmoyer

Twitter | hjmoyer

She made this interview so fun and comfortable and I appreciate her support very much—thank you Hannah for having me on!⁣
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PS: Anytime I hear my recorded voice I’m like, that’s what I sound like!? Lol Maybe one day I’ll get used to it!

JULY WORKSHOP CALENDAR

Southern CA Brush Lettering Workshops with Olivia of Atiliay.com

July workshops are here! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to brush letter, join me this summer for a beginners class!


My Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop Part 1 covers all the basics–the best tools to use, how to hold a brush pen, how to create basic strokes, how to make letters, and how to build words. You will receive 3 of my favorite brush pens for beginners, a workbook with worksheets, and different papers to try. After the class you will receive over 50 PDFs that you can print out at home to keep practicing and continue your lettering journey with as well as helpful links and resources. 


Below is the current July workshop schedule and you can also always find all the workshops and any new added dates here.

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.To see photos of previous workshops to get an idea of what they are like, please click here. If you have any questions or are interested in gift certificates, send me (Olivia) an email at hello(at)atiliay.com and I will be happy to help!

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JULY 2019

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7/13/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by Cottonwood Home / 1016 South Lawson St Suite B, City of Industry, CA 91748
10:30AM-1:15PM, Saturday, July 13th
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7/21/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, July 21st
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7/27/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
10:30AM-12:15PM, Saturday, July 27th

JUNE 2019 | MODERN BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

Thank you to LG Collective and RunwayTrash and The Potting Shed for hosting lettering workshops in June!

Workshops For A Cause: Each workshop seat helps to provide 25 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa
June workshops helped to provide 375 meals!
Thank you to every attendee who made this possible!

See below for photos and details about each workshop.


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.


6.22.19 | LG COLLECTIVE + RUNWAYTRASH | LONG BEACH

Long Beach Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

Thank you Kristine, Sela, Tori, Cindy, Oralia, Isabella, Ashley, and Carla for joining me for a Saturday morning workshop at RunwayTrash! Everyone was so focused and did a great job–I am excited for their skills to continue to grow and evolve!

A few other highlights: I loved that Sela had been wanting to take a lettering class and her mom surprised her by bringing her today without telling her where she was going–I love a good surprise!

Ashley’s husband gave her a workshop gift certificate for their anniversary! We’ve been trying to figure out a date that worked for her to come and I am so glad to finally be able to meet and letter with her! And extra brownie points for her husband :)

Cindy had mentioned that she’s been trying to get out of her comfort zone and try new things–one of them being this! I really admire that because it can be really hard and scary, especially doing something new alone! Hearing that really inspired me because it’s something I am trying to push myself to do as well. I am really glad she came and she can check this off her list!

Lastly, I loved that both Tori and Ashley are educators–thank you for all that you do for the kids you work with!

A special thank you to Lauree from LG Collective for hosting and Phimpha for having us in her space at RunwayTrash!


6.22.19 | LG COLLECTIVE + RUNWAYTRASH | LONG BEACH

Long Beach Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

It was so wonderful getting to letter with both Gabby and Marie again! They have both already taken the part 1 class and joined me for part 2. One of my favorite parts of doing this second class is seeing what each person does with bouncing and flourishing–there are so many possibilities and ways to interpret these elements for each letter! In addition to lettering, we also talked about our messy desks (some messier than others lol), marker and washi tape storage, and different projects we can create with your lettering. I had so much fun and love having the opportunity to see familiar faces again and catch up! Thank you ladies for lettering with me again nad I hope our paths cross again in the future!


6.23.19 | THE POTTING SHED | ORANGE

Orange County Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

Thank you Krystle, Mimi, Kate, Turbo Teri, and Rachael for joining me yesterday afternoon for a Sunday Funday workshop at The Potting Shed! I really enjoyed my time with these ladies and it was wonderful to see everyone connecting with one another as well. I loved seeing everyone the first up and down strokes each person created at the beginning of the class and then the words that were being lettered by the end of the class! I hope everyone had fun and continue to grow and utilize their skills. I really appreciated the great energy and positive vibes this workshop had!

A special thank you to Ashley from Saturday’s class for sharing about it–Krystle works with Ashley and heard of it through her!

Thank you always Jack and Luis at The Potting Shed for having us in their beautiful space–it is really such a treat to be able to teach there!


If you are interested in joining me for a workshop, click here to view the workshop calendar for upcoming dates!

If you’d like to host a private workshop or have any questions, please feel free to email me at hello(at)atiliay.com.
I am happy to help and hope to letter with you soon!

2019 FATHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

This Father’s Day Atiliay was able to fund 11 new microloans for dad entrepreneurs thanks to retail and wholesale cards for a cause orders! Atiliay is a give back paper goods company and every item is paired up with a non-profit–with every purchase a portion of proceeds is donated. For Father’s Day, I  wanted to create a way that we could help support fathers around the world. Since 2013, all cards for dads help to fund Kiva microloans that are lent to fathers around the world to help them grow their businesses, follow their dreams, and care for their families. To date, thanks to orders and repayments (when a loan is repaid, the funds are used to support another microloan), a total of 73 loans have been made in 36 different countries!

I wanted to introduce you to the 11 fathers and businesses we were able to support this Father’s Day:

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

Photos courtesy of Kiva.org

From top to bottom, left to right:

The first 5 fathers I wanted to tell you about all have businesses in the service industry in different parts of the world.⁣⁣

Ali, 31, Nabatieh, Lebanon | Ali is a husband, father of 3, Syrian refugee, and owner of a business specializing in making stone displays and fences for houses. Ali will use this loan to buy supplies needed for his business including wood fencing, vinyl, composite, metal, and chain link wings. He is hardworking and always trying to develop his business and improve his living conditions.⁣⁣
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Ismail, 44, Jinja, Uganda | Ismail is a single father of 3 and a businessman operating a tailoring shop at a busy street in his town. He is using this loan to purchase cloth and a generator to help during power outages. In addition to being a tailor, he also owns a video hall in another city and recently started selling soft drinks to those who come to his hall to watch football. Ismail’s wife left (reason unknown) when their youngest child was just 6 months old and since then he has dedicated himself to raising them and working hard so that all his children can attend better schools.⁣⁣
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Amos, 43, Kakamega, Kenya | Amos is married to his wife, Robai, and together they have 6 children. He has been operating his motorcycle business for 5 years and earns an average of 9,000 KES a month (about $88 USD). This is the first loan he has applied to and would like to use the funds to enable him to service his motorcycle. With the profits he will earn, he plans to repay his loan and pay school fees for his children.⁣⁣

Sherali, 36, Kulob, Tajikistan | Sherali is married and a father of 3 children. He is described as responsible, capable, honest, and careful, He has run his carpentry business successfully for over 6 years. He manufactures doors, windows, benches, and national Tajik chairs called “cut”. He has many clients and loves his business very much. He plans to use the loan to purchase more wood to increase his income.⁣⁣

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

Mashaka, early 30s, Lumumba-Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania | Mashaka has a barber shop is the married father of 2 children–1 boy and 1 girl–both of whom attend school. He opened his salon 10 years ago and is open from 8AM-9PM. He is applying for this loan to buy towels, combs, cutting machine, and chairs for his customers. His dream is to continue to grow and expand his business.

These next 3 fathers I’d like you to meet are all in the farming business:

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com
José, Ciudad El Triunfo, El Salvador | José is the father of 2 children and one of them is attending school. He has a life partner who devotes herself to taking care of the household. He studied up to 6th grade and has 22 years of experience doing agricultural work which he learned from his father. José is applying for this loan to buy agricultural supplies to plant grains, pay for labor, and pay rent for the land he cultivates. He dreams of improving his family’s quality of life.⁣

Nexhmedin, 51, Kosovo | Nexhmedin is married with 5 children. He is ambitious and works hard to provide for his family. His main occupation is cultivating wheat and corn to sell at the local market. In order to grow his business, Nexhmedin is requesting a loan to purchase fences for his agricultural land that will help preserve the product he farms. He is thankful to all the Kiva lenders for their support!⁣

Sovan, 29, Batambong, Cambodia | Sovan and his wife are farmers and together they have 3 children. They make a net income of 15 USD per day. He is requesting this loan to help with rice farming. He hopes this will help them expand their yield and improve his family’s life. Sovan loves his family and in the future wants to renovate his house and send all his children to school. Sovan sends thanks to the lenders for their support.⁣

And these final 3 dads we were able to fund loans for are all in retail:

Father's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

Issaka, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | Issaka is the father of a 5 year old child and has been a merchant selling shoes for the past 3 years. He is requesting this loan to pay for 8 bags of rubber soled footwear and 10 bags of secondhand shoes. He plans to put what he earns back into the business and to save money to improve his family’s living conditions.⁣

Antando, SIGNOGHIN, Burkina Faso | Antando is married and the father of 9 children–the oldest is 28 and the youngest is 8. 9 children go to school and he has 12 dependents. He has been in the business of selling a variety of merchandise for the past 21 years. With this loan, he plans to buy fifteen 50 kg sacks of kola nuts and ten 100kg sacks of dates to resell. He will reinvest his profits back into his business. Antando’s goal is to become a wholesaler and better educate his children.⁣

Stephen, Thika, Kenya | Stephen is happily married and provides for his family by selling clothes. His business is successful and he is glad he is able to support his family. Stephen is seeking a loan so he can add more fashionable clothes to his shop and attract more customers. His dream is to build a bigger business and support his children.⁣

Thank you again to those of you who made this possible–I am looking forward to funding even more loans next Father’s Day!

SUMMER WORKSHOP CALENDAR

Southern CA Brush Lettering Workshops with Olivia of Atiliay.com

I’m excited to share the summer workshop calendar with you! It’s one of the best times to learn brush lettering because you have plenty of time to practice and get ready to use your new skill for the holidays! I’ll be teaching three part 1 classes and one part 2 class.


PART 1 COVERS ALL THE BASICS–the best tools to use, how to hold a brush pen, how to create basic strokes, how to make letters, and how to build words. You will receive 3 of my favorite brush pens for beginners, a workbook with worksheets, and different papers to try. After the class you will receive over 50 PDFs that you can print out at home to keep practicing and continue your lettering journey with as well as helpful links and resources.

PART 2 COVERS WAYS TO EMBELLISH AND DEVELOP YOUR LETTERING STYLE. In this workshop we go over how to create movement  or “bounce” in your letters, get started on adding “flourishes”, how to layout sentences or quotes, and we’ll also talk about developing your style. You’ll receive 3 new pens (different from the ones you get in the part 1 class), a workbook with worksheets, and a packet of paper. After the class you will receive PDFs and resources to help you as you continue your lettering journey.

Please note that basic knowledge of brush lettering is a prerequisite for the part 2 class–you should feel comfortable with the basics including lettering words–it doesn’t have to be perfect but you understand how to create the strokes and connect letters.  

I recommend taking part 1 before taking part 2 but if you are self taught or have taken another beginner’s lettering workshop or course, that is fine too! If you have any questions on whether this is the right class for you or not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help! You can reach me at hello@atiliay.com.


Below is the current summer workshop calendar and you can also always find all the workshops and any new added dates here.

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JUNE 2019

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6/22/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
10:30AM-12:15PM, Saturday, June 22nd
$65/person
SOLD OUT
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6/22/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 2

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
1:15PM-3:00PM, Saturday, June 22nd
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6/23/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, June 23rd
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JULY 2019

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7/13/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by Cottonwood Home / 1016 South Lawson St Suite B, City of Industry, CA 91748
10:30AM-1:15PM, Saturday, July 13th
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7/21/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by The Potting Shed / 401 W Chapman Orange, CA 92866
10:30AM-12:15PM, Sunday, July 21st
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7/27/19 | BEGINNERS BRUSH LETTERING WORKSHOP – PART 1

Hosted by LG Collective at RunwayTrash / 4019 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
10:30AM-12:15PM, Saturday, July 27th

2019 MOTHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE

Mother's Day Cards For A Cause by Atiliay.com

This Mother’s Day Atiliay was able to fund 4 new microloans for mom entrepreneurs thanks to retail and wholesale cards for a cause orders! In case this is the first time you are learning about how Atiliay gives back, every item is paired up with a non-profit and with every purchase a portion of proceeds is donated. For Mother’s Day, I  wanted to create a way for me and my customers to help moms around the world. Since 2017, all cards for moms help to fund Kiva microloans that are lent to mamapreneurs around the world to help them grow their businesses, reach their goals, and provide for their families. You can learn more about how the loans work in this Instagram post. To date, thanks to orders and repayments (when a loan is repaid, the funds are used to support another microloan), a total of 26 loans have been made in 15 different countries! I wanted to introduce you to the 4 mothers and businesses we were able to support this Mother’s Day:

Mother's Day Cards For A Cause Kiva Loans 2019 - Atiliay.com

Photos courtesy of Kiva.org

From top to bottom, left to right:⁣

Catherine is a mother of 2 (one of her little ones joined her for this photo :)) and has a banana farm in Maua, Kenya. She requested a loan to purchase high quality seeds and fertilizer to improve her crops to keep up with modern techniques of farming. Using these items will help her increase her crop and increase her profit. Catherine works hard so that she can support her family and children and create a better life for them.⁣

Parvina is 36 years old and married with 2 children. She lives in Sarband, Tajikistan with her family. She is a seamstress of women’s clothes, national pillowcases, and bed sheets. These items are very popular and fashionable in Tajikistan–especially with brides who order the embroidered pillowcases and bed sheets. Parvina is using her loan to to buy fabrics for making embroidered pillowcases as they are a very profitable item at the market.

Erlina lives in Ajuy, Iloilo, Philippines with her husband and 4 children who are between the ages of 2 and 17. Erlina and her husband have been in the business of selling scrap materials for the past 8 years. She will be using this loan to buy more empty bottles, plastics, iron, and steel. Her dream is for her children to finish their studies and hopes to improve her business to help support her children’s education.⁣

Faaleleiga is 22 years old and lives in Faleasiu, Samoa with her 2 children and husband. She makes and sells Elei, a type of beautiful printed fabric, to earn a living. Faaleleiga will be using the loan to buy material, fabric paint, stencils, brushes, rollers, wooden carved designs, and a new cutter. She has had her Elei business for the past 2 years and uses her profits to pay for her family’s weekly expenses.⁣

I hope you enjoyed reading more about each of these mom entrepreneurs and learning about how Atiliay’s Mother’s Day cards for a card give back–and if you purchased a mom’s day card, you are the reason this is possible, THANK YOU!

PS: Father’s Day is coming up and those cards for a cause help to fund Kiva microloans for dad entrepreneurs! Stay tuned to read more about that and the fathers we are able to support!

MAY 2019 | MODERN BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

Thank you to LG Collective and RunwayTrashThe Potting Shed, and Oh Shiny Paper Co for hosting Beginners Brush Lettering Workshops throughout the month of May!

Workshops For A Cause: Each workshop seat helps to provide 25 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa
April workshops helped to provide 450 meals!
Thank you to every attendee who made this possible!

See below for photos and details about each workshop.


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.


5.11.19 | LG COLLECTIVE + RUNWAYTRASH | LONG BEACH

Long Beach Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

I had the lovely opportunity to letter with new friends and help celebrate a birthday at this Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop! Thank you Lesley (Happy Birthday!), Patricia, Anna, Jesselle, Kelli, Neriah, Angie, Sarah, and Daniella for joining me and helping to provide meals! It was really wonderful getting to spend time with you and creating together—I hope our paths cross again in the future! It was also so awesome to help celebrate Lesley’s birthday (which was that actual day!) who came to the workshop with her mother, daughter, and sister–I thought that was so special to be able to have the whole family at this class! Thank you always to Lauree of LG Collective for hosting us at RunwayTrash!


5.19.19 | THE POTTING SHED | ORANGE

Orange County Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

Thank you Cristina, Alondra, Kim, Joshell, Sarah, and Shillane for joining me for a Sunday funday Beginners Brush Lettering Workshop at The Potting Shed! I had a wonderful time getting to know you and really appreciate the opportunity to get to letter together. You all did a great job (so don’t be too hard on yourselves ;))—I know this is only the beginning of your lettering journey! Thank you always to Jack for hosting us in his gorgeous space at The Potting Shed!


5.27.19 | OH SHINY PAPER CO | SAN GABRIEL

San Gabriel Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

Thank you Lisa, Anna, and Meagan for joining me this past weekend for a beginners brush lettering workshop at Oh Shiny Paper Co! One of the things I’m really glad we talked about during our time together was the idea of not feeling discouraged! I totally get it because I was actually discouraged before I even picked up a pen–I used to think that lettering was beautiful but too hard and not something I could do. The first time I did pick up a brush pen, it looked NOTHING like what I was seeing on Instagram and no matter what I did, it seemed like I couldn’t get the strokes right! But after discovering different brush pens, figuring how to hold the pen correctly, learning the basic strokes, and really dedicating time to practice, I started to see an improvement!⁣

I’ve been lettering for almost 4 years now and I am so glad I didn’t throw in the towel! And I think it’s totally normal to get discouraged from time to time, but don’t let that stop you, no matter where you are on your lettering journey–keep going! Everyone has to start somewhere, everyone has to make that first shaky upstroke. Continue to practice and hone your craft, you will definitely see yourself grow and improve!⁣

I had a wonderful time with you ladies and it made me so happy to hear some of you say you were feeling inspired at the end of the workshop! And thank you also for helping me provide meals for little ones at The EEC Preschool & Nursery.


If you are interested in joining me for a workshop, click here to view the workshop calendar for upcoming dates!

If you’d like to host a private workshop or have any questions, please feel free to email me at hello(at)atiliay.com.
I am happy to help and hope to letter with you soon!

APRIL 2019 | MODERN BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP RECAP

This was a fun month of workshops! I taught a part 1 and a part 2 class and returned to teach at Penelope Lane Boutique! Thank you to Cottonwood Home, Penelope Lane Boutique, and The Potting Shed for being amazing hosts and having us in your lovely spaces!

Workshops For A Cause: Each workshop seat helps to provide 20 meals for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa
April workshops helped to provide 420 meals!
Thank you to every attendee who made this possible!

See below for photos and details about each workshop.


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.


4.7.19 | COTTONWOOD HOME | CITY OF INDUSTRY / ROWLAND HEIGHTS

Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

Thank you Marilyn, Rhea, Sandra, and Briana for joining me at this Sunday Funday workshop! This was such a wonderful group and I loved that we all had a chance to truly make a connection with one another. Everyone was open to learning something new, making new friends, and having fun! A special thank you to Kari for hosting us in her lovely space and for the yummy refreshments! PS: I was really excited to hear that Rhea had been following me on Instagram and she recently moved from up north to Los Angeles so was finally able to take a workshop! How awesome is that?? It was very special to me!


4.14.19 | PENELOPE LANE BOUTIQUE | LONG BEACH

Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

I was excited to be back teaching at Penelope Lane Boutique! PLB is a pop up modern craft show featuring local makers, artists, musicians, and more. I got to set up on stage in one of the rooms to host 2 workshops that day! Thank you Nicole, Michelle, David, Muhammad, Taylor, and Sheryl for joining me during the morning session! What I love about brush lettering workshops is that it brings people together of all different backgrounds and ages thanks to our shared interest of art and typography. Everyone did such a great job and it was so much fun getting to know you!  A big thank you to Stephanie for all her hard work putting this how show together and coordinating everything!


4.14.19 | PENELOPE LANE BOUTIQUE | LONG BEACH

Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

I got to spend my afternoon with Bonnie, Ashley, Connie, Amy, Valerie, Ashley, Mai, and Regina for the second brush lettering workshop of the day! A special thank you to Vanessa who came to a workshop last month and told Ashley about it and it was so nice to meet Regina in real life since we had been messaging on IG :) Thank you for joining me and I hope you had as much fun as I did!


4.28.19 | THE POTTING SHED | ORANGE

Brush Lettering Workshop - Atiliay.com

This was my first time teaching a part 2 workshop at The Potting Shed! It was great seeing Theresa, Carrie, and Debra again and watching them add on to their lettering! It’s really such a joy to be able to see their lettering journey and be a part of it. We had such great conversation and had the chance to get into all the details and nuances that come with growing your lettering skills and developing your style. Thank you for joining me for the second time and I hope our paths cross again in the future! PS: Jeannie and Gabby, you ladies were missed but I hope to see you very soon!


If you are interested in joining me for a workshop, click here to view the workshop calendar for upcoming dates!

If you’d like to host a private workshop or have any questions, please feel free to email me at hello(at)atiliay.com.
I am happy to help and hope to letter with you soon!

MEET THE MAKER – PART 5

This is Part 5 of the Meet The Maker series!
To learn more and start at Part 1, please click here.
Links to all other parts of this series can be found at the bottom of this post.


DAY 25 | HOW IT’S MADE: Every card starts with brush lettering that I do by hand with a brush pen on paper—it’s not a font! But to keep my fingers from falling off and to be able to mass produce, I digitize and vectorize the lettering so that I can print it out. Here’s an example of what the process looks like at each stage:⁣

1) This is an image of the original lettering I did. I took a photo of it, cleaned it up in Photoshop by removing the background and saved it as a PNG file.⁣

March Meet The Maker - Day 25 - Atiliay.com
2) This image shows what the lettering looks like after I open it in Illustrator and turn it into vector art. I use the Live Trace – Make and Expand function in Illustrator (swipe to see a photo where you can see all the vector points) to do this. I then go in and adjust all the points until the lettering is smooth. There are tools in the program to help with this like the Smooth Tool but I find that nothing gets it as good as going in manually to adjust. Yes, this part of the process can be tedious! But I’ll usually put music/a podcast on or catch up on The Voice or a TV show I can just listen to while I do this.⁣

March Meet The Maker - Day 25 - Atiliay.com
3) This last image shows the final lettering that I use on the card–everything is smoothed out and I can resize it and create the layout with it now! ⁣

March Meet The Maker - Day 25 - Atiliay.com

DAY 26 | SELF CARE: Going to Bounce Society’s trampoline workout classes has been my form of self care the past few years! I never thought I’d say that in a million years bc I worked out zero before going and after my very first class was over, I felt a mix of wanting to throw up and feeling like I was going to die—it is hardcore! But the more I went the more I realized how much better I felt, physically and mentally, after each class and I love going now! Every time I step up on a tramp is a chance to get better and stronger.⁣

It can definitely be hard to find an activity that works for you and then find the time and motivation to go do it, but I think it’s something we need to make a priority because we have to take care of ourselves too!⁣

I have also felt that staying active is important, especially since I’m no spring chicken anymore lol Instead of dreading getting older, I want to look forward to it and be the strongest I’ve ever been at 35, at 40, at 45, etc! What does your form of self care look like?⁣

PS: Local friends, classes are in Costa Mesa if you’d like to join me

March Meet The Maker - Day 26 - Atiliay.com

DAY 27 | ANYTHING GOES: I’m excited to share that a box of Atiliay’s card for a cause are headed to Boston to the More Than Words Bookstore!⁣⁣⁣
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MTW is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. I love what they are doing and am very happy to a part of their bookstore!⁣⁣⁣
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Their order provides 40 meals for The EEC and will help to find a micro-loans for a mom entrepreneur! Check them out at @mtwyouth and friends in the area, stop by!⁣

PS: If you’re interested in having Atiliay cards in your shop or space, please email me and I’ll send you wholesale info!

March Meet The Maker - Day 27 - Atiliay.com

DAY 28 | PACKAGING:  I mentioned in the reducing waste post that I like to keep it simple when it comes to packaging. Cards are put into clear sleeves and sealed (I’m excited to be switching to a compostable version soon) and packed in a non-bendable mailer with an info/thank you postcard. I finish each package with washi tape around the mailing label and they are ready to be sent off!

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DAY 29 | MOST DIFFICULT MAKE: And most difficult to photograph! One of the hardest parts was seeing the reflection of the letters and also freaking myself out with my own reflection a few times lol Honored to have been able to create this for a lovely bride and check mirror seating chart off my to do list—although this might’ve been my first and last time doing a project like this! Big props to the mirror sign makers out there!

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DAY 30 | SUPPORT: I feel super lucky to have had years of support from my friends as well as finding an awesome community of letterers and makers here on IG who have become real life friends too! My journey would’ve been so much more difficult and lonely if I didn’t have them in my life! Here are some of these special people:

Top left: My very first workshop ever! Made possible by my friend Kristen, who I’ve known since 6th grade and who also helped me at one of my very first craft shows, and her sis-in-law Nikki! This was the push and encouragement I needed to start teaching and I am very grateful!

Top right: Me and Susan–we’ve taught together, did this pop up together, I’ve bounced so many ideas off of her, and she’s been such a good listener and given me great advice. She’s also subjected to tons of long rambling texts from me whether it’s about work or reality TV. I’m always thinking, where have you been all my life!? ⁣

Bottom left: Some of my favorite makers and all around awesome women I’m so glad to know: Andrea of Luna Reece Ceramics, Jenna of The Paper Wilderness, Jackie of 3x3Inspire, and Meredith of LB Love Organics.

Bottom right: Lauree of LG Collective was the first to host my public workshops! This was one of the first ones I taught together with Susan!

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DAY 31 | PRODUCT IN THE WILD:  Here are some of my favorite shots of Atiliay’s cards for a cause and lettering out in the wild—and that’s a wrap! Thank you for reading these Meet The Maker posts and I hope it helped you get to know Atiliay and myself a little better :)

March Meet The Maker - Day 31 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 31 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 31 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 31 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 31 - Atiliay.com


Thank you for reading Part 5 of the Meet The Maker series! In case you missed it…
READ PART 1 HERE
READ PART 2 HERE
READ PART 3 HERE
READ PART 4 HERE

MEET THE MAKER – PART 4

This is Part 4 of the Meet The Maker series!
To learn more and see Part 1, please click here.
Links to all other parts of this series can be found at the bottom of this post.


DAY 19 | DREAM MASH UP: I used to make custom cakes and I think it’d be so fun—and messy—to have my lettering and cake worlds collide! My favorite part about making cakes was the decorating and I think it’d be pretty yummy to letter with frosting or paint with food coloring! Might be something I’ll have to try in the near future! (Top left is a cake I made for my friend’s husband of his tattoo and bottom right is an Up inspired cake—one of my favorite movies!)

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DAY 20 | DESIGN PROCESS: Here’s a little bit more on how I created this card!⁣

* I had been wanting to add more teacher appreciation cards to my line. I thought this phrase would be perfect to gift with plants or flowers! (Anytime I get an idea I jot it down in Evernote!) ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣* I start off every card design with quick thumbnail sketches to figure out the layout and finalize which words will be lettered and which will be printed. Sometimes I know exactly what I want but other times it takes a lot more to get the configuration right!⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣* Next, I get busy lettering! I usually do this on scrap paper with pencil until I am happy with it—if I get lucky I like what I letter in a few tries but normally I’ll do at least 15 or more versions before picking one! Then I go over it with a brush pen.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣* After that, I take a picture of it, email it to myself, and use Photoshop to clean it up and Illustrator to vectorize it.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣* Once it’s in vector form, I’ll go in and adjust as many of those little dots as I need to! It’s time consuming and can get tedious but I think this creates a really clean finished product!⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣* With the lettering done, I’ll size it and combine it with the print and layout the card in Illustrator and add the blurb for the back—and it’s done! ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣* The last part is to print, cut, pair it with an envelope, take photos, and share it with the world! ⁣

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DAY 21 | THROWBACK: Some of the first cards for a cause I ever listed on Etsy were these stamped and stitched cards! They were truly a labor of love—each was hand stamped and hand stitched and I eventually phased them out because they were time consuming to create and I was focusing more on being able to mass produce. But as I’ve learned more about what I want from Atiliay and what kind of business I want to be, I’ve realized how much I love these cards and really miss making them…so I’ve decided to bring them back! I’ll be giving the designs a little update and will produce them in limited quantity batches throughout the year. Stay tuned or if you’re on my mailing list, you’ll be the first to know!

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DAY 22 | PROUD OF: I am proud of myself for doing this (Atiliay) and I am proud of the people I know and follow here on IG who have shared their work—even if they are scared that it’s not good enough, started or are starting their biz or Etsy shop, are trying a new hobby, or are doing whatever it may be that they feel in their heart they should do without letting fear, circumstances, or negative vibes from others get in the way! I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit for taking that leap and starting, for the small wins, for the big accomplishments, and for everything in between. Let’s do that today!

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DAY 23 | TOP TIP OR ADVICE: If I could go back and tell myself something when I first started, it’d be to focus on what’s pushing my goals, dreams, and biz forward and these numbers $$ rather than focusing on social media vanity numbers. Sure, it might look great to have 1000s of followers but that doesn’t automatically mean your business is successful and on the flip side you can have 100 followers and be killing it! I think it’s more important to prioritize your limited time and when it comes to social media to ignore the numbers and keep showing up and connecting with the people who are already there supporting you!

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DAY 24 | CUSTOMERS/FEEDBACK: I am SO appreciative of every customer who has taken the time to leave a review, write an email, or my favorite–send me pics of the products they purchased next to human and furbabies! (“Grand dog”?? These are def my people!) It seriously makes my day to know that something I created has made someone happy or helped to express love and gratitude. It is also really special when people share that they connect with the cause and giving back! These are the reasons why I love doing what I do and makes all the late nights and tough times worth it!

reviewMarch Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 24 - Atiliay.com


Thank you for reading Part 4 of the Meet The Maker series! In case you missed it…
READ PART 1 HERE
READ PART 2 HERE
READ PART 3 HERE
READ PART 5 HERE