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!

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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 3 of the Meet The Maker series! In case you missed it…
READ PART 1 HERE
READ PART 2 HERE
READ PART 3 HERE
PART 5 COMING SOON!

MEET THE MAKER – PART 3

This is Part 3 of the Meet The Maker series!
To learn more and see Part 1, please click here.
To read Part 2, head over here.


DAY 13 | PHOTOGRAPHY: This is where I take my photos—behind the couch in the corner of the living room that gets a lot of natural light (luckily the couch hides this so I can leave my set up there)! My background is a white foam board sitting on top of a short wood side table with extra boards to reflect light with. And I usually take pics with my iPhone. Here’s a pic of set up, final photo, and the table (it’s one of my favorite Craigslist finds from years ago!)

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March Meet The Maker - Day 13 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 13 - Atiliay.com

DAY 14 | HOW I LEARNED: Here’s a sample of my work from when I first started learning how to letter—the page from the journal is one of my very first attempts at it! I also found an old “learn” that I lettered and it’s next to one I lettered in pencil not too long ago!⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I am self taught and started by following lettering IG accounts/blogs that had tutorials and guides about 4 ish years ago. It was difficult in the beginning because I had no idea what kind of pen to use or how to hold it or what any of the rules were and it was discouraging. But I started to make progress when I⁣:⁣⁣⁣
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1) Joined the #handletteredabcs challenge and practiced one letter a day⁣⁣⁣⁣.
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2) Found the Zebra brush pen at Daiso and realized smaller/stiffer brush pens are more beginner friendly!⁣⁣⁣
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After that it was a TON of practicing, refining, and studying letters. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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There’s still so much I want to learn which I think is one of the cool things about lettering or any art form—there’s always room to progress and grow and I’m looking forward to it!
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PS: If lettering is something you’ve been wanting to try or you’ve dabbled but feel discouraged like how I did, I’d love for you to join me at a workshop if you’re in the So Cal area! I wanted to teach because I wanted to share the things I *wish* I knew when I first started and I feel like it’s one of those things that’s easier to learn face to face. (I’m also working on a workbook and videos for those of you who are not in the area!) To view workshop dates, click here for the Workshop Calendar.

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DAY 15 | MOTIVATION AND GOALS: Atiliay started out as a fundraiser and the foundation of what I do is still built on that idea—I love the thought of creating products/workshops that enable customers and attendees to easily join me in giving back! This is what motivates me and my goal is for us to continue to give back together!⁣
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One of the ways Atiliay’s cards for a cause help is by funding micro loans for mom and dad entrepreneurs around the world through Kiva.org. Because of Father’s Day cards, Atiliay was able to lend to Denis! This is his story and a photo of him with his business. ⁣

To date Atiliay has funded over 80 micro loans in over 36 countries with your help!

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March Meet The Maker - Day 15 - Atiliay.com

DAY 16 | WORKSPACE: Here’s an old photo of my workspace at its best—see my post for Day 7 for how it actually looks most of the time! There’s also a cameo below of my two assistants, Valentine and Bernard :)

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DAY 17 | WHAT I’M WORKING ON: I’ve been working on getting wrapping paper made! It’s taken quite awhile to find a printer who will print on kraft paper and recreate the design below but I have found one and am excited to move forward in the process! Stay tuned!

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DAY 18 | MISTAKE OR LESSON: Strive for progress, not perfection–this is something I’ve learned throughout my journey and something I continue to work on. It’s easy for me to get caught up in making things “perfect” which is impossible and holds me back from getting things done! I love this quote and it reminds me to focus on progressing by finishing projects, putting my work and myself out there, and continuing to move forward!

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

MEET THE MAKER – PART 2

This is Part 2 of the Meet The Maker series! To learn more and see Part 1, please click here.


DAY 7 | LESS GLAM SIDE: What can I say, I’m no Marie Kondo! In case you’re wondering, the disaster that you are looking at is part of my workspace and my desk!

⁣This is probably the realist pic I’ve ever posted lol FYI that little corner where you can actually see the table is where I put my laptop. In my defense, I’ve been doing most of my lettering and workshop prep at the dining room table which is why this has gone untouched but it’s the last big area I need to tidy up—the rest of my space is actually somewhat decent lol⁣

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DAY 8 | PRODUCT RANGE: Here’s a spread of the things I offer (top to bottom, leftish to rightish)! Stamped favor boxes, greeting cards, lettering worksheets, baby milestone cards, and brush lettering workshops. To do a little shopping or to view workshop dates, click on the link in my profile—there’s currently a little over 90 products to browse through.

Every item gives back by providing meals for The EEC Preschool & Nursery (pictured), microloans for mom and dad entrepreneurs, and vegan chili and meals for folks across the US!

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DAY 9 | STORY BEHIND THE NAME: Atiliay (Eh-ti-lee-ay) is based off the French word “atelier” meaning workshop or studio specifically for an artist or designer. I wanted a name that nobody else would have so I changed the spelling to how I think the word sounds. I also liked that the name and meaning is versatile enough that if my business were to ever evolved into something else, the name would still work. Fun fact: So far, since 2013, I have only met 1 person (at a craft show) who saw “Atiliay” and immediately knew it was a play on “atelier”! I was very impressed lol The downside of having a made up name is nobody knows if they are saying it right at first! Sorry about that!

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DAY 10 | YOU: Hello! I’m Olivia! Here’s a little bit more about me for today’s prompt…
* My current obsession is World of Dance and watching dance videos! It’s inspired me to sign up for a dance class!
* I’ve been vegan for 10 years and I love animals! A few of my fave food places: Mitasie3, Freesoulcaffe, The Donuttery, and Huglife ⁣⁣⁣⁣
* My other half is Justin who is my COMPLETE opposite! He is a full time podcaster and produces and narrates a family of podcasts called Optimal Living Daily. If you’re into self development, minimalism, and similar topics, I highly recommend them!
* I live in Irvine with my pom Valentine and 3 kitties: Makani, Jefrey, and Samone.
* The dog in this photo is Kingston who came to a workshop!
* I just started reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang and it’s been hard to put down ⁣⁣⁣⁣
* I have a fear of heights and clusters of circles (trypophobia)

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DAY 11 | REDUCING WASTE: This is definitely something I’ve been trying my best to do! Here are a few steps I’ve taken to be more eco-friendly and waste less—

* While I love intricate and beautiful packaging, I’ve kept mine as minimal as possible without a lot of extras because I feel like most of it ends up in the trash! Each order comes in a non-bendable mailer made from 100% recycled paper board by family owned company @upaknship along with an info postcard that doubles as a thank you note.⁣
* I recently saw that ClearBags has new eco sleeves made from plants that are compostable so I’m excited to switch to those!⁣
* Anytime I have paper scraps I keep them to practice lettering on or use for other projects. And anything I can’t use anymore is recycled!

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DAY 12 | HANDS AT WORK (This photo is part of the DIY Calligraphy Wrapping Paper Tutorial Post!)

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

MEET THE MAKER – PART I

This March I participated in the March Meet The Maker Challenge over on Instagram! This annual challenge was created and is hosted by Joanne Hawker, a lovely designer in the UK, as a way for small businesses, makers, and creators to share more about themselves and their businesses as well as connect with fellow biz owners! Joanne creates prompts for posts for every day in March–they range from sharing your favorite product to sharing more about you as a person. I love a good challenge and have been able to complete other month-long challenges in the past so thought I’d try this one out! Since this challenge is hosted on Instagram, I wanted to share it here for anyone who may not be on that platform. I really enjoyed creating these posts and thought it was a good way for us to get to know one another–I hope you enjoy them as well! :) PS: If you are interested in taking a look at all the 2019 March Meet The Maker Prompts, click here.


DAY 1 | FAVORITE TO MAKE: It’s impossible for me to pick just one thing I like making so I wanted to share with you 2 of my favorite parts of the process 1- Adding a note and checking off the give back box on the postcard for every order and 2- Seeing a large order all packed, taped up, labeled, and ready to go! I love seeing the result of my hard work nicely wrapped up—while my desk and workspace is a mess lol

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DAY 2 | HOW YOU STARTED: South Africa > Hand carved and stamped #cardsforacause > Stamps + watercolors + stitched cards > Lettered cards > Lettered cards v2.0 > Workshops! ⁣It was nostalgic for me to see my old work and the evolution of Atiliay! This pretty much sums up my journey in one photo and I’m looking forward to what’s next! Thank you for being a part of it!

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DAY 3: FLATFLAY: You know I love a good flatlay! :) Sometimes it takes *several* tries before I am happy with the outcome (who else has about 500 pics of one shot on their camera roll??) but arranging all the items and adding props is something I really enjoy doing! I treat each workshop seat like a flatlay as well—I want each attendee to be able to see the things we’ll be using for the class as well as be excited by what’s in front of them as they sit down! PS: If you are interested in attending a workshop or hosting a private one, click here to view upcoming class dates and more details!

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DAY 4 | TOOLS & MATERIALS: Here’s a list of some of my most used/most loved tools! I did a ton of research (esp for the pricier items like printers and paper cutter) so I hope this can be useful for anyone currently looking into these items!⁣⁣

⁣⁣FOR LETTERING
Dull no 2 pencil⁣⁣⁣s⁣⁣⁣
A variety of brush pens—my fave is the Zebra Fine Tip Brush Pen⁣⁣ (next to the pencil)⁣⁣⁣⁣
Scraps of cardstock⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
HP Premium32⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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FOR DIGITIZING / CARDS / WORKBOOK⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
HP Envy Laptop⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Adobe Illustrator⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Canon iP8720 Wireless Printer⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Rotatrim Paper Cutter⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Scoring board and bone folder⁣
Brother HL-L2300D Printer (for labels/misc paperwork)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
iPad/Procreate⁣⁣⁣⁣

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FOR PHOTOS ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
iPhone SE (I hate changing phones and I like how small this one is, I don’t care if it’s old lol)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Lumix GF5 Camera (sometimes)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
ColorStory App⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Adobe Photoshop⁣⁣⁣

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DAY 5 | DETAILS, CLOSE UP: Here’s a close up shot of one of the sheets from my brush lettering worksheet PDFs that I recently launched! The lower and upper case b are one of my favorites to letter! If you’re interested in learning a new style with bounce and movement in it, click here to learn more about Atiliay’s Upper and Lower Case Alphabet Exemplar PDFs.

March Meet The Maker - Day 5 - Atiliay.com

March Meet The Maker - Day 5 - Atiliay.com

DAY 6 | FULL OR PART TIME? I think my answer is both! I have a PT day job that I go to in the mornings then the rest of the time on weekdays and  weekends I work on Atiliay. The reason I say both is because I am never off when it comes to Atiliay–it is on my mind 24/7 and I am sure many of you can relate! Having this PT job is relatively new (it’ll be a year in May) but for the past 10 years prior I was freelancing in the fashion industry along with some other jobs in between.⁣

Real talk: I struggled A LOT with whether I should have a job outside of Atiliay or not–I knew what I had been doing wasn’t for me but I still had to feed the pups, pay bills, etc. I also knew that putting my time into 9 hour days was sucking the life, creativity, and energy out of me. But I also questioned whether I could completely support myself with my creative biz and it made me feel like I failed every time I went back to work. Can anyone else relate to this roller coaster of thoughts and emotions?!

⁣It has taken me some time to get to where I am now, but it feels like I’ve found a good balance that’s currently working for me: having some stability with a PT job while having enough time and energy to put into Atiliay. I also don’t feel that sense of failure anymore–there is no shame in having other jobs or not being FT. Everyone’s situation is different and I think there are lots of ways our creative endeavors can be structured and be successful!

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