This year’s Better Letters in 15 Challenge is here!
The Better Letters in 15 Challenge is a set of FREE brush lettering worksheets based on the idea that 15 minutes of practice per day will help you improve your lettering! It is something that has worked for me and I wanted to create a fun and easy way to do this.
The challenge takes place across 4 weeks and breaks down a three word phrase. Each week you will receive a lesson and 5 worksheets to be completed within that week. The worksheets are designed to be finished within 15 minutes (or more if you have more time to spend on it)!
Each week you will work on a word in the phrase from individual letters to connecting the letters to creating the word. On the 4th week you will put it all together and work on layout. By the end of the challenge you will have lettered the entire phrase and have a piece of art for your home or office!
I began this challenge last year and the phrase for 2019 was PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS.
The 2020 phrase is TRUST YOUR CREATIVITY and the lessons begin today! If you are just reading this–don’t worry, it’s never too late to join! Once you sign up for the challenge emails, you will have access to all the previous emails so you can join and begin your 4 weeks anytime you’d like!
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The final newsletter for the month of July went out earlier this week! It includes the Time Capsule Letters PDF template, July shares, and words about Makani. Here is a sampling of some of the items from this month’s shares:
The Tail End. This article is a MUST read. I came across it years ago and have been searching for it since when it landed in my inbox recently! The author lays out and measures our lifespan using images to represent how many more times we will experience something. They range from silly things like how many more tacos we will eat to how many more times we will see our parents or a loved one. The visual really puts things in perspective for me. It’s such an important reminder to make the best of the time we have.
If I Have A Son by Ruth B. This song and music video is so powerful, beautiful, important, heart breaking, honest. Here is an excerpt from the chorus:
Your skin, it glitters like gold / There’s love inside of your soul / But no matter what you say no matter what you do / This world will never be as friendly to you
I’ve been a fan of hers ever since hearing Lost Boy several years ago.
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I received an email last month from Byron, my contact in South Africa, who delivers the food we help to provide for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool and Nursery. They are located in Motherwell, South Africa and like the rest of the world, are dealing with the pandemic.
He let me know that the South African government had created 5 levels of lockdown and at the time of writing, they were on level 3 and only Matrics (final year schooling, grade 12) were allowed back to school under strict circumstances.
Preschools/nurseries have not been allowed to operate so it has been a difficult task to get the food to where it needs to be. However, Byron and Gladys, the amazing woman who runs The EEC, have worked together and managed to successfully and safely deliver food to ALL the little ones who attend her school so that they don’t go hungry and have nutritious meals during this time. The visits have been strictly a drop and go situation to ensure the safety of all parties involved.
I have so much admiration for Byron and Gladys and the love and commitment they have for the children they look after. Byron delivers the food as a volunteer and Gladys created this place when she saw a need in her community, sometimes taking little to no money if parents cannot afford it. I can’t imagine two people who fit the definition of hero better than them. They amaze me, inspire me, and give me hope–they remind me of what we can do if we put our minds and hearts to it.
The photo above is from a pre-pandemic food drop at The EEC–I love getting photos and look forward to receiving them in the future when things are better and safe again.
What are your plans for the summer? What are you looking forward to? What do you want to try to get during this time of year? I have always loved making bucket/to-do lists for every season because each one seems to come and go so fast and there’s always things I plan on doing that I miss/forget about!
Since 2016, I’ve been sending out checklists with ideas to celebrate each season with but this summer, I wanted to try and create something different, something interactive, and something that was visually interesting and fun to fill out! I was inspired by lettering layouts and wanted this list to have the same feel–if creating this type of layout is something you’ve been wanting to try, this is an easy way to start. Here’s the new and improved Summer List PDF (if you want to see my completed list, I’ve included a pic below)!
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The layout is separated into 10 different areas and each area has a little circle or square checkbox for so you can check off each item as you complete it.
If you are already a subscriber, you should have received the latest newsletter that includes the 2020 Summer List–if not, send me an email or comment below and I will make sure you get it!
10 THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR CHECKLIST
The list includes 10 spots for you to fill in with 10 things you’d like to do this summer. I know that we might not be able to do the things we typically do or go to our regular spots BUT it’s during times like these that I feel like we can get creative, do something we might not have done, and still enjoy this time of year while being safe.
Here are a few things I have been asking myself as I came up with my list:
What can I learn during this time? Where can I virtually go? Even if I can’t travel, is there a way for me to see that culture or experience that country or destination in a different way? What outdoor places can I visit? How can I connect with my friends? What personal and professional goals do I have? What’s been on my to-do list for far too long that I want to knock off?
It might also be helpful to know that summer ends on Sept 22nd this year, which gives us about 10 weeks (at the time I am writing this).
MY 10 THINGS ARE:
Learn 10 Chinese characters using flashcards I’ve been using the Duolingo app to brush up on my Mandarin but knowing the characters is still a challenge!
Hike at Eaton Canyon It’s been 10 years since I’ve been!
Visit the South Coast Botanical Garden with Valentine during their dog nights
Do 5 push-ups Why are they so hard?
Release the Beginners Brush Lettering Kit
Launch year 2 of Better Letters in 15
Donate 10 items of clothing I’d love to own only 33 (ish) items in the future–see the Project 333.
Unpack/clean out 1 box I moved here in December…there’s still lots of unpacked boxes…
Create a painting using my art meditation kit
Relax Breathe, meditate, read a book, unplug, stop worrying.
CREATING DIFFERENT FONTS + FILLING UP THE SPACE
Once you know what 10 things you’d like to add to your list, start filling it out! I really encourage you (even if you have never lettered before or are hesitant to) to try writing each item in a different style font–this will really give your final piece that lettered look! You don’t have to make it complicated–you can use different pens so your words have different widths and colors, it can be writing bigger or smaller, using all caps or all lower case letters, making block or bubble letters, alternating between cursive and your regular print, etc.
If you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, I highly recommend starting with pencil first, then going over everything in ink!
If you need some font ideas, start looking at the text that is around you–words on food packaging, mail, fliers, magazines, etc. You can also go online and head to dafont.com to explore all the different fonts they have available on their site! They are organized by category and you can even type in your sentence in a preview box, hit submit, and it will pull it up in a bunch of different styled fonts. Here’s a picture of some random things by my desk that could provide some font inspiration:
The trick to this type of letter layout is to fill in the spaces so that the only empty space are the margins between each section! I’ve tried to section off each area clearly so you can see the spaces that need to be filled up. Within each area, try to use every part of the space–this can mean stretching your letters so they are really long then gradually getting smaller, writing really tiny, writing really big–there are many ways to do this! You can also add doodles and drawings. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment :)
And here’s my final list:
SHARE WITH A FRIEND
This PDF is 5″x7″ so there’s 2 list templates that print out on one sheet of regular sized paper or cardstock–I did this because I thought it’d be fun to share this project with a friend and also have an accountability buddy! And who doesn’t love snail mail? The size also makes it a little less intimidating to fill out and can easily fit on a fridge (which is where I am keeping mine) or bulletin board.
I also think this becomes a cool keepsake or you can take a picture of it then compare it to next summer’s list.
I hope you enjoy this project and have fun thinking up your 10 items and lettering each one! If you would like to share your list with me, I would love to see it! Snap a picture and email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy summer to you and yours!
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The final newsletter for the month of June went out yesterday! It includes a brand new end of month project and PDF I am calling Time Capsule Letters, June Shares (podcasts, articles, music, games, and more that I have recently discovered and think you might like), and a brief update on where to find info and how to stay in touch.
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I am very excited to share with you that the Seeds of Beauty Grant, a campaign supporting women creatives by Fleurs de Prairie, is back for its second year!
I was lucky enough and so honored to be one of the recipients of this grant in 2019. It was an amazing opportunity to help grow my business and I am extremely appreciative to have been chosen! The grant allowed me to take the next step in my business and outsource the printing of my cards for a cause, create more products, and most importantly, continue to give back. I wanted to share this grant with you in case it can help support you and your goals, ideas, and dreams, or those of someone you may know. Below are more details!
WHO IS FLEURS DE PRAIRIE?
Fleurs de Prairie is a wine brand that produces a Provençal rosé made by the family-owned Les Grands Chais de France. “Fleurs de Prairie” translates to “wildflowers,” celebrating the beautiful fields of wisteria, lavender, poppy, and sunflowers carpeting Provence.
WHAT IS THE SEEDS OF BEAUTY CAMPAIGN?
Fleurs de Prairie’s Seeds of Beauty Campaign is designed to recognize and support women who are dedicated to creating beauty in their communities through art, design, food, writing and beyond! FDP embraces the idea that we can help inspire one another and #FleurishTogether! Through Seed Grants, Fleurs de Prarie will provide creators with the means to positively impact the world.
WHAT IS A SEED GRANT?
Seed Grants in the amount of $5000 will be given to three creators to help them grow their brand and create even more beauty around us. In addition, grant recipients will also receive a mentorship opportunity and guidance to help grow their businesses.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR A SEED GRANT?
This grant is for you if you are someone who is creating beauty within your community and looking to grow your business or side hustle! You must be 21 years or older and a US resident to apply. Learn more by taking a look at the overview and official rules
HOW DO I APPLY?
The applications are open and the deadline to apply is August 31st, 2020. Spread the word if you know someone who would be the perfect recipient for this grant–if that person is you, I wish you the best of luck! Click the link below to learn more and apply: