YOUR JULY PDF | SUMMER BOTTLE TAGS

Summer Bottle Tags by Atiliay
Summer Bottle Tags by Atiliay

Every month I send out a freebie PDF to newsletter subscribers as a thank you for inviting me into their inboxes as well as to encourage creativity and curiosity! This month, I wanted to create something for our summer gatherings as we enjoy bites and drinks with our loved ones!

The July PDF are these summer bottle tags–print, cut, and slip onto wine/sparkling cider/your beverage of choice bottles for a fun touch when you head over to picnics, potlucks, and BBQs! I especially like the fizzle sizzle one :) I’ve also included blank bottle templates as well–you can design and personalize one for the party host or get help from the kiddos!

These tags print on regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sized cardstock.

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Happy July!


JULY MINI BETTER LETTERS IN 15 CHALLENGE

This month’s challenge is inspired by the summer season!

The Better Letters in 15 Challenge is a set of FREE brush lettering projects and 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.

This month’s mini challenge is inspired by the classic lettering challenge with prompts and when to letter them! The format is 3 words per week throughout the month of July. I recommend picking 3 days, 1 day per word, 15 minutes per day. That gives you time to focus on each prompt, try out different forms and connections, practice, and then letter your final word onto the worksheet.

I also picked this mini challenge to help us get ready for the main Better Letters In 15 Challenge which is launching NEXT MONTH!!! Get ready!! :) I hope this will help us warm up and ease into more lettering in August.

If you’d like to join in on this, get more details, and download the worksheet, be sure to sign up for the Better Letters In 15 list to get the emails and links to previous challenges by clicking here:

I really hope you will try out this month’s challenge! When you’re done, be sure to snap a pic and tag me over at the NEW brush lettering account, Instagram, @atiliayletters, or email it to me–I love to see your work!

Happy July and happy lettering!

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NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR BRUSH LETTERING | @ATILIAYLETTERS

I’ve been thinking of how I can better present and organize information, ideas, tips, photos, and real-time videos for brush lettering and decided to create an Instagram account that was completely dedicated to it! I hope this can become a resource library for your brush lettering journey and a place you can visit to feel encouraged and inspired!

I’d also love for this account to become a community for brush lettering enthusiasts of all levels and a place where I can share your work!

If this sounds like something you’d like to see in your feed, join me over at @atiliayletters! I hope to see you over there! :)


YOUR JUNE PDF | 2021 SUMMER LIST TEMPLATE

2021 Summer List PDF

Every month I send out a freebie PDF to newsletter subscribers as a thank you for inviting me into their inboxes as well as to encourage creativity and curiosity! This month, we are also celebrating and welcoming in the new season!

The June PDF is the 2021 Summer List Template–use it to create a fun to-do/bucket list for the upcoming months in an interesting format! These list layouts are inspired by lettering layouts that combine different fonts and text on one page. You can fill it out regularly or play around with writing in cursive and print or try out different fonts whether it’s a block or bubble style or brush lettering! I will be sharing my list soon over on the blog but you can see a short video and example of my spring list here.

Each template is 5″x7″ and each PDF comes with 2 pages, one with 2 to a sheet (if you want to share with a friend!) or 1 to a sheet.

If you are a newsletter subscriber, check your inboxes for this email or find it in the PDF Library. If you’d like to subscribe to get instant access to these PDFs as well as the entire collection of free downloads, sign up for Atiliay’s newsletter below:

Each month I send out 2-3 newsletters: one with the month’s free download, another with give back, shop, and product updates, and the last one with a letter to self PDF and shares (links, articles, etc.) for the month. I love sitting down and writing each one–I’d love for you to join me there :)

Happy Summer!


JUNE MINI BETTER LETTERS IN 15 CHALLENGE

Better Letters in 15 Mini Challenges by Atiliay

This month’s challenge is all about the summer jams!

The Better Letters in 15 Challenge is a set of FREE brush lettering projects and 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.

This month’s mini challenge is to create a summer mix tape with your favorite summer jams! I don’t know about you but I grew up making mix tapes (and eventually mix CDs) because I loved sharing my favorite songs and artists as well as listening to what my friends liked! Even though we don’t use cassette tapes anymore, I thought we could still be inspired by them and use it in our layout.

If you’d like to join in on this and receive the instructions as well as 3 different heart templates, be sure to sign up for the Better Letters In 15 list to get the emails and links to previous challenges by clicking here:

Better Letters in 15 Mini Challenges by Atiliay

I really hope you will try out this month’s challenge! When you’re done, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram, @atiliay or email it to me–I love to see your work!

Happy summer and enjoy listening to and sharing your fave summer songs!

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MEET THE 2021 MOTHER ENTREPRENEURS

I’d like to introduce you to the 2021 microloan recipients! Thank you to every customer who purchased a Mother’s Day card for a cause and made this possible!

This year 8 new loans were funded through Kiva.org to these mother entrepreneurs: Rowena in the Philippines, Mrs Dadji in Mali, Husna in Kenya, Iluminada in Paraguay, Subhiya in Tajikistan, Francoise in Rwanda, Sahar in Jordan, and Sulufaiga in Somoa.

Below are their stories, the type of businesses they own, what their loan is for, and their photos alongside images of their country. I feel like getting to see more photos of the place they call home helps us to get to know them better!

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ROWENA

Charcoal Sales | Narra, Palawan, Philippines

ROWENA’S STORY

From Rowena’s Kiva Profile: Rowena is 62 years old and married with children.

She works hard to provide for her family. She runs a charcoal retailing business in the Philippines and has requested a PHP 20,000 loan through NWTF to buy sacks of charcoal for her business to sell.

She has borrowed and repaid 22 loans from NWTF before this loan. She also earns an income from rice retailing.

She aspires to save enough money so that she can afford to send her children to college.

3 THINGS ABOUT ROWENA’S HOME

Mt. Victoria is located in Narra. In June 2007 the carnivorous pitcher plant was discovered there. Its shape (look it up!) helps it trap food, mostly bugs but sometimes small frogs, lizards, and rodents–yikes! There is still a lot left to be discovered on Mt. Victoria. Top right, photo credit: mitchtestone.blogspot.com

You can also find Estrella Falls in Narra as well! In has been declared the cleanest inland water body in the region. Bottom left, photo credit: travel-palawan.com

Arena Island is also in Palawan and is home to endangered Pawikan (native sea turtles). There is also a sanctuary for the turtles on this island–I would love to visit one day and learn more about their conservation efforts! Photo credit: Arena Island Facebook

MRS. DADJI

Clothing Sales | Kolondieba, Mali

MRS. DADJI’S STORY

From Mrs. Dadji’s Kiva Profile: Mrs. Dadji, who’s has her hands on her goods in the picture, is Malian and 38 years old. She represents the Badeya group in the photograph, due to the Covid-19 social distancing measures. She’s married and the mother of two children. She lives with her husband in a village.

She sells clothes, shoes and other various products and has more than ten years of experience in this business. To develop it, she’s seeking a loan from RMCR in order to increase her income and be able to cover the children’s expenses.

She gets her supplies from local markets, where she also resells her products. She would like to improve the quality of her business and continue to take out loans from RMCR.

In this group: Ramatou, Noumosso, Kadiatou, Tinimba, Dadji, Djenebou, Teneba, Djenebou, Mariam, Chitan, Adiarra, Nabintou, Nabintou

3 THINGS ABOUT MRS.DADJI’S HOME

Mrs. Dadji via Kiva.org, Mali Marketplace via notesfromcamelidcountry.net, Bamako, capitol of Mali via britannica.com,

Maafe is a common dish originating from the Mandinka and Bambara people of Mali. It is a peanut stew with a savory base made from peanut butter and tomatoes! I would love to try this vegetarian version by Food Heaven! A Mali marketplace pictured above, top right. Photo credit: notesfromcamelidcountry.net.

Bamako is the capital and largest city in Mali. The name comes from the Bambara word meaning “crocodile tail”. Bottom left, photo credit: Britannica.com

The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud built structure in the world! It was constructed in 1907 and is made of sun-baked earth bricks (called ferey), and sand and earth based mortar, and are coated with a plaster which gives the building its smooth, sculpted look. So amazing! Bottom right, photo credit: OHS APAH

HUSNA

Hardware Store | Thika, Kenya

HUSNA’S STORY

From Husna’s Kiva Profile: Husna, 31, is a loving woman who is blessed with one child who just turned seven years old. Both she and her supportive husband run various businesses not only to support their family but also her sister with whom she lives.

Husna runs a hardware store and is known by her clients to be an honest and polite businesswoman in all her dealings. This has earned her favor and enabled her to continue growing her customer base as she continues to get more referrals.

One of the major challenges Husna faces is a lack of stock to meet her customers’ demands. Her loan will go toward restocking the items that are really in high demand, which will help boost her profits.

Husna will set aside some of her profits to help pay back her loan and to continue raising her seven-year-old child. Part of her profits will also go toward saving for her future and investing in other areas as well.

Husna has been of good credit character all through and is committed to ensuring she continues to maintain a good relationship with her creditors. She is glad to be providing these essential services to her community and is looking forward to expanding her business in the future.

3 THINGS ABOUT HUSNA’S HOME

Before this town was known as Thika, it was called Chania Bridge, named after the bridge built over Chania Falls. Top right, photo credit: Ventes Ventures

Another waterfall you can find in Thika is Fourteen Falls. It is named after the 14 successive falls thanks to the Athi river. Bottom left, photo credit chiralafrique.com

Thika is an industrial town and a major commerce hub. I love the contrast of the busy city with the waterfalls that can be found there! Thika, Bottom right, via thikalive.blogspot.com

ILUMINADA

Clothing Sales | Caaguazú, Paraguay

ILUMINADA’S STORY

From Iluminada’s Kiva Profile: All of the members of this fairly large committee want to succeed and get ahead. They know that they must work as a team in order to accomplish all of their goals and objectives.

Sra. Iluminada is one of the members who sells clothes and shoes throughout her area. She is a mother of two children who are in school. Her husband works in construction. Iluminada and her husband help one another so that they can provide a decent future for their children and avoid hardships.

She is requesting a loan to buy a variety of clothes and shoes so that she can continue her work as before. Iluminada and the other members are also participating in the poverty elimination program with great enthusiasm so that they can succeed.

Note: The photo shows only one person, even though this is a group loan. It was not possible to take a group photo in order to avoid congregating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this group: Josefina, Iluminada, Anabella, Maura, Sonia, Ramona, Heedy, Jeny, Maria, Fatima, Esther, Celina, Nimia, Florencio, Ana, Lilian, Deisy, Aida, Felixinda, Luz

3 THINGS ABOUT ILUMINADA’S HOME

Caaguazú had the greatest concentration of sawmills in Paraguay about 15-20 years ago. To this day, it is still called the “Wood Capital” of the country. Caaguazú, top right, photo credit: entornointeligente.com

The Gran Chaco is the second largest forest in South America, spreading across Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. Unfortunately it also has one of the highest rates of deforestation on the planet. Organizations like The Nature Conservancy are working to protect it. Bottom left, photo credit: Ilosuna via Wikipedia

The Mbatovi Eco-Reserve was a piece of property purchased by nature lovers Jacinto Santa María and Marta González Ayala in 1999. They decided to protect the land as a nature reserve and share it with the public. It is home to the Chachi plant, a very rare species of fern that is in danger of extinction. Bottom right, photo credit: disfrutandoparaguay.com

SUBHIYA

Embroidery Business | Panjakent, Tajikistan

SUBHIYA’S STORY

From Subhiya’s Kiva Profile: Subhiya is a talented seamstress from Panjakent, Tajikistan. She is 44 years old, is married and has four children. She has been working in embroidery from a young age. She sews dresses for brides, she makes them with such affection that she is very successful with their sale.

Subhiya requests this loan for the purchase of sewing machine, necessary materials. She is a returning borrower with a positive credit history and asking for a loan for the fifth time. She hopes for your financial support.

3 THINGS ABOUT SUBHIYA’S HOME

Panjakent was once an ancient town of the Sogdian people. The ruins of Sogdian city are on the outskirts of the city and visitors are free to walk around the site. Top right, photo credit: Michael Turtle

Haft Kul refers to the beautiful lakes along the western edge of the Fan Mountain. The lakes are shades of azure blue, aquamarine, and pale turquoise. I would love to see these gorgeous waters in person! Bottom left, photo credit: adventuresoflilnicki.com

The Rudaki Mausoleum is where the father of Persian is laid to rest. It is estimated that Rudaki created around 100,000 poems, or bayts, although only 1,000 have survived through the times (he was born in 859). Bottom right, photo credit: Michael Turtle

FRANCOISE

Community Services & Sewing Business | Nyamata, Rwanda 

FRANCOISE’S STORY

From Francoise’s Kiva Profile: Francoise is a 33-year-old mother of two children aged between 3 and 5 years old. For the past three years, she has owned an agent service for Rwanda Revenue Authority and a sewing business. She has one employee to help her.

She is the leader of the Twisungane Gahanga group. Group members sell different items and own a variety of businesses. In the picture, Francoise is the one raising her hand.

Francoise will use her loan to expand her agent service for Rwanda Revenue Authority and her sewing business in order to provide good service to her community and to meet her customers’ demands. With the profits from her sales, she hopes to be able to provide for the family and also expand her businesses.

Francoise is thankful for your support.

In this group: Angelique , Afisa, Odette, Francoise , Perusi , Consolee , Josiane , Rosine , Mukarugaruka

3 THINGS ABOUT FRANCOISE’S HOME

Nyamata is a town in southeast Rwanda. It’s name literally means “place of milk” in Kinyarwanda. Photo of a local school, top right, photo credit: seattlecountryday.org

Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. In 2008 single use plastic shopping bags were banned. I read that Kigali is one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Bottom left, photo credit: jodariadventures.com

You can go gorilla trekking in Rwanda! Guides use clicking sounds to communicate with them and to keep everyone safe. The country has made huge efforts in conservation to protect the gorillas. Photo credit: diveandtravelexpo.com

SAHAR

Home Product Sales | Salt, Jordan

Sahar Jordan Kiva Loan

SAHAR’S STORY

From Sahar’s Kiva Profile: Sahar is a 43-year-old married Jordanian woman and a mother of two. Her husband is a freelancer. She has a home-based detergent selling business to provide her family with a second source of income. Her business has helped her and her family a lot.

Now she needs to supply her business with more detergents to sell. She decided to ask for a 500 JOD loan to buy the needed detergents, hoping to attract more customers and increase her profit. She hopes that she can have her own independent detergents shop someday.

3 THINGS ABOUT SAHAR’S HOME

The city of Salt is built in the crook of 3 hills and known for its harvests of olives, tomatoes, grapes, and peaches. The name is thought to be derived from the city Saltos of The Roman Empire. Top right, photo credit: Omernos via Wikimedia Commons

The 10,000 year old city of Petra is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. It was chosen in 2007 by about 100 million people! Petra comes from the Greek word for rock and in Arabic means “rose-colored city”. Bottom left, photo credit: CheimSeherin via Pixabay

Did you know you can walk across Jordan in 40 days? I think this would be such a cool way to experience the country! You can learn more about The Jordan Trail here on the official site, JordanTrail.org and here, Jordan Trail Hiker’s Guide To Crossing The Country in 40 Days and 40 Nights. Bottom right, photo credit: Living In Jordan As Expat

SULUFAIGA

Vehicle Repairs | Nofoali’i, Samoa

SULUFAIGA’S STORY

From Sulufaiga’s Kiva Profile: Sulufaiga is a 39-year-old woman who is married with 5 children. She has a small business in vehicle repairs to earn income. Sulufaiga needs a loan to buy mechanical tools and car paint to help assist with her business. She will use her profits to expand her business. Sulufaiga joined SPBD in 2020 to gain access to financial services.

3 THINGS ABOUT SULUFAIGA’S HOME

Nafoali’i is located on the Samoan island of Upolo which was created by a seafloor volcano. Samoa is about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii and rich in culture and traditions. Island of Samoa, top right.

Fuipisia Falls can be found in the lush jungles in Upolo. It’s actually made up of two waterfalls and has a 55 meter drop! Bottom left, photo credit: world-of-waterfalls.com

There is only one city in Samoa and it is Apia, the capital. The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is in Apia. The author fell in love with Samoa and spent his last years there. Bottom right, photo credit: worldatlas.com