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
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!
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!
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!
Dull no 2 pencils
A variety of brush pens—my fave is the Zebra Fine Tip Brush Pen (next to the pencil)
Scraps of cardstock
FOR DIGITIZING / CARDS / WORKBOOK
HP Envy Laptop
Canon iP8720 Wireless Printer
Rotatrim Paper Cutter
Scoring board and bone folder
Brother HL-L2300D Printer (for labels/misc paperwork)
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)
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.
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!
Thank you for reading Part 1 of the Meet The Maker series!
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