11/22/2016

Freebie: thanksgiving printable notecards

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In the spirit of both thankfulness and of giving, I made this design as a free printable for anyone to use for personal notes of gratitude this thanksgiving. More than ever, it’s a great time to tell your friends and loved ones why you are thankful for them and how much they mean to you. I kicked myself for not making thanksgiving-specific cards this year and may offer these as a note set with envelopes next year but for now, they are here for you to test them out!

Instructions:

+ download the PDF here.

+ print out on as many 8.5 x 11 sheets as you’d like (with no scaling or adjustments)

+ there are 4 cards on one sheet and it is formatted so you can cut directly down the middle both ways!

Suggestion: if you don’t have a paper cutter that cuts straight lines, simply fold the paper perfectly in half and cut along the fold line.

Also a suggestion: try out different paper stocks for fun! I used white and kraft. Typical me..

Note: if you want to take it a step further and put them in envelopes, these are perfectly A2 size and you can easily find envelopes at a craft store or paper source etc.

Happy almost thanksgiving! Do you love this freebie? Share with your friends if you’d like, or tag us in a photo of your printed cards on instagram @worthwhilepaper

I’m thankful for you!

XO – Kristen

11/13/2016

Free download: Angela Davis Quote

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I almost have no words for what is going on in our country right now. These words of Angela Davis feel more powerful than ever. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept”. Yes.

For others who feel more passionate than ever and ready to stand up for what is right, this mantra seems like the best affirmation we could ask for. I saw this in all caps in black marker on a protest sign in a recent post and my hand lettering alarm went off.

Please download this for free and print it off – it’s an 8.5 x 11 PDF with black text and a white background. Feel free to post where you hang it up on instagram and tag us @worthwhilepaper so your friends and followers can download one too if they would like. Download here.

I am also going to leave a link to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union here too.

<3  Thank you.

09/07/2016

The space I’m in where less is more

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I came across this quote online and it just keeps coming back to me so I lettered it out for my studio. Not only is it catchy and clever, but it’s so true to me right now and helpful and comforting. Before Worthwhile became my full time job, I had a lot of different things going on. I worked two part time art/design jobs, did freelance logo and lettering design work along with calligraphy, invites and signage for weddings while also making my own designs to sell. Uhhh.. whoa! These things all gave me loads of experience in different things, and wonderful opportunities to explore my creativity which I am so thankful for. However, it’s very hard and stressful to have too many things going on at once, especially when I became a new mama. I was fairly stressed and anxious all of the time, so I gradually disconnected from some things and focused on fewer things that were the most important to me because I had to accept that I only have so much time and energy, which lead me to moving forward with making my line of prints and paper goods, the thing that feels like it fulfills my creativity the most, my primary focus. Ever since I have decided to devote my work-self to one thing, I have felt much more on-track and balanced.

 

However, a creative mind still wants to go in all sorts of directions when untamed. I mean, come on! There are just soo many possibilities! We are lucky to live in a place where there are so many open doors to choose to go through with a creative career. Even now that I have my one true job-love, it’s only natural to get excited by the thought of starting new types of projects to branch off with. (A design blog! A new line of things that aren’t paper! A book! Textile design! Pick up custom design again for fun!) But I have been really mindful of always asking myself this: Hold on a sec, does it contribute to my main focus? And if not, is it worth it enough to take time and energy away from my main focus? Sometimes it is! Often it isn’t. Knowing is key. Saying no and stepping back form ideas that initially excite me is totally ok, especially when I’m even more excited about my main thing. If I have a very limited amount of work time, any amount of time I spend on something else is time taken away from being extra on top of my main focus. And that’s just a good thing to remember in prioritizing. I always say that I’d rather be extra badass at one thing, not mediocre at 10 things. Even though it was sad for me to disconnect from other avenues in favor for one, it has made everything feel much more balanced and focused for me.

 

Here’s the best part: Instead of feeling like I’m missing out on a million things, it feels more like a very strong and loving commitment to my work and intentions! Attitude is everything. I’ve found myself in a space where less is more.

 

Visualize this: a ball of energy with different streams pouring out of it like outlets for each “thing” you have going on, and you get to choose how many outlets. Divide that ball of energy into three things and there is way more energy flowing to and fulfilling those things than say dividing it by 10 things. Conclusion: my energy ball is happier and more focused with less streams. Exciting ideas sound a little less exciting when it means that would be me dividing my time amongst more things and thus spreading myself, and my energy ball (which btw in my imagination looks magical and glowy and fiery and yellow like the sun?) too thin.

 

Anyway, might I add that this is literally just me, right now, at the moment and maybe doesn’t resonate with everyone. This is NOT an advice post about me telling anyone else to do exactly what I’m doing because everyone’s journey in having a creative career / working for themselves / owning a small biz is totally unique. Maybe there are people out there who ARE badass at 10 things all at once and have bigger balls of energy than I do or whatever and this isn’t a problem (congrats!) But if this sounds like a good reminder to you as it does to me and you wanna keep it around, I made a downloadable print-off of the hand lettered quote on a white background that you, yes you, can print out directly from a home printer at 8.5 x 11  Download it here. (For personal use only, please).
XO
07/21/2016

Fresh Foliage + Free Wallpaper

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Hola! It’s been 10 weeks since I started intentionally taking time in my work week to create for the sake of creating by making patterns. I have been uploading them and tagging them #wpweeklypattern to track my progress. This week I was especially happy with the result and how the repeat came out, and wanted to celebrate by making a downloadable jpg to use as a desktop background! Need a refreshing vibe while sitting at your computer? Download the image here and set your preferences to “tile”. I would love this as an actual wallpaper in my house in this sage green or a light gray… Thanks for following along! XO