11/13/2016

Free download: Angela Davis Quote

angela_davis_quote

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.

11/10/2016

DIY: glass ornaments filled with dried foliage

ornaments_flat

One person looks in their autumn backyard and sees a mess of dying foliage, another sees a harvest of beautiful details (and a creative opportunity)! This DIY is the kind that will push you to appreciate the small things you might not even know are there. The first year in our house I saw these little empty glass ornaments at the store and they reminded me of little terrariums. I instantly thought of this idea as a fun way to keep the magic alive after summer is gone, and a way to easily and cheaply make some unique and natural ornaments for our Christmas tree. This DIY is for all levels. Use your creativity!

nature_ornaments_hanging_2

 MATERIALS NEEDED 

+ Clear glass ornaments. I got both of the styles shown from Target. Here is a link to a 9 count pack of glass ornaments I just bought for this season. Plastic will work too.

+ Boots – you may be walking around through some bushes!

+ A basket, bowl or container (to keep your pretty plant bits in)

+ An attitude of wonder and magic, and an ego check. Worried about people thinking you’re weird for walking around and picking little things off of plants? Oh well, who cares! You’re not weird. You’re creative and awesome and you’re having fun.

+ Tweezers (in case you’d like to poke around and place things in the bulbs once you get them in, or remove them if it didn’t turn out the way you want. It happens).

+ Twine, string, whatever you have that you like. I used natural white twine and would encourage you to let your heart run wild with the twine selection over at Knot & Bow.

save-new

save-new

INSTRUCTIONS

+ Simply find an area that has a lot of plants and dead flowers, etc. This could be your back yard, or if you don’t have a crazy overgrown back yard like I do, check out a local park or the woods.

+ Walk up to things to get a glimpse at the details. You seriously never know what you might find! Pick anything that looks interesting and put it in your collection vessel. Some of my favorite types of finds: seed pods, the leftovers from little blooming flowers, herbs, little dried up bits of who knows what that look so pretty.

+ Go back inside and have fun stuffing your findings! The little tops come off of ornaments like these quite easily, and you just need to squeeze the two prongs to fit them back on.

+ Make little loops of string and tie them to the ornament caps to hang them on your tree.

TIPS

+ Think about what will fit in the hole of the bulb, don’t get anything too big unless you think you can stuff it in!

+ Involve your friends and/or family! For me, this is going to become a family tradition.

+ Be aware that some things may not last – colorful leaves are amazing but the ones we did ended up turning brown, which are beautiful in their own way, but still, just something to be mindful of. I’ve found the best luck with things that already look dried up!

+ Another thing I want to do is use some leftovers from my wedding bouquet that I dried! The possibilities are endless.

ornaments_nature

Bonus idea: tie longer strings to your ornaments and pick up a branch on your plant-finding adventure to make a simple holiday-meets-nature wall hanging.

diy_nature_ornaments_mobile

11/07/2016

35mm film: El Yunque Rain Forest

23650003

This is the first of a few posts I’m going to make with some of my favorite film photos from our vacation to Puerto Rico. I took 5 rolls of film! I’m going to break it down into themes. This one is all about the El Yunque Rain Forest. Get ready for lots of green! I’m including some of my favorites, shot with my Pentax k1000 and 35mm Fuji Color film.

My absolute favorite part of our hiking trip in the rainforest were the endless waterfalls and pools flowing down the mountain. The waterfall in the photos below is the La Mina falls – and it was so refreshing to swim in! Yep, you can just jump right in. Very rewarding after almost a mile of hiking. I didn’t want to leave! It was so much happiness I couldn’t handle it. We got there super early so there were no people yet and we jumped in moments after I snapped these photos and basked in cool water and unfathomable joy.

23660018

23660008

23660017

As always, I loved scoping out the local leaf specimens.

23660001

23660004

23660021

23660020

The trails were so awesome on this hike, sometimes with narrow paved areas and windy stairways.

23660006

23660019

Observing close ups and interesting things, like the roots on some of the trees that I kept calling “carrot roots” because they totally looked like carrots. Also look at all of that mossy goodness! There was so much moss and it all smelled so good.

23660022

23650007

By the way, Henry loved the rainforest too! I hiked a couple of miles or so with him in on my back in our beco toddler carrier (taking breaks for swimming and lunch) and he fell asleep some of the way back too. (Steve took the photos below).

23650002

23660014

We even met a few forest kitties and this one let me snap a photo!

23650008

Thats it for now! I think my next film post will be very beachy. Before that though, I’ll be posting our first gift guide and DIY project soon! XO

10/20/2016

Good changes to come

change_color

Is it just me or does autumn bring feelings of new beginnings? I just love the crisp fresh feeling of fall after a humid summer, and the foliage is to die for in Michigan. Leaves aren’t the only thing getting prettier around here though – our little blog is also gearing up for some fun changes!

I have had the ultimate pleasure of hiring some helping hands around the studio (more on my team soon!) and one of the things I want to accomplish is a more active blog that really serves its purpose to not only bring some hopeful traffic to my shop (obviously) but to also be a creative outlet and a space to inspire others with ideas (and free fun things). I am excited to have this space for creative sharing, but also to offer readers the following new (and awesome) things. Stay tuned for:

+ More free downloads and printables. yay!

+ DIY projects that relate to not only my brand but the things I/we are super into over here. Crafts? Plants? Paper? Decor? Happiness? All of the above. I promise these will be great and not pinterest-fail recipes.

+ Handmade Gift Guides – exploring local artists and independent artists on platforms like Etsy, (including one product of ours as the theme inspiration!) this will be very fun.

+ Creative styled shoots showcasing our work, possibly in collaboration with other makers if I can get that to happen somehow.

+ Random hand lettering for fun. woo!

+ MOTHERHOOD. work/life balance. thoughts. experiences. unsolicited tips(?). haha.

+ As always, shop news and 35mm film adventures.

You will now see a ‘categories’ tab at the top of the blog, allowing you to filter through different types of posts, too. Check in on instagram or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about new posts!

-Kristen

09/29/2016

Positive Reminders

positive_reminder_cards

These are things I think everyone needs to way hear more of. It is amazing to realize how big of an impact a small mantra or positive affirmation can have. Some sentiments need to be heard more often (or in this case, in an everlasting form of a card!). I was inspired to make these cards with epic amounts of love put into them and their designs as an effort to promote positivity, encouragement and extra meaningful connections with others (or even ourselves).

For a lot of us, card-giving is reserved for Birthdays and Holidays, but my goal is to put more things in the world that are intended for something more unexpected. An act of kindness toward another can be an encouraging card in the mail they didn’t expect. An act of kindness toward ourselves can be a mantra hanging on our wall to remind us something we want to be continually reminded of.

My goal has always been to make cards that people want to keep, not throw away. My hope with this little collection is that these designs have a dual purpose, and can be experienced as meaningful enough to keep around after they are sent + received.

These are on our shop now in our “new” section available individually for $5 or as a bundle for $15.

09/07/2016

The space I’m in where less is more

main-thing-copy

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
08/22/2016

2017 Lunar Calendar Presale

LC_IG_gray copy

Our 2017 Lunar Calendars are ready to print, and this year we wanted to do something a little special. For the remainder of August, you can pre order the 2017 calendar poster with your choice of three paper color options (black, gray or kraft) and enjoy free U.S. shipping! Calendars will ship the second week of October. Click here to order.

lunarcalendar_2up

The inspiration for the arc layout of the moon calendars are from the way the moon’s path arcs in the sky, and how time lapse lunar eclipse photographs of the moon look. I am so fascinated by the cycle of the moon and the role that the moon and cycles (both together and separately) play in our lives. It is both a fun and curious activity to observe the moon’s phases and how they might correspond with our own personal cycle as well.

These Calendars make perfect gifts for the holidays and new year! We have one hanging in our bedroom and I plan on replacing it every year in the frame.

 

08/04/2016

Madewell Popup!

Photo Aug 04, 3 32 59 PM

I had some fun today making hand stamped samples for my popup mini workshop at Madewell in a couple of weeks!

<<<<<<<<<<< The deets >>>>>>>>>>>>

Madewell @ Somerset Mall | Troy, MI | Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 6-8pm


During the event you will be able to shop our pop-up and enjoy sips & snacks. You can receive a 20% discount with every Madewell purchase of $125+ (and students with a valid school ID will be eligible for a 20% discount no matter what the purchase amount!)

AND last but not least, with each Madewell purchase, customers will have the opportunity to create their own pocket notebook with our DIY make-your-own pocket journal mini workshop. Oooh fun! We will have all of our decorative rubber stamps and also some basic black markers to make your very own pocket journal with recycled kraft and gray kraft cover options. This will be the debut of four new stamp designs, too! Our circular palm leaf, peace sign, big squiggle and winky eye will be joining our family of simple + cute hand-drawn rubber stamps and will be online soon as well.

Hope to see you there! Bring a friend or 2!

07/28/2016

Summer show schedule

summer_craft_Fairs

Festival tents, music, sunny vibes, adult beverages of choice, local makers. What do these things have in common? Some of the greatness that is summer craft fair season! We are honored + excited to be participating in 3 summer craft fairs around the area. Our schedule is below listing where you can find us in the wild this summer. The first one is this weekend!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Maker Faire Detroit: July 30-31 | 9:30am – 6:30pm | Dearborn MI | The Henry Ford

Curated by Handmade Toledo, the craft section of the Maker Faire will host local makers of hand made goods. Our first time at this one!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

DIYpsi Indie Art Fair: August 27-28  | ABC Microbrewery, Ypsilanti MI

Sat August 27: 11am-8pm (bands til 11), Sun August 28: 12pm-6pm

Our hometown show! An outdoor and indoor fest with local bands, some of the most amazing and friendly local makers I’ve ever met. This show is my all-time favorite! I may be a bit biased though. #ypsireal

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

DIY Street Fair: September 16-18 | Ferndale, MI | on the East Side of Woodward Avenue between East 9 Mile Rd and East Troy Street.  Behind Woodward Avenue Brewers and The Emory.  

Fri Sept 16: 6pm – Midnight,   Sat Sept 17: 11am – Midnight,   Sun Sept 18: 11am – 11pm

This show rules! I have never exhibited at it, so this is our first time as well, but I have walked around and bought things from artists in the past. I am really excited for this one!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 4.35.20 PM

Did you know we have special prices on some items for craft fairs? That’s right! Notebooks are $15 instead of $16, Sketchbooks are $20 instead of $22, Pocket Journal Sets are $10 instead of $12 and cards are $5 each, or 4 for $15 (which is the same deal you would get with a custom bundle on our online shop!)

Find these events on Facebook and RSVP! Hope to see you there!

Photos above of some lovely Ypsi attendees browsing our booth courtesy of DIYpsi.

07/21/2016

Fresh Foliage + Free Wallpaper

foliage_tile

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