Inspiration comes in many forms…

On March 3rd, 2012, I attended the Amber Housley Inspired workshop in Nashville, TN. At first I was hesitant about attending the workshop. The description said that It was geared towards any creative business.  I thought perhaps it was too broad and I was looking for something to spark my creativity and help grow my business further. I was not sure if this workshop was going to be for me. I decided to sign up anyway. All attendees were introduced to a private Facebook group where we quickly shared business tips and travel advice. As the days grew closer I became more eager to learn what the workshop was about and as I read about the guest speakers, I soon realized that this was going to be an amazing experience.

March 3rd: I walked into the venue and was greeted by warm friendly faces. People that I had never met before but somehow seemed so familiar. Faces that I had only seen on a 1/2″x1/2″ square Facebook photo, yet somehow I felt like I had known them an eternity.  I immediately felt comfortable and at ease.

After a brief mingle, the workshop got underway. As the speakers stood up one by one, they shared stories of successes and failures. Perseverance and determination. They spoke candidly of where they had been, where they are now, and where they  plan to be. I felt a connection with each speaker’s story. I felt as if they were speaking about me. They were all so relatable. As each one spoke, a little spark in me began to ignite. Finally! the workshop I had been looking for. You see, In the creative field, no one can teach you right and wrong. No class or book can teach you what to do, but what you can learn, is how to overcome. Creative business are all centered in the same fundamental core. It’s really about following your dreams, setting goals, and facing fears. Suddenly I had realized that although all of our business where different, we all had the same fears, challenges and fair share of failures.

 

 

I am so grateful to have attended this workshop. It really was the little push I needed.

I am Grateful  to  Amber Housley for putting together such an amazing day. For sharing her stories of successes and failures. For sharing the tools that we all need to be successful.

I am Grateful to Kelly Boyd (Anne Kelle) for showing me that everyone, not just me, have fears. That fears are obstacles that stand in the way of goals.

I am Thankful to Sara Rose (Sara E. Rose Photography) for teaching me that mommy guilt is universal. We all suffer from it, but it should not hinder our personal growth.

I am Thankful to Jessica Bishop (The Budget Saavy Bride) for sharing her tips on professionalism and public relations.

I am Thankful for Courtney Dial (Pizzazzerie + author of Push Pops) for teaching us all that with a little effort and persistence we can achieve anything.

 

We all left the workshop with a bag full of goodies. So many pieces of creativity bundled into one pretty pink bag.

 

 

I can write for days and still this blog post would not properly describe this workshop. It is definitely one of those “you had to be there” moments. I urge anyone who is thinking of starting a creative business, or currently has a business and has lost their drive, to attend this amazingly inspiring workshop.

 

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Desktop Organization and a Freebie

In an effort to continue to cross off items off my 2012 to do list, organization was next in line. First on the list: my desktop! I always try to keep my desktop organized, but after a few weeks, and several new folders later, I am back to chaos. So, I have found a quick solution. A desktop wallpaper organizer. I created with all the categories that will suit my business. I have a current projects area, tool box, I’m Inkpressed, Misc. and for file. The latter is for when I am a little to busy to categorize, but I will get to it…. I promise. Here are a few screen shots of the before and after:

As you can see, I have classified everything by category. I have also given every folder a color to correspond with its category. Nice, neat and super easy.

Would you like your own? Just click on the image below. Once the image opens up in a separate window, save it to your computer and use it as your desktop.

Happy Organizing!

Stationery package for a celebrity

A few weeks ago a joined The Artisan Group. It is a community of talented, extremely talented, artists who showcase their works to celebrities. The Artisan Group represents these artists in celebrity gift lounges at award ceremonies such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. As a member of the group, I was afforded the opportunity this week to design a special stationery ensemble for a celebrity. The celebrity is none other than the talented Jessica Alba, who recently welcomed a second daughter into her already precious family. I am more than honored to have been given this opportunity and can’t wait until Jessica receives her I’m Inkpressed Stationery!

Color Trends

It really is no secret that color is my guilty pleasure, For some its shoes, others its chocolate, for me its pretty color. I am in awe of products with pretty colors and vibrant hues. In this blog post I will share my favorite colors right now. I say right now, because my color preferences change often.

 

Not sure if my latest obsession has been influenced by the season. I really am not a fan of plum or anything purple, but I find it to be a nice accent color, both in art and fashion. A plum color blouse with a big ‘ol mustard colored bag. Or how about  a mustard colored blouse with a plum scarf and really dark jeans? The combination of these three colors are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:     blouse       hobo bag       bird on a wire pillow

Color Trends Report Spring 2011: Part 3 Beeswax

The series continues with a cheery color, Beeswax. No other color makes a bolder statement for spring. It is a mix between orange and yellow that will compliemnt almost any color.

Pocket Mirror, Bookmark, Lego cuff links, Cupcake bath scrub

Color Trends Report Spring 2011 – Part 1: Honeysuckle

Pantone releases its Color trend fashion report for each season. The report is aimed at the Fashion Industry, but has transcended to all design industries. Its release is so influential that the colors selected in the report, quickly become the “it” colors. They can be seen in everything from handbags, furniture and clothing all the way to paint colors.

For those of you who know me it come as no surprise that know me it comes as no surprise that I love color. My obsession with paper married to my love of color is how I’m Inkpressed was born. So as you may have already deduced, I am one of those who awaits this report with baited breath. I was so excited when I saw the spring release of the Pantone report. So many of the colors in I have  been using in my designs. I was going to blog about all the colors at once, but because I am so excited about this report, I am going to showcase each color individually.

Each year Pantone releases its color of the year. It is the one color that bears the title of “The color that will transcend all seasons”. You can use it in the summer or the dead of the winter and the color will still be in style. Pretty big title to live up to. For 2011, Pantone has selected “Honeysuckle”, one of my favorite colors. It is a mix between hot pink and melon. It is fitting for adults and children. I have used it in so many of my products and I am excited to see that it is the color of the year. With that in mind, I will begin my color series with Honeysuckle.

 

Baby Ana Note Card by I’m InkpressedHobo BagGlass Ornament

Mary Janes for baby Girls, Post earringsVintage Moonglow Earrings

 

folded note cards

A girl can never have too many note cards. Write a thank you, a hello , a just because….. always keep a stack handy. Our newest note cards have a modern edge with trendy colors. Personalize it with your initial and name and you’ll have a one of kind card.

Back to School Checklist

Back to school really is the worst time of the year. It marks the end of the summer and for busy mommies, back to school is a time of frenzy. Supply lists, clothes, hair cuts and physicals. The key is to be organized and have a game plan. I purchase all the supplies, bring them home and lay them all on the kitchen table. then I start to make piles for each child. I then begin labeling each folder and notebook. Every year I would hand write the names of each child on their supplies. A few years ago I began to use a labeler. Last year I decided to design labels that I could just peel and stick on notebooks and folders. I loved the idea so much that this year we have added them as part of our product line. These labels are traditionally ordered as gift stickers, but this time of year, they are perfect for back to school.

Next on the list is bag tags. they are the perfect accessory to any backpack, especially kindergardeners. It is overwhelming for little ones to remember bus number, class room, teacher’s name etc. Put it all on a bag tag for them and they will be comforted by knowing the information is there in case they forget.

This year we are so excited about a new product we are introducing just in time for back to school. Drum roll please…… personalized School money envelopes! My new fave. These envelopes are real time savers for the organized mom on the go. Keep a stack for each child and use them for the endless book order, lunch money and other correspondence to and from school.

Another I’m Inkpressed back to school favorite is our bookmarks. Kids love to see their name on everything! Who knows maybe it will encourage a little reading too!

Special Delivery

New baby shower invitations added! We are excited about our new additions. Modern colors and adorable illustrations add a nice touch to these invitations.

New products…… and much more

Its been over a month since the last post and I swore that I’m Inkpressed would have a new post once a week….I do have a good excuse. I have been a busy little bee.  I went on a field trip to the National Stationery Show, the highlight of my spring every year. I met so many creative and talented people. The show is so inspiring to me. I always walk away feeling so creative. This year the show inspired me to take my business to different levels, continue to raise the bar and set new goals. With that in mind, I have begun designing new products and reorganizing my business. Tons of new products will be introduced…. here’s a sneak peek :

so much more to come…… please stand by


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