So many of my favorite memories…

Last year, my grandpa turned 80 and I made him a special card. This year, I’m releasing it as part of  Mother’s Day/Father’s Day series, because once I got to thinking about it, I figured there were probably a lot of other people who share this same sort of sentiment.

Father's Day card - So many of my favorite memories are on the lake with you

When I was young, I used to love going fishing with Grandpa. Sometimes it was just us two, sitting on the lake in a small boat, and sometimes my younger sister would tag along too and it’d be the three of us putting worms on hooks and waiting for the fish to bite.

Those are some of my favorite childhood memories, and so that was what inspired the card.

And even though I moved away from home 10 years ago, my mom still teaches me how to cook things whenever we’re together. (The kitchen is not my strong suit.) So then that turned into this next card.

Mother's Day card - So many of my favorite memories are in the kitchen with you

And then those turned into these.

Father's day card - So many of my favorite memories are in the garage with youMother's day card - So many of my favorite memories are in the garden with you

You know what else I like about these? Maybe your dad taught you to cook or your mom was the one tinkering with tools in the garage. Not a problem. These are perfect for anyone who is part of your favorite memories.

Have a special memory you’d like to see on a card? I’ll be accepting a limited number of custom orders, so get in touch now to reserve your spot!

10 fun fonts to use instead of Comic Sans

It’s only fair that if I tell you all the reasons why Comic Sans is a terrible font that I should tell you some fonts to use instead right? Here are 10 free fun fonts to use instead of Comic Sans, but keep in mind, a little goes a long way. Overuse is how Comic Sans got on the naughty list.

fun fonts to use instead of comic sans

comic zine // prism // little bird // impact label // spilt ink
red moon rising // fish fingers // crushed // inspira // pocket

*All fonts free for personal use; please check commercial licensing.

And just for giggles, there’s this font. Not even kidding. It’s called…

i hate comic sans font

I hate comic sans.

But you already knew that. ;)

Comic Sans hate: A designer explains why it’s a terrible font

comic sans hate

If you want to make a designer cringe, there are a few fonts you can ask for in your project that will likely make them look at you cross-eyed. But by far the most egregious font, the one that designers wish never existed, is Comic Sans.

If you follow a designer on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen them pin jokes about just how awful Comic Sans is. Here are a few I’ve pinned in the past:

every time you use this font a designer loses their wings

via 9gag // pinned here

comic sans walks into a bar

via BuzzFeed // pinned here

 

The other day, a friend sent me this video. (Fellow designers, fair warning — you may feel violent after watching this.)

After I told him that this induced extreme anxiety and made me want to wash my eyeballs, he asked me what exactly is so awful about Comic Sans. I just told him it’s terrible and to leave it at that, but it got me thinking — what IS so awful about Comic Sans?

And here’s the surprising answer very few designers will admit …

The truth is, nothing is inherently wrong with Comic Sans. Just like you can go to the museum and like a piece of art that your friend totally hates, Comic Sans is the same way. It’s art (cripes, that’s hard for me to say), and whether you love it or hate it is up to you.

But here’s why DESIGNERS hate Comic Sans (and Papyrus and Zapfino and Curlz MT): overuse.

See, back when your computer came with only a handful of fonts, Comic Sans was the only “fun” one. And so with limited options, it became overused. And then people didn’t know when to stop. It is used A LOT in MANY different places, most of which are nowhere near appropriate. There is not much worse in design world than something that’s supposed to be serious that uses Comic Sans. It just doesn’t compute. It’s inappropriate. As a journalist, I equate it to writing punny (yes, punny) headlines on stories about death and destruction. You just shouldn’t do it.

And so we’ve come to hate it. Because there are very few uses — although they do exist — in which Comic Sans is actually appropriate. If you’re not sure, better to just steer clear and use something more … normal.

Personally, I subscribe to this theory:

image by Anneke Short

by Anneke Short // click image for more of her work

So that’s why designers hate Comic Sans. What do you think? Terrible font? Not so bad? Shocked that a designer has said it’s actually a legitimate font, albeit with few uses? ;)

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If you feel like you’re not sure what font to use now, here are 10 fun (and free) fonts to use instead of Comic Sans. Just remember, a little goes a long way!

New cards: I can’t imagine my wedding without you in it

When my husband and I got married nearly 10 years ago now, we had a relatively small bridal party. (And it was before Pinterest, which sometimes I wish I had, and other times I’m glad I didn’t feel the pressure to put on a Pinterest-perfect wedding.) But our bridal party had four attendants on each side, so for me, it was two friends and two sisters.

wedding

I guess you could say this card was really concepted back then, although I didn’t start making cards till much later. But I remember thinking back then that they were the people I needed up there with me, and I couldn’t imagine doing it without them.

So this card is for them, even though my wedding is long past. But I hope you future brides — and grooms! — who feel the same way about your bridesmaids and groomsmen can make good use of it now.

will you be my bridesmaid maid of honor will you be my briesmaid / maid of honor

Also available with maid/matron of honor. Plus you can pick your color, juuuust in case you ARE planning a Pinterest-perfect wedding :)

custom color bridesmaid card

Guys, I went with a classic black/white/gray look for you, but if you’re gonna sport a powder blue tux and want cards to match, just lemme know. (I can also customize to say best man.)

will you be my groomsman card

will you be my groomsman best man card

Happy wedding planning!

A letter to women for Valentine’s Day

To all women who are feeling busy, tired, gross, and defeated —

Let’s just get one thing out of the way. I make greeting cards. And many of them are for Valentine’s Day. So a lot of the time, I’m imploring men and women to write love notes for February 14th.

But today I have a card for you. You, overworked mom who hasn’t gotten any sleep. You, stressed-out entrepreneur. You, I worked all day and now I have to make dinner. You, single woman who hates Valentine’s Day with a passion. You who didn’t get to go to the gym this week … or last month.

I have a card for you.

you are lovely card

Before you keep reading, just look at it for a sec. Read every word. Slowly.

Did you get it? You are lovely. If you can’t remember the last time you showered, you are are lovely. If you’re single and wondering if he’ll ever show up, you are lovely.  If you need to lose 100 pounds, you are lovely. If you lost your cool and snapped at a co-worker today, you are lovely. If you stepped on a Lego and let out a bad word, you are lovely.

Because YOU are strong. You have people who love you — seriously — even if you don’t know they exist. You are unique. You have dreams. You have value.

So on Valentine’s Day, sure, celebrate your guy or your mom or your child, but remember to celebrate YOU too. Take some time to sit and rest. Be still. Or go hike a mountain, if that’s what makes you feel good. Because you deserve it. And because you are lovely.

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This post is part of the Love Yourself series put together by Amy at The Charming Blog. You can check out inspirational posts for YOU all week!

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Valentine’s Day card Instagram sale

There are always a couple cards I set aside for small flaws. Maybe there’s a small spot that shouldn’t be there, or the color is slightly off, or it folded a little crooked. But this is good for you bargain hunters. Because I’m having an Instagram sale for my Valentine’s Day cards, and guess what — they’re all ONE dollar. And we’ll have some of our most popular designs. So make sure you follow me on Instagram at @RLPCo by Wednesday, Feb. 5. Sale starts at 8 p.m. EST.

But wait! There’s more! If you’re on Instagram, just follow me and share this image with the hashtag #RLPCosale and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to our shop!

RLPCo instasale

If you’re looking at this post on your phone and you’re not sure how to share the image, here’s a post on how to repost a photo on Instagram.

So. See you Wednesday at 8, right?

2014 Valentine’s Day card + gift guide

I did this last year and you guys are still pinning it, which is awesome, so I figured I’d update it with a few different cards from our collection and some new gifty gifts for your giving pleasure that are all handmade. Enjoy!

Valentine's Day card + gift guide for your better half Card: Thank you for the way you love me

1. Love wood block by Bubblewrappd
2. “Love is freezing in bed in the middle of the night because you hijack all the covers”
art print by Yellow Heart Art
3. Love heart hand-embroidered hoop by Milo and Molly

Valentine's Day card + gift guide for your best friendCard: One card isn’t enough to say everything

1. Hand-painted color-dipped dangle earrings by Acute Designs
2. iSanctuary chevron silver necklace from Paisley Print Boutique
(all products bought from Paisley Print Boutique are making a difference in the world — giving women jobs in Africa or empowering survivors of human trafficking, among other causes)
3. DIY succulent terrarium by 7StyleGuides

Valentine's Day card + gift guide for coffee loversCard: Love has caffeine

1. Cup of Love latte mug by NS Pottery
2. Cappuccino lip balm, vegan and made from scratch by The Gnarly Whale
3. Let’s have coffee together forever hand-stamped vintage silver spoon by JessicaNDesigns

Valentine's Day card + gift guide for the techieCard: {not sent from my iPhone}

1. Real wood iPhone case by axMen
2. Circuit board heart necklace by Circuit Breaker Labs
3. Design-your-own iPhone wallet by BetterLifeBags

Valentine's Day card + gift guide for the guyCard: Hubba hubba

1. Gift set with shaving soap cubes and aftershave lotion by Red Leaf Bath and Body2. Bamboo wallet by BoundTight Wallets
3. Red heart cufflinks by Gémeaux Designs

New cards, for Valentine’s Day and beyond

Personally, I’m still waiting as long as I can to take down our Christmas tree, but the truth is Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. So I’ve added a few new cards to the shop for this season and beyond. Here’s a look at what’s new, and the thoughts behind them.

let's hold hands for always

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to be one of those cute old couples who’s still holding hands and pinching each other’s butts. Right?

 

more than 140 characters to say i love you

Sometimes it takes a little more than a tweet to say what you have to say. So grab a pen and spell it out. (Keep an eye out for future variations on this one…)

 

in good times and in bad

This one’s a little different than most Valentine’s Day cards you’ll see, and admittedly, different than many of my own. It’s for those times, as much as you love each other, when it’s not all puppies and rainbows. I actually made this months ago for my husband when our wedding anniversary fell just days after we had to put our beloved German shepherd to sleep. Neither of us felt very romantic, but I wanted him to know that we’d get through it, together. It’s important, I think, whether you’re mourning a loss or navigating a bump in the road or whatever it may be, to show how much you care. And judging by the quick reaction to the sneak peek I posted of this card on Instagram, many of you know what I’m talking about.

So whether you’re in a good place to send a romantical (yes I know that’s not a word) card for Valentine’s Day, or maybe not so much as usual, you’ve got options. Just make sure you tell them you care in one way or another.

My word for 2014

Have you ever picked a word for a new year? Not so much a resolution as a reminder. Something to encourage, uplift, or drive you. Last year, my word for myself was prayer. I just wanted to do more of it. I didn’t keep a running tally or anything this year, but I think I succeeded in making it more a part of my life in 2013.

I didn’t think long and hard about a word for 2014. It just popped into my head and I knew that was the one. This year has been a difficult one (although I’m well aware that it was much harder for others and that I do have good things to look back on as well). For me, 2013 seemed to be defined by health issues, stress, panic attacks, and loss.

For 2014, sure, I have goals I want and need to meet for this business. I’m still driven. But this year, I know that this word needs to define much of who I am. My word for 2014 is…

 

still

 

I need to be still. I need to take the time to REST and remember I like sleeping in and reading a book on the weekends. I like having time to do absolutely nothing. And amid the business owner and designer and wife and million other hats I wear, I need to nurture that girl, too. Or she turns into an overworked, stressed out, unhappy person.

But for me, the word STILL is not just about being still. With all that bad stuff going on in 2013, STILL is a reminder that He’s still here. God’s still here. He’s still on my side. He’s still waiting. He’s still loving. He’s still mine. And I am still his. And maybe I lost sight of that a bit in 2013.

So there’s my word for the upcoming year.

I wish you everything that’s good in this world in the New Year. Have a happy 2014.

What’s your word?

be still and know printable

Free printable – click image

10 ways to display Christmas cards

10 ways to display your christmas cards

You’re probably getting Christmas cards by the armloads by now. But what to do with them so you can see and enjoy them instead of just having them pile up on the table? Here are 10 ways to display your Christmas cards:

via HomeLife

via Our Nesting Place

 

via Songbird Blog

 

via Spotted Ink

 

via Shanty 2 Chic

 

via Sweet C’s Designs

 

via iVillage

 

DIY-Clothespin-Picture-Frame

via UsefulDIY.com

 

via Eline Pellinkhof

 

via MarthaStewart.com

 

If you’re still busy writing your own Christmas cards but are worried your friends and family won’t be able to read them, check out these 5 ways to quickly improve your handwriting.

Merry Christmas!