The Freeing Creativity Retreat is Happening Again!

After feeling an abundance of gratitude and energy while recapping last year's Freeing Creativity Retreat, Stephanie of Zen Movement Studios and I have decided to do it again! 

Join us, along with new contributor: life coach Julie Tobi, for a weekend of yoga, mindfulness, creative exercises and aligning with your intuition.
September 28-30, 2018
Elk Rapids, Michigan

Agendas as a Creative Approach to Planning & Memory Keeping

Capturing the past, present and future is always a task I'm struggling to accomplish. Planners and agendas sometimes seem like the perfect reference for remembering what a stage of life was like, while helping keep track of the day to day. That's why, when I designed this creative journaling agenda, I incorporated loads of list spaces, goal trackers, and sections to record memories or inspiration. Some other features I love: this spiral bound journal lies flat for easy writing and the dividers are customizable and it is undated, which means you can pick it up and start using it any day of the year. 

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Available at select Marshalls, Homegoods, Winners and Homesense!

The Freeing Creativity Retreat

Do not underestimate the power of movement and art together.

After a decade as a creative professional, it's become clear that creativity as an energy is not limited to a canvas or visual arts medium, but rather a power that permeates all realms of living. I've attempted to build a lifestyle that embraces a creative mindset, which centers around living freely, mindfully, and happily. As a creative, I also understand the feeling of being blocked, pent up, stagnant, or “not knowing how.” Sound familiar to you?

Over the past year, I've explored the idea of Freeing Creativity in a series of workshops with movement and simple art exercises with Stephanie Williams, owner of Raise the Vibe Yoga. Stephanie and I are excited to announce that we are co-hosting the first Freeing Creativity Retreat in Elk Rapids, Michigan September 22-24th. ðŸ‘ˆ (You know the drill click the link to learn more!)

Minted Tabletop Textiles at Nordstrom

I'm excited to share that Nordstom is now carrying these table runners, placemats and napkins featuring my Tropical Leaves pattern design. The sweet and subtle pattern is one of my favorites and I'm just thrilled to see them in store amongst loads of other fun tabletop accessories! They might be the perfect addition to your spring and summer entertaining spaces. 

(Update) Napkins and Table Runner are all sold out and the placemats are on sale for 40% off here.  All links below have been updated to the Minted website where they are all still available for purchase!

TABLE RUNNER  |  PLACEMATS  |  NAPKINS

Gorgeous styling and photography by Anchor & Flourish.

Melissa + Austin's Up North Watercolor Wedding Invitations

 Photo by  Katelyn James Photography  and floral design by  Pots Floral

Photo by Katelyn James Photography and floral design by Pots Floral

Things that Melissa and Austin love: the outdoors, tea, bees, fishing, whales and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Melissa and her now husband, Austin, met at Michigan Tech, a university nearly at the most northern point of Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Both lovers of the outdoors, she and I connected at a meet-up for local creatives and not long after she inquired about me creating the invitations for their local September wedding. After she described their whimsical vision featuring watercolor paintings of all of the things that symbolized Austin and her, in addition to unassuming hand-lettering, how could I say no? This was my favorite wedding project of the year so far and I can't imagine having more fun creating any future suites! 

Take a look at these gorgeous photos taken by Katelyn James Photography and if you're curious about the rest of the wedding click on through to Katelyn's blog

A New Take on Passport Wedding Invitations

There have been no shortage of passport invitations here in the studio the past few years, since the design of Chelsea and John's vivid, red version and their publication on several blogs and big websites (like Oh So Beautiful Paper and Buzzfeed). I've really grown to love working with couples to customize this design and I wanted to share one of my favorites!

Alyson and Jessica approached me to expand on my passport suite for their Las Vegas, "Lucky in Love," themed celebration with the idea of doing the message in a bottle save the dates. I love how these designs came together over the months. In addition to adding the bottles and customizing the passports, I adapted the boarding pass to be the response card in this case and added in a small shuttle schedule card, as well as custom gold printed coasters. Their palette is so modern and chic – I can't stop envisioning how amazing the final event must have been. 

I can't wait to see how future evolutions of the passports come together! If you're interested in custom wedding invitations, the best place to start is with this form