• Wedding Invitation Designs: A Valentine Wedding

    02/04/2016 07:20:51 in Wedding

    Is there anything sweeter or more romantic than a wedding on Valentine's Day? Not only is it romantic for the couple celebrating their nuptials, but also for guests!

    Here are some e.m.papers wedding invitation designs that work especially well if you decide to get married on February 14th.

    Printable Wedding Invitation Design - Wedding Rings - Red Heart

    This regal set of printable wedding templates (appropriately named 'Kate and Wills') also hints at cupids influence with a sweet red heart placed between the two wedding rings.

    Printable Save the Date - Wedding Ring designs

    This next one, a wedding invitation design called 'Two Hearts' is an obvious candidate. Two rough hewn overlapping hearts say it all. This printable invitation works especially well for a modern wedding celebration.

    Wedding Invitation Designs - Two Hearts Printable Wedding Invitation

    This next wedding invitation set, 'Monogram Arrows' features both cupids arrows joined by a heart. Good for a wedding that wants to acknowledge Valentine's day, but doesn't want to be too 'on the nose' about it. The extra 'day of' wedding printables like the printable place cards carry the valentine theme throughout.

    Wedding Invitation Designs - Heart and Arrows - Printable Wedding Invitation

    Printable Escort Cards - Hearts and Arrows

    Finally, this wedding invitation design 'Simple Heart' embraces love and simplicity with it's heart within a circle motif, perfect for a heartfelt Valentine wedding.

    Wedding Invitation Design - Simple Heart - Printable Wedding Invitations

    Happy V day! I hope some of these wedding invitation designs gave you some inspiration for your Valentine's day wedding celebration!

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  • Printable Valentine Cards: It's all about L.O.V.E

    02/02/2016 11:39:04 in Products

    Printable Valentine Card - Cupids Arrows

    This mornings 'Creative Free Jam' resulted in a cute litte printable Valentine's Day card. Yes, as a matter of fact, I did re-purpose this design from the Monogram Arrows wedding design, but you have to admit it's fitting!

    As always, download and print Valentine cards are perfect for a last minute surprise on V-Day!

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  • Big Magic and 'Creative Free Jams'

    01/29/2016 14:05:35 in e.m.papers in Real Life , General , Productivity

    Big Magic Book

    Right after Christmas I stumbled upon this video of Marie Forleo interviewing Elizabeth Gilbert:

    I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love and Comitted even more so. I had seen the promotions for Big Magic, but I was no particular rush to read it - until I watched the interview. Afterwards, I immediately hoofed it to my local book store and ordered it (they had tons of copies, but in German). 

    I think I read it in a day. It had that signature Elizabeth Gilbert down-to-earthness, and earnest humor that I've come to enjoy, but what really struck me was what an excellent, accesible meditation on creativity, craft, discipline and practice this book is. The principle that resonated with me most was her advice to be a 'disciplined half-ass'. From the book:

    The great American novelist Robert Stone once joked that he possessed the two worst qualities imaginable in a writer: He was lazy, and he was a perfectionist. Indeed, those are the essential ingredients for torpor and misery, right there. If you want to live a contented creative life, you do not want to cultivate either one of those traits, trust me. What you want is to cultivate quite the opposite: You must learn how to become a deeply disciplined half-ass.

    It starts by forgetting about perfect. We don’t have time for perfect. In any event, perfection is unachievable: It’s a myth and a trap and a hamster wheel that will run you to death. The writer Rebecca Solnit puts it well: “So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.”

    This is me! Whenever I hear people talk about perfectionism, I think 'Phew, good thing I don't have that problem'. I've never been detail oriented, and my motto is often 'Good enough is fine' or 'Done is better than perfect'. This attitude has it's own pitfalls, but it's served me in good stead.

    I do find that from time to time it's good for me to collobrate with people that are extremely detail oriented, and push things to be 'as good as they can be', even if it drives me nuts. However when I'm doing my own thing, 'Fuck it' is often (but not always!) the last thought before I throw something out there, especially when I've spent too much time futzing with it and just can't decide if I like it. I don't know if this is exactly what Gilbert was cheerleading for, but I took it as such.

    I read the book right as I was putting together my 2016 goals. I realized that I can get too methodical about productivity and producing x number of products, which can really drain the joy out of creating. For business reasons it makes sense to produce regular collections of designs. However to get away from feeling stifled by the pressure to simply produce because of ca$h mon€y, I decided to introduce a regular morning practice to my routine, that I call the 'Creative Free Jam'. 

    Printable Wedding Invitations - Chalkboard Retro

    The Creative Free Jam can be anything that's creative. It can be writing a blog post, working on a design, re-arranging things in my shop, experimenting with photo styling arrangements. The main feature is that it is creative, but there isn't always a product end goal in mind. The point is to have fun! It is not a 'have to' but a 'want to' activity, one that nurtures creativity, not stifles it. 

    I treat my daily Creative Free Jam as Gold Time. In other words it's 'important but not urgent' so I do it before I do anything else. I give myself at least an hour, but if I have time and get in a groove, I go longer. Another rule of the CFJam is that I can work on whatever I'm in the mood to work on, even if it's not in the service of accomplishing a goal.

    Printable Wall Art - Printable Kitchen Art - Vintage Pear Art

    So far, my CFJs have produced some work I'm surprisingly proud of. Since I'm not taking it too seriously, I'll throw things into the Etsy store or onto Instagram and see what the reaction is, just for shits and giggles. The whole thing is just...Fun!

    I'll start tagging the fruits of my CFJs #creativefreejam if you want to follow along on Instagram.

    P.S. After chatting about it with a friend and fellow creative, she made me aware to my great delight, that there's a Big Magic podcast!

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  • Printable Calendar: Vintage Roses

    01/25/2016 08:55:46 in Products

    Printable calendar featuring vintage roses from e.m.papers

    I almost didn't launch this calendar template. Really! While I definitely love the combination of simple black and white typography, lots of white space and vintage floral imagery, the calendar design didn't quite match what I had in my head. However, I subscribe to the adage that 'The perfect is the enemy of the good' So I launched it.

    So far it's been the best selling printable calendar of 2016. I should have known. I've got another simiilar (but different!) design up my sleeve, but that won't be ready until later this year.

    Printable Calendar - Vintage Roses - January - December

    This vintage rose printable calendar comes in both US Letter and A4 sizes, and is editable. The current download is set up for 2016, but next year all you have to do is tap into the number (and holiday) fields in the PDF to change them for any year you want. A perpetual calendar you re-use for eternity.

    Download once, enjoy forever!

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  • Wedding Invitation Template: Blue Green Geometric

    01/21/2016 14:15:36 in Products , Wedding

    The blue geometric wedding invitation design series is live live in the shop!

    I have to say, I really love this design. Floral, romantic designs tend to sell better, but there has to be something for the modern, urbane folks out there, right? 

    Of course, this sleek, geometric wedding design would work for any kind of wedding, but I envision it for a small city hall celebration, with a celebration at a hip restaurant afterwards. 

    It would be easy to work in teal, aqua, blue and turquoise decorations to pick up the colors on the invite. Maybe add some simple greenery too.

    I hope you like it is much as I do!

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