12/04/2017

Free Printable -
Holiday Hang Tags



Working on Christmas designs is always something I look forward to. It means I get to crank up the air conditioning, bundle up in chunky knit sweaters, and pretend it's cold outside months ahead of schedule.

This year, I've been jamming to Christmas carols since early October when I started conceptualizing my holiday pattern collection. I'm especially fond of these upcoming patterns, as they epitomize a very special part of my childhood.

Stay tuned for the exciting release of this collection, or if you're particularly eager for sneak peeks, check out my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram (@jyamadadesigns)! I'll be posting updates throughout the week.

In the meantime, here is an early Christmas gift from me to you: My first free printable to help you with your holiday wrapping. Be sure to share this post with friends and family so they can benefit too! (Remember, it's free!)

11/21/2017

The Gentle Art of the
"Just Because" Card

(Above) These autumnal greeting cards were inspired by a woodland theme, utilizing jewel tone colors (a necessity this time of year) and vintage floral accents. I integrated some hand lettering and chose to design in a "cute" direction that fostered cozy feelings of hot cocoa, crackling fireplaces and curling up with a good book, or trending tv show, during the holidays!

I'm happy to say that I'm no stranger to the warm, cozy, "I'm so loved" feeling of receiving "just because" cards. Since elementary school, my mom has surprised me with many a letter to see me through life's tough spots, or help me celebrate my successes. In an age when e-mail and texting are our go-to's for daily communication, finding a special card in the mail is a rare treat and one to be cherished!

Perhaps it's the handwritten sentiments that give greeting cards their heartwarming touch. Or maybe it's the fact someone devoted time to choosing that particular illustration, or wording, to express themselves that makes stationery so sentimental.

When selecting cards, my mom and I could spend up to an hour in the card shop, taking the art of letter sending very seriously. It's our chance to really show and tell someone exactly how we're feeling and an opportunity to send a little joy their way.

Designing my own cards and stationery was a natural next step. I have, after all, felt first hand how an unexpected encouraging word can truly make a difference. It shows someone you care about that they are being remembered, not just on holidays and not just because of a Facebook reminder, but because they are special to you.

Though this week in the US has been designated the time of year to give thanks and show friends and family how much they mean to you, sending someone a quick note to say "Thank you," "You've got this," or "It's going to be okay" is something we can do any time of the year.

Life, of course, often gets in the way of these sentiments, and it's easy to assume that people already know how you feel. But everyone can use some loving confirmation once in a while. So pick up a pen and dust off your stamps. Lets make it a goal to send more "just because" cards out into the world this year and beyond.