Artist Love: Chelcey of WhatThePrint (+ Giveaway!!)

Jul 31, 2014

The first thing I think of when I visit Chelcey's shop, WhatThePrint, is fun. Her shop is so fun! From cheeky hashtags, to colourful florals and lovely motivational prints, she has everything and keeps it fun & fresh. So excited to have Chelcey here on the blog today! And there's a little giveaway for you too :)

What inspired you to open your shop?
I started my shop on a whim after moving into my first apartment in 2011. I searched everywhere for affordable art prints, and finally just decided to try my hand at making my own. From that point forward I fell in love with the design process and typography. It is incredible to me how quickly my shop has grown! My motivation comes from my drive to do what I love for a living. I don't believe in wasting your day away doing something that you can't stand just to make a pay check. I want to be able to support myself and my future family based on a creative business that I have built. I believe in creating a life that you love and that everyone should follow their personal bliss in life. This shop just happens to be something that I am wildly passionate about.

Bloom Where You Are Planted
What is the process of creation like?
I typically start off pinning to a mood or typography board on Pinterest and end up getting distracted by things on Instagram. I have always been a very visual person so I have to be careful not to draw too much inspiration from these places. A lot of my designs come from a to-do list in my notebook that I keep with me at all times to jot down ideas as they come. I draw inspiration from what's going on in my life at that moment and the current trends in the creative world. From there, I sketch the design out in my sketchbook. Depending on the look I'm going for I will either switch over to my computer and design it digitally with fonts, or I will use a brush pen and paper to make the design come to life.

Do All Things With Love
A lot of your work features awesome type, do you have a favourite font? 
I am loving the fonts Libby and Kailey lately! They seem to be popping up everywhere in my work. I am working on perfecting my hand lettering and just started dabbling in calligraphy so those two are pretty high on my list!

Hashtag Selfie
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Absolutely! I was goofing around one day and just started writing out things like "#selfie" and "#ootd" when I decided on a new print line! The social media hashtag prints are pretty high on my favorites list right now, and I love that they weren't planned out at all. I'm hoping to add to this collection as time goes on. They're just so fun!

Love What You Do
What is your favourite item in your store?
My favorite item right now is my "Love What You Do" hand lettered print. It is the first print that I launched of my hand lettered collection and it is a concept that really resonates with me as I work towards building my brand and businesses.
Creative Minds
What's next for you & your shop?
I have very big plans for WhatThePrint in the next few months! I am working on new designs every day and I am beginning to add printing services for those who would rather have a print shipped to their front door. I will also be adding a one of a kind section to my shop in the near future where you will find original hand lettered prints, canvases, pillow covers and more!

Thankyou so much Chelcey! I love that you followed your passion & opened your shop! Your love of design definitely shows through your work :) Can't wait to see your new products!

If you'd like to win a downloadable print from Checley, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Be sure to check out Checey's blog (which is gorgeous by the way!!) and stay up to date on her shop on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. And if you can't wait to download a print, Chelcey has kindly offered 10% off with the code WTP10!


New Month, New Plan

Jul 29, 2014

I haven't been super happy with my organizational skills as of late. I have a planner and I do write down the things I need to do, but I usually feel like I'm just always playing catchup and can never get ahead.

Have you heard of Nancy Ray? Her work is gorgeous, but it's her attitude towards her life & business that I find inspires me the most. She did a whole series on how she organizes all the different areas of her life, and one thing that really jumped out at me was a book she mentioned, Ordering Your Private World. It was the sort of thing I noted, planned to look up on online & maybe order.

I'll admit, I kind of forgot about the book. But one day as I was perusing the family bookshelf, I found a copy. I can't tell you how many times I have looked over those bookshelves, but I never once noticed this book before. I absolutely 100% believe that timing was divinely inspired, so I knew I needed to read that book.

Um, it was so what I needed! A good old fashioned kick in the pants to get me started on a new journey towards being organized in every area - my work, my time, my space, and my spiritual life.

I don't have everything quite figured out yet, but I love the feeling I have of just knowing I'm headed in the right direction now. I've got a new planner (couldn't resist!), some new goal setting Power Sheets (so pumped!) and a whole new outlook on things thanks to Gordon Macdonald (& Nancy Ray!)

What keeps you organized? Any good books or tips I should know about?


ps, Chapters shipping is usually super speedy, so if you order today you might get your new planner in time for August! And don't forget to enter to win a print from Live Love Studio!! The perfect motivation to hang above your desk :)

Visiting: Paris

Jul 28, 2014

One of the things I love about living where I do is how close we are to lots of lovely little spots - Paris, Ontario being one of them. It's got the cutest little downtown street with lovely shops and one of my favourite spots for tea (The Brown Dog). And if you love quality linens and have never been to John Hall's, you are missing out!

After a nice catch up with a friend last Friday evening, we went for a little walk (to burn off our dessert of course haha) and wound up beside the river. I was glad I brought my camera along (I often just leave it at home) and I managed to get a few neat shots.
All photos have been edited with the Filtergrade Photoshop Actions.

What are your favourite little spots to visit? I've got a few more day trips planned this summer so hopefully we can explore Ontario together :)


Artist Feature: Kate of Live Love Studio

Jul 24, 2014

I know I probably say this way too often, but I just love all the talented artists I feature here! And when the backstory to their shops is just as awesome as the stuff they sell?? It gets me even more excited!

Kate from Live Love Studio just seems to radiate kindness and creativity and genuine goodwill for others. I love that a portion of every sale goes towards a local food back - art that gives back has so much more meaning. I am so thrilled to have Kate here today! And ps, there might be a little giveaway too!

What inspired you to open your shop?
All in all, the love of God. I felt a deep need to use passion for design to DO GOOD in this world. It's so much more than me and my little business, I wanted to use design to help people meet some real needs. Not only do I create each piece to inspire love, laughter, peace, and fun...but with each purchase, you are providing a meal to a hungry tummy in East Tennessee through Second Harvest Food Bank! Im hoping its a win win win for everyone!

This Girl Is On Fire
What is the process of creation like?
Words come to me before anything else. I have a journal packed with midnight ramblings and ideas, then when the time is right, one will just POP out to me and I immediately have the design created in my head. My process varies, and sometimes there are large droughts and then it all comes at once like a tidal wave! Im so grateful for it! Creativity isn't at all from my doings, honestly, its totally a gift from God.

Sweet Heavenly Molasses
Is there a cool back-story behind one of your prints?
Sweet Heavenly Molasses I love You, came to mind when thinking about how much I love my well as Sweet Heart Sugar Baby.

Mini Hello Notes
What is your favourite item in your store?
It would probably be my MINI HELLO NOTES or the MISTER ELK print! Both of them just make me happy.

Modern Elk
Thankyou so much Kate!! I loved getting to know more about your shop & work. 

Kate has generously offered to give away one 11x14 print to one of you! Enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway box below. (and be sure to let me know in the comments what your favourite prints are!)

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Be sure to check out Kate's shop, her website & blog, and Instagram to stay inspired :)


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