2018 Encouragement: January | offthebeatenpress.com
21Jan

For the year of 2018, I decided to keep up with encouraging quotes on my Instagram feed. I’ve started a large doc with a list of phrases and I just pull them out once or twice a week and make a little sign with it. Here are all the ones from January in a nice little

Living Room Shelves | offthebeatenpress.com
21Jan

I wanted built-ins in my living room for some time, but after a few crazy high quotes from contractors, I decided to just do it myself. I already had a shelf in the space where I wanted some more permanent shelves so it helped me get an idea of what it would be like. Here

Silk Marbling Demo | offthebeatenpress.com
14Jan

I had the coolest day at work today! My company set up an activities fair where we could learn about different things we could do in the surrounding community. One of the groups that came in did silk dying. I had the chance to make a long silk scarf and my coworker took some pictures

Goals 2018 | offthebeatenpress.com
01Jan

Setting goals is hard for me. I kinda just like going with the flow and seeing where things land. This year though, I decided to make some concrete goals though so I could see what happens at the end of 2018. I normally pick a “word of the year” to stick to instead of resolutions, and I

Calligraphy & Cocktails| offthebeatenpress.com
29Dec

Over the past year, I illustrated one cocktail recipe a week! I started with the classics but then had some fun with personal favorites and spins on originals. I currently and working through them again on my iPad to put out some prints or a book of the collection. I am also working on adding

Holiday Lettering | offthebeatenpress.com
20Dec

For the holidays I made a set of lettering pieces using my iPad. I download the free stock photos last year and added the words to them on my lunch break a few weeks ago. I am sending out my Christmas cards this year with some teal envelopes so that is where the color inspiration

Sold: The trailer | offthebeatenpress.com
16Dec

When I started looking more intensely at my small business I bought a camper trailer to renovate into a studio. Slowly (very slowly) it formed into the perfect little home to store all my supplies and work from. I have a series of blog posts you can find about the renovation process here. The press

12 Days of Christmas CARDS | offthebeatenpress.com
01Dec

Technically, I started these Christmas cards last year in December. In a work meeting, I began some doodling in pencil of the 12 Days of Christmas. I brought it home later that night and started playing with spacing and ink. Here are the results of that doodle session. Fast forward to OCTOBER of this year

Student Work: Holiday Cards | offthebeatenpress.com
15Nov

Every year I teach a holiday card workshop. It’s one of my favorite classes because we have a huge variety of Christmas themed vintage cuts at the studio and I get to pull them out to play with. I also tend to hold the workshop on marathon day, so when we are working inside nice

Letterpress: Vintage Hot Air Balloon Cards
01Nov

When I went to London earlier this year, we wandered through a flea market filled with antiques. We came across a seller who had a ton of letterpress cuts! I sorted through hundreds before deciding on the final one I was going to buy. Here is the stall I sifted through: I ended up with