Christmas gifts 2016: Wrap it up

I finally get to share what I’m using to wrap gifts! I’ve been purposely saving these brown paper bags from the grocery store all year to do this…hopping I saved enough for all my presents.¬†

I really love the organic feel and simplicity of this kind of wrapping. Plus I’m recycling it just like the bag said. And since I’ve been sharing some basics on hand-lettering, I figured it’ll be fun to add that too.

For this Secret Santa gift, I lettered lyrics from the song “White Christmas” because it’s my coworker’s favorite Christmas song.

Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to buy a bouquet of greenery from the market when I saw it the other day. The florist said it should last till Christmas. So who knows, I may use it for a few other things ūüôā¬†

Here it is all ready for my coworker to open. I’m so excited for her to see what’s inside.¬†

So that’s one down and 37439734 more to go.¬†

It was probably really ambitious of me to post five days straight, but I really enjoyed sharing something new everyday this week.

However, pretty sure it’ll be awhile till I do this again. Ha.

Thanks for reading and following along,

with me

Jules.

Christmas gifts 2016: Glass-anything

By now I hope you see a trend with glass-anything for hand lettering with a paint pen. Plexiglass works too, but it might not be as forgiving. 

So there you have it…all that’s left is to wrap these little trinkets. I absolutely la la love to wrap gifts and cannot wait to share that tomorrow. It’s almost Friday y’all. Get Excited!

As always, thanks for reading and following along (especially this week)

with me

Jules. 

Christmas gifts 2016: Mr&Mrs. First Christmas

Next up is a Christmas gift that I’ve given multiple times over the years. It’s usually a hit with the couple because it contains something so special.

Inside of the ornament is the couple’s wedding invitation. This one pictured is particularly unique because it’s mine and Khang’s.

Big cheesy smile on my face right now.

I was finally able to make us one for our very first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. Pham.

This gift idea was originally assigned for Thursday’s post but I’m missing Khang a tad bit more today. He’s been away on business so I did it to cheer myself up. And it worked!

A simple yet sentimental gift that’s sure to make it on the Christmas tree for years and years to come.¬†

 

“Our first Christmas 2016”

I remember opening up the box with our wedding invitations back in April. One look and I excitedly called my sister Jill and found myself crying my eyes out. They were so beautiful. 

Jill designed our wedding invitations. She designed everything. The lettering is hers, envelope liner is hers, all of it…hers. It was a looong but fun process that was totally worth it in the end. She’s oh so talented and still to this day I can’t believe how lucky Khang and I were to have her take part in such a big way. So honored. Truly.

To see our invitation in all of its glory and many more beautiful pieces, here’s her business website¬†OhMai! Art Creations

Isn’t it starting to feel a little more like Christmas,¬†

with me

Jules?

Christmas gifts 2016: Hand-lettered macaroon jewelry boxes

When you really start getting comfortable and find your hand lettering “style”, you’ll soon find yourself thinking differently. You’ll think of any and every excuse to personalize an item while causally strolling through Hobby Lobby.¬†

A huge light bulb went off when I saw these adorably tiny macaroon jewelry boxes the other day.

This one was harder to take photos of. It says “and i will hold what’s near and dear <3”.¬†

I wish you could see them in person especially the gold paint ink I used for the lettering. Oh, just think of all the things you could write! Excited to finish and wrap them up in a bow for my loved ones.

Hope you stop by tomorrow to check out more gifts,

with me,

Jules.

Handletteringwithjules: Calligraphy Font Tutorial

First things first, I am an amateur. This is not a professional tutorial. 

If anyone has ever seen my handwriting then you’ve noticed it’s a mix of print + cursive. I love cursive. Mainly because I get to curl and loop my letters. So of course I’m in love with this beautiful trend of “calligraphy font” lettering that’s super popular right now. Fingers crossed that it’s here to stay.¬†

With that said, this past year I learned how to use a calligraphy pen. Like legit with ink and all. My goal was to personally address all my wedding invitations. I proudly did it with this lovely copper ink on hunter green envelopes (more on that another time).

The awesome thing about learning how to use a calligraphy pen is you also learn which lines need to be thick and thin. Once you’re knowledgeable about this then it’ll open doors to so so many possibilities. I’m sharing a few of those possibilities every day this week with my Christmas-inspired gifts, but I thought some of y’all would first like to know how to achieve that modern calligraphy font.¬†

It’s really simple. But it takes practice, practice, practice. The more you do than the better you’ll be off. To start, all you need are three things: Pencil, paper, and a sharpener.¬†

I purposely used these simple to use (and find) supplies so you’d see how easy it is to start learning. Did it work? I really hope so.

Begin with the foundations, write all the letters in the alphabet in cursive. Start with lowercase. It’s easier and less intimidating. Your cursive style may be different from mine and that’s totally fine. Write what feels comfortable and natural to you.¬†

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Once your happy with your letters then it’s time to “connect” them.

Here comes the tricky part: Learning which lines need to be thicker. I learned by using a calligraphy pen, but I know y’all probably don’t have one laying around and it can be more difficult to learn right away. The best way I can explain this is that when you’re writing in a downward motion then that line will need to be thicker. To make it a little easier, I made red arrows of the lines that should be thicker. Hope it’s helpful.

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Here are a few examples closer up.

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Now really practice this.

Get comfortable with each letter because the fun part comes next when you’re able to start practicing on words.¬†

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So there you have it, a crash course on hand lettering simple modern calligraphy font! Excited?! I sure was and still am!

Another reason we used only pencil and paper is because it’s cheap to practice with. You’re very welcome.

Drop on by at noon everyday this week to see what I’m hand lettering this year for Christmas gifts.

Thanks for reading and following along,

with me

Jules.

 

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