Handlettering: Making Spirits Bright

Earlier this year I developed an interest in handlettering. It's something I dabbled in every so often for more than a year, but always figured it'd end up being another discarded pastime like so many of my others: crafting, jewelry-making, crochet, the list goes on. Well, my enthusiasm for handlettering has stood the test of time so far, thereby deeming it an official hobby.

With that said, I'm so happy, proud, and excited to feature my handlettering skills front and center in my personal holiday cards this year. This was something I've been brainstorming and planning since October and it took weeks for it to finally come to fruition.  I didn't always have a lot of time to spend working on something that was -- in retrospect -- only a side project, so it was a long, arduous process. Also, because I'm a perfectionist, I had to overcome a lot of inner turmoil before I was satisfied with the final design.

The sketch itself didn't take me very long, but the digital recreation took days to complete. I fiddled with it endlessly to get it to look just the way I wanted. Once I was happy with everything, I uploaded it to moo.com and said a little prayer that nothing would go wrong. Well, I received the cards today, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how they turned out! It feels so great to know that this was something I created from scratch based on a sketch in my sketchbook and I literally brought it to life. It was no easy feat, and that's what makes it an even greater accomplishment. I'm so full of pride that it's like I just gave birth to a child. This feeling is amazing!

Original sketch on the left, finished piece on the right

Original sketch on the left, finished piece on the right

I can't wait to send these cards out! Check your mailbox because you just might be in for a special surprise from yours truly :)