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Camp Wed Retreat at Camp Wandawega

July 19, 2017

If there was one thing I could tell you to do for yourself (as a wedding vendor or creative) it would be to go to the Camp Wed Retreat at Camp Wandawega this September.  First off, let me just tell you a little more about Camp Wandawega (more HERE too). Once you arrive, you feel like you were transported back into the early decades, from the 20s to the 70s.  It started out as a speakeasy in the mid 1920s, then a brothel in the 1930s, a resort getaway in the 50s, and beginning in the 1960s, a Latvian Catholic Church camp. So yeah, you can expect to feel like you are simply taken back into what seems like simpler times. Also, they have a manifesto of low expectations, meaning you will probably sleep on a 90 year old bed frame, possibly shower with a spider or two, and obviously get some spotty wifi ;)

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Now, as for Camp Wed, it is a three-day retreat made up of wedding and creative professionals from all over the country. Campers are treated to workshops and nationally sourced camp counselors to fuel creativity and bolster their small businesses. Not only that, but you can expect the littlest of details to make the entire experience that much better. From adorable welcome backpacks (full of goodies), crafted cocktails, delicious meals, fresh coffee all day, and even down time to take it all in and connect with other ‘campers’. — Check it out HERE and peek at the tickets HERE!  — Seriously, the ladies of Cherry Blossom knock it out of the park with this retreat!

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Oh, and this year I’m going to be teaching a beginners Watercolor Lettering session! Not only that, but I plan to keep a few of the supplies out throughout the retreat just in case you want to keep practicing!Camp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp WandawegaCamp Wed Retreat at Camp Wandawega

— All beautiful photography by LEXIA FRANK

Favorite Apps that I love to use daily

July 18, 2017

I realized that I haven’t yet shared some of the favorite apps that I love to use, so I figured I could share them with you today! I’m going to break it down a little bit by the ones I use on my phone and then the ones I use on my iPad too. Most of the apps have free versions as well, which is great in order to test drive it prior to purchasing the paid version. Take a peek below and feel free to let me know some of your favorites too!

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FOR THE PHONE

PHOTO EDITING: I’m currently loving SNAPSEED as it’s been updating more and more with great features. (VSCO is a good one too)

VIDEO EDITING: I only use PROCAM for videos because you can do quite a bit of editing and saving.

TIME STAMPING: I use PIXELGARDE to update the timestamp on videos for Instagram stories (and copyright too).

MEMORIES: Highly recommend checking out 1SE which is a 1 second a day video diary, I love it!

INSTAGRAM PLANNING: I love UNUM! You can schedule, edit photos, switch account, etc (and free).

TRAVEL: We use WAZE on the road (notifies you of cops/accidents/etc) and allows you to schedule trips.

FOR FEMALES: I just download GLOW in hopes that I can start to understand my cycles…fingers crossed

RELAXING: When I can’t sleep I tend to use CALM to do some meditation or breathing.

TECH FREE: To keep myself off of my phone while working I use FOREST to help stay focused, it’s cute too.

TIME TRACKING: I don’t use it as often (which I should) but when I do it’s FREELY.

Favorite Apps that I love to use

FOR MY iPAD

Considering I typically only use my large iPad for work I don’t have as many apps installed.

PROCREATE: Use this one for all of my digital calligraphy brushes (HERE) as well as drawing.

ADOBE SKETCH: I use this one for watercolor and sketching as well as my digital planners (HERE)

ART RAGE: This one is new, but I like a few of the brush options to make graphics/art.

 

 

IN MY CLOSET LATELY

Oh, so I’ve been on a ‘casual’ outfit kick lately and thought I would throw in what I recently added to my wardrobe!

Favorite Apps that I love to use
Favorite Apps that I love to use
Favorite Apps that I love to use
Favorite Apps that I love to use

Favorite Apps that I love to use

 

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A Wax Seals Step-By-Step Guide

July 17, 2017

Thank you all so much for the love and support of my Wax Seals Collection!! With that being said, I thought I should share with you my wax seals step-by-step guide on how to make the best of it!  Overtime I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that I thought I should note as well as a few ideas when applying it to various pieces at once! See below image or check out the FULL COLLECTION here!

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01. THE SUPPLIES:  Gather your stamp, wax sticks, a small candle, scissors, a toothpick and even a small bowl of ice (optional).

02. CUT WAX: If using the wax sticks, cut into pieces around 3/4″ long. If doing more than one, use the longest piece first, as the remnants from that will help fill the next spoon.

03. MELT + CHILL: Put the small cut piece into your spoon (my favorite here) and hold over the flame about 1.5″. I use a small tool or toothpick to actually stir the wax while in the spoon to speed the process and create an even melt.  While melting, feel free to chill the stamp in the ice bowl, this does help quicken the process.

04. POUR WAX:  When the wax is runny + liquified (but not boiling) pour onto your paper in a small circle about .75-1″ in circumference. If you want a more ‘organic’ shape, make a messy star shape to help create messy edges.

05. PRESS DOWN: Place the seal directly down from above and press down firmly and do not twist or turn.

06. COOL + PULL: If you didn’t chill the seal prior, let it sit for a minute or so before peeling off. Typically I peel if off by rocking it side to side to help create a clean removal.

Wax Seals Step-By-Step Guide

WAX TIPS

  • Putting the seal on ice helps speed up the stamp process
  • If using a glue gun to do a number of items at once, feel free to put wax on a few of them items at once, then stamp after one by one (if chilling the seal)
  • If you heat up the wax too much in the spoon (boiling) there may be small bubbles in the wax after you pour
  • You can stamp on wax paper, let cool, and tear off to use with double-stick adhesive to apply to items.
  • Always wipe out your sealing spoon right after stamping, make the clean up process easier
  • Feel free to try various wax colors or even mix and match them when melting!

– VIEW COLLECTION HERE –

 

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European Inspired Styled Shoot :: WI Bride Magazine

July 12, 2017

I’m so excited to finally share this insanely gorgeous European inspired styled shoot with you! This beauty is also featured in the the newest WI Bride Magazine which is out now. I’m so glad the ladies of Cherry Blossom Events reached out to me about collaborating on the this because it turned out perfectly! The shoot was done at The Paine Art Center & Gardens in Oshkosh, which has that European vibe, so they asked for a stationery suite and paper pieces that were romantic, natural, textured, and a little messy and raw.  Take a peek and fall in love with these BEAUTIFUL photos by Jake Anderson ;)

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The stationery set included both green and pale peach watercolor, airy calligraphy, vintage stamps, deckled paper edges, my custom collection wax seal, and of course some gold leaf detail.  P.S. That wax seal can be ordered HERE!

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The Details

The Paine Art Center, Oshkosh  |   Jake Anderson Photo  |  Cherry Blossom Events  |  Saffron Avenue  |  A La Crate Rentals  |  Canopies Rentals  |  BBJ Linen  |  Event Essentials Rentals  |  Ebb & Flow Floral  |  Daffodil*Parker  |  Flora by Jamae  |  KP Designs Floral  |  Batch Bakehouse  |  Catherine Deane Gown  |  Kenzies Cuts

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Wax Seals :: The Saffron Avenue Collection

July 11, 2017

You have no idea how insanely excited I am to finally share with you the launch of The Saffron Avenue Collection with Wax Seals! About 5 months ago I reached out to them  to see if they would want to collaborate on a collection that would feature a more modern style. From that point forward we have both been working non-stop to make The Saffron Avenue Collection come to life!

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Our goal with the collection was to blend the tradition of wax seals with a modern twist by incorporating my signature calligraphy along with modern elements, like geometric borders and sans-serif fonts. The best part is that anyone can use them. From the ‘sayings’ collection that feature words like ‘With Love’, ‘Top Secret’, to ‘Not A Bill’ that you can use on an everyday basis.  To a custom style that can be used for weddings or for business by incorporating a monogram with editable text!

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With that idea in mind, we create a few lines that can suit anyone:

The 1st Collection: ‘Saying By Saffron’ – This one features various sayings that can be used on an everyday basis to add a beautiful detail to your envelope, package, or product.

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The 2nd Collection: Designer Monograms – This one features a monogram with my signature calligraphy style that can also include a modern border of your choice.

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The 3rd Collection: Custom Design Monograms – This one is a completely customizable collection that can includes my signature calligraphy with the option to customize the words and text around it.

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I also feature a few of my favorite colors, but keep in mind they have a beautiful assortment of custom colors you can choose from! Feel free to take a peek some more and grab up your own Saffron Avenue wax seal!

—  VIEW THE COLLECTION!  —

 

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Keeping your skin hydrated in Summer

July 10, 2017

I wanted to quickly throw this out there, as I realized recently after a day in the sun my skin started drying out like crazy. I grabbed a few of my beautycounter products and they worked like a charm. Below are a few of my favorites that I will highly recommend introducing into your routine to help keep your skin hydrated in Summer!

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CITRUS MIMOSA BAR

hydrating & softening

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CITRUS BODY BUTTER

for very dry skin

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CITRUS BODY LOTION

After showering and nightly

skin hydrated in Summer - BeautyCounter

CITRUS ROSEMARY BODY OIL

After bathing and mixed with the body lotion

skin hydrated in Summer - BeautyCounter

ROSEWATER MIST

Freshen and hydrate your face

skin hydrated in Summer - BeautyCounter

LIP CONDITIONER

Softens and hydrates your lips

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