For the Love of Trees

Some people know me as a "tree lover", and I'm perfectly fine with that. I love trees. Everything about them. From big oaks and tall mighty evergreens to small fruit trees. They breathe life, provide shade, change colors, sway in the wind... you get the picture. Not to mention they are crucial to our environment. Fun Fact: every house that we've moved to, one of the first things we do is plant a new (large) tree in the backyard. It's become a tradition that I love. Well, Friday is Arbor Day, and I wanted to celebrate by giving back in a way that I can. For every order made this week, I will plant one tree through the Arbor Day Foundation. A buy one, plant one sale! So stock up on your favorite supplies, grab an extra notebook and feel good that you are doing something for the environment!

Huge thanks to Marc Melkie and Richard Winston for the beautiful photography in this post. Click on the images and follow these talented photographers! Enjoy!

Breckenridge, Colorado
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Spring Events + Workshops!

You may have noticed a shift in my class schedule this year. I am trying to be more intentional with my workshops instead of filling up the calendar just to fill it up. I want to give you a great class, and create an atmosphere where everyone has fun. So for me, that's fewer classes with more heart put into each one. We have 3 great workshops coming up, so if you've had your eye on a class or have wanted to learn a form of lettering, then I would snag a spot!  

To register, please call the shop at 214.799.5195

To register, please call the shop at 214.799.5195

To register, click here

To register, click here

To register, click here

To register, click here

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Elements of a good envelope

It's National Card & Letter Writing Month, and in case you missed it - we are hosting our 4th annual envelope contest! Writing and sending cards makes everyone feel good, and gives someone a smile as they open their mailbox. And to give you a little encouragement, I'm sharing elements of a good envelope. Keep scrolling to get some pretty and practical letter adorning inspiration! 

envelope inspiration

5 Key Elements of a Good Envelope:

1. Lettering Styles: The easiest way to change up the look of your envelope is to vary the lettering styles on the address. Everyone can write in a form of cursive/script and print/block lettering. And if you need some help, grab the new Fun with Hand Lettering Kit in the shop!

2. Sizes and Shape: Think in different sizes + shapes. You can vary sizes by making the recepients name LARGE and the address small and centered below. Or draw a light pencil curve and address following the curve to create movement and a different shape. Put the zip code on the 4th line and make that large. 

envelope style
envelope addressing
envelope addressing

3. Color: No one said you had to use the same color pen or marker when addressing an envelope. Grab a few colors, add shadows, and change it up for interest!

brush lettering envelope

4. Stamps: Don't forget about a fun stamp! This is such a simple detail that can make your envelope look pulled together and thought out. Order some vintage stamps and create a little vignette at the top right hand corner of the envelope. Or put one statement stamp that coordinates with your color scheme. We love ordering vintage stamps here and new forever stamps here. And don't forget - it takes $.49 to send a standard letter!

sharpie envelope

5. Embellishments: Have fun with the extra details. Use your favorite return address stamp, add washi tape to the envelope flap, draw doodles to outline and frame the address. Just remember - there are no rules - it's suppose to be fun!

envelope embellishment

So grab your favorite stationery, favorite pens and add some fun flair to your envelopes! Then slap a stamp on your favorite envelope and mail to us! You have until the end of the month to enter our Envelope Contest

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Fun with Hand Lettering KIT!

handwriting kit

That's right, we have a NEW kit! Inspired by one of our most popular workshops - this kit is all about sprucing up your own lettering. Our brand new, 2-sided, Fun with Hand Lettering practice guide fits perfectly in our practice pad notebook, and will show tricks on adding shadows and basic ways to "cheat" calligraphy along with where to add embellishments and other fun doodles. This box of goodies is designed to spark some creativity and spruce up your own hand lettering! Wanna take a peek at what's inside? 

hand lettering kit designroots
designroots hand lettering kit

Fun with Hand Lettering Kit includes one design roots practice pad, one black le pen, one gold gelly roll pen, one tombow pencil, and 5 assorted envelopes.

And to celebrate, we are offering 15% OFF any kits, books, and calligraphy supplies all week! Use code: writemore at checkout. Happy Writing!

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4th Annual Envelope Contest

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Oh happy day! Today is April 1st, which marks the first day of National Card and Letter Writing Month! We've celebrated the past 3 years with an envelope contest + mail swap, and this year is no different!

We know how great if feels to open up the mailbox and find a colorful note from a friend that stands out among the bills and junk mail we get everyday, so for the fourth year in a row we've decided to swap some mail with you! For those who are new followers, you can check out a few samples from years past here and here

Here's the deal: Send us a note by mail, and we'll send a letter back to you (just be sure to include your return address on the envelope). The creator of our favorite and most creatively designed envelope will win a $100 gift card to the shop! But don't worry, in the past I haven't been able to pick just one, so second and third place winners will also take away some sweet loot. Instagram your entry, and tag us (@designroots) using the hashtag #drMailSwap17. And remember - there are no rules - just get creative and have fun! 

Please mail your entry to:

Design Roots
5999 Custer Road
Ste. 110-155
Frisco, Texas 75035

We can't wait to see what y'all send in. We will be sharing envelopes throughout the month as they come in, and then announce our winners during the first week of May, so be sure to have your entries in by April 30th! Ready, set, GO! 


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Sketching with Sakura

mountains calling brush lettering

I am no stranger to Sakura's pens - I've been using their Micron pens since my drafting days in college, and teach with their gelly roll pens in my hand lettering class. But I just tested out some of their new pens and LOVE them! It's been a few weeks since I've opened my new stash, so I've had many opportunities to try them out in different applications. I notice I am falling more in love with their Micron PN pens for sketching, writing notes, and doodling. The tip is perfect, and it writes so smooth! (and bonus - they come in all different colors!) Another new product that was brand new to me were their Pigma brush pens. They come in 3 different widths - fine, medium and bold - and the black ink is rich and lovely. See some of the ways I have used them below, and then get your hands on some of your own to play with - you won't be disappointed! Oh, and if you're in need of a new notepad - try these out with our Practice Pad. Perfect for on the go.

Sakura pens review
design roots and sakura
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