Back to School SALE!

August is here and school is just around the corner. We thought we'd celebrate by having our own BACK to SCHOOL SALE! Whether you're wanting to stock up on calligraphy supplies, snag a custom stamp, or grab a few notebooks for your new teachers - we've got you covered! Just use code: BACKTOSCHOOL2018 at checkout for 20% off your entire order! YAY!

Here are our top 5 back to school supplies!

1. Pencil Pouch
The pencil pouch. This is an obvious necessity. Load up your pencils, pens, and art supplies in style. From 5 patterns to choose from, there's one for every personality!

pencil pouch

2. Notepads
Take note (see what I did there) and snag a few notepads for your new teachers or yourself! These are perfect to have on the desk, kitchen counter, or even your car. Styles are running out, so grab them before they're gone!

design roots notepads

3. Calligraphy Workbook + Practice Pad
Grab our best selling calligraphy workbook + practice pad at a great price. Whether you want to teach your kiddos a few things about hand lettering or you want to brush up on it yourself, these 2 books are sure to help! 

design roots practice pad

4. Custom Stamps
If you've been eyeing our custom return address stamps or want to surprise your favorite teacher with a classroom stamp, this sale is the best time to do just that!

from the classroom stamp

5. Writing Supplies
From dual brush markers to the perfect pencil + eraser, these supplies are perfect to throw in your bag. Or surprise your kids with a fun new marker in their pencil box or pouch!

Happy shopping y'all! 

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Come see me at the Dallas Pinners Conference

You guys - get excited! The Pinners Conference is coming back to Dallas! And I want you to come too! If you live anywhere near the Dallas area, you need to mark your calendars for September 29 & 30th! During these 2 days, you will get a chance to take many creative and DIY style classes, along with lots of shopping from great little businesses. Here's a glimpse into one of my classes last year.

design roots at Pinners conference
pinners conference texas

I'll be teaching TWO classes again this year! The first one is an "Intro to Calligraphy" class on Friday at 12:00. The second class is "Hand Lettering + Envelopes" class on Saturday at 3:30. You can register on their website here. Make sure to use the code: BLOEM for 10% off your ticket purchase!

For a full list of classes, click here, there is something for everyone! And if you want to just come shop and browse, use code ShopPinners for 50% off general admission tickets. (General admission tickets do not include class attendance.) So grab some friends, sign up for some classes, and make a day out of it! Hope to see you there!

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Stylish Summer Hosting with Grove Collaborative

Grove Collaborative FREE hostess gift!

What does your calendar look like this summer? Ours is already filling up with barbecues, pool parties, and lots of other fun events to attend.

Whenever I go to one of these gatherings, I don’t like to show up empty handed. However, finding the right hostess gift is always harder than it looks!

I always know I've found the perfect present when I have the urge to keep it for myself. That’s how I knew this brand new Grove Collaborative ceramic sink tray would make a fabulous gift for my friends.

Fortunately, you can be one of the first to get your hands on this sink tray — and it’s FREE with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative. In fact, you’ll get the entire Stylish Hosting Kit for free:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Lotion

  • Grove Collaborative Sink Tray

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove sink tray for 25% off. 

The sink tray is made from made from beautiful white ceramic that goes with almost any decor. In other words, the stylish hostess in your life will be thrilled to display it at her next gathering. (Just don’t forget to order another one for yourself!)

Along with the sink tray, this multi-functional set is perfect for either a kitchen or bathroom. Set your hand soap, dish soap, and sponge on the tray in the kitchen to create an attractive and tidy sink area. Or, place your hand soap and lotion on the tray in the bathroom to stylishly contain drips.

Grove Hostess set

Either way, hostesses and guest alike will love these Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and lotions. They’re my secret weapon for a pretty sink-side display. All the scents and colors remind me of a summer garden bursting into bloom — choose from basil, geranium, honeysuckle, lavender, or lemon verbena for your set. Grove hand-selects the best natural products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. In addition to being healthy and affordable, I love that their products are so beautiful!

And to make things even easier, I have created a sheet of gift tags for you to add that final touch to your gifts. Simply click on the image below, print on your favorite paper and start creating your own gift package. These are for personal use only please.

hostess gifts with grove

Whether you decide to keep the Stylish Hosting Kit or give it to a friend, Grove has another gift just for you — a free 60 day VIP trial! Being a VIP means you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service.

As I mentioned, this is the debut of the Grove sink tray, so these kits will go fast. Don’t miss out!

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Stylish Hosting Kit for free when you sign up!

  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.

  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

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McKinney Map PRINT

McKinney Map Sketch via Design Roots

Lauren Palmer, of The Art of Living Beautifully, and I met a couple months ago when she took one of my calligraphy classes. Fast forward a couple weeks later and I received an email with a fun idea and a rough sketch. "Could I could help her with a map of downtown McKinney?" she asks. Of course! I was thrilled to do this custom map illustration, and I love how she uses it as an interactive piece within her online digital magazine. Check it out here on her website.  

Want to know some other fantastic news? If you love our custom McKinney Map as much as we do, they are available for purchase! The 8″x10″ map is printed on a natural white card stock and is only $20! Whether to grace the walls in your own home or to send to a loved one far away, we hope your McKinney map will always be a reminder of the treasured memories and landmarks McKinney, Texas holds. 

Make sure to follow Lauren and see what she's up to around town! 

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Travel Pouches + a Summer SALE

We just added our 5th design to the canvas pouch line, and we are thrilled! Meet "safari" - playful and graphic jungle scene on one side and the word "ROOOOAR" on the other. Perfect for that animal lover and just in time for summer. Throw in art supplies, toys, small animals, cars, and snacks. 

safari themed canvas pouch

These bags started out as a way to carry your art supplies on the go, hence the name "the traveling studio" on the original 2 designs. Then I realized these are great for just about anything! My daughter carries art and craft supplies, my son fills his with favorite toys + knick knacks, and mine is filled with pens and pencils for on the go doodling! So, which pouch pattern are you? And what would you put in your canvas bag?


Make sure to enjoy 20% OFF this week with code SUMMERTIME at checkout!


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Summer Bucket List 2017

We have one week left of school for us in Texas, which means the summer countdown has begun! And with the summer countdown comes our tradition of creating this year's Summer Bucket List. The kids and I started this tradition a few years ago, and we're doing it again. I spend an afternoon writing down all the things we want to do over the summer and then create a fun, graphic bucket list to hang on the fridge. Throughout the summer months, we use that list as a reminder to have fun, slow down, enjoy small moments, and live for adventures. Plus, it gives us ideas on days we have nothing to do. So, without further ado... meet our Summer Bucket List 2017! Feel free to print it out, add to it, and then hang on your own fridge. We like to color things in as we do them, but you can come up with your own system. Click on the image below and grab the free PDF printable(this is for personal use only)

And that's not all! If you hop on over to my Instagram page, you will see that we teamed up with Nature Nate's Honey for a fun little giveaway! Click here for details.


Happy Memorial Day y'all!
Enjoy 20% OFF
any purchase in the shop
with code: SUMMERTIME


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