The PINNERS Conference comes to TEXAS!

You guys - get excited! The pinners conference (which has been held in Utah in the past) is coming to Texas for the first time! If you live anywhere near the Dallas area, you need to mark your calendars for September 9 & 10th! During these 2 days, you will get a chance to take many Pinterest style classes, along with lots of shopping from great little businesses. I'll be teaching a class on Saturday at 3:30pm on "Pen, Ink + Modern Calligraphy". For a full list of classes, click here, there is something for everyone! If you miss me in class, come by my booth and say hi! I'll have lots of products + supplies, along with a table set up for make and takes. If you've ever wanted your name, a short quote, verse or inspirational words written - here will be your chance to get it done! I'll be lettering requests as you wait, and will have others already done.

So grab some friends, sign up for some classes, and make a day out of it! Make sure to use the code: DESIGNROOTS for 10%off your ticket purchase! Click on the picture below for signups.

See you there! 

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Summer Hostess gift for the win

summer hostess gifts

Summer brings lots of parties, BBQ's, and road trip travels. I never want to show up empty handed, and am always looking for new ideas than my go-to bottle of wine. When browsing Anthropologie last weekend, I spotted these adorable dish towels and had a new idea come to mind! Why not pair one of our new notepads with a funky dish towel!? So, I did just that. Add a cute tag and a favorite pen and you have a fun and different hostess gift! Do you have a favorite go-to hostess gift? I'd love to hear it! 

hostess gift
notepad gifts
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Summer Bucket List 2016 + Giveaway

Giveaway winner is Roselle P!

Today marks the last day of school for us in Texas, which means summer is officially upon us. And I keep having the song "school's out for summer" replaying in my head. The kids and I started a tradition last year, and it was such a hit that we're doing it again, but this time sharing it with all of you! We wrote out all the things we wanted to do over the summer and created a fun "bucket list" for all to see. That list hung on the fridge throughout the summer months, and the kids were so excited to check things off! We were able to look forward to our big trips and it gave us ideas on the days we had nothing to do. So I thought, why not create one that we can share with everyone, and then leave a few blank spots for you to fill in your own plans!? And that's exactly what I did. So, without further ado... meet our Summer Bucket List 2016! 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)

Design Roots Summer Bucket List

And that's not all! To celebrate the beginning of summer vacation, I've teamed up with Carmen of The Flair Exchange to bring you a few party supplies to get you in that summer spirit! If you aren't familiar with The Flair Exchange, they offer everything from confetti, tassel garlands, balloons, and other fun party goods. And the best thing? You can CUSTOMIZE to your own color palette! Today she's graciously giving away 1 tassel garland kit in 'poolside', 1 box of confetti in 'poolside', and 1 set of coasters in 'blooming florals'. For a chance to enter, leave a comment below with 1 thing you're most looking forward to this summer. And then hop over to my Instagram and comment on the bucket list picture for another chance! Winner will be announced Sunday. 

Have a great weekend! 



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Valentine's Day Free Printables!

It's that time of year again. Time to send some love notes, wrap up some special treats, and show those around you how much you love them! My kids love this holiday as much as I do, so they played a big party in helping me design some special cards for their friends. I encouraged a valentine that didn't involve candy and instead crayons. They each had a vision and I took it to the drawing board. See what you think of our "Will you BEE my Valentine?" and "I AM your Valentine!".  

bee valentine
darth vader inspired valentine

Both can be packaged with a little shred and some crayons (or Burt's Bees Lip Balm).

And I thought I would share the love with all of you with a FREE valentine card printable! Click on the links below for either theme: 

Bee Valentine

Darth Vader Inspired Valentine

We would love to see how you style/package your valentines! Tag us on Instagram @designroots and #designrootsvday for a chance to win some heart day goodies sent to you! We will choose a winner next Monday 2/8! And of course, these are for personal use only. XOXO

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New Print in the Shop!

anxiety gratitude print

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that in between projects and client work I love to doodle. I try new lettering styles, write a quote I've seen, or letter encouraging words I need to hear. And sometimes those "doodles" of mine get turned into prints. That's the case with this one above. I had lots of interest in this, so I decided to make a limited run of it for the shop. If you have a special verse, quote or inspiring words - let me know! You may end up seeing it on here. And if you missed some of the new prints we added before the holidays, here's a peek below.

Images via Mallory Shelton Photography

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A Letter Writing Blog Series

Letter writing is everyone's favorite lost art, and it's making quite a comeback in today's technology centric world. Letter writing is still so important and relevant that there's an entire month set aside for it, and it just happens to be our favorite month of the year here at Design Roots. April will be a month dedicated to all things letter writing, but to get y'all ready to send some seriously happy mail we thought we'd kick off National Letter Writing Month a little early with an awesome blog series featuring all of the many exciting and beautiful aspects of the letter. We'll fill you in on all of our favorite products and techniques, and show you how you can  spice up your next piece of snail mail - we're hoping this will encourage and inspire all of you to get writing! 

We're kicking off our blog series today with a post dedicated to our favorite pens to use when writing and {more importantly} addressing our letters. The classic pen and ink is a given, and one we share with you often, so we thought we'd mix it up with a variety of "regular" and brush pens that you can find in our shop, at your local craft stores or online {we'll link everything below}. 

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If you're like us {and if you're reading this blog} then you're probably a pen person - and sometimes that can get overwhelming! There are so many wonderful pens out there, and the few we're about to showcase are just some of the many great pens that can be used for letter writing and addressing. Peek at the picture above to see how each pen writes, and at the picture below for an idea of what the physical pen looks like.

Let's get started with the Le Pen, our absolute favorite pen for writing notes. The Le Pen has a super fine plastic point for smooth and slim lines, and they're acid free and smudge proof. The slim barrel design is space saving, which means you can get every color available and they'll all fit into your desk pen cup ;) And you can now purchase Le Pens right here in the Design Roots shop! 

Our next fave for smooth line writing is the Micron pen by Sakura. These pens are high quality archival, waterproof and smear proof pens that will produce smooth, clean lines. The nibs come in several different sizes to tailor to whatever lettering project you're working on, and there are many, many colors to choose from. Similar to the Le Pens, these can be found at many art and craft supply stores, but you can definitely get them here.

Next up are our fave brush pens. Brush pens have softer tips to allow for the "thin and thick" so crucial to calligraphy, and depending on size they can be fun and funky or simple and refined. The small variety we're about to review has a little of both, so without further ado ...

- the Pentel Sign Brush Pen. This brush pen is water based and has a slightly less flexible brush tip which allows more control for those who may be still be getting used to brush lettering. The Pentel Sign Brush Pen creates smooth, solid lines and provides a great contrast between the thin and thick lines - just remember to really ease up on the up strokes! And since we love brush pens, we've decided to carry the Pentel Sign Brush Pen in our shop too! {the barrel of this pen is glittery!}

- the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Marker. This brush marker is a personal favorite of Heather's and has a thicker, larger brush tip with a smaller, regular tip on the other side - great if you're doing some creative envelope addressing with two styles! The Tombow brush tip creates a smooth, sweeping brush stroke and is a great pen for anyone interested in brush lettering. Design Roots just started carrying the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Marker, so head on over to the shop to pick up a few!

- the Sharpie Brush Marker. Sharpie is everyone's go-to permanent marker brand, and now they've come out with a line of brush markers that come in twelve fun colors. The Sharpie brush tip, much like the Tombow, is more flexible and allows for very thick and brush-like thicks as well as super fine thins. Also water and fade resistant, this brush marker is a durable and reliable choice for any of your lettering projects. Want to pick up a few of your own? Try here and here. 

And finally, we have the Speedball Elegant Writer. The Elegant Writer has an angled chisel tip that will give your calligraphy a more traditional, elegant look {the product name really says it all!} There are several chisel sizes/styles, so you can pick and choose the exact look you're envisioning for your projects. Want to pick up a pack with multiple colors? Just looking to try one to start? You can purchase an Elegant Writer here and here.

We hope you've enjoyed taking a look at our favorite pen review, and that knowing a little more about these products will encourage and inspire you to get writing in any way possible. Get creative and take your hand lettering to the next level with some of these new tools - and when you do, be sure to share them with us by using the hashtag #designroots on Instagram. We can't wait to see what you'll create! And don't forget to check back with us here on the blog for the next installment in our letter writing blog series - you won't want to miss it! 

Happy Hand Lettering, Y'all!

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