Alas, I have signed up to show you every single piece of envelope art that I have ever captured on camera. This shall be a lot, but hopefully this helps you if you need inspiration for the envelopes of the piles of letters you are procrastinating to respond to (You must be saying, “Audrey Kate, it sounds as if you know about this letter-writing-procrastination thing?” And to that, I say nothing. ).
Enough chatter, onward!
Floral patterns are probably my most often drawn envelope decoration. I just love how happy it makes an envelope and you have complete creative liberties with how you want your flowers to look.
I love making my envelope art match the Christmastime feelings and colors (probably some of my favorite envelope art ever). Here is an arrangement of these styles:
Most of you who have been around awhile know that the fall months are absolutely my favorite. I love putting that season into art, so here we have various autumn-themed decorations.
#4: Valentines Day
Hey, if there’s a season specifically for pink (which actually isn’t my favoritest color but..) and hearts, might as well decorate envelopes that way!
#5: Lettering Focused
My usual go-to for envelopes is just making the lettering of the name and address the focus. It always varies, but sometimes simple is just as beautiful as an all-out design.
#6: Design Focused
You know, sometimes you just have some free time and crack out the paints or the markers and want to go crazy on a envelope. Here are some of those times for me:
And y’all, that is it. Now, this isn’t every design I have ever done, but I would say I have photographed at least 70% of them over the past year-and-a-half. I hope you enjoyed and will return again when you need inspiration for the beautiful envelope you’re about to mail. Thank you for reading and looking!
Which design was your favorite? Which category? Any envelope art related posts you would like to see soon? How has the beginningof June been for you? Icecream or brownies?
So it’s June. Should I react? Yes. Have I done extremely dramatic reactions in previous times? Most definitely. So today I shan’t. (Is “shan’t” actually a thing or just some kind of “Southern Belle” creation where saying two words was something unheard of?)
Because now that it as turning into a summer month (Can you believe–I forgot I wasn’t reacting. Nevermind.) and the sad leaf-less winter and spring have passed us by, my theme is leaves. Yes, leaves. Kind of boring sounding, but I quite enjoy the monochromatic-ness of it. Perhaps leaves hold more than just chlorophyll. Maybe the entertain a peacefulness as well.
Wow. Science and poetry and we haven’t even seen a picture yet.
I had to move to a new journal for June through December (at least I hope for it to go until December), so the leaf side was on the first page. I added my information on the right in case I happen to leave this in the stall of the bathroom of a gas station in rural Mississippi sometime soon.
This is a very easy theme to do if you’re just starting into bullet journaling. I picked three or four greens (I used the Tombow Dual brush pens) and used the darkest to draw spread-out swirls, and then drew leaves connected and floating around it. So, I had a bit of a faux pas with the font on this page–we were deep within our health book by Michael Pollen and I ended up writing “May” instead of June. So I used a green paint swatch (you know, the one you have laying around) and remedied that mistake.
The calendar page directly follows the same pattern and style (though I did actually remember to write “June”). I filled in the blank spot at the bottom with and abundance of leaves. I had to already fill in just some of the things happing this month. Does anybody else have a June that always just fills up?
For the first weekly log I toned down the amount of leaves and when a bit more simple with one weekly log on each side.
*note* I did make a habit tracker, the photo just escaped me. It is the normal grid layout. (:
AHAH This left page is my feeble efforts at covering my mistakes. I went to do another weekly log but then I realized I had just done one so.. I tried to disguise it and this is what happened. XD On the bottom of the page I put a little box I named “going into July” for random thought or to dos I need to move to the next month.
On the right I made my normal income tracker with various boxes and categories.
I did the exact same weekly log for the third and fourth weeks in June as before. I enjoy having two weeks in one to see a bigger layout of things.
I always have those random two or three days that I have to carry over to the next page, and so here we have the 29th and 30th on the left. Below that I have some to dos and goals boxes and a quote below.
On the right I decided to start “Lyrics of (month)”. Just any lyrics I come up with or ones I remember from other songs that make me thing of the things that happened or are happening in the month. I am excited to read it at the end of June!
And this is where we left it! I hope y’all enjoyed this setup, and stay tuned for *quite* the post coming soon that has to do with mail. Have a lovely day!
Do the leaves look like a intimidating progress to you? Is your June busy? What is your favorite month? Favorite Summer dessert?
I was recently making a list of favorite things for this season (I usually do this every season) and I thought I would turn it into a post I could share!
I love switching things around for each season–weather that’s switching my room, what I wear or what type of books I read or letter art that I do– I love changing things up a bit. For the Springtime this year I’ve been really enjoying florals and green (and on another note, my friend Alex pointed out in a letter that ‘green’ should really be spelled ‘grean.’ Just sayin’, it DOES make sense) and brown and postcards, to name a few.
The first things I wanted to mention were home and location magazines. My Mom recently bought a big stack of magazines from last year and I love them! The Verandamagazine has to be my favorite, but The English Home comes as a close second. The beautiful castles and quaint countryside homes and flower fields and beautifully furnished homes makes me giddy.
I have also really been enjoying decorating with vintage/vintage patterned teacups. Also, I fantasize about having enough cups to fill a small cupboard one day when I’m married with a home. Perhaps a start of a hope chest? (:
I am decidedly a plantaholic. I am sitting in my room at the moment and I look up and gaze upon 11 plants. Is that too many? Probably. But they’re my favorite things in my room, haha!
THESE postcards have been in my regular rotation lately. I love the size and the patterns. Where you write the actual letter, there are no lines or anything, so you have the freedom to write wherever you want and do a fun address if you wish. I just love them.
This next one is a bit random, but the Pilot G-2 pen is the best! I use it all of the time–school, letters, journals–and it hasn’t stopped! Plus, very affordable, which is a plus, indeed.
So these earrings are my absolute favorite. Thank you. Next…
Janette Oke books are in the reading currently. She is a great writer and she writes very interesting, sweet stories. I am currently reading the Prairie Legacy series, but “A Measure of the Heart” has to be my favorite out of all of her books. I want to read “When Calls the Heart,” too, because we loved that show!
My Mom recently passed along this excellent bible commentary that my Grandfather passed to her many years back. It has been well loved, but all of the good words are still there! It goes chapter-by-chapter explaining what happens in each one and references other chapters as well. It’s very short, and I have been enjoying it while doing the McCheyne reading plan (to read the bible in a year–almost half way done!).
And lastly, a quick shoutout to these delightful twisty hair ties that are amazing! I have fairly thick, longer hair that is wavy/curly and the regular hair ties slip out, usually within a few minutes, but these will keep my hair up all day. I must recommend.
I hope y’all enjoyed viewing my favorites for this season! Please be sure to let me know if you enjoy this kind of post–I do! I would LOVE to hear your favorites for spring as well, and let me know if you would like to see this same kind of post but with a different category. I would love to hear your ideas! ❤
What are your favorites for Spring? Do you enjoy magazines? What are your Summer plans? Do you like plants?
I definitely realized this. It’s fine. I planned to post this late. Yeah, exactly. MmHMM. Definitely.
Well, unfortunately I can’t go back and slow time down, so here we are. Ah, May! I am taken aback. School is almost over. Summer is near. *sweats*
Today I thought I would share the photos of my May setup. It is a different art style than usual, but I am really enjoying it thus far!
It’s a very abstract, colorful and modern look. The different colors and patterns are really fun and cheerful–and easy to do. It’s kind like a brainless art style, just throw random shapes and colors down. I decided to go with a fairly simple font, since everything else was already very busy.
I just went with a classic calendar setup, nothing too fancy. I included the same patters as before.
The next page is a gathering of “Goals,” “To Do,” and “Ideas.” I wanted the pages to look cohesive, to I connected the art across the pages. On the right I have three graphs for different labels of habit trackers. My habits I wish to continue building are 1. Reading my bible daily, 2. Drinking at least 73 oz. of water, 3. Keeping my room tidy.
On these pages I have four weeks worth of weekly logs on one page. I went for a messier look with the lines and I think it goes well with the different patterns throughout this spread.
The page on the left is my income tracker for this month. I usually group the different categories in =to that-categories. And then I like to add up and determine where the best income was, how I can stay more on budget, etcetera. I really like this tracker.
On the right, I hav etc last three days of the weekly logs up at the top, and the rest of the page has my Spring100 mile log.
The next page here has the incoming and outgoing mail tracker. I continued that previous pattern of shapes and colors onto this page.
Th right page has a little note section for my “End of School Completions.” I always love going back to these journals and reading all that I did that year. It’s crazy what you can forget!
The next page is a list for things I would like to accomplish in my Junior year (which I approaching WAY to fast!). The next page is just thoughts from the month. I always enjoy going back and reading these.
Thank you for reading! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to May!
Also, I have finally updated my About Audrey Kate page. If y’all would like a more up-to-date version about me, click here. (:
Whatare you looking forward to this month? Do you like these kinds of abstract patterns? What is your favorite color scheme? Any fun plans this month?
I am quite sad that I have been so missing in action from my blog lately. I plan to make an appearance more than I have recently starting now. I’ve missed it!
I absotively (yes, it’s a word. I just made it up. Seems fitting.) can’t believe we’re already at April. Normally the January through March months seem to go by really slowly, but 2020 and this year, thus far, have blown by. I don’t support that. I assume April and May will go fast as well, with school wrapping up and Summer plans starting to be made. If any of you are still in school, when do you end for the year? My family usually breaks the day-before Memorial day. Not too long!
Anyway, y’all know the drill. The first of the month brings a new bullet journal setup on my blog. I went just easy and colorful and fun for this month, and I think it turned out fun! Also, please stay until the end to take a poll!
I will say, the first two pages host a font I really don’t like. Oh well.. it does get better. ;P
On the lefthand side there is a quote (one that seems to be a go-to in my BuJo, oh dear!) that says “Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe.” I believe it to be true.
The righthand side has the intro for the month, “APRIL”. I outlined it in black (the font and the page) and then I did colorful abstract dots all over. This is carried throughout.
The next two pages are the holders of this month’s calendar. I used the same font and then the corresponding colors of the first two pages. A fairly simple layout, but very effective!
The left page in this spread has a quad of different things: goals, to dos, reminders, and ideas. I like to group them together; oftentimes each the four play off of each other. Surrounding this I have the same pattern as the previous pages.
On the right page I have Spring goals (I know this should’ve been started in March, technically, but I was making that layout in February, so I guess Spring wasn’t quite on my mind yet. XD) which I decided into three columns for different things.
On the left of this set of pages I have my usual habits tracker. I’ve had the same few habits to build for the past few months: Bible (daily readings), Tidy up (any area I’m in daily), Water (at least 64 oz. daily), and Skincare (in the evenings and mornings). I’m pretty good about all of them, but having this opened up by my bed encourages me.
On the right I have the first weekly log.
This is probably the busiest, and quite possibly my favorite, spread in this month. I went ahead and made the rest of the weekly logs for this month, and where the month ended (far right) I slid in the money tracker (incoming and outgoing money). It actually works quite well with this layout, especially if you’re running out of pages and want to save space.
On the left, I have the mail tracker for this month. Just the usual, envelope shapes rectangles where I write the name of the person, the date in the left hand corner, and I check the “stamp” (the square in the righthand corner) when I’ve replied and mailed it out.
On the right I have a section where I can give a recap of the month. I like doing this so I can go back and read about all I did later.
Well, that’s all for April’s setup! I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Easter if we don’t chat before then!
Do you have Easter plans? What is the weather usually like in April where you live? Do you like the Spring? What is your favorite recipe?
I have had a few questions about different things regarding bullet journaling recently, so I figured that I would make a post where I talk about a few of my favorite things when bullet journaling (including my favorite journals) and the different styles of fonts and pens. And, a page of titles and designs I love.
I have tried a few bullet journals in my time including one from Hobby Lobby that was abandoned on a end cap, a dupe for the Archer and Olive journals that I can’t pronounce (here. This is what I used last year. Very pretty!) , and these, which are my favorite that I have used. These journals are by Minimalism Art. They have a significant range in sizes and pages, and they have quite a lot of colors. For this year, I chose two of the 190 page journals. One white, one black. In 2019 I used the tan one which has a bit over 250 pages, which is just enough for a year for me. But I liked black and white, so I got the two smaller page journals to get me through 2021.
I have tested out quite a few different types of pages as far as the grid goes, and a few years back landed on dotted grid pages as my favorite. I like that you can do art on top of them and you don’t see big lines, and they are faint, but you can still see them to help yourself make straight lines every time. But, most dots in each journal (any journals) are different. So, whenever I get a new dotted bullet journal I make a little not in the front about how many dots wide and tall the journal contains. This helps me if I need to make a line straight through the middle and I won’t have to cont up all the dots to find the mid part.
I make little grids all of the time, and I usually just freehand them by counting out 8 dots (or 7 spaces) and then draw it two dots high. Depending on the size o your journal, you might want to go 2 or 3, maybe even 4 dots tall if your dots are tiny and close together.
I am going to keep it pretty simple as far as the design goes for this post, but you are welcome to turn it into whatever you like! I like to look at stickers or pretty papers or pictures of different things on pinterest to decide my theme, but sometimes I just make it up without looking at anything for inspiration, too. For this design, I had these cute floral themed stickers to which I drew inspiration.
If you’re going for a simple theme, just centering your title (the name of the month) in the page with minimal designs around (I just did three flowers diagonally on each side of the title) is really pretty. I love going for more simple themes like this, but I also love going more into detail with harder themes. Speaking of, any theme ideas for this year you’d like me to try?
Choosing a color scheme can be one of the hardest parts for me, but go with what you love! For this theme I chose warmer, rosy tones and a deeper warm green in the Tombow dual brush pens (the exact shades are 772, 912, 026 and 249, which are all dear favorites that I’ve used multiple times in bullet journal setups.). You don’t have to over do it as far as color goes. Just a black pen and/or black brush pen and one or two colors would be plenty!
This kind of simple design is really easy and pretty, and you could carry these little flowers (or hearts or leaves or pumpkins ar books, whatever you choose!) through the rest of your pages and it would be so pretty!
I always like to make a little insert in my journal of my most used fonts to refer to through the year to help keep everything cohesive. Number 1,2,4,6 and 8 are the ones y’all see the most, but somewhere I would like to use the bubble letters (#7). A bit farther down I have a list of title fonts you could use to refer to, hope they help! (:
Below are some fun title and design ideas I love. Let me know if you use any!
I do weekly logs in every spread, and I seem to always be trying out a new layout. Below are the ones I have used many times before. You can check out this, this, this, and this to see a few of these designs in action.
These are my favorite and most-used pens. Overall, my most used are the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens. If you don’t have them, they’re worth the $7!
Below I have the Pigma Micron in 02 (my favorite fineliner!), the Tombow dual brush pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, a Tombow Fudenosuke, a pencil, a Ecoline brush pen, and a Baoke brush pen (in S23). If you want a more detailed pen post, let me know!
And lastly, the main add ends I love to use in my bullet journal: Washi tape and stickers. I find these add some very fun colors, patterns and textures, and you can use whatever suits your fancy! I also like to incorporate kraft paper, patterned paper, magazine clippings, etc. But, these two categories are my main used(:
Maisy wishes you all farewell and Happy New Year! ❤
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe you were able to pick up a tip or two. I hope you are all doing well, have a lovely day! And, please be sure to leave me any post suggestions below, I’d love to hear what you would be interested to see.(:
Friends, we have experienced much this year. Some had the year very hard, some not too bad, but just because we’ve had a year of extreme uncertainty (and surprise.. heh) doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to and make the best of the new year!
I just wanted to share a bit of encouragement since the past year has left everyone a bit confused and uncertain. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2021!
Also… HOW IS IT A NEW YEAR?! It’s been a fast year for me. How about y’all?
I am kind of in that fresh, minimal, simple, organized mood of late (I always tend to get that way for the start of the year) and so I wanted to bring that, of a sort, to my bullet journal. I am taking American Sign Language (ASL) for high school, and for a project I had to draw some of the letters on an online program, but I figured I would try my hand drawing them in my journal! This isn’t on every page, but I do incorporate it wherever I can. This can be copied with any design, but I thought It would be a fun thing to look back on someday.
I used more pastel, “happy” colors and black fine liner to do most of this. (I use similarly colored wash tape later on, too.)
I did a two page spread for the calendar using the same colors and designs. For the day of the week (M, T,W,T,F,S,S, etc..) I sued the fingerspelling alphabet letter. Takes up space, but fun!
Right up front I made my year-at-a-glance layout. I like doing this at the beginning of the year to see the day layouts for the year, and to put the important dates up in front.
I wanted to do a vision board for 2021, which is all the things I enjoy or want to enjoy. Also, to bring inspiration.
The left page I made a month goals and a to do section. I just made simple lists and the use of the same colors, and some fingerspelling above the label saying the same.
On the other page, I have a quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” by Zig Zigler. I tried to use a scratchy type of lettering for a faded look. It worked out perfectly, because I have a dying Tombow Fudenosuke pen I have been using. XD
On the left, I have the usual habit tracker layout of four month overview grids and I used the same pastels and title/ASL translation in fingerspelling.
The right side has the first weekly log, with the date numbers(1st, 2nd, etc) in ASL. I used the same font and colors.
I continued this layout (though the font is moved to the middle) for the second week of January.
On the next page, I have my “Big Goals” for 2021. These are the ones I really want to complete, though I have a separate section for the more detailed goals.
The next is the very same weekly log layout. Same everything, actually. Sometimes doing the same weekly logs keeps things simple.
On the next page, I have a very simplified version of my money tracker than usual (you can see what I usually do here) to keep with the simple idea.
These next two pages are reading focused. The left page is a layout for books I WANT to read, and the right page is books I WILL read. I put them together last year and it helped to have them close to each other.
These next two pages I finish my weekly logs for the month, and have a month recap on the right.
I’m not exactly sure what happened for the left page. I had originally planned it to be something else but it went in a different direction. Anywho.. There is a quote on this page, and on the other page a gift ideas and wishlist section. Often throughout the year I think of things I might need or want to get for others, etc.. so I have a page I can add things on throughout the year.
This is the section of resolutions or goals for the year. I made a wide and cropped dutch-door layout for the different categories in my goals. I have about 8 sections total. I love making the big goals, then making smaller ones to accomplish.
For the last two pages, I have my mail tracker in the same theme colors.
On the next (and last) page, I have a “Farewell to you January!” doodle.
I hope y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best for 2021!
After a month or two of slacking in the pen pal realm of things, I have decided to jump back in full swing with Christmas themed art and addresses! Ahh, I love making pretty Christmassy envelopes, so fun!
For this first one, I wanted to experiment with another texture, and I remembered I had these small red buttons I ad been saving for such and occasion. I drew poinsettias, the name and address, then randomly glued a few buttons down. I love the added texture, and it
I continued the same design, buttons and all on the back. I feel like doing a little something on the back makes it more complete. But really, any chance to do art is a good chance, right? (:
I packed up a little Christmas package to a secret Santa giftee, and did a similar design to the last on this, though a bit more simple. I just did four poinsettias and leaves and some loopy lettering. I have a clear glitter gel pen I love using on uh.. everything, so I used it on this, too. XD I love how vibrant these yellow package envelopes are, so fun to do art on!
This one is a bit more original: Holly and Berries(: I really like this one. Super simple, and cute! If you have two tones of the same color pens or markers, one a bit darker than the other, you should try fading or creating ombre in your font. I love squeezing this in for a little extra sumthin’ (:
This one is very similar, thought the font is more from and center, rather than the design. Come to gaze upon it, this is almost a replica of the prior envelope, just less greenery. Sometimes simple is fun, too! Do you go all out on art (of any type) or more minimal?
I did the same everything for my return address, but to seal the envelope I glued some buttons down. I think buttons or string or flowers or anything of that sort are a fun, unique and creative way to add some fun texture and other elements to letters. What do you think? How would/do you seal an envelope?
Well, that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed! And please don’t hesitate, leave ideas and suggestions in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think! ❤
Have a glorious day, and remember, Jesus loves you and cares about you, in whatever state you are in!
I have no clue how a week has slipped out from under me. Goodness. I had planned to write this 7 days ago and.. here I am now. Oh well! I must get it out soon, though, or else it will be Christmas! Oy!
So.. My bullet journal setup for this month is fairly warm-toned, doodley and basic. I figured that now would be a good time to do something simple because I will probably do something more elaborate for the December and Christmas time. So, here it is!
I did a fairly general fall scene; glove, coffee, scarves. I also chose very simple font to keep it all cohesive.
This next page is goals, to do and reminders in the form of coffee cups! I enjoyed this doodle.
The next page is my habits page. I did a kind of raw, rough design for the grid that I quite liked.
My first weekly log is fairly simple in layout and design, just horizontal lines dividing the days with small doodles.
The calendar got pushed to the middle of my monthly spread for some reason, but here she is! (:
I made a ver basic mail tracker, just using rectangle grids and small doodles.
The next page is like a income tracker, different grids for different categories. I really enjoy doing it like this, I really keep a good track on my money and expenses.
Haha, the lines wouldn’t stop in this weekly log! I tried to keep it minimal, but nope, full out color. I don’t know, what do you think of it?
The next weekly log is very laid out and doodley and it’s probably my favorite. I love doing box layouts like this!
The next one is very minimal and I like the space in the boxes. I usually use the weekly logs more than the calendar, so the more room the better!
I made this little color palette for the month of warm, falls colors to refer to in art. I want to keep this for the next few months, I think it’s fun!
The next page finishes up the weekly logs and also includes goals for the month.
Are y’all looking forward to anything specific this month? Do you like November?
What’s your favorite part of November? Do you like bananas? What’s your favorite color?