Be Back Soon!

Hi friends!

You may have noticed it has been a bit quiet around here. Nothing to fear! I’ve been working on some personal branding, other freelance projects, planning a move in June, trying to catch up on the100DaysProject, etc. Needless to say, life has been a bit crazy and this blog space is falling lower on my priority list at this moment in time. With that said, I have a lot of things planned for this space still! I’m going to relaunch this summer.

Be Back Soon

There are some things I’m looking forward to right now.

  • Finishing the 100DaysofPaintedBeads project. It has been really hard to keep the momentum going for this, but I really want to finish it, even if it doesn’t fit into the consecutive 100 days that was put in place originally. Persevere!
  • Be Free, Lance class. Sign up by May 18th! I decided to invest in this class because it seemed to cover everything I missed out on when I got my BFA in Visual Communications. I’ve seen snippets of this type of info online, and I have access to similar resources–but I value the idea of a community class setting and learning alongside other designers. I’m excited!
  • Moving in June. We are moving across town to a slightly bigger space. It’s still a starter type apartment, but it’ll be really nice to have a balcony, dining nook, and a bigger 2nd bedroom where my husband and I have our desks–and let’s be honest, all his music stuff.
  • Personal and freelance projects. I’m in the middle of helping my friend get her blog off the ground, which includes some light branding and guiding her in honing in on her goals & vision. It has been so fun! There are also talks of rebranding my friend’s photo business mid-summer. Excited much? Yes.

Places you can find me:
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

Other blogs to check out:
Spruce Rd.
Breanna Rose
Elle & Company

See you soon!

Have You Met: Caroline

I'm pleased to introduce you to Caroline of Lina Lulu Paperie! You seriously need to check out her etsy shop. She just added some new spring designs and I'm hoping to purchase one for our new apartment when we move later this summer!

I met Caroline many years ago, when I was visiting friends at the college I attended freshman year. She ended up living on the same wing I had lived on, so whenever I visited I saw Caroline! I found out she was a design major and was impressed with her skills, so I started following her work early on. So, grab some coffee or tea, whatever your fancy, and enjoy learning about Caroline!

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Tell us 5 random facts about you. 
1.  I love potatoes, all kinds - baked, au gratin, french fries, etc - LOVE them all.
2.  I have gone skydiving - crazy and really cool experience.
3.  I love traveling, and would love to travel more internationally.
4.  I like to make up jingles or songs for everyday situations, mostly my husband hears these and often will back me up with some great harmony and falsetto -what a man!
5.  Growing up I wanted to be a zoologist, I just really love animals.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

What led to you becoming a designer? 
I grew up with both parents being designers and lovers of culture. They would implement design and art in our everyday life. Whether on a rainy day learning pastels, receiving art kits for presents, or going to the art museum as a family outing - I feel like design always touched some part of my life, and I couldn’t get enough! 

After really considering I had the talent and realizing I was happiest when I was creating art, I chose graphic design as part of my path. I loved all my art classes and wish I could have fit more into my schedule both at school and even now.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

How did Lina Lulu Paperie get started? 
I have always had a love for paper and stationery. As a kid I would make bookmarks, cards, and letterheads for myself. I loved writing and receiving cards. There is something so lovely about receiving mail and identifying someone's handwriting. Along the same vein, I have always enjoyed the shape of cursive letters, and have been curious to learn calligraphy. I formally took a class in 2013 learning the Spencerian style and fell more deeply in love with letter forms.

Lina Lulu Paperie it self was then born out of few things: My love for stationery, my love of calligraphy, and (the biggest one being) my love for creating art with my hands. At the time I started my business, my day job had me doing more technical “design” and not much “from-scratch” concept and design work. Honestly, most days I felt drained from just sitting at the computer. I needed an outlet, away from staring at a computer and that was all my own-strictly for me. Thus I began the journey to being my own boss/ business owner.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Why do you do what you do? 
I feel the happiest and most at peace when I am creating. Getting to do what I love and gives me peace while still earning a living - not everyone gets to do that. I’m going to keep fighting for that privilege and thankful that I can.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a designer? 
I would say don’t just peg yourself in one spot of design when you are first starting out. Learn studio arts like painting, drawing, or even jewelry making - you’ll be surprised how much they affect and influence your design work. Learn from the greats of the past and see what the greats of the present are working on. If you like a genre or style, own it. Just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean you have to be doing it. Be fearless and humble but know your worth, and charge for it. (I struggle with that most often). Your time is valuable and so are your concepts and work. Remember to collaborate every once in a while, you learn so much about yourself when you work with others and you learn more about your craft. I think that covers it for now...

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

What are you looking forward to this year? 
Personally, I feel like I have little trips and motivations planned that I’m really looking forward to. Among those little motivations is celebrating a whole lot of friends and family with upcoming  weddings, birthdays, babies, and just everyday life. 

Professionally, I’m excited to have a fuller line in my shop for the first time and seeing what shape that takes on this next year. 

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie
Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? 
The artist Edward Gorey. His style has had a heavy influence on my illustration aesthetic and I would of loved to work alongside him and learn from him. Someone alive, would be Jen Gotch from Ban.do - I love how colorful and funky their line is and her style. As like artist, Emily McDowell, Anna Bond, or Dana Tanamachi and it would be more like to watch their  work process as they all have very different but defining styles.

What influences your creativity? 
It comes from a lot of places. First being from my Creator - I’m so thankful God has allowed us to see color, and has passed along his amazing artistry so we may experience it. I love being outdoors, and though I adore sketching in black and white - I love color and how many ways it can transform something. Music and word play heavily influence my work too - I love how music can set a mood, and  lyrics are a fun way to practice calligraphy.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Favorite instagram account(s) or blog(s) to follow? 
This list could go on forever but ones I check everyday:
A Beautiful Mess | @abeautifulmessofficial
logodesignlove.com | @LogoDesignLove
andkathleen.com | @andkathleen
ohsobeautifulpaper.com | @beautifulpaper

Favorite Instagrams:
@shopbando
@fig2design
@shereadstruth
@studiodiy
@woodnotephotography
@catsofinstagram

What is your favorite project/thing you've done? 
My favorite projects always involve me getting to incorporate some type of hand-done work in them.

As far as favorite overall project, I loved working on my wedding invites. Is that too cheesy to say? It took me a while (like weeks and millions of designs later) to really hone in on what I personally wanted, and not just what was trendy at the time. I love the blind emboss and the orange and gold accents. Everytime I see that font, Samantha, on a project I feel a sweet reminder it was apart of our day. I’m a werido but I couldn’t be more happier with everything about them (sigh)

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie
Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Coffee or tea?
Tea, most days. I go through seasons of liking/needing coffee, but tea is always my go to, especially chai and a good peach tea. 

Find Caroline!

Instagram @cehutch98/@linalulupaperie
Twitter: @linalulupaperie
linalulupaperie.com
www.etsy.com/shop/LinaLuluPaperie

Finished Project: Radiant

A few weeks ago, I shared the inspiration board for a fun freelance project I was working on. Today I want to share with you the final images! Like I said before, this was a fun out of the ordinary project for me. I am totally in the comfort zone of designing for churches but I hadn't done anything geared just for women.

Finished Project: Radiant // brianakapper.com

It's funny. I've been done with this project for a couple months now, and there are still things I might tweak on it. That's the hard part about design for me. I never feel finished. Is anyone else like that? Bueller?

Coming this Friday: the next post in my Have You Met Series! I'm excited to introduce you to my friend Caroline. She is seriously talented and it has been so fun watching her side business grow. See you then!

Cooking 101: Tips in the Kitchen

Over the years I've picked up a few little tricks that really help the cooking process flow well. I'm no magician in the kitchen, so sometimes I need all the help I can get!

Cooking 101: Tips in the Kitchen // brianakapper.com

Tips in the kitchen:

  • If possible, start with a clean kitchen. It makes the clean up way less stressful when you're completely done with everything!
  • Read the recipe completely through. Twice. (You have no idea how many times I've messed something up because I failed to actually READ the recipe.)
  • Prep all your ingredients–even the salt and pepper. Chop, dice, measure, rinse, etc.
  • Read the recipe again! Make sure you didn't forget any ingredients.
  • Get out any pots or pans you might need.
  • Don't forget to actually set your timer. (Another learned from experience tip.)
  • Rinsed used measuring things as you go, so nothing dries to them.
  • Invest in some quality tools. Some of my favorites are my garlic press, santoku knife, wood cutting board, measuring cups, and citrus press.
  • Have fun and try new things!
  • Don't be afraid to experiment. My favorite dish to experiment with is pasta sauce. There are so many variations to be discovered.

I was prepping asparagus to make this dish. I used two cloves of garlic though. Because I can.

What are some of your best tips?

Earth Day

This will be a rare post on my blog. But with it being Earth Day, I figured it was the perfect time to share about a little part of my life that I don't talk about very often.

Earth Day // Shaklee Get Clean // brianakapper.com

I found out about Shaklee a few years ago from some friends. I was on the journey to a healthier life mainly with eating habits. Throughout college I had so many stomach issues! The combination of stress, late night fast food runs, and an apparent food allergy, left me super uncomfortable in many different ways. After switching my diet around, I started taking vitamins and supplements from Shaklee. The supplements really helped to clear up my skin and helped me feel better overall. Especially vitamins D & B in winter. (Anyone else get a little down in the winter?)

So when I moved out last summer, I decided to purchase the Get Clean products! I've been so impressed with the quality of Shaklee and their commitment to their products. The cleaning line is amazing. I no longer get headaches when cleaning, I have saved so much money, and they work really well! I believe that health isn't just about what you put in your body, it's about everything around you. Shaklee has the most natural and nontoxic cleaning line in my humble opinion, and I even used to use vinegar! Even just the Basic H2 by itself is great. You can use it for windows, floors, stove tops, as a general cleaner, etc.

Earth Day // Shaklee Get Clean Basic H2 // brianakapper.com

The Get Clean Kit

  • No harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals.
  • Outperforms 20 national leading brands.
  • You would spend $3400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit! (Based on comparing number of uses as set forth on product labels of conventional, ready-to-use cleaners.)
  • Features Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate - just 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz. of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents.
  • And when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:
  • Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.
  • Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.

Thanks for reading through this and letting me share a story about my health journey! Go to my contact page if you have questions or want to find out more! The free membership with the purchase of this kit is a limited time offer.