Jolee Studio: New Name, New Blog

jolee studio website

I have some news. Trish’s Design Studio has moved!  Thank you so much to everyone who has visited my site and followed along.  I’m going to continue blogging and planning parties and designing, but the name has now changed.

My sister decided to come on board and help out.  I’m super excited about this as I know she has some great ideas and we will balance each other out and our strengths will complement each other.  Since she has joined, we decided to change the name to represent both of us.  We decided on Jolee Studios by combining our middle names together (Jolene) and (Bree).

What’s in store for Jolee Studio?  A lot of the same projects, printables, and parties as I featured here – just more of it.  We’ve revamped our site a little and we want to bring more content and more parties for you to be inspired by.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT JOLEE STUDIOS AND FOLLOW US

Valentine’s Day Decorations

Valentine's Day Ideas

We had a few projects going on this weekend, both with our new vinyl heart decals.  If you missed the one yesterday, click here.

Today I wanted to share with you the second project, and  a few ideas for Valentine’s Day that is featured on By the Shore Studio. I believe in cherishing all the special moments in life that you can.  This set up doesn’t take too long and it’s a great little surprise for someone you love.

CHECK OUT THE VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATIONS ON BY THE SHORE STUDIO

Decorating with Heart Wall Decals

heart decorations for a little girl's room

This weekend we took on a project to decorate that included our white heart wall decals.  The walls are a neutral color and needed to stay that way.  So how do you add in some girly details?  We decided to go with  the heart decals (made of indoor vinyl so it’s removable) and some pretty in pink ballerina prints.  We kept the pictures simple since we put a pattern on the wall.  I’m loving how it turned out!

Even though it won’t be full of the girly details, it really made me want to redecorate Tyler’s room.  But it will come soon enough.  He’s needing an update and I will be sure to share once we do!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE HEART DECALS

New Invitations: Gold Foil Accent Invitations

ballerina invitations

flamingo birthday party invitations

rockstar birthday party invitations

We’ve added a new style of invitations in the shop that I think you’re going to like.  We’re pretty excited about them.  They are only available in a finished version as they have a cut out foil design on them- available for a Flamingo Party, Ballerina Party, and a Rockstar Party. We are loving gold right now and even have it on our walls now.  If you didn’t see our new office accent wall, check it out here.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR GOLD FOIL INVITATIONS

July: Meet Sorina from Royal Digital Store

July 2015 printable calendar
It’s Thursday!  So that means it’s time for another graphic artist interview.  If you haven’t seen the others yet, here’s the scoop:  This year I’ve teamed up with some amazing graphic designers for our annual free printable calendar.  These artists create such beautiful designs that I wanted to feature them in a post of their own.  I’ve asked them to do a short interview so you can see some of their designs and get to know them a little.

2015 free printable calendar

Meet Sorina, the artist behind The Royal Digital Store who designed the background for the month of July.   I met Sorina in an Etsy forum group and knew instantly I had to include one of her beautiful designs in the calendar.

1. How/why did you start your business?

I opened this shop in collaboration with a good friend of mine. It all began from the desire to start a business through which we could express ourselves freely, by using joyful colors and patterns. What is wonderful for this type of business is that in this way we can earn money by doing exactly what we like.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you?

As any artist, my feelings and emotions are at the basis of my creations. I find inspiration in everything that surrounds me. I try as much as possible to surround me with beautiful, colorful and happy things, therefore creating a story-like universe, from which I can inspire myself.

3. Are there any routines or practices you do to keep you organized/focused?

The most important thing is to work daily, so that you do not lose your skill and to be always informed about the latest tendencies. Personally, I have a notebook in which I write down all ideas I have and when I happen to face a creative blank, I turn to the notebook for help.

4. What is your favorite design/favorite current trend?

I like very much the Shabby Chic style in which you discover always vintage elements, romantic touchesand soft, relaxing pastel shades. I have created a lot of prints based on decorative drawings painted on Parisian furniture.

digital paper clip art

See more of Sorina’s designs in her shop The Royal Digital Store

5. What is your favorite pastime or hobby besides graphic design?

Besides graphic design, I love to create accessories: bags, shoes and jewelry. Another hobby of mine is cooking. It relaxes me to bake cookies, cupcakes and all kind of sweets.

6. How do you balance your business and family life?

The advantage of having your own business is that you can organize your time as you want. You can manage the balance between personal life and work. A major advantage given by the digital papers online commerce is that once you have a solid collection of products you can focus on promoting them. As we area team of two, we earn a lot of time by splitting the tasks among each other.

7. What modern technology can you not imagine having?

It may sound weird, but I love my graphics tablet. It enables me to draw on the computer, the same way I would draw on paper.

8. If you could visit anywhere in the world were would it be?

Despite the low temperatures, I would like to go anywhere in Island, Alaska or Canada’s Northwest so that I could enjoy the amazing aurora borealis. I think it is an overwhelming experience.

9. Is there anything that I haven’t covered that you would like to share?

It has been a pleasure answering the questions from this interview as it included relevant and appropriate questions about both private and professional life.

 CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE 2015 CALENDAR

Be sure to check out all of Sorina’s designs wonderful designs on The Royal Digital Store website, and in her Etsy shop!

 

Decorating with Gold Wall Decals

Gold Polka Dot Wall Decal

I hope everyone is off to a great start in the New Year!  I had a few projects going during break, after we got back from vacation.  One of them I talked about yesterday, with getting more organized.  If you missed it, click here to get a free printable.

The other has been just updating my office a little, giving it a fresh new look with supplies I already had.  I made the flamingo sign after seeing this art print.  I loved the saying and looked pictures up based on it.  When I saw the flamingo, I knew it was perfect!  I LOVED flamingos as a little girl.

Then the dots… yes I added gold dots to one wall in my office as an accent wall.  I am so thrilled at the result.  They are coordinating perfectly with the other gold accents I’m putting around the room.  I like the matte gold look to so the shiny doesn’t overwhelm the room.  We decided to add these decals in our shop.  They are for indoor use and will come off of walls easily when you are ready for a change.  The circles are 2″ each and can be arranged however you want.  We just loved the confetti look.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MATTE GOLD CIRCLE WALL DECALS IN THE SHOP!

Organizing for the New Year + Free Printable

2015 organization, free printable meal planner

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  We had a great vacation in Illinois with family during Christmas.  It was so much fun seeing Tyler playing with his second cousins and having a good time.  He even got to visit a local fire station while we were there and “drive” the firetruck.  He was one happy boy!

I really don’t make New Years Resolutions per se, but rather set plans and goals throughout the year.  However, I have wanted to get more organized lately and I figured after vacation would be a good time to start.  I made a free printable calendar last year and continued it to this year.  It has helped and so this year I’m determined to add the next few steps.  I even bought a planner for the first time ever!

The last step (for now anyway) is to write down a schedule of meals to make for the whole month.  With a little one around this is so much more important.  I’ve always tried to make healthy meals since my son has been around.  But there are still those busy times or unplanned days that we grab something fast.   The goal is to cut down more on processed foods and not just grab anything we can find at the last minute.  I’ve made up a simple meal planner and wanted to share it with you too.  Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!

free printable meal planner

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE MEAL PLANNER

May: Meet Gabriel and Sarah of PrettyGrafik

free printable 2015 calendar

Today I’m continuing the graphic artist interviews.  If you haven’t seen the others yet, here’s the scoop:  This year I’ve teamed up with some amazing graphic designers for our annual free printable calendar.  These artists create such beautiful designs that I wanted to feature them in a post of their own.  I’ve asked them to do a short interview so you can see some of their designs and get to know them a little.

free printable 2015 calendar

Meet Sarah and Gabriel of PrettyGrafik who have designed the background image included in our 2015 calendar for the month of May.  I loved reading their story about how PrettyGrafik started, it’s so inspiring and encouraging to see how other artists have succeeded in their craft.

1.  How/why did you start your business? 

My husband Gabriel and I started Prettygrafik after a huge set back in our lives. We had to quit the family business because of the financial crisis, which was to say the least a devastating experience. I spent a year trying to find a job while Gabriel supported us by working for an engineering firm which saved us financially. Right around the one year mark I became super frustrated and decided that I wanted to find a way to sell art, something we are both very passionate about. I did some research and I discovered Etsy and the digital art world and we quickly learned all we could about this market.

We worked tirelessly for another year and our shop started to sell a little but not enough to support us. That same year through Etsy we ended up being discovered by a giftware company who liked our work and needed some commercial designs. This opportunity opened up a whole new world to us, the art licensing world. Within the next year we were able to become a professional design studio with both a commercial and e-commerce division selling our art worldwide. This became the push that we needed to succeed as it allowed Gabriel to leave his job and for us to work full time on Prettygrafik.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you?

We are inspired by creative people, by beautiful things, we love Pinterest and magazines. We like to shop for ideas and see how other people express themselves and their ideas.

 3. Are there any routines or practices you do to keep you organized/focused?

We have Monday morning meetings, and we follow a schedule to make sure that we are dedicating time to all aspects of the business such as marketing and social media. We have normal work hours from 9am to 6:30pm and we have a very structured and organized system for all our art.

 4. What is your favorite design/favorite current trend? 

I love so many things it’s hard to choose, my favorite personal trend right now is the apothecary/vintage style. For Prettygrafik our favorite trend right now is super bright colors, chalkboard and kids party themes which is a trend that keeps growing in popularity and originality.

clip art for children's parties

More of Sarah and Gabriel’s designs available in their shop PrettyGrafik

5. What is your favorite pastime or hobby besides graphic design?

Gabriel: Reading and traveling

Sarah: Gardening, repurposing old furniture, watching movies, playing MMO games, planning Halloween parties and learning anything new.

 6. How do you balance your business and family life? 

We try to keep them as separate as possible which is challenging because our studio is at home. So we keep a normal business schedule and really try to unplug after office hours, although we sometimes have trouble staying away from social media because we love to check up on fan reactions and comments. Our meetings have really helped to focus us because we allow a generous amount of time to discuss the business in depth, so there is no need to do it in our time off.

7. What modern technology can you not imagine having?

Gabriel: A Wacom tablet

Sarah: A computer, and the internet for work. Personally it would be clean water and modern medicine, which unfortunately not everyone has access to.

 8. If you could visit anywhere in the world were would it be?

Sarah: I am desperate to visit Ireland as it is part of who I am, and I feel very close to it. I have visited and would love to revisit Italy, what a beautiful Country.

Gabriel: I’m obsessed with England and would live there if I could.

9. Is there anything that I haven’t covered that you would like to share?

We would just like to encourage anyone out there who is trying to turn their passion into their job to not quit. It is not always easy but if you are persistent and focused you will succeed.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE 2015 CALENDAR

Be sure to check out all of Gabriel and Sarah’s wonderful designs on the PrettyGrafik website and in their Etsy shop.

Free Printable Reindeer Christmas Gift Tags

free printable Christmas gift tags

Currently I’m trying to reorganize and make some new plans for next year.  I pretty much only have a week left! My family and I will be traveling up to Illinois for Christmas to see family.  We are so excited!!  I can’t believe we are leaving one week from today.  Wow that came so fast, even  though we bought our tickets way back in August. So starting next Tuesday through the end of the year the shop will be closed.

Today however, I wanted to share some free printable Reindeer Christmas Gift Tags for all of you who still could use them.  I like to shop early, I was done the day before Black Friday.  But I just finished wrapping the presents.   I normally don’t even get them done until the day before Christmas, but this year we’ve asked Santa to come early – this Friday night because we will be out of town on Christmas Day.  I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

free printable Reindeer Christmas gift tags

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE REINDEER CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS