Monday, September 18, 2017

New Fall Printable


Happy Monday friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was filled with board meetings for work, BUT I'm off today and enjoying a quiet morning at home so that certainly helps. 

You know what else helps? A cute new fall inspired printable set in my Etsy shop!




I created this set with scrapbooking in mind, but it would be lovely for using in your planner, art journal, or journaling bible!



The set includes over 30 stickers/die cuts and four patterned papers. 




I like to print the image sheets on either white or clear full sheet label paper to create stickers. And I used white cardstock for the papers, although you could certainly use sticker paper if you wanted to!

Last night I pulled out a mini album to start working on a fall instagram photo book (even though I haven't printed any photos yet - those will come!)


If you want to see a bit of my process with this, you can check out my Instagram stories, but hurry because they will only be available through today!

This set also coordinates well with my latest Illustrated Faith set. A girl can never have too many fall leaves or coffee cups in her sticker collection, am I right? 



Sending lots of happy fall vibes your way,

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lots of News!


Hello friends! Happy Tuesday!

How is your week going so far? The past few weeks have been so crazy with the hurricanes and wild fires. If you've been in the path of any of them I certainly hope you and your families are doing OK.  

I wanted to share a big update on what's been happening in the world of Mandy Ford Art & Illustration!

Things have been busy and so good. Feeling really thankful. 

First up is my September printable set with Illustrated Faith!



I have more and more fun each month creating this kits, and when I realized I could draw all things autumn for September I was over the moon happy!



It is chock full of fall goodness and I hope you love it! I printed these out on white sticker paper and plan to use them in some fall scrapbooking projects.





Next up is a new product for me - CANDLES!



Yes, candles! 

I am super excited about this collaboration with The Candle Creative.



I have three different designs available with them, and you can choose from lots of really yummy scents. I am partial to the lemon poppyseed and the pumpkin roll. Mmmmmm!




Grab them today through 9/17 and get 15% off with code "MANDY" & enter a super fun giveaway over on their Instagram account for $100 shop credit, an 8x10 "sweater weather" print from me, and lots of other goodies!

And finally, a reminder to check out my first class with Big Picture Classes, Doodling Nature!




Did you know BPC is a subscription site, and you can do a free one month trial? So there is absolutely NOTHING to lose. And there are so many super fun and inspiring classes on there. Soon to be added in October - a lettering class from me!



(Sneak peek up there)

Ooh and ONE more thing! If you are a local friend, save the date for October 20th! I'm going to have a booth at this fun event again this year!

Working on some brand new goodies for it including TEA TOWELS! Eeeeek! (<---kinda sorta excited about that one.)

Sending the happiest of Tuesday vibes to you!

XO,

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Choosing Slow


Things are moving at a slower pace at our house these days.

It was an intentional change, but not one without a fair share of anxiety, fear, and a few tears. 

My husband quit his job on August 5th.

And on August 6th we began a whole new way of living as a family of four. 

(On my 39th birthday...what wonderful timing!)


It is, for lack of a much better word, wonderful.

This isn't our first time with him staying home with the boys. Back when they were babies, he quit his job to stay home with them from about 16 months until they started kindergarten.

And that was wonderful.

But a TOTALLY different kind of wonderful. A much more tired version.

*one of the more tired days (twins + IKEA)

We had two babies, our income was quite a bit lower, we had just moved into a new house, and we were both navigating what it meant to be parents. Me a working mom, and him a stay-at-home dad, which isn't something our culture encourages or celebrates nearly enough. 

Even though he was home, he was much busier keeping up with the demands of young twins. I was figuring out how to deal with the guilt of not being home with the boys, and how to keep up with my day job while mom brain was in full effect. Those days were tired. Wonderful, but oh so tired.

But this time, the decision for him to quit his job wasn't out of the same necessity as 8 years ago. The need was different, but equally important.

To be honest, our mental health was at stake. His mental health especially. His job had turned into a horrible mess. My husband wasn't himself at all. We were bickering, short tempered, and tired. The house wasn't being taken care of, we weren't eating well...the list goes on and on. 

And it changed in the matter of a few weeks. His job went from bearable to inducing panic attacks. It felt like one of the hardest and yet easiest decisions ever to say JUST QUIT.

JUST QUIT.

This life we are given is worth more than countless hours spent working hard for a company that doesn't respect your work ethic or your family. To make money to spend on more stuff you don't have time to enjoy. 

Oh it felt SO good to make this decision as a family. I honestly haven't felt closer to him than I have the past few weeks as we made this intentional decision to find a new way of living. We've been together since he was 19 and I was 21, and I am amazed to see how we have grown together. And I am so very thankful that growth has brought us together, and not pulled us apart. Because oh there were times I worried it would. 

I've wanted to share this with you all since it happened, but needed to wait until the words came. And today they came.

And I want to encourage you, if your way of living right now doesn't feel like it is working. If you are exhausted and cranky and not enjoying your family or the things you feel like you should be, it is ok to start over. It is so much more than ok to find a way of living that doesn't look like the way anyone else is doing it. And don't worry about what others think or say...all that matters is that it works for your family.

And the peace we feel in our house these past few weeks. Man I wish I could bottle it up, because everything about it is so very good.

And speaking of remaking your life, this Super Soul Sunday talk from one of my absolute favorite authors Shauna Niequist is all about slowing down and it is really wonderful. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope it resonates with you in some way!

XO,
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Join me for a new class!

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday!

I hope your week is going well so far. 


I have some BIG news to share with you! If you follow me on social media, you may have already seen this yesterday, but if not...


My new class, Doodling Nature, is up on the Big Picture Classes website! Woot! 






This is my first class with them, and in October my second class, focused on lettering (!!!), will launch.


I would love to have you join me for this class! We'll be doodling all of my favorite nature shapes, adding fun details to them, and even creating a full page art piece. It is going to be fun, friends!




Back in May, their videographer, Joe, came to our house and filmed both of the classes, as well as this really wonderful intro video, which made my eyes water a bit...




This has been such a fun process and I can't wait to dive in with my students! 

Sending happy Wednesday vibes to you,
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Illustrated Faith Printable!

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday!

I'm home on a day off of work today, and I finally have time to say hello! 

So hello! 

How are things? How has your August been so far?

Around here we have kids back in school, lots of fun art projects (and deadlines!), and I'm catching up today on all of the things that help me rest and find my breath.

And speaking of rest, I'm so happy to share my newest printable set with Illustrated FaithReturn to Rest.



I was a bit nervous that this set wouldn't come together, as it was due during the busiest week of my entire year so far, but I couldn't be happier with the sweet and encouraging images I was able to create. 


I even snuck a coffee mug in this time! 


And that floral print just makes my heart sing. I hope it does for you too. 

The thing I really love about these printables is that they aren't created solely for bible journaling. You can use them in an art journal, scrapbooking, in your planner, or for paper crafting.

And you can print them on white or clear sticker paper which makes them into instant stickers. I really love that. 

Grab the kit here! You can also see all of my available monthly printable sets here

Hugs and happy August vibes to you!
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Product!


Happy Sunday evening friends!

OK so if you've been following along in my Instagram stories you'll know that I:

1. Got a new planner and am a bit obsessed. This is the one I got and I'm LOVING IT!

2. Created a set of planner stickers because WHY NOT?! :)


The sticker set is a printable PDF page with 42 stickers including florals, washi tape strips, flags, reminder banners, a variety of square stickers, and the all important (and super adorable) coffee date stickers!



Here are a few shots of them in action in my own planner...




If you grab the set I would love to see how you use them! Tag me on Instagram @mandyfordart with your pictures!

XO,
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