Free Downloads, New Class + Giveaway

Hello! Today I wanted to share with you lots of good things… all that involve my friend Amy Tan. Amy is a scrapbooker/crafter/life-documenter/creative-inspirer who adds a lot of positive energy into the craft world. (Oh, and my Lila will hopefully marry her Jack someday.)

When I decided to do the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, I decided not to reach out to many artists or companies to ask if they wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t want to add anything onto anyone’s plate. (So if you see someone or a company involved here it is because they heard of the challenge and reached out to me offering help. Good people!) However, I knew I needed to contact Amy. I knew the spirit of this challenge was something she would relate to. And I am glad I did.


Amy is known for her colorful, motivational, hand-lettered watercolor pieces she shares on Instagram. Well to celebrate the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, she did a video showing how she created a kindness piece. It is such a happy video with easy tips on lettering. (And her outtakes at the end are awesome – I need to start including mine!)

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

While watching the video, please give Amy a thumbs up and subscribe to her channel! (Amy didn’t ask me to say this. I just feel very strongly that it is important to support other designers… especially when they are incredible as her.)


And what’s even better? Amy is offering FREE downloads of the kindness print and card she made in the video. Sweet, huh? You can get the FREE downloads HERE.


Amy also said that I could give away the original of her kindness print here! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/10/15 telling me if you have ever tried hand-lettering. (I have and it really needs some work! lol. The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


As you know, I think one of the best ways to enjoy the creative process is to learn as much as you can. Well, Amy just launched a great class today that I think may be of interest to some of you.


Amy and Jamie Waters (another big-hearted talent in the scrapbook world) are launching their first class together, The Creative Life: Documented! It’s a five part online workshop featuring over 50 never before seen projects that just went live. Amy and Jamie are sharing the best tips and techniques to help you get creative and squeeze more out of your precious time, so you can get more of life’s moments documented.

And as a special incentive, all students who register by 11:59pm PST on Saturday, November 7th will get a free mini book shipped right to their door. (You know I love happy mail!)

They made a video to tell you all about the class… HERE to learn more.

I will be back soon. Have a great day! (And thank you, Amy, for being so awesome. Love you.)


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167 thoughts on “Free Downloads, New Class + Giveaway”

  1. I have used hand lettering, primarily when I don’t have a stamp that says what I want. I want to try more now. Inspiring post!

  2. I love hand lettering! But I need a lot of practice. I loved calligraphy as a young girl…need to get back to my roots!
    Your page is giving me a lot of inspiration , and Amy’s makes me happy…just looking at all the colors!

  3. Yes, I’ve tried! I went to a class where brush stroke writing was included – wasn’t too thrilled with my results. I’ve practiced at home, but it’s going to take lots more practice!

  4. I have tried to do some fun lettering on card envelops when I address them, but I too need a lot of practice! So nice of fellow artists to help with the campaign. Just shows how many kind people are really out there!

  5. I have been practicing my lettering. There are so many techniques. I would love to learn calligraphy. Congrats on 100,000 subscribers and on your new website!
    Valerie Marcus

  6. I just tried my take on hand lettering to create a logo for my store. I have to practice with pencil first then bravely painted my logo on a watercolor paper. I wasn’t happy with the first take but the second one seem alright, although I know there is still room for improvement.

  7. My niece uses hand-lettering when making her cards. Wish I had her confidence. The only hand-lettering I add to the cards are my notes inside. LOL
    Love all the color of the kindness print. Also, thanks for the link to class, The Creative Life: Documented.

  8. I used to do a lot of hand lettering. I did my logo “Pink Heels Creative.” However, I had to go back to work in a furniture plant ( which will remain unnamed) and this resulted in damage to my thumb. You never know how much you use your thumb in writing until it feels like a knife in it. I still love hand lettering and calligraphy but I can’t do much of it.

  9. I have been trying some hand lettering but due to two brain surgeries, it doesn’t come out as good as everyone else’s!

  10. I definitely need practice. I’m always in Awww of others and I have the utensils, I just need to get the mojo going. I love hand letter crafting. It’s that personal unique touch. Amy’s video was Awesome and funny too…

  11. I have tried lettering every single day. I even took a calligraphy class in my area and learned so much! Though I skipped the pen and nib thing and used more brush pens which I do everyday when I’m at work. I’m not the greatest like some people but wow, what a great stress reliever it is! My goal is to learn some kind of creative lettering or calligraphy for the new year and hopefully be able to use other mediums like Amy Tan did. What an inspiration!

  12. I can totally relate to the barking dog syndrome. At least the dog barking in your background doesn’t have this ear retching high pitched squeal like the one here does. Loved the video and thanks

  13. I have been practicing , practicing and practicing writing with water colors . Maybe sometime soon it will start looking good 🙂

  14. I haven’t tried hand lettering for awhile. Way back in 8th grade we practiced lettering with fountain pens and India ink-I need to try it again!

  15. I just noticed that my comments didn’t post. I have terrible handwriting but may try these techniques sometime. I will just have to slow down! Amy made it look so easy.

  16. I’ve tried hand-lettering and yikes! Practice by the megaton needed! I’ve received hand-lettered cards from friends and oh my…in awe at the talents others have. Amy’s card/video: fabulous!
    Thank you,

  17. I’ve tried hand lettering before. It doesn’t look bad,but it definitely needs some work. Hugs and kisses from Romania.

  18. Hand made lettering totally freaks me out…I can honestly say I’ve never tried it! But its a good challenge…step outside the my norm bubble for sure!

  19. I practiced calligraphy a lot when I was younger. I’ve loved paper and writing tools since I could hold a crayon. I haven’t done it in a while, but after watching Amy’s video, I’m excited to try to combine it with my card making. Thanks for the video and the downloads of Amy’s samples!

  20. I have tried handlettering, but only with pens. I want to try watercolors, but I’ve been too chicken! Lame, huh? I’m going to just give it a go! Love the video!

  21. I have done hand lettering and remember doing lettering long ago in high school when it wasn’t known as anything but just plain old writing in your own way. Seems kind of funny to me now how hand lettering is so popular and is called by many different names!

  22. hand lettering on a bigger scale does not work for me. I’m going to have to practice more! great video by amy and inspired to try again! 9loved the out takes!)

  23. I’ve already signed up for Amy and Jamie’s class – Amy is definitely super inspiring! I really love your handmade kindness challenge as well. I’m a snail mailer and love the connection and smiles that a little bit of pretty paper sent through the mail can invoke… very cool! Thanks!

  24. I have not tried hand lettering. I am not crazy with my handwriting so, like may art techniques, it would be something I would need to commit to – I just don’t think I have the time right now. Though my husband forgot to reset is alarm clock ( for daylight savings time) and he got up an hour earlier then even Starbucks is open! LOL! I am now awake and commenting on your posts when I could be practicing hand lettering!

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