Friday, April 17, 2015


Here are the first 12 days of my #100DaysofLetteringbyLeiah project for The 100 Day Project! The idea is to pick a theme and create one thing on that theme for 100 days in a row. It runs from April 6th through July 14, 2015. Lately I've been really interested in hand lettering and drawing letters, words, and quotes, so that's why I chose lettering as my theme.

Follow along with me on Instagram!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fun New Society6 Products for Sale!

My Society6 shop has been open for 3 years now, but only recently has the site added some fun new products beyond paper art prints. Some of these look so cute with my illustrations on them, I just had to share!

Wall clocks
I rearranged my Why I Love Tea illustration to better fit the face of a clock. Time for Tea is the perfect text... because it's always tea time :)

I rearranged my Grow Some print for this sweet vegetable clock:

I could totally see a veggie-lover hanging this Grow Some tapestry on their wall. Or maybe as a backdrop for a local farm stand?

I haven't actually seen these tapestries in real life yet, but they look freaking sweet online. Especially with a funky psychedelic pattern like this Rainbow Swirlies tapestry!

A mug with a tea illustration on it. What could be better?! So cute: Why I Love Tea mug. It's based on my original Why I Love Tea graphic, but this mug has no text on it (except the mmmmmmm).


I turned my Grow Some design into a pattern! It looks so cute on a mug. I was totally inspired by ScrawnyGirl's mugs with her allover-patterns of kawaii characters.

Since I haven't seen them in real life, I can't speak to the quality of these t-shirts, tank tops, or hoodies, but they sure are cute. The way Society6 lets you pick your garment color is really weird. Some of my designs don't look awesome on every color. But I like these 2 variations: Grow Some on cream, and We're All Mad Here on heather black.


Phone Cases
I'm hoping to add more styles of mobile phone cases on Society6 in the future. I'd love to make some Vegan-themed ones! Click on each photo to see the product page:




Cool, right?!

Sometimes Society6 offers sales or free shipping coupons. Follow me on twitter and I'll tweet out when new sales are happening!

In the meantime, check out my whole shop: Leiah on Society6.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Starting my 3rd year of digital Project Life & keeping it simple

The very first digital Project Life 2-page weekly recap I ever made was in the first week of January 2013. That year I made 52 spreads. Then again in 2014 I made spreads for every week of the entire year. 2015 is another year and I can't stop now! I'm on a crazy good roll with keeping up with this project. I haven't felt like sharing individual page spreads lately, but here's an update at a glance (the last couple weeks of 2014 up to week 9 of this year):


The main reason I've been able to keep up with making these digital scrapbook pages every week is that I've simplified my process down to the bare minimum and I keep my layout template the same. I know some people like digital scrapbooking because it's fun to use lots of different digital papers, embellishments, and elements, but that type of scrapbooking inherently takes more time to finish. My weekly Project Life spreads aren't about experimenting with fun patterned paper and interesting layouts; it's about documenting my life and activities in a simple photo-based way.

My layouts are always the same, although I do make little tweaks when I feel like it.
Here's how I'm formatting every page spread:


I keep the headers the same so that when I'm flipping back through dozens of pages, I can tell at a glance what week it is. I keep one big spot for journaling to encourage myself to write at least something.

In 2015, I've been trying to include a weekly Currently card. I printed out a stack of cards and I keep them in my desk drawer. I set a recurring event on my calendar to pop up a reminder every Wednesday at 10am - write a Currently card! When the reminder goes off, I pull out a card and try to fill it out immediately, aiming for getting it done quickly and not thinking too much about it. Then I snap a quick picture of the card on something I'm working on (like a drawing) or next to something that describes my week (like on top of my keyboard). This completes the perfect trifecta for my header: calendar with week number, headline and journaling, and a Currently card photo.


You can get Currently cards in both paper or digital from rukristin.

The simple 3x4 calendar cards I made myself and are available for free digital download here.

Here's to another great year of memory making and memory keeping!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Get EXCITED Fridays : videos, dolls, and thumbs

It's been awhile since I've done a nice Get Excited link round-up. It's time for a little more energy around here!

  • I made this video! You probably didn't know that I really like editing video. I'm not claiming to be any good at it, but I enjoy it nonetheless. During Soul Flower's trip to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, I shot video clips with my iPhone and edited it together. And I made the song in GarageBand! Pros right now are shaking their heads at my n00bness, but whatevs. I enjoyed it. 
  • Two thumbs up for this Vegan Guide that addresses FAQs about a vegan diet. Whatever questions (or excuses) you have about veganism, get some answers and info in this guide. Good stuff. Also, Vegan Sidekick shares awesome anti-sugar-coated comics about veganism. I wish everybody could see his stuff!
  • Tree Change Dolls! This lady buys old dolls (think: Bratz) and gives them earthy, natural makeovers. So good.
  • The Local Branch. I met these two at the POOL Tradeshow in Las Vegas in February, and they were super down-to-earth. Their story is remarkable: they have a line of clothing and accessories that they produce in their trailer while traveling around the US. They totally make me want to pack up my life and roam the countryside, exploring places and making stuff. Jelly.
  • I'm becoming a big fan of marketing/hustle genius Gary Vaynerchuk. Watch his videos for a motivational kick.
  • Lately I've been consuming all of what Sean McCabe has been putting out there: podcast, videos, blog posts... this guy is prolific and on-point.
  • A couple weeks ago I learned the official name for what I always thought were my fucked-up thumbs: Brachydactyly type D (aka Clubbed Thumb). And there's an entire photo album! This might seem weird to you guys, but please know that I've had thumbs like these my entire life and people always commented about how "weird" they are. So I thought I was just weird. But it's a thing! This is perspective-changing!

That's all for today. Happy Friday!
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