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OMG We’re in HGTV Magazine!

You know when something really cool happens and you’re just so excited to share? Well, we are SO EXCITED to share that two of our prints are featured in the November 2018 issue of HGTV magazine! Our hand lettered “OMG” and “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” prints are in this month’s Say It With Art story – which is so so cool.

What’s also awesome is that they contacted us out of the blue. One of HGTV Magazine’s editors reached out to us a few months ago to purchase our prints and ask if they could be featured in an upcoming issue. Obviously, the answer was yes. We have both been HGTV fans for as long as we can remember, so we were thrilled!

OMG” print

We weren’t sure when the issue would come out, or how our prints might be featured, so we kind of put in the back of our minds since then. Then about two weeks ago, our sales for both prints spiked, and we figured our work must be printed and out in the world!

We tracked down the magazine (which is available pretty much anywhere that magazines are sold), and might have literally jumped up and down with excitement. We are so into the “Say It With Art” article that our prints are a part of. We are honored to be amongst all these other amazing prints and artists that are featured!

Thanks to HGTV Magazine for supporting small, handmade businesses like ours. You can check the article out by picking up your own issue of HGTV Magazine. And of course, find both our “OMG” and “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” prints in our Etsy shop!

Welcome! We’re Amelia & Natasha and we’re into it

We love hand lettering and graphic design and we’re here to share some of our favorite things!

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Natasha & John’s Wedding

Amelia and I have enjoyed working on hand lettered details from save the dates to invitations to reception décor for many weddings, but there is something so special and exciting about getting to be your own client. John and I got married last year in our hometown of Mystic, Connecticut on a beautifully windy summer day. It was a whirlwind weekend filled with love surrounded by our wonderful family and friends. And I took every opportunity to personalize the day with special design details and hand lettered touches!

Photography by Zac Wolf Photography

Our Story

Before diving into all our wedding details, here’s a little background on John and I. We met in middle school, became friends, and started “going out” at the end of 8th grade. We filled our summer with *gasp* unsupervised movies and bike riding around neighborhoods with friends. We went our separate ways at the beginning of high school but reconnected at the end of our senior year. Thanks to some friends setting us up, we went from the friend zone to attending prom together and had yet another summer romance, enjoying the excitement and freedom of venturing off to college in the fall. John was headed to DePaul in Chicago and I was off to Northeastern in Boston, and I wasn’t so sure about having a long distance “high school boyfriend” while starting my freshmen year of college. But there was something special about John so I decided to give it a chance – and we survived! John transferred to Northeastern sophomore year and we had fun exploring Boston together. We moved in with a few friends and eventually got our own place together in 2010. We bounced around different apartments in the Fenway and South End areas over the next few years.

Flash forward to June 2016 and we went on a magical trip to Barcelona. I had always dreamed of visiting the gorgeous European city, and Radiohead (John’s favorite band) was playing there so it was perfect timing. John stealthily packed an engagement ring in his backpack and proposed during our vacation – of course we celebrated with copious amounts of cava. We fell in love with the city for many reasons (Paella! Manchego! Sangria!) and can’t wait to go back. But first, there was wedding planning!

We both love our coastal New England hometown, so it was easy to choose the location, and there was no question I wanted a summer wedding by the water. My parents quickly helped us scope out a few venues and once we saw the Mystic Yachting Center we knew we had our spot. The rest of our planning came in waves, as all brides know sometimes it’s overwhelming and sometimes you’re twiddling your thumbs, but in the end it somehow gets pulled off – with lots of help! Read on to see how our wedding weekend came together.

Save the Dates

Since our relationship started when John and I were so young, we thought sharing our story with a creative timeline highlighting the special moments in our life together would be perfect for our save the date. We enjoyed going down memory lane as we remembered the different stages of our time together. We wanted it to be fun and light hearted but still call out dates that were really important to us. And, of course being a designer I felt the pressure of creating something unique! I knew I wanted the final shape of the card to be a square, so it took some trial and error to make the folds perfect, but I was really happy with the outcome.

Zac Wolf Photography captured our love as we walked around our South End neighborhood for our engagement photoshoot. Once we choose our favorite photos, the save the date card was complete. Check out the video of the save the date to see how it unfolds!

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For envelopes, I looked to Paper Source and found the peacock color to be perfect. I used a custom stamp, also from Paper Source, for our return address. I highly recommend brides (and everyone really!) to have one of these, they are not expensive and are truly worth it with all the wedding related mail you’ll be sending. I decided to add a little something extra and embossed our return addresses in gold on the back flap. I used the Sakura Pen Touch extra-fine pen in gold to hand letter the mailing addresses. Finally, with a custom postage stamp from Zazzle our save the dates were ready to be mailed!

Invitations

After a somewhat “complicated” save the date, I thought a simpler invitation suite was the way to go. Channeling an ocean theme, I decided on a blue and teal watercolor background with a special touch of gold foil for the original hand lettering. With a gold ribbon to tie the cards like a present, the invitation suite came together.

I choose envelopes from SoHo Paper, addressed them in gold ink, and carried the watercolor background from the invitations through to the custom stamps. I wanted the stamps to really shine, so I wrote over the printed gold with the Pen Touch pen so they sparkled – I know, crazy, but these are the things I get excited about about! Once the invites were mailed, the wedding actually started to feel real. And as a snail mail lover, I must say getting the RSVP envelopes in our mailbox was so much fun!

Décor and Welcome Signage

More fun stuff! And oh boy did we have a lot of it. I decided to carry the watercolor and gold details from the invitation through to the look and feel for the wedding day décor and details. No matter how organized I tried to be, all the last minute signage definitely became overwhelming! Luckily, I could turn to Amelia to help divide and conquer my long list and all the signage was completed beautifully. Our guests were greeted with a framed glass welcome sign, lettered in white with a specialty paper background. Shout out to my dad and friend Brian for making the easel out of driftwood to hold this sign! They also made the driftwood arbor we were married under, which included a hand lettered sign of our names and wedding date, and was decorated beautifully with eucalyptus greenery by A Gala Affair.

I had opted for a eucalyptus and succulent filled bouquet, so I wanted to carry the greenery theme through to the reception. Being a huge succulent fan, I was excited to use the little plants for place cards and have as favors for our guests. I really enjoyed lettering everyone’s names for these! To tie in the plant theme further, we also gave our guests little packets of wildflower seeds in envelopes with gold lettering “let love grow”. Thanks to the girls on my Beyoncé themed bachelorette trip for helping fill these little envelopes 🙂

I used the same paper from our welcome sign backing to bind our guestbook. Again, I turned to Paper Source for having all the DIY materials I needed for this. With a few family photos, our welcome area was complete.

Menus & Programs

The same blue and green watercolor background continued to our menus and programs. We chose to have different food stations instead of a plated meal, but we still included a menu at each person’s place setting in order for them to easily know what their options were.

And of course, no wedding is complete without a specialty drink! John came up with a play on the French 75 cocktail calling it the Mystic 88 after our hometown and birth year. We definitely enjoyed these, and hope our guests did too!

Centerpieces

For our table centerpieces I had my heart set on these little sand boxes that would hold sand from different beaches that were sentimental to John and I. We were able to snag these little jewelry boxes from H&M Home and then I printed a little story about the beach on clear stickers to adhere to the box. They also served to hold the fun script table numbers from Etsy, that I of course just had to spray paint gold.

Special Treats!

We had a selection of small deserts and a s’mores bar for our guests, but we wanted to have a little celebration cake for ourselves. Our absolutely delicious strawberry-thyme champagne cake was baked by my sister’s friend Fiona. She has her own bakery company, Fiona’s Forbidden Fruit, and her vegan recipes and treats are amazing! We were too busy on the wedding day to enjoy it so we had it at our brunch the next day. Yum!

My mom’s friend Linda made delicious chocolate truffles that we included at each guests place setting. They were such a special treat. My grandparents worked together to put the boxes together and paste in the little note – wedding prep truly is a team effort!

Bridal Party Gifts

Of course I was so excited to ask the special girls in my life to be a part of our wedding day. I put together a box of goodies with a card, mini bottle of bubbly, a framed picture of the two of us, and fun nail polish. I had to add a little Beyoncé touch, so I lettered “i love you like xo” with a gold embossed xo on the inside of the lid. It was so fun to give these to my ladies!

For the wedding day I gave each girl yet another card, a getting ready robe, a pair of earrings for the day, a hand lettered print of a quote I thought they would like, and of course a Beyoncé quote on a tote bag to carry their things around. The tote bags were printed by a friend’s screen printing company, Poor Morgan, and I loved how they came out so much Amelia and I decided to start making some to sell!

Thank You!

All of this couldn’t have been possible without the love and support from our family and friends. From the gorgeous rehearsal dinner (thanks Karen & Glenn!), to the wedding day, through to the perfect Sunday brunch (thanks mom & dad!) we felt so lucky to have been surrounded by our loved ones who traveled to celebrate with us. Wedding planning can be a beast but in the end the memories and love that filled the weekend made it all worth it. And the honeymoon in Italy was a dream, especially after all that work!

Thanks to Sam and JJ for officiating, it was so special to have our friends marry us. My sister, Ana, was a most gorgeous Maid of Honor and John’s brother, Andrew, a handsome Best Man. The two gave speeches that made the whole room cry! My parents gave memorable speeches too! Thanks to Stefan of Aleo Media Productions, we have a video of the day we can relive on our anniversaries. Our wedding party was fantastic, and we absolutely loved spending the day with you all. Thank you to Leslie for hosting the girls to get ready, and Rob for the boys. The fabulous Jessica and Rebecca at Upstyle made us ladies feel and look our best with wonderful hair and make up, thank you. Thank you Acebo Jewelry for our custom designed wedding bands, we love them! Our gorgeous bouquets and reception arrangements couldn’t have been possible without A Gala Affair, thank you for bringing my eucalyptus vision to life.

To the countless others who helped us organize the weekend and make our wedding dreams come true, thank you!! We’re still feeling so lucky to have you all in our lives. And thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Scroll on to see the special moments captured from our day, thanks to Zac & Ally! 🙂

Vendors

Florals – A Gala Affair
Dress & Shoes – BHLDN
Cake – Fiona’s Forbidden Fruit
Groom’s Suit – Hive & Colony
Catering – Ocean Blue Catering
Hair & Make Up – Upstyle
Photography – Zac Wolf Photography
Stationery – We’re Into It

Thank you for working so hard to make our special day perfect!

Welcome! We’re Amelia & Natasha and we’re into it

We love hand lettering and graphic design and we’re here to share some of our favorite things!

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More About Our Story: We’re Into It in Boston Voyager

We were recently featured in a Boston Voyager interview where we had the opportunity to tell a little more about our story. We love that Boston Voyager features inspiring creatives, up and coming businesses, freelancers, and people hustling to do what they love. Their mission is to help grow and nurture local businesses in Boston by telling their stories, and we couldn’t love them more for that!

It was so fun for us to be able to dive a little deeper into how we got to where are today. You can read the article on bostonvoyager.com, but we’ve also copied it below. We’d love to hear what you think!

Amelia and Natasha, please share your story with us.
We met in a typography class while both studying graphic design at Northeastern University. We immediately bonded over our love for letters and need for caffeine breaks during class. What began as regular homework sessions together turned into continued creative collaboration once we graduated. We spent countless nights together drinking wine and just creating — paper crafts, letter art, holiday decor, you name it, For us, entering the 9-5 working world turned our nights and weekends into a precious time to work on projects that weren’t requested by our bosses or art directed by our teams. And by creating side by side, we had constant encouragement, support, motivation, and critique.

It was during this time that we both decided to strengthen our skills in hand lettering. We challenged each other to try new tools and techniques and honed in on the work we wanted to create. Empowered by the support of our friends (who had watched our crazy projects come to life while hanging out with us) and our love of working with each other, we decided to launch an Etsy shop in late 2015. It started off with just a handful of cards and prints, and we weren’t sure what would come of this new little business. As time went on, we continued to add more and more work to our shop and became more passionate about growing We’re Into It and focusing energy on the work we were creating together.

We now teach brush lettering courses throughout the Boston area (and hopefully soon to beyond!). We have a collection of hand lettered greeting cards, prints, totes, and other goods that we sell at markets, in local shops, and on Etsy. We work with clients to create full custom wedding invitation suites and day-of decor. We are still constantly learning, growing, creating, and loving every minute of it!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As many designers can relate to, we often find ourselves to be our own harshest critic. From sketching to inking, and then finalizing a pixel perfect design, we often find it difficult to be truly satisfied with a piece of work. Having a trusted partner to bounce ideas off of makes the process much more enjoyable and results in a stronger end product. We rely on each other to motivate, encourage, and move things along when we individually hit a creative block (or even when life gets in the way).

For those without a dedicated business partner, don’t be afraid to reach out and seek help from your best friends, parents or the people whose ideas you admire. We’ve found that people generally want to help when they can, and finding that dedicated person or group to encourage you along the way can make all the difference.

Since we launched our Etsy shop, our business has steadily grown, but at times that pace of growth has felt too slow. We know we’re being harsh on ourselves, but it’s difficult not to when social media allows us to see what everyone else is doing and at what rate. We hear about businesses that “became famous overnight” for some project they did or for something they were featured in. When you see it all the time, it’s easy to expect that it will happen to you, and disappointing when your path is longer and more arduous. Of course, we love Instagram as a tool to share, promote, and find inspiration from, but sometimes the content and displayed success of others can feel overwhelming. We constantly remind each other that we don’t need to compare ourselves to everyone else and that it’s not a competition. We’re creating our own path and have already exceeded so many of our goals!

A better way to look at competition is to realize that we can learn something from them. For us, having female role models in our field gives us motivation, especially during times of frustration or when faced with roadblocks. A few designer lady bosses we look up to and admire include Jessica Hische, Lauren Hom, and Tina Ross Eisenberg. There is such a strong community of women who are pursuing their dreams, and no matter what obstacles we come to, we’re going to continue to pursue ours!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into We’re Into It story. Tell us more about the business.
We sell a collection of hand lettered and designed prints, cards, totes, signs, you name it! We also work with clients to make custom designed pieces for events, weddings, and home decor. Our work is inspired by the things we’re into, whether that be wine and cheese, Beyoncé or just classic, beautiful lettering on its own. To put it simply: we love picking up a pen and creating work that makes people smile!

Our passions are wide-ranging when it comes to design and creativity, which means we have a large variety of work. People look to us for expertise in hand lettering, a discerning eye for all things design and as creative minds that can bring any vision to life. We pride ourselves on always trying new things to ensure that both our client and personal work doesn’t get stale. There’s no project too crazy or nebulous or large for us!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Boston has such an awesome creative community! When we first started selling at local craft markets, our favorite part was simply spending the day surrounded by badass creatives hustling to sell the work they’re passionate about. We keep in touch with our “market friends” on social media and always look for opportunities in which we may be able to work together.

Find the environments where you feel like you can connect with people and become active in them. If they don’t seem to exist – make them! Our lettering workshops have been a great way for us to connect with creatives in the Boston area. We are so inspired by those who take our class, coming from all sorts of backgrounds, and love that we have a new network of letterers that we’ve helped to create. If networking-type events aren’t your jam, don’t feel forced to attend. In the end, finding what works for you and your business and nourishing the relationships you have are what’s important.

Welcome! We’re Amelia & Natasha and we’re into it

We love hand lettering and graphic design and we’re here to share some of our favorite things!

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100 Days of Things We’re Into

Have you heard of the 100 Day Project? It’s a free global art project that takes place on social media. We love that this project brings together a group of talented and diverse creatives and encourages them to create something every day for 100 days.

The official 2018 #The100DayProject started on April 3rd, but the date really isn’t important – the founding artist Elle Luna encourages participants to start any day they can. We participated from September–December in 2017. At the time, we felt like we needed an extra push to letter. It may seem silly because we run a lettering business, but sometimes the actual creating part gets lost in the minutiae of the day to day. When you run a small business, there are a million things to do that aren’t your craft, so for us, making a point to practice lettering every day was so amazing! Our first and last posts can be seen here:

Our unique hashtag was #100daysofthingswereinto, and we spent 100 consecutive days lettering things and people that we love. Like Tombow pens, Jessica Hische, and Instagram — the platform on which we shared the project. We chose this theme as a way for our followers to get to know us and our interests a little better, but also as a sentiment to what we thought our business would become when we started it together. When we settled on the name We’re Into It, our original intention was to launch a blog where we shared all the things we’re into. Once we got up and running, we were pulled in many different directions and the blog didn’t end up happening. (But yay, now we’ve finally launched our blog!)

We won’t lie: this project was a challenge! And since there’s two of us, we made it easier on ourselves and divided many of the posts instead of collaborating on each. (We’re so glad we had each other to rely on to complete this!) While simply lettering a word every day sounds like it’d be quick and simple, we also experimented with new lettering styles, took a lot of time planning props and photo sets, shooting each picture, and writing fun captions each day. We definitely pushed ourselves to ensure that each post was great, and for that reason it took quite a bit of time. All we can say is that in the end, the challenge is so rewarding!

You can check out all of our 100 posts below. We’d love to hear what you thought of our 100 day project, and if you’ve ever done one yourself!

Welcome! We’re Amelia & Natasha and we’re into it

We love hand lettering and graphic design and we’re here to share some of our favorite things!

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We have a blog!

Hello and welcome!

When we settled on the name We’re Into It, our original intention was to launch a blog where we shared all the things that we’re into. Instead, our focus shifted, and the things we were into began taking shape through fun projects and the lettering photos we shot on the go. After our success and growth over the last couple years, we’re finally ready and excited to get a blog going.

We’ll be posting about our work and process, as well as client features, wedding how-to’s, products we’re currently loving, and perhaps even some travel and dining adventures too. We’re looking forward to sharing what we’re into with you and excited to see how are blog will take shape and evolve.

Thanks for following along with us! We hope you’re into it 🙂

Amelia & Natasha

Welcome! We’re Amelia & Natasha and we’re into it

We love hand lettering and graphic design and we’re here to share some of our favorite things!

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