COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. ARE YOU ACCEPTING CUSTOM WORK?
In order to give my best to the important people in my life, and give my best to my shop, I have to regretfully decline from doing personal custom work. I am available for large-scale freelance projects for editorials and product lettering. The cost for such services starts at $500. Please email me at lindsay{at}lindsayletters{dot}com if you’re interested.

Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN DOING EVENT STATIONERY & SIGNAGE?
I majored in graphic design in college. When my beautiful, unique, wonderful friends started getting engaged (circa, 2007), I was pretty unimpressed with what they were sharing with me in the way of their choices for wedding paper goods. So much thought and detail goes into planning any event, I believe the invitation and event stationery deserve just as much detail and consideration. So, I took maters into my own hands and started creating one of a kind invitations for them. From there, my client base grew and grew thanks to word of mouth and this blog. Since then, the bespoke wedding market has boomed! Thanks, in part, to Pinterest… as well as more and more DIY-savvy brides and kick ass wedding planners that aren’t afraid to come up with some crazy awesome and unconventional ideas. And now, years later, I’m thrilled to be just one of many amazing designers who create unique wedding stationery.

Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED DOING CALLIGRAPHY?
My mom enrolled me in a calligraphy class in a summer program when I was in 5th grade. I thought it was pretty cool, but all it really meant for me was that I ended up lettering the certificates for everything important that ever happened to me from that point forward… my whole 6th grade class graduation certificates… all the 1st communion certificates… and then there was confirmation certificates… the list goes on. It wasn’t until after college that I really, really began to enjoy calligraphy and lettering as a passion. When I started designing wedding invitations, I would ask my friends to let me address their invitations. The more I addressed, the more I realized that I actually enjoyed that part of the invitation process sometimes even more than designing. And that’s when I began to play with the calligraphy I’d learned as a little girl and to develop my style to make it mine. I like it when things look a little less than perfect–a little quirky, a little mix of modern and vintage all at the same time. I try to emulate that emotion in my calligraphy–fancyish, but really approachable.

Q: CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO DO CALLIGRAPHY?
No, but Melissa can. Check out her website and online class: istilllovecalligraphy.com

Q: WHAT KINDS OF PENS DO YOU USE?
This totally depends on the project. Anything from fancy schmancy calligraphy pens to gel and micron pens. But 99% of the time, you’ll find me using a fresh sharpie marker. For more info on a calligraphy pen starter kit, check out Melissa’s website at the link above.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
First I draw on paper. Black ink, white paper. Then I scan the art into my Mac with my scanner {I use both an Epson and HP, depending on the project}. Then I bring the JPEG into Illustrator to make the scan into vector art. In Illustrator, I finesse and manipulate as I see fit. This could take 5 seconds or 5 hours, depending on the design. Then I either send the lettering off to be made into a letterpress plate or play around with different colors and send to press digitally. Sometimes painting and dancing to Katy Perry or burning candles and listening to French music are also involved. And also coffee. 

Q. WHERE DID THE ADDRESS STAMPS YOU USED TO SELL GO?
As much as I love creating address stamps that people love, I simply can’t keep up with the demand and am no longer selling them. You can read more about that here.

Q. HOW DID YOU CREATE YOUR BLOG/SHOP/WEBSITE?
I built my blog using WordPress.org, ProPhoto Blogs, blood, sweat, and tears. And some help from my awesome friend Meg. If you’re interested in creating your own blog, visit my friend Emily’s website: The Blog Class. As far as my website, a super talented team at Aeolidia did that!

Q: I’D LOVE TO GET STARTED DO WHAT YOU’RE DOING! ANY ADVICE?
I learned so, so, much from my internships and former career as a graphic designer. I’ve also learned so much from working along side people I love and admired. It’s hard for me to say how to go about your own crazy journey, because I’m just figuring it out as I go myself. My advice is pray hard, google your butt off, be nice to people, find local people you love to work with, and only produce work you’re proud of. Try to have people in your life that keep you accountable to the things you find most important and drink lots and lots of coffee. Pray more. I know that’s not much help. My friend Laura at Making Brands Happen is WAY better at entrepreneurial encouragement. Check out her blog! I know you will leave inspired.

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  • June 13, 2011 - 2:09 am

    Kendra Rogers - Hi Lindsay,

    I would love to have you design my wedding invites. We are going to need 85 invitations. Our wedding is December 2nd of this year. My colors are olive green and ivory…very vintage and organic. What do you charge? Can’t wait to hear back from you.

    Thanks,

    Kendra Shea RogersReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Bri - Just wanted to say that your designs are beautiful and inspiring. While I love the classic calligraphy, I always find myself adding my own touches here and there… I used to see them as mistakes but seeing your gorgeous samples makes me feel like those are what make my cards even better! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    Linda - Do you have a “subscribe by email” button on your blog? Your handwriting is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Leslie Herr - Hi Lindsey,
    I am making a proposal to GoldCorp, the mining company in my town of Red Lake Ontario for a Support Service System to be in place for families who are relocating within the mining industry. I am proposing this, with the intent that they see the value in a support system and hire me to fill that role! :) A very small part of that will be to have welcoming notes/ signs at the homes of new families who are arriving in town, along with fresh flowers, a meal coupon, etc… Another small part will be VIP Hospitality, with a small note of welcome in their hotel room along with a basket of small complimentary items when they arrive. I am passionate about this whole thing being top-notch professional. We would be serving families, as well as male and female executives.
    I would love for you to design something in your spiffy way that shouts “EXTRA”. I don’t want to just use bought cards, nor something I would print off the computer.
    What do you imagine? What is your cost for designing? The family ones could all be the same, and the executives ones could all be the same. I see the excutive ones as being the size of a file index card with something on it like: Welcome to Red Lake. We hope your stay is enjoyable and relaxing. (Or anything else more creative. :) )
    For the families/couples that are coming: More of a note card that says Welcome on the front and inside it could say: Our Gold Corp Family is thrilled to have you join us in Red Lake.
    The lettering would need to be professional looking. Gold Corp is a huge corporation, and our mine here is just a small part of them, though we are the largest producing gold mine in the world.
    I would LOVE to have one of each to show the HR manager at my presentation meeting, which is not scheduled yet.
    What would you charge to design? How much per note/card? and what time frame are we looking at? They would need to be sent via mail.

    Let me know.
    Cheers!
    Leslie HerrReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Holly H. - Hi, Lindsay. I found your site on Pinterest.com and the Pinner said that you offer calligraphy lessons? Unfortunately, I can’t find any reference to that or your location on this website. I HATE my handwriting and am definitely interested in calligraphy. Your work is lovely.

    HollyReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Holly H. - I was wondering if you offer calligraphy lessons. Also, your contact section needs some work.ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2011 - 4:01 am

    Jackie - How much would 100 business cards be? I’m a mark representative, and I’m always looking for new designs for my business cards to catch peoples attention.

    Thanks!
    JackieReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2011 - 3:27 am

    Becky - I adore your work!! Where are you located?ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2011 - 5:39 am

    Carol - Hi Lindsay,

    My name is Carol and I am currently a college student. I am very unsure of a major to choose and really never considered graphic design as an option. Your website has been the first to really spark an interest with me. I find myself doodling on ALL of my notes during lecture and thrive on finding new creative ways to letter. I go to a small college which doesn’t offer a lot of classes, but as I came across your site on pinterest, it mentioned something about calligraphy classes? I am very interested if you offer something like that, but I don’t see anywhere on your site that mentions that. Anyway, you are extremely talented. Thank you for inspiring me! I love your work–beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Teri Pennington - I just saw the canvas with your “O holy night…” on Holly Mathis Interiors site and I love it! She said you aren’t taking orders on it, but I want one as soon as you can take orders! Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

    • October 1, 2012 - 7:15 pm

      lindsay - hi teri!
      i know this is a belated response but we wanted to connect with you to see if you got your hands on one of the lovely “O Holy Night” canvases?
      if not, they are available for purchase now!
      lindsaylettersblogs.com >> shop! >> click on the canvas
      you should be on your way then!

      warmly,
      lindsay letters teamReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Lauren - I saw a post in pinterest of a canvas you did with the words to O Holy Night. Can I order one similar to that? How much do you charge?ReplyCancel

    • October 1, 2012 - 7:15 pm

      lindsay - hi lauren!
      i know this is a belated response but we wanted to connect with you to see if you got your hands on one of the lovely “O Holy Night” canvases?
      if not, they are available for purchase now!
      lindsaylettersblogs.com >> shop! >> click on the canvas
      you should be on your way then!

      warmly,
      lindsay letters teamReplyCancel

  • December 14, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    Michelle Viera - I was wondering about your font. Have you created a downloadable font? I love it!
    Thanks
    MichelleReplyCancel

  • December 15, 2011 - 11:53 am

    Kari - hi – I just saw a beautiful picture (on Pinterest) of an O Holy Night picture that you did. Do you sell things like that on your website? thanksReplyCancel

  • December 15, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    pam hernandez - I just wanted to let you know that I think your work is amazing and inspiring. It’s everything I wish that I had done when I was younger (frankly, I’m probably old enough to be your mom) and hope to do when I retire. Wonderfully creative, clever…really, really, great. Everything about your site reminds me of me (although I think you are much, much cuter!)
    Good for you.
    In the meantime, I’m sincerely glad to have discovered you and your work.
    Blessings to you and your growing family.
    xopReplyCancel

  • December 17, 2011 - 5:04 am

    Eliza - Hey Lindsay,

    I love your lettering! I am very interesting in learning to write in a similar way. Do you give online classes? I saw that someone on Pinterest had mentioned that you gave classes, but couldn’t find anything on your website that said so. Please let me know! I’m ready to sign up!!

    Thanks,
    ElizaReplyCancel

  • December 18, 2011 - 12:27 am

    jamie yonaki - hi!
    i am a big fan of yours. i just got into calligraphy and have been practicing for a while now. i was just curious of your process after scanning your handwritten text. say you scan it into illustrator, what do you do next? do you live trace it and make it a vector? or do you trace it with the pen tool? thanks! any advice would be greatly appreciated! love your work, keep it up!!

    jamie yonakiReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Renee Royle - Lindsay, I am blown away by your skills! So “happy” looking on the envelope. I have been doing wedding invites since the 80’s, but my style is so “by the book.” Can you give me some advise on how to break out of the conventional method? I would like to learn to get a little more artsy in my lettering. I think it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but I want to try. Your work is amazing. ~Renee RoyleReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2012 - 1:08 am

    Laura J. - I found your website through a friend’s pin on Pinterest – I, too, love pretty paper (especially Crane’s) and beautiful lettering, but my lettering is a pretty basic italic design! I took a calligraphy class as a senior in high school in 1981 and I used an Osmiroid lever-fill style pen that I still have. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find any more of them. :( I loved those pens. I chuckled at your comment regarding the misspelled certificates. One time my mom had me write the names of my sister’s classmates on Christmas ornaments and then thought she’d “fix” the work with a clear spray coating. The lettering ran off the ornaments and I had to do them again. Another time I calligraphied an “Anglo-Saxon” newspaper my team created in English when we studied Beowulf. I almost died when a friend knocked over a soda that was sitting nearby and the black waterbased ink washed across the parchment like a grey tidal wave. I look forward to coming back and reading more of your blog! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 3:13 am

    keely - Hello Lindsay!
    My friend Rachel showed me your handwriting (which I love!!) on Pinterest and I have a question. I did the programs for my younger sisters wedding and addressed all invitations and thank you’s. How do you make your envelopes look like they have been painted on instead of written on? Is it all in the pen that is used or should I have used some sort of transfer type of paper over the envelope? With the programs, I wrote on a clearer type of paper over a lined page to make my lines look straight and readable. Do you have any other suggestions if I were to ever do that type of work again?
    Thanks again and I am amazed with your style and think you are truly talented.ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    mindy - Hi!

    Do you make fonts to purchase for photoshop at all?

    Thanks!
    MindyReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Amy - I just stumbled upon your “O Holy Night” piece that was featured in (I think it was your friend’s) house at Christmas. I saw last year you could download a pdf, but the link no longer works. Will you be offering it again? I can’t afford to buy the wall hanging in your shop, but would love to be able to print a smaller piece. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • November 30, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Leanna Giltmier - Is there any chance I can buy a digital version of “O Holy Night” to have printed myself? I can’t afford the canvas version, but I have been thinking about it for days. :)ReplyCancel

    • December 1, 2012 - 11:54 pm

      lindsay - Hi Leanna! Not currently, no. It’s available as a print as well, though!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    Evernotes Every Friday | Creating For Our Creator - […] pens (see 26 Wishes) for Christmas and I just can’t stop practicing and doodling with them! Lindsay Letters is the way I found out about the Speedball pens and she recommended Melissa at I Still Love […]ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Kylee Peterson - Hey Lindsay,

    I was wondering if you still do custom address stamps for home use?

    Thanks,
    KyleeReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Lindsey Wilson - Hi Lindsay,

    Just wondering, do you customize the words you put on canvas?
    I am looking for our vows from our wedding to be on canvas so we can have them and see them. Do you do customized work like that?ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    hope - can you recommend a good brush pen that is not a dip pen?ReplyCancel

    • June 21, 2013 - 3:24 am

      lindsay - Hey Hope! Sorry, I’m not sure of one. I wish I could help!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    Natalia - I was at the MOPS convention this past weekend and fell in LOVE with your designs that you created for each of the speakers. Any chance that you could sell those as prints or canvases? Pretty please!ReplyCancel

    • October 25, 2013 - 5:20 am

      lindsay - Hey Natalia! Thanks SOOO much! We’re still talking about it — keep checking the blog for any updates!!ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    amanda yonan - hello there. i love your work.. i was wondering do you ever do totally custom works?
    i have been wanting for years to have my wedding vows written out for my husband.
    is this something that you would ever consider doing?
    let me know.
    it wouldn’t be until feb that i would need it, if that helps you say YES!
    xo
    amandaReplyCancel

    • November 22, 2013 - 6:27 am

      lindsay - I amanda! Thanks so much for you’re inquiry, but unfortunately I’m not able to oblige. But I know you will find someone else who can do a beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2013 - 3:01 am

    Amy - Lindsay, do you still do your holiday photo cards…..I saw them last year and was hoping they would be around this year as well…..I would love to have you make my holiday cards! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • November 22, 2013 - 6:26 am

      lindsay - sorry, Amy! not this year :o(ReplyCancel

  • November 29, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Leanne - HI Lindsay,
    Do you ship to Canada? In the checkout it wasn’t allowing me to choose this as an option . . .ReplyCancel

    • December 6, 2013 - 5:46 am

      lindsay - Hi Leanne! No I’m sorry, not at this time.ReplyCancel

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