now you see it, now you don’t

Jill-Smith-erasering-01My dad is a retired landscape architect and when we were kids, his drafting table was smack dab in the middle of our dining room. It had a couch next to it, so there were many nights that I would crawl up on that couch in my pajamas and watch him work. He had the neatest set of markers and an electric eraser. I loved that electric eraser. I can still remember how it whirred so fast in my hand, how it smelled and how careful I had to be not to erase a hole right through my paper. Oh the power!

Fast forward 35 years, and that electric eraser is now in my home. And now my kids are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on it.Jill-Smith-erasering-02Jill-Smith-erasering-03So I decided to combine their love of that electric eraser and my love for very simple projects. Especially simple projects that can be made into a learning activity. For my 4-year old, I drew (in pencil) different letters of the alphabet scattered on a sheet of typing paper. I gave him the eraser and asked him to erase an “R”. Once he erased it, I picked a different letter for him to erase until the whole sheet was blank. For my almost 7-year old, I drew large numbers. So I asked him to “erase the number 232” then “erase the number 1,000” and so on until he had erased all of the numbers on his sheet.1 horz 1 vertThis can also be done just as easy with a plain pencil and eraser. I had one handy and the kids rotated back and forth between using the electric eraser and the plain pencil eraser.Jill-Smith-erasering-05Incredibly easy. Fun and educational, too. Rainbow finger nail polish optional!

Photography by Rebecca Sanabria.

How to style your brand

Jill-Smith-branding-01One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is to work with both talented and kind people. My company branding is featured in the book, How to Style Your Brand, by Fiona Humberstone which was the combined effort of a whole lot of talented and kind people working together. Thanks Braizen for the identity collaboration, Brooke for the branding photos, Rebecca for shooting the book photos and Fiona for the feature.

I think this gorgeous book would be super helpful to business-minded people starting out who have a lot of questions but not a ton of money. And if your brand is already styled to a tee, it’s still informative and just plain fun to look at other brands and see their strategies. As Braizen describes it, “Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, it has something for everyone, well… everyone who wants to create a distinctive brand identity in the spirit of true awesomeness and unique vision.”

Ahem…page 26. Just saying.

Jill-Smith-branding-02How to Style Your Brand book available for purchase here.

Photography by Rebecca Sanabria.


Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-01Cards can sometimes get separated from their gifts which can leave a guessing-game for the receiver trying to match who’s card to who’s gift (especially at kiddo parties). That’s why I really appreciate that Tiny Prints has customizable gift wrap that puts who the gift is from right on the wrapping paper. I’ve designed a pattern with words and expressions that make me excited when gift-giving. The slight sheen in the paper is a detail I love and color options will fit any occasion you need.Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-02Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-03Photography by Brooke Schwab.
Wrapping paper for purchase at Tiny Prints. Available in black, fuschia, red, light pink and turquoise.
Rolls come in 2.5’ x 6’ or 2.5’ x 10’ sizes. There is a grid on the back for easy cutting.


“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Playing on this beach with my family fuels me. }
Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photograph from my husband’s iPhone, Limantour Beach, CA.