It’s neat to see how something gets from someone’s head to a finished design.
Jill Smith design process
Every day and every design is a little different. But I always start in my sketchbook with pencil drawings. Then I move to ink or paint on Rhodia blank paper, which is my favorite at the moment for hand lettering. It’s incredibly white, smooth and just the right thickness. The ink I used here is Daler Rowney in Black. Some days I choose pens over brushes. It just depends on my mood and what agrees with my hand at the moment.
Jill Smith design process
Once it’s dry, I scan it in and manipulate it to work best for the design I have envisioned in my head. Then it’s on to another fun step — layout and color choices.

Happy Bursts design available from Tiny Prints.
Luminous Laughter design also from Tiny Prints.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria which we shot while eating Jelly Bellies.


“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a single photo of a moment that could make me happy forever. I’d like to give credit for the idea to a similar one from Amanda Soule whose blog I adore. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ How we should ALL drink hot cocoa. }
Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photo by Rebecca Sanabria.

2013 Holiday Collection

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….but it wasn’t back in March, which is when I was working on this year’s holiday card collection. So what’s a designer to do to get in the holiday spirit when it’s hot as heck and you’re wearing shorts? You turn on the Christmas music and drink hot cocoa in your cutest summer tank top. True story. My kiddos were a tad confused, but that’s okay. It’s good to keep them guessing.
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I think you’ll be able to tell how much fun I had working on these holiday cards by the bright colors, the touch of sparkle and shine as well as the fun and festive hand lettering.
Jill Smith holiday collection photo shoot
Shop my collection at Tiny Prints or Shutterfly.
Photo by Rebecca Sanabria.