Art & Design

Back to Work!

On this cold and blustery day in the city, I’ll be writing about my current pride and joy: my Etsy shop. It’s called The Gift of Giving Co. and it’s a shop my sister and I created that (at the time) sold Holiday handmade ornaments, napkin rings, and designed wrapping paper sheets. Now that the Holiday season is over, we’ll be focusing on creating items/prints for weddings and baby showers. Not only do we sell items that we love to make, but some percentage of our profits goes to charity. We believe in the “it’s better to give than to receive” motto, which was one of the things that inspired the name for our shop.

It all started a few months after we both graduated from Columbia College Chicago. Since I’m a graphic designer and she’s an illustrator, it seemed natural and expected to go into business together. Honestly, it’s been the best, tiring and most expensive thing we’ve ever done; but completely worth it. There’s no one else I would rather work with and to craft products that make people smile is the best part of it all (sappy moment). Fast forward to today: hands filled with graphite. Literally been sketching and drafting for the majority of the day, but I’m happy to say we’ve come up with products that we’re excited to create.

Glad I had the chance to write about the shop, but it’s time for me to focus and work on digital sketches. I like to digital sketch because it allows me to look at colors (obviously Pantone) that I want to incorporate in the products. Plus, it’s a lot cleaner too. Haha!

Until next time,


P.S- If you’re new at Adobe Illustrator and want to use Pantone colors in your illustrations, follow these steps:

  1. Once you have your document, click on the bottom arrow next to the color box on the top left of your screen.
  2. Then you click on the tiny image to the right top side of the box that looks like a bulleted list with a down arrow.
  3. Scroll down to “Open Swatch Library”, then select “Color Books”
  4. Once you do that, there are various Pantone options to use. I usually use “PANTONE + Solid Uncoated” for print purposes, but feel free to do the research on Pantone Color Books.



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