Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kauri's Christmas Cards

We're moving right along this week with the Christmastime shenanigans. Today I have a custom design that I did for one of my best friends, whom you have previously heard about a time or two on this blog. 

Meet Kauri.

To be specific, Kauri of "Rachael, Heidi, and Kauri." The girls who are my BFFs. The girls who know what seems like every part of me and love me anyway. The girls who I keep in touch with weekly, even though we are miles apart. The girls who have been nothing but supportive of this business since day one. And most importantly, the girls who I get to see in just over two and a half months when we all come together in Boston for a much anticipated reunion. #cannotwait

These are the girls who I can't imagine navigating life without, and as much as I wish that we lived much much closer to each other, I think the distance makes us really appreciate what we have.

But this post is about Kauri in particular. 

I thought it might be fun to ask Rachael and Heidi to sum up Kauri in one sentence, just to see what they say. Here are their answers.

[Kauri is the] perfecter of the side heel-jump, like the coolest snuggie evah, the belly laugh that you don't want to end, like that drink of cold water after a long work-out and of course the friend that everyone wishes they had and you're so grateful that you do. - Heidi

Kauri is a food connoisseur, a loyal friend, an expert event planner, an insightful listener, a perpetual student and teacher and a truth seeker. - Rachael

The thing is that we are all just very aware of what a great friend Kauri is. She's hilarious (she was often asked to make announcements in our college's chapel because they were ten times funnier when she made them), she's practical (I've called her before and was like, "Kauri, wouldn't it be great if I flew down to see you girls next weekend!" and she'd respond, "I'd love to see you, but think about this..."), she's empathetic (she's a counselor, for crying out loud), and you just know that she values your friendship just as much as you value hers. 

Kauri is a great friend and I'm lucky to have her. When she told me that she wanted to use me for Christmas cards this year (I didn't even have to force her to!), her support meant the world to me. 

So I set off designing something for Kauri, knowing that her only wish was to incorporate Isaiah 9:6 into the design. 

A side note about designing something for a friend:

The advantage to custom designing something for someone you're close to is that you already know their style and can use that to design a card that you know is "them."

However, the disadvantage is that if you are off and design something that's not so much "them," it could be potentially awkward. So when I emailed Kauri the draft of her card, I said a prayer that she wouldn't respond with the following:

Hi Jenny - 

Our friendship is over.

Take care,

Luckily, I heard back from Kauri right away and she loved it (phew...crisis averted). 

Here's Kauri's Christmas card.

I knew when Kauri gave me the verse that I wanted to make the names of God a lot larger than anything else (she also may have requested this...I can't remember). I also knew that I would like to use a picture of the world on the card, to represent the gift that was given to all mankind that first Christmas, with no exceptions.

While I like things as bright as can be, Kauri's color choices tend to be a little more muted, which is why I chose the brown and light blue, and added just a little bit of color for the names.

As far as fonts, I'm on a Clarendon Bold Condensed kick lately, so that's the font I used for the verse. I also used some of my favorites for the names. Wonderful Counselor is Context Reprise. Mighty God is BD Hanover. Everlasting Father is Samantha Pro, and Prince of Peace is Antipasto.

This card reminds me of all the friends who have been so supportive of this business from the beginning. Whether they've bought from me or not, they've encouraged me and loved me through each step and I am so grateful.

More Christmas cards to be shown next week!

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  1. You are so talented. I love seeing all your different designs!

  2. I love this card design, Jenny...and I love the use of Isaiah 9:6 as well, Kauri! It is soo perfect! <3 you all!