In Monday’s newsletter, I mentioned that I’m going to retire a couple of items from the TPK catalog: Amazing Envelopes for a Latte and the Kaitlin Style Variations Worksheet. After I made this announcement, I realized a couple of things. First of all, not everyone got the memo because some people follow TPK via RSS feeds! Second, I want to answer questions that I’ve received about the products headed into retirement and why they’re being retired.
I developed Amazing Envelopes for a Latte in 2014, shortly after I released the original version of the Janet Style Worksheet Set. I created it as an eBook companion for that worksheet set, and its goal is to give you both practical and just-for-fun envelope calligraphy instructions and resources. In fact, I use the spacing templates in Amazing Envelopes to this day!
Amazing Envelopes also outlines some cool artistic techniques for mail art. For example, the eBook teaches you how to make a “coffee stains” watercolor envelope, as well as an envelope featuring a henna motif.
Besides the envelope templates, my favorite part of the Amazing Envelopes packet is its instructions on spacing and its “Spacing Cheat Sheet” example! Centered envelopes are so visually appealing, and the eBook walks you through how to achieve nearly perfect centering.
Why I’m Retiring Amazing Envelopes for a Latte
In 2015, I thought it made sense for me to concentrate on Janet Style calligraphy to make this packet. Almost immediately after this eBook’s release, I began receiving questions about whether it could be applicable to other calligraphy styles. (The answer: yes, but it takes some imagination.) Now, I realize that it makes more sense to offer a resource that can apply to any calligraphy style!
I can’t deny that Amazing Envelopes has been a popular product. It’s got 14 five star reviews! And yet — I feel like its time has come. As I mentioned, I’d love to make an envelope resource that applies to many different calligraphy and lettering styles! Later this year or next year, I plan to do that.
I made the Kaitlin Style Variations Worksheet in 2015 as a way to encourage learners to experiment! The nice thing about modern calligraphy? You can play with it! You don’t have to follow any rules, and as long as an “A”, a “B”, and a “C” are recognizable as such, you’re doing great.
Still: it’s a bit difficult to come up with ways to vary your calligraphy, especially if you’re new to the art! So, I released the Variations Worksheet to give Kaitlin Style calligraphy learners ideas and instructions.
Why I’m Retiring the Kaitlin Variations Worksheet
I love the concept and the creativity behind this worksheet! However, it’s been four years, and I’m at a crossroads with this worksheet where I should either redesign it and take better product photos, or retire it. My decision is to retire it.
Is the Kaitlin Style Variations Worksheet a good, helpful resource? Yes. But it’s also a bit random from a catalog stock standpoint. It’s the only add-on of its kind … I don’t have anything like this for the other calligraphy styles. And, well, I don’t plan to make add-ons like this for the other calligraphy styles. So, it’s time to say goodbye!
When these items disappear from the TPK catalog, the download links will not disappear from your email or your TPK account. As long as the TPK website exists, they will be available to you!
In last Monday’s newsletter, I originally said that I would retire these items on Friday, May 3rd (like, now). I realize, however, that many people may not have gotten the original memo in time, so I’ve moved the retirement to the morning of Monday, May 6th. That means you have a couple of days to purchase them if you are interested! Once they retire, they’re gone. Marie Kondo would be proud: I’ve thanked them and am in the process of letting them go!
If you have any questions about these items or their retirements, please feel free to ask! I’d be glad to answer. Thanks very much for reading TPK (your readership definitely “sparks joy” on this end), and have an awesome weekend!