Tag Archives: Inspirational Quotes

Eunice Roe - planner
Eunice Roe’s Instagram account is a thing of absolute beauty. Each week, Eunice shares the pages of her planner – a customized Midori Traveler’s Notebook – and it is a sight to behold. Her calligraphy, hand lettering, color palettes, use of washi, stamps and vintage embellishments are simply gorgeous. If you are a planner lover (read: addict), you’ll be beyond inspired by the pages that Eunice shares. She applies the same care and aesthetic to her snail mail. Read more about Eunice, and I think you’ll agree that she is an artist dedicated to the craft of documenting her days and sending love via snail mail.


What appeals to you about chronicling each of your days in a journal/planner?

I initially started documenting in my journal/planner as a mere means to just stay organized.  When I went back at the end of the year and read it, there were simple yet beautiful moments that I would have most likely forgotten. The memories were now permanently etched into pages and I could relive them at any time. Can you imagine an 80-year-old Eunice reading back and reminiscing about the 20 or 30-year-old Eunice? My journal is a really special original memoir of my life and that is what is most appealing to me.


Your printing is so lovely that it could be a font – how have you developed your printing style?

Handwriting has been important to me from a very young age. One of my early memories is me sitting at a desk – from the age of 5 – where I would practice writing my ABCs and my name everyday. As I grew older, if a certain font appealed to me, I would keep practicing or write in that style until it became second nature. I also took a modern calligraphy class about 2 1/2 years ago, which helped me develop a unique style.


You often include inspirational quotes in the pages of your journal. Please share one of your favorite quotes and why it has special meaning to you.

It would be far too difficult to pick just one quote. I always select a quote that reflects or outlines my thoughts or feelings about that particular week’s events so they are all special in their own way. They are inspirations that remind me of my life journey.


What do you like about writing with a fountain pen?

I love writing with fountain pens because there is something really charming and old school about them. I enjoy the way the nib feels on the paper and how the ink flows out of them. There is an effect called “shading” that results when using a fountain pen, which is tangibly different than a regular pen; it is quite lovely.


When did you start sending snail mail, and what led you to do so?

I have always been interested in letter writing and I have many early childhood memories of writing notes to my classmates and sending letters to my friends in the USA when I lived in Korea. However, I never had international pen pals nor did I write to strangers until about 3 years ago. Since it was becoming a lost pastime I wanted to take part in the re-birth of the snail mail revival while also taking it as an opportunity to learn about different cultures and people from around the world.


What do you enjoy about letter writing?

I enjoy letter writing because in this super technical fast paced world, writing a letter requires you to actually sit down and take the time to send something special from the heart. I truly enjoy the moments that I spend creating letters because it allows me to express my creativity while making something truly unique for someone.


What are some of your favorite stationery items?

*In no particular order
No. 1 Washi tape
No. 2 Rubber Stamps
No. 3 Vintage gummed labels
No. 4 Vintage inspired stickers
No. 5 Unique paper textures/memo pads
No. 6 Pens (All variety of pens including calligraphy nibs)
No. 7 All types/colors of onion skin paper
No. 8 Unique paper clips/clamps
No. 9 Leather pen/pencil cases


You’ve recently started sharing more about your journalling process on your blog – how are you enjoying blogging? Any thoughts to share about the intersection of our digital society and snail mail?

Yes, blogging has been fun, interesting and quite the learning experience. It is still very new to me and I am continuing to explore how I can present content in a way that is enjoyable. Every time someone stops by my blog I hope they can take away something inspiring or learn something new. Although I always stress about how I am very much an analogue type of person, I feel our digital society is equally as important. Our digital society allows us to connect in ways that we could not have ever imagined. I am able to share my love of snail mail and analogue with thousands of people from all over the world instantaneously via social media and inspire others to pick up a pen, write, or create! I
think it’s a beautiful thing when two completely different worlds can exist for the same purpose.


Please finish this sentence: Snail mail is…

Snail mail is the most romantic form of analogue from the heart.


Albert Einstein

Have you ever wanted everything around you to change but yet you didn’t know how to make that happen? Then somehow you take those huge leaps, to change it all within such a short period of time? I have done just that. Although there is a sense of nervousness and excitement, I can’t help but feel nervous that the anticipation of my excitement will soon wear off. However, when this small negative thought rushes in, I stop it immediately. Why? Because, I know it is not reality. I know that facing any fear only brings more empowerment and opportunities to you. Therefore, I am embracing the present moment this week and taking in everything I have changed – by allowing myself to be excited to go into my new endeavors. I wish you all a great weekend and we will meet here Monday, hopefully a little more empowered and a little less afraid.

first image via Piccsy

Have Courage

via Style  Stationary and the good life

What Would You Do

via Moc-Ha


via Lady Daylight

I Knew I Could

via Tada by Jill McDonald

Oscar Wilde "Be Yourself" Print

How is the beginning of the week treating everyone? I needed a little pick me up and thought you all may too, so I decided to post a Be The Quote earlier this week. I am always excited to discover new artists and their online shops because it amazes me how they can make a well known quote resonate with you just that much more by simply adding beautiful imagery and font to it.

first image via Emily Mcdowell Illustrations

Now is Mine Print

via Eine DerGuten

E.E. Cummings Growing Up Print

via Splendid+Sound

Charlie Chaplin Quote Print

via Amanda Catherine Designs

St. Francis Quote Print

via Albee Studio


via One Lucky Day

You may have noticed that each time I post beautiful prints with inspirational quotes they usually follow my emotions that week. How I feel and/or what speaks to me at that given moment will dictate what I post. This week I have been feeling the pressure of trying to write my book. I was speaking to a friend the other night about how I haven’t found more confidence with it yet and why. You see, a blog is instant gratification, you write a post and hit publish. (more…)

Thirty Something Drama Queen

I am surprised at how fast this week has past by. This may be due to the fact that I am working nonstop and my days are blending into one another. It’s funny because just a few months ago I was hoping for more creative outlets and work and now I have been consumed with work and not as much time for the book I am working on. (more…)

Let Go

Susana Parada is one of my favorites when it comes to bringing me a little inspiration throughout my day! I love her style and the quotes she incorporates within each work.   Her quotes are always relatable and are very uplifting.  I wanted to know what quotes she relates best to and where she gains her inspiration. I wanted to connect with her and was so excited when she said she would do a Q&A with me! I expected a great response, but I didn’t begin to know how encouraging her words would be.
Name: Susana Parada
Location: Connecticut
Is this a full-time business for you?
No, I currently work another job as well.
Why do you choose paper as your median?
You can take a blank sheet of white paper and turn it into something beautiful and inspirational.

Life is a Beautiful Ride

What led you to this?
While in school, my note books were full of doodles instead of notes and that’s when I realized I was really studying to become an artist…regardless of the actual class I was in.
Do you ever feel “artist’s block”, and if so how do you overcome it?
So far I haven’t really hit an artist block concerning prints.  I have so many ideas in my head I just can’t seem to get them all out fast enough because I am such a perfectionist.  I will create a print and then work for hours on the colors or pencil strokes or placements until I am satisfied.  It really can slow down my production speed, but it’s all worth it in the end.


How would you describe your style?
I am influenced by a plethora of art.  I am currently into a simplistic, indie style I guess. As I started with my print making just a year ago, I was more into bold colors, but have since seen more qualities in a simple toned down touch.
Who are some of your favorite artists and sites?
Some of my absolute favorite artists are Naiad and Walter Einsel, Maurice Sendak and Eric Battut.
I enjoy home decor and craft blogs and websites like:

I Love You Beary Much

Why do you work with inspirational quotes on prints?
I set out to make prints which make people smile and inspire.  I always consider if what I am making is purposeful.  There is little that is more important to me than to help others.  If my prints can affect someones day in a positive way, I have done exactly what I’ve set out to do and I couldn’t be happier.
Why do you feel they are important?
Inspirational quotes on prints are uplifting and inspire a better home and life. Days are filled with challenges and the easiest way to deal with them is to consider looking at them through a different perspective. One of the most important things in life that we need to figure out how to do is to take our troubles, which we all will inevitably have, and be able to find the silver lining in them…and there always is one.  Find the silver lining and focus on it and it’s amazing how even the worst of things can all of a sudden seem less awful.

May The Wind Carry You

What is your favorite quote?
“Life is a Beautiful Ride” because even though life might not always be always beautiful, it can be a beautiful ride. Life is short and we only live once,we should have the courage to make more mistakes, be sillier, travel lighter and try to enjoy the ride.
Learn to listen to your heart, it is always talking to you, telling you what you should do. Even if it goes against your logic, always remember to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Your heart is your desire and ignoring it is ignoring who you are.
To see more of Susana Parada’s work visit:
Parada Creations blog: