The party had a temporary tattoo station, delicious treats from XO Bakes, and tons of themed coloring pages. Not to mention being in the gorgeous Pippa & Co. space. Plus Eunice and Sabrina Moyle hosted a story time!
We’re bringing our sunny and punny illustrations and our favorite mythical creatures to a new medium… children’s books! My Mom is Magical (available now) and its sequel, My Dad is Amazing (coming soon) are our favorite new Hello!Lucky products! And look out, because soon, we’ll have our corresponding cards on our letterpress site!
We love the fact that children’s books usually teach simple but profound life lessons. Often these are the basic things that we forget as we grow up—things like being kind and caring—but that are key to leading a happy, fulfilled life. It is so much fun to revisit these ideas through the eyes of children! Children and parents both benefit from reading them.
We also love that children’s books have to be both entertaining and emotionally true to keep a child coming back to read it again and again. It’s a super-fun challenge to come up with ideas that are fresh, inspiring, funny, and deep at the same time.
The inspiration behind My Dad is Amazing and its counterpart, My Mom is Magical, is the relationship and bond between parents and young children. Kids idolize their parents—they are these huge, magical, larger than life figures in a child’s life. Yet, parents often feel anything BUT magical—they are often anxious and haggard from juggling all their responsibilities. We wanted to affirm to parents how wonderful and inspiring they truly are, as well as help kids cheer their parents on! At the end of each book, kids get to hear from their parents that they are magical, too, which is a great sentiment right before bedtime. In short, these books are intended to be a big warm fuzzy to parents and kids everywhere. (Aww.)
If you're local to the Bay Area, we'd love to catch you at one of our two My Mom is Magical events! Save the dates- May 5th @ Pippa & Co in Berkeley 1-3pm, and May 12th at Tantrum in Richmond 12pm-2pm.
Hey letter-writing lovers! It’s April, which means it’s our favorite time of the year, National Letter Writing Month has arrived! It's time to start the Write_On 30 Day Challenge! We'll be sharing all kinds of inspiration all month long on the Write_On blog and on Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled!
While you’re waiting for the goods to arrive, jump over to our Instagram account for a chance to win a DIY Party Pack. Next, head to our website for our Happy Mail free lettering printables to practice your hand-lettering so you’re all set to put your pen to paper!
Follow along with us as we share campaign updates using #Write_On, and visit our new Write_On Facebook group to join the conversation with your fellow letter writers.
We were beyond thrilled to be joined by so many amazing moms, girls, friends and fans last week at our Be the Change launch party! Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us.
We started out our celebration at the SF-Marin Food Bank, where volunteers donned stenciled FEED THE CHANGE aprons. We sorted thousands of pounds of apples and bagged rice under the expert supervision of the fantastic and friendly Food Bank staff (plus awesome 80’s jams!)
We then headed over the gorgeous Dependable Letterpress print shop in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, just a short walk away from the food bank, for the party. If you’re ever in SF, be sure to check it out! Letterpress printing was one of the original means for amplifying creative civic action back in the late 1400s. Before then people wrote things out by hand so it was hard to spread the word quickly about new ideas! Martin Luther was one of the first activists to make major waves; the recently invented printing press was used to distribute his 95 Theses bulletin calling for the reform of the Catholic church, far and wide, bringing about the Protestant Reformation!
Dependable Letterpress owner Joel Benson demonstrated printing a poster we designed of this famous Albert Einstein quote:
Sabrina and Eunice signed books and gave a brief author talk about the inspiration behind Be the Change. We could not be more grateful for and inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm for Be the Change! This project has been a huge labor of love and our way of giving back to the world. We hope it can inspire an entire generation of girls to be creative changemakers!
Photos by Zoe Larkin Photography
Happy International Women’s Day! We're so excited to announce that our latest book, Be the Change: The Future is in Your Hands, is officially LIVE today!
We created Be the Change to give young people—especially girls—the tools to use their creativity to turn their values, dreams, and hopes for their communities into tangible action for change.
Be the Change is inspired by our confidence in young people to make a difference, evidenced by the current groundswell of powerful teen activism. Be the Change inspires youth to use their creativity to connect, unify and amplify their change actions to create a better world.
As teens, we didn’t realize the power of our own creative voices, and we didn’t see a connection between creativity and social impact. At the Women’s March on Washington, we woke up. Those creative protest posters, songs, and speeches MADE the march!
Be the Change draws on our years of experience as creatives, activists, and leaders. We cover what it means to be the change from within, what it means to be creative (it's not just being good at art!), and how to turn inspiration into action. We also provide 16+ fun, easy, hands-on projects for everything from t-shirts to protest posters, bumper stickers, fundraiser invitations, and campaign posters to run for student office!
You can pick up a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Chapters, or your local bookseller. Or get a signed copy here or on Tuesday, March 13 at our all-ages launch party, featuring letterpress demo, author talk, protest poster making for the National School Walkout on March 14 and much more. Can't make it? Try to pop into any Ritual Coffee location in San Francisco this week to pick up a copy of Be The Change, and enjoy coffee out of our limited run Stay Woke cups!
A portion of proceeds from Be the Change will be donated to WE Schools, part of the WE movement, which empowers young people to take action on local and global issues that spark their passion and gives them the tools to make a difference.
Be sure to head over to the Be the Change website if you want more information about the book.
Stationery and letter-writing isn’t just for adults. It can be a fantastic way to build in more family time with the kids as well. So here are a few tips and tricks on how to use stationery to spend more time as a family.
Have a monthly letter writing night to encourage your kids (and yourself!) to reach out to extended family. Write thank you notes for gifts they may have received or write letters to say hello to family you haven’t seen in a while. Setting time aside each month will show your kids just how important keeping in touch with family is, even if you can’t see them all the time.
Use Hello!Lucky’s Happy Mail Book to inspire letter-writing craft projects for your family. It’s a great tool for ideas and also includes tons of pre-made postcards. Your kids can follow along with the DIY projects while having a productive creative outlet.
Write letters to your future selves. This is a fantastic way to develop writing skills while giving your family a chance to think about the future. Decorate them with doodles, hand lettering, and a few photos of what you all look like now. Then save them to be read at the end of high school, college, or 20 years from now!
Use Hello!Lucky’s Be the Change Book to encourage your family to become more aware of social issues. The book includes over 16 different creative projects for civic and community action that you and your family can participate in together.
So schedule a family night (or a few!) for letter-writing and craft time to get the creative juices flowing. Your kids will love the activities, and you’ll get some much needed family time.
Valentine’s Day always has us thinking about loved ones and the people that matter most in our lives. So after you’ve finished sending messages to your parents, significant others, and close friends, here are three people you should also write a letter to today.
A teacher from your past that made a big impact on you. Whether they helped you figure out what you want to do in life or helped you get through a tough time, it’ll make their day to get a quick note from you thanking them.
A childhood friend you haven't talked to in a while. It’s the perfect time to reach back out to a friend from you past and catch back up. Plus a written letter will mean so much more to them than just a quick Facebook message.
An extended family member you may not see very often. It’s so easy to forget about extended family when the holidays are over, but maintaining family relationships is super valuable. So send a hello to an aunt or an uncle and let them know you’re thinking about them.
So while you’re enjoying some Valentine’s Day chocolate or just hoping the day will pass quickly, take some time today to write three people you wouldn’t normally consider.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here at Hello!Lucky we’re already thinking about ways to show our friends and family just how much they mean to us. We’re thinking outside of the box this year with five creative ways to show that we care.
A handmade coupon book to our significant other filled with back rubs, date nights, and chores they don’t like doing. That way the gift keeps giving well beyond Valentine’s Day
For a week leading up to Valentine’s Day, cut out little hearts and tape one every day to your children’s, roommate’s, or special someone’s door. Write things you love about them or things you admire. They’re like real life conversation hearts tailored perfectly for the one you love.
Send Valentine’s day cards to more than just your sweetheart this year. Send them to friends you haven’t seen in lately, relatives, and anyone who could use some extra love this time of year.
DIY construction paper Valentine’s like when you were a kid! Grab markers, crinkle-cut stickers, glue sticks, and get to crafting! You’ll love to get messy and creative while your loved ones will love the personal touch.
Make festive treat jars with mason jars and your special someone’s favorite treat. Decorate it with ribbon and a card saying just how “sweet” they are!
Make this Valentine’s Day special with one of these easy, creative ways. You’ll love doing something extra for the holiday, and your family and friends will know just how much they mean to you.
Join us on January 19 for a Women's March Poster Making Party and author talk featuring inspiration and sneak peeks from our new book, Be the Change: The Future is in Your Hands, coming out March 6! RSVP by January 18: http://bit.ly/womensmarchposters
PS. Don't forget to enter our Women's March poster slogan contest!
In 2017, we designed protest posters that were downloaded over 5,000 times, used in Women’s Marches worldwide, and raised $2K in voluntary donations for the Women’s March. We’d like to do it again this 2018 -- and do even better -- with your help!
Hello!Lucky invites you to enter our
Women's March Poster Slogan Contest
- The winning slogan will be designed by Hello!Lucky and available for free download on the Hello!Lucky protest poster page in time for the Women's March (local sister marches on 1/20 - 1/21, national Power to the Polls march on 1/21 in Las Vegas). We’ll also send you a free print of your winning poster that you can use for the march!
- Final winner will be chosen by Hello!Lucky on Monday 1/15 #MLKDAY
- The winning poster will be posted here and available for free download on 1/18
Rules - We give points for positive, PG content! Please no profanity or graphic imagery...if you wouldn't show it to your grandma, please don't submit!
P.S. Our protest posters helped inspired our new book, Be the Change: The Future is In Your Hands, out March 6. PRE-ORDER here and follow us on Twitter @bethechangepub and Instagram @bethechangebook Girls and women, the future is in your hands! #TimesUp #METOO #bethechangebook
Thanks for entering, and good luck!
Here at Hello!Lucky we love giving back any time of year, but the holidays hold a special place in our hearts for helping out. From donating to our favorite charities to giving proceeds of our products to various philanthropic organizations, Hello!Lucky keeps busy! If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, we have you covered.
For nature enthusiasts, all of our greeting cards in “Ginny’s Collection” donates proceeds to The Nature Conservancy. The best gift for letter-writing fans who also want to help protect our natural resources. There are five designs to choose from in singles or sets of six. Mix and match to make the perfect gift.
Enamel pin addicts will love our Wild Feminist and Stay Woke enamel pins. 100% of the proceeds from our Wild Feminist pin go to Planned Parenthood and the Stay Woke pin proceeds go 100% to The ACLU. So you won’t only be getting high-quality enamel pins made in the U.S, but also donating to a good cause as well!
Or ditch the gifts this year and go straight to the cause! There are tons of organizations and programs out there worth donating to, but here are some of the causes we love. Donate to a cause you care about in the recipient's name, or send your friends a family a wish list if they’re asking.
Causes we love:
With the holiday season in full swing we’re bringing you our favorite picks for the stationery loving person in your life. With all products between $5-$35, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift to fit your budget.
1. Happy Mail Book $14.95
The perfect book for anyone who wants to keep the art of letting writing alive. It’s packed full of hand-lettered projects, letter writing basics, DIYs, and everything you need to create the perfect letter. It even comes with 40 perforated cards and stationery to get started crafting straight away.
2. Greeting Card Subscription $12 a month
The best gift for the person on your list who has everything. Sign them up to receive three different mixed occasion letterpress greeting cards with stamps pre-fixed every month. Choose your desired number of months to create a gift that keeps on giving.
3. Daydream Society Rubber Stamp Sets $8.95 each
Illustrated by Hello!Lucky for Daydream Society, these sets include a rubber stamp and a coordinating ink pad. A fantastic stocking stuffer option for stationery lovers of all ages. The stamps are crafted in natural rubber and are mounted on a high-quality wood block for countless stamping possibilities.
4. Sakura Moonlight Gelly Rolls $12
Add a touch of fun to your gift giving this year with these bright colored, pigmented Sakura Moonlight Gelly Rolls. With no smearing or feathering on most papers, pen lovers of all ages won’t want to share these pens once they unwrap them!
Give this planner to the person on your list who is always making plans (or the one that needs to!) Plus it will keep those future letter-writing opportunities in check! This twelve month Ban.do planner is a great option for minimal planners who still want awesome artwork, fun holidays, and stickers.
Designed to make sending notes easy, these social preparedness kits are made with high-quality American-made materials. Each kit comes with 4 thank you and 4 blank cards with coordinating envelopes to help any budding letter-writer get started.
7. Happy Mail Calendar $24.99
This is not just a calendar, but a source for letter writing prompts! This useful gift is packed full of fun holidays and fun designs. A great gift for any age on your list to encourage thoughtfulness and of course, letter writing!
8. Hello!Lucky So Salty Pin $10
Have a friend who loves pins, pretzels, or being salty? This little stocking stuffer adds flair to any bag, coat, or purse. Plus the recipient can let the world know just how salty they really are.
Can’t figure out the perfect gift? Choose a few of your favorite cards to make a well thought out, curated gift. The perfect starter pack, straight from the heart, with maybe just a few strings attached ;)
So whether you’re shopping for stationery pros or beginners, these unique products are sure to make anyone on your list thankful to have such a thoughtful gift-giver in their life. The holidays are right around the corner so happy shopping!
We are SO thankful to our community for the support surrounding our new book, Happy Mail. We had a blast celebrating at our favorite San Francisco bakery with new friends and old. We spent the afternoon enjoying delicious French pastries, signing books, and crafting actual projects from it!
Special thanks to Sakura of America for providing all our favorite pens, to Le Marais Bakery for providing the space, food, and refreshments, Daydream Society for providing all the beautiful party goods, Zoe Larkin for capturing the magic, and to our publishers Quarto for making it all possible!
Photos courtesy of Zoe Larkin.
It’s not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that matters.
When Eunice and I were growing up overseas, we moved every few years. That meant making new friends and then leaving them. Again and again.
Luckily, we used hand-written letters to keep in touch. Yes, that was before social media, but hang with us. Today, some of those old friendships are some of our deepest. And, we still have the old letters we wrote and received from friends -- re-reading them reminds us of who we were then, and how far we’ve come, together.
That’s part of what inspired us to write our latest book, Happy Mail. We wrote it to inspire girls and women to express and share their creativity with their friends. The process of sharing what we’ve created with the people we love most is exhilarating.
By creating, we can find and develop our true voice. That’s empowering.
And by sharing what’s in our heart, made with our own hands, we invite people to see us for who we are. That’s empowering, too.
Many years later, it’s still those friends we once wrote letters and cards to when we were girls, who make our lives matter.
Here’s to friends, and to Happy Mail!
When people ask us what we do for a living, they are often surprised to hear we make greeting cards. “Do people even send those anymore?” they ask (or we know they want to ask! heheh).
It’s like being creative, cultivating happiness, and spending time to take care of relationships (which is what cards and letters really are all about) might somehow frivolous.
We're happy to say that it is anything but! As 75-year Harvard Medical School study cited by Sunshine Parenting shows that "good relationships”—not wealth, status, or privilege—“keep us happier and healthier.”
When we went to the Women’s March and made our protest posters in January, it was because we believe we need keep our relationships strong and stay positive -- as Americans, as girls and women, and as human beings, regardless of where we are on the ideological or political spectrum.
What we’ve learned since then is that envisioning a positive future for America begins with each one of us. We have to see it to believe it. And we have to believe it to see it.
What does that look like?
That vision begins with taking care of ourselves, and our friends and neighbors.
It means taking the time and space to be creative. When we make space to focus and create, rather than get distracted and react, we find get grounded and are able to imagine new possibilities for ourselves and for our world.
It means treating ourselves and one other with empathy, respect, and civility. For this, we love P.M. Forni’s 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct.
It also means not being intimidated by fear, incivility, and negativity.
It means focusing every moment on making the world more positive, happy place. Because happiness is far from superficial. It is powerful.
That’s a big part of why we wrote our new book, Happy Mail (you can pre-order it here). Happy Mail is aimed at helping girls and women slow down and take the time and care to discover their creative power and share that power with their friends. Why? Because a strong social fabric has to be woven one strand -- one friendship -- at a time.
One day soon, there will be a woman president and more women in leadership roles (we've already made amazing strides, let's not forget!). Strong female leaders are going to be confident, creative, positive, generous, caring, and have a good sense of humor (because if you’re truly confident, you can laugh at yourself and make others laugh, too!).
So we invite you to start discovering and empowering your own creative voice now. Learn how to nurture and maintain deeper relationships with your friends, neighbors and fellow citizens, in person and and social media. If you do, not only will you have stronger friendships, you'll be happier and healthier, too!
And who knows? With courage, creativity, and persistence, someday the next president might be YOU. :)
Calling all letter-writers and craft enthusiasts! In anticipation of our new book Happy Mail, which comes out in September (pre-order it HERE), we’re hosting a Summer Pen-Pal Competition!
Do you want to learn to do some amazing hand-lettering and drawing techniques, make your friends super happy this summer by sending them awesome mail, and get some amazing mail back? If so, this contest is for you!
Here’s how to participate:
Pick a friend and agree to be pen pals this summer! Trade snail mail addresses and agree on how often you’re going to write.
From June - August, write at least 3 letters each -- that’s just one a month! Totally doable. Check our blog all summer for inspiration and ideas! We’ll be posting sneak peeks inspired by Happy Mail showing cool new lettering techniques and card ideas!
A little wobbly about your artistic abilities? No worries. We’ll also be offering some free downloads that you can just color in and write on!
At the end of the summer, write us a letter or card to us telling us about your summer pen pal adventure!
Mail it to:
Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
Happy Mail Summer Pen Pal Contest
PO Box 170605
San Francisco, CA 94117
Remember to include a return snail mail address for BOTH pen pals so that we can mail get your prizes to you if you win!
Pen pals whose letters we receive by September 1st will be entered into a contest to win a FREE copy of Happy Mail, a STASH of original Hello!Lucky letterpress cards, AND a BUNDLE of Sakura pens.
We’ll be picking 3 WINNERS and there might be fun surprises for other pen pals, too! We can’t wait to hear from you! Good luck with your pen pal adventure!
Be sure to follow us on Instagram for inspiration all summer long and to share your Summer of Happy Mail by tagging @helloluckycards #summerofhappymail
P.S. Anyone can participate! We mean anyone!
Questions? Email us at info@helloluckycom. We’d love to hear from you!
We are SO excited to announce our new book, Happy Mail, available in bookstores nation-wide this September! We're offering you the first glance and chance to order your own copy. The book is now available to preorder at your local bookstore or online here and here, order now and receive a pre-order gift package!
It’s more than just writing, it’s an art! Hand-lettering is easy to dive into, even for new artists, and we're here to take your DIY projects to the next level!
Learn the basics of how to create beautiful hand-lettering designs, and how to apply your hand-lettering skills to creating beautiful cards, stationery, envelopes, and more. Happy Mail introduces the basics of lettering techniques, specifically font styles and the basics of brush calligraphy, plus it features beautiful projects to learn and perfect by focusing on the art of hand-written letters and hand-lettered cards--- Check out our last blog post (link) for a feel for the projects you'll find throughout the book.
Perforated envelopes and stationery designs are also included as a fun bonus! Tear out, decorate, and mail your masterpieces to family and friends.
We’re offering a very special pre-order gift to the first 150 readers who pre-order a copy of Happy Mail.
The pre-order gift package includes:
· An exclusive Hello!Lucky premium color-in postcard – so you can send Happy Mail!
· A Sakura Gelly Roll pen
· Sakura stickers
To get your Happy Mail pre-order gift, please submit your info here.
*Please note: Gift is available to the first 150 entrants with verified pre-order. Gift package will be shipped after June 1st. Open to US and Canada residents ONLY.
Writing a Mother's or Father's Day card feels like a loaded quest, because they did give us life after all. But fear not, we've got a few quick tips for expressing your gratitude in a way that speaks to you...
What to write in a Mother's Day card
Being a mom is no joke, and tougher than ever these days with more moms working and wearing ALL the hats. Here's a little secret: most moms harbor a nagging feeling they could have done better, so Sunday is the day to let her know that she's done good and to tell her you recognize all her efforts!
What do you do if your relationship is a little strained? Focus on the positive. We've all had our share of mama drama, but let's acknowledge that she's always given it her all and appreciate the ways you've grown and learned from her (celebrate the best and forget the rest!).
Is she a tiger mom? Let her know you're thankful for everything you learned under her roof (and are still learning!) under her rigorous tutelage. Is she a great listener? Let her know how much you appreciate being able to call her any time, rain or shine.
You can tip your hat to her for showing up for you day after day by encouraging her to take it easy today (maybe back that up with an incentive -- a bottle of wine or a gift certificate for some pampering!). Better yet, make her a card...
Nothing says I love you like a handmade card. For this project, we used one of our favorite tools, the Molotow Marker, to give it an airy feel that’s both polished and personal. Mom will love it!
Ideas to try: Floral doodles (Love you mom). Vegetable doodles (Mom, I eat my vegetables!). Anchor doodles (Mom, you’re my anchor).
- 8.5” x 11” sheet of white cardstock (we recommend multi-media or hot press watercolor paper - a paper suitable for watercolor)
- 4.0 mm Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pump Marker
- Container for water
- Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen or other marker in matching colors
- White eraser (optional)
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat or magazine
- A7 white envelope
Make your card! Fold a piece of black cardstock in half and using a craft knife, ruler and cutting mat or magazine, cut the card down to 5” x 7”, folded.
Draw two parallel horizontal lines in the middle of your card with the Molotow Marker and the write the message along the two lines. No need to be rigid! Let the pen rule you. We encourage free handing it, but you can always draw it first in pencil (draw very lightly so that you can erase the pencil afterwards).
Doodle shapes around the type with the Molotow Marker. Allow to dry 5 or 10 minutes.
Paint over the entire front of the card with plain water. Using watercolors paint the card. We used two shades of blue to achieve an ombre effect.
When the watercolor is almost but not completely dry, put the card under a stack of heavy books to make sure it dries flat.
When the card is completely dry, remove the masking fluid by rubbing it with your finger (pro tip: we found that it was faster and cleaner to use a fresh white eraser).
With markers (we used two shades of blue that mimicked the colors on the card) doodle a matching pattern on the inside of the envelope, cutting off the pattern along the glue line of the envelope to create the illusion of an envelope liner.
Learn how to make more projects like this by ordering the book! The book also includes bonus cards, self-mailing letters, and stickers at the back that are inspired by the projects.
What better way to hone in on a letter-writing practice than to make it part of your daily ritual. We teamed up with Ritual Coffee, a San Francisco favorite, for a two-part letter-writing party for our Write_On Campaign in conjunction with National Letter-writing month. To really drive home the habit, we’re offering one card from our Write_On kit with every coffee purchase at Ritual Coffee on Haight St. and Valencia St. during the month of April. No excuses!
Last night was the first of the two events co-hosted by Ritual Coffee and we were so pleased with the response. We may be biased, but the coffee & card loving crowd might be our favorite! We gathered, we sipped, we wrote, and we’re doing it all over again on Thursday.
We hope you’ll join us for our second Write_On event at Ritual Coffee on Valencia St. Thursday April 6th, 6pm-8pm. We’ll be there passing out Write_On Kits and Sakura of America pens, and postage is provided for all your Write_On correspondence! It’s free & there’s no RSVP necessary- So come, bring your friends & address book, and write_on with us. More info here.
Find out more about our second event at Ritual Coffee on Valencia Street below.