Posts in Inspirations
Wintry Woodland: Our Holiday Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Today is a great day for Root & Branch because we’re launching a new fabric collection: Wintry Woodland! I’m definitely the kind of person who isn’t opposed to celebrating Christmas from the moment it gets cold… and my definition of cold is anytime that I have to wear layers. Needless to say, I’ve been in the festive spirit for a few weeks now.

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How to Keep a Sketchbook

Keeping a sketchbook is one of the easiest ways to see a physical record of your creative process. So much of keeping a sketchbook is in the basic need to “get it out” … many of us feel a sort of release when drawing, even if the result isn’t something we’d want to share. Drawing can be relaxing, especially if you’re not focused too much on the end result. If you’re anything like me, focusing on the process instead of the end result is difficult. It takes a lot of practice. This is why sketchbooks are so important!

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Mapmaking 101: Map of Suzhou, China

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to show you a peek behind the scenes of a recent project I’ve been working on… an illustrated map of Suzhou, China.

Over the past few months, in addition to managing Root & Branch Paper Co., I’ve been working to expand my portfolio as an illustrator and graphic designer. You can see my portfolio here: jessietyree.com I have challenged myself to expand my horizons as an artist, and in doing that I decided to create this map of Suzhou.

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A New Surface Pattern Collection: Magnolia Branches

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a new surface pattern collection I've been working on these days. Some of you may know that I live in China, in the ancient city of Suzhou which is famous for its classical Chinese gardens. I'm constantly inspired by the details of living in a place so different from the Southeastern US city I grew up in, and these inspirations often make their way into my work.

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Root & Branch Fabrics are finally here!

Today on the blog I'm super excited to feature something that's been in the works for a looong time: Root & Branch's first fabric collection! This collection is entitled BLOOM, and includes 22 patterns that you'll recognize from our greeting cards, notebooks and gift wraps.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing a Greeting Card Line

Today on the blog I'm excited to give you a special in-depth look behind the scenes at my process of creating a greeting card line: Root & Branch Paper Co's very first collection! Like every small business owner, I've invested time and money, as well as physical, emotional, and creative energy into bringing these products to life. It means so much to me when I see one of you enjoying your cards and notebooks, or when I hear that my products strike a chord with someone else!

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How to be a Pen Pal: Letter Writing Tips + Inspiration

Here at Root & Branch, we are all about snail mail. Writing letters is one of the best ways to sustain a long-distance friendship, get to know someone better, or send encouragements with a quick handwritten sentiment. In this blog post I've put together tips, inspiration to help you up your letter-writing game. I've also compiled an extensive list of 100 Letter Writing Prompts, which you can download fo' FREE at the end of this blog post!

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10+ Tips on How to Scrapbook Like a Pro

I am the kind of person who has kept a scrapbook since I was in elementary school. My mom has all the tools: wavy scissors, a myriad of colored papers, and double sided tape. When I think of scrapbooking, I think of a bunch of women gathered together in a big room with fold-out tables filled with papers, stickers, and mountains of family pictures ready to be sorted and organized into pages. It is a lot of fun and honestly, I think scrapbooking as a child is one of the things that led me to pursue a career as a graphic designer.

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