Feeling Inspired

One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot since starting Folklabel is where the ideas for the shirts come from. Well, most of them develop over time. I keep several sketchbooks around where I jot down ideas as I feel inspired. Some may start as a phrase or quote, others from and image or ideal. At the time, I usually just rough out the idea in the sketchbook… capturing the essence of the thought, but not exactly representing what the finished product would look like. Then, over time I’ll come back and spend some time playing around with different lettering and graphics until I hit on something I like.

The idea for Inspire came from the quote:

“People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets.” ~ Charles Swindoll

When I thought about the feeling that inspiration brings, it conjured up the image of broadcasting. Broadcasting takes one signal and sends it out to many. This is what happens when you feel inspired. You want to shout if from the mountain top to let everyone know. I love being inspired because it makes the impossible feel possible.

True inspiration resonates deeply with who you are and what you’re passionate about. It’s a place where work becomes fun and time ceases to exist.

Find what moves you and share it with the world!

Take a look through the sketches. What do you think… did I pick the right one to use? Or do you prefer one of the others? Let me know.

Just one of the many notebooks where I keep ideas:

This is the one I went with, but later decided to drop the “your world” banner because I felt like it was implied with the globe… less is more:

Live 4 Each Day

Image via Flickr user Tiberiu Ana

Brad Feld is an early riser. He usually gets up around 5am on any given day. Upon waking he typically enjoys some time alone to spend on whatever he chooses… although much of it is typically spent doing things on his computer.

His wife, Amy, on the other hand gets up around 6:30. Brad treasures his alone time, but once Amy is up they begin each day with “four minutes in the morning” – spending a minimum of four minutes every morning 100% focused on each other.

The “four minutes” they spend together may actually vary from 15 to 60 (or more), depending on what’s going on in their lives – there’s no egg timer involved. The duration is not what matters, it’s the intention behind it; beginning each new day focused on one another.

They are both extremely active individuals, but remain dedicated to this routine because it keeps them grounded in their relationship before they head out into their days of busyness and other distractions.

What do you live 4 each day? Many times our days are spent in the whirlwind of our own lives from sunrise to sunset. Spend some time outside yourself… a few moments can make a world of difference.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein

7 Weeks. 7 Designs.

Over the course of the next 7 weeks we will be releasing all the shirts from our Patterns of Life line… one each week. Every shirt has a unique story to tell, so stay tuned for them all. The week following the shirt release will be filled with posts and tweets centered around the theme of that week’s shirt. The schedule will be:

However, you have a chance to change how all that goes. You can help bump up the release date for a particular shirt by letting us know you would like it sooner. “How do I do that?”, you ask. Just use the “tweet” and “like” buttons at the top of the product page for the shirt you like:

  1. Tweet out “I want my ________________ shirt and I want it now! #folklabel (fill in the description of the shirt you want)
  2. Like the shirt with your Facebook account.
  3. That’s it!

We’ll be listening and if enough people start a rumbling loud enough for us to hear. We’ll bump up the release date for that particular shirt. How fun is that!