I thought I'd kick off today's post with a re-cap on how these latest rounds of freebies started!
When Taylor Swift™ Almost* Sued Harper Finch Designs
(I denote almost for the sake of deterring future law suits)
(Taylor Swift™ No Copyright Infringement Intended)
Let me be clear - I have nothing against Taylor Swift™. Her latest album is pop music done right and she seems to be a truly kind person who I wouldn't mind my niece looking up to. I have no doubt we'd be best friends bonding over our shared love of crafting, baking and dancing terribly. We probably would disagree over suing her die hard (or the passive acquiesce-ers like me) fans (allegedly!), slut shaming (allegedly!), fibbing (allegedly!), etc....
...but I am sure we could overcome our differences and be BFFs 4ever.
However, I refuse to be part of any Squad that isn't the Suicide Squad.
My only intention for sharing this story is because...well...it's hilariously absurd.
There was absolutely no escaping Taylor Swift™'s "Shake it Off™" in the fall/winter of 2014 and I, like many others, did my fair share of bopping to it on repeat. Like I said, Taylor Swift™ does pop music right. It was upbeat, tongue in cheek and incredibly infectious. Around this time I happened to be working on a kit that would be a sort of sequel to my "We are Young" collection. (See below)
While putting the final touches to my would be collection I suddenly thought of how perfectly the lyrics to "Shake it Off™" went along with the "We are Young" and it's follow-up. At the very last moment I decided to add a few of the lyrics to the kit. I had 12 patterned papers and 36 elements finished at this point. In total added 5 "Shake it Off™" elements to the kit: 1 journal card, 1 word bubble and 3 lyrics based word art. Happy with the final results I released it in my Etsy shop in November. The full kit was listed for $6.95 while a separate patterns only option was available for $3.95.
I don't want to use the wrong language or risk any chance that I'll be targeted further so you can read BUZZFEED's article detailing the experiences of others (which exactly reflect my own experience.) that took place shortly after Christmas, a little over a month after I released the kit in question into my shop. I have no hard feelings about this situation (I still bop to 1989) but it's so spectacularly bizarre that I haven't stopped laughing for the past (roughly) 19 months. Hopefully y'all can get a kick out of it too! Stay petty, Taylor Swift™!
I'm presently re-working the kit in question - erasing all references to Taylor Swift™ (No Copyright Infringement Intended) - and will be sharing it with you all as a FREEBIE over the next few days. YAY!!!
I'm psyched to share with you all the news that I'll be creating an exclusive set of mini kits for the Donor Club, inspired by the artist "El Juantastico" and his drool worthy hand lettering and color schemes. I'll have much more news on that in tomorrow's newsletter.
Here are a few more design boards for each of my latest additions to the Etsy shop. Save 40% when you use coupon HARPER40 at checkout.
Freebies time! Find these painted papers in Saturday's newsletter...
Download the patters below...
...and don't forget these solids!