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oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here...

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the end of a great year and all the memories that made is so special is to create and send holiday cards to our closest friends and family. So together with Mixbook, we've made it fun and easy to send some cheer to your loved ones this season with our Oh Joy! for Mixbook holiday cards...

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

We created four colorful and festive card templates—Holiday Dots, Cheers, Holiday Stripes, and Holiday Confetti Frame—for you to upload your family photos into! Most have a fun foil options to add a dash of metallic magic to your cards, and you can even get creative and overlay our hand-drawn stickers on top of your photos! To make the whole process even easier, we also created matching address labels and "To/From" stickers to place on presents. 

oh joy! for mixbook holiday cards are here... / via oh joy!

Start creating your own extra special Oh Joy! holiday cards right here at Mixbook.com! Don’t forget putting together Year in Review Photo Books using our Oh Joy! for Mixbook themes. They make perfect gifts for the holidays.

{Garland background photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Solid background photos by Mixbook. Written by Joy Cho and Traci Michael.}

craft workshop at the oh joy! studio...

craft workshops at the oh joy! studio... / via oh joy!

Happy Monday! Up till recently, the Oh Joy! Academy has largely been geared towards business owners and entrepreneurs, so today, I'm super excited today to share that we've added two CRAFTING workshops to the academy!

Julia and Jess from our Creative Content team are hosting two workshops (Make it Dazzle and Wrap Stars) in Los Angeles to teach you how to make some of our most popular DIYs of all time. Both workshops will be at the studio and make for a really fun craft night out with friends or solo! Here's everything you need to know...

craft workshops at the oh joy! studio... / via oh joy!

Make it Dazzle! Who remembers when we took pearl beads and turned plain cardigans into amazing embellished works of art?! Or the time we took large sequins and bedazzled a tule skirt?! Both projects show you how to give new life to a piece of clothing you already own, and in this workshop, Julia and Jess will show you how to do just that. Just bring a piece of clothing that you'd like to embellish, and they'll show you how to add your own sequins or pearl beads to make it totally amazing and one-of-a-kind. 

This class will be held in Los Angeles at the Oh Joy! Studio on Sunday, November 3rd from 7-9PM. Save your seat here! (There are only a couple spots left!). These workshops are a fun way to grab your friends and have a ladies night of crafting and fun! Hope to see some of you then!

{Photos by Lily Glass. Written by Joy Cho and Traci Michael.}

OMG! Three new kids' books coming...

You're Okay! / Written by Joy Cho, Art by Angie Stalker

If you caught the news I shared a few months ago about a new kid's book I wrote coming out next year, I have some even BETTER news! We're actually launching THREE KIDS' BOOKS next year with Scholastic. Written by me and illustrated by our Art and Design Director, Angie Stalker, all three books emphasize qualities to instill in our little ones to help them become kind, strong, creative, and capable humans.

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the oh joy! for Apolis petite market bag in black is HERE!

Cute the Confetti! /// Oh Joy! for Apolis Petite Market Bag in Black / Shop now!

CUE THE CONFETTI! The wait is finally over! Our Oh Joy! for Apolis Customizable Petite Market Bag in Black is finally here, and it's on sale for JUST ONE WEEK. Get the words or phrase of your choice printed on our limited-edition Oh Joy! market bag, and each tote sold will help Baby2Baby provide a day’s worth of diapers to children in need. 

We've got all the details in this fun video above! See all the ways you can customize it below...

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oh joy from 2005 to 2019...

oh joy from 2005 to 2019... / via oh joy!

Holy cow! Oh Joy is officially FOURTEEN YEARS OLD! When I started this business 14 years ago, it was supposed to be a freelance design business. I had no plans for it to go in the direction it did. Thanks so the evolution of social media, Oh Joy! has evolved and grown into so many things.

In celebration, I'm looking back at the last 14 years to show how things have changed and evolved and grown (both personally and professionally). This is a long post (but a fun one). So I hope you'll hang out and read along...

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a panel all about licensing with mixbook!

A Pannel All About Licensing with Mixbook / Turning Influence into Commerce // How to Licences your Creative Work /// via Oh Joy!

Two weeks ago here in Los Angeles, I was part of a panel that our friends at Mixbook put together that was all about licensing. I am a big fan of licensing as a way to get your art and design work out in the world. The panel was a great mix of perspectives on the licensing process and the brand/client relationship.

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coming soon: oh joy! for apolis petite market bag

Coming Soon: Oh Joy! for Apolis Petite Market Bag / via Oh Joy!

Mark your calendars! We're partnering with our friends at Apolis to release their highly anticipated Customizable Petite Market Bag in Black! From October 8th through 15th ONLY, you’ll be able to get the words or phrase of your choice printed on this special, limited-edition Oh Joy! market bag —and each tote will help Baby2Baby provide a day’s worth of diapers to children in need. How amazing is that? See all the details are in this fun video below...

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oh joy! academy love...

oh joy! academy love... / via oh joy!

It's only been six months since we launched the Oh Joy! Academy, and it's been super fulfilling for me to help you with your goals and businesses in so many ways. I love getting feedback from our courses, workbooks, and sessions, as it helps us here at Oh Joy! to continue finding ways to grow our academy to help you the most!

So today, I wanted to share some of the incredible feedback we have received so far which makes me truly so happy to see how much you have all gained from it...

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the pros and cons of licensing your artwork...

the pros and cons of licensing your artwork... / via oh joy!

One of the most common questions I get asked about Oh Joy! and our business is why we choose to create products through licensing vs. manufacturing them ourselves. So I thought it would be fun to breakdown the pros and cons (to me) and tell you why we license...

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so you want to write a book?

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

Whether it’s been a dream since you were a kid or something that just got added to your bucket list last week, turning an idea for a book into a reality can seem completely overwhelming. How does it happen? Who do you talk to? Do you find a publisher? Do you self-publish? I'm here to help! I’ve pitched, developed, and written a range of books (6 in total published by next year!), and I want to share everything I know with YOU! My new 40-page downloadable workbook, "How to Pitch a Book Idea" is here!

How to Pitch a Book Idea by Joy Cho

In the guide, I'll offer insight on...

  • Concepting and refining your book idea
  • Getting a publisher versus self-publishing
  • Researching publishers for your book idea
  • Everything you need to know about book agents
  • Putting together the book pitch!
  • Submitting the pitch
  • What to do if you receive a no or a yes!

We're offering it for a limited early bird rate of $10 for the downloadable workbook. So get it now, and let's get your dreams of being an author realized!

P.S. If you're in Los Angeles (or want to travel here to hang out ;), I just added TWO in-person business workshops in September (about freelancing and licensing your work). See more details and come join me right here!

Oh Joy! Workshops

{Photos by Lily Glass, Photo Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Workbook written by Joy Cho.}