Simply Jessica Marie

How to Use HoneyBook as an Artist (Plus $200 Off!)

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Hey friends! I've gotten a lot of questions lately about how I manage my custom clients, so I wanted to share an incredible tool with y'all: HoneyBook.

HoneyBook is the client management system I use to easily send invoices, contracts, timelines, and questionnaires - and it also has an amazing messaging center where I can chat with my clients (keeping our inboxes free!) and send design proofs.

You can try HoneyBook for free for 7 days, and get $200 off when you commit if you use the button above!

How to Use HoneyBook as an Artist by Simply Jessica Marie | Get $200 Off HoneyBook

All of that sounds great, right? But if you're a visual learner like me, you might want to see what that looks like, so you can envision if it's the right fit for you.

Well friend, here ya go! I'm sharing a peek into my booking & client management workflow with HoneyBook by creating a test project for you to see.

Step One: My client commissions their artwork

Most of my clients commission their artwork through a listing in my online shop. Once their commission comes through, then I add them into HoneyBook.

If your process is fully custom, you'd want to either send potential clients a brochure or a proposal first.

(HoneyBook has both of those options as templates! I do this for fully custom requests.)

Pro Tip: You can collect payments through HoneyBook - making it easy for you to stay organized, and helpful for your clients to have everything (invoice, contract, timeline, proof, etc.) kept in one place.

I'll be using a custom watercolor crest commission as the example for this post!

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Step Two: I create their client account in HoneyBook

Once their commission comes through, I hop into HoneyBook and create a new project (aka, their client account) with all of their details.

Pro Tip: Rather than using their wedding date as the start date, I like to enter the date timeframe as our design week. This helps me get a more realistic sense of my availability in my digital calendar via HoneyBook!

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Step Three: Activate their project workflow

One of my faaaavorite features of HoneyBook is their workflows capability.

For each type of design project you work with, you can create something called a workflow. Take a peek at my Custom Crest workflow above to see an example!

Workflows allow you to do things like:

  • Automatically send welcome emails (so your clients are loved on right away!)
  • Add tasks for yourself that show up as notifications on your end (ex: send contract)
  • Automatically send questionnaires
  • Schedule emails/tasks/etc. to be sent on specific days, after the previous step is completed, etc.
  • Choose between automatically sending emails vs. requesting approval to send 
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Note: Even when you automatically send emails, you can set up your templates (another favorite feature!) to have personalized fields for things like their names - so they really do feel personal! They were written by you originally, after all :)

Workflows essentially do all the thinking for me.

They make sure I don't miss a step in my client process, which therefore enhances my client's experience! All while saving me time each day. Win-win!

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Step Four: Send their contract

Time to make it official by sending them a contract! 

And you guessed it - both the contract itself and the contract email I send are both based on templates I created within HoneyBook. 

It just takes a couple of clicks to select the template I want to use, and I can further personalize the contract (if there are any unique aspects of our project) or email before sending them.

It takes a bit of work up front to set up all of your templates, but it is so worth it once you've done it! Such a time saver.

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Step Five: Send their new client questionnaire

Once they've signed their contract, it's time for me to get to know more about these two sweethearts!

My favorite way to do so is through a fun "new couple introduction questionnaire" that I send them. (And yep, it's a template I made!)

It's full of questions about their personalities, their design styles, their hobbies, what they love doing together as a couple, what they're most looking forward to about their wedding and their marriage, etc.

It's a fun first task for them to complete before we begin our design process, and it allows me to learn more about them so I can better infuse their personalities into their artwork!

Bonus: If you sign up for HoneyBook and commit to it after your free trial, you will receive $200 off HoneyBook PLUS my new client questionnaire (perfect for wedding artists, stationers, and calligraphers!).

You must use the button above to sign up, and then send me an email once you've officially committed to HoneyBook & I'll send you the questionnaire template!

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(here's a peek at what it looks like to access an email template when you're sending a file like a timeline, contract, questionnaire, etc.)

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Step Six: Send their design timeline

After I send their questionnaire, I send over their custom design timeline! (I'm a broken record by now, but yes - you can create timeline templates, too!)

Pro Tip: The timeline's are honestly created with one day in mind (great for photographers or planners). To work around that for a week (or longer) timeline, I enter the date in the project title field, and then use the description field to explain what's due that day!

I like sending their timeline from the get-go, since my design calendar is usually booked out 2-3 months in advance. That means that if a client commissions artwork in July, we likely won't actually begin working together until October.

Sending them a questionnaire to get excited (the best kind of homework, that can be done over a glass of wine!), and a timeline to let them know what to expect down the road makes them feel well loved on while they're waiting for their design week to begin.

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Step Seven: Keep in touch

Once all of the logistics are taken care of and files have been sent, I keep in touch with my clients throughout the months leading up to our design week.

I love sending an email the week before our design week to remind them that we're about to start - and I added that as an automated email in my workflow!

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Step Eight: Send Design Proofs

I loooove the messaging center in HoneyBook - it's amazing to have everything kept tidy in one place. 

I use it to send design proofs (you can easily upload photos) and to get feedback from my clients.

Once they approve of their finished painted piece, I've shipped it out, and followed up to make sure it arrived safely - our process is essentially done in HoneyBook! I can then move their project over to the "Completed" section in the pipeline.

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What's a Pipeline?

You might be thinking, wait - what's a pipeline? It's an incredible organizational system that shows you all of the projects you're working on, and what stage they're currently in.

It helps keep me organized to see who I need to follow up with, who is in the planning stage (clients whose design dates are in the future), whose projects I'm actively working on, and which projects I've completed!

Get a 7 Day Free Trial & $200 Off HoneyBook!

Before I used HoneyBook, my organizational system was laughable. 

I had a non-interactive private "client page" (aka, an unlinked page on my website) to upload design proofs, communicated via email (long email chains that were hard to keep track of), and sent invoices via PayPal.

While there might be nothing wrong with that - it was haphazard for me and for my clients.

I finally feel that my client management system matches the professionalism of my business, and I've been able to connect with my clients on such a more personal level by using it, too!

If it sounds like just what you need for your business, click the button below to test it out for free for 7 days, and get $200 off HoneyBook when you commit to it!

And before you ask - yes, I'd recommend it even if you're starting out - it will definitely increase your booking rate and word of mouth referrals from happy clients! Wouldn't it be nice to feel professional (and save loads of admin time) from the beginning?

If you have any questions about HoneyBook, comment on this post or send me an email, I'm always happy to chat!


I am an affiliate of HoneyBook, and may receive a commission if you use one of the links in this post to sign up for HoneyBook. I only share about tools I honestly love and use (which you should be able to see from this post!), and I trust HoneyBook 100%.

Why I Joined Young Living

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Earlier this month, I decided to make the switch to a simpler, healthier lifestyle by joining Young Living, a company that is committed to providing pure, powerful products for every family and lifestyle, all infused with the life-changing benefits of essential oils.

Before I share why I joined Young Living, I want to address the virtual elephant in the room: Yes, Young Living is a networking/multi-level marketing company, and I am a member!

That means that if you purchase through me, I will make a small commission on your order (I want to be totally transparent about that!). However, just like with any art or business products I share here with y'all (whether I'm an affiliate with them or not), I only share products that I really use, honestly believe in, and know you'll love using, too! If essential oils aren't your jam, no feelings hurt - just click out of this post :)

This post is simply a way to share a bit more about our personal life (because I truly want you to get to know me & my family as a part of my business, that's what makes it a real small business - us!), my health & wellness journey, and how YL will also allow me to become a more relatable business owner and teacher!

Why I joined Young Living by Simply Jessica Marie

For the past couple of years...

There's this funny thing that happens when you hit your mid-twenties: you feel like you're finally settling into your body, and then your body decides to laugh and say - oh wait, I'm going to change a few things!

It's as if all of the things that frustrated me when I was a teenager decided to creep back into my life a decade later.

- An itchy, dry scalp? This time - it's not just annoying/embarrassing dandruff, but also constant unbearable itching that distracts me from work, sleep, and everything in between.

- Breakouts? Not nearly as bad as when I was younger - but more often than I'd like to have at this stage in life!

- Digestive issues? I have always loved cheese & dairy products. Too much cheese seemed to bother me when I was in high school, but got better in college/the years following. But over the past couple years (most significantly since the start of 2018) - my body hasn't been loving the types of food my taste buds constantly crave. Something isn't balanced quite right - and I'm working to figure that out.

I've always thought...

I've always thought that "caring for your body" was a thing you focus on when you have kids: when you have someone else relying on you.

I'd see my friends post about switching to clean beauty products or changing their eating habits and roll my eyes thinking, "I'll focus on that later - drug store makeup & pizza each week works for me!"

...why have I thought that for these past few years? Aren't I worthy of a healthy lifestyle as I am right now?

The moment I decided to invest in myself as a person, and in the wellness of our little family (it's just me, Zack, and our pup Oscar for now!) - I stopped rolling my eyes and opened them to how easy it is to make the switch to a simpler, healthier lifestyle.

Enter Young Living

My sister-in-law has loved Young Living for years - ever since I've known her! I'd hear her talk about how life changing the oils and products are, but I always assumed oils only smelled good, not that they would actually do anything.

Boy was I wrong.

Last month, Casey & Kristin (my brother-in-law & sister-in-law) reached out to me and Zack about trying essential oils.

Zack and I talked it over, and decided to give them a try! I wanted to see if they'd help my frustrating health issues, and was also curious to see if they'd improve the bad allergies that both Zack and Oscar have been experiencing this summer (Dallas summers are no joke!).

So, we grabbed the premium starter kit (which comes with their most popular oils and a few lifestyle product samples), a bottle of Citronella (because I get mosquito bites like it's my job), and I went cold turkey and ordered all new makeup to make the switch from CVS products to a safer, cleaner alternative!

Why I joined Young Living by Simply Jessica Marie

I was shocked...

I started out slow for the first few days, simply smelling the oils first before diffusing anything (mostly to acclimate Oscar to them since you need to start slow when using oils around dogs - more on that soon!), using the lipstick first before trying out all of the makeup I ordered, and adding a tiny toothpick amount of peppermint oil in my water for barre classes.

At first, things just seemed pleasant. 

Everything really did smell amazing, I felt refreshed and energized when drinking peppermint water, and I LOVED how colorful the lipstick I chose was!

But I was still nervous that everything was simply "nice" rather than life changing like Casey & Kristin said. (Admittedly, I really hadn't tried that much yet to make that judgment call!)

Until I started seriously using the lavender oil.

Oh. My. Word. There are literal angels in that bottle of oil! (Okay not literally, but you get the idea!)

This past Sunday, my head was itching to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore. So I texted Kristin to see if she had any ideas about which oil would help my scalp - and she sent me some examples of lavender & coconut oil masks that apparently helped out others with similar issues!

It sounded like fun, but I was impatient from being so itchy and wanted a quick fix. 

So I put a few drops of lavender oil in my palms and massaged it into my scalp - and I'm not kidding when I say the itching stopped in less than 30 minutes! I was SO shocked!! It was the first time in months that my scalp wasn't uncontrollably itchy - I almost cried tears of relief!

Then the next day, I got a mosquito bite - and decided to put a drop of lavender oil on it to see if it would stop the itching there like it did on my scalp. And that time it worked in less than 15 minutes!

After that, I was officially convinced: essential oils aren't just for smelling pretty - they really, truly work.

i still have so much to learn...

Knowing how incredible I feel after using the lavender oil to treat my itchy skin & scalp has motivated me to research more about the benefits of the other essential oils! And y'all I still have so much to learn.

- I'm excited to see which oils help my digestive issues (I've heard the Peppermint Vitality and Digize oils from the starter kit are great for this!) and general immune support (I'm LOVING a drop of Thieves Vitality oil in my coffee - it tastes like Fall in a cup!).

- I can't wait to see how my skin reacts to the cleaner makeup products (hopefully I won't have as many breakouts!).

- I'm hopeful that some of the oils even help to purify the air in our home to help Zack and Oscar breathe better!

The best part is that this new "hobby" of mine isn't just fun for me, but it will also help to greatly improve the health and lifestyle of our little fam!

I'll be documenting our journey to a healthier lifestyle on my new Instagram account, @thesimplylifestyle, if you want to keep up with me over there! 

your own journey to a healthy lifestyle!

If you're interested in learning alongside me (yep, I am building a team and would be SO excited to have you!!), I'd be overjoyed to walk through this wellness journey together! Because things like this are always more fun with a friend, right?

You can learn more about joining my Young Living team here, and feel free to comment below or send me an email if you have any questions!

I'm happy to be your accountability buddy - and I'm super friendly so even if we haven't officially met yet, know that I'd honestly love to get to know you :)

what does this mean for sjm?

Don't worry, Simply Jessica Marie isn't going anywhere! In fact, I have really amazing plans for a new design service, more art prints, more wedding weekend products, and a fun new way to switch up the SJM Art School. If anything - SJM will be growing this year!

But, I do think that being a Young Living member will honestly help me grow as a business owner and teacher.

Why? Because being a distributor is basically like starting another entrepreneurial path. And it's my hope that starting something fresh will allow me to better understand and connect with those of y'all who are just starting out in your businesses or artistic paths! To better tailor my educational posts & tutorials to you, because I'll get it again, too.

Sometimes it's easy to forget the beginning phases of business when I've been running SJM for 5 years, and I always want to be as relatable and connected to you as possible!

Have any questions for me? Leave a comment below - I'd love to chat :)

xoxo,

Jessica

 

 

The Simply Lifestyle

LifestyleJessica PeddicordComment

Hey friends, I’m so excited to officially introduce The Simply Lifestyle to y’all! If you're new around here, I’m Jessica, and I’m a multipassionate artist, wife, friend, dog mama, and barre enthusiast. While you may follow along with my business account (@simplyjessicamarie), I wanted to start The Simply Lifestyle Instagram account (@thesimplylifestyle) as a way to further connect with y’all on a personal level!

The Simply Lifestyle by Simply Jessica Marie

Amanda Donaho Photography

Zack and I dreamed up The Simply Lifestyle earlier this year while we were watching our little pup Oscar run around our favorite local dog park here in Dallas. It came from a place of wanting more of what we were experiencing at that moment: a simplified, balanced lifestyle.

As an artist, I can get so absorbed in the work that I love, but it is so important to remember that our work as artists is only a portion of who we are! Just as we tend to our creativity and artistic growth - we should also tend to the other facets of what make us a well-rounded individual.  I know that work-life balance can be a mystery for creatives, so I wanted to create this account to document my journey (well truly, our journey as a family!) of growing into that simplified, balanced life.

So, what can you expect in the new Instagram account and here on the blog? Lots of fun! I’ll be sharing tips about how I’m planning my days to include time for work and personal care (think: a new morning routine, how to positively and confidently end your work day, etc.), simple but fun date night ideas, insight into one of my biggest goals: how to be a better more caring friend, a behind the scenes of how our family is transitioning into a healthier lifestyle, my favorite barre workout tips (like how to accurately “tuck” your hips!), and of course - lots of Oscar photos! 

So y’all, that’s me! Now I’d love to know a little bit more about you: outside of work, what is your favorite hobby? I asked some friends last month and LOVED their answers, so I’m excited to hear yours! Let me know in the comments section!

Mine? I’m hoping to finally grow my green thumb this summer and tend to a small herb garden!

Pamplemousse Frosé Recipe

Recipes, SJM ShopJessica PeddicordComment

While yesterday was the Fourth of July, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate even though the holiday is over. Most importantly: it's summertime, and summer weekends call for pool parties and long brunches!

If you're planning a brunch or party this weekend, consider this Pamplemousse Frosé your go-to festive drink! Because truthfully, who doesn't like frosé? This recipe will take a little bit of pre-planning since you'll need to freeze it for a few hours, so I recommend making it the day before you plan to serve it (or the morning of if you're hosting an afternoon soirée!).

PS - who else flipped the page of their 2018 Cocktail Calendar this week? If so, let's toast each other with a virtual cocktail hour today to celebrate!

Pamplemousse Frose Recipe | Watercolor Cocktail Painting by Simply Jessica Marie | SJM 2018 Cocktail Calendar

pamplemousse frosé

INGREDIENTS

for the margaritas:

  • 1 bottle of Rosé
  • 3/4 cup of pink grapefruit juice OR 3 full grapefruits if you'd prefer to squeeze your own fresh grapefruit juice!
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary loosely chopped to open up the aromas (plus extra for garnish!)

DIRECTIONS

for the rosemary simple syrup

  1. Add the water, sugar, and 2 chopped sprigs of rosemary to a saucepan (over medium-low heat).
  2. Bring to a simmer, whisking as it heats to a simmer. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the simple syrup cool to room temperature. After 30 minutes, remove the rosemary, and let it cool completely. (The simple syrup can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to one week.)

for the pamplemousse frosé

  1. Mix together the cooled rosemary simple syrup, rosé, and grapefruit juice. Once mixed, pour the concoction into a 9x13 pan.
  2. *Optional: add a few grapefruit slices to the pan for pretty presentation once it's frozen!
  3. Freeze for about 4-6 hours, to allow the rosé to turn into frosé :)
  4. When you're ready to serve, scoop the frosé into glasses.
  5. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

I love brunch pairings that truly go together - like this pamplemousse frosé and a rosemary grapefruit cake! This cake from Flour and Fleur looks incredible, as does this one from Desserts for Breakfast!

2018 Cocktail Calendar by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Cocktail Calendar | Photo by SC Stockshop

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2018 cocktail calendar

If you love brunch cocktails as much as I do, you are going to LOVE the 2018 Cocktail Calendar!! (PS - there's only ONE left in stock!)

Each month of this brunch inspired 2018 Cocktail Calendar features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season.

I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail here on my blog the first Thursday of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any brunches you are hostessing or attending!

If you try this recipe or display your July calendar design in your home, I'd love to see! Share on Instagram with the hashtag #sjmcocktails and tag me @simplyjessicamarie so I can follow along and share your photo on my page/stories, too!

How to Make a Mimosa Bar with 3 Mimosa Recipes

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Mimosa bars are some of my absolute favorite ways to create an inviting brunch or party! I had one at my bridal shower (but swapped champagne for prosecco!), and it was such a hit! 

The best part about mimosa bars? They are so easy to put together. Just lay out a few ingredients, and let your guests do the mixing!

PS - who else flipped the page of their 2018 Cocktail Calendar this week? If so, let's toast each other with a virtual cocktail hour today to celebrate!

How to Make a Mimosa Bar | 3 Recipes | Watercolor Cocktail Painting by Simply Jessica Marie | SJM 2018 Cocktail Calendar

I'm sharing my three favorite mimosa bar recipes below: a grapefruit mimosa recipe, a classic mimosa recipe, and a raspberry lemonade mimosa recipe.

You'll notice that I'm recommending the same types of fruit for garnish for all three recipes. The reason for that is I recommend displaying all of the fruit out on the table in front of the juices and champagne (as seen in the photos!), and letting your guests decide which combination they prefer to create a unique mimosa all on their own!

Grapefruit Mimosa Recipe

photo by Blue Barn Photography from The School of Styling

grapefruit mimosa

serves 6-10 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
  • 3 cups of chilled grapefruit juice (about a pitcher full!)
  • grapefruit slices, orange slices, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill the champagne flute about 1/4 - 1/3 full with grapefruit juice
  2. Top off the juice with champagne, and stir lightly
  3. Garnish with your choice of fruit, and enjoy!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

This grapefruit olive oil cake from Sugar & Soul Co looks absolutely divine!!

Classic Mimosa Recipe

photo by Blue Barn Photography from The School of Styling

classic mimosa

serves 6-10 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
  • 3 cups of chilled orange juice (about a pitcher full!)
  • orange slices, grapefruit slices, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill the champagne flute about 1/4 - 1/3 full with orange juice
  2. Top off the juice with champagne, and stir lightly
  3. Garnish with your choice of fruit, and enjoy!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

Go all out orange with these orange cream scones from A Latte Food!

Raspberry Mimosa Recipe

photo by Blue Barn Photography from The School of Styling

raspberry lemonade mimosa

serves 6-10 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne
  • 3 cups of chilled raspberry lemonade (about a pitcher full!)
  • grapefruit slices, orange strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill the champagne flute about 1/4 - 1/3 full with raspberry lemonade
  2. Top off the raspberry lemonade with champagne, and stir lightly
  3. Garnish with your choice of fruit, and enjoy!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

I'm dying to make this overnight raspberry cream cheese french toast recipe from Tornadough Alli - so easy to make and it looks so tasty!

Simply Jessica Marie 2018 Cocktail Calendar | Brunch Cocktails | Cocktail Watercolor Illustration Desk Calendar

photo by sc stockshop

2018 cocktail calendar

If you love brunch cocktails as much as I do, you are going to LOVE the 2018 Cocktail Calendar!! (PS - there's only ONE left in stock!)

Each month of this brunch inspired 2018 Cocktail Calendar features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season.

I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail here on my blog the first Thursday of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any brunches you are hostessing or attending!

If you try these recipes or display your June calendar design in your home, I'd love to see! Share on Instagram with the hashtag #sjmcocktails and tag me @simplyjessicamarie so I can follow along and share your photo on my page/stories, too!