Once upon a time, there lived a magical woman who went by the name of Elizabeth. Elizabeth, the mother to two beautiful children, lived in a house in the woods that only the most majestic of fairytale writers could conjure up.
Sound like a dream?
For graphic designer and creative director Elizabeth Grubaugh, this is reality.
“Sterling Forest is the name of the forest [I live in], and it is phenomenal,” Grubaugh tells team Danrie. “We have bear and fox, and so I get a lot of my inspiration right from my backyard.”
Spend about five seconds on her eponymous site, and you’ll see the musings from said magical backyard in graphic form: a kerchief with the most beautiful florals, a card featuring a group of charismatic animal friends in Paris on a bike ride...
The inspiration, of course, comes from far beyond the backyard. “I love to travel, and I collect textiles wherever I go. I think I get a lot of color and texture inspiration from my travels. I also lived in Japan for a few years, and I think I brought a lot of those sensibilities back home.”
With said sensibility, Grubaugh’s creations make for an ideal notecard for all ages to accompany your holiday gifts this season. Or even as a gift in itself to encourage our newer generations to bring back the lost art of letter writing. “It’s such a joy to receive a letter in the mail,” the artist says. Here, she plays the soon-to-be iconic Danrie Madlibs.