Make your holiday gift stand out this year! In this workshop you will learn how to create one of a kind gift toppers such as paper bows, gold foiled tags, watercolor painted plaid, pom pom banners, and mini wreaths (just to name a few!) The workshop will include the embellishments you need to create dozens of looks. Complete with a style guide booklet, templates, tutorials and more!

Good Morning Arizona: Upcoming Calligraphy Workshops

PHOENIX (3TV) -Pinspiration is a DIY hangout that offers different activities for kids and adults. We found some activities perfect for fall break.5410 E High Street, Ste 105;  Phoenix, AZ  85054  

Phone Number:  480-636-8010    


Life is Good Arizona: Best of Phoenix


If you’ve ever wanted to learn calligraphy, you must take a workshop at Pinspiration! The workshops are taught by the lovely Haley Borrell, founder of My Cupcake Diary. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop last Tuesday and had an amazing experience.

While calligraphy is not easy to learn, Haley did a great job teaching and providing one-on-one attention. I was also really impressed with the setup of the workshop – from the elegant decor to the layout of each person’s workshop space. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with these workshops! One of the great things about these workshops is you get your own kits to take home and practice.

-Jeanette, Life is Good Arizona

Mine For The Making: Intro to Calligraphy Workshop Review

Our life is a bit crazy over in these parts. We are in the process of down sizing, selling our first home, purchasing land for the build of our new home, purchasing a RV to live on land while we build new home, homeschooling, work, health issues… you get the gist. In the midst of all the crazy and all the chaos,  I find that crafting and painting often have a calming effect on me… it’s so therapeutic. I’ve had the desire to improve on my hand painting and hand lettering for a while now, so I’ve been all about calligraphy and watercolors lately. Because I love learning new things I recently took a calligraphy workshop at Pinspiration with My Cupcake Diary. I had the best time, y’all! 

The Pinspiration studio was decorated in black and white with pops of pink… so pretty. Each attendee had their own place set for them, complete with an Intro to Calligraphy book, practice pad, calligraphy pen, ink, a mason jar drink, a yummy pink cupcake, and finished off with a hand written name plate. We learned everything from the parts of the pen to how to hold it correctly and form the letters. We had time to practice, ask questions, and received one-on-one help if needed.

I have to say, it was a challenge at first to figure out how much pressure to apply to the pen and when to re-dip for ink, but after a bit I got the hang of it! I was so excited when I finally wrote my own name in my practice book!

-Kara Mine for the Making

Egg Barrel: Artist Spotlight


Q: Where do you find inspiration for your work? 

A: I love surrounding myself with creative people, and feel so grateful to work with such talented women everyday at Pinspiration. If you haven’t heard of it before, you’re totally missing out. Lets just say, it’s the Pinterest-lovers idea of heaven on earth. I can’t get enough of it. Everyone there has such a unique sense of creativity and being a part of such an amazing crafting community has given me so much inspiration for my work.

Q: What project of your has been the most challenging thus far?

A: The biggest challenge for me has been preparing myself to teach calligraphy workshops. It’s a challenge in itself to be able to write calligraphy, but actually teaching calligraphy is a whole new ballpark. I really had to perfect my own craft to the point where I felt comfortable teaching others. I want my students to leave my classes feeling confident in their calligraphy abilities, and be well prepared in their practice.

Q: What type of art or design-work are you wanting to do, but haven’t had the opportunity to work on yet?

A: I would love the opportunity to be able to writing in foreign languages. I’ve always been so intrigued by the different font styles and unique symbols used across the different parts of the world. I would be so excited to have the chance to expand globally, and spread my love of calligraphy on a greater scale.

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others who are just getting into modern calligraphy?

A: Starting out in calligraphy can be very frustrating because the writing style is completely opposite of the way we were taught to write. If it were easy then everyone would do it, right? Every stroke of each letter has a specific formula, which includes finding the perfect pen angle, applying the right amount of pressure and using the correct tools properly. You have to train your brain to write in a way that goes against everything you know about writing, once that fully registers you will undoubtedly have the biggest ah-ha moment, and it will show in your writing.