I am super new to Illustrator so this was quite a challenge! I had a lot of fun with this though. Jamie you made is simple and easy. I started with this sketch.
Then I started using the pen tool to get as close as I could to this free hand text, using the ruler and the guides I set up.
Here is the screen shot of my anchors. So a bit wonky but I will continue to practice!!!
Then I cleaned up the lettering as much as possible... for me. I also increased the stoke thickness and added curves to the ends of the lettering.
As a finishing touch, I changed the color and adjusted the distance between letters/words. Loved this project!!!! ; )
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