November 2014 archive

WellWed Magazine Feature

I am so excited to say that Isaac and I’s wedding is featured in this months WellWed magazine! I purchased this magazine during our wedding planning myself – so it is an honor to see our wedding in this months issue! Thanks to our florist, Sarah from Watershed Floral, who submitted our wedding to the magazine, we are featured as a full spread! Being a designer, it was important to me when I started to plan the wedding that I did most everything DIY including the invitations. I wanted the wedding to represent everything that Isaac and I are as a couple. Isaac is an avid surfer, having grown up in San Diego it was important to him to get married on the water, even though we would be getting married in Maine rather than San Diego. When we found the TEIA club on the water in Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland (where I grew up) we knew it was the perfect spot! I chose a color palette of peaches and pinks with accents of gold. I have a love for triangles and geometric shapes, so that was a focus throughout.

DIY weddings are amazing, and when I walked into the room that day with Isaac by my side and saw all the little decorations and projects we had created over the year prior it was so rewarding. It was perfect – and it was us. But I do want to say to anyone out there attempting to DIY projects for their wedding – don’t get caught up in the little stuff. This is something I did, and looking back I would change. I got so fixated on every small detail and spent hours on stuff that when it really came down to it – on the day of the wedding probably only my close girlfriends noticed. But if it means a lot to you do it! Also beware – not every pinterest project is as easy as it looks!! For example – I created my own marbled paint vases for centerpieces. It took about 7 tries, lots of tears and lots of money wasted to get them right. I can laugh at it now, but at the time it was not so funny haha. The final product however came out awesome! I know DIY projects are not for everyone, but if you love crafts and design like me – take time to make some stuff yourself, it makes your wedding unique and personable! But ask for help!! I know most people are like me, and think oh I can do it all – but it’s so much easier to have friends and family help – even if it’s the small things. Now when I go to weddings I love seeing the stuff handmade by the bride and groom because I know how much work goes into it.

One of my favorite parts of planning the wedding was creating our invitations. Print design is my passion so I couldn’t wait to make our wedding suite. However, creating a design for yourself is so much harder!! I went through a lot of initial designs before I finally settled on one. It took hours to put them all together but it was something that meant a lot to me. We received so many compliments on them which was exciting! This past year I got to create my sister’s wedding invitations which was awesome as well. I think the invitation suite sets the tone and style for the wedding, so it is something worth taking time on.

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All in all I had such an amazing time planning our wedding. When it comes down to it, the decorations, crafts and type of chairs you have are not whats important. (But lets be honest, cute decorations always make everything better) It’s the family, friends, laughs and love all in one room to celebrate and support you and your husband. What is more beautiful than that. I remember the night of our wedding trying to take in every moment of the night, because I don’t think we will ever have that group of family and friends under one roof again. I will never forget it, ever. It truly was the best day of our lives.

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Below are some pictures from our DIY wedding & the featured spread in Well Wed Magazine! (and good thing I don’t live on the east coast anymore or I would have bought all of the hard copies from Barnes and Noble by now haha).

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Ceremony – Hanging Ribbon, DIY signs & ceremony fans

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Table Design – handmade thank you notes, DIY vases & geometric paper shapes

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Outside Deck Area with DIY additions

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DIY candy table for guests with all of Isaac & I’s favorite candy (this was a hit!) – We also chose to do chevron bags filed with taffy as our “thank you” to-go item

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Pink and Peach Color Scheme For Bridesmaid Dresses

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Wedding Party!

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Queen Bee Market Show!

So I survived my first big show! The Queen Bee Market show was awesome! It was such a fun experience and I really learned a lot. Before working the show as a vendor, I had always gone as a customer/shopper. I never realized how much time and effort goes into prepping for the show. Building a booth, creating inventory, marketing on social media, etc. These vendors/artists work hard! I now have a new appreciation for the vendors/artists in any show I go to moving forward. I prepped for the show a couple weeks in advanced since I am still working full time during the week. It was a lot of late night dates my printer, little sleep and a sore back but it was so rewarding in the end! It was really fun to meet all the other vendors in the show too. I love hearing people’s stories and how they started their businesses. The best knowledge I have found thus far is from people just like myself – starting a business from the ground up & learning along the way, so I value the time spent with these people and what they have to say.

My husband and brother in law worked so hard on my booth design and I couldn’t have been more happy with how it turned out. I basically gave them a sketch of a rectangle with little squares drawn on top of it (my mock up of where prints in frames would go haha) and after laughing at my sketch created such an amazing booth! I really feel so lucky to have such supportive family members as I try to grow this business. The most challenging part of this show was knowing how much inventory to bring, and what to bring. You just never know how big of a crowd will show up – and on top of that Mique (the owner of Queen Bee Market) announced it was going to be her last show (so sad) – so I figured a lot of people would want to make it out for the last one. The good thing is I didn’t run out of anything, but moving forward for the next show I do, I know what I can cut back on. Here is the booth building in progress – boys working hard!

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The biggest two things I learned at this show were pricing & best sellers. Up to this point I have been selling the bulk of my product through Etsy. The problem with Etsy is that most shoppers (not all) that come to my shop usually have searched for a particular card type that they need to buy. Not that this is a negative at all, because it allows me to see what types of cards most buyers look for on Etsy. However, a show like Queen Bee Market allowed me to have my entire line in front of customers who are primarily “just shopping.” So they are walking up to my booth, without necessarily needing a card, and looking through my products and purchasing by what they like best. I was really able to see what designs, prints and notepads that people were most drawn to. This will help me for making decisions on new designs moving forward.

The second thing was pricing. Since I have never done a show like this before, I went there with the same pricing I have up on my Etsy shop. After day 1 at the show, I was a little disappointed that a lot of people were grabbing items, and then when I told them the price they would set it back down. So I knew they liked the product – it was the price they didn’t like. My husband, Isaac was there with me all friday night, so he was able to observe a lot too & able to see what was working successfully at other booths. That night after the first day of the show, Isaac helped me create new pricing for Saturday. We determined that people wanted more of a “deal” not retail pricing they would find on Etsy. So on Saturday I offered more specials. 3 cards for $10.00 and (2) 8×10 prints for $20.00. It was crazy how much more I sold with the new specials!! So for any of you girls out there reading this that may have a show coming up – I highly recommend dropping your pricing a little & offering more specials. Even dropping my price by a dollar on some of my products made such a difference. My husband made a good point too when we were talking about the show after it was done. It shouldn’t be so much about the money you are making right now (obviously making some profit is a plus for all the hard work), but more about getting your name out there, and delivering a quality product that people want to come back and purchase again. I couldn’t agree more.

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After the show was done, I woke up on Sunday and quite a few of my customers had posted pictures of items they had bought from Little Print Design at the Queen Bee Market. It was awesome to see people so excited about their new prints and cards. That is what is so rewarding to me & about art in general. My designs are who I am as a person & artist and to have them loved by other people means so much to me. I want to thank Mique for putting on am amazing show and giving me the opportunity to be a vendor! We will miss the Queen Bee Market show tons! Also thank you to all my friends and family that came out to support me! You guys are the best!

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Collaboration with A Little Bundle

I am SO excited to announce that Little Print Design will be collaborating with A Little Bundle! For all of you who aren’t familiar with A Little Bundle it is a unique baby subscription box that provides curated bundles of products for both mother and her baby, choosing from products from around the world. Moms out there – definitely check it out! In each box they feature an artist/designer to create an exclusive greeting card to be used by the moms and moms-to-be to write a note to their little one! For the month of November, Little Print Design will be the featured designer and all subscribers will receive a “Twinkle Twinkle” card in their box! This card has always been a favorite of mine in the baby line, because it can be used for either gender and for so many occasions. I was so excited to be given this opportunity by Annie, the owner and CEO of A Little Bundle. It was a couple of late nights prepping 400 of these cards to get ready to send off – but I couldn’t be happier knowing these will be in front of so many moms this month! You can check out A Little Bundle’s website here: http://www.alittlebundle.com

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Twinkle twinkle card featured in the box:

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Boxed and ready to send!

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