greetings! 2013 is here. isn’t that kind of crazy to think about? i still remember ringing in 2000…i used my fake id to get into moondogs with a bunch of girlfriends who also used their fake ids (or maybe pass backs) to get in. that was the bar in buckhead we would frequent when we were home from college, in no small part to them going pretty easy on ids. it was always some kind of urban lore that there was this one fraternity at georgia tech that moondogs owed so much of their revenue to, they hung a composite on the ceiling of one of the bars. WHO KNEW i would later be married to one of the faces on that composite.
life is funny.
life is also funny in the way that when i started calliespondence, i never really imagined how it would go. i truly thought it would be a success if i could end up in the black on every order. first it was just my loyal friends placing orders, then friends of friends (most of whom then became friends) and maybe one more degree, sometimes. every so often, i would get a random inquiry and think it was SO CRAZY. i mean, i could not believe that anyone i didn’t know would want to order from me. with the opening of the etsy shop in 2012 and now printing my logo and website on the back of every card, i correspond with people that i’ve never met for most of the time i’m working now. it is amazing to me, and not one bit lost how incredibly blessed i have been to stay busy doing what i love. when i envisioned calliespondence, i just wanted it to be a little something i could do while kids were napping or at preschool or off to bed at night. i never imagined i would even be close to working at capacity for those hours, and to need more time. but you see, more time doing calliespondence would mean less family time. and there is no amount of coin that is worth that, especially while these little people are little for just a fleeting moment. so friends, i am going to have to introduce some new initiatives for 2013! some of you might not like them, because it does involve saying “no” a little. i know i’ve talked here before about how saying no is crazy hard for me. i’m getting better at it though…
here goes. don’t hate me. :)
ORDER MINIMUM: the minimum for any single order is $50, with no exceptions. that means if you need to order calling cards let’s say, they are $1/per. you will need to order 50 qty. of one kind to meet the minimum – you cannot order 25 of two designs, or add 20 calling cards to a notecard order that is $100.
THERMOGRAPHY: due to the waning availability and slow turn-around time, i am having to discontinue thermography from my offerings. flitting between a flat and letterpress printer does put enough miles on my car already though :) i love thermography and will always hold it close to my heart, as it was the very first printing method that calliespondence offered. this might change at some point, but for now, only flat and letterpress printing will be offered. economy or luxe. it won’t be so bad, i promise!
FLAT PRINTED PERSONAL STATIONERY (for grown-ups*): instead of customizing each individual order, i will now be offering three designs of flat-printed personal stationery for adults. yahoo! i have hand-picked my favorite three, and will offer them in any colors and liner pattern you so choose. those elements are always customizable on any calliespondence order, you know. and from time to time, i may do a limited edition item, which will be all sorts of exciting. i will still offer custom design for letterpress stationery orders.
* please note that BABY and CHILDREN stationery process will not change.
here are the options for flat printed personal stationery for adults:
1) modern monogram. one of the first designs i did, and i feel like it still has the same crispness as it did then.
2) corner script. fun and fresh.
3) scallop backer. i just LOVE the sweetness of this card! especially paired with the more masculine all caps, sans serif font. (this is a design that was new for holiday 2012, so i only have a generic example – more to come though!)
INVITATION PRICING: i absolutely adore designing invitations. it stems from a deep love of parties in general, and it’s so fun to dive in with a client to brand their party invitation appropriately! due to the increasing demand, i am having to alter the base invitation price, but the breakdowns will remain the same, as well as the prices of the add-ons. you can still order any number of invitations that you need (even if it’s…32!).
pricing for flat printed invitations with envelopes in color of your choice:
101 and up: $2.50/per
+ pre-printed envelope liners: +$1.00/per
+ custom designed envelope liners: +$1.50/per
+ invitation back printed: +$0.50/per
+ cardstock backer: + $0.50/per
+ return address label: +$0.50/per
+ wrap-around ribbon: +$0.50/per
…and i think that covers it! man – these aren’t even resolutions and i’m worn out. enough change for one day. i’ll be back next week with some regular blog programming (remember that?!) and definitely some tidbits! i have lots backed up from crazed holiday months…
happy new year!!!!