Mega packaging resource list!

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I know I promised to write my side hustle and I will, but I am closing the shop and gosh darn it’s taking a bunch of time to do.  I can’t tell you how happy I will be when this part of my life is finalized.  I LOVED having my shop, but I need to start working on our new project so after September 30th nothing will be available and the shop will be closed down forever. I am putting together my MEGA list of packaging resources as a pdf download. I will finally be spilling the beans on my wood box resources (and so much more).  If you want to up your packaging game, I dare say I had some of the best packaging in the business, truly.  Packaging that had a life after it was received so it wouldn’t be thrown away, people often shopped just for the packaging. This resource list is only for the individual that wants to stand out from everyone else and offer a higher-end product. If you are a lettering artist this would be a perfect way to present files to a client, any stationery, this packaging is for gifting in a big way, so only those that want to be of a certain caliber should even consider, it is not for everyone but for those like me with discerning taste and eye (said humbly of course).  This is a PRE-ORDER, I have been adding to the list every day and want to make sure it is as complete as possible!

This is NOT for the rubber stamp resources, which could easily make someone a really nice business and side hustle pronto, quality on the stamps is primo and mark-up is awesome. You need to invest in  your business to grow it, I built a 6 figure stationery business as a side hustle my first year out (and that was working full-time!) You know what sold the most?  My lettering stamps, so lettering artists, this is your chance, last chance, come September 30, 2016 all resources will be unavailable!

And I will be putting that other side hustle post together soon, because gosh knows it’s so very nice to know you have income coming in while you are pursuing your dreams, right?

Shop closing sale!

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Oh, hello there friends!  How have you been?  We have been pretty much mired in all the things that need to be done to start a new endeavor and wrap up loose ends.  It has felt completely and utterly overwhelming. Once I have one thing checked off our mammoth list I get to see which of the other bajillion items I need to tackle next. Le Sigh.  Add to that potty training, school starting and I am about to sit in a corner and rock silently back and forth for the rest of my life. I have been busy photographing items from the shop for my massive sale (and I mean massive). I am practically giving things away!  I am putting up new things as I get the photos edited, so check back often.  The biggest part of the sale is on custom stamps.  I had a bunch of inquires from people that wanted custom stamps before we closed and I just decided to open it up for custom stamp orders.  I will place large orders on September 12th and September 20th.  It will be the last time we take any orders and I am pricing as a HUGE thank you to everyone that supported the shop!  Custom stamps of your logo at 1″ x 1″ were $50 and now will be $18, SERIOUSLY! If you are a lettering artist I will do bulk discounts (so even more discounting!), this is the time to get your business stamp, get stamps of your lettering done for clients, custom stamps for gifts and stamps for resale, NOW is the time! There will be ‘Studio Grab Bags’ that will be just that a little goodie from the studio (unused or gently used items, samples, research, etc), unlike a regular grab bag I will preview most of what will be in it!

I will also be selling off resources.  What does that mean?  That means if you wanted to start your own custom stamp business I will sell you my resource for THE BEST custom stamp manufacturers around–wood stamps with engraving, wood stamps for resale, unmounted red rubberstamps, clear stamps that include the plastic packaging for resale.  These resources took me YEARS to research test and find.  It’s an extremely profitable business and the resources are a goldmine!  Just send me an email to get the fee for this.  I am only selling to 3 individuals!  Yes, I will sell my wood box and twine resources as well.  So, if you are ready to start a shop or take your stationery shop in a new direction shoot me a line!

What else?  Well, when Michelle and I were sweating our brains off trying to find our focus and what we needed to cut out in order to do so, Michelle brought up an interesting point even after we cut most of the fat we still had multiple projects out there some that we couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give up (ie. being a full-time work-at-home mom! It’s a TON of work). Next post I am going to share with you how I was able to make over 120K with a side hustle.  I don’t know why I didn’t share it before, it seems like something that I would have but I have been BUSY and obviously not that focused.  I thought I’d share because once you find something you are going to focus on you may want some income coming in, right? It’s not for everyone and it’s only passive-ish, but it’s been a ton of fun, super rewarding and a great learning experience.  I will get you all the details soon!

Creative Experimentation

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Michelle and I are finally on the other side of our focus angst (we promise to share the step-by-step on how we got here). One of the most exciting results of this is that we have freed up a ton of mental bandwith and you know what? We are both feeling more creative than we have in years! I have to say being able to pour our creative energy into one thing instead of spreading it amongst a million little things has been an eye opener. I have always succumbed to my every interest and whimsy and they have been far and wide with no real connectors except for maybe me sharing them here on the blog with you. We have been doing a ton of experimentation with different techniques, just trying to think as outside the box as possible and not worrying if the results will be a success. Happily we have had a bunch of little victories and it makes us feel like we are ‘on to something’. We even have a new Foto Rx Photoshop action set that we think will bring out the inner artist in you, we can’t wait to share it! We just finished the first beta action on it today, we were giving ourselves high fives all around (in our new studio space that is oh, so very beautiful, thank you very much). We hope we are not being too evasive with you right now, we definitely will share our focus decision soon and we do hope that we can help others that are struggling as well to find that mental sigh of relief.

P.S. If you want to be the first one to know about the upcoming new FotoRx Photoshop action release (it will be a goody) and be privy to amazing freebies and tutes than sign-up here to be in the know!

P.P.S. We will be giving away free sets to a few lucky winners on our mailing list when it’s closer to launch date!

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Focus | Simplify + Clear out clutter

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This quest for focus has been quite the uphill  journey for us. It has been rife with self reflection, tough questions, analysis of every aspect of our work lives, crystal ball reading (or attempts at it anyway), and seeking advice from trusted friends and family. Consideration of all of the variables has been EXHAUSTING, and left both Tristan and I feeling drained and overwhelmed for weeks. Ever the optimists, we were determined to find the light at the end of the tunnel, and after roughly a month of soul searching, the light appeared with glaring clarity (a giant lightbulb may have floated above our heads at that moment).

So now that we have our sights set on a specific target, we have to figure out how to move toward it. As with any new and ambitious project, the to do list is long and constantly evolving – in other words, yet another opportunity to feel overwhelmed. Speaking for myself,  I’m going to need every ounce of brain space I can muster, and that means clearing out any residual clutter both figuratively and literally.

Here’s my confession: the studio closet has been haunting me daily with it’s overstuffed shelves (Tristan isn’t even allowed to peek in there!). My Mom is an artist who always claims she couldn’t paint with dirty dishes in the sink. Even if clutter is out of sight, it’s lurking somewhere on your mental to do list, trying to steal your focus. This week, while Tristan has taken a rare and much deserved break, I have fought the beast… and won.

Have any of you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? I haven’t, but my sister in law gave me the cliff notes. She was greatly inspired and took the book’s message to heart (but did point out that in order for there to be significant life changing magic, everyone in the house would have to read the book). I made a huge mess pulling out every single item in the closet and dutifully asking myself “does this spark joy?”. Unfortunately, as is the case with many designers, YES – the stacks and stacks of paper samples from Neenah and Mohawk do bring me joy, but I can’t recall the last time I needed to reference one of them, so they had to go.

I also completely dismantled our old mood board (mood wall actually), and replaced it with an inexpensive but freshly painted white canvas. We’ll tack up inspiration with artist tape to keep things tidy and fluid. The stage is officially set, now for that to do list…

 

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I even ordered this pretty white table to replace 2 old desks, so exciting!

 

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

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Michelle and I visited a real live bookstore recently (yes, as rare as a Yeti spotting), at the store they had a wall of staff recommended reads and one cover stood out for us. It was a beautifully bound black book with a foil embossed scrawl that read- ‘Deep Dark Fears’ by Fran Krause. We didn’t know what to expect but within minutes both Michelle and I were guffawing out loud (we think you will too).  Illustrator Fran Krause asked people to submit their deep, dark (and very real to them) fears. She then illustrated them comic style. I think the thing with fears, is keeping them to yourself they feel very real and scary but saying them out loud to others that may have fears as deep and dark as your own (or more so) could actually lighten that load you have been carrying. I told Michelle one of my fears and she actually spit out her water, it is pretty ridiculous and I wish I could share with you but I am still a little afraid of it (and yes, it is water spitting absurd). If you have a chance we highly recommend checking this book out, it’ll make you feel sane amongst your crazy thoughts and who doesn’t want to feel a bit ‘normal’ sometimes?

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P.S. Michelle and I have finally come to a decision on our focus. We aren’t ready to announce it quite yet, but it was one of those things where it was right in front of our faces this whole time, like my grandmother use to say, ‘Girl, if it was a snake it would have bit you.’

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and the fastest way to clean + digitize your lettering and line art –Lettering Rx | Paper to pixel and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.