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?
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!
What better time for a fresh new look than the beginning of the new year? Tristan and I have been planning and plotting better ways to fulfill the mission of this blog, which is to inspire you, openly share first-hand experiences (both ours and those of other artists), and to supply you with a steady stream of top quality creative resources.
Besotted will remain the approachable resource you’ve come to know (and we hope love!), but will be improved upon with a wider range of content that we hope leaves you inspired, ready to take action, or at the very least, comforted by the fact that we all have victories and losses, celebrations and struggles.
So what differences will you notice next week (besides the new design of course)? More interviews for one! We adore the calligrapher interviews (you should have heard us cheer when Betsy Dunlap agreed to an interview), so we’ve decided to expand our interviews to include other creative fields as well (think illustrators, art directors, designers, painters, gallery owners….and more!). We also want to explore tried and true ways to reach creative goals. How many of you have ever wanted to do something, but didn’t know the first step to take? It happens to us all of the time (…publish a book, get into a gallery, find clients for freelance work…etc. etc.). We are going to do our best to shed some light on the process!
Do you have any ideas for the new Besotted? Who would you like to hear from? What would you like to see?
As I was packing orders this a.m. I realized I hadn’t done a sale in the shop in a very long while! With baby, Foto Rx and my regular shipping schedule it’s easy to let these things fall by the wayside, I plan to rectify that today! I am a huge proponent of getting a custom logo stamp made for your business, it’s the easiest way to get branding readily available to a multitude of items-make your own note cards, labels, use for shipping boxes, gift tags, the list goes on and on! For the entire month of March (but yes, starting today!) ALL custom logo stamps will be 50% off. That should give you plenty of time to get your artwork prepped and ready to be made into your own custom logo stamp! This discount is ONLY for custom logo stamps please (and thank you!)
This is also a pre-celebratory sale, our Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper is launching in March and it will be your key to editing stellar shop photos, which in turn could only mean more sales, right? And you’ll need to include thank you notes with your logo, gift tags on any freebies, you’ll want to stamp all your parcels with your logo, I mean you’ll be busy, busy and want to make sure you are prepared! The coupon discount code is LOGOSTAMP50, on each description are instructions on how files need to be set-up to make the best stamp plate possible, again this is ONLY for custom logo stamps. Enjoy!
P.S. For those new to coupon codes in Etsy, once you put item in cart, you’ll find a ‘apply coupon code’ highlighted in blue below the ‘paypal’ logo, just click, put in the code LOGOSTAMP50 and it will deduct 50% from your stamp order!
P.P.S. Yes, of course, if you just want to make a custom stamp with your own artwork you can use this code too!!!
photo by intertwyned photography
Wow, what an amazing way to start the new year by having Country Living magazine feature our download! I haven’t seen it yet, but I have had many emails that people didn’t know where to find the download so I decided to put it up again so it would be easy. You can find the download here and you can find all my downloads here.
To celebrate I am offering a 50% discount on all monogram and custom logo stamps, just use the code HAPPY2014, the code will be available until January 6, 2014.
I am so grateful for the mention and even more excited to be able to invite new friends into my little ‘home’ on the web. I am especially grateful for all my friends (yes, that would be you) that have visited this past year and made this place such a wonderful, creative and supportive place. I hope I can continue to inspire you to try new things, introduce you to a new skill and maybe even make you laugh out loud every now and then. Thank you so much and here’s to an amazing new year!
Author / Miss Tristan B
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.