Friday, 17 October 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY - Personalised Save the Date


Save the date cards 
and fridge magnets are sent
(usually) when the wedding date has been chosen 
but the venue and other details have still yet to be sorted




We produce Save the Dates
as either cards or fridge magnets,
each one is designed and printed especially for you....

Here's one in a Magnet format....



And one made as a card.....


Call us at the studio on
01609 776 866
or call into the shop at
288a High Street, Northallerton,
North Yorkshire DL7 8DW

for further details

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Made-To-Order... Personalised Wedding Confetti Cones

All set and ready to roll.... 
100 personalised, wedding, confetti cones.


Friday, 10 October 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY - Personalised Wedding Invitations

Below is a selection of
bespoke Wedding Invitations....
Created during 2013!


Our Invitations come 
in a choice of 2 sizes


DL Either Portrait (upright)
or Landscape (horizontal) 

ANNE


Card Size is around 10 cm x 21 cm
And Square
14.5 cm x 14.5 cm 


Generally people choose 
Folded Invitations for the Daytime
and Flat Postcard style for the Evening.



The choice is entirely up to the couple
and there's no reason why each format 
cannot be used for both... Ideal 
if you are on a VERY tight budget.


REMEMBER: 
As well as picking a style, size and format
you can choose from over 15 foil colours 
too... so there's something for everyone.


AND... we now have available Ivory coloured card 
as well as the classic white....
this is proving to be VERY popular.


ALSO: Each card is designed specifically 
FOR YOU... with no 2 designs exactly the same!
So it is truly unique to YOU!


Imagine how impressed your friends will be,
when you tell them you had your invitations 'Especially Designed For You'....
DESIGNER STATIONERY at an affordable price! 

POSTCARD STYLE INVITATIONS Start at £1.50! 
The FOLDED STYLE at only £2.50! 


These prices include FULL consultation and DESIGN! 


And we are just at the end of the phone 
so for FREE advice and guidance
Contact me (Sue Simpson) on 01609 776 866 
or call in if you are local to Northallerton, North Yorkshire. 
We have many more designs at the shop 
and there's something for everyone. If you can't see 
what you are looking for, share your ideas and see what we can come up with.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

It's National Poetry Day - What's YOUR Favourite?

As a Calligrapher... I have many favourites.... but this must be in my top 10.....

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Monday, 29 September 2014

On being a Social Media and Marketing Guru

It's not enough just to have a website and hope people find you these days.

If anyone had told me I'd have to become a website designer, SEO, Analytics and Social media guru as well, I would never have believed them!

It's not enough that us creative folk make things in the hope of selling them to our 'ideal' client, we have to actually hunt down and join in the places our 'ideal' clients hang out.


BLOGGING

Now... I've been blogging for what feels like forever. At first I had another blog which I generally used as a diary about my own personal life. A way of documenting everything that happened on a day to day basis. A lot more fun that keeping a pen and paper journal as I could add photos too. That blog eventually turned into encouraging, motivating and supporting others that were fellow creative's.

When I started 'Inspired by Script' I was mainly doing calligraphy commissions for the public and private sector. Mostly bespoke work in a variety of forms. Then, with the arrival of the foiling machine my work took on a whole new pathway and as everyone who has known me for a long while.... the rest is history. This blog is now mainly consisting of my Wedding Invitations and Stationery. As the blog is attached to my website, most of the visitors are arriving to read about wedding stuff..... however there is more to me than that... so perhaps I'll make it a bit more personal... like I did my other blog.


FACEBOOK

Well, you have to find new ways to attract your customers and with the general age group my Brides and Grooms come from it's really no good hanging around Yahoo Forums, like we did in the old days... oh hell no! We now have to hang around Facebook, not a hard transition for me to make from blogging. Facebook is a sort of 'Micro Blog'. A pretty quick way of getting your latsest pictures out there almost before your paint has had time to dry.
The only real issue I have with Facebook is that they constantly push you to pay them for people to actually SEE your work. That's never going to happen from me! I'm a Yorkshire lass.... we don't spend money unless we have to right? Facebook even tries to get you to pay for more likers! What? So even if you see someone with 1,000's of page likes it's not a reflection on real people who have genuinely liked your page!

My blog is free... so why should I?
No... the best way for people to see your work is by LIKING, SHARING and COMMENTING.
You can help me out here (Puts a really cute, smiley face on)  https://www.facebook.com/InspiredByScript


TWITTER

Ohhhhh Twitter.... and tweeting and all that stuff. Nope, try as I might, I just don't 'get it'. Me and Twitter never really hit it off when it first came out... and I'm no further forward. I think the problem I have with it is, it's more for words than pictures... I'm much more a picture kinda gal, which is why.... https://twitter.com/SuePixieSimpson

PINTEREST is the place for me. It's over flowing with creative people. I'm not sure whether it's a good marketing tool and whether I'll ever get any customers from it... but it sure as hell is a great place to have your pictures shared and inspire others.

I not only have boards for my own work, but colour inspiration boards for couples as well as boards for great recipes, inspirational quotations, out and about, garden ideas as well as creative boards for my arty friends.

Pinterest is a virtual pin board and  an absolute must for me!
Find our pinterest board here if you haven't already
http://www.pinterest.com/pixiesuesimpson/

Well.... that's Social Media covered..... but there's oodles of other stuff we need to learn too. Apart from building the website,  we need to keep on track of HOW people these days actually use the internet, how they find people, how they shop, how long people spend on your site, visitor to sales conversion rates, In-bound marketing, Search Engine Optimisation....Zzzzzzzzz.... have I sent you to sleep yet?

For the most part, that vast majority of people work by trial and error.
With my own website, I try something for a month... so how the visitor stats go and then change it. It's all very much swings and roundabouts and as soon as you've learnt one thing... the industry has canged and you've gotta learn something new.


One thing I know... pictures gain far more interest than words. No-one wants to read anything these days. My first website was VERY wordy, this one less so and there are others that rely solely on pictures with the smallest amount of words possible.

Perhaps it's the way of the world? 
This instant everything. 

Perhaps we need to be kept amused and entertained? 

Perhaps we are bored with the old ways and need constant stimulation?

What's your thoughts and feelings on this? Do you have the same issues too?
Feel free to comment below or send me an email to inspiredbyscript@yahoo.co.uk
I'd love to hear from you on this one!


Saturday, 27 September 2014

A Vintage Style Wedding Dress for under £45!

O.K. I admit it.... I'm not really a dress kinda gal. I'm normally found in jeans as they are much more practical around the studio. However, this year the hot, sunny weather seem to have gone to my head a little bit and I've bought not 1, but 4 new dresses! The latest from Lindy Bop has to be my all time favourite! The most gorgeous shade of turquoise ever and covered in butterflies.... gorgeous! 


Anyway... I bet you are wondering where this is leading yes? Well, after buying a dress from them and seeing the amazing quality of the the dress, the fabric and the finishing I just had to have another little look-see and there it was! the


The dress details are:
AN ELEGANT VINTAGE 1950's INSPIRED SWING DRESS BROUGHT TO YOU BY LINDY BOP.


DRESS FEATURES:

  • FLARED SKIRT SECTION.
  • GOOD QUALITY SATIN FABRIC. NOT TOO LIGHTWEIGHT AND NOT TOO SHINY WITH A LITTLE STRETCHINESS TO IT.
  • SIDE POCKETS.
  • RUCHED BUST. 
  • HIDDEN SIDE ZIP.
  • AN IDEAL DRESS FOR PROMS, WEDDINGS / BRIDESMAIDS OR OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
  • AVAILABLE IN PALE GOLD OR IVORY.
  • A PETTICOAT IS REQUIRED TO GET THE LOOK IN THE PICTURE. 

And all for a bargain price of less than £45! Yes... you heard that right!
And what's really great about this dress is it comes in loads of colours and patterns and would make a stunning Bridesmaid Dress!

So if you're into Vintage, 50's, swing.... pop over and take a look at their fab website!



Friday, 26 September 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY! - Those little extras!

I HEAR YOIU SAYING......

So..... what do you mean by 
Little Extras?

We have been asked for and made, 
many different items over the years. 


This page shows just a few of them :-)


Our tags are great  for people who want
 to make things themselves and add a bit of 
personalisation to their WEDDING FAVOURS or

anything else you-may have in mind.  



The quotation reads
"All because two people met,
and fell in love"

But you can have any quotation printed that floats your boat.

Here they are being used on mini buckets, 

filled with love hearts ... cute aren't they?



Probably the most popular quotation I have ever come across....
 I have lettered this on paper, canvas and greeting cards that many times I've lost count.


'Two souls with a single thought,

Two hearts that beat as one'


And here it is used on a mini candle favour. Light a candle, make a wish....

Candle_favour

Now..... these I just HAVE to share with you. A client came in having an Easter Wedding and wanted me to make some egg cups, so that she could use them as both her Wedding Favours AND her place cards. We first tried wood.... but they didn't turn out so well.... then we found some china pens... this is the result...And I have made many more since then. The Bride added a Kinder Egg, bought in bulk from a wholesalers. FAB IDEA!


WEDDING SIGNS in paper, wood and card are increasingly popular. These signs below are made from MDF. The size of the board and therefore the cost is determined by how many words you want on them. Prices for these start at just £7.50


WISHING or BLESSING TREES are largely taking place over guest books these days. There's something magical about writing out a *WISH* and tying it to a tree for the happy couple to be....


I made these tags which can be personalised 

and a message of your own choosing can be added. 



Here's a close-up with some brightly coloured stuffed hearts. You could hang MDF or wooden hearts if your Wedding is more VINTAGE or SHABBY CHIC.

I hire the Wishing Trees out, but the tags look just as good hanging from twisted hazel or willow, available from most florists, popped in a jar :-)

A word of caution though, which might be a blessing or a bind... the willow will root pretty well in water.... as I found out when I tried this at the shop!

Strewn with battery powered fairy lights these look magical! 


I know a lot of Brides are into DIY these days to save a bit of money wherever they can... these personalised Wedding Tags can be glued to larger more colourful pieces of card and a cut out paper butterfly can look pretty cool! 


You can make them any size you want.


We produce all kinds of printed and foiled items. 

The only limit is your imagination 

Prices are based on size and not quantity 
Wishing Tree Tags for example
Start from as little as 45p each
Even less if you are 
using your own ribbon.


WE ALSO PROVIDE.....
Table name cards....
Gift ideas..... 
Table number cards.....
and LOTS MORE!


So.... if you are looking for something entirely different
and have an idea or 2... give us a call and we'll see what we can do.

As always.... contact us for further details.
If you live in North Yorkshire, you can call into the studio
288a High Street, Northallerton DL7 8DW

If you live some distance away...
call us on 01609 776 866 


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