Thursday, 23 October 2014

FREE SAVE THE DATE CARDS!


FREE SAVE THE DATE CARDS! - Have you (or a friend)  set a date yet? Click the link and fill out the on-line form for your chance to *WIN*FREE* Save the date cards. BE QUICK! Offer closes 31st October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Cat friendly candles

A bit 'Off Topic' here I know...
but look what my lovely man brought home for me tonight...

Some cat friendly candles!



I know that they look like real flame, but they aren't.
They are simply LAD lights, powered by battery, inside a wax core.

They are totally safe and perfect for Wedding Tables don't you think? 

These were bought from The Range, but we've seen them elsewhere too.
Do a Google search for Living Flame Candles :-) 

Sue x

Facebook for businesses.... is it dead?

I trust these people implicitly ... but I'm still not so sure :-( 




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!


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