Wednesday, 15 October 2014

5 places I will never tire of travelling to

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Hello everybody!

You might be wondering where I've been hiding recently (all 2 of you who read my blog...) but rest assured I've been beavering away behind the scenes producing something exciting...

Drum roll...

...I've just launched my new series of  prints, called 'Paper Cities and Places' and my online print shop !

They're high quality reproductions of my original paper-cut artwork which is inspired by my love of Scandinavian modern minimal design and, of course, my love of these awesome cities and places.

So here they are, all 5 of my favourite places, which I hope you will share your love of with me!

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Sometimes, when you're a freelancer working for yourself, little things like this mean so much.  Like when you click the button to make a new website go live, or send a client their new designs or work, or see your new prints come off the press at the printers - there's nothing like that feeling. Hmm actually there is, it's like when you receive your order in a restaurant and the food surpasses your vision. It's exciting.

When I left full time work and started on the journey of being self employed and making this new little brand called Angie B Studio there was a huge part of me that wondered if I'd ever be able to do this. There was a huge part of me that gave me a whack around the head and told me I was an idiot. There is still a huge part of me that wonders every morning, but I saw this quote recently and it really meant something to me and kind of summed up why I started all this back in the early beginning...and why I keep going.

'There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living' - Nelson Mandela.


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There are many reasons why I love these 5 places, but here a quick few to inspire you to visit if you haven't yet ...

1.  New York ::  I never had a particular interest to visit New York, I thought it would be too big, too packed, too busy, but it really exceeded my expectations and was nothing like the idea I had in my mind. It blew me away.

2.  London ::  Now, some might think London is similar to New York, but you'd be so wrong, that's like saying Chocolate Ice Cream is like Lemon Sorbet.  London is a completely different character, it's urban, it's diverse, it's grungy, but that's what's so great about it - it's so full of history.

3.  Paris ::  The real city of love - Paris has a delicate, sophisticated sense and style to it, it makes you walk with such a spring in your step - like you're in love while chomping on a baguette.

4.  Syndey::  It's a city that has such an amazing sense of optimism, innovation and of forward movement, Sydney-siders know where they're going - if not usually straight to the beach after work! ...oh gee wiz take me back to that beautiful city!

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5.  St Ives::  St Ives may not be a city, but it's a very special place to me.  It's somewhere that always sparks a creative period in my work and I can really see why, in years gone by, it has always been a colony for creatives. The Tate Modern and the Barbara Hepworth Gallery there are so inspiring.

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So there it is - I'm sure I'll add some more cities as I've been getting lots of requests, have a look through my shop which is now open full of prints and cards and lots more! - come and say hello! www.angiebstudio.bigcartel.com

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this project so far and especially to the creative @mistersullivan (www.mistersullivan.co.uk) who not only loaned his new home and painted floorboards to my photo shoot for the prints, but also his very talented camera skills which far surpass my instagram ones! Thank you.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

3 tips on designing your business or wedding stationery

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/ new business cards to give to my friendliest friends and new clients /
So you're a new business, and need a business cards to give to new customers or clients to make them see how awesome you are...

Or,...you're getting married, and need some fancy cards to pop in the mail for your friends and family?


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/ loved designing these cards for a special couple, choosing recycled material cards for that ethereal look! /
Whatever your printed needs may be, help is at hand! Here are my 3 tips to getting some awesome printed stationery for whatever your printed needs may be! AND 10% if you do!

{This post isn't sponsored by the way folks, I mention Moo.com quite a bit and I just wanted to explain that I'm just sharing this because Moo.com have helped me get my business moving forward so much over the last 4 years I would not have got here without them, so thanks to them I'm now passing this on to you!}

1. Visit Moo.com
They make uploading and ordering cards a cinch! (www.moo.com) They have heaps of templates to choose from and this rather nifty little 'design in screen' gadget that makes setting up your business cards easy peasy if you don't have a designer to help you. The paper they print on is also superior quality and feels ace...(the feel of paper is so important, right?)

2.  Contact a designer
If you'd rather a custom personalised design, and a little more help, then grab a designer, someone friendly like me (or someone else, there are heaps of talented ones out there and they will always provide a no obligation quote), and tell them all the lovely inspiration you have! 

3.  Get the right file format
I do all the fancy designery stuff and digitise your design and then send it to you in what's called PDF file that the nice people at Moo.com can print from. They like PDF files because a PDF file can show the right colours (CMYK) and any bleed and crop marks that they'll need for your design.  If you don't have a PDF file a JPEG file set up as CMYK colours will do nicely also.

Don't worry if that all sounds like gobboldygook! If getting business or personal stationery is holding you up from getting things produced and moving forward I can help you get back on track!

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a selection of some pops of pink in this little montage of recent work, creations and my new spotty shirt from Boden which makes me feel like a candy bar.
Plus if you share by Retweeting this post on Twitter, I'll give you 10% off my business card or wedding stationery services throughout October! (contact me on mail@angiebstudio.com to let me know when you've done it!)


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And here's a 10% off code to use with the lovely print folk at Moo.com if you do want to get designing yourself! >> click here 

Whatever your printing needs, I'm always happy to advise or point you in the direction of someone who can!

Cheerio for now, I'm off in search of biscuits.
AB 
x

PS: Say hello if you liked this blog post at mail@angiebstudio.com