Hello everyone! I am sure some of you received this post in your email and realized, “Wow, I haven’t seen a post from Invites by Jen in a while.” Well, you are right – it has been a while, but I have had some major changes in my life this week that will allow me to be able to post more regularly!
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Ok, on to the big change that occurred this week. As of Monday, Invites by Jen became full-time! I will still be working part-time from home for my former company, but only for a while as they transition into their own new adventure. So between now and the first of the year (when Invites by Jen will become EXTREMELY busy) I am just trying to get organized. This means, however, that Monday marked the fact that my dream became a reality and therefore I will now be able to blog (among other business tasks I will have to keep myself busy)!
With this change also came a new home, first time homebuyers nonetheless. Part of the desire to buy this particular house was due to the fact that there was an unfinished, walk-up attic (we estimate it will add about 500 sq. ft. to our house when finished). As soon as we saw this, it was very apparent how perfect the space would be for Invites by Jen’s very own studio. The drawback to it right now is that the space is still an unfinished, walk-up attic and Invites by Jen has had to set up a temporary shop in one of the spare bedrooms on 6 ft banquet tables.
Also, most everything (besides my computer) is still packed up in boxes in the other spare bedroom across the hallway – this can lead to very unproductive time during the day. I have found myself spending up to an hour trying to figure out where I packed my square punches (for instance). Therefore, although I promised to post card recipes, I will just have to keep you on the edge of your seats for those until I can get things unpacked (either in my temporary room or the studio). The good news is that we just received notification that the windows we ordered are in and my hubby will be picking those up and installing them this weekend! I will then be one step closer to my new workspace!
As far as things that I have done this week – well, besides breaking one of the banquet tables trying to rearrange my work space, the biggest thing I have worked on is starting to post items in my new stationery store called JCass Designs (http://www.jcassdesigns.etsy.com/). I decided to open JCass Designs in order to separate my invitation designs from my everyday stationery designs. I based the name around a nickname I was given at my former workplace – the inventor of this particular nickname was very proud to help in the design of my new business (as he should be)!
This week I focused on getting a couple desk calendars designed and also a few personalized note cards (including Christmas cards) designed. The desk calendars (especially the one where customers can customize with their own pictures) will make great holiday gifts, or just a simple treat for your own desk space. They measure about 4.75 x 5.5 and come enclosed in a clear case (which doubles as the stand).
The note cards are some of my favorite items though – first of all, they are personalized. This means you can put your name, someone else’s name, or a simple phrase like “thank you” on the cards. They are also blank on the inside, which allows you to write the card out to suite any occasion you need (birthday, congratulations, etc)!
Since they are 4Bar in size (3.5 x 5 when finished) they are the perfect size where you could simply write “thank you” on the inside and send it on. I find them very helpful when I just want to write a quick note to someone thanking them for something they did or said. Or even just a simple “how’s it going” note on the inside to send to someone I haven’t talked to in a while.
In any case, I have much more to come in the stationery store – I envision handmade recipe card packs, additional note card and calendar designs, personalized mailing labels and envelope seals, and so on. Basically anything you would make out of paper!
As far as Invites by Jen goes, I did add a new design to my lineup this week. I had someone contact me regarding designing them a fall-oriented invitation. I ended up making her a couple different options, but because I liked how one of them turned out, I added it as a sample option!
I named it the “Melinda” invitation set. It features not only my textured paper, but also a layer of metallic paper (the first invite design I have included a metallic on). It is embellished with a ribbon and, along with the leaf motif at the top, there is an initial monogram to further personalize the set.
Now that I am full-time I will be able to create many more invitation designs — I have so many good ideas that have been building up in my brain! Therefore, I will have more to come very soon.
My Stampin’ Up! world is also going to be picking up soon – I plan on starting my classes after the first of the year, so watch for a schedule to come out around Christmas! However, I am still continuing each month with my product shares. October’s product share featured the Polkadot Grosgrain ribbon in the In-Colors (my favorite ribbon by far right now). The UPS man delivered the goodies yesterday, so I will be working on packaging them up for everyone that participated. Watch your inbox for November’s product share!
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This weekend I am hoping to unpack some of my crafting goodies out of the room across the hallway. I will post again next week with the progress I am making!
Take care everyone!