A new book by BreeAnna Rae…visit her blog here: http://breeannarae.com/
A new book by BreeAnna Rae…visit her blog here: http://breeannarae.com/
I have been spending time going over old invitation designs, adjusting them, and creating a new consistant layout, information and design on my Etsy shop. I’m hoping after the holidays I’ll be able to draw more people to find me and my work. Im going to be offering printed, letterpress, and soon screen-printed invitations. The way it works, is you buy the design you’re most interested in, then I will make a custom listing for the buyer based off their quantity and any extra/custom pieces they may want. That original price will cover their mockup and a sample invitation set as they’ve ordered it shipped to them for review.
What do you think?
(Click on the “Etsy link” on the right of the blog to visit my actual shop.)
Made to match the goooorgeous cake designed by Artisan Cake Company:
This is a interview of me from the Raw Show…I dont think they showcased all the stuff I had very well, but its still a cool video :) Would love to know what you guys think of my first video “debut”. :)
Where do I even start? So much is happenin’ with Nimbi this month, and TODAY, that I’m like overwhelmed. So exciting though!
So here I go:
My shop and work is featured starting TODAY on Papernstitch.com. So go check it out…and you’ll see I’m having a promotion right now on the site, but you can only get the secret code and details if you click on my shop via Papernstith.com! So click above!! :) And spread the love!
I am a featured artist on RAW: Portland’s facebook page, so check it out HERE. And also don’t forget if you want to help support me, and Nimbi, to click on this link: http://www.rawartists.org/portland/fusion and BE SURE TO choose “Nimbi Design” in the pulldown on the right (where it says “General Admission” when you buy a ticket to the show. This shows that your supporting me and my work. Even if you can’t make it, the donation of buying a ticket helps. I know a couple friends have done that, that live out of state, and I REALLY appreciate it! This is how it becomes a low-no cost to me, by getting friends to support me and buy a $10 ticket to the event. Here are more details about the upcoming show!!
(Thats me!! ^ up there! Check out this link to see my Artist page on RAW: CLICK HERE
THIRD!! This is my 100th blog post on Nimbi!! And I must say a good one at that! What a way to celebrate!
So much fun stuff!! Im in the process of getting SOOO much more ready for both my Etsy shop, and for the show. So be sure to check it out and if you can I’d appreciate and ReTweets or facebook share’s on this!!
Thanks for all the love!! Excited to show you more, and all thats coming this month!!
Design + Craft + <3
I have put up just a few of the selection of letterpress designs I am going to offer at my Etsy shop. New designs being made into plates soon as well. It’s funny when you think “I’m going to offer ____.” on your Etsy shop, but then you realize there is a way you have to make enough to show for your shop display on that item, without over making stuff, and still showing options. The best I could come up with was showing a blank print with no ink color, and 1 with a ink color…so that I could crank out a few in one sitting I stuck with a blue ink to kinda match the background cloud images I use and sorta the Nimbi “theme”. So hopefully it looks good, and makes sense.
I also used my custom made Nimbi plate, that I illustrated and had sent off to make a plate. But because of the detail on it, Im a little hesitant to print it with ink, because I love how it looks without ink. So I might have another one sent off to be my “inking plate”…so that when I want a clean one I will know its going to be clean, and no hidden spots of ink hiding in the crevices.
So don’t forget to click on the link to my Etsy shop on the right sidebar and see more of what I got in the shop…more to come, but in the meantime this is my new designs so far:
So after a full day of taking a bunch of photos and uploading new items I’d been working on to my Etsy shop, I started getting a ton of Twitter, Facebook and e-mail messages about the new stuff. Which of course in turn got me really pumped and I haven’t been able to leave my office all day. I’ve added new necklaces, hair pieces (like above), cards, invitations and so much more. I really hope you like it and I hope things start selling soon! TO TOP IT OFF, I was messaged on Etsy by a Production Assistant for “RAW: natural born artists” of Portland, and they want me to be showcase for there August even at the Bossanova Ballroom showcasing my accessories. HOW EXCITING IS THAT? So not only will I be exhibited on Papernstitch next month, but may very well have a fashion show as well! :) Too exciting! Here is a little sneaky-peak at my new stuff, other than this you best click on the link to my etsy shop to see the rest! Enjoy!
I recently purchased a Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress Machine. I’ve been really excited to start letter pressing away on it, but after a few test runs, kept coming across things that were making the idea less “fun”. Seemed like cleaning the ink off of the tools was hard, especially with it being so tacky in texture. I purchased the wipes that you can use to clean, but it still took a little bit of elbow grease. Getting a clean consistent press every time was also frustrating, because you weren’t completely sure how to get an even amount of ink on every time for consistent presses. It’s also limiting on the size of papers it can take. For example…you can put a 5×7 card in the machine, but you have to protect the inside of the card from being pressed which can be somewhat difficult. I was determined to learn this tool, and figure out how to make it work. I found a great “how to” blog written by Boxcar Press, in Syracuse, NY. They have a full Letterpress and wanted to see how this little machine compared. They offered suggestions on ways to make it better, and I followed and was pleasantly surprised.
Boxcar will take your own designs and turn them into plates as well. Which is awesome because it allows for custom designs, so you don’t limit what you can do and offer with Lifestyle crafts options (though they have some greats plates). I ended up doing some wedding invites recently with my machine, and did just that. Custom ordered plates for them. It was my first attempt with new plates, and I highly recommend using Boxcar, and plan on using them more myself.
Here is a few shots of my process:
1. Placing the paper and guides where you want so the press will be on the same spot everytime.
2. Placing your plate in the correct place…only thing i’ve noticed is the presses don’t look good on top of each other. So I recommend avoiding layering, unless its the look your going for. Depending on your plate, I recommend taping the edges down to make sure the plate stays in place. The adhesive on the back has a tendency to pop off, and you dont want that to happen.
3. With your brayer, recommend replacing your kit brayer that comes with the machine with a bigger 6″ at least SOFT rubber brayer. It lays the ink nicer and helps with consistency, and help prevent too much error. (Boxcar also provides guides when you order you plate just ask, it can be helpful too). If you make a mistake outside of the plate, use the L Letterpress wipes, or baby wipes and just wipe it off.
4. Then close your plate. Then insert it into the Epic machine and turn the crank. I recommend going through twice…put in through once, and then take it back the opposite direction.
5. Lift the top and your press is done. You’ll want to put it to the side to let it dry. I recommend at least 24 hours.
All in all I think they turned out great for an “at-home” letterpress production. My biggest advice to help with the best prints:
1. KEEP your kits brayer…use it as your blender…Apply your ink to the clear ink palette, then use your red small brayer to roll the ink out. You want to spread it out as well as possible so that it looks completely even on the palette. THEN use your new soft rubber brayer (run about $17) and use that to roll it out even thinner. It will work perfectly when you roll it on your letterpress plate.
2. BEST solution to clean your ink off your new brayer and the palette…GOO GONE! So quick and easy. It breaks up the tacky ink so well. After that I use the L Letterpress Wipes to clean it all off, and then you only need to go through 1 wipe verses 10+. I went through tons of time cleaning with just the wipes and started to get cramps in my hands and it took forever. Then I thought of using GOO GONE, and it took seconds. No pain, and quick!
3. Totally recommend using Boxcar Press. They are amazing, friendly, and quick! Completely worth it!
Have fun Letterpressing!
After a long process of me organizing a bunch of items I have had ready for sale, by taking photographs and writing descriptions, and getting store policies and banners created. I FINALLY posted up my first 8 listings on my etsy.com shop. Now when people say “Oh! I need to check out your etsy!” I don’t have to put my head down and say “Weeell, I don’t exactly have anything UP on etsy….yet.” I have SO much more to put up, considering that the 8 items I have are only 8 of about 60+ necklace charms I have available, AND I have other categories. So small step forward, but really, a big step for me to feel motivated to push forward.
The biggest motivator was going to MacWorld in San Francisco. Not just the MacWorld event but being there with my friend Liz, who is now my “Accountabilabuddy”. I gave her a list of my goals and we now video chat in the evenings while we are both working on our business ventures. It’s like having that motivational friend with you, but you are both in your own comfy homes with all of your own tools and comforts. It really is helping to have a “coach” and someone to be accountable to. Much like working out…if your own brain doesn’t make you accountable, like mine, I can push things off and not focus on the things I really want and need to be focusing on. But now…I feel accountable to Liz. She knows what my goals are and my deadlines for myself and what I want to accomplish…so everyday while she’s working on her business, Artisan Cake Company, she can check on me and see what I’ve done. I got to say, actually being able to say “Guess what I accomplished today! PLUS!….” makes me feel so accomplished, and excited to keep pushing forward.
So, visit my Etsy! http://www.etsy.com/shop/NimbiDesign
I have somehow misplaced my camera uploader. And because of that I am lacking in images for my blog, even though I keep taking the pictures. I promise to have some serious blogging back up soon! It’s been sort of a crazy couple of weeks to keep up. But I’ll make up with old and new blogs soon. Sorry! But here is a quick little list of what has happened and what is going to happen soon:
Muse Poster Contest! Congrats to my friend Liz Marek, for winning!
Here is a video of me and Liz with MUSE (my fave band on the planet!)
Muse Announcing Poster Winner
I will have more pictures soon from this event and the gallery show opening the previous Thursday.
Also, I will be teaching a Card Making class at The Portland Paper Zone on April 17th! Check out the website http://www.paperzone.com/classes/calendar.cfm?Store=25 for more information on my class and others! Don’t forget to pre-sign up to receive a discount for you and your friends! Classes also include a 15% off coupon for anything in the store!
I’ll be posting up more images on my blog about the pieces I plan on selling in my soon to be Etsy.com shop. So stay tuned.
Im also looking for great office/craft space ideas, on ways other people organize their work area’s. I feel like Im at a loss on the best way to get started with my space. I will post a pic of what I have to work with and hopefully get some feedback from you guys on what would best suit my needs. :)
Muse Concert: AMAZING!! I just want to say that the band and their concert was probably the best experience I’ve had in a long time! They are incredible live, and again I have video and pics from their show that I plan on posting soon. Im hoping this weekend.
How-to’s on card making, and other projects coming soon! PROMISE! LOL!
Thanks for checking my blog, and I hope you keep coming back to check out more stuff soon.