Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BLOGGER BUSINESS CARDS

I'm going to my first blogger conference this weekend.  I'm all sorts of excited/nervous.  I'm not sure exactly what to expect, but if reading about other bloggers going to conferences has taught me anything, it's that you need a pretty cool business card.  This one from A Ruffled Life has got to be my favorite.  It's spunky and comes with a fun accessory.

When I first started thinking about business cards, I convinced myself that two things would make them awesome: letterpress and custom design.  I scoured the internet for reasonable options, but I didn't have the extra funds available to make that big of an investment.  There is no way I could spend hundreds of dollars on business cards.  Especially not when I wasn't even sure what I wanted my tagline to be or design to look like.  It was too much of a commitment.

However, I did know that I wanted something unique that I could add my own spin to.  I had designed some business cards a year or so ago that looked ok, so I thought I would try my hand at making an updated version.  I did all the designing in PicMonkey.  I want to stress that I know nothing about graphic design nor am I particularly computer savvy (which may be apparent).  That's why PicMonkey is so perfect.  It's fairly easy to use, and I did everything for free.  They may look more homemade, but that's ok.

Once I designed my card, I did a lot of research on where to print it.  I printed my previous cards with VistaPrint or 123 printing or something.  They were ok and only $2.99 for 100, so I can't complain much.  Then I stumbled on Moo.  They have a great inexpensive option for printing on super thick, matte cardstock.  Holding them just feels fancy.  I couldn't be more impressed with their product and presentation.  (And no, this is not a sponsored post.  I just really like their product.)


They were delivered like this.  In a box labeled "Yay!" 


Then there was another box with a ribbon and seal.  Talk about stellar presentation. 


The box unfolded and there were my business cards, nestled nicely in.


I would have done a few things differently on the front of the card if I had it to do all over again.  Namely, all my info is pretty small.  It's ok when you're holding the card in front of you, but I think next time I could increase the font size a bit.  I do like how there are just a few pops of color against the black and white, though.


The saying on the back of the card is something I debated for a while.  I wanted to put something unique.  I was going to have a few different sayings, like "This is going to be a great day", "This is your time", etc., but I ended up with just using this one. 

I decided to keep it simple on the front of my card with just "Blog + Shop", so I wanted to give a little more flavor in the back.  This is a motto I hold very dear to my heart, so I decided to go for it.  Who cares if others think it's silly, right?


I figured the cards needed a little something extra (and who doesn't like something for free?), so I taped a bobby pin to about 20 of the cards to give to people who really catch my fancy:)  I thought this would be a fun way to show the types of things I make in my shop.

Now I just have to be bold enough to actually talk to people:)

28 comments:

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  2. I'm going to GBS too! I was so nervous last year and it ended up being a great time. I'm still a little nervous for this year, but I know we'll have a good time. I like the unique touch of the quote on your business cards. It'll set them apart from the rest! See you Friday! -Elle

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  3. These are so cute!! I don't think I have the design skills to make my own, but I love what you've done with yours!

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  4. Happy blog conference to you!! I went to one in the fall and of course I had to go the quirky+cheap route when it came to business cards. These were mine: http://www.therandomwritings.com/2013/09/me-at-blog-conference.html

    Have fun! Be brave!

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  5. I love the saying you chose for the back! Have fun at the conference!!
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  6. I love those cards! The design is so simple, colorful, and fun. The only flaw I see is that the print should probably be a little bigger like you mentioned. They are very unique and cute. I might have some business cards someday, but I would definitely design and print them myself. I just couldn't get myself to spend hundreds on a project I could work on at home.
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  7. Your cards look really great! I am definitely impressed! They are so cute and the design is very unique!

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  8. Love the cards!!! Such a clean and simple design, they are perfect :)

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  9. They're BRILLIANT Kari, and I'm incredibly impressed that you designed them yourself. And the box and everything looks very professional. The beautiful bobby pin is a great idea. I do hope you have a good time at the conference. CJ xx

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  10. SO SO cute! you did a great job and everyone at GBS is going to love them! i also print mine at moo and love the way the look and feel! excited to see you this weekend :)

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  11. Excited to hear about your weekend adventures! The cards are awesome!

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  12. They look great! Can't wait to meet you this weekend. I'm so so excited!

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  13. such gorgeous cards! haha loved your post!

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  14. Love the cards! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  15. I LOVE your cards and am excited to check out your Etsy shop too :) it was great meeting you this weekend too!

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  16. I LOVE them! The line on the back is perfect. God job!!

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  17. These are some nice business cards! I must up my game ;)

    Heidi x

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  18. These cards look lovely, and it's very cool to hear that you designed them in Picmonkey!

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