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:)