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This afternoon I went to Hobby Lobby to purchase supplies for an upcoming order. As I was checking out the clerk told me that per a new company policy, I would need to verify my tax-exempt status the next time I came into the store in order for them to issue me a new card with a one-year expiration date (customers now need to re-“apply” for a new card every year). In order to guarantee customer compliance, the clerk was also required to keep my original card. As a prior accountant and HR manager, I understand the reason and necessity for such a policy, and I am perfectly willing to follow the rules and complete the verification process.
However (and you may think I am silly), I found myself just a little bit sentimental about the fact that I would no longer have my worn, battered, and well-loved Hobby Lobby card. In some ways, it is a representation of how proud I was to start my own small business and how exciting it was to have the privilege of purchasing supplies for business projects tax-free. I have used it numerous times over the past six years, and it definitely shows some battle scars, but now I must bid farewell with many fond memories.
*I must add that I really appreciate Hobby Lobby for having a relatively painless process for tax-exempt purchases in comparison to several other stores. It is so helpful to have a card to represent your tax-exempt status instead of having to bring an exemption certificate or look up your business information every single time you make a purchase. This new policy makes it a little bit more complicated, but as I said above, I completely understand why it is necessary. Hobby Lobby is and will remain one of my very favorite local places to find supplies for my business. 🙂
I may have written before about how I thought of the idea to start Simply Rosy, but I think I have simplified it in the past, so here is the full story! It all began when I was planning my own wedding. I have always loved paper-crafting (origami, scrapbooking, etc.), so when looking at invitations, I was drawn to those that had layered paper. In fact, I fell in love with a Paper Source custom design that I saw featured in a bridal magazine.
However, almost everyone I could find who did layered paper designs charged an arm and a leg for them, and like most brides, I was on a budget and could not spend that much for the invitations. The design I liked (one backing layer with a patterned paper band around the middle) seemed fairly simple to make, especially considering that I had paper-crafting experience. I even knew which patterned paper I would want to use, since I wanted something in neutral colors with a floral pattern, and I had always loved Anna Griffin’s “Repousse” pattern.
So, the next step was to work on finding paper suppliers. I started by contacting Paper Source, who referred me to their Kansas City store, since they didn’t have a physical store near me. Annie, their rep in Kansas City at the time, was FANTASTIC! She helped me figure out what pieces I would need, and sent me samples of different colors for the main part of the invitation and the backing piece.
From those samples, I made a mock-up of what I wanted, and my husband (then fiancé) approved the design. I absolutely adored the Luxe line of cardstock that had a subtle texture similar to watercolor paper, so I calculated how much paper I would need. In order to save some money, I ordered the huge “half sheets” of Luxe cardstock at 19.5″ x 27.5″, and planned to cut them down at Kinko’s using their professional rotary paper cutters.
None of the colored papers that Annie had sent matched closely enough to work for the backing layer, so I bought reams of cardstock from an office supply store that had 4 different colors (one was taupe that I used for the backing layer, and I still have about 3 reams worth of those other colors stashed in my “paper closet”…6.5 years later, haha!). If I had just been planning to use the “Repousse” paper for the band, I wouldn’t have needed very much; however, I wanted to make coordinating envelope liners, so I needed a large quantity. I found an online scrapbooking store (Oak Leaf Acre, the website doesn’t seem to exist anymore) that sold scrapbook paper in bulk for a discount.
I also wanted to use double envelopes, which proved to be fairly difficult to find at the time, but I finally discovered that Action Envelopes carried them, so I was able to order my envelopes there. I ordered return address and monogram embossers from AcornSales.com to use for the back of the envelopes and ceremony programs respectively, and my future Mother-in-Law helped me find a local stationery store that carried the tissue paper liners. For my save-the-dates, I just bought some cream, linen-textured card & envelope sets from a local craft store, printed the main info on the right-hand side, and used a coordinating hydrangea rubber stamp from Anna Griffin to decorate the left side, which was a fairly simple project.
Assembling the wedding invitations proved to be much more complicated, but luckily I did have some help from my sister, who was my Maid of Honor. Cutting the huge Luxe sheets at Kinko’s took quite a bit of time, but the personal paper cutter I bought to use for the other pieces was not as accurate. Plus, I cannot even tell you how many of those little double-sided adhesive cartridges from the scrapbooking section that I went through; that alone made the invitations cost significantly more than I had calculated (but still less expensive than purchasing custom ones). Oh, what I would have given to have my professional paper cutter and ATG adhesive gun then!
The envelope liners also were a daunting task, but my father, who is an architect and very familiar with using an Exacto knife, took over that project and finished much faster than I could have. We had a family night (actually a couple, I think) at my apartment to finish assembling the invitations and addressing/stuffing envelopes, and thank goodness I had several other people there to help, because it made the project a fun family event instead of feeling overwhelmed doing it by myself.
Looking back, I realize now that they were technically far from perfect; however, they are sentimentally still one of my favorite projects. I learned so much and felt a huge sense of accomplishment from doing them myself. It was also wonderful to hear so many compliments from family and friends, which is really what encouraged me to start my own small/home business making invitations. It is definitely a great way to satisfy my paper obsession!
One of my very closest friends is hosting a charity art show on 9/23. I’ll be there, and I hope you will too! Facebook Event Page – Premiere 23
“An evening for Artists to give back to the community!
Several artists will be displayed throughout the evening with work for sale. They have graciously donated pieces to be auctioned off, and the proceeds from the auction will go exclusively to the North Texas Food Bank.
The evening is by invitation only, so if you wish to come email Alexis Boots at: firstname.lastname@example.org There will be a $20 door fee and raffled items in addition to the auction which starts at 8:30. The attire is cocktail, the event will be catered – including beer and wine, and children will stay home, so arrange your sitter ASAP and we all hope to see you there!
Sponsored by: Red Kru Productions”
If I haven’t said it before, I absolutely love the store Paper Source. It was actually one of the first online stores that inspired me to make my own wedding invitations once I saw one of their custom invitation designs in a wedding magazine as well as their beautiful textured paper line called “Luxe”. They were also incredible with customer service – willing to talk to me on the phone for hours and send color samples to make sure everything was just right once I did make my order.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when they opened a store in my area a few years ago, and yet again, their papers inspired the invitation for my son’s baby dedication. In the Luxe line, they have the palest blue color called Frost that I thought was perfect for a baby boy invitation/announcement/etc (they also have a pale pink called Blush and a pale green called Glass), and I have always loved their solid PS Collection Chocolate cardstock. I didn’t make many invitations for his dedication, just mainly for his grandparents and aunts/uncles, so I felt free to do something a little more detailed than “the usual”.
When my Mother-in-Law and I shopped for his outfit (she does that for all of her grandchildren along with a nice portrait session, which is so sweet), we found the most adorable little old-fashioned outfit that suited him perfectly, and my favorite part was the buttons at the waist, so I added a ribbon and button detail to mimic that part of his outfit. I also hand-stamped crosses onto plain vellum with a metallic pearl pigment ink to wrap around the invitation, and used Chocolate envelopes from Paper Source for the final touch. Even those few invitations took quite a while to complete, but I think the end result was worth it!
Well, our little one decided to come a little early. He is absolutely precious, and I am so excited to finally be a mother. So amazing, I can’t even describe it! It has been a whirlwind the last couple weeks, and I’m sure it will get even more hectic.
If you hadn’t guessed, I will be taking off quite a bit of time to enjoy my little baby boy. I will still be checking email, but will not be accepting new orders at this time.
I’m having a baby! We are so excited, and even though it is silly, I’m already thinking about designing the baby announcement, haha!
I am not sure yet how exactly this will affect invitation production. Though I will still be accepting orders, I’m sure I will have to slow down a bit. I guess we will just play it by ear.