Fun Friday's - New Year's Resolutions/Goals for 2015

Happy New Year everyone!  I know I'm a week late but better late than never, Well, I told you guys in Wednesday's blog that I would be writing today's blog about New Year's Resolutions.  When it dawned on me today that I hadn't done my blog yet, my friend reminded me that maybe my number one resolution should be - Do Blogs when I say I'm going too.  Isn't she funny - NOT!

As some of you may remember, one of the biggest turning points for my business was attending Stationery Academy for the first time in Dallas, Texas.  Well, in December, my good friend Jennifer Faught, president of Stationery Academy,sent out our planning sheets for 2015.  The first task was to list my top three goals for 2015 and 3 things under each goal that needed to be accomplished to complete the goal.  Here are mine:

The next task was to divide my goals into the 12 months.  My problem with that was that I know in order to have a wholesale line for people to purchase for Christmas 2015, I need to have that catalog in people's hands by May.  That means I need to work on those three items - NOW.  I also know that in order to get ahead of the wedding season for this year, I need to be working with venues and planners - NOW.  So, the 12 month plan doesn't work for me this year.  It just means - very little sleep.

If you have checked out my website lately, you will notice that item #3 under - Redo My Website has been completed.  My friend, Elle McCann, a web designer in Wilmington, NC, is currently working on the first two items for me.  I have also already found my first vendor spotlight - Samantha Mason - Old South Vintage Rentals.  My hope is to have the vendor spotlight up and running by February 1st and it will include wedding vendors of all types: Planners, Cake Designers, Venues, Florists, Photographers and Videographers.  If you work in one of these fields and would like to be a part of my spotlight, please contact me.

As far as goal#2, I met with Samie Roberts - Something Perfect Charlotteyesterday to explain exactly what I can offer her brides.  We originally met when she was a guest at my Launch Party in November.  Look for her to be one of my vendor spotlights in the near future. I am also happy to be working with Tara West, event planner with the Pine Island Country Club and Skyline Terrace.  Today, with some of my very good friends, I worked on 450 sets of invitation samples for the venue.  As a result of working with Tara and the Skyline Terrace, I created several new Charlotte skyline invitations and a tailgate invitation that will tie in great with the awesome view of the city from the terrace.

That leaves my third and final goal for 2015.  As you know, I currently have cute notebooks, notepads, disposable coasters, calendars and lucite trays for sale.  As well as expanding those lines, I will be working on a new stationery line for both adults and children and fun new gift and wine tags.  If you have checked out my etsy shoplately, you know that my favorite styles are nautical, beach, rustic, vineyard and low country.  If you have a favorite shop that you think would love to carry my products, please let me know.  I would love to contact them.

Well, those are my three main goals for 2015.  As my readers and my friends, I am asking you to hold me accountable.  Each month, I will be posting a blog that gives you an update on how my goals are going.  As with any goal: any ideas, thoughts and support to get me to completion is appreciated.

Until next time, have a great weekend!


Fun Friday's - Countdown to Christmas

I went to the Apple Store at the mall on Tuesday and it took me 15 minutes to find a parking place.  It was November 11th and the malls were already packed with shoppers and believe it or not, the kids were in line to see Santa.  At this rate, everyone is going to be finished shopping before Black Friday gets here. Sadly, I can tell you that I haven't started.  I have, however, been busily working on new gifts for you to purchase as you dwindle down your shopping list. For those of you that know me, you will recognize my style in this year's line.  All of the pictures below can be found on my etsy shop:  LaurieLouisshop.  We have added a lot of new items over the last week so if you haven't checked out the shop lately, it's time to go back.  We have new disposable coasters (don't forget the customized ones though), cute spiral notebooks and notepads for your desk and purses, as well as fun, graphic design desktop calendars.  This 12-month calendar has one unique style for each month...and sits on a clear easel.

Of course what would a Holiday Line be without the Holiday...disposable coasters just in time for those celebrations and assorted gift tags to decorate those packages.

But for those of you shopping for men this Christmas, I did some online investigating as to what the top gifts for 2014 are for men. Of course, most of the lists had laptops, iPads and gaming tablets and the new iPhones. What also seems to be very popular are fitness trackers that you wear like a watch. This year definitely seems to be a techi Christmas for guys.

And for those of you that haven't thought about your holiday cards yet, it's only 40 days until Christmas. Check out my etsy shop, I have some great Christmas card designs and if you purchase them between now and December 1st, you can also purchase the option to have them addressed, stamped and mailed for you.

Happy Holidays! Laurie

Fun Fridays - Back to School

For the past few days, I have seen picture after picture of my friends children as they get ready for their first day of school.  New clothes, new shoes, new school supplies, new teachers and in some cases, new schools. In their honor, today's Fun Friday post is a Free Printable of Book Labels.

Click on the red Free Printable link above and print.  These can be printed on regular paper and attached to a book with adhesive found at most craft stores, or you can print them on full sheets of stickers and cut accordingly.

Good luck kids and parents on their first day of school.