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When Success Brings You Pain

This post isn’t a how-to guide to alleviating your problems, like some of my other posts. This post exists because I felt it was important to share this moment in my life. To let you know that you’re not alone – that whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for a while, being a […]

February 15, 2018

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The Business Hierarchy of Needs

    How do you know what your business needs to survive? I’ve been mulling over that question myself since I officially started Sablewood three years ago, and after much trial and error, I think I’ve found the answer. This isn’t a guide to marketing yourself (that will come later), but this IS the first […]

January 25, 2018

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The Comparison Conundrum

  Let me make something super clear right off the bat: comparing yourself to others is something that everyone struggles with. Every. One. (My husband hates when I speak in absolutes, but I think it’s safe to do so for the above statement.) And just so you understand the importance of this, I’m going to bold […]

January 18, 2018

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The Golden Rule of Client Interaction

How can you start having better relationships with clients? Let’s start off this week by getting a show of hands: how many of you have run into a problem of some kind with a client in the past? How many of you have dealt with a demanding client? How many of you have had to […]

November 2, 2017

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The Stationery Pricing Taboo, Part IV

  “You’re more of an artist than a stationer,” my husband said to me last week. I blushed a little bit (little ol’ me? an artist?!) and agreed half-heartedly, but I wasn’t sure. Am I an artist? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I am an artist. And if you’re reading […]

October 26, 2017

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Postage: How it Can Take Your Invitations to the Next Level

Postage. Yikes. How do you choose the postage for your invitations? Does the thought of the post office send your blood pressure skyrocketing? Or do you just walk into said post office and request a roll of stamps? (I sure hope not!) Some of you may be thinking, “Wait, there’s more than one kind of […]

October 19, 2017

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The Stationery Pricing Taboo, Part III

Now that we understand WHY it’s important to create industry standard pricing, how do other professionals price their work? Well, this week I have a special treat for you: you’re going to hear from other calligraphers and stationers who have struggled with pricing and come out the other side! Everyone has amazing advice for you […]

October 12, 2017

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The Stationery Pricing Taboo, Part II

And we’re baaack with Part II of IV! This one is…long (as always!). Here, I’m going to go over a base system for pricing. There are no hard-and-fast rules for pricing and this isn’t a foolproof method in that it doesn’t work for every project, but it should hold you over with the basics until […]

October 5, 2017

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The Stationery Pricing Taboo, Part I

What IS it about pricing in the stationery industry?! Yeesh. Something about this topic makes for some really heated arguments. Some people are adamant about not sharing any pricing with anyone except paying clients, while others freely give out information on their pricing structure and sometimes help newbie stationers price their projects. So…who’s right here? […]

September 28, 2017

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Digital Housekeeping: How It Made Me Happier

Buckle up, y’all. I recently did a digital housekeeping thing, and it was ahhh-mazing. Ready for it?

September 18, 2017

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