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How to Turn On (Or Off) Vacation Brain

  We’re all been there: you’ve been busting your butt the entire wedding season and you’re so exhausted that you’ve started having nightmares about forgetting your DSLR at home, writing guest names wrong on the escort cards, or forgetting to move cocktail hour from the bar to outside. You need a vacation, my dear, and you […]

May 3, 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 Calligrapher’s Christmas Wish List

  Who else is excited about the holidays?! I was just saying to a friend that this holiday season seems much more cheerful than last year. And maybe it’s because I’m living in a place that actually has seasons (I still love you, Florida!), but it feels more like the holidays this year, too. People […]

November 30, 2017

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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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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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Stationery Photography: Take Control of the Photos of Your Work

  A few months back, I participated in an amazing styled shoot. I was on location for this one (sometimes I’m not able to be due to the location of the shoot) and I got to hang out with vendors I’d never worked with before. The photographer was the sweetest; she was so open to direction, […]

September 22, 2017

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