Welcome! My name is Heather Joy. My passion for being creative began earlier than I can remember. I love all things involved with home decor, vintage, fabric, and paper. Through blogging, I hope to inspire you to craft.
Meet Lillian! She authors the blog Unstiched, where she writes about all the things that unstitch her! Check out her amazing travels, well-curated columns on travel, interiors, and creative date ideas, just to name a few. We met via BlogShop last summer and have been blogging friends ever since. I was lucky enough to hang out with her lots at Alt, and she's even planning a trip back to Portland soon!
Today, she's here to share the most clever business card idea!
What is one of your favorite DIY project that you've made and what inspired you to make it?
I made these bookmark business cards for Alt this year. They were inspired by a bookmark I picked up at a castle in Prague, and I just thought - they were so easy to make and they look so interesting and unique! Plus, all the attendees had such pretty cards, so I'm glad I stepped it up a notch.
Did you know right away that you wanted to use the wood tag? Who made the tags and were they expensive?
The wood tag was the perfect way to get my blog name and address on the bookmark in a tasteful way. They're made by Etsy sellerRoberto Sand, who is fantastic to work with and who prices his work really reasonably.
Did you love it on the first try? Or did it take a few attempts until you were happy with the result?
It is such an easy DIY, there wasn't much of a learning curve. The biggest "trick" is to be sure to measure the string to the proper length of the book - you want to make sure that it's long enough (plus a little extra string for gluing) for the length of a typical book spine, but you also don't want it to be too long and dangle. Once you have that measurement, it's pretty easy.
Are you still going to use this business card (if you have anymore!)? Or are they special to Alt?
I don't think I'll make any more business cards because I ran out of the vintage keys! I still have extra wooden tags, so I'll have to think up another creative way to use them. But I still want to make different versions of these bookmarks and maybe sell them...so stay tuned!
What were did people say when you handed them your cute card?
Everyone at Alt was so sweet - they all said such nice comments. I think they were excited to receive a little goody bag. And I'm glad that I gave them not only my card, but also something they could use!
Rate the difficulty level on a scale from one (total craft novice - super easy) to 5 (crafter extraordinaire required - very difficult)
One. I'm not super crafty either, so this is perfect for anyone who's just starting out. All it takes is glue, string, and some charms!
Is there anything else you would to share about DIY business cards? There are so many creative business cards out there these days; I'd definitely recommend doing some research for some ideas. It's so important to give out a thoughtful business card that people will want to keep; let them feel like it's a work of art! And, by doing some sort of DIY with it, it really gives it a nice personal touch.