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Avie Paper Products

October 10, 2008

I meet a lot of people who have websites or shops on sites like Etsy and DaWanda but they do not have a business card. Let’s all work together to change this okay? Maybe indie artists and designers feel uncomfortable passing them around but really it’s how we can maintain contact with those we meet on the street. Don’t be shy! It’s okay to be proud of your business and to share what you’re doing that makes your little heart sing and beat extra hard!

Avie Paper Products

I think women tend to hold back a little sometimes, don’t you? Maybe the idea is that? offering a business card comes across as desperate or aggressive perhaps? Do you think that this is the case? I don’t believe so. I think people want to know who we are and how they can reach us after the conversation if they need to. Most of us are so forgetful and busy that cards actually help us to remember prior conversations. Many times I’ve had great conversations with people and days later wished I could remember their name but because they didn’t give me a business card and my memory failed me, I was unable to get in contact with them.

Avie Paper Products

When I spoke at the DaWanda blogging event a few weeks back in Berlin, lots of people asked me how to offer a business card in conversation without coming across a bit arrogant or pushy. I advised that you can simply hand someone your card after an introduction is made and say, “If you’d like to stay in touch or reach me online, here’s my card”, and that’s pretty much it. I find only about 40% of those I’m meeting in Germany who run a small business online have an actual business card. Many at the DaWanda event did not have a card and I wish they had because I met so many that I would have loved to have looked up online now.

Don’t have business cards… Now to get to the real meat of this post. How to change that for $15 or less! :)

Avie Paper Products

Meet Avis Wampler who runs Avie, a small paper goods company. Avis wrote to me last week to introduce her paper shop but I noticed that she contacted all the blogs so everyone wrote about her at once. I thought since she must have gotten hit with a lot of orders and traffic that I’d wait a week and blog about her today. Time to share her with the decor8 audience. :)

What I like about Avie’s shop is that she creates quick and easy calling cards that you can hand out to those who ask you where they can find you or the things that you make online.

Avie Paper Products

No name, no mailing address, no phone number, no problem… Just your website. Once there, people can find all the rest of that information anyway. If you don’t have a business card this is your chance for only $15. Remember if you don’t talk about (and share) what you do no one else will, right?

Avie Paper Products

She also stocks cards that have more information on them like the Bright Type Calling Cards and the Birdie Cards. I like how crisp and clean they are.

Avie Paper Products

There are also pretty 2009 calendars if you aren’t currently looking for business cards and graphic notepads… Too cute. Avie we love your shop!

(images from avie)


  • Reply Diana October 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    She has beautiful cards! I remember hating handing out business cards until the day my mother told me “You’re a photographer, you should have your photographs on your cards!” She was right! I think that when you have pretty cards it feels like you’re sharing a little piece of art with someone, rather than being pushy about your business.

    Dianas last blog post: The ‘Net

  • Reply Dee October 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    As a children’s illustrator, having a business card is an unspoken requirement. One event I attended that reinforced this was a national conference. Everyone was swapping like crazy! Everyone was trying to collect everyone else, just to see the unique illustration or design of their card. After that event, I had no less than 300 business cards. A Bonus was that many people blogged about who they had met, etc….so others got free boosts of traffic to their websites! I still have some of my favorite cards up on my inspiration boards, just because they’re such a pleasure to look at. Others have become very good online friends, because we were able to reconnect after the conference!

    I still carry my cards with me wherever I go, and have ended up handing them out to unexpected people. You never know where your next opportunity will come from!

    Dees last blog post: Butterflies in the Belly

  • Reply goshery October 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I have business cards that simply state my Etsy web address and a short tag line, that’s it. I made it as cute as possible so that it attracts attention, then I ask people to post them in their company break rooms. They are hole punched and tied with ribbon and then put on a ring, so if people are interested they can just take one off the ring. The ring can be hung on a push pin, so if I’m asking someone to post them they simply have to hang them up. I just started doing this so I don’t know if it will be successful but I hope so!

    gosherys last blog post: Holiday creations

  • Reply Jenn October 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I love this shop too! I gave 2 of her stationery sets to friends for Christmas last year and they loved them… if they weren’t already personalized when I got them I probably would’ve had a hard time giving them up! The custom envelopes are the coolest ;)

    Jenns last blog post: A Ghoulish Giveaway

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 10, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I seriously love those and am going to order some. I have some business cards and love having them, but these are fantastic – they’re trendy and cute so they will make handing them out a pleasure. Thank you!!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: A Little Friday Gratitude – Mother

  • Reply Tara October 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I bought cards from her last month and they are amazing!!!!! The card stock was better than I thought it would be considering the great price. I love that I can hand out a card with just my name and number.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente October 10, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I love her shop too! Her cards and calendar are adorable!
    Love it!

  • Reply magikquilter October 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    They are great cards but an unforseen problem of writing about it a week later may be that she sold most of her stock earlier in the week …..and totally sold out of the few she had left today!

    Diana has an interesting point about her photos on her cards. I am doing the same with some of the quilts I designed…having part of the quilt on the card….Moo does it in partnership with flickr which makes it easy.

    magikquilters last blog post: Sparkly Thursday

  • Reply magikquilter October 11, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Holly… Avie updated her shop with new cards after I contacted her….I bought some so that I have a variety of cards… many thanks

    magikquilters last blog post: Sparkly Thursday

  • Reply Claudia October 11, 2008 at 4:12 am

    These business cards are the simplest and cutest thing! Thanks for the info!
    Talking about papers- Holly, about german stationery firms, check Bindewerk, Transehe Design and IdeenReiche, I discovered them last week (and blogged about that), they have lovely stuff!

  • Reply marie October 11, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Hi Holly, remember me from the Dawanda-Workshop? Green dressed girl with huge strawberry-earrings…. well, afterwards i build up my own new blog. And now i have to get some businesscards as well. There you see how inspiring you are! It was realy great to meet you. and i hope you visit Denmark soon ;)

    maries last blog post: Coco De Mer

  • Reply Ana Cunha-Busch October 11, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I found her work very sweet, but unfonantelly I live in Germany and not in the USA, that could be a problem, takes some time the whole stuff to arrive, but thaks for the typ anyways…

  • Reply Monica October 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I just placed in order for website cards. Thanks Holly for posting about Avie! Although, I’m not selling anything I think that having cards for my blog is an advantage. That way I’m not constantly writing my site on napkins LOL:)

    Monicas last blog post: Positively Polite

  • Reply Jo October 11, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    magikquilter, we love the minicards as well. We think it is great that they let you put a different image on each card, like a fan deck for your products!

    Jos last blog post: Feature Friday ? Rubber stamp designer

  • Reply Charlotte Tollst October 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I order website cards from Avie just a couple of minutes ago!
    I cant wait to get them!

    Thanks Holly for the info about Avie as I didnt know about her before.

    Charlotte Tollst?ns last blog post: Friday

  • Reply Catherine at Design Editor October 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Great idea and adorable designs to boot!

    Catherine at Design Editors last blog post: Watson Kennedy…by Kennedy Watson

  • Reply Christina October 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea. I’ve thought about it, but didn’t want to “go there” but now I feel better about printing cards for myself. I don’t have a shop (yet) but I have had people ask me about my bags, nursing cover-ups, etc when out and about and I would have loved to have a card to give them so they could find the free patterns and such on my blog. I think i’ll do this!

    Christinas last blog post: The CSO is Clean!

  • Reply Wendy October 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Great post, I love calling cards and just ordered these awesome matchbook style ones last week from storybymia on etsy

    I have ordered from her before and her work is awesome.

    Wendys last blog post: A Day in the Neighborhood

  • Reply michelle October 13, 2008 at 6:53 am

    I love the creative designs on these cards. They make you feel happy just looking at them!
    I especially love this set:
    Very cool indeed.

  • Reply annkent October 13, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I do not presently have a card; however, have been thinking that I need one, even if it simply carries my etsy shop name and blog name. Thank you for the resource!

  • Reply ruth October 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Hi I was wondering, would any one know how to put the following details in 1 card? It seems to be a really weird combination but I can’t have more then 1 card either… help (So I can start getting my own fab biz card!)?

    blog add
    etsy store add
    and that i write free lance


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  • Reply ruth October 20, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks Holly! That seemed to simple suddenly! :)

    ruths last blog post: More cupcakes!

  • Reply magikquilter October 21, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Wow you really helped Ruth there Holly! I thought I would let Decor8 readers know that I just received the website cards from Avie and am SO happy with them. They came in less than 10 days to Australia…the end of the earth almost posting wise and she has free shipping even to here!!!!

    See them here on my flickr….am SO HAPPY Holly…. thanks heaps…. small things can make such a difference…so much delight for under $20!!!

    magikquilters last blog post: Congratulations Kara

  • Reply Monica October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I just got my cards in & wanted to share them with you.
    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

    Monicas last blog post: L’Oreal Fashion Week

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