Vacation Mode: On!

Vacation Mode: On

Hello! I’d like to share that I will be taking a little hiatus from 9/21 - 10/21 to get married and enjoy our honeymoon (!!!). In order to be fully present during this special time, I have decided to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode.

If you are a wholesale buyer, please note that all wholesale fulfillment will come to a halt starting this Friday and continuing until 10/21. You will still have the ability to place orders, either through the wholesale shop or by email, but they will not be shipped until my return.

As a one-woman show, it’s a tad daunting to take a step back like this, but life is calling and I can’t resist the urge to take some time for myself and soon-to-be husband. I greatly appreciate your patience during this period and expect to return later this fall with tons of creative energy and a very full heart.

- Ashley

Renegade Craft Fair Fall Preview

And just like that, Labor Day has passed and fall is on the horizon. It's shaping up to be an eventful season and I'll be kicking things off this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. This is my fourth time participating in their fall fair on Division Street and it's always my favorite market of the year. Besides getting to sell a few blocks from home, meet my loyal supporters and make new friends, it's the perfect opportunity to discover new and amazing brands.

Here are a few that I've been eyeing and hope to check out...

I'm such a sucker for jewelry and homewares, but am always so impressed with the diversity of products at markets like this. There's something for everyone and definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. I provided more details below and you can find additional info and a full list of vendors here. Hope to see you there!

Fall Inspiration

I officially have fall on the mind. I never like to rush through the seasons, but given that today marks one month until I get married in Colorado, I really can't help myself. I’m ready to see the leaves start to change colors and in the meantime, I’m busy dreaming up new products for the shop.

Right now I’m itching to get back to a mostly neutral palette with maybe a touch of rust or terra cotta here and there. My goal is to let the paper and printing be the focal point of my next release and to incorporate more screen-printed products. 

Fall mood board by Evermore Paper Co.

Image sources: jumpsuit | shapes | dining | invite | figures | seating

My Best Business Advice

This past Sunday marked the five year anniversary of when I first launched Evermore on Etsy. I can’t believe how quickly this time has flown by and it has me feeling nostalgic for those earlier days and how I wish I knew everything then, that I know now.

Of course that would take all the fun out of this journey, right? I often get so caught up in the day-to-day that I forget to acknowledge just how far this little business of mine has come. To think that I basically had zero graphic design and photography skills when I first started is beyond astonishing. Seriously, what place did I have starting a stationery business?

The answer is actually very straightforward. My heart was in it and I loved paper products. I believed that as long as I was designing products that were a reflection of myself and something I would use personally, then the rest would fall into place. And slowly and surely it has.

My best business advice | Evermore Paper Co.

So there you have it! My best advice for anyone just getting started (and a good reminder for those a few years in, like me) is to be true to yourself and trust your instincts. I believe that if you do this, others will take notice of your passion and be more inclined to become fans themselves. It's one of the core principles of my business and a reason why my work has evolved so much since the beginning. It is 100% a reflection of me and my interests and as I change and grow, so does it.

Thanks so much for being a supporter and allowing me to share a part of myself with you. As a reminder, the anniversary sale continues through the end of today with 20% off everything. Enter code HIGHFIVE at checkout.

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

Over the years, I have acquired an arsenal of planners, notepads and notebooks. They’re the stationery products I covet the most and I always justify my purchases by designating a specific use for each one. For example, “Oh, I’ll use this one to track work-related tasks and this one for home projects.”

As a result, all of my most important ideas, tasks and projects are spread across no fewer than 3 journals. My current system can easily be described as organized chaos. And to no surprise, it’s no longer working for me and my growing need to simplify and have everything in one place. Sound familiar to anyone?

3 Simple Bullet Journal Templates

In comes bullet journaling. I’ve known about this system for some time, but have always felt a little intimidated by the methodical nature of this practice and fearful that I’ll abandon it after a week or two. However, I’ve decided to give it a go at last and have been taking baby steps. First, I started using this habit tracker last year. And now, I’m testing out a few different weekly log designs with the hopes that the process will stick.

And since I figured I’m not alone, I thought I’d share three templates that I developed using this grid notepad. There’s one for tracking your weekly tasks/notes/goals, another for your daily schedule and lastly, one for logging your daily habits, water intake and sleep patterns. Like I said, I’m starting small, but hopefully with time I’ll work my way up to filling this notebook. So tell me, are you a BuJo expert and do you have any tips for a newbie like me?

Current Mood: Relaxed + Refined

Here's a peek at the mood board that is serving as the inspiration behind my SS18 collection. As we ease into spring, I am embracing each extra minute of daylight and the sense of renewal that comes with the season. I always feel so hopeful at this time of year and am looking forward to seeing the first buds begin to appear. In the meantime, I am working to channel these emotions into my new designs in a way that is effortless, yet refined. My goal is to create pieces that will seamlessly fit into your life and make you extra excited to tackle each day and celebrate all the wonderful moments that come along the way.

spring mood board | evermore paper co

Image sources: flowers sweater | workspace | kitchenware | nude shadewoman sketch | all others are original works from my new collection