With Easter right around the corner (well, for most of you!) I thought I would share this fun tutorial I created a few years back.
Here is what you’ll need:
1. Start by sealing the wooden eggs with an all-purpose sealer. This will ensure the paint goes on evenly. Let the eggs dry for a couple of minutes. Continue by tracing the silhouettes on the contact paper. Once you have all the silhouettes traced, start cutting their outlines with x-acto knife or scissors.
2. Next, start painting the eggs your favorite color (remember this first coat is the color your silhouettes will be – so if you want white silhouettes, your first coat should be white). Let the eggs dry.
3. Peel off the back and stick the silhouette on the egg. Burnish the outside edges with your thumb. This will keep the dye from penetrating – resulting in a sharp silhouette.
5. Apply a second color over the entire egg, covering the silhouettes. This second color could vary from egg to egg. Allow them to dry for about 2-5 minutes. Start to pill the sticker and violá! You just made silhouette Easter eggs!
Tip 1: with a fine tip brush touch up the silhouettes to ensure crisp edges.
Tip 2: you can reuse the cut out silhouettes more than once.
Or...as I like to call it, things I like to buy for myself. Which is what gift guides are all about, right? Now, click share and send this guide to the person in charge of your gift :)
1. Jo Malone perfume (my favorite is orange blossom...) | 2. Mother - Daughter Necklace set (it's a bestseller for a reason) | 3. Eberjey Kimono robe | 4. Baies Scented candle (I am obsessed) | 5. Sugar Paper Stationery (any of it, all of it!) | 6. Silhouette Charm Organic Bangles | 7. Silhouette Locket (the new heirloom mom will obsess over) | 8. J crew bag (umm...because blush!)
A few months ago I decided to discontinue one of our best selling products, the Silhouette Locket. It was a difficult decision to make but I did that because although a beautiful product, we had received many emails back from customers worried of it being ruined if in contact with water. Unlike any of our other products, our silhouette locket used to be constructed of paper and resin (sealer) which although beautiful didn't completely meet our standards. Since the day I decided to discontinue the original locket, I started researching and designing a new locket. I wanted the new locket to be waterproof but also constructed of the best materials possible.
Our new Silhouette Locket is constructed entirely of fine sterling silver and it features laser engraved silhouettes inside the locket. It is entirely waterproof and destined to become a new favorite heirloom.
The small size is comparable to our old mini lockets and can accommodate up to 2 silhouettes (one per side).
The medium locket can accommodate up to 4 silhouettes (2 per side as shown in the picture above). The large locket can accommodate up to 6 silhouettes (3 per side).
To order click on any of the images above.
Today is your birthday. You turned 5 years old! Five!! In your words, "you're a big kid now!" In mine, "excuse me while I sob forever!" 😭 Seriously though, why did you have to grow so fast? You are my baby! Can you stay little forever?
You have the most amazing personality. The things you say stop me in my tracks...daily. Like the other day when you took a good look at me and proceeded to saying "Mom, you look old " Come again 👂? I know you love me and didn't mean to stab me right in the gut but seriously kiddo!! Why?!
You make the funniest facial expressions. I think you took that from me....definitely! Just look at this picture. It only took me 20 tries to get a semi-descent one 😆 You love school and are soooo loyal to your friends. You take every word so literally. You ask so many questions and always ponder on our answers...because no matter what we say, you have a better answer. We love you to the moon and back and we can't imagine life without you in it, sweet boy!
Happy 5th birthday, John! Looking forward to celebrating you today and forever.
It's crazy to think back 9 years ago. Those early beginnings sure we humbling but I couldn't be prouder of them. They made today possible! I wanted to celebrate our past 9 years and the future of Le Papier Studio with a grand giveaway! To participate head over to our Instagram page.
I thought a lot before deciding to write this post. Most of what I write about are thoughts that come from personal experiences, so I wanted to be as raw and open as possible.
In the 9 years of running my business I've had my fair share of lesson learned (mostly good!) and unfortunately some disappointments, especially in regards to stolen work, copied for profit and credit not given when needed. I've always been one to extend my knowledge and experience to those starting out online. To this day I stand for inspiring and empowering women in business.
Having my work copied for profit has happened more than once and although I understand how easy it actually is for someone to get "inspired" by another person's work, it still surprises me people can think they can get away with it. Unlike some big company, when someone copies my work, it is personal, it hits me right in the gut. I am my business, the story behind it, the one running it, creating everything from the ground up, I am the face of it...and eventually the one who would be affected the most.
So what's someone to do to stay ahead of the competition and how do you answer to someone copying your work? Here are 5 ways to deal with copycats and make sure you're ahead of the game.
1. They may copy the "looks" of your business, but they will never copy the heart of it! This is the most important thing to keep in mind. Instead of focusing and spending precious hours worrying about it, put your unique creative mind to work and come up with your next awesome thing. One can't copy your unique one-of-a-kind story, your voice - no matter how hard they tried. They can't be you!
2. Reach out to the offender privately. Last month I found that another business had copied my pictures, product descriptions word for word, our about us page, colors, graphics, everything but my business name. It was the worst case to date and I was angry! I wanted to immediately comment on her pictures online and call her out publicly. Instead I tried hard to refrain, step away and take a moment to process. My dear husband always advises me to take the "nicer" route and contact the offender first. Long story short I had my lawyer email her with a firm but straightforward cease and desist letter. She took the images down and stopped copying my work.
3. Educate them while you're at it. It may seem strange but some people aren't aware of the harm they are causing by copying your work - to both businesses actually. Take a moment to offer your expertise on this subject. In my case, the woman copying me had been in business for a few years but had recently switched to this line of work.
4. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. As the idiom explains, some might think of imitation and copying as flattering but I refuse to accept it or agree with it. Sure someone can draw inspiration from your work, but I think it's rude to blatantly copy one's work for profit.
5. Stay ahead of the game. I am well aware of the fact that someone can copy my work, the looks of it but what they can't come near is my strategies, my resources and capabilities to continue to grow. In analyzing the ways you can stay ahead of your competition, make a point in focusing on developing your skills, assets and bettering your resources - doing so will leave your competition months if not years behind.
Has this happened to you? I'd love to hear how you've dealt with it. Leave a comment on this instagram post.
I always enjoy reading inspirational books especially in the earlier months of the year. Resolutions and goals are still fresh in our minds and the desire to achieve more productivity at all times high. This year (so far) I've enjoyed these books...and I highly recommend them to you as well.
This book by Erin Loechner is an eye opener for all who've made a living/explored an online career, feel burned out and incomplete...I love her perspective on chasing the slow life and ditching the never ending chase for "the perfect" and "do-it-all".
(image by Design for Mankind)
An incredible book by Shauna Niequist on friends, relationships and the meals that bring all together and make it happen. This book reminds me so much of my upbringing, how food and hospitality was part of where I come from and the joy it all brings to one's life. What better way to take care of one another and strengthen relationships than around the table while having a meal and meaningful conversations.
Simon Sinek is a favorite author and speaker of mine. I came to know his work through his famous TED Talk "Start with WHY" and have been following his work ever since. On Leaders Eat Last he discusses what it takes for good leaders to exist in this world and what makes them good leaders. It's simple, when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader’s vision and their organization’s interests. It’s amazing how well it works. And it can be applied at any part of our lives...
Today we are asking Aschley Fish (the mom blogger behind, Raising Happy Littles) to share the story behind her blog. She will also be sharing her thoughts on working with us on her custom order.
For those who don't know you, tell us a bit about your blog.
Raising Happy Littles is a "mom blog" where I talk about the challenges and incredible moments that come with motherhood. I tend to turn to humor in moments of challenge so there's sure to be plenty of that in the future!
How and why did you start blogging?
I started the blog because I love writing and wasn't getting my creative output fulfilled in other places in my life (read: gluing pieces of construction paper onto another paper to make yet another kind of tree wasn't doing it for me.) I have another blog that I'd done when I was younger about my journey with depression and I had loved connecting with other people in the same boat as myself and since being a mom is the center of my personal universe now, I'm always up to converse about it with others going through the same things!
I love that your blog has a personal story behind it and that you use it to connect with other moms going through a similar journey. Besides connecting with other moms in this crazy ride of motherhood, what other goals do you have with the blog?
My number one goal in motherhood is to raise genuinely good human beings that have a strong sense of self and are happy with who they are. Raising Happy Littles will eventually be, in writing form, the journey to doing that.
Amen to that! Speaking of raising good and happy humans, you recently commissioned us to create a custom necklace for you. Can you share a bit about the process?
I love working with Le Papier Studio! The process when I got my first necklace was more complicated than it is now, but I still loved it because it involved emailing a photo to a genuine person (what?!) and getting an actual personal reply (whhhhhat?!!) I was so excited and immediately knew I was going to get something of genuine quality.
I had a silhouette of my son on a necklace and even though I know it's good practice to take jewelry off and put it back on after showering, as I became pregnant with baby #2 I got a bit lazy and started wearing it continually. I can say with full confidence that that necklace was the quality I'd hoped because it looked just as beautiful as the day it arrived even after almost a year (and childbirth).
That's wonderful to hear, Aschley! Glad you're treasuring your necklace and you're happy with its quality. Tell us, what value does this necklace add to your life?
I got a new necklace when my daughter was old enough to take a nice silhouette photo and I got an updated one of my son. They're the mini charms on a chain and it's like having both of my children on my heart all the time. I treasure them so much and love when people ask what they are when they're observing from a distance. I can't even count how many times someone has said "They're actually your kids?!" when I've responded by showing them closer up which charm is which child. I recently lost my younger sister to a long battle with cancer and couldn't think of a better gift for my mom than a necklace of her silhouette so that she could keep her baby on her heart just like I do mine. I just have to say to Vana and everyone at Le Papier Studio: Thank you for the beautiful art you create. It's such a special and unique piece I have and that, now, my own mother has. The work that is put into the products is clear and having something handmade from your own memories is not common. I am very deeply impressed with this company!
Thank you so much Aschley! That makes me so happy to hear! It is out mission to foster the happy and special moments in life through each and every piece of work we put out there. So glad you could share your story with us today!
Ashley is wearing our Tiny Silhouette Charm Necklace (customized with her two littles' silhouettes)