03 February, 2011

Why "pulp + palette"?

pulp + palette
invitations | Heirloom Paper Goods

I'm sure there's been at least 1 of you out there that have wondered how I came up with the name "pulp + palette".  Let me tell you, it wasn't easy.  There are about 7,291 words in the English {and French} language that I love so much and at least 93% of them were shortlisted to be at least 1 word in my new business name.  I went through list upon list of the things that I love and tried to find words to associate with them.  I thought and I pondered and I lost sleep.  And then, in a flash, without thought or contemplation, pulp & palette were the 2 words that hit me, all at once.  I put the 2 together, thought about how I could use them, and there you go.

I wanted my name to represent my design in 2 different ways:

1} Pulp:  I'm learning the art of the letterpress and "pulp" made the cut because of my obsession love for cotton rag paper/card stock, which, is a common choice of card stock among letterpress printers.  I'll certainly stock plenty of it.  Oh, and as a side note, once I'm comfortable and confident in my skills as a letterpress printer {I'm slowly getting there}, then letterpress will be the main printing option that I'll offer.

2} Palette:  This word encompasses all of the other design aspects that I'll cover on my revamped blog.  From all sorts of interior design {one of my favourite forms of design} to DiY, my revamped blog will be my chronicles of my own DiY projects or projects that at some point, I want to tackle.  I will say this now, at the risk of losing blog members and/or not gaining any new ones, I will have very little posts regarding weddings and even less posts regarding fashion.  I'm not the typical girl.  Fashion is probably the very last thing on my list of priorities, so I'm not going to take time to write about it. Weddings?  Well, I love them, indeed I do.  But, I'm going to focus more on lifestyle and design.  Wedding inspiration boards? No. I won't have them. And I'll keep the reasons why I won't, to myself.  But, I will have Lifestyle boards.  More on those in a later post.

So, there you have it.  That's the reason why I chose pulp + palette.

02 February, 2011

pulp + palette

As you can see, and some of you already know, times they are a changin'.

Because our family made a huge cross country move, from Melbourne, to the middle of the Australian Outback, I had to seriously evaluate The Paper Couturière and the feasibility of continuing to offer a custom design service for my clients.  Given the fact that I'm about 2 1/2 hours away from Darwin, the next major town around, I knew that custom design would no longer be an option.  So the next best thing would be to offer a range of already designed invites, solely online, where the client can personalise with wording, fonts & colours.  So far I've designed 20 suites, but I will continue to add to the collection in the effort of keeping the collection fresh and new.

Not only will pulp + palette offer fun, fresh, clean, and beautiful invitations, I've also decided to extend my range to what I call "Heirloom Paper Goods".  Why Heirloom Paper Goods, you ask?  The thought came from my love of treasured items that are passed down within a family.  From a christening gown, to a beautiful piece of jewelry, all the way to love notes passed between great-grandparents, a classic book, and recipe cards that hold the beautiful handwriting of our great-grandmothers, not to mention the delicious family recipes.  With that tradition in mind, and because I have such an affinity for collecting items that have come through my own family tree, I decided my 3 new collections would consist of recipe cards; book plates & notecards.

Each of these 3 collections will consist of at least 20-30 designs and will be sold in individual packs.  The details of which, I'm not entirely sure as this is currently all still unfolding.  But they will be sold on high quality heavy weight cardstock, which will be both acid and lignin free.  Which means that through the years, the card stock will not break down, will not yellow, and will not harm any other priceless possessions that they're stored with {ie. other paper, photographs, etc}.

As of now, the website is still under construction.  My old website is not getting a facelift at all...I'm starting all over from scratch to better reflect the new business, the paper goods that I'll be offering and to better reflect where I want the business to go in the future.  A new blog will be coming along with that new website. Details of which, will come in time.

A couple things to keep in mind:

1) I will be phasing out my Facebook page for The Paper Couturière, and eventually closing that page down.  I have started a new page for pulp + palette and I would love for you to like that page so you can stay up to date with what's happening.  It's a very exciting time now and I don't want anyone to miss out on anything.

2) Probably tonight, I'll be changing my Twitter account from @papercouturiere to @pulp&palette.  Please, I ask that you pass this information to anyone that you may "tweet" with or otherwise know.  I don't want anyone to think that I've closed my account when I've just changed my "handle".

3) For now, my blog will remain The Paper Couturière.  I'll get around to changing the name in the next couple of days, but my redesigned blog will be launched when the new website is launched, hopefully in the next couple of months.

Again, thank you so much for all of the support you've given to me and The Paper Couturière the past couple of years.  It's been a learning experience for sure, but with the pulp + palette, I want to take it to the next level, the next 10 levels.  I want to provide a new service that Australian brides have yet to receive... a beautiful quality design on the finest card stock available, with printing methods that aren't readily available with online boutiques.  {More on this later.}  And also to offer classic, timeless, heirloom paper goods that grow more meaningful with age.

This is just the start.  Subsequent blog posts will detail more information as I get it.  Please, join me on this exciting journey.  I'd love to have you there with me. :)