We have yet another thing in common. I, too, am addicted to office supplies. What with all these addictions, I am bound to be committed, huh? (I love double entendres, don`t you?)
As I mentioned on the Startupbucks board the other day - work doesn`t happen unless I know where my pencil is...but not just any pencil. No. It must be my Pentel Twist Erase 0.7 pencil. :)
You REALLY want to get their attention? Address them in calligraphy. Stop! Before you utter those words I know are coming - "R@ - this is crazier than human taxidermy!" - it`s not as hard as it sounds - or you think.
I`m also a calligrapher - taught myself, started at age 12. Just kept practicing and practicing through the years and have a pretty good and fast calligraphy hand. Do 3-4 wedding gigs a year - envelopes and sometimes the whole package - just a hobby. But seriously, reading your posts and comments the last month or so, knowing the biz you`re in - I bet you can do it - with some practice.
Try it. Even if you only do a few special ones to special clients, you will blow them away when they receive it. Ask MeLissa - she`s in the wedding biz - she knows how they go goo-goo over calligraphy.
Later - R@
PS - came in pretty handy back in the dating days
Yep. He`s right. That`s actually something I want to teach myself so that I can send direct mail "invitations" to brides whom I meet at bridal shows, etc. and, of course, so that I can provide the service to interested clients... Anything with calligraphy means "important" and "worthy of opening." :)
Richard - did you use a specific course that you can recommend?
When I started doing calligraphy, I didn`t even know there were courses out there - or books (the Internet wasn`t even a thought in Al Gore`s head yet). I started copying Old English style lettering (the hardest of them all - IMHO) with just a regular ball point pen. As time went on, I did discover some books on the subject and bought my first pen, nibs and India ink (made plenty of messes with that ink!). Back in the days when it was all "dip the pen in the ink" and you really had to learn how much to dip and the pressure was really important then - Ahh - the good old days.
I really couldn`t tell you all the books and manuals I have. I would have to pull them off the shelves and sit down and list them - many are just artsy books from people who incorporate calligraphy into their art form and others are on the ancient styles from past civilizations.
There are some really good and simple starter manuals out there. Learn and practice the basics of a simple style. Choose a style you like. When you get right down to it, the 26 letters of the alphabet are made up of very few strokes - just different combinations. Learn those strokes, the rest is easy.
One good trick - practice, practice, practice on unlined paper that you can see through and use a lined guideline underneath. The goal being to get away from the lines as soon as possible - writing in a straight line - because when you start addressing envelopes, you won`t have any lines to go by. And you don`t want to be using any ghost-lines as a guide that you have to go back and erase - you`ll never get many addresses done.
Later - R@
PS - to answer Kim`s question about office supply stuff - you guessed it - I like calligraphy pens and supplies and books and related items.
Well, when I was a little girl, I loved office supplies. Tried my hand at the calligraphy, but couldn`t get the ink and pressure part figured out. Then just realized it was a fancy letter, so I gave up. I forgot about the old english text, so that was that.
As far as my favorite office product . . . hmm.....I`d have to say ALL OF THEM. At ages too young to remember, I remember going to the office supply store next to my church. All the cool things on display were just amazing.
So here I am a mother of two and a wife of 20+ years and guess what I do for my living?? Other than making Eric mad about the ratings system on SUN, that is . . . I SELL office supplies. All of them. Just like Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and all the rest. I guess I just couldn`t get away from them. Now, whenever I see something cool, I just order it. From . . . Me!! How cool is that . . .
Anyone want a catalog . . . I`ve got lots. Just shoot me a note with your address and I`ll get one out to you. You can enjoy your goodies, just like the rest of us.
My favorite office supply or item has to be that little staple remover that when you press down it makes a clicking sound. I like it because it helps me come up with ideas and keeps me occupied when I am not doing anytihing. At times I catch myself clicking away when I am on the phone with my clients...