Paper Cactus: Help keep my small business alive!

by Paper Cactus Prints in Torrington, England, United Kingdom

Paper Cactus: Help keep my small business alive!

£1,027

raised so far

25

supporters

I'd love some support through the COVID-19 pandemic to raise enough funds so I can continue to keep my small business going!

by Paper Cactus Prints in Torrington, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 10th July 2020 we'd raised £1,027 with 25 supporters in 34 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Hello!

Hi, I’m Sam a Devon-based designer, and owner of Paper Cactus Prints, a stationery business aiming to connect people with handcrafted, luxury wedding stationery and more!

Man on a mission

My main aim is to offer beautiful handmade stationery, catering for the DIY bride and groom with 'off the shelf' semi-custom designs as well as my bespoke wedding design service. I've spent many years working alongside luxury brands, which is where a ton of my inspiration comes from! I want my designs to look effortless, timeless and luxurious, sometimes with a quirky edge!

There's a lot of the same aesthetic in the online wedding invitation market right now and I want to jump in with extra oomph using original design and my own illustrations!

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A little bit more about me!

Since graduating with an advertising degree back in 2012 I have worked in several different roles, starting as a marketing intern for a luxury jewellery website, to becoming a senior designer which is where I found my true passion for design!

In May 2019 I took the plunge and went freelance full-time. Over that year I worked on many projects including; UX and web design, visual identity, branding, content creation, art direction, bespoke illustration, print work of all kinds, image retouching as well as visual merchandising and website management!

But...I found myself itching to create and do something that was mine, which I could pour my passion into, a real desire to grow and establish something, although I wasn't sure what!

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Friends getting hitched!

Being of an age where most of my friends are getting married (hello 30!) I stumbled into designing my fair share of wedding stationery. While I initially started doing this for friends, when word got out, I began designing fully bespoke wedding suites for clients! From invites and table plans, to save the dates and bridesmaid cards. Suffice to say I really enjoyed the whole process and so Paper Cactus Prints was born!

After a few months of planning, product testing and designing, I launched my first collection on Etsy at the beginning of this year (bad timing!) you can check it out here > MY STORE

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Where am I now?

It's been a learning curve, and I've loved developing this brand and tapping into the 'DIY Bride' lifestyle - Instagram and Pinterest are a haven for 'brides to be' planning their perfect wedding and it's been great networking with them and bringing their ideas to life!

I equally love that my stationery is something which is ultimately going to be quite special for someone!

I'm seeing regular sales online and I’m super humbled to have reached the 50 sale milestone in this short time, which also includes my greetings cards which I would also love to develop further! But for now, I'm firmly focusing on wedding stationery and looking catch the wave of 2021 brides and grooms!

I also have 6 couples booked in for bespoke wedding design off the back of this which is really exciting!

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Why am I Crowdfunding?

Initially, I was funding all the associated costs through my freelance design income and working crazy hours (well that was the plan anyway!) Unfortunately, I've been impacted quite a bit by COVID-19 and 90% of my client base have understandably paused work indefinitely, most of my clients being on furlough or out of work themselves.

Unfortunately, I hadn't been freelance long enough to secure funding from the government self-employed scheme either.

Without help, I'm unable to cover production costs of new products, fulfil sample orders or order new stock which is why I need your help to raise enough funds so I can continue to expand in the coming months.

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How will I spend the money?

Any support will be so gratefully received. My main cost at the moment comes from printing and product testing as well as ordering and sending samples. I never launch with a product until it's been printed professionally and I love it myself! In my opinion, the design is half of what makes stationery while the tangible qualities such as a hammered textured card or a beautiful envelope liner make up the rest.

I have also had a number of companies and clients get in touch for samples and bespoke request for wedding photoshoots. I want to make sure I am always able to fulfil these potential opportunities and capitalise on social media shoutouts and potential collaborations and orders from their clients or suppliers!

  • New vellum wedding collection: £300
  • Adding new designs to my semi-custom suites: £500
  • Adding 'on the day' stationery to my offerings: £200 
  • Advertising for Etsy and social media: £400
  • More samples print runs for my existing designs: £350

Vellum Collection

Vellum printing is fairly new to the game of wedding stationery! With a translucent finish, it's ideal when paired with additional paper layers and it comes out on top in term of search traffic! I've had a lot of messages and request about this on my Instagram!

My idea is to have a number of original illustrated layers for a couple to choose from as well as bespoke prints, with the vellum invite and print held together with a metal eyelet! See below for prototypes!

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Where do I want to be?

First and foremost I will be spending some time adding to my semi-custom collections online, as well as continuing my bespoke wedding design service. 

I currently have 6 couples booked in for bespoke design for end-of-year and 2021 weddings, I would like to see this doubled by the end of September 2020, gaining new clients from social media exposure, my online store as well as collaborations within the wedding industry!

By January 2021 and beyond I would love to have the online presence socially and launch Paper Cactus on my own e-commerce website. I have vast experience with Shopify and would look to host my store on that platform, with the option of 'off the shelf' wedding stationery as well as a fully bespoke service.

I also plan to take part in my first wedding fair next year locally in Devon and have had some exciting conversations with fellow event organisers and people within the industry about this!

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Testimonials:

Cannot recommend Sam enough. He is absolutely amazing at his job and takes pride in everything he does. From start to finish he made our wedding stationery easy to organise and stress-free. Nothing is too big for Sam and whatever you throw at him he comes back with great ideas and designs. Thank you again Sam. Absolute legend  Beth Fishwick

Sam produced some absolutely fantastic bespoke Wedding invitations. Sam made the process so easy and was always happy to adjust the design and give his expert opinion. We can't thank Sam enough, he did such a great job. Ian jones

First messaged Sam when I saw his ‘free change of date’ cards advertised for anyone who has postponed due to Coronavirus. He took my existing wedding stationery (save the date and invites) and got a new design drawn up and sent over really quick. It was so amazing and exactly in the style, we wanted we decided to get them printed. The quality of them is incredible and we can’t wait to post them to our guests! I can’t recommend this company enough for their talent and fantastic customer service. Thanks, Sam - Etsy Customer

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The rewards

By making a pledge you will be directly funding for the continued growth of Paper Cactus Prints, So I'd love to offer you the chance of your own bespoke stationery designs, branding work and other design bits! For non-stationary related pledges, it's probably easier to check out examples of my work HERE but I'll also post some examples below!

Otherwise, you can simply make a donation for any amount and know that you're playing a key part in helping me expand!

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Lastly, please help me to spread the word by sharing on your social media channels and giving me a follow! You can find Paper Cactus on Facebook  Instagram and Pinterest!

For me to reach my target would mean the absolute world, thanks for your support and pledges!

All the best,  Sam

Questions

For tangible rewards which countries do you ship to? I can deliver globally, but can't guarantee delivery dates outside of the UK. But these guidelines are a good indication of expected delivery dates

  • United Kingdom - 1-3 business days
  • United States of America - 7- 10 business days
  • Europe - 3-7 business days

If you are unsure drop me an email at [email protected]

Can I pledge on more than one reward? Definitely - you can pledge on as many rewards as you like! 

I like the sound of some of your graphics rewards, what do you need from me? Great! If you pledge on a graphics-based reward such as a logo or web design I'll just need a brief from you and I'll take it from there!

Remember I'll have your contact details, so if there's something more I need from you I'll be in touch!

I like the sound of some bespoke wedding stationery! What do you need to get going? Brilliant! If you pledge on some bespoke wedding stationery I'll be in touch shortly after. Something floral and rustic? Maybe minimal typography is your thing! Having a festival-themed wedding? Or perhaps you've seen something in my store, but you'd like it in a different colour! Either way, we'll be working together to create a design that's personal and perfect for you and your wedding!

Why don't the bespoke stationery pledges include printing? Put simply, I can't fully predict how much a print job will be. It depends on quantity, which stock suits the design, down to which envelopes you'd prefer!

But, I will more than happily get any design work you pledge on printed at cost price, for whenever you need it printed!

How can I pay you for printing? If I've designed your wedding stationery, it only makes sense that I facilitate the printing at cost price! Once you're happy with the designed stationery and ready to print I'll simply price up and send you a Paypal link! Once paid I'll put your order through which will be with you within 2 working days!

What if I need something quicker than expected delivery? I have set most timings to the beginning of July as default, but if you have something which is time-sensitive please don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll make it happen!

Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if I've not covered something you'd like to know! Equally, if you want to chat anything stationery or have any advice, I'd love to hear from you!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£55 or more

Bespoke wedding set design

A collaboration of ideas from myself and a bride or groom to be to create a fully bespoke wedding set, which includes: Save the dates, invitations, RSVP and details card. We'll discuss everything from envelopes and liners to colours and themes - You'll be receiving a fully bespoke 4 piece wedding set at a hugely discounted rate! Pledge does not include printing.

£5 or more

Paper Cactus Father's Day Card + 20% OFF

Make dad laugh with a funny cactus-pun fathers day card, with plenty of space to write your own heartfelt message! Comes Carefully packaged in a clear recyclable cello bag, and free brown kraft envelope! Pledges would need to be made before June 17th! Includes free shipping.

£8 or more

Funny cactus pun isolation postcards + 20% OFF

Spread some positivity with a pack of 2 cactus pun isolation postcards to brighten a loved one's day. 'Cactu soon' & 'Can't wait until it's cact-us again' Includes free shipping!

£8 or more

Sample of any wedding set in my store!

Seen a design you like in my store? Select this pledge and I'll send over the sample suite you're interested in with extras, including envelope liners and free shipping! copy and paste this link > https://etsy.me/37aFftx

£12 or more

Bespoke 'Save our new dates'

If you have unfortunately had to postpone your wedding due to the coronavirus this is the pledge for you. I can either leverage your original invitation design or create something brand new to send to your guests to let them know your new wedding date!

£15 or more

Instagram highlight cover design

Need some updated or brand new social media highlight covers for your business? Or just fancy jazzing up your personal Instagram account? Select this pledge to give your account a makeover! Assets supplied in JPEG format to upload yourself!

£20 or more

Bespoke Save The Date design

A collaboration of ideas from myself and a bride or groom to be to create a fully bespoke wedding save the date. Rustic florals? Perhaps you love marvel and would love a superhero theme! Anything goes and I'd love to design it for you. Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish.

£25 or more

Bespoke 'On the day' wedding stationery designs

I'll create designs for name cards and your wedding menu to match your theme! Having a boho-themed affair? Or maybe you're having a wintery Christmas wedding! Get stationery to match your wedding theme with this option! Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish!

£30 or more

Business card design and print x 100

Business cards designed with your supplied logo printed on a beautiful 400 gsm card of your choosing + Free shipping. I'll just need your business information and if you have specific brand guidelines!

£35 or more

Bespoke wedding welcome signs!

I'll design a custom poster style Wedding welcome sign to match your wedding theme! Designed at size A2. For this, I'll just need the couples name and the message you'd like to show your guests! Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish!

£38 or more

Bespoke wedding seating plan!

I'll design a custom poster style Wedding Table Plan to match your wedding theme! Designed at size A2. For this, I'll need your table numbers and guest list! Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish!

£40 or more

Bespoke wedding invitation design

A collaboration of ideas from myself and a bride or groom to be to create a fully bespoke wedding invitation. Perhaps you have a theme in mind? Or maybe you've seen something in my store! Either way, get something made just for you! Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish!

£50 or more

Logo design for your business

Logo design for your business with 3 rounds of revisions! Supplied in raw vectors, jpegs and pngs! I'll just need your business name as well as a brief of the type of thing you're after!

£60 or more

6 hours dedicated graphics!

6 hours dedicated to any graphics tasks you may want to outsource! Web banner updates, social media posts, email design - I'll just need a basic brief for what your after and I'll take it from there!

£70 or more

Mini branding package!

Includes a rework or a brand new logo designed for your business and 'hero' imagery x 4 to use across your website or socials!

£80 or more

Web re-design

Get a redesign of three core web pages, including 3 rounds of revisions, formatted ready for a developer! The more detailed the brief, the better the outcome! I can supply in PSD or XD formats!

£100 or more

Tailored stationery package!

There's a big world of stationery out there; notebooks and journals, roller banners, leaflets, brochures, stickers and labels, baby shower invites and wall prints! the list is endless. Choose 3 pieces of stationery you'd love designed from me and I'll create them. Pledge does not include printing, however, I can get these printed at cost-price to be sent straight to you if you wish.

£150 or more

Tailored Graphics package!

15 hours of graphic design support! If you'd like to pledge but have specific ideas of design, drop me a message and I can tailor a package to you. Poster? Image retouching? Perhaps you need some web banners or adverts created for your business? I'm all ears!

£250 or more

Tailored Graphics package!

25 hours of graphic design support! If you'd like to pledge but have specific ideas of design, drop me a message and I can tailor a package to you. Lookbook? Leaflet design? Perhaps you need some business posters? I'm all ears!

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