Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Happy Heart

When I started Loops & Belles, my vision for what it would be was as simple as, "I love stationery, and I want to make cards that make people laugh and feel loved."

Then, after the new year, I had the desire to expand the business and create something that would do "more." You might remember this post when I launched our 8x10 prints. You can view the full collection here.

- A picture from the proofing process - I had a very happy dining room table for about a week! - 

When I was in college, I kept a note card posted on my bathroom mirror with Philippians 4:6 written on it so that I could start and end every day with those words. Even now, five years post-college, you'll still find sticky notes around my desk with verses and quotes to keep me inspired and encouraged.

It has been so wonderful for me to see customers react to prints as they look through them at shows. The joy that I feel when they're drawn to a certain phrase that means a lot to me... well, it's pretty indescribable.

(Yes, I'm being pretty mushy and sentimental in this post.)

Well, you can guess how much my heart exploded when I saw pictures of Madison's dorm room at Clemson University.

First, there on her shelf was our "Do not be anxious about anything" print.

Then, I noticed that her mirror has handwritten notes with verses and inspirational quotes -- the very thing that inspired me to make our Loops & Belles line of prints!

I just had to ask if she'd be willing to let me share these pictures of her (adorable!) dorm room. Seriously, doesn't it make you want to go back to college?

I'm also really excited to announce that we'll be releasing a few new prints in about a month. Stay tuned for more details about our next "launch day!" 

xoxo, E

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Behind the Scenes - 12 Days of Summer

Well, that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who took advantage of our Christmas in July promotion!

In case you missed any of the fun, here's a little recap of our 12 Days of Summer... plus some pretty great "behind the scenes" and blooper pics!

Feel free to sing along. It's hard not to!

For the 12 Days of Summer, Loops & Belles gave to me: Twelve Pink Flamingos, Eleven Flags a Waving, Ten Sandy Toes, Nine Watermelon Slices, Eight Burgers Grilling, Seven Books for Reading, Six Poolside Popsicles, Five Summer Dresses, Four Cups of Froyo, Three Prickly Pineapples, Two Donut Pool Floats, and a free print with every purchase!


It's always so exciting when a project turns out the way I hoped it would! 

There were a few speed bumps along the way - mostly due to my perfectionist nature - but more than anything, there were SO. MANY. LAUGHS.

Seriously, I couldn't have done this without the treasured friends who helped with the photos and shared the promotion on social media!

Side note: Y'all - my mom. She's such a rockstar. I'm going to have to promote her from intern to paid employee here soon. She's spreading the Loops & Belles love!

I'd be remiss if I didn't share some of the awesome outtakes from the process of creating the 12 Days of Summer...

My dear friend Brandi let us bring two GIANT donut pool floats over to her mama's house one Sunday evening so that we could capture the shot for Day 2. 

Naturally, the bloopers were my absolute favorite - and with her permission, it's my joy & pleasure to share them!

In an attempt to get me to have a natural smile in the Day 5 pictures, the Mister would make jokes and throw out random prompts to keep me from over-thinking. So here we have: "Lady Liberty," "Be Surprised," (which apparently had me putting my hands in the pockets of my dress) and "Hooray! We got the shot!"

Not pictured: "Titanic," "I'll never let go Jack," and my impression of the Rockettes during the reindeer dance. #SoRandom

The Mister snapped this pic while I was mid-frustration-stabbing the legs into the flamingos. When I sent it to my mom she exclaimed, "You had to put them together?!" Oh yes. And I cut my hand in the process. Creativity can be painful folks.

Oh, and just one more funny about the flamingos -- I feel like I should mention that this was the shot that I thought would be the easiest to capture. WRONG. One flamingo's beak kept falling off (insert crying laughing emoticon here) so I had run over, reattach his beak, run back, try to focus the camera and snap before it fell onto the ground again. I don't even want to think about how many times I did this routine.

I thought it'd be funny to make one of the flamingos a Rudolph impersonator -- seeing as how we were celebrating Christmas in July -- but clearly the flamingo had other ideas. (Beakless flamingo was cropped out in order to lessen the tragedy of this photo)

And that's all folks!!
I had an absolute blast with our 12 Days of Summer fun. 
I'm putting my mailman to work and getting these special packages on their way.
(Apparently, Santa is in the Caribbean this time of year...)  
xoxo, E

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

12 Days of Summer

It's officially time for the Loops & Belles "Christmas in July" promotion! 

Over the next 12 days, we're taking a holiday classic and making it our own with "The 12 Days of Summer."

I'm all about having some fun - but it wouldn't be Christmas without a little surprise right?! 

Take 25% off your online order with the code: SUMMER25. PLUS we're giving away a free print with every purchase! Just tell us in the note at checkout which print you'd like to receive from our Summer Santa! 

Visit our online store to take full advantage of this promotion!

Make sure you're following us on Instagram and Facebook to see what we have up our sleeve for the 12 Days of Summer!

xoxo, E