Today is a momentous one as the notebooks arrived from the manufacturers up in Milton Keynes about an hour from Celebration HQ. So that’s 495 A5 notebooks with 120 pages of lined paper in each and 526 exercise books with 96 pages each. The exercise books come in packs of two.
The choice of manufacturer was largely due to my trip to the London Stationery Show back in April where I met an established envelope company who have diversified into notebook manufacture. Good prices, a great contact and peace of mind is a winning combination. I took a trip up to their factory to see exactly how the books are made. It’s more complex than anyone would imagine. A series of processes that need attention to detail to ensure each notebook comes out exactly to size.
When it came to the design, I had already chosen the watercolor confetti circle as the logo which has received great feedback from everyone who had seen it (maybe they were just being polite). The next step was to choose a colour pallet to suit a wide range of tastes. That’s where my Facebook Ambassadors group came to the rescue. They helped me select the vibrant background colours. As a result this range is called ‘Fiesta’ from the Spanish for festival. The zingy colours (from right to left) are Lime, Aquamarine, Paprika, Fuchsia and Amethyst.
Fortunately for me my brother, Martin, is a great artist, so the design and background were left in his capable hands. With a few dry runs we settled on a mottled design and colours for young and old, male and female. We have printed the official logos of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland and Pencils of Promise on the back and everyone who orders online will receive information about the causes the Celebration Project supports.
The delivery arrived on a surprise pallet! I’m not sure what I am going to do with it (suggestions welcome) and the boxes are now stored in my office under the watchful eye of Douglas, the stock controller, pictured below.
The next step is to take some photos for the online shop, integration with the shopping cart and a Facebook shop too. I will also be getting my iPhone payment app working too so I can take card payments at local events. There’s free delivery in my area – just email me before purchasing – and I am keeping the postage down to a minimum for everyone who is further afield with free delivery for orders over £20.
And this is just the start. My next ideas are for a Family Journal and a List Maker’s Planner.