‘Miscellaneous & me’ posts

New wedding frames from ‘of Alp & Ash’

Maybe it’s because I’ve been surrounded by weddingy stuff for so long with writing this blog, but one of the first product ideas I had for my new business venture, of Alp & Ash, was personalised wedding frames. They seem to be quite a common purchase when it comes to choosing a wedding gift but I find lots of them can look a little old-fashioned. So, I thought I’d have a go at making my own.

Art Nouveau Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'

Because I don’t have the budget to have the outer frames custom made, I designed my inserts to fit in an IKEA RIBBA frame. This has also allowed me to offer DIY options for my acrylic frames for those that live near an IKEA, and fancy saving themselves some cash (don’t we all?!)

Art Nouveau

I’m a fan of vintage design and many weddings are also influenced by these classic periods. My Art Nouveau-inspired frame is a romantic choice that will complement most wedding photos, not just those that have been styled to that period in time. It can be made in both white and black acrylic and reminds me a little of stained glass. I especially love the white option with a large full frame photo…

Art Nouveau Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Art Nouveau Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Art Nouveau Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'

Art Deco

Thinking of weddings in stylish surroundings, I designed the Art Deco option. The clean lines will go well with a more urban, less handmade approach to wedding styling…

Art Deco Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Art Deco Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Art Deco Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'

Woodland

And for fans of the outdoors and the rustic look, I designed this woodland-inspired frame. Inspired by the invitation suite I created for Verity & Gavin’s wedding, and the adapted version now available on Paperling, this frame insert is laser cut from oak and walnut. I think the laser-etched date on the tree is a cute touch :)

Woodland Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Woodland Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'
Woodland Wedding Frame from 'of Alp and Ash'

They can all be found in the wedding section of my Etsy shop; I hope you like them. I think they’d make an awesome wedding gift but you could always just buy one for a wedding photo of your own!

I also want to take this moment to say a huge thank you to Taylor Roades who kindly supplied me with the beautiful wedding photos displayed in the frames. These products would have looked a little boring blank… or just weird if I’d had to doodle a picture of a bride and groom to go inside… so THANK YOU TAYLOR! Check out her work here, she’s wonderful.

Right, I’m off to start working on the next product now :)

Debs

My new business: of Alp & Ash

So you may have noticed it’s been a little quiet on these pages lately. I’ve been a little busy with planning our own wedding, and working on our new (really old) home, but mainly I’ve been spending time on a new creative venture… and today is launch day. Welcome to my new business: of Alp & Ash!

There’s a detailed blog post over on my personal blog Live Small Dream Big that you can see here. But, in brief, I’m excited to now have an Etsy shop selling lovely laser cut stuff! Here’s what you’ll find there…

Important Little Letters

I came up with this idea as I love cute things and sending/receiving mail. If it encourages anybody to send a handwritten note over posting a message on social media then I’ll be happy! I think it’s important to invest more time in connecting with loved ones, and this is just one (super cute) way to do it.

Important Little Letters by of Alp and Ash

Christmas Gifts

Personalised baubles, sets of baubles & snowflakes and adorable angels (my personal favourite) with a choice of hairstyles and dress designs are all on offer in the shop. There are also three Festive Little Letters to send as an alternative to the Christmas card too.

of Alp and Ash Christmas tree decorations

You can see loads more images in my Etsy shop and on my website.

Competition time

of Alp and Ash Competition to win a personalised bauble or angel Christmas tree decoration

I’m so excited I’m finally at the point where I can start selling my creations and so, to celebrate, I’ve decided to run a little competition!

To be in with a chance of winning either a personalised bauble or an angel of your choice enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, have a £5 voucher!

If you like the look of something and fancy making a purchase over £10 here’s a link to get £5 off for anybody that hasn’t purchased anything from Etsy before!

I do hope you like the new venture, and if you do I’d love for you to share it with anybody else you think will like it. Thank you! :)

♥ Debs

Reviewing the Marfeel mobile app for content creators

Recently I’ve been dabbling in web coding. Although I’m almost at a stage where I can build very simple websites, being able to change the look of my blog and make it responsive to other devices such as smart phones are way, way beyond my current skill set.

So when the awesome start-up company Marfeel got in touch to see if I wanted to try out their service I jumped at the chance!

A Marfeel mobile app

Marfeel work with content creators to improve the experience of reading their content on tablet and smartphones. They greatly improve the look and feel of blogs on mobile, and in doing so also increase the amount of social sharing.

After only a few emails chatting about the process I was presented with a gorgeous new mobile app for my blog, and I’m really pleased with the results!

Full screen

Here you can see the before image of viewing my blog on a smartphone, and an after image showing the images appearing full screen…

Marfeel Mobile App for Belle Amour

No zoom necessary

Posts are introduced with big images at the top of the post and there’s no longer any need to zoom in to be able to read the content…

Marfeel Mobile App for Belle Amour

Posts at a glance

I love how easy it now is to scroll down the posts, and I love that a thumbnail image from the content is shown…

Marfeel Mobile App for Belle Amour

Easy to explore

The menu is stylish too; top categories appear with associated thumbnails when you click on the Belle Amour logo to the left hand side…

Marfeel Mobile App for Belle Amour

Navigate & share

Navigation between posts is easier with the call to action at the bottom of the post, or you can simply swipe left and right. And the social media buttons that pop up when scrolling reminds the reader to share…

Marfeel Mobile App for Belle Amour

Conclusion

All in all it’s slicker, sexier and so easy to use!

It’s a huge improvement on how my website used to look on mobile phones. My content looks much more professional now, and the people I dealt with at Marfeel were lovely.

If you’re looking to share your content on tablets and smartphones I’d definitely recommend you 
get in touch with them :)

Debs

Details:
Marfeel website
Facebook
Twitter
Contact Marfeel

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Debs

A flight to Canada & pancake hors d’oeuvres

Tomorrow I fly to Canada for the summer. I’m looking forward to taking a little time out, although I’ve scheduled several posts for while I’m away and will be checking in every now and then.

I’m definitely going to spend some time away from the laptop though, reflecting on my life and what on earth I want to do with it: something I thought I’d have figured out by now but most definitely haven’t! Maybe you never really do though… maybe the whole process of life is to try things, learn what you do and don’t like, evolve… maybe it is just constant change?

Either way I’m hoping I’ll learn a little more about myself this summer, and the direction I’d like to head in. Rest assured though, it won’t all be deep thinking… I’m also going to be eating everything I can get my hands on! I’ve been dreaming of fresh avocadoes, froyo, and awesome sushi since last summer!

And pancakes, Canada’s bloomin’ good at pancakes…

Wedding feast mini pancakes

Awesome image via: Family Bites

These would be a cute canapé idea for your wedding guests too :)

Happy summer everybody!

Debs
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