Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • Introducing......Sara Miller London

    Posted by junowebdesign on 16/03/16

    At Postmark we deal with an incredible range of publishers and card designers who produce some of the best cards and paper goods around.

    Our customers often ask us about the people behind our products so we thought it would be a great idea to take a closer look at their work and find out more the card industry.

    Sara Miller in her studio Sara Miller in her studio

    This month we say hello to Sara Miller. Sara has recently launched her own brand, Sara Miller London, having spent the last eight years working in the card industry.

    Where do you do most of your creative work?
    I have a little studio a stone throw away from my home in North London. With mood boards, inspiration and my products all around me I am definitely most creative in this environment.

    Sara Miller London. Happy Birthday card flamingos and gold foiling Happy Birthday Flamingo

    When you design a card, do you plan it out or is the process spontaneous?
    It’s a little bit of both. I get ideas from all sorts of things, let them ‘bubble away’ and then blitz out a whole series of deisgns in one go!

    Have you always worked in the card industry?
    I’ve spent the last 8 years in the card industry. Before I got into greeting cards, I designed prints for fashion in both London and New York. Ocasionally I would go to retailers like Miss Selfridge or Warehouse and see a print I’d designed on a new dress. It was fun, but I much prefer the greeting card world!

    Sara Miller London thank you card with green background and birds perched in trees. Gold foiling on tree Thank you birds

    What was your motivation to go into business?
    I have always been incredibly ambitious and whilst many designers only want to design I have always enjoyed the business side of things, from strategic thinking to the commercial side. It’s quite unusual for a designer to want to do all of this too but when coupled with my determination and creativity going into my own business was always something I was going to do.

    What was the biggest hurdle you had to jump to set up your business?

    Pink Sara Miller London happy birthday card on table with glass of mint water next to it. Card has bouquet of flowers on front and is embossed with gold foiling Happy Birthday

    I actually left my job to set up an entirely differnet business but it didn’t really pick up and after a little while I decided to try establish Sara Miller London as a brand. Ironically, I thought this would be far more difficult to achive as it is such a competitive market. However within weeks of exhibiting at my first trade show I had 6 offers from prestigious manufacturers to license Sara Miller London as a brand internationally.

    Describe your business in less than 50 words
    Sara Miller London is a new aspirational brand which celebrates a love for print, texture and colour. Initially we have launched with collections of greeting cards and gift packaging and now we are planning to expand into all sorts of other product categories including gifts, home fragrance and soft furnishings all for launch in 2017.

    Four colourful geese in bow ties. Blank card inside. Sara Miller London Geese in bow tie

    When it comes to business what would you say is your biggest weakness and your greatest strength?
    Weakness – having to do EVERY aspect of the business with a limited resource.
    Strength – forward thinking and a unique identity.

    Pink new baby girl card with stock flying across pink sky carrying bundle. Sara Miller London range New baby girl

    If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
    I really was always going to be a designer!! But…. if I couldn’t then perhaps something to do with Finance!

    Who would play in a movie of your life and why?
    Anne Hathaway, but I probably say that because I’ve been mistaken for her so many times!!

    What’s your favourite way to relax? I love going for a really long walk and ending up at a lovely place for lunch.

    Sara Miller London birthday card featuring the outline of a stag in a field. Browns, taupe and gold colours used Happy Birthday

    If you won 2 VIP tickets to any city in the world, which would it be and who would you take?
    Ha Noi in Vietnam and I would want to go with my Fiance who has been the most amazing support to me (and whom I am marrying in 3 weeks time!)

    Sara Miller London group shot of range Sara Miller London

    What’s your idea of food heaven and food hell?
    Love Sushi. Hate tofu!

    And finally what advice would you give someone thinking of getting into the card industry?
    I think it’s a wonderful industry with a huge amount of opportunity. The pure nature of a greeting card being a purchase you are sending to make somebody happy or show you care creates a world of opportunity from a designers perspective. And if you are looking to start-up your own company there is wonderful support with Progressive Greetings and the Greetings Card Association.

    Thanks Sara for the insight, it really does show what a fascinating industry we work in and we're delighted to welcome Sara Miller London to Postmarkonline and to our three Postmark stores in Balham, East Dulwich and Chiswick.

    For a look at the full collection, published by The Art File, click here I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do.

    Until next time

    Mrs P

  • Showing our Mum's how much we care

    Posted by on 01/03/16

    Mother's Day is just around the corner so clearly our Mum's are on our minds!

    For me it's a chance to let my Mum know how much she means to mean and what an important part of my life she is even though we live in two very different places - me in London and she by the sea in southern Ireland.

    Distance can and does make the heart grow fonder, especially when it comes to the mammies!

    But whether you're Mum is near or far a card is the perfect way to say you care.

    At Postmarkonline we've got a great selection on offer and there's still plenty of time to get that order in and ensure you have your card by Sunday 6th.

    These beautiful cards from Think of Me Designs would make any Mum happy. Or maybe something more contemporary from Art File featuring Frank the sausage dog or their little monkey

    Mother's Day card - Think of Me Mother's Day card -Think of Me
    Mother's Day card - think of me Think of Me - Mother's Day  cards
    Mother's Day card - Art File Mother's Day Card - From your little Monkey - Art File

    Mother's Day Card - Art File

     

     

     

    And for those Mum's celebrating their first Mother's Day this lovely card from Cinnamon Aitch would tick all the boxes.  But if you're just looking to tell your Mum how much you love her then this beautiful and stylish card from Alice Scott would be sure to make her day.

    First Mother's Day card First Mother's Day card - Cinnamon Aitch

    Mother's Day card - Alice Scott

     

     

     

     

     

    But whatever card you choose don't forget your Mum this Sunday 6th - it will make her day.

    Mrs P

     

     

     

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