17 01, 2017

{Giveaway} Got 5 minutes? Fill out our survey to receive a free gold foil print!

By | January 17th, 2017|Business Tips, Calligraphy Business 101, Freebies|0 Comments

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One of our focuses this year is to share more calligraphy, creative business and lifestyle tips with you, but in order to do that in the most meaningful way, we want to know what would be most valuable to YOU!

Tell us what you’d like to know, learn and see more of from Laura Hooper Calligraphy by filling out our survey here. 

*update* We are so appreciative of the overwhelming response to our survey. Unfortunately we had to cut off the free print (at 1,000!) but all completed surveys will still be entered for the $100 gift card. We invite you to still fill out the survey to provide your valuable feedback.

Survey closes Friday, January 20 at 5pm EST.  

We will reach out to you shortly after the survey closes on Friday,  January 20th at 5pm EST with instructions on how to redeem your gold foil print. The winner of the $100 credit to our shop will be emailed as well as shared on this post!

Take me to the survey!

We are looking forward to a very full and creative 2017!

Laura + Alyssa

6 01, 2017

{Business Tip} Investing in Your Business

By | January 6th, 2017|Business Tips, Calligraphy Business 101, Learn Calligraphy|0 Comments

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Happy New Every everyone! One of the exciting aspects of starting a fresh year is taking the opportunity to look back at your previous year, assess what worked and what didn’t, and also consider where you want to go in the coming year. Personally we think this is helpful to do a couple times throughout the year as well, but it’s done most commonly in January for small business owners.

We are involved in a few different areas of business education, both in offering as well as receiving, and we frequently hear statements along the lines of “that’s too expensive” or “I’m just starting my business and I can’t afford any expenses.” First we want to clarify that only you know your own financial situation and what is or isn’t “worth it” to you/your business, but, we can without a doubt share that investing in your business is absolutely one of the very best decisions you can make, both as a new business starting out as well as an established business. Being an entrepreneur does usually involve making investments, whether that’s in education, overhead {although we recommend keeping this one low in the early stages – why you do think so many small businesses start out operating out of their homes?!}, product inventory or one of the many other expenses that come along with owning a business. The key is to think differently about spending for your business than you would about spending for yourself. A $500 charge for clothes could seem a bit frivolous for many trying to get their small business off the ground, but a $500 charge to learn about effective & efficient systems to run your business from the start would be considered a sound investment that will offer an even higher return in the future with saved time, efficiency and most likely direct profits.

The knowledge, advice, concrete resources & inspiration that you can receive from attending workshops {both in-person & online}, taking courses, networking, joining groups, etc is invaluable and not to be underestimated. Below is a list of courses/experiences that we have been part of or are on our radar. We hope you will consider 2017 the year to invest in yourself & your business in some way!

For Aspiring Calligraphers
Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshops – if you want to get your feet wet and see if you like the art of pointed-pen
Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 & 2.0 – perfect for both beginners or those with experience already {all online with instruction from a slew of professionals | the private Facebook group alone is worth the investment}
Calligraphy Business Bootcamp – for those who are hoping to start their own business, or maybe already have but aren’t sure if they are operating effectively or legally

For Those Interested in Stationery/Wholesale
Tradeshow Bootcamp – offers an in-person workshop as well as online options {vendor list is worth the investment alone not to mention the active Facebook group}

For Wedding Designers
The Trouvaille Workshop
Fleurology
– we’re teaching in this 2017 symposium!

For All Small Business Owners
Cool Photo School – for concrete help {at a steal price-wise!} getting those blog + social media-worthy product pics
Jenna Kutcher Courses – she offers an Instagram course & is rolling out a new Email List Building course this year {we are currently taking this one!}
Sage Wedding Pros – I know “wedding” is in the title but their online resources can apply to all businesses and include concrete resources for business accounting, personnel documents & general business tips + techniques at affordable price points
Bloguettes – we haven’t done this {yet!} but it looks like a great resource for those needing a boost on their blog, social media, influencer marketing and more

There are so many more than what we’ve mentioned here, but hopefully this will give you a start plus the reassurance you need to know that business investments are worth it and will result in greater business growth overall.

If you’ve had positive experiences with other business workshops let us know which ones in the comments below to share the knowledge!

Cheers to 2017!
Laura + Alyssa

14 12, 2016

{HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP} Finish Up Your Christmas Décor & Gift Shopping in Old Town Alexandria

By | December 14th, 2016|Holiday|0 Comments

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13 12, 2016

{Christmas} Set a Beautiful Holiday Table in 5 Simple Steps with Sweet Root Village & Laura Hooper Calligraphy

By | December 13th, 2016|Holiday|0 Comments

Hosting friends and family in your home is one of the easiest ways to soak up the wonders of the winter holiday season. We all want to create a welcoming and beautiful space to celebrate with those we love. However, this process can sometimes feel daunting! This minimal, holiday table was inspired by the sea and was meant to prove that simple and straightforward elements can make just as big of an impact as pulling out every last stop! A few easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to holiday style and sweet memories.

1. Start with a neutral palette. White plates, earthy toned accents, and simple glassware make the perfect backdrop when you are trying to create something sleek and minimal. This typically means digging into your everyday dishes and leaving the fancy china in the china cabinet!

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2. Add a personal touch. Place cards are usually the simplest way to add something personal to a place setting. Pre-placing your guests sets the evening festivities and conversations up for success and makes everyone feel considered and appreciated!

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3. Consider the centerpiece. A centerpiece need not always include flowers, especially around the holidays. Candlelight and small greenery accents are incredibly festive and go a long way to adding warmth. Plus it’s usually less expensive and requires less work. Clipping bits of greens from your yard is easy as pie!

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4. Add Something Special. We are a huge fan of adding something unexpected to a dinner table. Thoughtful napkin rings, a funky accent to your plate, a pop of color to draw the eye, and festive stir sticks are all great ways to spice up the table with little effort!

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5. Include interactive elements. Passing around holiday cards or gifts, including recipes cards of the meal, toasts, or simply having a family style dinner all get people involved and interacting across the table.

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Credits:
Design, florals, and photography: Sweet Root Village
Stir sticks, Place Cards, Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Shop the look here!

28 11, 2016

{Holiday Sale} Give the Gift of Calligraphy ~ Last Chance for 25% off the Starter Kit

By | November 28th, 2016|Calligraphy, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|0 Comments

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Photo by Anne Kim

If you’re searching for a thoughtful, unique gift for someone special on your Christmas list…our calligraphy starter kit may be just what you’re looking for! Our calligraphy kit includes not only the tools needed to get started with the art of pointed-pen, but also provides detailed instructions on how to actually use those tools.

And right now you can get 25% off using code HOLIDAY2016 when your purchase the starter kit + video tutorial bundle as well as 25% off all of the other calligraphy supplies in our shop! Our shop features all of our preferred supplies including metallic inks, matte ink colors, practice pads, pen holders, mixing jars & more – all for 25% off until November 30!

We also offer in-person workshops around the US and London, and we are happy to send along a gift certificate for you to present to the recipient. Simply book the registration and forward the confirmation to hello [at] lhcalligraphy [dot] com to let us know it’s a gift, and we will provide a PDF for you to print and gift.

We hope you can take advantage of our current sale and find the perfect gift for the creative in your life!

Happy Holidays!

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*HOLIDAY2016 code does not apply to custom/handwritten work; only valid on starter kit when purchased with video tutorial; not valid on previous purchases; code expires 11/30/2016.

25 11, 2016

{Christmas} Re-Purpose Your Holiday Party Decor to Create a Picture Perfect Holiday Scene

By | November 25th, 2016|Decor, Holiday|0 Comments

Don’t miss our holiday sale for 25% off ALL party products in both the Etsy & LHC shops! Use code HOLIDAY2016* at check out to score big savings on this year’s celebrations, plus all calligraphy supplies & wedding paper goods, too.

Take a peek below to see how we used Christmas prints, cards & even napkins to turn our every day bookshelf into an adorable holiday display!

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With Christmas just around the corner, don’t forget to send holiday cards to friends and family to wish them a happy holiday!

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Photos by Anne Kim

Shop this look:
Holiday Prints
Red Napkins
Green Napkins
Mixed Party Pack
Gold Frames
Gold Vases

*sale is valid through November 30; not valid on custom or handwritten work, previous purchase or calligraphy workshops. Only valid on the calligraphy starter kit when purchased WITH the video tutorial.

23 11, 2016

{Christmas} Ornaments Hand-Lettered add a Personalized, Festive Touch to your Holiday Tree Decor

By | November 23rd, 2016|Decor, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|0 Comments

Tomorrow might be Thanksgiving, but we’re all super excited for Christmas around here…so much so we’ve already put up decorations!  Be sure to check out some photos from our Christmas shoot and shop the look before it’s too late! You can find all of our Christmas goodies in the Etsy shop including hand-lettered ornaments, wrapping paper greeting cards, napkins, coasters, stir sticks and more.

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Wooden Merry Christmas Wreath Sign
Hand-Lettered Ornaments
White Christmas Stockings
Christmas Wreath
Wrapping Paper

17 11, 2016

{Thanksgiving} Greeting Cards & Other Last-Minute Goodies From Laura Hooper Calligraphy to Make Your Thanksgiving Dinner Pop

By | November 17th, 2016|Decor, Holiday, Party & Lifestyle|0 Comments

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Thanksgiving is in just ONE week from today!

Need a few last minute goods for your celebrations? We still have watercolor greeting cards {they make beautiful framed prints, too!}, Thankful tags to tie at each place setting, sets of recipe cards {perfect hostess gift!} and a handful of coaster packs remaining!

You can find these goodies in our Etsy shop here and we will include Priority Mail shipping at no additional charge so you are sure to have your items in hand by the festivities next week!

10 11, 2016

{Pop Up Shop} Come see us in Old Town Alexandria

By | November 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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10 11, 2016

{Inspiration Shoot} Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Details in Cyanotype Editorial by Cheers Darling Events + Lisa Blume

By | November 10th, 2016|Calligraphy, Decor, Real Weddings, Uncategorized, Wedding Stationery|0 Comments

When Kaitlin from Cheers Darling Events reached out about participating in a shoot centered around the beautiful blues of cyanotype, we were all on board! Check out the images below by Lisa Blume Photography for some elegant “something blue” inspiration then hop over to Paprika Southern for the full article on the shoot!

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: Lisa Blume Photography
Stylist: Cheers Darling Events
Location: Brockington Hall
Spot Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Stationery: Paperzest
Florals: On A Limb Florals
Makeup: Dollface by Jules

Additional details on Cyanotype & vendors in the Paprika Southern article!