Tuesday, 28 April 2015

National Stationery Week: Just a Card Campaign!


“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.”

  This is the opening line on Artist and Designer Sarah Hamilton's website, Just a Card. 
It's more than a website though, it is a movement. I have only recently discovered the Just a Card Campaign and as it is National Stationery Week it seems like the perfect time to help to spread the word (or more importantly the cards!)

Sarah, who is a successful artist herself, started the campaign after reading the above line in a statement from a shop owner who had had to close their gallery. In the hope of saving other independent shops, makers and galleries from suffering the same fate, Sarah started Just a Card to remind people to buy handmade and from independent sources rather than the high street.

Now I hold me hands up and say that I don't always buy handmade and sometimes it's OK to grab a card from the shop that has been printed 1000 times before. However, as a card maker myself and a handmade enthusiast, I understand just how important each and every sale is. My handmade business is not my only means of work so for me it's nice to be able to share my handmade items but for some people this is their life. What if buying one more card from shops on Etsy and Not on the High Street meant that someone could stay at home doing what they love rather than having to get a well paid, yet soul destroying job? It may sound dramatic and you might think that one card won't help anything but it will! 

Here are a few of the AMAZING cards that can be found online! Wouldn't you rather receive a lovely card rather than a text where the only personality is a well placed emoticon?

It's important to support these makers and in the process you will brighten someones day and make them smile. Check out the Just a Card website and spread the word #justacard

From top left across 1. Freya Art  2. Shortbreak and Champagne 3. Oh Squirrel 4. Little Low 

Make sure you check out all of these amazing makers! These are just a few of my favourite so get buying and posting!

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