When you attend a conference of any kind, it’s always a good idea to have some business cards handy to pass on to people you meet during networking opportunities – it’s not rocket science – it just makes sense.
I, however, in my slightly chaotic mindset, completely forgot to get some designed up in time to have them printed before attending The Hive last weekend. It got to Thursday night, I suddenly realised I was card-less and I began to panic. How will people remember me? How will I make a good impression now? So I got to thinking and decided what better way to show off my interests but to combine upcycling with vintage….
I essentially spent all of that Thursday evening with my craft box out. I took a whole stash of vintage postcards that I’d been hoarding away since art school and hand wrote my contact details on the back of each one. This took hours and left me with a pretty sore wrist afterwards! I printed my mugshot and an image of my blog and added this to the back so everyone would get an idea of what my blog looks like (it’s quite colourful and I didn’t want people to think I was just about old black and white photography).
I was happy with the general idea, but I think the backs of the cards turned out to look like a rather shambolic mess if I’m honest, but I took the cards with me anyway.
It turns out they were a real talking point and several people have said they were amongst their favourite cards from the conference. It’s definitely helped people remember me. The girls from Sister Mag even featured one of the cards in a blog post! Do click through and check it out – Thea did something terribly clever with computer software that allows you to flip the cards over to see both sides.
Lesson learned about breaking the mould and doing something a bit different, although I still think a bit less chaotic in future.
*The images in this post were taken by the lovely Deepa of Curry Strumpet on Instagram.