Tuesday, December 7, 2010

KatyJane Designs {$100 Tuesday Giveaway} and {Preferred Sponsor Spotlight}

When you find an incredibly talented artist, it is hard to not want to share them with everyone you know!



That is how I feel about our preferred sponsor, the gals Katy AND Jane from KatyJane Designs.




These two create unique invitation illustrations with a vintage inspiration and are just a delight to get to know...read on to learn more about them!




{and stay tuned at the end of the post for the $100 giveaway to their shop!}




{Question} Tell us about the story of how KatyJane Designs came about?




{Answer} It evolved from an invitation I designed for my daughters 4th birthday (she is now 6). Katy saw a gap in the market for personalised invitations like the one i had done, that were design-led and stylish and proposed the business idea to me. I had a background in Design and Katy in Kid's Marketing, so it was a good match. So following some research we developed a plan to be able to make these an affordable product that were accessible to other lovers of ‘all things beautiful’. At the time it sounded like a bit of fun! From there KatyJane Designs was born.







Now it has evolved to include a much larger range of stationery, including Personlised invitations, Fill-in invitation packs, Greeting cards, gift tags, badges, bag tags and much more.







{Question}  What inspires you and your designs?


{Answer} I love bold colour and pattern, but also modern simplistic style. I have a fetish for beautiful fabrics and wallpapers. All the designs are inspired by the different children I design them for - their little quirks and their interests and loves. The KatyJane style has evolved from a combination of all of these things. As a designer I was so excited and refreshed to see the re-emergence of pattern, colour and texture over the past 5 years in product design. After years of minimal/sleek/white on white and simple design(which I do love as well). There was a lot of beautiful kids clothing coming out and products, but party stationery seemed to be missing the mark. There seemed to be lots of stereotypical and 'character-based' invitations out there and a handful of ‘beautiful’ designer invitations that appealed to the parents, but not to children. We wanted to offer an alternative that both kids and their parents would love.







{Question} If you had to pick your two favorite designs you offer at the moment, what would they be and why?



{Answer} The whale has always been a favourite of mine, I love the simplicity and the boldness of it. I love the teal green and the blue and red polka dot together.







The other one would have to be the whimsical fairy - it is a new edition to our range and not only does it have a beautiful old vintage illustration in it, but the flower pattern on her dress and back of the invitation is a very old and beautiful piece of fabric that my Grandma gave to me, which I have used as part of the invitation, so it is very sentimental and nostalgic to me.








{Question} Tell us a bit about what we might expect to see in 2011...can you share any little hints?



{Answer} We have spent a lot of time this year focusing on getting our product out to retailers and shops, so I am hoping that we can get back to the creative side of things in 2011. So keep a look out for new designs, new products and with hopefully something for the grown ups!




{Question} We would LOVE to know a bit more about the women behind KatyJane Designs.

Favorite Color   Red (is it that obvious?)

Favorite Dessert A very addictive chocolate tart a friend made a few weeks ago for dessert. It was served with raspberries smashed and then drizzled over the top and served with rich vanilla ice cream. To make it even naughtier, you can warm it up to melt the chocolate tart - making it completely evil! :) Yum


Favorite Line of Clothing    Quick Brown Fox and Esprit


Favorite Place To Shop Online   http://www.mozi.com.au/


Favorite Vacation Spot  Rottnest Island - its just 30 mins off the coast of Perth, Australia - it is just gorgeous, no cars - safe for the kids and you ride bikes everywhere. It has the most divine beaches you have ever seen!




{Question}Your fabulous designs are modern, but with a vintage twist. Do you have a passion for vintage design? If so, what are some vintage designers and/or artists that inspire you?



{Answer} It feels like it was almost by luck that vintage has become so popular. A lot of the original designs began in late 2008, shortly before the complete vintage revival! I am inspired by old children's illustrators and sometimes am lucky enough to be able to use some of these in our designs that are in the public domain (out of copyright). Maybe that's why there is such a vintage revival at the moment, because we have access to these beautiful things. Some of the children's book illustrators I love are Molly Brett, and Marguerite Davis. I only wish I was as talented as they are!




{Question} Your product range varies from fill in invitations to gift labels and custom printed everything-in-between. You also do custom designs. If a client or reader is interested in something custom, what is the best way to go about contacting you?



{Answer} The best thing to do is to email us with their requirements and any ideas they have regarding colour, themes etc that can help us to provide a costing for them. The more detailed the better. Its also good to know which of our designs they like, so we can create a design that they like, as this gives us an idea of their taste. We can also do adjustments (like colours, wording etc.) to our range, these might be small changes or modifications to a single or a combination of designs. This can be a more affordable way to provide a design that suits our clients needs without the expense of getting a completely new custom design.




{Question} Any hints for how to use your printables throughout a party (from the party table to dessert table, favor bags to activity stations)?


{Answer} A lot of our designs have simple but bold patterns incorporated into them, like stars, spots or stripes, this makes it easy to accessorise and keep the party theme running across an event.


                                        {image from Helen Mallamace}
        

Our thank you tags can be used on party bags, or as labels on the party table, ordered with a mix of ribbon they look devine.


                                           {Image from Helen Mallamace}


 We have had people have cookies and cakes made to match different elements on our invitations.


{image from Helen Mallamace}


                                                 {Image from Julie Dean Queen of Cakes}


But I can't wait to see what you would do with our products in a party Kate!





{Question} The big question: how do you balance work and family? What are your priorities, and how do you stick to them?



{Answer} It's not easy, and I wouldn't say its balanced yet! Starting up a business is incredibly demanding, physically and emotionally. We both work from home, so trying to separate work from home life is very difficult, but I think we will both have a few New Years Resolutions to help combat this!







{Question} As you know, we are all about celebrating the lives of children, and your products thus far are definitely child-oriented. Do you have a special spot for children's invitation and printable design? Any plans to expand to adult themed designs also?



{Answer} Children absolutely love receiving post - in fact there is still something magical for most grown-ups too when it’s not a bill – ripping open that colour envelope in the anticipation of it being a party invitation or a card. Birthdays are to be celebrated and as such parents want it to be special and memorable. We saw a gap in the Market, and spending so much time with our Kids it was a natural progression. I do love designing things for kids, it is so rewarding and they are so appreciative! You can play around a lot and have a lot of fun. I would really like to do a range for Adult's - so keep an eye out in 2011 for the grown ups. In the meantime though - its not just the kids that love our invites, we do get Adults ordering our invites - whether its for a 30th or an 80th. Its a bit of fun, which is what a party should be all about!





{Question} Some of your designs remind me of artwork I would hang on a wall--just beautiful. Do you have any intention of offering prints of your designs? {we would love that!}



{Answer} Oh.. thank you! We are planning to expand our range to include other products, and are considering wall art/stickers. This is something for 2011 and at this stage we are not sure whether it would be a collaborative process or we would produce them ourselves. We will keep you posted!




{Question}  Do you accept international orders?



{Answer} Yes we love international orders. It can take up to 2 weeks for postage and about a week for design and print, so you just need to factor that in and plan ahead.





{Question} What is your fondest childhood memory of a birthday party (yours, or one you attended)?



{Answer} The special food my mum used to make for our parties. She took so much time and care and made things like Jelly oranges - They are oranges quartered then she would scoop out all of the orange and replace it with Jelly!.. so 70's!




{Question} How do you celebrate birthdays and life's special moments at home now?



{Answer} There always has to be cake! It needs to be home made and lovingly decorated together, of course I find it a little difficult to relinquish all control - being a designer, so I make the tricky bits when the kids are asleep and alway's have something they can do. For the kids we usually have a party and I spend days trying to rack my brains on what the party theme can be. My four year old just had a farm party - at an animal farm, which was a lot of fun, they had tractor rides, she got to feed a baby lamb and play with all her friends, and I got to have a great time planning it! The best party idea I think I have hosted so far, was my 5 year old daughters umbrella party. We had chinese paper umbrella's set up on poles, with paint and smocks. All the children got to paint their own and take it with them. It was fabulous, and people still talk about it a year later.
 
 
 

 
A tremendous thanks to the lovely ladies from KatyJane Designs for an absolutely FABULOUS interview!
 
 
 
 
 
Now, here is your chance to win a $100AU gift certificate to their shop!!!!! 
 
Here's how to enter:
 
Visit KatyJane's shop here, and come back leaving a comment on this blog post telling us your two favorite designs.
 
THAT'S IT! BUT...
 
Looking for extra chances to win? For SIX ADDITIONAL ENTRIES....
 
1. Become a fan of Katy Jane Designs, and come back here leaving us a separate comment (just one!!!) letting us know so. We will award you with THREE additional entries (no need to tell us three times!)
 
2. Become a fan of Kate Landers Events, LLC, and come back here leaving us a third comment letting us know so. We will award you with THREE additional entries (no need to tell us three times!)
 
One lucky winner will be selected at random. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 13th.
 
Must be at least 18 years of age or older to enter.
 
 
Good Luck!!!

70 comments:

H is for Hillman said...

I love the Space Rocket and Whimsical Fairy invites. Darling!

H is for Hillman said...

I follow

H is for Hillman said...

I follow on FB Entry 2

H is for Hillman said...

I follow on FB Entry 3

shadyinflorida said...

I like big Blue Whale and Hearts and Butterflies

Lilian Oliver said...

I am a fan of KatyJane Designs!! xx

shadyinflorida said...

I'm a fan of KatyJane Designs

Lilian Oliver said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers! x

SHABBYCHIC2000 said...

SO HONORED TO ENTER YOUR GIVE AWAY i LOVE THE SPACE ROCKET SHIP AND WHIMSICAL FAIRY INVITES

SHABBYCHIC2000 said...

SO HONORED TO FOLLOW

Lilian Oliver said...

I am amazed at how many Australian WAHM's there are and they are so very talented! Thanks Kate for putting these extraordinary ladies on your blog for all of us see! I love all the range but my favorite would be the Fairy Invites! xx

SHABBYCHIC2000 said...

I FOLLOW ON FB ENTRY 2

ShirleyC said...

The whole website is so darned cute with that Cheeky Monkey riding across the screen!
I love the personalized invitations, but I really need that red polka dot wrapping paper.

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ShirleyC said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers on FB.

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ShirleyC said...

I am already a fan of Kate Landers Events on FB.

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Rusti said...

I love the Whimsical Fairy invites and the Magical Carousel. Very talented ladies :)

Rusti said...

I LIKE KatyJane Designs on FB!

Laurie said...

Whimsical Fairies and Spots and Butterflies - adorable!

Laurie said...

I follow KatyJane on FB!

Laurie said...

I follow KatyJane Designs on FB!

Laurie said...

I like KatyJane on FB!

Laurie said...

I like kate landers on fb!

Laurie said...

I like kate landers on fb!

Laurie said...

I like kate landers on fb!

Kym said...

Another awesome Australia store! Thanks Kate for telling me about it! I love....

1. Spots and Butterflys Inviations
2. Red and white twisted Christmas string

Gorgeous!!!

Kym said...

Fan on FB of KatyJane Designs :) - Kym Teale

Kym said...

I am a huge fan of Kates! on FB :) Kym Teale

kpteale(at)gmail.com

Growing Small said...

I love teh Umbrella Party and Little Vintage Girl :)

Camille said...

I really like the Christmas clip badge decorations! Super cute!
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deanna Hamlsey said...

Fan on FB of KatyJane Designs :)
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deanna Hamlsey said...

I love me some Kate Landers
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Dixon Family said...

I love the trucks and trikes and blue whale designs! So sweet!

Dixon Family said...

I am a new fan of Katy Jane Designs

Dixon Family said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers Events, LLC

Squeaks said...

These are absolutely gorgeous. I love the Whimsical Fairy and the Carousel designs. Stunning!

taylorjd205 said...

Just became a fan on FB of KatyJane Designs! -Deanna :)

taylorjd205 said...

I LOVE the rainbow bag tag on KatyJane Design's website. I also love the matching rainbow fun invitations. -Deanna

taylorjd205 said...

I am a fan of yours on FB! Love all your blog posts! -Deanna :)

JKMommy said...

Hi I like the cheeky Monkey blue and the Vintage Plane designs! :)
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JKMommy said...

I follow on KatyJane on FB (3 extras! Thanks!)
FB: Julie Howard Kieras
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JKMommy said...

I follow KateLanders on FB
FB: Julie Howard Kieras
jkrs01 @comcast.net

Becky Welch said...

Too many to like! I loved the Double Decker bus and Whimsical Fairy!

Becky Welch said...

Fan of you!

Becky Welch said...

Following Katy Jane on facebook!

Rebecca Freeman said...

My favourite two designs are Farmyard Fun and Carnival Carousel.

Catherine Irwin said...

I adore Little Vintage Girl, Double Decker Party Bus and Umbrella Party - Pink!

chelsei said...

I love the Magical Carousel and the Rainbow Fun Designs.
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chelsei said...

I like Katy Jane Designs on FB
Chelsei Ryan
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chelsei said...

I like Kate Landers Events on FB
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the Mrs. said...

I love the carousel and the unbrella designs - my head is already spinning with ideas for BOTH of those themes for my girls. :)

the Mrs. said...

I don't know if my last comment went through...I love the umbrella and carousel designs - both have SO much potential for a themed party for one of my girls!!!

the Mrs. said...

I am a fan of KatyJane designs on fb now! (Gina Parker)

the Mrs. said...

I am already a fan of Kate Landers Events, LLC on fb!! (Gina Parker)

Grace said...

I love the Whimsical Fairy and Spots and Butterflys designs.

Grace said...

I'm a fan of Katy Jane Designs

Grace said...

I'm a fan of Kate Landers

Amber H. said...

Everything is super cute. I love the Age Badges for the birthday boy or girl. The ribbons and goodie boxes are also party perfect. But I would use the giveaway for custom invites, I do believe. Thanks!

Katie B said...

I am a KatyJane FB fan :)

Katie B said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers Events on FB!

Katie B said...

I love the Cheeky Monkey (both colors) and the Magic Carousel :)

Anonymous said...

I Love Magical Carousel and Whimsical Fairy. They're all super cute!!

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Anonymous said...

I follow on FB entry #2

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Anonymous said...

I follow for entry #3!

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rkokes said...

I love the vintage plane and whale invitations!

rkokes said...

I am a fan of KatyJane Designs!

rkokes said...

I am a fan of Kate Landers Events!

JO MUIR said...

I really love the Farmyard Animal Fun ( would have been great for my daughters farm party!) and also love the Spots and Butterflies!

One happy mommom said...

I absolutly love the Cheeky Monkey ( it actually caught my eye right away)and the Carousel

One happy mommom said...

i am a fan of KatyJane designs

One happy mommom said...

i have been a fan of Kate Landers for some time now