Amber Housley

Speaking at Stationery Academy Summer 2015

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In July, I’m excited to be heading to Phoenix, Arizona to speak at the Stationery Academy Summer 2015 session!

I’m going to present the Marketing module and break down the strategy behind increasing engagement, driving sales, creating campaigns and getting a plan together. I also have two fun breakout sessions planned: one on Launching Your Product Line and a creative session on DIY Photo Styling.

Stationery Academy was one of the first big investments I made in my stationery business. In fact, I’m a ‘graduate’ of the inaugural class back in 2011! Here’s a walk down memory lane with my roommates Amber, Courtney and Ashlee:

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You can read my very enthusiastic blog post recapping the experience here.

In 2012, I had the opportunity to return to Stationery Academy, this time as a speaker, where I presented on marketing strategies and client experience.

Another fun flashback for you. Included in this photo is Jennifer Faught, who is now Owner/President of Stationery Academy, and was an attendee in 2012. We first met at one of my early Inspired workshops here in Nashville. In fact, all of the ladies in this photo have been a part of the Inspired experience and then on to Stationery Academy!

I still love seeing how the friendships have grown over the years since we first met at conferences. Further proof how meaningful they are not only to your business but your personal life, too!

The recap of my second Stationery Academy experience is at this blog post here. I love looking back and reading my thoughts, feelings and excitement to make many design dreams happen!

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I’ve told many Inspired attendees and my private coaching clients — if you are looking to really learn the fundamentals (and beyond!) of running a successful stationery or product design, Stationery Academy will give you an unbelievable return on investment! The knowledge and skills I learned at the very first (and as a speaker at the second) still influence my business today.

I can’t wait to meet the wonderful attendees at this summer’s session, present on a topic I’m so passionate about – and of course, learn a whole lot of new content for myself!

Will I see you there? Leave a comment below! Or, if you’re considering attending – hurry, there’s only a few seats left.

See you in Phoenix!

 

Now Hiring: Shop Manager

Category: Business

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We are growing again! We are excited to find our very own Shopgirl for the Amber Housley online shops and brands.

This position would focus on managing online shop orders from ordering to fulfillment. Behind the scenes, you would find joy in managing all of the details needed to run an online shop including customer relations, creating new listings, marketing and social media activities, as well as less glamorous day to day online shop duties.

Your main daily tasks:

Prepare files for print into pre-established templates. Build out additional designs and layouts based on an existing in-house design.
Assist in fulfillment of wholesale and online orders. Keep up with published production schedules.
Manage customer communication
Provide some social media and marketing support, manage collaborations.

Our ideal Shop Manager will have the following qualities:

Have reliable access to computer and internet
Proficient in and access to Adobe Creative Suite programs, primarily Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, Microsoft Office
Knowledge of social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook
Have an appreciation of Southern culture, the color pink
Be kind, thoughtful and gracious
Be motivated, hard-working and enjoy working independently
Enjoys problem solving, learning new things, and very high-attention to detail
Desire to be a part of a creative business without the pressure of owning your own business

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, we would love for you to apply today or send your friend the link to our application. Applications close March 1 or if we find our gal sooner than that!

Please note: This position is a virtual position of 5-8 hours a week and performed during regular business hours.

Happy 2nd Birthday to AH Inspired!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the two year birthday since the very first Amber Housley Inspired! I can only imagine how much all of us have changed and grown in these past two years. Watching this film makes me so, so, happy. Seeing all of these women and the messages they share, validates that I have truly created something meaningful in this world. I don’t think there is any greater aim as a creative artist — to create something that has lasting impact and makes a mark on the world.

I had no idea where the very first one would go that cold day in March 2012…and here we are today with so much more exciting things to come!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who helped make the AH Inspired memories what they are.

 

 

Happy Birthday AH Inspired from Amber Housley on Vimeo.

 

Today, I’m also announcing the 2014 launch of one-on-one GET INSPIRED sessions with me. Just 10 spots for 10 excited entrepreneurs. You can find out all the details here. In 2013 these sold out in record time, so if you’re wanting some action and inspiration for your business, reserve your spot today!

Meet the newest member of the AH Team: Jessica Clinch

I’ve been so excited to share the news of our new addition to the Amber Housley team, the very wonderful Jessica Clinch! Jessica joins us from North Carolina and is getting into the swing of things around the office. On her latest to-do list: crafting some fabulous projects for our upcoming Amber Housley Inspired event and also hard at work on product development for our Etsy shop and also our new wedding invitation collection that will debut in October!

As Client Services Manager + Associate Event Producer, you’ll see Jessica representing the Amber Housley creative studio all over.

From new client inquiries to processing orders and directing events, Jessica’s smiling face will be there to greet you! Her enthusiasm and love for great design and creating one of kind experiences make her such a valuable team member.

I’ll turn it now over to Jessica where she shares a little bit about her background and what she loves so far about her new home in Nashville. Please give her a warm Southern welcome!

 

Meet Jessica Clinch, Client Services Manager + Assoc. Event Producer

 

Hometown: While I wasn’t born in the South (I am originally from New Jersey, and then lived in Maryland until I was 8), I’d like to think I got here as fast as I could! I consider my hometown to be Winston-Salem, North Carolina as I lived there for the past 13 years.

Birthday: October 19, 1991. Maryland had a weirdly late cut-off birth date for kindergarten, so I started when I was just four years old. This thus caused me to be essentially a year younger than most of my classmates and friends all throughout schooling, so I have become the “baby” of my friends group. But hey, I like my young age so I’m okay with it!

Before landing at Amber Housley: I was finishing my senior year at Elon University, earning my degree in Sport and Event Management with minors in Business Administration and Psychology. I also had the amazing opportunity to be an intern at Southern Weddings Magazine, which was a dream come true! Working in the office weekly alongside such delightful, inspirational, and talented women was a fantastic learning experience. I even had the chance to help style the first editorial shoot for V6! The picture above was taken on my last day in the office. I’ll never forget my months spent there- they were a great transition into working at AH!

My favorite thing about Nashville (so far): Oh my goodness, there are so many things that I love about Nashville! I adore that everyone is just as welcoming as they were in North Carolina, and of course the fantastic music culture. My favorite thing that I have done so far in Nashville was visit the Nashville Farmers Market and pick up a bag of fresh Georgia Peaches from The Peach Truck. They were so good, y’all!

Favorite Dessert: Homemade apple pie, hands down. Warmed up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream? I could eat it for breakfast! It’s got fruit and dairy in it, right?

You’ll find often find me reading: I have started reading inspirational books, most recently The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton. I love reading anything that motivates me to lead the life I want to live and stay true to my core, and this has been a great book for that so far! Next on my reading list is Love Does by Bob Goff.

My closet is full of: Tons and tons of colorful clothes in a variety of patterns, all arranged by color in ROY-G-BIV fashion. I love feminine clothes, so the majority of my closet is full of dresses, skirts, and Jackie cardigans from J.Crew, Jack Rogers, and lots of fun heels.

 

Last vacation: Oh my goodness gracious, the last vacation I took was my opinion of the vacation of a lifetime. My mom and I went to Italy for 10 days to celebrate my graduation and her 50th birthday. We had both been to Italy once before, I went for a month for a study abroad program and she went with my dad, but it was so special to get the chance to go together. It was even more special because we had the chance to visit Positano, which is where my mom’s side of my family is from and where some of my distant relatives still reside.

The area was naturally breathtakingly beautiful, and I could spend all day sitting by the beach, walking along the flower-adorned winding walkways, sipping cappucinos, and talking with my great great aunt and my mom’s cousins. Exploring my roots in this way was surreal. I had heard stories of the area and seen photographs of my relatives numerous times, but seeing Positano and meeting my relatives was an unbeatable experience. We then travelled to Amalfi, Ravello, Florence, Cinque Terre, Chianti, and Rome, and each brought a new wave of things to see and appreciate.

In my spare time: I love to write and paint! I have fallen in love with blogging, and have been writing in my blog, Simply Jessica Marie, for over a year now. It is a great way for me to express my voice, share my inspiration, and post about events and styled shoots I have designed.

Painting has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a little girl, and I adore exploring new ways to paint. I am about to launch my Etsy shop, also called Simply Jessica Marie, which will be full of  letterpress inspirational art prints, hand lettered monogrammed canvases, and canvases painted with inspirational quotes and objects. I am so excited to pour my heart and soul into this shop, and hope that it will inspire others to live their lives centered on what matters most: love, family, faith and friends.

My motto: Let love inspire all that you do.

A Few of My Favorite Things:

creating DIYs, picnics in the park, my vintage teacup collection, macarons, fun pencils for sending sweet letters

My dream wedding includes:

Above all, I want a wedding full of love, God, and my closest family and friends. Although I adore all of the pretty details of weddings and can literally look through pages of wedding magazines for hours, I want a wedding that celebrates my marriage to the man of my dreams. And to have a chance to spend one-on-one time together in a secluded area like this couple did to remember our big day for the rest of our lives.

Aside from celebrating our love and vows, I have given much thought to the details of my dream wedding as I have worked in the wedding industry for the past three years. I envision a soft pink, mint and gold color palette. I love paper, so I know that I want my invitations and paper goods to be a beautiful wow factor. I love this calligraphed scroll invite by Molly Jacques.

I also dream of flowers galore! I have always held a sweet spot in my heart for floral design, and I want my wedding to be brimming with flowers. I would love a bouquet overflowing with peonies and garden roses, and am going to plan my wedding date around peony season (which is happily in the spring!). This gorgeous tented ceremony space lined with flowers by Calder Clark Designs stole my heart the second I saw it in V5 of Southern Weddings Magazine.  This bouquet and flower adorned ceremony space are coincidentally from the same wedding!

I want my guests to be directed to their seats by beautiful calligraphed escort cards, which will lead them to tables delicately decorated with pops of color.Then, for dessert, I do want to have a traditional wedding cake, but I also want to serve mini apple pies!

Lastly, I want to have an abundance of fun pictures taken with my husband, my family, and my best friends. I know that I will remember my wedding day, but want to have crisp, swoon-worthy pictures to document it.

I’d love for y’all to follow along with all of the goodness I will be working on at AH!

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Reminder: AH Inspired Early Bird Rate Ends June 14th

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Just a quick note to pop in and remind you that the fantastic early bird rate for this year’s AMBER HOUSLEY: Inspired creative summit ends this Friday, June 14th! As I write this, there are just six seats remaining and I’m oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at all the fun swag and party details that are arriving in shipments daily at the studio.

As you can imagine, there is a whole lot of the pink, yellow, orange, coral spectrum!

I was so thrilled to get a box of these binders today that I couldn’t wait to share them. They are going to be full of amazing content from our fabulous 10 speakers and is definitely going to be an item that you reference often even after you go home from Nashville.

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Be sure and grab your seat while you still can. Payment plans are still available and if you have any questions at all about the conference or payment plans or anything, feel free to drop us a line!