February 10, 2014

A Tiny Bookmark Business Card

One of the things about Alt Summit is the business cards. You don't really want to mess around here - everyone brings their A game.

As someone with zero artistic talent, this was fairly stressful for me. The last time I'd had business cards made was when I went to New York City for BEA a couple of years ago, and let me tell you - those were nothing to write home about.

But then I hit on the idea to make tiny bookmarks with a book list on the back.

Okay, I could do that.

I teamed up with Tiny Prints to have them done and one of the services they offer is a designer who will work with you. Yes! The angels sang when I saw that option.

The designer I worked with came up with a couple of variations and I picked the one I liked best and then we sent it back and forth, making tiny changes until I was 100% happy with it.

I was beyond happy with the final product and got a lot of nice comments on them from everyone at Alt (and I loved that they so perfectly represented one of my favorite things in the world).

Kayla helped me come up with the pithy descriptions for the books on the back

Then, once they arrived, I bought a tiny hole punch and some ribbon and went about making them into bookmarks. I did most of them at Alt, and Merrick and Leanne very kindly helped me assemble lots of them in the backseat of the car as we were driving to and from the Collectively dinner on Wednesday night.

I was really happy with the final product - the cards had a nice heft (but not so thick I couldn't punch through them), and they had a subtle texture that was really gorgeous.

I ordered 200 of them, and I still have almost 100 of them left. Last week, I went to a TriFABB event (a Triangle-area bloggers group) and I was delighted to have plenty to pass around.

And if I meet you in person, I will be certain to push one on you. Pretend you haven't seen them.

Big thanks to Tiny Prints for printing my cards free of charge!


  1. What a great idea, love how they turned out!

  2. So cute, informational, and functional! Love it. I also appreciate how simple they are; if I received a business card with stickers falling out of it, I don't even know how I would process that.

  3. What a unique idea! I think they came out great and I love the ribbon as a personal touch!

    Stopping by from Funday Monday!


  4. a tiny little card that packs a big punch... Oh! Like YOU: a tiny person who makes a BIG impact. :)

  5. Cute idea! The book list on the back is great!

  6. This is perfect! Amazing idea and very fitting for you.

  7. Super cute cards Janssen! You're going to have to keep me up-to-date on all these blogging outings ;)

  8. Super cute! I love the idea of turning business cards into bookmarks.

  9. I LOVE the idea of bookmarks as biz cards. So cute. www.wearflowersinyourhair.com

  10. These are awesome and stylish, just like you :)

  11. These are GORGEOUS! Love the type and how they double as bookmarks. Brilliant:)

  12. These are completely amazing! What a perfect idea!!

  13. Oh these are just lovley! Swoon!


  14. I have mine!! Such a great business card.

  15. These are so perfect for you!

  16. Loved these business cards that you passed out at the TriFABB meeting! They are so unique and definitely stand out as far as business cards go. Fun to meet you, Janssen!

  17. These are seriously too cute and perfect for you and your blog. Love them!


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