Ello my friends. I can't think of a better way to send you off into your weekend then a GIVEAWAY (insert cheers here). I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ellie and seeing her amazing work. These are such great gifts for any occasion. The idea of these mini magnets as wedding favors has me SO EXCITED. She has been kind enough to do a little Q&A with us, along with a giveaway of a set of 4 custom coasters and a magnet.
I had to show all the Ohio coasters, I love 'em!
How awesome are these race for the cure coasters?!
Tiny magnets! Adorbs!
How did you get started creating coasters?
I grew up in a household where coasters were an absolute requirement. If there wasn't a coaster under a glass, I got scolded. As a result, I'm always scoping out coasters – at the bar, in stores, online, or at friend's houses. When I bought my townhouse 2 years ago, I could never find cute coasters that reflected me, my style, and my personality. So, I decided I'd make a set. I posted a couple pictures of my DIY project on Facebook and my friends went crazy. It took a while to fine-tune the process, but once I had it nailed down, the sky was the limit. If it can be glued, I can turn it into a coaster.
What is your most common pattern or print request?
The most common print request is for race bibs and personal photos. When it comes to patterns, it's all over the place. I've done a lot of the Ohio digital illustration sets in the stores in Columbus. They sell out every week!
If someone wants to place a custom order, how far in advance do you suggest they place their order?
Custom orders typically take a week to turn around, but that can vary depending on quantity. If you're ordering more than one set, I typically ask for 7-10 days to crank it out. Then of course you have to allow a couple days for shipping. I'd say the safe bet is to place an order 2 weeks in an advance. Especially if you're asking me to do some custom design!
Can couples get their engagement photos placed on the coasters or magnets?
Engagement photos can absolutely be on magnets and coasters. I've used wedding invitations, too, and they turn out really well. It's a fun way to save your invitation and remember the day.
Where can people purchase your work?
My coasters and magnets are currently for sale in 3 Central Ohio shops: Celebrate Local at Easton, PK Paper in Upper Arlington, and Simply Rising Cafe in Newark. I'm hoping to add some more boutiques to the repertoire soon, but that's it for now!
One thing to add is that I do not need to have original photos. I can use electronic images for everything. So, nothing gets sacrificed in the creation of the coasters! That's a big deal for brides who do not want to cut up their invitation, and runners who aren't ready to totally part with their race bib.
PRIZE: One set of 4 custom coasters and a magnet.
1. Comment on this post and tell us what you would put on your coasters.
2. Find Elegant Elliephant on Facebook, “like” their page, and tell them MMJ sent you.
3. “Like” us (MMJ Events) on Facebook
4. Re-tweet or Share on Facebook about the giveaway.
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday June 12th at 11 p.m EST
The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Wednesday. Good luck…