Brand Brilliance book feature

This is a blog post I've been meaning to write for months. Where to start?

Over a year ago I answered a call for submissions to Fiona Humberstone's latest book, Brand Brilliance. I very nearly didn't - I have this voice in my head that quite often likes to rein me in by telling me I'm not quite good enough yet.  Close to the deadline I sent a selection of images that illustrate various points about branding - colour palettes, packaging, work in progress etc. Hoping that maybe one of my images would be used as an example for something, somewhere in the book.

I received an exciting email back from Fiona's team saying my images were liked and they would try to work them into the book. I was trying not to get too excited and manage my expectations. So much so, that by the time I received the next email I would have been made up to have one of my images the size of a postage stamp - as long as I made it into the book I'd be ecstatic. When I opened the attachment to see I had a whole page to myself I wanted to scream with joy. However, I was sat in the middle of Nandos waiting for my husband to arrive for lunch, so had to scream a little inside! It was all I could do to stop myself telling the people on the next table.  

I eagerly awaited for the book to be published so I could share the news with the world. I finally got my hands on it back in May and it didn't disappoint. It's a beautiful book full of inspiring and useful content, gorgeous photography and amazing business advice. I feel very lucky and proud to have been featured in it.

Fiona said some lovely things about my work in the book which is a huge boost. The thing is, if it wasn't for Fiona's previous book, How to Style Your Brand, I wouldn't have had a) the courage or confidence to submit my work, and b) the knowledge of how to make my brand appealing enough to be book-worthy.

I've already started to implement some of the ideas from this book, and I'm excited to see how my brand and business develop as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

  

Free printable Christmas gift tags

Over two years ago I designed these Christmas tags as a free download for email subscribers. They have now been re-pinned on Pinterest over 23 thousand times and the cause of way too many emails asking how to get hold of them. I'm so pleased that they are liked by so many people.

In the hope of reducing some of the email requests I've decided to put them on here to make it easier for everyone to download (please note these are for personal use only). I'd still love you to subscribe to my email, (simply add your email address in the box at the bottom of this blog post) only if you'd like to though,  and I'll have some new freebies for my subscribers soon.

I'd love to see how you use these tags. You can hashtag gooseberrymoon over on instagram and tag me @gooseberrymoon. 

Scroll down past the images for the download link.

Enjoy!

 

 

Botanical Bridal Shoot at Holker Hall

Earlier this year I took part in my first ever styled shoot. This was a dream come true, especially when I saw the list of wedding vendors. It was held at the beautiful Holker Hall and Gardens in Cumbria.

Photography: Tiree Dawson Photography
Co-ordination and lighting/backdrop hireTypical Type
VenueHolker Hall
Catering: The Ilex Brasserie, Holker Hall
StylingNina Marika
FloristValerie Ann's
Make Up: Aimée Chorley
Hairstylists: Beth Nelson and Ben Dixon at Daniel Gray Hairdressers
Bridal wear and accessoriesMears Ghyll Bridal Rooms
CakesPoppy Pickering
Stationery: Gooseberry Moon
Models: Indus, Stef and Hannah