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Announcing: our new calendars & planners! 05.08.2015

It’s really SO hard for us to keep a secret. We’d like to think we are good at it, but it’s really complete torture and we’ve been sitting on this little secret for a while now. So we are pretty much wanting to shout from the rooftops that we have a brand new line of calendars and planners!!!!!!! Can you hear us squealing???!!!!

We know it’s ironic that if you look at our workspaces, you might think we are a bit of a mess (that’s putting it nicely). But when it comes down to it, both of us are absolutely OBSESSED with our paper planners and calendars and keep them psychotically organized. We really don’t go anywhere without a coffee in one hand and our planners tucked under our arms like a blankie. We’re very particular about the type of paper, the layout, the month vs week pages…really all of it. We have been using planners for a long time and have learned exactly what works and if it works for both of us, then we know it’s a win. So this new partnership with the super-awesome company, Blue Sky, is such an organization-lover’s dream!

Today we are sharing a little peek into the first round of calendars and planners sold at Staples! We partnered closely with the brilliant minds at Blue Sky to design the perfect planners that incorporated everything you need in a calendar but also infused a little hit of fun pattern and color (we couldn’t help ourselves)! There are various sizes of Weekly/Monthly planners, a Desk Pad and a Wall Calendar and they are all for the July 2015 – June 2016 Academic Year which means they are PERFECT to get started with very soon! We sure hope you guys love them!

Check out our first collection right at Staples HERE!

We will have a small group of these calendars and planners on our own etsy shop in the next week or two, but you’ll have to move fast!

 

 

 

Package Design for Land of Nod 11.05.2014

YOU GUYS!!!! We are totally stoked to share this super-fun project we did with The Land of Nod!! YES, they are a dream client of ours. YES we are like their number one fan (and customer). YES we totally freaked out when we got asked to collaborate with them on this! So, we were asked to redesign their packaging including shipping boxes and in-store bags!!! (Dream job!) We partnered with them to create a few custom patterns, new logo treatment and a really awesome color palette, and here we are! What’s better than pattern-covered boxes with a surprise pop of color on the inside?!! So…Whatcha think?!!

  1. Arleene Taylor

    So, So good! Can I be next please? I just love it :)

    November 10, 2014 5:27 am
  2. ampersand

    Oh, Arleene, we would LOVE to!!! We love your products!!!

    November 11, 2014 3:33 am

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014! 01.13.2014

As we move into 2014, we have been doing a lot of future-planning, goal-setting and plan-making for this coming year, but we feel like it’s really important to pause,  look back at the previous year and assess what worked and what didn’t. So we started writing down our biggest successes, most exciting moments and also the things that disappointed us or we’d count as failures, because frankly, each one of these things will teach us how we want to move forward into 2014. Its not all just list-making though, we are putting on our business women hats and crunching some serious numbers, as well.

We’re so thankful for the new relationships, friends and clients that have come from 2013. It’s truly been an incredible year for our business. We can’t go without recognizing that we are some of the lucky ones that are actually living our dream, doing exactly what we were meant to do! And a huge thank you to all of our Ampersand friends who stop by our little blog to see what we’re up to, we’re grateful for each and every one of you!

We’ve got big plans for 2014 and some of them have already started (ah…you know how we hate keeping secrets)! But before we move forward, let’s look back at 2013, want to come along on the journey with us? Let’s go:

JANUARY // We kicked off 2013 by traveling to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit and we had the honor of speaking at a roundtable about Going Into Business with Friends, (Full Alt Summit recap here). Oh and yes, we got to meet Jessica Alba! // We got to introduce our first stationery collection with teNeues // We launched our partnership with LaPlates for our custom designed melamine plates and platters

FEBRUARY // moved out of coffee shops and got our very first studio space // launched Ampersand iphone cases on our etsy shop // spoke for AIGA Kansas City Homegrown Fashion

MARCH // our very first fabric collection, Cream & Sugar, starting shipping to stores across the world and online boutiques // our work was published in Playing with Type book by Rockport Press // announced we are in over our heads HIRING an intern //

APRIL // welcomed Jordan & Emily to the Ampersand team // partnered with The Honest Co for their awesome productspinning parties // did a local meet & greet at Harper’s Fabrics to launch our Cream & Sugar fabric collection

MAY // collaborated with Anthropologie for a Mother’s Day craft night event // showed at our 2nd Surtex show in NYC and it was a big success! // full recap of our 2013 Surtex show right here!

JUNE // really tapped into our DIY side for Father’s Day & Mother’s Day

AUGUST // spoke about Branding for Blgogers at Go Blog Social conference in Kansas City //

SEPTEMBER // Carrie had a baby!

OCTOBER // attended Quilt Market in Houston and shot a video //  new partnership for kids room decor with Oopsy Daisy // we moved (again)! to the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District downtown // prepared to launch our second fabric collection, 8 Days a Week, with a massive 3-location photo shoot and lots of help from our sewing friends!

NOVEMBER // started selling our screen prints at one of our favorite local shops, Utilitarian Workshop // Had the pleasure of designing The Country Club Plaza Lights banners // hosted a super fun holiday trunk show for The Land of Nod in our very own studio!!

DECEMBER // featured in Spaces magazine // partnered with Mane Message for a custom design package of  hair bands // added new stationery items to our shop

And 2013 was so good to us in the press! Thanks to all of you who featured one of our products, our shop, or the work we have done!! We appreciate every single word! Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, To & From Magazine, Adore Home Magazine, the cover of Fon’s & Porters Love of Quilting, Camille Styles, Honest to Nod, The Vault Files, 100 layer cakelet, blogshop Philly, Spaces Magazine, KC Weddings magazine and so many more!!

We also took our wholesale business to new levels and added lots of new accounts to our list including Shop Made by Girl in NYC, Collected in Aukland, New Zealand,  Take Heart in Austin, TX and our most recent, Schoolhouse Electric!

All in all, we’d like to say a big huge CHEERS to 2013!!!! You’ve been incredible to us and we can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!

(And just in case you’re curious, here’s our look back from a year ago and 2012!)

 

 

  1. Nicole

    This is so awesome! I’m excited to see what 2014 brings to you beauties!

    January 13, 2014 2:34 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Nicole! So excited for your 2014 and your new beginning, too! Hopefully this will be a great year all around!

      January 16, 2014 4:16 am
  2. Megan

    What a great year you two had! Congrats. :)

    Megan from Chasing Davies

    January 13, 2014 6:46 pm
  3. ampersand

    oh thanks, megan! it sure was a crazy one ;)

    January 13, 2014 7:15 pm
  4. Akram Taghavi-Burris

    Congrats on your successful year. May 2014 prove to be just as fruitful.

    It’s good to see local business’s thriving and I love sharing you guys inspiration and insight with, my graphic design students.

    Keep up the good work ;)

    January 16, 2014 1:10 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Akram! And thank you for sharing our work with your students! We are so flattered. We hope you have a wonderful 2014, too! Cheers!

      January 16, 2014 4:07 pm

Panera 2013 Holiday campaign 12.11.2013

We’re pretty proud of our city, that goes without saying, and we tend to think that Kansas City has a pretty talented group of creatives all living here right smack in the middle of the country! The Panera Bread Holiday 2013 campaign struck our eye and we loved discovering that it was designed right here in Kansas City by our famously talented, Willoughby Design! The mix of holiday critters, combined with pattern and letterpress-inspired typography, all in this unique color palette is leaving us speechless! Its nostalgic and new all at the same time! Is it wrong that we want to head over to Panera and say that our order is “to go” just so we can get one of these brown bags?

{all photos from Willoughby Design’s blog}

ampersand design studio for mane message 12.04.2013

We’ve been fans of Mane Message hair ties for a while now and we always admire how the color and pattern collections are put together, so when the opportunity arose for us to actually DESIGN the patterns on the ties, we were all over it!!! It was just icing on the cake that the owner of Mane Message, Olivia Hayward, happens to be the sweetest gal ever! She let us do our thing and design whatever we wanted….we, of course, had too many ideas, but we just kept returning to the  black, white and gold collection. What can we say, even the rainbow-lovers love a good classic combo from time to time! This collaboration was just a little match made in heaven. Such a pleasure to work with Olivia! We hope you all love our exclusive collection!
From top to bottom: Black Glitter Hair Tie // Ampersand Stripe Print Hair Tie // Black Solid Hair Tie // Confetti Print Hair Tie // Gold Glitter Hair Tie // Geometric Print Hair Tie. That’s two glitter hair ties, one solid color hair tie and three print hair ties for $12.50!
PS – It goes without saying that these would be the most perfect stocking stuffer, right? We love that you get a little glitz, a classic black and then some fun exclusive patterns all in one package!
Find them in our shop now!
If you’d like to carry these in your own shop, contact us here for wholesale info: hello@ampersanddesignstudio.com.
  1. Christina | Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

    So excited for you guys! I just love Olivia and Mane Message!

    December 4, 2013 5:14 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Christina! We’re excited, too! Olivia is great! It’s been such a fun collaboration!

      December 4, 2013 8:54 pm
  2. Kate

    Got these in my stocking! :) Love them!

    January 9, 2014 5:58 pm