Not Your Average Chick

Stationery Enthusiast & Mental Wellness Advocate

NYAC-Comprehensive Guide to Stationery

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Imagine if you will.  An idea popping into your head. One that outweighs any other thoughts that may be going on.  You dive in full force with an eagerness to absorb all of the knowledge that is possible.  You begin with the terms that define this newfound idea.  Never had you imagined the depth in which a simple idea can take you. Now realize that person is me.  Thumbing vigorously through the internet referencing sources to bring you all the information you could need to form a solid understanding of the idea that I LOVEStationery.

When I made the decision to begin a creative business that is defined by stationery, I had no clue the extent of proper terminology that I would need to define.  I will break up the post into segments for easier referencing.  This will be the first in a series of post documenting the extensive terminology of stationery.

What is stationery?

Stationery is defined by Wikipedia as a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper, envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper and other office supplies.  Stationery is intrinsically linked to paper and the process of written, personalized communication.

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Paper Sizing

Paper sizes are measured on a standard paper size scale.  International standard (ISO) specifies paper sizes used in most countries except for the U.S. and Canada which size their own sizing standard.

There are a lot of mathematical formulas behind A, B, and C paper sizes but the common feature is that any successive paper size measurement is determined by halving the dimensions of the preceding one.

Notebook Paper Size A Series

A3 11.7 X 16.5 inches

A4 8.3 X 11.7 inches

A5 5.8 X 8.3 inches

A6 4.1 X 5.8 inches

A7 2.9 X 4.1 inches

Examples of commonly printed items are:

postcards A6

flyer A5

newsletter A4

The larger the number, the smaller the paper size.

Notebook Paper Size B Series

B5 6.9 X 9.8

B6 4.9 X 6.9

B7 3.5 X 4.9

Paper Weight (GSM)

Grams per meter squared (GSM) refers to the paper’s weight, its thickness.  Generally the thicker/heavier the paper, the better its quality.  It has less tendency to bleed through or feather when using wet ink pens, ie. fountain pens.  I personally use sharpie pens which also bleed through but with a thicker stock paper, it does not.

Types of Paper

  1. Text paper (office paper)lightweight 20lbs budget-friendly, medium 22-24lbs, heavy 28-32lbs pen will not bleed through
  2. Bristol ~ lightest cardstock, most commonly used, 100lb for card making projects
  3. Index ~ sturdier cardstock, smoother than Bristol
  4. Cover ~ much thicker, invitations, cards

Paper Finish

  1. Coated
  2. Uncoated

Both uncoated and coated papers can have a polished finish.  The polished types are gloss, semi-gloss, silk, and matte.

7 Catagories of Paper

  1. Printing paper
  2. Writing paper
  3. Wrapping paper
  4. Blotting paper
  5. Drawing paper
  6. Handmade papers
  7. Specialty paper

Paper has a history that can be traced back to the 2nd-century BCE in China.  The use of paper has a large impact on the environment in terms of trash and deforestation.  The use and production of recycled paper are more prevalent today because of environmental factors.

This post was created as a reference page.  Stay tuned for future post detailing and defining other stationery terms.

Interested in other NYAC content?

All For the Love of Stationery

Stepping Up My Stationery Game

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I am overly ecstatic about today’s delivery!

On Friday I received a surprise email from Amazon stating I had received a gift card valued at $35.

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A message was included,

” I thought I would send my Ebates rebate NYAC’s way”.

I couldn’t believe it because early that morning I had told my Ma that I wasn’t going to purchase anymore supplies until I got the paper cutter that I so desperately need.  You’ll never guess the price …..  $38.00!!  Here I had received $35 from a loyal follower and friend, Ashley, and so immediately I placed my order, only paying for the difference and taxes totaling $9.00.

I can’t say thank you enough Ashley!  I will think of you with each piece of paper I precisely slice 🙂. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me.

It arrived today and will be put to use this evening.  This will be crossed off of my Amazon wishlist.  I can’t wait to assemble my first handmade journal!

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The week in the life of a new blogger-NYAC

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*this post contains affiliate links. See disclaimer*


I am not a new blogger, per say, as the title of this post suggests but I am new to monetizing my content and it has been an insanely busy week here in the Hen House!  

A little about what is going on behind the scenes….  This Chick has stayed hard at work communicating with merchants about ways to promote products, earn income and learning ways to generate traffic.  We are growing, slowly but surely.

Generating Traffic

During this week we have established two new accounts!  Facebook and Pinterest.  Neither of the accounts are fully set up but they are a work in progress.  Check us out! Our Instagram, @nyac333, has gained 42 followers! Yay!  I will soon add Facebook and Pinterest buttons for easier access.

 

Learning the ropes of blogging is an ongoing process.  Social media platforms are an asset for promoting your blog.  In order to gain followers, it is an almost absolute must. Expanding your readability is no easy task.  It takes hard work and dedication on top of publishing bomb ass content.

A week in the life of a new blogger-NYAC

Photo by Moose Photos on Pexels.com

 

A few articles have listed building a community as a priority and I couldn’t agree more. I am fortunate to belong to the WordPress mental health community.  My first blog, a free site, garnered my full attention for a year before I purchased a personal plan and began NYAC.  It was there I was taught the importance of community. The comradery formed with my fellow bloggers will last a lifetime.  Many of my loyal followers have chosen to follow along with this journey with me. Now that’s support! (shout out :))

Earning Income

In my post Affiliate Marketing for the Newbie, I discussed 3 simple steps to take your blog to a monetary level.  The last of the suggestions being to contact the affiliate director and thank them for accepting you into the program.  Keeping an open line of communication will benefit you in the long run.  It allows you access to product experts who can guide you in selling a specific product.  Maintaining this relationship is important in your success.

 

During my research, I have learned many ways to earn income as a blogger.  Affiliate marketing is my first attempt at doing so. Focusing on mastering one area is a goal that I have set out to achieve.  There is a surplus of information available that should help keep me on task. Collectively I have gathered that with patience and diligence, you will reap the rewards.

 

Now, add a full-time job and a part-time job on top of that and you have yourself a workload!! The more I dive into developing this site, the more confident I become.  It is intimidating and overwhelming at times but thanks to those who have been where I am, they have provided information that only experience can give you. I was getting a little ahead of myself but I quickly realized this and pulled the reins.  I still have a job to maintain to pay the bills so my available time is limited but my spare time is invested in growing my creative business and promoting my blog, along with documenting what I’ve learned. I am taking advantage of this opportunity and if would like to do the same, let’s chat!!!  Contact me via my contact page if you have any information or insider tips you would like to share with me.

 

That wraps it up for my busy week.


How has your week been?

Let’s chat in the comments!

Let’s form a community and be there for each other.

 

Hey Chicks!


Today I will share some information about

Affiliate Marketing for the Newbie

When you take on a new challenge, your immediate response is often intimidation.  Whether it be playing a sport, beginning a new career or creating a side hustle to add income to your existing income, nerves can be overwhelming.  As many of you know NYAC has begun the journey of affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

In simple terms, it is where merchants can enlist affiliates to advertise their product(s) on the affiliates website/blog.  This is seen as a win-win agreement for both parties due to a monetization strategy. The affiliate associate earns a percentage of the product purchase when the customer is referred to the product via their website/blog, at no extra charge to the consumer.  Are you still with me?

*this post contains affiliate links*

Affiliate Marketing for Newbies-NYAC

As I am new to this endeavor, this information is fresh and the steps are easy to follow.  There are an overwhelming amount of resources that can lead you to success but this post is centered around taking the leap of faith to monetize your blog.  As a newbie, I recommend applying to as many affiliate opportunities that you find to suit your websites niche.  The range of products is extensive. You can advertise photo notebooks, markers, machinery, craft supplies, free instruction videos, web hosting and the list goes on.  It is recommended to advertise what is within your niche but nowhere does it say you have too.

Where do I start?

The first step is to have your own personal plan for running a blog or website.  You cannot monetize a free site. I highly recommend using WP Engine as your hosting provider, if you are self-hosting. I currently do not as I have the personal plan but I will invest in the self-hosted route once my plan expires and I will choose WP Engine. If your website is aimed towards establishing a business they are the go-to provider with the largest team of WordPress experts.  With WordPress being the most popular content management system on the market, my choice is obvious.

Next search stores that are within your blog’s niche on the internet.  Scroll to the bottom of their website. At the bottom, you will find the about information, press, and also an affiliate link, if they invest in affiliates.  From there you will either apply directly or through a management site.  I have applied with two management sites, ShareASale and CJ Affiliates.  Between the two I have options to apply to many different merchant affiliate programs.  This is the route I recommend as you can do everything within the companies site. They provide you with links and once you peruse the site, you will find information regarding the company you may advertise.  I will be taking an interface course to learn how to better operate as an affiliate marketer. They provide the webinar all you have to do is choose a date. I have found they want you to succeed which gives me that extra bit of confidence.

Last of the newbie steps

You will be emailed with your status of approved or declined.  Do not take it personally if your favorite merchant did not accept your application.  Many of them require specifics to be met and as a new website owner, you may not qualify.  Don’t let that stop or discourage you because there are plenty out there willing to give you a chance. Once you have built up an audience, re-apply with the company you prefer.  Which leads me to my next move. Upon receiving an approved status, email the affiliate manager letting them know that you are honored to be advertising for them, that you are new to the game and hopeful for a future with them.  Show your gratitude. They receive tons of applications daily and for them to choose you, should be an honor. Keeping an open line of communication between you and the affiliates manager is key. You can build a relationship with them by asking questions that help you promote their products.

What next?

This is where I am currently.  If you are interested in the organization tactics I used, contact me via my contact page and we can discuss it.  Get all of your things in order and begin researching and writing a post. Your post is supposed to flow as though they are natural, and they should be.  You do not want to advertise a product you wouldn’t use. That is deceiving your consumer. Always keep in mind that the reason any purchases are made through your site is simply that your followers trust you and your opinion.  Stay trustworthy and do not lose your original focus of producing great content for your readers.

 

This is the first post in a series called AAA, Affiliate Advertising Advice.  Hopefully, these documented steps will help you on your way to monetizing your blog.  Keep in mind I myself am a novice in the scene but thought it would be a great idea to share my experiences as I take this journey.  Please feel free to reblog any post you find helpful. As always I hope to hear from you in the comments.


Do you have any advice for me about monetizing your site?  What steps have you taken to monetize your site? Let’s chat!

 

Hey Chicks!


Today I will share some information about

Affiliate Marketing for the Newbie

When you take on a new challenge, your immediate response is often intimidation.  Whether it be playing a sport, beginning a new career or creating a side hustle to add income to your existing income, nerves can be overwhelming.  As many of you know NYAC has begun the journey of affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

In simple terms, it is where merchants can enlist affiliates to advertise their product(s) on the affiliates website/blog.  This is seen as a win-win agreement for both parties due to a monetization strategy. The affiliate associate earns a percentage of the product purchase when the customer is referred to the product via their website/blog, at no extra charge to the consumer.  Are you still with me?

*this post contains affiliate links*

Affiliate Marketing for Newbies-NYAC

As I am new to this endeavor, this information is fresh and the steps are easy to follow.  There are an overwhelming amount of resources that can lead you to success but this post is centered around taking the leap of faith to monetize your blog.  As a newbie, I recommend applying to as many affiliate opportunities that you find to suit your websites niche.  The range of products is extensive. You can advertise photo notebooks, markers, machinery, craft supplies, free instruction videos, web hosting and the list goes on.  It is recommended to advertise what is within your niche but nowhere does it say you have too.

Where do I start?

The first step is to have your own personal plan for running a blog or website.  You cannot monetize a free site. I highly recommend using WP Engine as your hosting provider, if you are self-hosting. I currently do not as I have the personal plan but I will invest in the self-hosted route once my plan expires and I will choose WP Engine. If your website is aimed towards establishing a business they are the go-to provider with the largest team of WordPress experts.  With WordPress being the most popular content management system on the market, my choice is obvious.

Next search stores that are within your blog’s niche on the internet.  Scroll to the bottom of their website. At the bottom, you will find the about information, press, and also an affiliate link, if they invest in affiliates.  From there you will either apply directly or through a management site.  I have applied with two management sites, ShareASale and CJ Affiliates.  Between the two I have options to apply to many different merchant affiliate programs.  This is the route I recommend as you can do everything within the companies site. They provide you with links and once you peruse the site, you will find information regarding the company you may advertise.  I will be taking an interface course to learn how to better operate as an affiliate marketer. They provide the webinar all you have to do is choose a date. I have found they want you to succeed which gives me that extra bit of confidence.

Last of the newbie steps

You will be emailed with your status of approved or declined.  Do not take it personally if your favorite merchant did not accept your application.  Many of them require specifics to be met and as a new website owner, you may not qualify.  Don’t let that stop or discourage you because there are plenty out there willing to give you a chance. Once you have built up an audience, re-apply with the company you prefer.  Which leads me to my next move. Upon receiving an approved status, email the affiliate manager letting them know that you are honored to be advertising for them, that you are new to the game and hopeful for a future with them.  Show your gratitude. They receive tons of applications daily and for them to choose you, should be an honor. Keeping an open line of communication between you and the affiliates manager is key. You can build a relationship with them by asking questions that help you promote their products.

What next?

This is where I am currently.  If you are interested in the organization tactics I used, contact me via my contact page and we can discuss it.  Get all of your things in order and begin researching and writing a post. Your post is supposed to flow as though they are natural, and they should be.  You do not want to advertise a product you wouldn’t use. That is deceiving your consumer. Always keep in mind that the reason any purchases are made through your site is simply that your followers trust you and your opinion.  Stay trustworthy and do not lose your original focus of producing great content for your readers.

 

This is the first post in a series called AAA, Affiliate Advertising Advice.  Hopefully, these documented steps will help you on your way to monetizing your blog.  Keep in mind I myself am a novice in the scene but thought it would be a great idea to share my experiences as I take this journey.  Please feel free to reblog any post you find helpful. As always I hope to hear from you in the comments.


Do you have any advice for me about monetizing your site?  What steps have you taken to monetize your site? Let’s chat!

 

Hey Chicks!


NYAC

Affiliate links*see disclosure

Have you ever wondered how crafting is easy for some?  Well, I’m here to tell you that it is ok to enlist some assistance.  Like … machine assistance.

Tired of cutting out all of your decorations?  Cut no more with these steals of deals!!!

Cricut is offering up to 50% off on select cutting materials. This is an awesome deal!!  You will find once you are there, there are many other deals available.  On merchandise such as the Cricut Explore, EasyPress, Brightpad and blades and tools.  This offer doesn’t last long!

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And no need to worry about shipping because they are offering free shipping on orders of $99+ in U.S. and Canada

using my promo code AUGSHIP


You can guarantee I ordered some blades for my Ma’s Cricut.  She has had one for a few years and it was used for a couple of projects before she stored it away.  Now that I am doing my crafting thing it has been pulled off the shelf but hasn’t been able to be used because of dull blades.  I placed my order before typing this post.  I figured since I was taking advantage of this great deal, I’d let you in on my promo code (they said it was ok) 🙂

If you decide to make a purchase, be sure to use my affiliate links!!  Thanks guys!!  Ya’ll are the BEST!!  muah

Hey Chicks!

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As I have shared before my workspace is in our living area.  The benefit to this is the openness and the central location.  The downside to it is all of my supplies have taken over our dining table and it isn’t the best sight for eyes.  All of my crafting supplies are strung out yet somewhat organized.  I am going to tackle creating a space in my room, where there is no room left for anything.  I plan on reorganizing my whole space basically without moving any furniture.  Impossible, likely but I am going to give it my all.  This may be tackled in one day but it could take a few.  Below is a picture of my room pre-craft space.  I definitely have a challenge set before me.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

Sorry, the picture isn’t the best quality.   The glare from my window is intense.  It is that area that I am transforming into my craft space.  I would’ve gotten a more up-close picture but I am a bit ashamed at the dust that has collected.  After this process, all should be nice and shiny.  Next is a picture about midway through.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

I had to remove everything from my mini desk, dust and bring everything from the original crafting table into my room.  I pulled everything out and threw away a lot of junk.  I used old containers for storage and bought a few things for storage.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

To the far right is a magazine holder which is hanging from my window sill.  The mint and white round containers are new.  Purchased them for dirt cheap.  I also bought a card file to file my finished cards in.  On the bottom four cubbies, I have my stamps and inks, vintage postcards and small cutouts that will be hung in a day or so from small storage racks.  Then I have boxes of cards and my tag punch.  I thought I would need the drawer or inside space but luckily, I didn’t.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

Mission Craft space-NYAC

The two above pictures are shelves that housed my TV and DVD player.  I removed all of it and stored it elsewhere.  The top of the dresser has a wire bin that will hold finished projects.  To the right are small notebooks wedged between my folder holder which has my sketchbook and planner in it.  To the left is another mint and white container with adhesives in it.  The bottom two shelves will be for paper storage and markers.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

Mission Craft space-NYAC

An armoire that holds pics of my grandparents, my lotions and sprays and of course, notebooks.

Mission Craft space-NYAC

I am quite satisfied with the outcome.  Now I am on the hunt for a chair.  I finally put the new comforter that I got for Christmas on my bed.  I must say, it all came together nicely.


Are you limited on crafting space?  What are some space saving ideas that you use?

After I set up my new space, I come home to these two gifts from my Ma!  A turquoise chair and a larger three-drawer storage container, both with wheels!!  How sweet and amazing is she?

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back to school psa-NYAC

Back to School

Hey Chicks!



This is not your typical back to school post.  It’s more of a reality check.

This post contains an affiliate link

When August rolls around the majority of parents are rejoicing.  After a summer filled with pool parties and endless nights, you can bet parents are ready for the structure and routine that the school schedule provides.  Bored, not a care in the world, children are reluctant but ready to see their classmates to catch them up on their summer activities. But not every kid has had an active summer itinerary.

For some children, school is a guaranteed meal and a safe space. I can’t help but to think of the less fortunate children who didn’t get to see the ocean and taste the salt, feel the sand between their toes or take a dolphin tour.  Those who live in single-parent homes where the parent can’t afford the time off work, much less a trip out of state.

The expenses associated with back to school can cause added stress for the delighted parent.  Tech fees and supply totals climb quickly, add lunch money to the equation and there brews turmoil for the low-income families.  This is only mentioning that you do this for one. If you have multiples, multiply this substantial, financial burden times the number of children you have and bam, you got yourself a bill.

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There is a range of economic statuses in our society affecting children’s view of the world. I am fortunate to live among the creative who live day-to-day, low-income, make-it-happen type of parent.  But I have help. I do not go at this life alone. It has truly taken a village to raise my daughter (and myself 😉). Everyone who has been there having imprinted on her life a positive example of what it means to be a decent, kind human being.

The moral of the story is that while your family is on a yacht, your child’s classmate may struggle at home in an unstable environment.  Teaching our kids to want the better things in life can and maybe a goal. An attainable one. But do not allow them to believe their self-worth is based on materials or judge others based on material assets.   Building character of a respectful human begins in the early stages of a child’s life. Events such as back to school are opportunities to teach our little ones that not everyone can travel for summer vacation.

Back to School-PSA-NYAC

Lead by example and purchase extra school supplies and donate to the school for those who cannot afford the basic necessities.  These are tools they use to build their education. Empower a child this back to school season. Any time you are capable of donating, schools always accept donations. My sister-in-law is a kindergarten teacher and she spends more on her class than she does her home (she may or may not have a shopping problem; lol love you sil).


This is a suggestive post.  By all means, if you can’t donate, don’t … but teach your children to be considerate.  It cost nothing. Show by example.

August planner set-up-NYAC

Hey Chicks!


Having started in a new planner I am doing trial and error weekly spreads to see what will work best for me.  Many of you may know that I am medicated for bipolar so keeping a record of my mood on a daily basis plays an important role in my stability. 

I have created a key of sorts and will use it throughout the month of August.  I prepared each day with a mood bubble and a split square to write my work schedule in on one half and the other half will be used to document the money I earned each shift.  This is also important because I earn a living off of cash tips.  Keeping a record of my earnings holds me responsible for paying bills and monitors my spending.  At the end of each week, I will total my earnings and write down what amount goes towards bills, what I have in my checking and savings accounts and what the remainder is.  I have found this system to work so well that it has been transferred from my last planner.

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Next, I write all bill payments in red ink so that they stand out as important.  I’ve never color coded but I think this will help to remind me ahead of time when a bill is due.  I also signified bills with the dollar sign drawn in the due date box.

I will be honest and say I almost didn’t post this entry because I am not satisfied with the looks of my weekly spread.  I got a little too anxious and filled in the month before thoroughly thinking through how I wanted it to look.  So …. There is white out everywhere and I will attempt a better, prettier layout for next month.  This will work for now.

You can see in the left column that I have my “mood bubble” with a square under it.  For this month that is all, I am tracking.  I keep a log, on the grid sheet at the end of each month, for charting my weekly income.

This is a basic set up for me.  Being that I document daily, I leave enough space open to jot down anything that happened on that day.  While decorating I was hesitant to use too much space.  Next month I am debating on doing more habit tracking.  My planner is duly used for events and tasks, scheduling and income, making the open space limited.



What habits do you track?  Do you track them so that you may improve?  What does your weekly layout look like?  Let’s chat in the comments!

Hey Chicks!


August 2018

is upon us!  This month begins our monthly motto.  This is a phrase that the Hen House will stick to for the month.

Make it happen!

is this months motto.  For all things productive, I will make it happen!!!  Maybe these monthly mottos will help motivate you as well 🙂


What will you make happen this month?

Candace’s Randomness

Hey Chicks!


I am often a random person.  I start projects out of the blue, I like random things and I randomly share my randomness.  Lol … So random!

With that said here are some random facts about me.

  • I LOVE mustard
  • I am right handed
  • I have grey eyes
  • My favorite color is red
  • I am 5’10
  • I LOVE toddlers
  • I am extremely self-aware
  • My hobbies include writing, blogging and now crafting
  • I am a natural brunette
  • Turkey sandwiches are my favorite
  • I do not like smoothies
  • I am a texture person.  I like the feel of textures and dislike texture in my food
  • I am quirky
  • I do not like crowds of people
  • I love thunderstorms
  • I often blog on-the-go
  • I am a smoker
  • I take medication
  • My favorite musician right now is Halsey, favorite song by her, Gasoline
  • I am a stationery addict
  • I am a control freak but working on it

I hope this gives you an idea of who I am as a person.  I love big and have a temper but each day I work on myself to be a better version than I was the day before.  Self-improvement has been a focus for mine for almost 4 years now and it is an evolving goal.  I am open to change and accept myself for who I am.


Share some randomness about yourself in the comments.