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TSBC Paper Camp Los Angeles 2013

TSBC Paper Camp LA 2013I’ve been back from Paper Camp for about a week now and am still trying to wrap my head around all the amazingness that happened there. We covered a lot of topics: wholesale, wedding albums, etiquette and ethics, trade show logistics … the information shared was phenomenal. If only TSBC existed 10 years ago when I launched Delphine! It would have saved me so many headaches (and quite a bit of money spent on mistakes).

Lucky for all of you, Katie just announced a few minutes ago that she is releasing five more seats in the sold out Tradeshow Bootcamp webinar series that starts later this month. If you’re interested hop on it, these seats are sure to fill up by the end of the day! 

Paper Camp 2013 Los Angeles BindersAbove: the Paper Camp Binder … worth more than its weight in gold.

Paper Camp 2013 Los AngelesMissing all of you ladies so much! It was a true honor to be in the same room with all of you. XO – E.

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Paper Camp 2012

Erika Firm president of Delphine to speak at Paper Camp in LA 2013

The schedule for the Spring 2013 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I’ll be a speaker at Paper Camp in Los Angeles, CA next month.

For all the details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there is a SCHOLARSHIP UP FOR GRABS!!!

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshop. Cannot wait to see everyone in Los Angeles.

 

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Tradeshow Bootcamp Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Stationery Tradeshow Bootcamp Speaker Erika Firm of Delphine

The speaker lineup for the Fall 2012 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that once again I will be speaking at the online webinar  series.

For details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there are TWO SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS!!! This is an amazing opportunity. All submissions are confidential, so don’t be shy.

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshops.

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Tradeshow Bootcamp Spring 2012

Erika Firm Speaking at Tradeshow BootcampThe speaker lineup for the Spring 2012 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I will be speaking at all three events: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the online teleconference series.

For details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there are THREE SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS!!! This is an amazing opportunity. All submissions are confidential, so don’t be shy.

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshops.

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wedding photog crush: will keeler

Looking for non-traditional, non-cheesy, non-crazy expensive wedding photography? Will Keeler is your guy. He’s LA based, but don’t fret if you don’t live in Lalaland: he does travel outside of Southern California. His style is raw & real, yet maintains the romance of the Big Day. Love it.

photo by Will Keeler.

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excursion: delphine the café

I think I just discovered the perfect place to take my Mémé Delphine (my grandma and the namesake of my company) for a lovely lunch: DELPHINE at the W Hotel in Hollywood. I’ve already scoped out the menu and they have all my favorite French bistro fare, like croque madames and steak frites and niçoise salad. Mmmmm.

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plastic bags

LA Public Works removing debris caught by booms from the LA River after a storm event. photo by Algalita

I think we all know on some level that the plastic shopping bag is harmful to the environment. Algalita is a marine research foundation that is studying the effects of plastic junk in the oceans: the results are frightening. Take a look at their photo gallery here. My dad recently came back from a vacation in the California desert and he said that the plastic bags were blowing around like crazy, making drifts. He said that at first he and his friends could not figure out what the white stuff was: some thought they were lost birds, others, forgetting they were in the desert, said snow. Turns out they were plastic bags. My dad (who does all the grocery shopping) hasn’t used a plastic bag since.

Here are a few questions we could ask ourselves whenever we are handed a plastic bag:
• Do I need to take as many plastic bags in supemarket?
• Do I need a plastic bag for an item purchased that is already well packaged by the manufacturer?
• Could I bring my own shopping bag when making purchases?

I recently had a conversation with our pressman, Larry, and he and I agree that the number one way to make a difference is to simply USE LESS. He was telling me about someone who was looking all over the internet to buy glass straws for his kitchen, to replace plastic ones. We both wondered why he doesn’t simply drink out of a glass??? The same guy was urging Larry to use a less toxic varnish on the printing job he was printing … why not specify a paper that does not require varnish at all? The most effective way of reducing the amount of litter is to reduce our consumption.


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crazy restaurant

While driving around Los Angeles I saw this. I took the photo from a moving car… it says “Mexican-Italian Kosher The Pizza Station Ice Cream Yogurt.”

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the biz

Last night I headed up to LA to the Design*Sponge Biz Ladies Meetup at DWR in Beverly Hills. It was inspiring to see so many design lovers and creative people in one space! Grace was a wonderful and, well, gracious, hostess and speaker.


Grace encouraged everyone to submit their work to magazine editors and bloggers via email. A lot of people ask me how I get press, and the simple truth is that I submit photos and/or samples of my work to magazines. When I was working as a writer and editor, there was nothing I liked more than a beautiful story idea to drop in my lap! Editors are very busy people, and they truly rely on press releases and story ideas and product submissions. I agree with Grace that when mailing a physical press kit they don’t have to be super fancy (she said samples often end up in the ‘goody room’). I think they should always be a professional, clean, true reflection of your brand. And never send something that you expect to get back!

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