We have some updates and I want to make sure you’re in the loop!
As pre-orders were being taken I was in communication with a printing company but once I was ready to order, I contacted them and *crickets*.
SO I went back to the drawing board. I quickly realized that I should go the manufacturer route if I wanted a product that would be strong, durable and professional. Turns out that being ghosting was a blessing in disguise.
SO I found a manufacturer in China that I love. I spent three days doing my research to make sure they were ethical. A third party inspection and lots of questions later, they’re in the clear. I am in communication with a sweet lady, Ruby Chen. Seriously… she’s amazing. Instant Bffs. They will be manufacturing the journals and I’m thrilled to have assurance of a great product. If you’re curious, I searched for days for an American manufacturer and couldn’t find annnyyyone that didn’t outsource to a different country.
Now you’re up to speed on that.
Here’s the not-so-wonderful-for-us news. Chinese New Year lasts 3-4 weeks in January and February. A day after I finalized my formats and payments, the company (and all of China haha) is out for the holiday.
The holiday plus switching to an oversees manufacturer puts us about a month and a half back from our original shipment goal.
It might have been naive (optimistic to a fault) of me to put a final date on it in the first place so I’m going to avoid trying to guess again. Once Ruby is back from her holiday in mid-February, she’ll be able to give me an accurate shipment date and I promise I’ll let you know as soon as I know!
Thank you all for your support, it means the world to me!!
I had a vision in my head, put out an instagram story asking if anyone wanted to jump in on my idea and one of the responses was from Deanza, an amazing model from Denver! She quickly planned to get a dress from the incredible designer, Allison Nicole Designs! . THEN to top it all off, the day we planned to shoot actually got snow?! We couldn’t have planned it to be so perfect. I’m so thankful for snowy Colorados (and the fact my husband insists on getting great snow tires each year).
Makeup by: Lani Fischer
Amazing day, right?! If you’d like to see what I’m up to on a regular basis, come follow me on Instagram!
I’ve been a photographer for ten years and one of my biggest struggles was budgeting an income that was so irregular. I tried to find budgeting systems that worked with an income that can be $1k in January then $15k in June!
But each time, I found systems that were for normal paychecks.
Five years ago, I built my own budgeting system with pen and paper. This year I had this lightbulb moment that if I had a tough time finding something I love, then maybe I could help others who haven’t been able to find the right fit either! So I built something I’m SO proud of! Cast and Copper: Percentage budgeting for unpredictable incomes
SO HERE’S WHERE I AM IN THE PROCESS:
– The journal is fully designed (took me about 2 months to get it perfect!)
– I found a manufacturer that I LOVE and I feel like they’ll do a wonderful job.
– My first bulk order of journals will cost $2k to order.
– Once I place the order in mid-January, I hope to have them made and shipped within a month.
HERE’S MY PLAN:
Because I felt like getting a business loan to cover the purchase of a budgeting/get-debt-free journal was hypocritical (LOL), I’ll have PRE-ORDERS! I’m giving it two weeks for the pre-orders and I need to sell 85 journals to pay for the cost of the first order. I’ll be making the order by January 14th! I also have the Printable version for anybody who wants to print the sheets themselves. All of those sales will also go to the order!
HERE ARE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
I have the BEST people in my corner who are asking how they can support me, I’m incredibly appreciative! Here are some ways you can help!
1. The most obvious option is to pre-order the journal from ashleekayshop.com <3
2. A Pinterest re-pin and/or social media shoutout would help spread the word!
– Click here for the re-pin!
– You can save this graphic below and share them to your social media! Tagging my instagrams would be a HUGE help!
3. Follow my new account for Cast And Copper! instagram.com/castandcopper_
I’m SO excited and so thankful for you all!
I’ve said the word BUDGETING a lot (hello SEO!) but I would love to tell you more about what the book offers, because there’s more to it than just budgeting!
Come find me at @ashleekay_photography and @castandcopper_ for stories and current details!! <3