#MeetTheMakerWeek Free Planner


As I'm someone who likes to plan well in advance, I have made another little planner for the #MeetTheMakerWeek challenge too. A number of people asked about certain prompts last time so, on this version I have elaborated a little on the planner and have made a list below to help out. I've also made a small list of useful apps and some hashtag suggestions as well.

To download this free planner, simply click here and then download or save for later. I've printed mine off and have already started scribbling on it. I hope it helps!

The prompts - remember, you don't have to get all of these questions into the photo. Make good use of the caption space to also tell your story. Choose a photo that will pull people in and want to know more.

Monday 28th  - Brand
Logo, Business name or Brand image - so that people can get familiar with your brand
Where are you based - are you local to any of your followers and they might not have even realised?
What do you make? - and is it giftable for Christmas?
How did it start & what is your story? - everyone loves a good story. How did it begin? Was it a hobby that slowly progressed into a business? Was it by complete chance? Did you just decide to quit your job, take your chance and just go for it?

Tuesday 29th - You 
Who is the face/s behind the team? - Are you doing it solo? (if so, high five to you) Do you have a small team? It's nice to see the person or people running the show and to show customers that you're not some big faceless corporation.
Who does what? - What is your role? Do you do it all? Or do you have a team where you split the jobs and people have a certain expertise in each area? Designer, maker, accounts, packing etc.
Introductions - Introduce yourself and/or your team. Who are you? Maybe a quick line or two on what you like or don't like? Just so we can get to know you a little better.

Wednesday 30th - Your Space
Workspace, premises, office - the general area where you spend the most time working on your business.
Where do you work? - Do you work from the kitchen table? Do you have a sewing room? Maybe you have a studio in your garden? Or do you have a nice spacious office or studio somewhere?
What does your creative space look like? -  Is it tidy? Is it in a big creative mess? How is it decorated? 

Thursday 1st - In action
In action - you or team in action, making, designing or packing etc. Give a feel of day to day life.
How is it made? - You could show how something is made, or if that's top secret just a small aspect of how something is made. Or perhaps the machinery, tech or tools that are used to create your goods.
Is it handmade? - If so, let's see you in action. 
Hyperlapse opportunity? - This is a great opportunity to have a play around with an app called hyperlapse. Simply set your phone to record mode and film yourself doing a task, such as packing orders or making something. Don't worry how long it takes because you can always cut it down later. Once you've got your recording, play with the speeds to either speed it up super fast or slow it down super slow. It's good fun to play with and this could be a fun way to show how your studio works.

Friday 2nd - Customers
Who are your customers? - Are they online? Are they at craft shows? Do you have a bricks and mortar shop? Are they mums or parents? Are they other small businesses? Are they people buying gifts for friends or treats for themselves?
Make the most of the #FeedbackFriday hashtag, what do your customers say about you? - Take some of your best feedback from customers and spread the positive things said about you, your company and your product. Be proud about the service or products you provide. Don't be shy! It's your time to shine so dig out those glowing reviews!

Saturday 3rd - Sell yourself
Where can people buy your goods? - Do you sell online? Are you stocked in any local shops? Are you attending any local craft fairs in the run up to Christmas? Where can people find you and your products or service?
Shop local, shop small - Today is all about shopping local and shopping small. Perhaps re-emphasize that you're a small business, where you are from and if you'll be buying from small companies in the run up to Christmas.
Why should they buy from you? - Why should people shop with you? What sets you apart from everyone else? Do you have a unique selling point?
This day is also all about Small Business Saturday. To find out a little more about their aims, other small businesses and how you can join in, click here.

I hope that helped a little and that you enjoy this little challenge. I can't wait to see your posts!

#MeetTheMakerWeek


At the end of #MarchMeetTheMaker earlier this year I promised that I would make a shorter, week long version later in the year and here I am keeping that promise. 

This Instagram, photo challenge is 6 days long and is aptly named #MeetTheMakerWeek. This challenge has been deliberately planned to help you tell your small business story to potential new customers in the run up to Christmas. 

The challenge will kick off on the 28th November and end on the 3rd of December 2016. Like last time, there will be a free downloadable, printable planner sheet to help you to plan your posts in advance of the challenge beginning, (see next post!) as I know that this is a very busy and important time of year for us small designer makers. Also in the next post with the planner, will be more detail of what each daily prompt is about. I look forward to seeing everyone's posts and learning about lots of small businesses!

If you would like to download your own copy of this prompt list, you can do so by clicking here and clicking download on the next page.

If you would like to see my posts be sure to follow @joannehawker on Instagram!

#MarchMeetTheMaker free planner


As a person who likes to be organised, I designed a little planner to help me to plan ahead for my #MarchMeetTheMaker Instagram Challenge. A number of people also mentioned that they too may like to think ahead for some of the prompts that they may get a little stuck on, so, I've decided to offer it to everyone as a free download!

To download this free planner, simply click here and then download or save for later. I've printed mine off and have already started scribbling on it. I hope it helps!

#MarchMeetTheMaker Instagram Challenge


After getting a little frustrated that I couldn't find an Instagram Challenge that I wanted to take part in, I decided to make my own instead! This is how #MarchMeetTheMaker was born.

This challenge is to help small businesses such as myself to tell the story behind the brand. It also aims to give an insight into the face, process and hard work that goes into creating all of the beautiful products we have to offer.

The challenge kicks off on Tuesday 1st March 2016 and absolutely anyone can join in, in fact, the more the merrier! All you have to do is post a daily photo to Instagram relating to the prompt of that day and tag it with #MarchMeetTheMaker to take part. It’s that simple! I can’t wait to see what you post and learn a little more about you. Have fun!

If you would like to see my posts be sure to follow @joannehawker on Instagram!

The Christening Range


I have now added a range of Christening cards to my collection and I'm really happy to say they are doing quite well. I've made two different versions, one is a standard illustrated card (see below) and the other is a surprise scratchcard (see above).


Both cards feature my hand drawn florals, and come in 3 different colourways. They are also available as Godmother, Godfather and Godparents. However, I think the best bit is probably the hand drawn lettering! I love that I can make something that no one else has right down to the text on the card. I also think that it makes the cards feel a little more friendly and personal.

Both sets of cards are already available in my shop and will be ready for wholesale soon!

Colour Saturday

Recently, I took part in Notonthehighstreet.com's Colour Saturday, where small businesses were celebrated for the colour they bring to Christmas across the UK and Ireland. We were invited to take part and were all sent a box of goodies. Inside this box was lots of blue shredded paper (which I may have kept, even though I don't need it), some chocolate pills, some party hats, a colour saturday cookie and the best of all, a confetti pop!

Needless to say I had some great fun with the confetti pop and created plenty of colourful photos.

I wouldn't be Joanne if I didn't add an animal of some kind to one of the out takes either...


Those polar bears seem to be popping up all over the place lately. Anyway, a couple days later I thought that was the end of the it, a lovely little bit of community fun over on social media, but oh no, the excitement started all over again! My face and the cheeky bear only popped up not once, but twice in the Metro newspaper!


If you want to see what others got up to just use the hashtag #coloursaturday over on instagram to search and take a look.

There is something I've been meaning to ask you...

I am so excited about these as they have been a long time in the making as I wanted to get them just right and I wasn't really sure if they would do very well. I have gone ahead and released my first batch of question scratchcards! 4 different options have been released into the wild so far. These are, will you be my bridesmaid, will you be my maid of honour and will you be my flower girl. The fourth, is a personalised option where you can write your own question, be it something simple (but nerve wracking) will you move in with me, right down to the wonderfully life changing, will you marry me?


Everything on the card was drawn by hand and then scanned, and redrawn digitally (all but the actual question as I need to edit that quickly). As you may already know, I love drawing flowers so jumped at the chance to add a few more to my collection. The 'there is something' text was also previously hand drawn from my original wedding cards. So you can be rest assured that no one else has any of the elements from these cards. The image below was a quick snap that I made to show my Facebook likers how close my artwork was to the original drawing and to share a little bit of my design process.


I wanted to make sure that I didn't use EXACTLY the same colour palette as my previous bridesmaid style cards and in doing so, I created 5 new ones! These cards are available in grey & pink, mint green & pink, baby blue & pink, purple & pink and orange & pink! Personally the grey and mint are my current favourites!


If you would like to know a bit more about these or have a look at the other colours and options on offer then feel free to have a browse of my Etsy store. These can easily be located in the 'cards' section should you want super quick access. I hope you like them!