Alfamarama

London based stationery and paper gift business

London, United Kingdom · 4158 Sales

Alfamarama

London based stationery and paper gift business

London, United Kingdom 4158 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Notebooks, prints, and greeting cards for every occasion!

Can't find what you need?
Just enquire about a personalized custom order!

Follow Alfamarama on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr for discounts, promotions and behind the scenes action!

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Last updated on May 20, 2016

Notebooks, prints, and greeting cards for every occasion!

Can't find what you need?
Just enquire about a personalized custom order!

Follow Alfamarama on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr for discounts, promotions and behind the scenes action!

Pedro Vieira

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Pedro Vieira

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Notebooks, prints, greeting cards and now also pin badges, totebags and coffee mugs!
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About

Alfamarama, the story.

Welcome to Alfamarama !

After years working in architecture offices, I was tired of the long process of dealing with the clients, the budget, the contractor, the legal aspects, the engineers, the planning permissions, etc. On top of that, the end result hardly ever resembled the original ideas.

I had always wanted to design and sell my own things so I decided to start by designing some souvenirs of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood. That's where the name Alfamarama actually comes from: a panorama of Alfama with a modern twist.

During my first longer period in London I retrained as a graphic designer and Alfamarama launched online on June the 1st 2012 selling my mug designs, inspired by Alfama's patterns, shapes and colours. But by then I was already based in London (not a great place to sell souvenirs of Lisbon...), Lisbon was suddenly flooded with souvenir shops and mugs were also difficult to carry around and expensive to ship. I definitely needed a plan B.

After a couple of screen printing courses and while enjoying London's vibrant energy I decided to have a go at printing some notebooks with sentences that had been in the back of my mind. I printed the first notebooks at Putney School of Art and then at East London Printmakers. The reactions were so positive that I decided to stop printing mugs and focus on new notebook designs and quotes. It all came as a bit of a surprise as I never really thought so many people actually would want to buy these very simple hand printed notebooks.

These days I carry my screen printing stencils around with me and print at home, and ship from wherever I am. (This reminds me the pictures above could do with a bit of updating!)

I have now introduced a new line of quotes in Portuguese that somehow reconnect Alfamarama with its original roots. New ideas are always evolving and I am always working on new products and lines so keep an eye on Alfamarama on Facebook, Instagram, etc. to receive news and updates.

Watching Alfamarama growing slowly but steadily has been a fantastic and exciting journey and I feel grateful for all the achievements and for all those who have helped!

Always fell free to ask, comment or just say hi, I do hope to hear from you sometime!

Pedro


www.alfamarama.etsy.com

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  • Pedro Vieira

    Owner, Designer, Curator

    Hi, my name is Pedro. I am an architect/designer from Portugal. I live between London and Lisbon, while enjoying screen printing, craft fairs, interesting people, new places, beautiful things, long walks and probably too much delicious food!...

Shop policies

Last updated on August 24, 2015
Hello and welcome to my shop policy page.

You will find lots of details about payment, shipping, refunds, costum products, etc.
If you have any other questions about the items, policies, etc, please contact me before purchase.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
All payments must be made using Paypal. This means that you can use any major credit card, without signing up for a paypal account if you don't want to. If you need further information about buying on Etsy check this help link:

http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339

If for any reason you can't pay within three working days, or if there is a problem with making the payment for any reason, please contact me as soon as possible.
Shipping
Items are often made to order so allow 1-5 days before shipping.

I use Second Class Mail in the UK and Air Mail to the rest of the world.
Allow 3 working days in the UK and 3/15 working days elsewhere.

If you have a rush order or deadline date, if would like additional insurance or tracking, please contact me and I will send you a quote. just let me know!

Please note: Any customs charges or local taxes are the responsibility of the customer.
Refunds and Exchanges
Hopefully there will be no problem and you will be happy with your purchase. If your item arrives broken or damaged and you wish to return or replace the item, please notify me first within 3 days of receipt. A replacement or refund will be made once the item is returned. The item must be placed in relevant packaging to safeguard its return.

I use reliable postal services and hopefully orders won't go astray. I am unable to refund on items that arrive too late or get lost in the post, therefore if you would like insurance or fast shipping for your item please let me know and I will work out the extra costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you need larger quantities please contact me before purchase for a wholesale quote.

Custom designs, different colours, adding words, names or your own photos to your coffee mug can be done so just let me know what you have in mind!

I am also happy to ship to any other address. Just leave the shipping info along with what you would like included on a giftcard in "message to seller" at checkout.

Any other questions you may have just let me know.