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I founded B is for Brown in October 2011, as an outlet to design things I loved while holding down a corporate design job that wasn't as creative as I had hoped. Having just said "I do", and designing all of the paper goods that a wedding requires, I realized that I had found something I absolutely adored. When Christmas card season arrived, I found myself with orders. Lots of orders. A fabulously amazing amount of orders. And I began to secretly wonder if I could do what I loved for a living.
Fast forward to March 2012, when I (after much prodding, support and a smidge of pushing) took the leap into full-time designer-hood. I was petrified that the business would flop, and I would end up dreaming of the days when I designed real estate posters for a living. As wedding season geared up, I started to get a bit more business, and a bit of business turned into a bit more... and soon I had my hands full of gorgeous brides and custom paper goods. I was in nirvana.
The shop has continued to grow since then, constantly surprising me in the most amazing ways possible. I wake up in the morning, walk into my office, and ask myself "is this really my life? Am I really this lucky"? And I have each of you to thank for allowing me to create and do what I love for a living. In an attempt to repay you, I try to keep my prices as low as possible by using a formula based on the time each piece takes me to create.
Owner, Maker, Designer
Avid coffee drinker. Student of design. Wedding enthusiast. Appreciator of Sarcasm. Walker of dog. Closet glitter user.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
When you send your information, I recommend sending your text exactly as you want it to appear in a Word Document or other format that text can be directly copied and pasted from. I am not responsible for spelling or grammar errors- I will assume they were intentional and will include them in your piece. Provide your text exactly as you want it to be written- including spelling, grammar, capitalizations, etc. Being of an artistic mind, I will not proofread your text. Additionally, I am human and do sometimes make mistakes, which is why it is imperative for you to review all of your text during the proofing process. I advise having a grammatically inclined friend or loved one review your text before you send it to me, as well as during the proofing process and once more in printed format.
The extensive proofing process has been designed to insure that you get exactly what you want. However, since I don't actually know that Auntie Maple spells her name with a silent "y", you are responsible for checking:
- The spelling and grammar of all text (I'm not perfect, so check ALL the text, just in case)
- The spelling and capitalization of all names
- The design/layout
- All crossword puzzle layouts (including the number of boxes)
- That any word searches include the correct words
- Geography. I'm an artist for a reason- mostly because geography and math completely escape me. Please make sure that I don't mark Texas when you actually needed California.
- Check each proof. Sometimes funky things happen, and an old draft might end up with new changes, and old changes may disappear. I try to be very mindful of this, but before you give the final approval, check each piece very carefully, not just the most recently updated ones.
- The coloring and margins. When you give the green light for me to send your files, you are indicating that you have checked the margins and the coloring and are happy with them. The best way to check the coloring and margins is to do a test print from the 2 per page .pdf file on the paper you plan to use and on the printer you plan to use. Your home printer will print slightly different than the one in the print shop, so if you are particular about coloring, have the print shop do the test print for you.
Please note: If you require excessive proofs, additional charges my apply. To avoid this, be specific and concise with your changes, including as many changes as possible during our initial revision.
When you give me the go-ahead to send the final file, you are signing off on the file as it is- which means if it turns out that you missed an error, I unfortunately can't be held responsible. I can't emphasize enough to check every word on the final draft multiple times before send your file to print, checking for your mistakes as well as mine. Take your proofing really seriously, and I will take it very seriously as well.
I recommend doing a test print, cut and layout of all items before ordering your final prints. Coloring can vary widely from computer screen to paper or canvas, and even from place to place. It is basically impossible for me to know how things will look when printed by the printer you intend to use, so it is your responsibility to do a color check and let us know if the coloring needs to be altered. If you end up with prints that aren't the color you had intended, I am not able to provide refunds once you have "ok"ed the coloring. When you give the go-ahead on my send you the final .pdf file, you are signing off on the coloring and I am no longer obligated to assist in the printing process or make coloring adjustments for you. I suggest doing a test print and cut at your print shop on the paper you intend to use before authorizing the finalization of your order.
Speaking of printing- typically I include a standard bleed on all products with color backgrounds. Most printers require that you include a .125" extra on each side of your file, so that they can cut your items without tearing their hair out. That means if you order a 5X7 file with a colored background, your final file with be 5.25X7.25, but the design will fall within the 5X7 area. If you order a 5X7 file with a white background, that file with be 5X7 without a bleed. I don't do bleed on our full page files or the 4.25X11 files, because they are intended to print 2 per 8.5X11 page. Speaking of those files- do a test print and cut. Often printers add their own margin, which sometimes I can account for, but only if I know that I need to.
Since all of my items are custom and take time to set up with your information, once I get the ball rolling and start on the first proof, I can't provide refunds. If you wish to cancel your order, please contact me within 2 business days of when it was placed.
Additional policies and FAQs
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30-5:00. While I always try to respond to queries and requests promptly, it may take a full business day to receive a response, depending on volume of orders and correspondence. If you place an order or make a request for changes on Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, I will not be able to get to it until the next business day. I appreciate your patience, and so does my family! Please plan your printing endeavors accordingly- I will not be able to see requests or make changes to files in the evenings or on the weekends or holidays. Responses typically take no less than four hours, so if you send me a message while standing in your print shop asking for an update, I likely won't see it or be able to respond until long after you have left.
I try to note upcoming absences in the shop banner or shop announcement. Keep an eye on those areas to make sure that none of those shop closures will impact your timeline for ordering, requesting changes or printing.
It typically takes 3-5 business days to get the first proof set up with additional time for updates and changes. While in a perfect world we would knock it out of the park with the first proof, a perfect product on proof 1 is pretty rare. It usually takes a couple proofs to find any mistakes in the text or to add/subtract things that you aren't completely sure about. I recommend allowing no less than 2 weeks for the process, and keeping an eye on the shop banner to make sure you aren't going to run into any upcoming shop absences. Timelines shorter than this may require a rush order or may not be feasible. Please message me with timeline concerns so we can discuss and find a good solution for you.
I work in digital goods only. That means that though I will help you as much as I can with printing, ultimately answering your printing questions, approving proofs and making sure that your prints are exactly what you want is your responsibility, not mine. If you have excessive questions about the printing process, I will refer you to the printer of your choice. By purchasing a digital item, you are signing up to handle the printing process, so bear that in mind when making your choice. Printing can be very tricky because colors and margins change from printer to printer and even paper to paper. Make sure you have a good handle on your printing plan before you choose to go digital.
When it comes to sizing- the size of each design is listed on its individual listing. I can absolutely alter sizing, but we need to discuss that BEFORE we start your design. Deciding that you want to change your sizing from 8X10 to 4.25X11, or even from 5.5X8.5 to 5X7 can result in a complete redesign, and you will be charged accordingly. That goes for including space for fan sticks as well. Please note- 5X7 is NOT a half page, so when printing 2 per page, you will need to trim to size. Once an order has been started, changes to the size will incur additional cost.
I really want your pieces to be perfect. However, I have a finite amount of time in my day, and if your number of proofs or the amount or type of information and/or design starts tilting to toward the excessive, I will give you a heads up, and if you continue to need additional proofs or want to pursue additional design elements, there may be an extra charge associated with that. In order to avoid that- I recommend being very deliberate with the information you send, and condensing ALL of your changes into as few messages as possible. Going back and forth one change at a time will draw out the editing process much longer than is necessary.
If you are printing/mailing stand-alone pieces- like postcards for RSVP or save the date, I encourage you to do a test print and take it by the post office to make sure it will mail ok. I typically design to the standard postcard sizes, but I'm not an expert about what flies in the mail-world, so it is up to you to double check that everything will function ok as far as mailing goes.
I advise that you check with your printer before you order, to see:
- what file type and resolution the require. We provide .pdf files or .jpg files unless you clear the file type PRIOR to starting your order. That means we do not provide editable files including but not limited to: .ai files, .id files or .psd files.
- if they prefer individual files or pieces set up multiple per 8.5X11 page. If you don't specify otherwise, we will assume that the standard 300DPI .jpg and .pdf file will work, and will set the files up accordingly.
Since I am human and life sometimes gets in the way of how I wish things would go, there is always the potential for unexpected shop closures due to family or medical emergencies. In the event that this situation should occur, please watch the shop announcement for information on what you can expect as far as open or upcoming orders. I won't leave you high and dry, but if I am physically unable to fulfill open or upcoming orders I will put information about refunds and when the shop will reopen in the banner for maximum exposure to clients.
Frequently asked questions
Please reference the size listed on each individual listing. If you want to update or change the sizing, we need to discuss this prior to your order, as a fee may incurred.
Custom and personalized orders
I do accept custom orders. If you are interested in utilizing pieces from multiple designs, please send me a message indicating which design you would like to use as a base, the size you are envisioning, if you plan to do a single sided or double sided design, and which pieces from which programs you intend to incorporate. That will all me to get a feel for what you have in mind and give you a custom quote.
What file type do you provide
I provide full resolution (300dpi) individual .jpg files and when applicable a 2 per page .pdf file. I do not provide editable or vector files, including but not limited to: .ai, .psd, .eps, .id, .doc or .ppt.
Can you match my color
Color matching is hard. The best way to go about it is to provide specific Hex or PMS codes. I can certainly operate off of 'blush' or 'navy' also, but recommend that you always, always ALWAYS do a test print on the printer and paper you plan to use, if you want to know for sure how colors will look when printed. Screen coloring is a lot different than print coloring, so a test print is the only way to know how things will look.