Experimenting With New Designs

This week I was kindly offered some credit with Snapfish to try out their new Slim canvasses and other products. I’ve used Snapfish before to have photographs printed (mostly for my Project Life scrapbook), but I wasn’t aware of just how many products you could have your photographs printed onto! I’m thinking I need a Claireabellemakes mug for the studio!?!

Anyway, I decided to work on turning existing designs into a different format to make some prototypes. Firstly, I had the Dream Big print made into a slim canvas. I was really pleased with the results.

Dream-Big-Scrabble-Canvas-Print-Claireabellemakes Slim-Canvas-Snapfish

I’ve been brainstorming new product ideas for 2016 and have decided on releasing stationery products. It makes sense seeing as I am such a stationery geek and I imagine a lot of my customers are too! The second product I ordered was some prototype spiral notebooks made from the Makers Gonna Make Print.


I think both products have turned out really well and the quality is excellent. The canvas has really stayed true to the original colours and is vivid and crisp. The notebooks have a glossy finish and are lined inside – I think they will be perfect notebooks for creatives. I’m thinking of some new designs for notebooks too. What do you think?

Testing out my own products is a really important part of product development and I try my hardest to find the best suppliers so that I can offer quality products to my customers. One of the best things about running a shop selling your own designs, is getting repeat customers. It’s validation you’re doing something right!

I’m also working on some updates to the keyrings in my shop as I would like them to be more robust and to raise the quality a little more. Watch this space!

In the meantime, I’ll be giving away a notebook to one lucky reader. All you need to do is list a product idea you think I should make in the comments below and I’ll pick my favourite on Friday 27th November 2015 at 5pm. Don’t forget to leave your email address too so I can contact you!


Oh and one last thing, I’m off to an awards ceremony tomorrow as I’ve been nominated for a Cambridgeshire Digital Award for Business Blog. Wish me luck!



*This was a collaborative post with Snapfish. As always opinions are my own. Read more about my disclosure policy here.

8 thoughts on “Experimenting With New Designs

  1. Hi Claire! What a wonderful idea turning your creations into stationery. Love the notebook and would definitely purchase one if you release them. I’d like to see some of your scrabble prints as fridge magnets 🙂 Hope to see you soon! Steph x

  2. I love your bike and scrabble themed items. These could decorate bags and storage pouches or boxes, which are always useful.

  3. What a lovely idea! I think a Bakers Gonna Bake apron for Mummy and little baker would be fab! Also a cycling themed canvas!’ I want to ride my bicycle’ and a Wedding quote would be lovely gifts!
    Good luck with your blog award!
    Samantha Schofield

  4. A whole range of stationery would be amazing! Such as planners and diaries, (maybe this could be personalised with an scrabble initial on the front? Not sure how easy/hard that would be), personalised pens or your own washi tape design?

    Can’t wait to see what you create!
    Jo xxx
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