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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

**NEW** Personalised Family Rules Typographic Art

Introducing the new 'Personalised Family Rules' bespoke typographic print by More Than Words.

Perfect to hang pride of place in your home and a lovely piece to decorate a child's bedroom or playroom.  A special keepsake to look back on.
Provide up to 16 of your quirky 'house rules' and we will create your unique print in the style of this original piece, created for my own little boys.

Size 40 x 50cm 

The artwork is available unframed £60 or framed £115 (in natural, dark or black ash wood).  Prints are professionally mounted into a chunky wooden frame which is 4.5cm deep and FSC approved.  Prints are produced onto 270gsm professional art paper.

All artwork is produced to fine art standards, using pigment-based UltraChrome and UV inks for superior colour and longevity.  These assure your print will remain vibrant for over 75 years.  

Click here to order your print or email sales@morethanwords.uk.com to discuss your requirements.


*strictly copyrighted*

Monday, 25 April 2011

*NEW* 'Personal Handwritten Memories' Art by More Than Words

Launching another new concept by More Than Words, capturing 'Personal Handwritten Memories' as works of art.


Has your child written you a cute poem, or perhaps they've written their name for the first time?  Has someone special left a message that you cherish...wedding vows, a romantic poem or a cheeky note?  Why not hang it pride of of place on your walls?

More Than Words will capture your handwritten note as a unique piece of fine art.  All that we require is a scanned image of the note (ideally black text on a white background), or stick it in the post (to be returned with your artwork), and then leave the rest to us.  You receive a design proof within 5 working days.


This recent piece was created using a gorgeous little poem written by a daughter to her family, captured for the mum's birthday.  What a thoughtful gift. 


Prices from £70.  Click here for more details.

Friday, 22 April 2011

See Me

Someone close to me recently shared this elderly lady's bequest for posterity.  A poem that she left for nurses before passing away.


For those of you with experience of elderly friends or relatives who are now in care, I defy you not to shed a tear.  


Thursday, 21 April 2011

This week's favourites...

Time to share a few recent bespoke typographic designs by More Than Words.  I love the diversity of requests that I receive...



I think my favourite piece of the week has to be the personalised Scottish flag (a gift for someone in Canada), being Scottish I could understand every word!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

**New** Illustrated Child's Name Typographic Art

Working in collaboration with a talented designer, I am excited to launch this gorgeous range of children's artwork, now available to buy from More Than Words.


Introducing our new 'Personalised Illustrated Child's Name' Typographic Art - £39.99.


These illustrated name prints are produced to fine art standards.  Beautiful and unique, offering an ideal Christening, new baby or child's gift.  


You may also request personalisation details, such as date of birth, weight or a special message, to be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the print.


Each letter is individually illustrated with a choice of six themes:
Dimensions 410mm x 250mm (mounted then framed in white or natural wood).


Click here to buy now.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Follow your dreams...Happy Birthday More Than Words!!!

Today we are celebrating!   More Than Words is officially one year old!  On this very day last year I took the step to register the company, and I’m quite overwhelmed that my ‘little idea’ has now grown into a global, award-winning business.  

I am writing this post to share how the company has grown, some of my achievements along the way, and also with the hope that it might inspire others to follow their dream of setting up a business.

How it all began…

The idea for More Than Words stemmed from my struggle to find a piece of meaningful artwork for our home, in colours to match the interior, which would also be a great talking point.  So, I thought it would be a great idea to capture all of our special family memories as a unique piece of typographic art.  

Once the artwork was up on the wall, I had so many requests from friends and family to create a similar piece for them that I realized this could be actually be a viable business venture, and the perfect job to fit in around two young children.  It had always been a dream to run my own business.

Of course, it wasn’t quite as straight forward as that.  Having spent ten years working in management roles, my background isn’t in graphic design, but that’s where my creative passion lies and always has.  So, I spent endless evenings teaching myself the ropes, researching the best software applications, online tutorials, books from the library…. I then had to find the best place to source premium quality art supplies, and come up with a range of products that would sell.  

All of this with a sixth month old baby and 2.5 year old toddler to take care of, but I was determined to get back into business and luckily my learnings from the ‘corporate world’ were a great foundation on which to build More Than Words.
www.eddiejuddphotography.com
Embracing social media…

Once the website was launched, built from scratch by my super supportive husband (with a little help from me), it was time to market the products and my first stop was Twitter.

I guarantee that More Than Words would not be where it is today if it was not for the power of social media.  Facebook and Twitter have played huge roles in its success, exposing me to interior designers, corporate commissions, journalists, celebrity clients, retailers, collaboration opportunites…and of course loyal customers.  I also have regular readers of my blog which is a great way to promote new products, competitions and recent work.

I was over the moon that Theo Paphitis endorsed More Than Words as part of his Twitter Small Business Sunday initiative, which you can read all about on a previous blog post here.

In fact today is also my 1st Twitter birthday!  More Than Words (@morethanwordart) now has well over 2000 followers, many of whom are repeat customers.  Thank you to all who follow my ramblings.

So how do I manage my time?

A question that I always get asked.  Well, what started as a part-time job now requires full-time attention, just with strange working hours.  I juggle my children and the business during the day and work into the evenings and weekends. I have recently had to enlist the help of another designer to cope with demand as it was becoming physically impossible to keep on top of orders and run the business.  

I never pretend it's easy but doing something that I love means that I somehow find the energy to juggle it all. I'm amused at the amount of customers who contact More Than Words under the impression that the business is manned by a team of office staff and designers and are shocked to learn that it's pretty much just me, myself and I.

I am lucky to have a very supportive husband who helps as much as he can with the children, home and the business.  He is chief website developer and also my accountant.  I couldn't do this without him x

A few awards…

Last summer I was delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Mumpreneur UK awards in the ‘Most Unique Product’ category. I didn’t win but it was a fantastic achievement after less than six months in business.  It was also a great networking event and I met some lovely ‘mumpreneurs’ at the conference who I have stayed in touch with.  I urge all to enter this year!
Most recently, the More Than Words website and business concept has been awarded ‘Best Creative Idea’ (using a UK.COM website) in the UK.COM awards.  A national initiative, judged by Sarah Beeney and a host of others. You can read more about the awards here.  There are four category winners in total which means we are now down to a 25% chance of winning the £5000 grand prize!
In the press…

The ‘Vintage Framed Canvas’, my signature piece, has been a huge it.  It has featured in wedding blogs, such as Love My Dress, and print magazines (see press details) around the world and has been shipped to faraway lands.  

Take a peek at my recent photoshoot by Eddie Judd featured on Elle magazine's number one wedding blog, Rock My Wedding.


I’m very lucky that More Than Words typographic artwork continues to feature in print, with our most recent article currently gracing shelves inside Singapore’s leading ‘Home & Decor’ magazine.  You will soon be able to spot the original Vintage Framed Canvas ‘on location’ at a Homes & Gardens magazine shoot in their June issue.  I was also recently asked to design a surprise piece for a London couple taking part for Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders programme which will air in the summer.

High profile clients include Dannii Minogue and screenwriter, film director Richard Curtis, two Heads of the BBC, and More Than Words artwork decorates the walls of well-known corporate clients.  Sadly, I can’t name-drop any others ;-) but they do include the one of the UK’s top selling recording artists, one of Britain’s richest retail magnates and a the owner of a well-known fashion label! 
And yes, I do all of the marketing and PR myself!  The first year has been a real learning experience on the marketing side of things, and I think I’ve tried just about all forms of advertising now!  By doing that though, I’ve learnt what forms work best for More Than Words.

So what lies ahead?

This year there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline, unfortunately most of which I can’t reveal yet so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

Some useful tips if you're just starting out...
  • Understand Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).  Without this your website, and therefore your products, will be lost.
  • Customer service and satisfaction is key.  Always go above and beyond. (More Than Words is listed with verygoodservice.com, a website dedicated to award winning companies who have excellent customer service feedback).
  • Build great relationships with your suppliers and retailers.
  • Competition is fierce.  Always remain professional and don’t get caught up in it.  It’s amazing the lengths people will go to try and bring you and your business down.  The best thing you can do is keep your chin up and strive to be even more successful.  Karma will most certainly catch up with them in the end.
  • Embrace social media as much as time will allow.  It’s reach is amazing and, apart from your time, it’s free.
  • Accept that you will make mistakes , "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."  ~John Powell
  • Try different forms of advertising to learn which works best for your business.
  • Support others, you never know when you might need their help in return!
  • Remember to make some 'me time'.


This weekend we shall be celebrating and raising a glass to another successful year!  Thanks to all who have helped make More Than Words the success it is today xx



Saturday, 2 April 2011

This week's favourite bespoke typographic designs...

Well, March has officially been our busiest month to date (busier than Christmas, how bizarre!!) but I've still managed to find a little bit of time to share this week's favourite typographic designs by More Than Words.  

Thanks to my lovely customers for letting me share their special pieces.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

**NEW** Personalised Family Rules Typographic Art

Introducing the new 'Personalised Family Rules' bespoke typographic print by More Than Words.

Perfect to hang pride of place in your home and a lovely piece to decorate a child's bedroom or playroom.  A special keepsake to look back on.
Provide up to 16 of your quirky 'house rules' and we will create your unique print in the style of this original piece, created for my own little boys.

Size 40 x 50cm 

The artwork is available unframed £60 or framed £115 (in natural, dark or black ash wood).  Prints are professionally mounted into a chunky wooden frame which is 4.5cm deep and FSC approved.  Prints are produced onto 270gsm professional art paper.

All artwork is produced to fine art standards, using pigment-based UltraChrome and UV inks for superior colour and longevity.  These assure your print will remain vibrant for over 75 years.  

Click here to order your print or email sales@morethanwords.uk.com to discuss your requirements.


*strictly copyrighted*

Monday, 25 April 2011

*NEW* 'Personal Handwritten Memories' Art by More Than Words

Launching another new concept by More Than Words, capturing 'Personal Handwritten Memories' as works of art.


Has your child written you a cute poem, or perhaps they've written their name for the first time?  Has someone special left a message that you cherish...wedding vows, a romantic poem or a cheeky note?  Why not hang it pride of of place on your walls?

More Than Words will capture your handwritten note as a unique piece of fine art.  All that we require is a scanned image of the note (ideally black text on a white background), or stick it in the post (to be returned with your artwork), and then leave the rest to us.  You receive a design proof within 5 working days.


This recent piece was created using a gorgeous little poem written by a daughter to her family, captured for the mum's birthday.  What a thoughtful gift. 


Prices from £70.  Click here for more details.

Friday, 22 April 2011

See Me

Someone close to me recently shared this elderly lady's bequest for posterity.  A poem that she left for nurses before passing away.


For those of you with experience of elderly friends or relatives who are now in care, I defy you not to shed a tear.  


Thursday, 21 April 2011

This week's favourites...

Time to share a few recent bespoke typographic designs by More Than Words.  I love the diversity of requests that I receive...



I think my favourite piece of the week has to be the personalised Scottish flag (a gift for someone in Canada), being Scottish I could understand every word!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

**New** Illustrated Child's Name Typographic Art

Working in collaboration with a talented designer, I am excited to launch this gorgeous range of children's artwork, now available to buy from More Than Words.


Introducing our new 'Personalised Illustrated Child's Name' Typographic Art - £39.99.


These illustrated name prints are produced to fine art standards.  Beautiful and unique, offering an ideal Christening, new baby or child's gift.  


You may also request personalisation details, such as date of birth, weight or a special message, to be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the print.


Each letter is individually illustrated with a choice of six themes:
Dimensions 410mm x 250mm (mounted then framed in white or natural wood).


Click here to buy now.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Follow your dreams...Happy Birthday More Than Words!!!

Today we are celebrating!   More Than Words is officially one year old!  On this very day last year I took the step to register the company, and I’m quite overwhelmed that my ‘little idea’ has now grown into a global, award-winning business.  

I am writing this post to share how the company has grown, some of my achievements along the way, and also with the hope that it might inspire others to follow their dream of setting up a business.

How it all began…

The idea for More Than Words stemmed from my struggle to find a piece of meaningful artwork for our home, in colours to match the interior, which would also be a great talking point.  So, I thought it would be a great idea to capture all of our special family memories as a unique piece of typographic art.  

Once the artwork was up on the wall, I had so many requests from friends and family to create a similar piece for them that I realized this could be actually be a viable business venture, and the perfect job to fit in around two young children.  It had always been a dream to run my own business.

Of course, it wasn’t quite as straight forward as that.  Having spent ten years working in management roles, my background isn’t in graphic design, but that’s where my creative passion lies and always has.  So, I spent endless evenings teaching myself the ropes, researching the best software applications, online tutorials, books from the library…. I then had to find the best place to source premium quality art supplies, and come up with a range of products that would sell.  

All of this with a sixth month old baby and 2.5 year old toddler to take care of, but I was determined to get back into business and luckily my learnings from the ‘corporate world’ were a great foundation on which to build More Than Words.
www.eddiejuddphotography.com
Embracing social media…

Once the website was launched, built from scratch by my super supportive husband (with a little help from me), it was time to market the products and my first stop was Twitter.

I guarantee that More Than Words would not be where it is today if it was not for the power of social media.  Facebook and Twitter have played huge roles in its success, exposing me to interior designers, corporate commissions, journalists, celebrity clients, retailers, collaboration opportunites…and of course loyal customers.  I also have regular readers of my blog which is a great way to promote new products, competitions and recent work.

I was over the moon that Theo Paphitis endorsed More Than Words as part of his Twitter Small Business Sunday initiative, which you can read all about on a previous blog post here.

In fact today is also my 1st Twitter birthday!  More Than Words (@morethanwordart) now has well over 2000 followers, many of whom are repeat customers.  Thank you to all who follow my ramblings.

So how do I manage my time?

A question that I always get asked.  Well, what started as a part-time job now requires full-time attention, just with strange working hours.  I juggle my children and the business during the day and work into the evenings and weekends. I have recently had to enlist the help of another designer to cope with demand as it was becoming physically impossible to keep on top of orders and run the business.  

I never pretend it's easy but doing something that I love means that I somehow find the energy to juggle it all. I'm amused at the amount of customers who contact More Than Words under the impression that the business is manned by a team of office staff and designers and are shocked to learn that it's pretty much just me, myself and I.

I am lucky to have a very supportive husband who helps as much as he can with the children, home and the business.  He is chief website developer and also my accountant.  I couldn't do this without him x

A few awards…

Last summer I was delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Mumpreneur UK awards in the ‘Most Unique Product’ category. I didn’t win but it was a fantastic achievement after less than six months in business.  It was also a great networking event and I met some lovely ‘mumpreneurs’ at the conference who I have stayed in touch with.  I urge all to enter this year!
Most recently, the More Than Words website and business concept has been awarded ‘Best Creative Idea’ (using a UK.COM website) in the UK.COM awards.  A national initiative, judged by Sarah Beeney and a host of others. You can read more about the awards here.  There are four category winners in total which means we are now down to a 25% chance of winning the £5000 grand prize!
In the press…

The ‘Vintage Framed Canvas’, my signature piece, has been a huge it.  It has featured in wedding blogs, such as Love My Dress, and print magazines (see press details) around the world and has been shipped to faraway lands.  

Take a peek at my recent photoshoot by Eddie Judd featured on Elle magazine's number one wedding blog, Rock My Wedding.


I’m very lucky that More Than Words typographic artwork continues to feature in print, with our most recent article currently gracing shelves inside Singapore’s leading ‘Home & Decor’ magazine.  You will soon be able to spot the original Vintage Framed Canvas ‘on location’ at a Homes & Gardens magazine shoot in their June issue.  I was also recently asked to design a surprise piece for a London couple taking part for Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders programme which will air in the summer.

High profile clients include Dannii Minogue and screenwriter, film director Richard Curtis, two Heads of the BBC, and More Than Words artwork decorates the walls of well-known corporate clients.  Sadly, I can’t name-drop any others ;-) but they do include the one of the UK’s top selling recording artists, one of Britain’s richest retail magnates and a the owner of a well-known fashion label! 
And yes, I do all of the marketing and PR myself!  The first year has been a real learning experience on the marketing side of things, and I think I’ve tried just about all forms of advertising now!  By doing that though, I’ve learnt what forms work best for More Than Words.

So what lies ahead?

This year there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline, unfortunately most of which I can’t reveal yet so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

Some useful tips if you're just starting out...
  • Understand Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).  Without this your website, and therefore your products, will be lost.
  • Customer service and satisfaction is key.  Always go above and beyond. (More Than Words is listed with verygoodservice.com, a website dedicated to award winning companies who have excellent customer service feedback).
  • Build great relationships with your suppliers and retailers.
  • Competition is fierce.  Always remain professional and don’t get caught up in it.  It’s amazing the lengths people will go to try and bring you and your business down.  The best thing you can do is keep your chin up and strive to be even more successful.  Karma will most certainly catch up with them in the end.
  • Embrace social media as much as time will allow.  It’s reach is amazing and, apart from your time, it’s free.
  • Accept that you will make mistakes , "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."  ~John Powell
  • Try different forms of advertising to learn which works best for your business.
  • Support others, you never know when you might need their help in return!
  • Remember to make some 'me time'.


This weekend we shall be celebrating and raising a glass to another successful year!  Thanks to all who have helped make More Than Words the success it is today xx



Saturday, 2 April 2011

This week's favourite bespoke typographic designs...

Well, March has officially been our busiest month to date (busier than Christmas, how bizarre!!) but I've still managed to find a little bit of time to share this week's favourite typographic designs by More Than Words.  

Thanks to my lovely customers for letting me share their special pieces.