So with 9 days to go, If I reach £1,000 I'd love to send anyone who pledges for a physical item (not digital) a pack of 10 Alexia Claire stickers, featuring one of my cute woodland British creatures. Perfect for finishing off those lovingly wrapped presents.
So thats EVERYONE who pledges or has pledged on this project, will receive 10 stickers if I reach £1,000.
Thank you! Alexia x
Yay! My project is successfully funded and with 9 days to go, that means I've been dreaming up some stretch goals to put in place!
Firstly, an enormous thank you to everyone who has pledged so far, I couldn't create my dream product without each and every one of you. I can't wait to get these produced and sent out to you.
Meet Alexia Claire
Hello! I'm Alexia, a Surface Pattern Designer and illustrator from Leeds in England. I love to draw British wildlife and all things bright and quirky, which I create for my own products and as a freelancer for other people and companies. You can see all of these lovely items here.
Why I am on Kickstarter
But I’m not here for my already existing products! I am here as my one dream has always been to produce my own gift-wrap. I would love the opportunity to bring one of my most favourite ideas to life and I can only do it with your help.
I’ve worked very hard on the design I have produced for this gift-wrap. It’s based around my group of British wildlife characters that I have been developing in the last year. They crop up on all kinds of things I produce at the minute and I love that everything sits together as one matching range. I already have 4 greetings cards in these matching designs, they definitely need some gift-wrap to go with them!
The Gift Wrap
Each and every illustration on this gift-wrap feature an endangered, threatened or rare species found in Britain, my home! The gift-wrap will be as separate sheets of 500mm x 700mm.
What makes my gift-wrap special?
This gift-wrap is special because not one area of it is repeated anywhere else. How cool is that? Most wrapping papers will have the pattern repeat along the paper. With mine I have individually placed each illustration in a considered way. That way everywhere you look on the piece, there is a different story to be seen!
Each animal illustrated is of an endangered British species.
Meet the characters!
The Barn Owl - Some of their habitats are threatened by land use changes and they're health in danger from rat poisons, road fatalities and harsh winters. Numbers of Barn Owls have decreased in certain areas.
The Hedgehog - The number of Hedgehogs found visiting our gardens have fallen dramatically. Many reasons for this include deaths from mowing and strimming, road fatalities and flooding of habitats.
The Natterjack Toad - Distinguished by a yellow striped down their back, they are a protected endangered species in the UK only found in certain areas. Habitat loss is one of the main reasons for their decline.
The Song Thrush - This beautiful bird has been in decline over the last 30 years and is rare in some areas compared to others.
Floating Water Plantain
Devil's Bolete Mushroom
Yellow Marsh Saxifrage Flower
What else can I use my wrapping paper for?
Of course, your gift wrap doesn't only have one use! You can get really creative with my wrapping paper. It’s not just for wrapping presents! With the craze of Pinterest, your inspiration can be endless.
A couple of ideas:
Cover an old (or new!) notebook:
Cover boring, dull storage boxes for an instant room lift
Make your own washi tape
Cover tin cans as instant stationery holders:
Use for scrapbooking:
The possibilities are endless!
A couple of kind words from happy customers about my other woodland animal products:
"Love these - cute animals & bright colors! Exactly what I was looking for!" - Jess Meyer
"It's great and adorable and very useful! I love it! THANK YOU!" - Morgan Lane
"Really wonderful designs, It has everything you need to keep a check of and more. Can't wait to print a load off and begin using them!" - Natalie Sawyer
"What a wonderful set! It's super cute and fun and inspiring! Thank you! xo" - VS Atkinson
The manufacturing bit:
So far I have been producing mock ups and prototypes, as you can tell by all the images! The gift-wrap needs to be professionally printed. My target goal reflects the cost of manufacturing this large-scale gift wrap as separate sheets, as well as manufacturing matching gift tags to go with it. Both the gift-wrap and the tags are being printed by an eco-friendly printing company, using only vegetable based inks and also printed on recycled paper. Ouff!!
The Future of the Gift Wrap:
All the pledgers will be the first ever to receive this gorgeous gift-wrap and gift tags, depending on your pledge level. No one else will receive it first! Then they will be available on my various online shops, through my current stockists in England and I will also be showcasing it at my upcoming trade show in April. Exciting times ahead!
Here’s what I’d love you to do next:
I would absolutely love it if you could help me in any way that you can. It has been my dream to produce my very own wrapping paper ever since my career as a Surface Designer began. All pledges are extremely welcome, but it’s not just money I need for this. I’d love it if you could help me spread the word by sharing this Kickstarter project across your social media, by word of mouth or on the phone.
An enormous thank you in advance!
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Browse my other woodland animal products in my SHOP
Read about what I've been up to, on my BLOG
Risks and challenges
There are of course, challenges and risks with all new projects. I have tried to combat these by creating preliminary samples of the gift-wrap. You can see these in all my images.
I've used my cute woodland creature drawings on a range of products and am so proud of the fabulous feedback I've received. I know you'll love the design too!
I'm thrilled to have had the experience of designing a range of products and this experience (and lots of hard work!) means I'm confident of solving any problems as they crop up and getting a product to you that you'll love.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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