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Thank you all for your support! 

Our store, blog, news, updates, printables, giveaways {and more} can be found, 24 hours a day at: www.YouGuysAreSoAwesome.com

And of course:
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For questions, comments or anything else, please feel free to contact us here http://www.youguysaresoawesome.com/contact-us/

- Marie-Claire Camp

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And now about this Kickstarter campaign:

Kids love to play with cards – credit cards, gift cards and flash cards – but most of those plastic cards are made of toxic PVC and paper cards disintegrate in small children's mouths. So we've designed four new gorgeous sets of extremely durable, educational and non-toxic plastic cards for very small children to play and work with. 

• Non-toxic (third-party approved for safety, materials and durability)
• For all ages
• Made from durable plastic, mimicking a credit card
• Made in the USA
• Montessori-infused
• They’re cards, not flashcards

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 What are others saying about our cards?

 "So fun! I have found them especially handy when we’re traveling, or in restaurants. Casper and I like to play with the Color and Shape cards.– Esther, Babyccino Kids

“The cards are sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and promote lots of creative play.” – Meg McElwee, Mama Liberated

About the Emotions Cards:
"This is a really unique product, they can be used in a proactive way, as a discussion starter, thought provoker, a point of reference at home and schools, preschools and special needs classes." – Kylie, How We Montessori

 The new decks are detailed out below: Emotions, Seasons, Pets and House.

Emotions deck, sample cards mock-up
Emotions deck, sample cards mock-up

The deck features photography from Rhiannon McCalmont on one side, and illustration from Marie Thorhauge on the opposite. Genuine expressions from real children ages 0 to 13 years.

Emotions deck, sample cards mock-up
Emotions deck, sample cards mock-up

Watch the announcement of the Emotions deck Illustrator!

Marie Thorhauge, Character Designer from the Oscar-nominated Animation, Song of the Sea! We're so lucky to have her on board.

The deck is intended to introduce children (and adults) to the wide range of human emotions and to help strengthen social-emotional skills, helping young children navigate their way through the social emotional language of the people they meet everyday. 

Advisement from parents, educators and consultants has formed this deck into a powerful tool for children.

An abundance of free printable companion resources that pair with this deck will also be available for parents and educators, including information on:
1. Helping children to identify their own emotions
2. How to help your child deal with their emotions in healthy ways 
3. How to praise your children for expressing their feelings
4. Hot to support your children and encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.

Information about the Emotion companion pieces are listed separately below.

Photography, Rhiannon McCalmont   Michigan Photographer, Rhiannon McCalmont, has beautifully photographed children aged 1 to 13 years of age for this deck. Rhiannon is a mother of two brilliant teenagers and photographer. She enjoys writing, and being near the water, and spending time with her lovely husband and her puppy, London. Photography Assistant, Keegan McCalmont.

Illustration, Marie Thorhauge    On the opposite side of the Emotions cards will feature genuine and expressive illustrations Danish illustrator Marie Thorhauge. Marie started out working for the irish Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon as head of design. She earned a nomination for the 42nd annual Annie Awards for character design on the studio’s 2nd feature Song of the Sea.

Song of the Sea ©2014 Cartoon Saloon
Song of the Sea ©2014 Cartoon Saloon



Next up:

Seasons deck mock-up, using placeholder sketches
Seasons deck mock-up, using placeholder sketches

A small deck of cards with big impact for your children. 8 illustrations on 4 cards. Artist Lorena Alverez Gomez has illustrated four landscapes, one for each of the seasons. On the opposite sides, she has a child dressed in appropriate clothing for that coordinating season.

Understanding the changing seasons can be a challenge for small children. Knowing that yesterday we could wear our shiny party shoes outside, but today we have to wear snow boots, can be confusing. These cards will help support conversations about temperature, weather conditions, and proper clothing for outdoor play.

Work on sequencing these cards with your children, or use our new companion Seasons wheel. This gorgeous, 14" wheel can be used to help your children understand the circle of seasons. Hang it on the wall next to your calendar, match your Seasons cards to each section of the wheel, and talk with your children about what happens during the course of a year.

Seasons wheel mock-up, using placeholder sketches
Seasons wheel mock-up, using placeholder sketches

With the help of our printable companion resource sheets on our website, you and your child may label the months of the year and add holidays and important days. We even have a Montessori-inspired birthday activity for your child using this wheel. Printed on durable, rip-proof, non-toxic Tyvek.

Illustrations, Lorena Alverez Gomez   Lorena is a freelance illustrator from Bogotá Colombia. Her portfolio includes editorial projects, toys, character design and licensing. 

Illustration example ©2015 Lorena Alverez Gomez
Illustration example ©2015 Lorena Alverez Gomez

Next up:

This deck illustrates 12 pets and their owners caring for them. 24 illustrations on 12 cards. This deck is Intended to inspire children to care for pets, which develops empathy and prepares them for the responsibility of caring for an animal.  

Vivien will be illustrating the following solo pets: dog, cat, bird, fish, turtle, hamster, rabbit, hedgehog, frog, mouse, lizard, ferret. And on the reverse side, she’ll be illustrating their child owners caring for each pet, putting fresh water in his frog’s tank or running with the family dog for a run in the park.
Pets deck mock-up, using placeholder sketches
Pets deck mock-up, using placeholder sketches

Encouraging children to take part in the care of a family pet is a wonderful way of empowering children. If you don’t already have a pet, this deck is a wonderful introduction and conversation-starter for you and your child about the benefits and responsibilities of adding a pet to your family.

Pets deck, sample card illustration
Pets deck, sample card illustration
On our website, you and your children can find printable companion sheets for these cards, including a pet care responsibility chart for each of the pets featured in our deck.

Illustrator, Vivien Wu    Vivien is an illustrator and painter based in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2014. Children’s books and animated films influenced Vivien growing up, and her world is filled with animals, cats, fairies, and nature. To date she has designed for Disney Publishing, Pearson Education, and DreamWorks Animation. 


Last, but not least:

House deck mock-up
House deck mock-up

Take a peek inside: mudroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, child’s room, parent’s room, bathroom and garage. The back side shows a selection of objects that can be found in the room. Organize the cards into a new house, search for objects, and discover the friendly surprises hiding in each room.

Illustrated by Michigan-native Adrianne Adelle. Adrianne has also illustrated the eclectic neighborhood where this little brick house can be found. The deck has nine total original illustrations.

Using our printable companion resource sheets on our website, your children are invited to draw their own house, design their dream house, and enjoy a scavenger hunt for common objects within their own house.

Illustrator, Adrianne Adelle    Adrianne is a graphic artist and illustrator from Michigan. Forever a child at heart she spends most of her time contemplating cuteness, the necessity of friendly monsters, and what it is exactly that grizzly bears dream about while deep in their slumberous state.

Illustration mock-up for House, 2015 Adrianne Adelle
Illustration mock-up for House, 2015 Adrianne Adelle

Emotion Deck Companion Pieces

The Emotions deck can also be paired with four Emotional scenario posters, thoughtfully illustrated to include several emotions per scene: A birthday party, a sibling argument, a school play and a family hike.

Measuring 11 x 8.5" each. Children can study the pictures, match their cards to the children in the scene and discuss how each of the children is feeling.

Mock-ups of posters, illustration from Marie Thorhauge will be coming soon
Mock-ups of posters, illustration from Marie Thorhauge will be coming soon

They are printed on Tyvek, durable, non-toxic, and spit-proof. The scenes will be illustrated by Marie Thorhauge, yet to be revealed. Photography is not included on the scenario posters, they are only illustrated scenes.

And also, in pairing with the Emotions deck, we bring you the large Emotions companion poster. 

Large emotions posters, mock-up
Large emotions posters, mock-up

This poster is intended to show children a wide range of human emotions within one informative poster. It's 14.75 x 22.5" to allow children to match their cards onto the poster directly. It is printed on Tyvek, durable, non-toxic, and spit-proof.

One side features photography, the other features illustration. It will be a welcomed addition in any home, in therapy centers and in classrooms all over the world. Illustrations by Marie Thorhauge will be revealed shortly, stay tuned! 

Rewards

There are some pretty great rewards you your Littles! And be sure to check out the $45 reward level that includes all the new decks with free US shipping and just $5 for international shipping!

Our Project Timeline

From the beginning of this campaign, to the delivery of your rewards, here's a snapshot of the next few months ahead of us. 
SO Awesome's projected 2015 Kickstarter timeline
SO Awesome's projected 2015 Kickstarter timeline
 

Where does the funding go?

• 40% goes to art creation (more than 115 original pieces of artwork before the four decks and companion pieces). Both illustration and photography are used.
• 40% goes to materials and printing (US-made, non-toxic plastic) and Tyvek 
• 10% goes to production and materials for the non-toxic rings
• Remaining 10% goes to paying for hand-work to collate and ring the decks

About Us

 We are SO Awesome. We offer gorgeous, educational, non-toxic, extremely durable card sets designed for how kids play and work. Montessori-inspired. Made in the USA. 

Our cards are perfect to engage children in carseats, strollers, shopping carts, and long airplane rides.

We've had two successful Kickstarter Campaigns, the first campaign in 2012 funded our Alphabet Wallet Cards deck. The second campaign in 2013 funded our Color & Shape, GO!, Number and My Wallet sets.

August 2015 will mark our third year in business.

Our 2012 - 2014 sets
Our 2012 - 2014 sets
 I'm the momma. My name is Marie-Claire Camp.

I used to be a full-time Graphic Designer here in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2009, I left my job to prepare for the next evolution of my life, motherhood. Little did I know that twins were part of that evolution! 

Owen and Silas, fraternal twin boys are now five years old and have changed everything I thought I knew about parenting, life and work.

My boys were the inspiration for our "Wallet Cards" as they both call them. As babies, they were always digging around in my wallet and nabbing my license and credit cards, often times chewing or breaking the cards in half.
 
I put my graphic design skills to use and developed a set of cards just for them, made from durable, non-toxic printable plastic. Now they can chew away and enjoy the cards as often as they choose!

Now that we're getting a little older, we teethe with them less, and work with them more. I've infused them with Montessori elements and kept them simple, useful and beautiful.

 

What are the cards made from?

Great question! The cards are made from a durable, non-toxic material classified as synthetic paper. It looks and feels like smooth plastic, no lamination, no corners that will dog-ear. 

The material is then run through a large-scale, commercial printer, using non-toxic ink and a non-toxic UV coating.

Your children can chew on them and they're not going to disintegrate in their mouths like board books and paper flash cards do. We're a bit biased, but we think the cards are pretty amazing.

Our cards are third-party tested for safety and durability. They meet, and in some aspects, exceed ASTM, CPSIA and California Prop. 65 standards.


What ages are they safe for?

Third-party testing has deemed them safe for all ages. Infants, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers all the way up to senior citizens may work and play with our cards. They are nearly indestructible.

Here's a picture of Silas and Owen testing the plastic samples from our first Kickstarter campaign.

Silas and Owen performing rigorous material testing in 2012
Silas and Owen performing rigorous material testing in 2012

Where are they made?

• The cards are designed by myself, Marie-Claire Camp, here in Grand Rapids, Michigan
• Illustrations are commissioned from artists all over the world (UK, Australia, California, Columbia, Belgium, Michigan)
• The plastic is made in Franklin Park, Illinois
Press check in Troy, MI
Press check in Troy, MI
• They are printed, coated with non-toxic uv coating and punched in Troy, Michigan
• They are die-cut and collated in Cleveland, Ohio


Praise for Children's Wallet Cards

“These are the best kinds of products we’re all looking for – made by parents for their own children, inspired by their children, in collaboration with wonderful illustrators and artists, safe, beautiful and manufactured locally and responsibly.” 
 — Olive, Mr. Printables   

"Such a unique gift for the wee ones – loved by parents who are overwhelmed by gadgets and toys their children don’t need. And the benefits to the children are countless."
– Montessori Print Shop

"These card decks are so stylish, not to mention perfect for developing little minds"
– Toby & Roo

“My kids are in love and so am I. So much that I’m considering marrying them. They chewed, pointed, poked and threw these cards until my oldest learned most of the shape names! I would absolutely recommend these, especially for visual learners.”
— Emma Dillon, Momma

“Truly a huge asset: every nice toy we own has been dirtied, licked, dented, torn. I don’t think you could break these if you tried. And if you do lick them, nothing bad will happen to you, or to your child.”
— Amy, Pomelo Blog

“You guys really are SO awesome.” — Laura Hudson, Momma

With many new options (and free US Shipping on all rewards) it's easy to pledge and feel good about giving a deck to your child!

Thank you all for your support!

Our store, blog, news, printables and more can be found, 24 hours a day at: www.YouGuysAreSoAwesome.com

Facebook facebook.com/ChildrensWalletCards
Pinterest pinterest.com/soawesomecards
Instagram instagram.com/youguysaresoawesome
Twitter twitter.com/soawesomecards

Risks and challenges

Every project presents unique challenges. We're diligent, fearless and will make the best products for your children we possibly can. We'll get it done, no matter what happens here on Kickstarter!

Illustrators are confirmed and waiting in the queue to begin work. Production process is mostly predictable and is waiting for our files to start proofing and printing. Fulfillment will be organized and efficient.

Much of the fulfillment is automated this year, which should speed up the process significantly.

We’re slowly growing, and are handling the transitions with as much grace as possible.

We'll keep you updated on each step of the process, and give you a heads up if there are issues that arise. If you have questions, please ask us!

Thank you! www.youguysaresoawesome.com

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