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Last updated November 12, 2019

Positivity Packs that bring joy to your everyday

A beautifully designed set of affirmative 'prompt' cards, curated with daily themes to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.

Positivity Packs that bring joy to your everyday

A beautifully designed set of affirmative 'prompt' cards, curated with daily themes to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.

£3,301
pledged of £20,000pledged of £20,000 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 4 2019 11:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 12, 2019

About

Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our campaign! Here's the story about our Positivity Packs and how they came about. It is our mission to share joy, one person at a time, this is how it all began.

The original Positivity pack gifted to clients of the founders of Mantel
The original Positivity pack gifted to clients of the founders of Mantel

"This is going to the be inspiration I need to carve some time out for myself and to spend a few moments each day reflecting and doing something positive for myself - and not just the business or the family!"- Entrepreneur feedback 

How did the idea come about?

These small boxes of joy were born out of a need to gift our clients something meaningful and unique at a time of uncertainty in our country and conversely at a time of great (positive) change in mental health awareness. 

The original concept was actually born about 4 years ago when we were producing products for retail for our first brand where we were expected to be producing conventional stationery items. This however did not sit well with us, we wanted to deliver something more, something that made a real difference to peoples lives daily with our product. The idea that we could produce a 'deck of cards' that acted as prompts for peoples' day became a really interesting one, and so it remained...an idea! The idea was paused, even forgotten, and then, 4 years later we decided to gift our clients, as we do most years, to thank them for their custom. It so happened that at this time, a time of uncertainty both politically and in the change in the way we work with the digital revolution, we felt we needed to send something with purpose, something that made a difference to people's days, this year sending something 'out there' and 'over the top' was not what was needed.  

Many of our clients were business owners, entrepreneurs often working alone or with a small team, whilst this is a positive situation it's often hard to stay motivated, especially throughout challenging times, so we created a pack of positivity to sit on their desks to remind them daily that by recognising the little things, big things then happen.

The idea behind the cards was to create daily prompt cards that encourage positive thinking one person at a time. Each day has a different theme;

                            Gratitude | Motivation | Knowledge | Kindness | Wellbeing 

Mock up of how the prompt cards stand in their tray
Mock up of how the prompt cards stand in their tray

5 days for the working week. Thankfully we are currently in an age that is embracing mental health awareness and these words are now familiar where people are receptive to thinking in this way in order to support our mental health, however small the change. Each small action contributes to a shift in thinking and often can impact on others too, these packs encourage conversations within households, the workplace and just with yourself, promoting mental health awareness and positive thinking in a beautifully designed product for the home. 

Monday - Gratitude (laser cut cards with printed affirmations for every day of the week)
Monday - Gratitude (laser cut cards with printed affirmations for every day of the week)

 "It’s a game changer and I love it. Thank you so much for sending it to me, I am so grateful." Team member at  Investec

What made you realise it was a product that was in demand?

The response we had from our clients was phenomenal, messages all over instagram and via e mail asking 'where can we buy them'?! Ah - we've found a product that is in need and that is desirable and so, Mantel was born. We decided to create a new brand for the packs, we had already been working on meaningful art pieces for retail so we set to work on creating our new brand and re designing the pack for retail. 

So here we are! We are now in a position where we have demand and we need the first run of packs to be printed, this is why we have launched a kickstarter campaign, our vision is that our customers will work with us on developing products for Mantel, we want to build a community and get feedback all at the same time.

One of our initial packs was shared by a client who has over 1 million followers, from that one (24hr) post we gained 500 followers and had people signing up to find out more about the positivity packs, so a good indication that we need to do this. 

How has the design changed from the original prototype?

Given that our original design was made as a limited run of 100 we are having to tweak the design to make it viable for retail. Originally we designed and made quite a complicated box for the pack to sit in with separate easel, so now we are simplifying the 'box' turning it into a lovely timber tray that also has the 'easel' incorporated in it, this makes it easier to change your cards over too. there will be a loose page that explains how it works and all will be housed in a simple slip that you slide off. The cards have been tweaked so they run more efficiently on the laser cutter, other than that they remain very similar to our original design.

Original pack, first prototype presented as gifts
Original pack, first prototype presented as gifts
Mock up of new outer wrap packaging
Mock up of new outer wrap packaging
Wording on outside packaging
Wording on outside packaging
Explanation wording on inside packaging
Explanation wording on inside packaging
Mock up of new design, the same cards, with slight tweaks in design, but in a new bamboo tray. The chosen paper stock is pioneering paper made from recyled coffee cups.
Mock up of new design, the same cards, with slight tweaks in design, but in a new bamboo tray. The chosen paper stock is pioneering paper made from recyled coffee cups.

Inside the box you will find 13 cards for each day of the week, ready for you to change weekly, for one quarter of the year. Once these run out we aim to create replenishing sets you can purchase so you will end up with 1 full year's worth. You can either keep your cards and re-use again or gift them to a friend, helping spread joy that little bit further!

Cards sit within the trays 'easel' with the rest of the pack sitting neatly behind in the tray so they can be easily changed each week
Cards sit within the trays 'easel' with the rest of the pack sitting neatly behind in the tray so they can be easily changed each week
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A note on manufacturing

The materials we use will be FSC certified paper always, where possible we would like to continue to use the pioneering paper made from recycled coffee cups. The cards will be printed and laser cut in the UK. The tray will be made from bamboo we would like to keep this made in the UK, however if margins are too tight this may be the one area we get made internationally we will ensure standards will have to be met and we will only use ethical factories and materials. Our aim is to make this a fully recyclable piece made with ethical materials.

"I just wanted to take a little time out to send a message to say your collaboration with Mental Health Mates on the packs of positivity is absolutely fab! Everyone needs one of those packs in their lives – I saw a post about it on Linkedin this morning and it was so bloody inspiring, I felt compelled to send an email to you all.

Everyone these days is so quick to criticise – when actually we should celebrate so much good. Those packs are a wonderful idea, beautifully executed and thoughtfully put together. You should be super proud of yourselves!" Linkedin contact


When will you launch?

We would like to launch the campaign as close to mental health awareness month as possible, in May 2019, working with influencers and brands that share the same values to get these wonderful products launched.

Thursday - Kindness (laser cut cards with printed affirmations)
Thursday - Kindness (laser cut cards with printed affirmations)

We aim that by 2020 the next 2 positivity packs have been created, we have many ideas to help further specific genres, and increasing the packs to a seven day week. We hope to work alongside our customers and subscribers to help create new products, listening to their feedback and suggestions in turn creating a collaborative community.

Mantel; sharing joy, one household at a time.


The Particulars | Technical description of the original positivity pack

This will be based on the prototype pack that was tested on 100 select people for Valentines day 2019. Having received feedback, it has been developed based on the original pack, but with a few minor changes to ensure an achievable price point is realised. 

The pack is 280mm x 100mm x 14mm. It has a wooden tray that holds 5 decks of 13 cards each. Each deck consists of 13 positive messages across 5 days of the week (Mon-Fri). One of each of the cards stands in a recess at the front of the tray and the cards are changed weekly. Each pack contains enough cards for 13 weeks (One Season). The tray is covered in a simple printed sleeve with instructions on how to use the pack. The pack will be shrink wrapped in a biodegradable film. 


What's next?

Seasonal replenishing packs;

As these packs contain enough for 13 weeks (one season) we aim to make a further 4 packs or simple boxed cards only (no stand) to replenish cards, we will make enough for 1 year.

Season Two / Three / Four Card Decks

A set of 5 x 13 cards with 65 messages of positivity will be produced in total to replenish the current positivity pack tray for the next 3 seasons (quarters of the year). These packs will be released 4 weeks before the current season runs out and will sold separately 4 weeks before each season starts. The idea being that customers can then re-gift their original cards to friends to help share the positivity, or keep them to re-use next year.

Further Products;

We believe these packs can be further developed to reach specific genres, we aim to produce 1 additional pack in 2019 and 3 more in 2020.

Alongside these packs we will be launching meaningful pieces of art for your walls, some designs will be for the home, whilst the motivational art pieces will come directly from the Positivity Pack designs ready to hang in the workplace, be that in your office or co-working space, retail or restaurants - the possibilities are endless!

A motivational piece of wall art from the positivity packs
A motivational piece of wall art from the positivity packs
Motivational wall art within a commercial setting
Motivational wall art within a commercial setting
All art works are laser cut from FSC certified luxury card stock
All art works are laser cut from FSC certified luxury card stock

We very much hope you have enjoyed reading our story, if you are interested and would like to pre order a pack, please do pledge up there on the right hand side and most of all share with your friends and family! 

THANK YOU for your support and we will see you again soon.

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge will be ordering stock and print, under ordering or over ordering is always an issue for a small business. Hopefully we will under order due to demand! However we plan to work with our customers on the brand, always making them aware of any limited editions or runs and with most of the product being made in our own UK factory we hope there will be minimal risk here.
A further challenge is the tray, it has become apparent the tray will need to come from overseas, the plus side it will be sourcing bamboo from a regional area, the negative is the time scale of deliveries and the obvious air miles required. We are working on this continuously to find a solution here in the UK.

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    1 x A4 Laser Cut Art piece

    A beautiful piece of laser-cut artwork to adorn your walls - your art piece will be a limited edition run on the pioneering recycled coffee cup paper to match the positivity packs, sustainable and stylish.

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    As a founding follower be the first to get your hands on our 2019 Positivity Pack. Discount applies to first 100 backers - Share the Joy!

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    Get one of the first limited edition runs of the Positivity packs, once you have one you can't help but add a little bit of joy to your day and to others!

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    1 x Positivity pack & 1 A4 art piece

    As well as receiving an original positivity pack you will receive a piece of A4 artwork which will also bring joy to your everyday!

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    2 x Positivity packs & 1 x A4 Art Piece

    1 positivity pack for you and 1 for a friend - share joy! As a thank you for pledging this amount we will gift 1 A4 art piece to hang on your wall as well

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    Positivity Packs for the team

    Receive 5 Positivity packs for your team or clients, the perfect motivational gift!

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    20 x Positivity Packs for the team

    What better way to motivate the team than their own positivity pack on their desk! Create a happy workforce, engage in conversations and unite the team.

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