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the business cards of alt

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you know that I was at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City last week. Alt Summit is a blogging conference born from this idea: “Understanding that bloggers needed the connections a live event would offer, an idea was hatched. A live event to discuss what is new, what is working, what is not and what is next.”

I had been planning on attending as soon as I started reading the recaps from last year’s conference, and all I can say is that it exceeded my expectations (which were pretty high) in every way.

So I’ve given a lot of thought to what kind of “Alt Summit” recap post I would do. Or if I would even do one at all. And I decided that, for the time being, I wouldn’t. I have a lot of follow up work to do, based on the contacts I made and the projects I want to pursue over the coming year. And I would like to do a post – at some point – for new-ish bloggers like myself who are thinking of attending Alt next year. I’d like to share what I learned, how I prepared and what to expect (Update: here it is!).

And truthfully? There are so many great, great posts – popping up daily – that I thought it might be even better to create a Pinterest board filled with every recap I could find (don’t see yours? Link to it in the comments section below and I’ll add it!).

So for now, allow me to show you one of the more distinctive features of this particular conference – the business cards.

As Alt attracts a very high proportion of design and D.I.Y.  bloggers, the business cards are of exceptional quality and creativity. People really bring it and the photos below represent just a small sample (in fact, they represent pretty much every card I was given!):

Photography

I loved these cards that incorporated photos – some personal, some more abstract:

alt summit 2013 business cards

Frame 1: The New Diplomat’s Wife/Nancy Soriano/Bohemian Vintage

Frame 2: Bunny and Dolly/A Girl Named Gay/Kids Stuff World/Tailored LA

Letterpress

Okay – I’ll admit it – a few months back I had NO idea what letterpress was (a printing company maybe? I wasn’t sure.). I now know that letterpress printing is “a 500 year old relief printing technique in which a raised, inked image meets paper with enough pressure to produce a print.” (you can learn more here). Letterpress cards are thick, warm and tactile. They are quite elegant and were out in full force at Alt:

alt summit 2013 business cards

Frame 1: Terra Savvy/Leslie Fandrich/Not Merely Living

Frame 2: House of Earnest/Hello Cupcake Public Relations

Outside the Box

I love getting a card that is a break from the traditional shape and size of most calling cards:

alt summit 2013 business cards

 Design Crush/Inward Facing Girl/Elembee

Graphics

Charming illustrations, bold typography, clean and simple shapes and lines:

alt summit 2013 business cards

Frame 1: Fifth and Hazel/Peck Life/Ashmae/Caravan Shoppe

Frame 2: Meg Biram/It’s Sweet and Savory/My Life at Playtime

Frame 3: Paging Supermom/Margo Things/Foxtrot Press/Art Social

Get Busy

A few cards were actually mini projects! From a paper cat cut-out, to a decorate-your-own greeting card, and even a mini sewing kit:

alt summit 2013 business cards

Striped Cat Studio/Salvage Life/Damask Love

Sweet. Hearts.

‘Nuff said:

alt summit 2013 business cards

 I Heart Naptime/Amber Housley

Why, Thank You!

Whether a cheetah binder clip, a code for a free craft project or a pretty little necklace, Alt bloggers were quite “giving”:

alt summit 2013 business cards

 Frame 1: Breezy Cheetah Pop/Fabric Paper Glue

Frame 2: Fresh Tangerine/Small for Big

Clever. Just. Clever.

This was the last card I looked at, late one evening. And I couldn’t have been more grateful for the laugh:

alt summit 2013 business cards

Blogging it Forward

Who, Moi?

Well of COURSE I was going to share my card with you. The supremely talented Melanie Biehle of Inward Facing Girl designed my stunning new logo, so the card itself was a no-brainer.  But how to set myself apart?

alt summit 2013 business cards

Candy. Duh.

Which one’s your favorite (other than mine…)?

38 Comments

  1. Misse on January 30, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing the business cards. They are really cool and very amazing. I am definitely inspired!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Sure! I know, I was so impressed too! 🙂

  2. Mere on January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Hi Sheri! Thanks so much for feature my card!! It was lovely to meet you at lunch on the first day of ALT. Let me know if you ever was a tour of San Francisco!

    • Mere on January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

      *want Sorry! It’s early over here on the east coast, and apparently my brain isn’t working yet. 🙂

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      It was great to meet you too – and I will definitely reach out if I ever get to SF! 🙂

  3. Mindy on January 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Thank you for including our card in your great round-up, Sheri! I hope you’ll stop by Blogging It Forward and say “hi!”

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Will do – it’s such a great concept! 🙂

  4. Lexy | The Proper Pinwheel on January 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    What a great roundup! Mindy’s were some of my faves. “I wanna be all up in your sidebar.” Kills me!!!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Literally laughing out loud by myself in my room! 🙂

      • Mindy on January 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        Oh my gosh, ladies … I’m blushing!!

  5. Jessie on January 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Terra Savvy would be my second favorite card after yours of course which is just such a perfect element combo!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Why, thank you! 🙂

    • Jill V. on January 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Why thank you!! xo

  6. The New Diplomats Wife on January 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks so much for including me – really enjoyed meeting you! These cards are all so beautiful – making me inspired all over again!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Loved meeting you too! 🙂

  7. Lisa // Elembee on January 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for reminding me I need to go eat those m&m’s (mmmmmm, chocolate). And thanks for including my card!!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Ha! Enjoy!:)

  8. Deborah on January 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love this roundup post of business cards! Such a great recap. The cards were off the hook! I have so many ideas for next year.

  9. Mari on January 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for including me Sheri – such a pleasure to meet you at Alt!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Same here Mari – that van ride (and Dale) bonded us all! 🙂

  10. Melanie on January 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for including my card! 🙂 It was so nice to see the finished product of yours -especially when it came with M&Ms! Xo

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Couldn’t love those cards more my friend! xo

  11. Jill V. on January 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks Sheri for adding me to the list!

    The cards are one of my favorite things to see at Alt. And I LOVE yours!

    And how I do love your awesome logo!!

    • sherisilver on January 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      But of course my friend! xoxo

  12. Gay Hansen on January 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Sheri! It was so great meeting you and feeling of your kindness! You made a lasting impression as you were the first person to reach out and say hi! I love your creativity and sense of style- very inspiring!

    • sherisilver on January 31, 2013 at 6:35 am

      I felt just the same -you were MY first “new friend”!:)

  13. l o v e l y t h i n g s on January 31, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I’m not just saying this…but yours is my favorite. And little candies in those colors (or non colors I guess) adds such a nice touch and makes sense to tie it up with bakers twine. I love it! I found you on Pinterest….I’m in CT…are you in Westchester? I read your ABOUT.
    annie

    • sherisilver on January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much! Okay – I made the HUGE mistake of peeking at your site as I was heading out the door – it is AWESOME! E-mailing you soon; we should connect! 🙂

  14. Hollye Jacobs,The Silver Pen on January 31, 2013 at 9:02 am

    So so sorry that we didn’t get to meet. I love love love your card and your website is super fun. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Best,
    Hollye

    • sherisilver on January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I know! I’m such a fan of you too and have been for quite some time – thank you so much!!:)

  15. Jill Simpson on January 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Sheri, this is a terrific roundup! Meeting you first–on the way to Alt–was a great, welcoming warmup to the event!

    • sherisilver on January 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Jill – I feel just the same about you! xo

  16. Kara Hall on January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Really well done business card round up! Thanks for sharing. Great to meet you in the photography styling class.

    • sherisilver on January 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you! So nice to meet you too! 🙂

  17. AmberLee on February 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    so fun that you were an alt newbie too, but too bad we didn’t get a chance to say hi. love your cards and monotone treats!! too cool. and love that you did a pinterest board. I’m excited to go check it out!

    • sherisilver on February 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I know – would have loved to meet you in person! Next time? 🙂

  18. Bree on July 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Girl. I am beyond happy I ran across this.. even if its 6 months late :/

    Thank you so much for including me in your post. It was great to meet you! Your special treat was a nice snack on the plane ride home. Love following you!

    Bree

    • sherisilver on July 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Ha! You are so welcome – LOVE my little binder clip; glad you enjoyed the candy!

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