As somebody who makes and sells cards myself, I’m always excited to have a peek at what other small businesses are offering. When I spotted the Valentine’s Day range from Love Layla Designs, I was obsessed! Love Layla were kind enough to send me a selection of their products to review, so that I could be sure that She Might Be readers would be getting top quality items from any brand that I recommended. And let me tell you – I was not disappointed!
I was expecting a couple of cards from Love Layla, and I was really surprised when I found that there was also a packet of balloons, wrapping paper, a badge and a 2018 desk calendar in my package for my to try out. The balloons were hilarious; bright red, great quality and of course they said “BLOW ME” across them once you blew them up.
I love the 2018 calendar – the only downfall is that the January quote is about dieting, but she makes up for it in July when she says that the beach can take whatever body its given! The best bit? Since 2018 has already started, you’ll be able to find a pretty nice discount over there.
The other extras I got were the badge, which boldly announces that the wearer is a Valentine W*nker (so me!), and some really gorgeous bright red wrapping paper that says ‘I F*cking Love You’. I’m really excited to use this on something for my husband, I think he’s going to find it hilarious. The final item I found in my package was a large sticker that says ‘I F* After the First Bottle’ which definitely made me smirk because we all know somebody like that – and if you don’t, its because its you!
And now on to the cards – the main focus of my post! I got a really great selection of some fantastic cards. They all arrived in individual cello bags with thick red envelopes, and I was lucky enough to have actually received seven Love Layla cards in this package. This could keep me in Valentines for the next seven years! As I have children – and one of them is an 11 year old who has perfected her eye roll – I won’t be able to give any of these to my husband, for fear of causing her permanent embarrassment when they are displayed. But some of my friends have already laid claim to most of them, and I might decorate my bedroom with the balloons anyway. If she sees them and cringes, its her own fault for coming in!
I’m a bit of a hand lettering nerd, and I love the fonts that Love Layla chose for her cards; they were always totally appropriate for the theme and looked like they were part of the design, rather than added as an afterthought. The artwork itself is top notch, and as somebody who has her own small card business, I am definitely in awe of Love Layla because I know how much work must have gone in to producing stock of this quality. I will definitely be ordering from Love Layla again. Her products are that perfect mix of simple designs done in a quirky way that I just can’t get enough of right now.
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