More Than Gold’s very first cards, the Edna May collection, has launched this week in Dunstable’s Christian Bookshop and Life Church, Bradford. I’m so excited to see the physical products, after imagining them for so long. And actually, it’s equal parts excitement and terror!
I suppose, in starting out, it makes sense to explain where More Than Gold has come from. For what feels like a long time, I’ve wanted to do something more creative than my everyday job. I’m grateful to have work to do, but I think I’ve always been a creative person and I probably need an outlet for that. My family can vouch for the fact that I’ve been talking about starting a blog for AGES but just couldn’t think of a name for it. My other problem was that I could visualise things…I follow hundreds of people on instagram (the most brilliant of all social media, am I right?!) that do hand-lettering, design beautiful homes or take amazing photos…but could never quite reproduce what was in my head. The thing that most inspired me was seeing beautiful, hand-lettered prints and cards with words from the Bible, but so few of them were in the UK. I can’t tell you the amount of times I added prints to my basket online but couldn’t justify the shipping costs! I just couldn’t understand why there was nothing like that for Christian women in the UK (because let’s be honest, men aren’t a greetings card suppliers dream client!).
So when I went on maternity leave and started to think more about work-life balance, as well as craving even more that creative outlet that you sometimes so desperately need as a new mum, I had a off-the-cuff chat with Beth. I knew Beth did her own designs (brilliant ones!) under the name Betty Charlie but I didn’t know that she had been thinking almost exactly the same thing about Christian cards and prints. Of course, she has the design skills to make it possible but wanted some business support. It sounded both too good to be true and terrifying. What if I actually had to just go for something, instead of dreaming about it? After lots of chats, More Than Gold Designs started to become a real possibility and we took the leap in the summer of 2015.
Of course, it is still early days but we’re really grateful for our first stockists and hope that you like the designs so far. There’s lots more to come and we’ll be making improvements the whole way, including different payment methods on this website. If you have any questions, ask away! Or if there are improvements you think we can make, let us know…