SUPPLIES + RESOURCES

This page contains links and reviews of our favorite supplies and business resources outside of Design by Laney. Yes, some of these are Affiliate Links, and help us financially so that we can continue to share our knowledge and expertise with you for free. However, all of these supplies and resources are tested and approved by our team at Design by Laney - we have used all of them ourselves and use many of them on a daily basis!

 
 

AMAZON LISTS

Yep, we’re just like the rest of you in that we live for Amazon Prime! We have a few different lists ranging by category, from paints and markers to papers and calligraphy inks (and everywhere in between). Yes, our trusty printers are both linked on there! We have included comments on many of the items about our specific usage of them, and this is definitely the most general supply list that we’ve got!

WAX SEALS

We often get asked about Wax Seal products, and almost always use WaxSeals.com. We love all of their colors, and you can also get the signature Design by Laney Paper Crane design here! Read more about the meaning behind our Paper Crane design here, and check out wax seal videos and how-tos on our Instagram Stories! We typically order the self-adhesive pre-made seals if the seal is going directly on paper. If it’s going over a ribbon, string, or multiple layers, then we like to create them on our own for the best texture. The glue gun we use is linked in the Amazon Supply List!

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SKILLSHARE

Skillshare is an amazing community for artists of ALL sorts to learn new trades. We have immensely enjoyed our time on Skillshare, and although we don’t currently teach on Skillshare, we love all the classes that we’ve taken from Surface Design, Pattern-Making, Watercolor, Graphic Design, and Running a Stationery Business. Anything that you want to learn in the Creative world can be found on Skillshare, and the link above will also get you 2 free months - just make sure you take advantage of that time!

We love writing on Capiz Shells! While we don’t share some supplies due to limited availability, this doesn’t really present an issue with these babies. We love Richard’s Seashells on Etsy, and recommend the 3” size for escort/place cards. Nibs and ink that we use on these are linked in the Amazon Supply List!

Dubs Dubs Dubs!!! We can’t stop gushing over Dubsado as a CMS, and all that they do for us. This tab is literally always second on our screen, next to our inbox. The biggest thing about Dubs is that their customer service is the best of ANY company I’ve ever worked with, hands down, stationery or otherwise. If you use our link you can get 20% off your first month OR your first year!

Did you see our Morning Chat on using stock images? We are VERY passionate about it! I paint elements when I want to, feel it’s best for the client, have time to, there are a lot of reasons….but sometimes this doesn’t all fall into place, and the best design instead comes from stock images - many of which come from Creative Market. They have a myriad of fonts, mockup kits, design elements, etc. and offer 6 Free Goods every week.

 

QuickBooks is the industry standard for bookkeeping and financial management. They offer invoicing capabilities, keep track of all our expenses and income, and can tell us how much money we have made over any given time. My favorite part of using QuickBooks is that my tax prep is super easy - simply add your accountant and you’re done! This link gives you 50% off a subscription (we personally use the Online version).