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Hello! I’m Clare and I grew up in a lovely village called Chislehurst, on the border where Kent meets London, with my wonderful Mum Debbie, Dad Paul and Sister Rachel. I live in Surrey with my now fiancée, Dan, (eeek! I have my own wedding to plan!) and soon we hope to get a little chocolate Cockapoo to join us. I spend far too much time on my computer, eat far too much chocolate, love all things gold, glittery and girly (except shopping which I detest – unless it’s online), I have the best and most loving, fun and loyal boyfriend, family and friends a girl could ask for. I love going on holiday and dream of immigrating to New Zealand one day if I’m ever brave enough. Those who have read my blog, will understand my love of travel. It is my life-long aim to visit as many countries as I can!

 

I’ve always been a creative person. I always make instead of buying what I think I can. From fancy dress outfits (although some phenomenal disasters) to full on matching papier-mâché head masks, to simple Christmas present tags. I began my love affair with stationery in my teens when I paid a whopping five pounds (this was a lot twelve years ago) for a really average Mother’s Day card. Of course, I didn’t begrudge my wonderful mum a penny of it (despite my pitiful pocket-money budget) but I did feel cheated paying over the odds for something that, quite frankly, I could make better myself. The rest as they say is history. In 2002 I began selling my small collection of handmade cards to family, friends and a few local shops. I’m sure at the time, the lady in Paper Lane on Chislehurst High Street just felt sorry for me. I stood unannounced at her till point (I still cringe that I didn’t even make an appointment) clutching my box of ten designs and boldly asked “Would you like to buy some of my greetings cards? I’ve made them all myself.” She made an order for five. Not multiples of five designs. Just five cards. But I was over the moon!

 

It was a hobby I kept up throughout my A-levels, Drama degree and first full time job in advertising, but I always knew I wanted to enter the gorgeous and beautiful world of wedding stationery. At the beginning of August 2010, after a year of business planning, redundancy from my then TV advertising job, encouragement from Dan and a rather healthy dipping into our “house fund”, I gave Clara’s Cards a bloody good makeover and Clara Lou Designs (now Clare Simpson Designs) was born - a wonderful hub of all things stationery and alike. My passion is to provide couples with stylish, high quality and design-led wedding stationery that is packed with personality to complement their wedding style combined with a unique and personal service. I truly love what I do and it shows. Clare Simpson Designs is individual, original and fun. Specialising in weddings with a specific style or theme. If you feel uninspired by the usual wedding papery in magazines or disheartened by what you didn’t find on the internet then you have come to the right place.

 

I look forward to working with you.

 

Clare

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