Last week I posed a simple question to you, my readers, regarding tea. The response was utterly amazing—the most non-giveaway comments I've ever received. Many of you tipped me off to Adagio Teas, and today, I'm here to report on what I found.
The bottom line? My shopping experience—from my initial browsing of their site to the final sip of my first cup made using their products—was singularly impressive.
When I opened my package I was greeted by stellar design and you know me: I've got a bit of a soft spot for design.
The design starts when you meet them online, and continues right down to the last packaging detail. They even throw in a book for first-time customers. For free.
For free, people. Who doesn't love a company that throws in something useful for free?
My purchases included the ingenuiTEA, two glass mugs (which I am IN LOVE with) and some assorted tea sampler packs to get started on my exploration of loose, gourmet teas. (Note: it really is worth it to go and watch the video on how the inegnuiTEA works. Again, form following function. Love that.)
My first cup yesterday morning was of Adagio's English Breakfast, and it was DIVINE. (I know my British readers are looking for the milk and sugar, but remember, my English comrades, I'm on a diet.)
Every time I look at my tea maker, my mugs and my little adorable tins I just feel good. I want to call up whoever heads this company and say, "Whoever it is making your decisions, tell them they have just made a lifetime customer of me."
I mean, I got an email from them that said, "Your UPS man just delivered your package," and lo and behold, there it was. Cradle to grave, amazing service.
I believe if more companies put this kind of thought and care into the entire experience that more consumers would be giving them their money and feeling good about it in the process.
So there's that.
And that inspired the following scrapbook page.
See, tea is my new smoking. I love anything that can be habituated, or ritualized, and right now tea is it, mama. Unlike my former smoking habit, this one smells goo gobs better and is actually good for me!
I decided to make a layout featuring my lovely tea shots, and using one of my digital templates in a hybrid fashion, and I'm going to share the process with you.
Here is the finished hybrid layout:
A lot of people like the idea of digital templates, but want to use them in a more hybrid fashion. Here is how I took a basic digital template and did just that.
Here is the basic template design:
First, I did the digital thing, dropping in my photos and my journaling into the template:
The next thing I did was to fill the entire background with white. I then saved this file, and did a Save As to create a new file, which I then cropped to 11 x 8.5 inches.
The reason I did this is to be able to send this file to print onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet of photo paper. In this way, I was able to use the core design of the template as the base for my photos.
I printed this image at 97% of original to allow for some play with the document's original outline.
Then, I opened the original digital file, and turned off all the layers except the one holding the outline.
I printed this onto a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.
The final step was to trim out the photos just to the inside of the outline and manually round the corners, before finally mounting it onto the 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Voila! Hybrid layout done!
Just wanted to share a) a great company, b) a few nice photos of my new habit and c) how you can take anything fully digital and blend the best of both worlds.