supplier spotlight –  meet Skinny Malink

10 February 2019

WEDDING STATIONERY SPECIALISING IN BESPOKE THINKING.

Skinny Malink create wedding stationery for style-conscious couples who want to make an impact the moment that envelope hits the doormat. With fresh prints, bespoke design and beautiful finishing touches, they’re a whole lotta fabulousness – so why don’t ya meet the powerhouse behind them?

WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

I’m Lynsay and I’m the pale face behind Skinny Malink.
Skinny Malink specialises in alternative* wedding stationery and I’m based in beautiful Larbert (Larbados as it’s uncommonly known)

* I hate that word so basically I produce stationery that doesn’t include satin bows, faux-pearl and pearlescent card. 🤷‍♀️

DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE

Until last year I was based in a studio just off Edinburgh’s Rose Street but the bright lights of Larbert called and we couldn’t resist the move. In reality though, we outgrew our Edinburgh flat and wanted to move our family and the business to a proper family-sized home. Luckily we managed to move to a house that has enough room for me to set up a home studio (hurrah!)

I’m so lucky to have one of the biggest rooms in the house and definitely the one with the best light, perfect for producing all our pretty paper goods.

WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?

It all began when my husband and I were getting married. I produced our own stationery and got some lovely feedback on it – looking back, the stationery was pretty awful. Anyway, I thought I might be able to do it for a living so that’s what I did. I started producing invitations on a really shoddy 5 year old inkjet printer that I stole from my mum for uni work. I set up shop in the living room of our 1st flat (a tiny flat in Edinburgh’s Gorgie) I took over the living room, worked through the night to get orders produced and shockingly, within 6months, my husband hadn’t divorced me. Soon I was able to afford the Rose Street studio and crucially I could also buy a proper printer to speed up production. Looking back, I’m really surprised I managed to pull it off.

FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?

I really love the Blue Watercolour design. It’s just a classy looking invitation. Simple.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Im inspired by so much. Landscape; textiles; flowers; stoneware (currently seriously considering converting an outbuilding into a pottery room. Get my Demi Moore vibes on) … I suppose the common thread that runs through my inspiration is: if it’s clean, considered and well balanced, I’ll love it. I’m all about balance and an appreciation of white-space.

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY

My toddler wakes me at 7:30, usually demanding weetabix and telling me how fabulous her sleep was. I take my 3 year old to nursery and start work by 9. Coffee is brewed, emails are done, and then I list all the work I hope to get done that day.
I work till 5.00 before picking the wee one up from nursery.

In the evening, I usually tackle email correspondence and artwork. Most of my couples are used to getting design work through in the small hours… Even after having a child, it’s very hard to curb my night-owl nature.

WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. When I lived in Edinburgh, I was always in the botanics. It’s so calming and it’s the main thing I miss since moving away. Now I have a garden and it’s great. I love growing my own flowers and plants so in the summer months, if I’m not working, I’m in the garden.

FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?

Villa Decius, it’s in Poland and it’s where I got married. I’m biased.

TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON

I’m hoping for bolder colours. The last couple of years have been quite pale and muted, which has been lovely but I’m looking forward to producing brighter and more vibrant artwork for all my stylish couples.

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Be a slow burner. Take your time and build your business slowly and steadily.