The Pop Out Card Company was founded by Jonathan Aspinall in 2012.
Below you'll find a brief history of how the company was created and how Jonathan and I (Louisa) met.
A LANCASHIRE LAD
Born in Bolton, Jonathan comes from a large family (he's 1 of 8 children!). Ever the dog lover, he grew up in rural Cheshire with his canine companion, a Newfoundland called Daisy.
He completed a Foundation Diploma in Art at college before venturing North to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to study design at Northumbria University.
Following his degree, he began working as an apprentice at a design studio.
FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS
In October 2011, encouraged by his brother and sister-in-law (the talented folks behind gift & homeware company, Chase and Wonder!), Jonathan designed a single Pop Out Dove Greeting Card which, they took along to sell at a Christmas fair.
After proving a hit with the festive shoppers, that one card soon sparked a creative flurry (fuelled by his good friend, Coffee!).
In April 2014, Jonathan and I met for our very first date in Manchester, where I was living at the time.
One date led to the next and it didn't long for us to realise we had found something special. We spent the next two years taking turns to make the 300-mile round trip each weekend.
Long-distance love wasn't easy and so we decided that I would move to Newcastle to begin our life together. In June of 2018, surrounded by our loved ones, we married.
TO PASTURES NEW
With two accounting roles behind me, I had always wanted to do something more creative.
I started to help with the business in my spare time, redesigning the website and playing Santa's little helper at trade shows.
In November 2019, I officially became a member of Pop Out HQ. We knew that my bean-counting skills and love of all things admin would come in handy one day!
HERE WE ARE TODAY
We are proud to call ourselves a small family-run business, with a range of fun and colourful products.
Our pop out cards are a combination of a card and a keepsake gift all rolled into one.
Each comes with a flat-packed decorative keepsake for the recipient to pop out, as well as a miniature greeting card in which the sender can put good old pen to paper.
Thank you for reading,
Louisa & Jonathan
Pop Out HQ