Privacy Policy

Last updated: 24/5/18

This privacy policy notice is for this website,, served by Steph Welstead, and governs the privacy of those who use it. The purpose of this policy is to explain to you how I control, process, handle and protect your personal information while browsing or using this website, including your rights under current laws and regulations. If you do not agree to the following policy you may wish to cease viewing / using this website.

Please read this policy, and if you have any questions at all, please contact me at 

Policy key definitions:

  • "I", "our", "us", or "we" refer to the blog, The Collative.
  • "you", "the user" refer to the person(s) using this website.
  • GDPR means General Data Protection Act.
  • PECR means Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulation.
  • ICO means Information Commissioner's Office.
  • Cookies mean small files stored on a user's computer or device.

Your individual rights

Under the GDPR your rights are as follows. You can read more about your rights in detail here;

  • the right to be informed;
  • the right of access;
  • the right to rectification;
  • the right to erasure;
  • the right to restrict processing;
  • the right to data portability;
  • the right to object; and
  • the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.

If you would like to exercise one of these rights, please email me at

We handle subject access requests in accordance with the GDPR.

If you are not satisfied with the response or feel there is a problem with the way we are handling your data, you have the right to complain to the ICO [].

Internet cookies

We use cookies on this website to help provide you with a better user experience. We do this by placing a small text file on your device / computer hard drive to track how you use the website. We use cookies on this website for the purpose of analysing web traffic, to study information such as the number of visitors, visitor location and behaviour (for example, which pages are viewed, which third party sites refer visitors, and how long pages are viewed for).

This data, which may include your IP address, location, and pages visited, is collected and stored by Squarespace and Google Analytics. 

We use a cookie control system which allows you to accept the use of cookies, and your web browser should provide you with the controls to manage and delete cookies from your device; please see your web browser options. 

Transparent privacy explanations

We have provided some further explanations about user privacy and the way we use this website to help promote a transparent and honest user privacy methodology.

Affiliate tracking

Our website contains affiliate links on some pages. These are typically served through our advertising partners:, Amazon Associates, and Creative Market, or are self served through our own means. We only use trusted partners who each have high standards of user privacy and security. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk*.

Clicking on any affiliate links may track your actions by using a cookie saved to your device. You can read more about cookies on this website above. Your actions are usually recorded as a referral from our website by this cookie. In most cases we earn a very small commission from the advertiser or advertising partner, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase on their website.

We use advertising partners in these ways to help generate an income from the website, which allows us to continue our work and provide you with the best overall experience and valued information.

If you have any concerns about this we suggest you do not click on any affiliate links found throughout the website.

Email marketing messages & subscription

Under the GDPR we use the consent lawful basis for anyone subscribing to our newsletter or marketing mailing list. We only collect certain data about you (see below for details). Any email marketing messages we send are done so through an EMS, email marketing service provider. An EMS is a third party service provider of software / applications that allows marketers to send out email marketing campaigns to a list of users. The Collative uses Mailchimp as an EMS.

Email marketing messages that we send may contain tracking beacons / tracked clickable links or similar server technologies in order to track subscriber activity within email marketing messages. Where used, such marketing messages may record a range of data such as; times, dates, I.P addresses, opens, clicks, forwards, geographic and demographic data. Such data, within its limitations will show the activity each subscriber made for that email campaign.

Any email marketing messages we send are in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR. We provide you with an easy method to withdraw your consent (unsubscribe) or manage your preferences / the information we hold about you at any time. See any marketing messages for instructions on how to unsubscribe or manage your preferences, or contact me at

Our EMS provider is Mailchimp. We hold the following information about you within our EMS system:

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Subscription time & date.

Policy updates

I may update this privacy policy by posting a new version on this website. Please check this page occasionally to make sure you are happy with any changes. You can check the 'Last updated' note at the top of this page to see when the last update was made. I may also notify you of changes to this privacy policy by email if you have signed up to receive email updates.