Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Member Spot Light, SproutLuv

Let me introduce you to Jennifer from SproutLuv!
Jennifer was so kind to take some time out of her busy schedule for an interview with me.  
This is what she said.

Etsy Paper:   Tell us a little about yourself.
Jennifer:  My name is Jennifer Rodriguez and I grew up and live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia - where it really isn't nearly as rainy as they say or X-Files made it look!

Etsy Paper:  When did you open your shop on Etsy?
Jennifer:  I opened up SproutLuv near the end of January 2013 and am very excited about my 1 year anniversary which is coming up right around the corner.

Etsy Paper:  Tell us about your shop.
Jennifer:  SproutLuv is all about handcrafted paper goods, with a focus on custom stationery. What can I say? Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I just love giving and receiving handwritten notes so the cards, jotters and notebooks I design and make are really just a natural extension of what I love.

I'd been giving them away to friends and family and after much coaxing, the people I love convinced me to try my hand at selling the pieces online. 

You can find me here:

or on my site at sproutluv.com/ 
or on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Sprout-Luv/397791826980559
Etsy Paper:  How did your shop get its name?
Jennifer:  The "l-u-v" in SproutLuv represents a time in my life when, as a young teen, I could be creative without being overly critical. When all of my ubiquitous little handmade gifts and notes were unabashedly signed off with “luv, jen.”

I think all of us have at some point in time, given or received a handwritten note signed off with “luv." Some were three sentences and others spanned messy pages. Some were silly and some were surprisingly reverent. Others arrived in the mail from loved ones far away. I have a shoe box full of these notes which will always be keepsakes. The name of my shop is a reflection of that.

Etsy Paper:  What inspires you?
Jennifer:  This may seem a little strange for stationery, but my favorite designs have actually been inspired by items in my closet that I just love.

One of my all-time favorite prints was inspired by a now worn-to-death set of tights that were my go-to pair come fall and winter. I have since had to retire them, but they served me long and well and at least I have a design to commemorate them! I also literally own 11 items of striped clothing (not counting 2 pairs of striped flats I picked up in the summer) so of course stripes are featured as a design. I mean, I even created lace typography... Me? Over-coordinated? Er. Well. Sometimes.

Etsy Paper:  What is it about paper that draws you to create with it?
Jennifer:  My fanaticism for handwritten notes (the "NOTED!" section of my website is devoted to them) coupled with the fact that I'm just a VERY tactile person who loves the feel of good paper makes it my medium of choice.

How my notebooks and stationery feel in your hands and against your pen is just as important to me as how they look. For example, I only use 70lb paper in my notebooks and jotters. If you're not a paper geek like me, that's over double the weight of your typical printer paper! My cards are made from a dense and luxuriously textured art board stock I can't seem to run my fingers over enough! And I actually spent over 6 months testing three different cover stocks before I went with the kraft version I use for my notebooks and jotters. I ended up choosing the kraft board I use now because I just fell in love with how the covers wore into this soft, almost velvet-like texture after a while, but still remained sturdy and retained its heft.

Like I said, I'm a sucker for how paper feels and you'll notice that with all of my handcrafted goodies.

Etsy Paper:  What has been your favorite comment from purchasers about your product?
Jennifer:  Great reviews truly make my day and anything referring to my customer service and the quality of my goods always makes me happy. I think my very favorite reaction from a client receiving my goods came from a lovely woman who took the time to email me as soon as her notebooks arrived. She couldn't wait to tell me that she was both extremely happy with the books AND extremely UPSET that the new Etsy feedback system wouldn't let her leave a review for her purchases yet! She said she would have to wait a week, but that she'd mark the date in her calendar so she didn't forget.

Of course, I didn't expect to get the feedback on my shop because it was the holidays and people are so very busy, so after I emailed her back thanking her for the glowing email, I forgot about it. I'm sure you can imagine my surprise and delight when exactly a week later, on the date she mentioned, I got one of the best reviews my shop has seen!

Etsy Paper:  Who is your biggest fan?
Jennifer:  That has to be my lovely mother. Or wait. My 16 month old nephew? Actually, I think they may equally love my goodies, though for different reasons: my mom loves my design tastes and my nephew loves the taste of my papers!

I can really relate to many of those answers, and I'm sure most paper-lovers can too.  
Such a beautiful shop.  Be sure to take a peek at SproutLuv.
You'll be amazed at all the wonderful options she offers.

Happy New Year from Etsy Paper!

Until next time,
Etsy Paper Team, Captain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Member Spot Light, JoeyDesign

Let me introduce you to Danielle from JoeyDesign!

I had a chance to interview Danielle, this is what she had to say.

Etsy Paper:  Tell us a little about yourself.
Danielle:  I live with my husband Andrew and one year old daughter, Airlie right near the beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Being close to the beach is important to me for walks, and inspiration. I live in the same house I grew up in as a child, but built an extra level on the house for a bit more space... so this house is very sentimental to me.

Etsy Paper:  When did you open your shop on Etsy?
Danielle:  I opened my shop in 2010 and started off with just a few cards. There was no sales until I made and listed the first of my cute sticker packs, and my very first customer came along and bought some... this was a very exciting time for me, and this interview is quite special because the lovely writer was my first customer!

Etsy Paper:  Tell us about your shop.
Danielle:  So I sell cards, stickers, gift tags, coloring books all illustrated and printed by me... and very soon I will be adding an invitation and party goods range. Here is my shop and facebook:

www.facebook.com/pages/Joey-Design-Illustrations/192846857397392 (to keep updated with markets, secret sales and new products)

                                                                      Birthday Stickers

Etsy Paper:  How did your shop get its name?
Danielle:  My brand is my shop name. The name 'joey' was my nickname while studying at University. We used to sit around on the grass between classes and eat lunch with the kangaroos (literally!). After spotting a baby kangaroo one day, my friend told me it looked like me, and the name stuck ever since.

Etsy Paper:  How much "technology" do you use in your works?
Danielle:  I'm a bit too reliant on technolgy! I use my PC (or laptop as a back up), a Wacom pen and tablet, a scanner, an inkjet AND a laser printer, Paintshop Pro and Publisher software and not to mention the magic internet... oh and a kettle... to make coffee to keep myself awake!

Etsy Paper:  Do you have a day job?  If so, are you up all night crafting?
Danielle:  Yes, apart from being a full time mum, I work part time at an aquarium as an Education Coordinator. My job is all about teaching marine conservation to younger generations! Airlie keeps me busy for the rest of the time and once she goes to bed, I work on my Etsy shop or getting products ready to go to the markets. I manage to get to bed by 11pm and start again at 6am the next day!

                                                                             Gift Tags

Etsy Paper:  Where do you feel at peace, free from all the pressure of family and work?
Danielle:  One word... Thailand. I try to get there every year to soak up some rays on an island somewhere or sip on a cocktail or two. While on holidays I get so much new inspiration - it's like I soak it up from the sun!

Etsy Paper:  What is it about paper that you love?
Danielle:  I love the fact that paper is a clean white surface when you first get it. I love the brightest whitest paper that smells like a mill when you first open it. I loved to draw when I was very little and mum and dad couldn't afford to buy me white copy paper all the time as it was so expensive. I used to find blank notepaper to draw on and one time I even found some paper that had blown away from somewhere and drew all over that!

Etsy Paper:  How did you learn your craft?
Danielle:  My illustrations are all self-taught! I never went to graphic design school - I just started drawing from a very young age. When I was given Paintshop Pro, I bloomed and started creating my illustration folio. My husband surprised me with a brand-new Wacom tablet and pen and I have never looked back... it is so much easier drawing with a pen than a mouse! To this day, I am still learning new techniques!

This shop is amazingly cute, original, and makes deciding on one item very difficult.  Take a look around, I know you will enjoy the designs as much as I do.

Until next time,
Etsy Paper Team, Captain

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Let me introduce you to Amanda from MaxandMila

I had a chance to interview Amanda, this is what she had to say.

Etsy Paper:   Tell us a little about yourself. 
Amanda:  My name is Amanda, and I am a wife of 2 years and a mom of a 16 month old, Mila. When Mila was born, my husband and I began exploring avenues that would allow me to stay home with her. With a background in web and traditional media graphics design, I was fortunate to find a couple of steady positions that I could do at home after Mila had gone to bed. Since my professional work day begins at 8pm, I pay the price of sleep to stay at home with my precious baby everyday... and it is well worth it. I hope that one day I can expand my Etsy shop and generate enough revenue that it can be my primary professional focus.  My husband and I are expecting our next child in February. We are keeping gender a surprise until the birth, but if we have a boy, we will have the Max for our Mila. We live in Birmingham, Alabama.

Etsy Paper:  When did you open your shop on Etsy?  
Amanda:  Max and Mila opened in August of 2012, so we have been in business for a little over a year!

Etsy Paper:  Tell us about your shop.
Amanda:  Max and Mila has an indie/natural/simplistic vibe, and I sell wedding invitations, save-the-date cards, children's birthday invitations, party packages, posters and shower invitations. Most of my products are customized digital files, but I am in the process of transitioning into a finished-product based shop. In the near future, we will be focused on selling complete wedding and invitation sets.  

Etsy Paper:  What inspires you? 
Amanda:  I'm primarily inspired by nature and vintage design. I like to keep it simple and clean.

Etsy Paper:  What is your favorite technique/your "specialty"?
Amanda:  My specialty is wedding invitation design, and you'll be able to see more of that in the updates to come. I love being a part of someone's special day, and I know that invitations and print materials can play a huge role in setting the tone for a wedding or event.

Etsy Paper:  When you look at some of the first projects you made, do you want to tear them up and start over?
Amanda:  Absolutely! This is one of the major struggles in building Max and Mila into a more robust shop. Every month or so, I look back over my designs and want to take most of them down and start over!

Etsy Paper:  What software do you use? 
Amanda:  I use Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator CS6.


Etsy Paper:  What type of work space do you have? Did you have to clear away something in your home to find the space?
Amanda:  I work from the couch or kitchen table. Granted, I can only stay in the same position for a short period of time. I'll be standing behind my couch with my laptop propped on top, then I'll be propping my feet up kicked back on the sofa, and then I'll be sitting perfectly straight on the edge of my dining room chair... all in a matter of thirty minutes. 

What a great shop!  Please take a peek at all Amanda's items.  She has some great things to offer.  

Until next time,
Etsy Paper Team, Captain  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Member Spotlight - catSCRAPPIN

Hello everyone! Time for another EtsyPaper Team Spotlight!

Meet Lana of catSCRAPPIN

Lana has been in the crafting industry since 1999. She started in scrapbooking and switched to cardmaking. She also ran a internet scrapbooking site for 4 years named catSCRAPPIN. Lana opened a brick and mortar rubberstamping shop in 2002 and sold it in 2006. Something she still regrets. But after being diagnosed with MS, it is something she just can't do anymore. 

Lana lives in Fort Wayne, IN with her husband. They have been married since 1994. All her kids have had tails. They sponsor 4 girls from compassion.com

Lana has always been a night owl. She says her best hours are 9pm-5am. This is the time she works on cards and fills orders. 

Lana opened her etsy account in 2009. But didn't start selling until 2012. 

Lana likes to sell greeting cards. But she can't make enough items to 
have a full shop. So she also carries card making supplies.

We asked Lana if she has a special space for her crafting, or does the kitchen table do double duty? This was her response:

"This one is hysterical. I have a whole entire craft house. 
Now remember I have been collecting since 1999. 

Cardstock is in the kitchen cabinets. Pattered paper is on boxes on the dining room table. Coloring upstairs. Glitter and embossing powder in the dungeon.

I have pics on my facebook page and about page." 


We also asked Lana if she has a favorite crafting book, magazine or tv show? Lana says her favorite crafting magazine is "Just Cards by Scrap & Stamp Arts". They are her favorite because she has been published in them over 20 times. She has lost count but she has made 3 covers.

Just Christmas Volume 1
Just Cards! Volume 17
Scrap & Stamp Arts - March 2009

And finally we asked Lana what are the five craft items she can't live without. She says
"Five items I can't craft without. LOL yeah right. I need about 20 items minimum! I always laugh at these questions."

paper and cardstock
rubberstamps and ink
Spellbinder dies and big shot
embossing folders
Copic markers

Paper trimmer
silhouette die cutter
laser printer

Lana only sells online and to friends and says she is definitely a messy crafter. She says she has to craft every single day. If she takes a break she gets stuck for months.

Stop by her shop at catSCRAPPING on Etsy

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Member Spotlight - Craftstudiopaper

The Etsypaper team on Etsy is growing and growing! We'd like to take the time to give the world a chance to get to know the fabulous team shops and their owners.

Starting with our Team Captain - Craftstudiopaper!!!

Chrystal, the owner of Craftstudiopaper on Etsy, has been making handmade papers since 1996.  At first it was just a hobby but it has turned into a passion that she never wants to give up. She has a closet full of scraps waiting to be made into beautiful handmade papers!

Rainbow Pack 34 sheets - Handmade Recycled Paper

Chrystal's handmade papers are made using papers that would otherwise have ended up in the trash. Her handmade papers are not dyed in any way. The color comes from the scraps and her papers are very colorful.

Handmade Recycled Paper - Hearts

She enjoys experimenting with shapes and add-ins such as flowers and glitter.

Handmade Recycled Paper - Art Journal Orange Flower cover

Stop by and check out Craftstudiopaper on Etsy!
You might find the perfect handmade paper for your project!

Click here for more items from the Etsypaper team!