Here’s part 2 of my Friday’s Featured Seller. I’d like to introduce you to Susan of Celebrations Paperie (http://www.etsy.com/shop/celebrationspaperie) Susan lives in Louisiana and makes all sorts of paper products: card, invitations, thank you notes.
Jen: You make a number of different paper products – announcements, invitations, thank you notes- how did you get started?
Susan: I’ve always had an obsession with paper – note cards, lists, invitation, stationery. I would collect it but never use it because it was “just too pretty”. I started scrapbooking when my daughter graduated from high school and going to the craft stores and seeing all that paper, etc. just hooked me on creating with it all.
Jen: Without giving too much away, what is your process for making your products? Obviously I don’t need any trade secrets. 🙂
Susan: I used to actually attach scrapbook paper to cardstock and embellish with ribbon and such, but since then I’ve gone digital and use images and paper from internet shops (99% from Etsy sellers). Where do you get your inspiration? Usually from the images I purchase. I’ll see a cute monkey graphic and think of how cute that would look on a young child’s birthday invitation. It just goes from there.
Jen: Do you have a dedicated workspace?
Susan: I have a great craft room upstairs, but since I’m on the computer so much I work in an office/guest room space.
Jen: Do you have a “day job”? If so, any plans on quitting?
Susan: I retired after 26 years of teaching first and second grade. I loved it, but I was fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of an opportunity to retire, so I did.
Jen: Any background noises, ie music, tv, children while you are working?
Susan: I have ITunes on my computer and enjoy listening to music from classical to rock when I’m doing routine things. But I like it quiet when I’m in the design mode.
Jen: Are you having a Christmas in July sale?
Susan: Absolutely! My shop is offering 15% off entire purchase.
Jen: Family? To include Fur Babies, of course.
Susan: I’m married to great guy who’s been very supportive of my adventure and I have two children, both married. No grandkids, yet. I have four cats and one that is my son’s that I’m babysitting for awhile. Only 2 stay inside and they often “help” me when I’m working.
Jen: Anything else you would like to tell readers?
Susan: As a matter of fact, I do. I have another shop on Etsy called LadybugLane and Co. It was my first baby and there I sell greeting cards and notecards that I have either handmade or done digitally but are my own digital designs. I hope they visit ladybuglaneandco.etsy.com as well.
Thank you, Susan! Good luck with everything and I hope your CIJ sale is going great.
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