I was so happy when Alyssa wanted to share love of stickers into an awesome business.
1. Tell us about your workspace?
I have converted my spare bedroom into my craft room/workroom and I love it in there! This has become my favorite room in the house and this is where I go everyday to get away. I have my computer set up on one desk with three cutting machines nearby. I then have a LARGE work desk which I use to assemble packages! This work desk is great because I can really spread out all of my papers, pens, tape, and packaging supplies! Of course there are adorable pictures, quotes, and craft themed décor all around as well!
2. Where do you find inspiration for your stickers?
Most of my inspiration comes from my own planner needs! For example, when I was in nursing school, I had created stickers to help me keep track of homework, exams, and assignments! I too and so I made them available in my Etsy store!
This is similar for the themed sets that I do! If I decide I want to do a "balloon" spread one week in my planner, I'll create the layout and then when it's done, I'll list it in my Esty shop for others to enjoy as well! It's quite simple for me because I do not sell anything in my shop that I don't personally use in my own planner!
3. Do you do custom order?
Yes, I will create custom orders, however it has to be a reasonable request! I will change dimension of the sets to fit other planner besides the EC (Erin Condren planner) layouts. I will change colors around and I will also create custom functional stickers!
For example, I had a customer undergoing treatment for breast cancer and she wanted something uplifting but functional. She needed stickers to track of all of her upcoming surgical and doctors appointments. I created a beautiful breast cancer themed set and included some of my favorite motivational quotes in order to keep her positive! This was one of my favorite custom orders to date!!
4. How did you first become interested in making your products?
My love for planners and stickers started 2 years ago when I enrolled in nursing school! I was looking for a "simple" planner to keep track of daily assignments. During an internet search I stumbled upon the EC planner and I saw the BEAUTIFUL spreads people were creating with it! With a passion for scrapbooking and anything creative, I knew that this planner would be perfect! After receieving my 1st planner, I immediatley went to Etsy to purchase stickers but often had a hard time finding ones that fit my needs or my style. Thats when I decided that I would begin making my own! After a few months of designing and developing my talent, I then opened my Etsy store in order to share my designs with others!
5. Are you into planner, if so what is favorite planner to use? I love my Erin Condren planner! I will admit, I am a horizontal fan too! I have tried a few other planners in between but my heart keeps going back to the EC!
I absolutely love designing layout and making stickers for people to enjoy! In the next year I hope to be able to expand my inventory, offer more design options, and my ULTIMATE goal will be to transition to a ready to ship store!
Thank you again for including me in your blog! This interview was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed answering your questions!! You have some really great questions here and they really got me thinking!!
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