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confections for your correspondence: Paper Pastries

download-2Our designs start with an original photograph or illustration, which is then edited with Photoshop and created into a rubber stamp. Everything bookplate, card, and piece of stationery is stamped by hand. I have an art degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated in 2007. Paper Pastries is a family business we really appreciate your support!

What inspired you to go into the craft business, do you still have a day job? I started my business when I couldn’t find a ‘real’ job, in May 2008. This feels more real than any other job I’ve had. I never stop thinking about Paper Pastries.

downloadWhat do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them? I like coming up with ideas, hearing feedback, and being really happy with the way the rubber stamp turns out. Executing the ideas is physically exhausting, but also satisfying in seeing an idea come to life.

What’s the best thing about what you do? best: I love hearing people’s comments and questions about the line and designs. And the worst? worst: the hand cramps I get after I’ve stamped all day.

What’s the best advice you have been given about your business or craft practices? It’s going to be hard for what seems like forever, but then one day it will get easier.

download-4How do you stay inspired? By traveling, reading blogs, browsing flickr, and shopping.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your business? What I really love about this business is that my whole family is involved. They help me with designs, travel with me to craft fairs, help me package orders and have always been a continuous support. They know this is what I’ve always wanted to do.

All my designs are original and a labor of love. I miss being in my college art classes and being able to hear feedback on my work, I’d love any comments or questions.  AND  I am about to launch a big cartel shop:

I think the website is easy to maneuver for shoppers and I really like the layout options. Another plus is that I can give out discount codes.

2 Responses

  1. Avatar Ashley says:

    Lovely lovely Margaret! I will miss participating in West Coast craft shows with you this year. Big Cartel is amazing!

  2. Avatar Diana DeFrenza says:

    Great interview. I’m very excited to see your booth in SF!

    Your cards and your business are a great venture.

    Your hard work and creative ideas are definitely already paving the way for your products to be in high demand.

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