Hi everyone! These weeks just fly by! This week I'm featuring Laurie Louis from LJLDESIGNSSTATIONARY on Etsy. She creates digitally designed cards that can be customized. Her specialties are Wedding Save-The-Date cards and Bridal Shower and Party Invitations.
How long have you been doing your craft?I have been doing my craft for 5 years.
How and why did you start designing?I enjoy designing on my MAC and have done things for friends for years. It helps me relax after a busy day at work. It lets the creative side of me come out.
What inspires you to create?
When I see things in stores or in magazines, my first thought is - I would change that just a little - my next thought is - I can't wait to go home and work on it. I love trying out new ideas and putting together different items to create cards for people.
How would you describe your style?
Clean and contemporary with classically inspired themes. I like to take a traditional concept and modernize it.
Why did you decide to delve into the wedding business?
A friend of mine was getting married and couldn't find what she wanted at a decent price. She liked my creativity and asked if I could design an invitation for her. I had so much fun creating the invitations that I decided I would work a line for my website. From there, my wedding business continued to grow. The longer I worked on the invitations, the more ideas I had. A year later my ideas continue to grow and hopefully so will my wedding business.
Do you have any new items you plan on adding to your shop?
I just completed a Pool Blue Set of Invitations, Save-The-Date Card, Rehearsal Dinner Invitation and Thank You note. Along with matching Wine Boxes that can be used for gifts for wedding party. Currently, I am working on a set of Invitations and Thank You notes to go with my beach Save-The-Date cards. I also am working on some fun Summer Save-The-Date invitations, Bridal Shower Invitations and Thank You notes.
Which items are your favorite to make and why?
Save-The-Date cards are my favorite to create. You can be fun and creative with them. Wedding invitations tend to be more traditional.
Do you have a facebook, twitter, or blog?
I have a facebook page: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LJLDESIGNS
My Twitter page is: @LJLDESIGNS
I do not have a blog yet but my goal for the summer is to create a blog.
Do you sell anywhere besides Etsy?
I also sell off my website - LJLDesigns.com
Be sure to check out her shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LJLDESIGNSSTATIONERY