Yay it’s a Giveaway! Planning 2012 with Pretty Paper from Creativitae

UPDATE: We’ve got a winner! The lovely lady that gets her choice of a printable planner & calendar is k.michelle who will get to enjoy these during her favorite month of September!

I’ll be emailing you with all the info!

What better way to brighten up a Tuesday than with a giveaway. It’s no secret that I love pretty paper products (and chevron). Seriously, it’s a small obsession. So when I was getting organized for the new year and stumbled upon Aimee McEwen’s lovely Etsy shop – creativitae – I knew I had found a gem.

 

I first shared the desk calendar I snatched up here with some other etsy finds. This little chevron desk calendar brightens up my desk and makes me smile whenever I see it. And because Aimee is so generous, one lucky reader will get own of her printable calendars AND your choice of her cute printable planners.

 

What you win:

 

p.s – I love the printable planner that you can customize to exactly what you want/need. I have the hardest time finding a planner that fits my note-making style so this
Here’s how to enter:

Giveaway closes on Friday, February 10th at 12 pm (EST).

I asked Aimee to share a little about how she got started (so if you’ve been considering opening an etsy shop – read below!). She’s a girl after my own heart that loves making lists – so I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store. I see lots more chevron paper products from her in my future. Check out her blog here for more info and visit her Etsy shop.

Enjoy!

Can you give us a little snapshot of your life & how you got started designing? 

I have wanted to be a graphic designer since I was 8 or 9. I used to make my own magazines complete with ads, how to’s and assign my little girlfriends articles to write.
I was an odd child.
What inspires you? 

Color, texture, geekery. I love Pinterest. I allow myself one hour a day of “Pin Time” or else I would be on the site all day long. I’m a huge Star Wars, Muppets, Lord of the Rings geek so those things tend to inspire me – or sedate me / help me to destress / escape.

When did you open your Etsy shop? What prompted you to start your Etsy shop? 

I opened the shop in late 2009. A year after I started my blog. I remember the first time I read a blog and the post was about Etsy. I was like, what’s an Etsy? Then I figured it all out and was so thrilled!

I started my blog in late 2008 because I needed a creative space where I could unravel, be inspired and share with a like-minded community. It was a creative space where I could call all the shots. Being a graphic designer means finding visual solutions and a majority of the time you are doing this with other peoples ideas and preferences in mind. It can be stifling. Having my own creative space where I could write, design and illustrate on my own terms was the antidote to that stifled feeling. My Etsy shop is an extension of that (healing) creative space.

What are your favorite things to design? 
I actually prefer illustration to design, it’s more fun for me to create little characters/animals or doodle faces of people I don’t know and create “life” in a space where there used to be nothing. One of my goals this year is to illustrate more. As for design – I enjoy like pretty stationery and I am a bit obsessed (understatement) with notebooks/journals. I also like writing and am looking for more copywriting work this year.
Who are some of your favorite Etsy sellers? Any favorite other paper designers/sites?

I tend not to search out people that sell the same things I do. I don’t want to be inadvertently influenced (that would be awkward). I am always impressed when I see a really well branded shop. I like tarahogan, LittleLionStudios, theLOVEstitch, lovemaestore, le animale, LoveSugar, and I adore roryunraveled. I’ve attempted to start collecting my favorites on a Pinboard but it’s not got a lot (enough) on it yet. Though since Etsy added the “pin it button”, pinning is much easier.  (http://pinterest.com/printpretty/)

Any plans to move beyond just planners & calendars? 

I am a HUGE list maker and I keep notebooks in every room of the house, and my purse. I have listed a great many things I would like to sell in the shop at some point. But I have a day job and time is always in short supply, also I am my toughest critic. I will not put anything in the shop until I feel it is “perfect” and something I would definitely purchase myself. Having the resources to produce more printed materials (notebooks, memo pads, stationery, calendars) is always an obstacle. I’m completely comfortable with my “baby steps” strategy until I can offer more.

Are your designs available anywhere else? 

Other than Etsy I’m not selling my designs any where else at the moment. I’m always available for freelance illustration, graphic design, and copywriting. I have a contact page on my blog for inquiries.

Thanks so much Aimee!

Disclaimer  – I was not paid or hooked up with free stuff for this post. Just loved this seller’s stuff and wanted to share it!

 

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21 Comments

  • Kelly
    February 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.”

  • Lynsey
    February 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    You know I’m jealous of your pretty planner. I love summer, so I’ll just say my favorite day is my birthday June 5.

  • Jodie
    February 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    My favorite day of the year….has to be the annual wiener dog races in Cincy–its a Friday in September that I take off every year to race my wien pup and its is the kick off to oktoberfest in cincinnati. I got engaged on this day two years ago, so its now a big fav of mine!

  • Jacqueline
    February 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    It’s got to be my birthday. September 12. And also my unofficial kick-off of my favorite season of the year.

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  • Jennifer
    February 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Danielle you always find such cute stuff- stuff that after seeing I cannot live without. My favorite day of the year has to be Halloween! BOO!

  • Teddi
    February 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I would have to say my favorite day of the year is June 10th. It’s unofficially Summer so the weather is awesome and plus it’s my birthday!

  • Katherine Smith
    February 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite day of the year is August 12th! It is my birthday and my two best friend’s (and sorority sister’s) birthday! We always get together even though we all live different places (Louisville, Nashville, and Baltimore). Yay for the August 12th Birthday Club!

  • Britt
    February 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    April 6th – Keeneland Spring Meet starts! A great reason to start searching for cute outfits!

  • K. Michelle
    February 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I’d have to say my favorite day of the year is any day in September. It’s my favorite month because it’s around back-to-school time (although I’m way past those years, I still enjoy it) and because the weather is usually gorgeous.

  • Abby Farnham
    February 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    favorite day of the year: christmas! i love love love spending it with my family!

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    February 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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    February 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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  • Kelly A
    February 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My favorite day is the summer solstice (June 10 this year), the longest day. I spent last year in Paris and they have a huge, city-wide music festival that lasts all day. I will forever love it for that reason.

  • Megan K
    February 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite day of the year is Christmas Eve. I love spending time with my family at home!

  • February 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

    hmmm…my favorite day of the year would have to be the first day of fall, september 22nd. it marks the beginning of my favorite fashion season, favorite weather, favorite holiday (thanksgiving), cats football + tailgating, and fall keeneland. :)

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  • Stephanie
    February 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love May 1st because of all the pretty flowers in bloom and Derby season!

  • February 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You really want me to pick just one! Soooo many to choose from. Let’s see – my most favorite day ever – March 17th and then my next favoritest day – December 7th! But its always a great day when I get to spend it with my Shu Shu, Nuggie and Drew!

  • Baili Minsterketter
    February 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    How cute! I would say my favorite day would be September 1st. My unoffical kickoff to Fall!

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