I know I have been absent from the blogging world over the last 2 months. Life has been busy, but in a very good way. We’ve been celebrating birthdays and holidays with family, working on house projects, and enjoying the nice weather with the girls. The main reason though, is I’ve found some new hobbies that I have been spending lots of time working on. I started learning hand lettering by watching some of Peggy Dean’s videos on Skillshare. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s basically a Youtube of tutorials and lessons on tons of different topics. I joined and have been watching and learning so much, and I am loving it. Some of the topics I’ve been focusing on are hand lettering, cake decorating, improving my blog, digital design and editing, and lifestyle photography. The videos are so engaging and easy to follow along. I highly recommend Skillshare if you’re looking for a new hobby!
So, what is Joie de Paper? Since moving into our new home, I’ve been on a decorating binge. My artwork collection is dismal and not the look I wanted for our home anymore. Our budget for art is something like negative $25. I decided to try my hand at making my own art using my photos from all of my travels over the years, which also led me into designing basic and minimalist prints. Since I had a nice collection of pictures and prints, I thought it would be worth a shot at trying to sell them on Etsy. I created my shop, Joie de Paper, which in French means “Joy of/from Paper” in mid-February, selling digital downloads priced at $5 of all my work. By mid-March, I had my very first sale, which was the Fashion ABC’s print that I created. A week after that, I got another sale of the same print. Shortly after, the orders started coming in a few times per week for the Star Map that I make as a custom print for customers. So, I think I’ve got something good going!
Being able to create, whether it’s hand lettering, baking, designing digital prints, or taking and editing pictures has been extremely fulfilling and relaxing for me. It’s almost like a therapy session when I’m taking time for myself to focus on hobbies.
Be sure to check out my Etsy shop! I’ve got big plans for it and am hoping to keep growing it into a business that will help fund my travels so I can keep taking and selling pictures!
Thanks for reading!