Joy Creative Shop is a custom paper goods company that centers its values on celebrating joy and life’s simple pleasures! Our designs focus on simple typography and unique color pairings. We believe in high end materials and first class customer service. With technology and a fast paced digital world, we encourage hand written notes to family, friends and business acquaintances to show love and thanks, celebrate tradition and bring joy to the recipient. It’s a small gesture with a large impact and we love being a part of the fun! We hope our products force you to slow down and enjoy the process.
My story begins in middle school….as a student, I excelled in doodling & book cover decorating. No art classes were taken, but the spark for lettering and paper goods was born. Fast forward to 19 years old and my first semester in art school, that spark became a full blown fire and love of all things creative. Although art school wasn’t for me, it did more for me than any 4 year degree could accomplish. I gained several skills that drove me to teach myself more and from there a business was started my senior year in college. If I’m being honest with myself (and you), the lack oDf vacation time a ‘real’ job offered to recent graduates was also a big factor! I am fortunate to have entrepreneurial parents with a ‘go for it’ and never look back attitude.
Paper goods was my first job out of college. I started a greeting card line called Nok Nee Designs and it was carried in 300+ stores throughout the country. Not to age myself, this was pre-online stores and pre-social media for sure! Things were done differently, but it worked and I’m grateful that I’ve been my own boss since age 22.
Fast forward to 2009 and the birth of our sweet girl. Life was new & different, but my creative mind exploded and the need to create could not be ignored. When time allowed I kept my hand in the paper business and did holiday/craft shows here and there. I gradually got into more graphic design & branding and enjoyed each project that came my way. 2010 was the year I decided to open my Etsy shop. Orders came in few and far between, but each order made my heart explode and kept me going to the next one came in.
Our second child was born in 2011 and my design business had grown. Etsy was still slow and steady, but getting more consistent.