1. Meet the Maker: Niky Foster

    This February, Meet Niky Foster, our maker of the month. Niky specializes in DIY and Crafting for Home & Lifestyle, where she creates beautiful projects as well as beautiful moments. Learn about how stepping outside of your comfort zone and a reminder to ‘keep going’ will lead you to special places.

    Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your life? Where are you from? Where do you live? How did you get started in DIY and your creative role? What are your hobbies? 

    My name is Nicole Foster, but I go by Niky Foster online. A few years ago, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and create a YouTube channel under the channel name DIY By Niky Foster, a place where I was able to document and share my home diys and crafting diys. Unbeknownst to me, my channel would grow quickly to over 100,000 subscribers and I would be able to share my love of diy, crafting as well as sharing tips and tricks as a full time creator. Although I love doing home diy projects, crafting with my cricut, making envelope art and putting together puzzles are some of my favorite hobbies.

    What does it mean to you to be a creator and maker?

    To me, being a creator and maker means being creative, trying different projects and not being afraid  of stepping outside of my comfort zone. Even though I have my favorite type of projects to make, I still love challenging myself to try new things all the time. 

     

    When did you begin work with DIY craft projects and how did you get involved? 

    In college, I used to work for a party planning business (it was actually my best friend’s small business) and we used to make DIY projects all the time. We’d do prom set ups, bat mitzvahs, baby showers and more! I lovveeddd seeing an idea sketched out and come to life. This was the very beginning and from there it spiraled! Lol.

    Tell us about your style and the process. Do you have an all-time favorite project or creation?

    I would describe my craft style or design style along the lines of a clean aesthetic. Sometimes, I do like to play around with bold colors, but I love a clean look that outlives trends. Part of my process is also trying different things that look interesting or fun to make or recreate from inspiration. I don’t have an all-time favorite project yet, but I’m working on it.

    What inspires you?

    I love trying new craft projects and inspiration always hits when I least expect it! Sometimes I’ll be scrolling through Pinterest and a new project will catch my eye. I love trying new things that I have not tried before or challenging myself to try projects that seem hard at first, but once I’m into it, I can figure it out.  The crafting community inspires me all the time and I love that everyone shares their makes and encourages others to do the same.

    What are the essentials in your ‘maker toolkit’? What is your favorite medium?

     Essentials include quality paper, a ruthless amount of scissors, clear glue, double stick tape, some regular pens and acrylograph paint markers. My favorite medium is probably acrylograph markers because there’s less mess to them than with other paints.  

    What advice would you give other makers, designers, and creators given your experience? 

    Keep going. Sometimes we have projects that we’re working on and can lose steam. The words from one of my closest friends – she always tells me to ‘keep going’ and honestly, just hearing that is supportive and inspires me to do just that! So I’d share that same advice with others because usually we have something that we really want to share and in order to do that, we have to keep going. 🙂

    Do you have any specific goals for the future or dream projects? 

    One of my goals is to keep growing my YouTube channel and to keep inspiring my community. One of my dream projects is to have a branded collaboration. I have really good ideas and a background in product development and would love to put that to use again. 

    What is Your Favorite Colorscope Color at PS? 

    Hydrangea! I love the color itself as well as the meaning! It resonates with me.

    Do you have any favorite PS items that you are loving right now? 

    I love everything at Paper Source, so it’s hard to choose just 1 thing, but I have to say, the custom address stamp and my stabilo pens! 

    How do you celebrate the ‘every day’? Just by adding a creative element, even if it’s small, for instance, just coloring a page or discovering a colorful way to write notes helps me to celebrate the everyday. 

  2. Card Designer Spotlight X Hartland Cards

    The Card Designer Spotlight is a series featuring independent makers whose greeting cards you can find in Paper Source stores. Meet and be inspired by a new designer every month on our blog!

     

    Find out how a background in fashion design developed into a fashionable card designer business with Emily J of Hartland Cards. Learn more about her favorite pastime turned into a colorful and spunky card collection and thriving business here. 

     

    How did you begin your card-making career?​ 

     

    I’ve always made my own cards and love all things paper.  I studied fashion design, mostly because I was drawn to pattern and textile work.  My first job at a ready-to-wear fashion company taught me everything from putting on a runway show, sales outreach and showing at market week, production in the garment district, and shipping to wholesale accounts.  Various other work included concept design (color palettes), underwear design, and accessory design.  

    I found myself making greeting cards at my desk for co-workers, and eventually for their friends.  I designed a tiny line of cards and showed them to a paper store around the corner from my apartment in Brooklyn.  The shop owner purchased some cards! In good fortune, a customer that purchased a card from the store contacted me on etsy to make a baby shower invite… and the invite was for a buyer from Anthropologie.  I sent the buyer samples, she purchased a couple cards, and my line and business grew and grew. Soon after, Paper Source found my work through a post on Design Sponge. I have been so lucky and I love what I do, and I hope it shows.  

     

    Where do you draw inspiration from? Food? Pop Culture? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?​ 

    I draw inspiration from my daily life, nature, and vintage textiles and wallpaper.  I love a pun, but they mostly come after the design is complete.  

    What does your day look like as a card maker and designer?​ 

    About 9 years ago we moved to an old general store.  Because it had a beautiful storefront, we opened a coffee/stationery shop, and my studio is nestled behind.  Most of my days are spent fulfilling wholesale orders with my team.  Being part of the warehouse keeps me in touch with what is selling and the shops I sell to.   

     


    What is your preferred medium?​ 

    I taught myself how to use procreate on an ipad and it has really streamlined my creative process.  I toggle from my ipad to my computer until I am happy with the artwork, and then usually sit with it a few days to make sure I still love the card and message.  Previously I hand sketched each design on paper, then scanned them into the computer to color with my neon pigments.  


    What does your creative process look like?​ 

    I usually do my designing in a few compact days when I need to print more cards.  I really immerse myself in ideas for days.  I have a folder I keep of things I love, places I’ve visited, or images I am inspired by that I reference.  Then I just start drawing and see where it goes.  

     

    What are you most proud of as a creator and card maker?​ 

    I am so proud that I can help people convey their messages to friends and loved ones.  There have also been a few shops that I was so excited to sell to, including many in other countries. Honestly, I’m happy every single time a card design works out.  With the added neons in my printing process I don’t get to see proofs – so every card can be a risk but is also very rewarding.  

     

    I am also proud to say that we print all our cards on a 100% carbon-neutral press here in NY.  Our paper and envelopes are both 100% recycled and our ink is vegetable-based based which is healthier for the planet.  

     

     

    Do you have any personal tidbits that you would like to share? Special talents/fun facts? 

    When I first started selling to Paper Source I hand-painted all the neon on the cards. Digital printing cannot achieve neons, so until I could print at the quantity I do today I was adding them with paint!  Thankfully I no longer need to do this, and it opened me up to adding much more neon.  

     

    I just started taking pottery classes at a local studio, and I’m having so much fun doing something for myself and just playing!  It feels good to make something without any expectations and try a new medium.  I encourage everyone to learn something new and make something with your hands, it’s transformative.  


    Find Hartland Cards, such as Happy Anniversary My Love Card, You Brighten My Day Greeting Card, or Glowing Dinosaur Bones Birthday Card at our local store or online at papersource.com. For more inspiration and behind-the-scenes action, follow @hartland.cards on IG

     

    Photos by Autumn Jordan Photography  

     

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  4. Card Designer Spotlight: The Quilling Card

    The Card Designer Spotlight is a series featuring independent makers whose greeting cards you can find in Paper Source stores. Meet and be inspired by a new designer every month on our blog!

     

    Start the new year with inspiration from the Quilling Card Co. and celebrate our featured card designer of the month for January.  As we begin our Card Designer Series for 2024, find out what happens when you follow your dreams with a special look into the fine art of quilling, the talents of the design team and artisans in Vietnam as well as fun facts that include the Guinness Book of World Records since their debut on our blog in 2020.

     

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  5. 2024 ‘Stuck on You’ Card Making Contest by Paper Source

    Hello to our favorite sticker stashers & sweethearts,

    We have an opportunity for you to show off your stickers and creative card-making skills during the 2024 season of love.

    Create a handmade Valentine for a chance to win up to $300  We are crushing hard on all our new Valentine stickers (dropping soon!) and want to see what you create with them!

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  6. Card Designer Spotlight: Spaghetti & Meatballs

    The Card Designer Spotlight is a series featuring independent makers whose greeting cards you can find in Paper Source stores. Meet and be inspired by a new designer every month on our blog!

     

    Meet Marie Castiglione, the designer and owner of Spaghetti & Meatballs LLC, known for cooking up witty and wonderfully humorous cards, even in heartbreak. Find out about how her hard work, quick thinking, and card-making hobby turned into a career, here.

     

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  7. Meet the Maker: Noemi -Imeon Design

    This December, Meet Noemi of Imeon Design, our maker of the month found right within our creative community. Noemi specializes in Paper Artistry, where she creates mesmerizing displays of handcrafted art with unlimited possibilities. Discover more about how her hobby and creative happy place turned into her paper profession.

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  8. Designer Blog Spotlight: Nanu Studio

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    Through a happy accident and punny opportunity, Krishna Chavda found her way into the stationery world to begin her career as the owner and card designer of Nanu Studio. Find out more about Krishna’s joy-spreading- style, inspiration, creative process, and even her exciting underwater hobby here. . Find out more about Krishna’s joy-spreading- style, inspiration, creative process, and even her exciting underwater hobby here.

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  9. Meet the Maker: Farren Celeste

    Each month, we love to feature an independent maker that you can find on the shelves in-store or online at papersource.com. This November, Meet Farren Celeste, our maker of the month. Farren specializes in Paper Floristry where she makes stunning and elegant floral arrangements that can last a lifetime. Explore special techniques to create these beautiful bouquets, and how to get started in this creative escape with more from our maker here.

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  10. Host a Holiday Craft Party with Paper Source

    Crafting is a great way to bring home the holidays this year. Create a memorable and worthwhile tradition with us. What we recommended is hosting an easy-to-put-together Craft Party for the Holidays. Invite your friends and family for a snowy night-in to make the merriest memories and share in the festive fun for everyone. 

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