I know, I know. We’re obsessed with Amy Poehler (and Leslie Knope, and Galentine’s Day). We are, and we’re not ashamed of it. Every February we are reminded of the amazing holiday that takes place on the 13th (the day before Valentine’s Day): Galentine’s Day. This is the day to celebrate the amazing women in your life, and we love it every year!
There are plenty of ideas out there on how to celebrate this holiest of holidays with your friends nearby, but this year one of my goals is to put more time into my long distance friendships- specifically to write more snail mail.
We are so lucky to know Heather Kitchen, the owner and designer behind Paper Jam Stationery. I have been enthralled with her brand since she first opened the shop, and have loved sending my friends love notes on her amazing cards. Specifically, this one:
When I saw Heather’s new collection for February, I knew that we had to share it. Even if Galentine’s (or Valentine’s) isn’t your thing, I hope that Heather’s story of starting her small business inspires some other women to take their leap.
Thanks, Heather, for sharing your story and being a woman that inspires us:
A little about me / Paper Jam:
I’m Heather Kitchen, Designer and Maker at Paper Jam Stationery. I started Paper Jam because I was tired of feeling like owning my own business, something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid, was a pipe dream that would never actually happen. I was sick of undervaluing my craft and passion for creating as a “hobby”. I’ve always been a stationery nerd – give me cute paper supplies or give me death! A physical card or piece of paper has always been a powerful way to express a thought or feeling, but even more so now that sending a text or email is so effortless. Everybody knows how good it feels to receive a nice piece of snail mail, a handwritten thank you or birthday card, a physical representation of the thought and effort that somebody put into letting you know how they feel about you. The idea that my products help facilitate this sentimentality is my biggest motivation, and what makes this work so special to me.
A little about the #girlboss cards:
I often struggle with insecurity about my products and envy towards other makers, especially in these early stages of figuring out my brand and just in general what I am doing. Through various online platforms I became hugely inspired by the “#girlgang” culture and the idea of women just supporting other women. There is such a strong community of creatives on Instagram, which is a perfectly visually suited platform, who are wonderfully open to sharing their experiences and mistakes. I was inspired to make the #girlboss cards to motivate myself, to give myself a little pat on the back and say “Hey, you’re doing it and it’s hard but you’re growing and learning every day, and working towards your dreams is more important than being perfect”. When you realize that what you need to hear happens to be what a bunch of other people need to hear as well, it’s pretty serendipitous.
If you’re looking to feel empowered creatively, drop us a note.