How did you get into the handmade business?
I have always been interested in starting my own business, but never really knew how. No one really told me that it is really a matter of jumping in feet first! When my husband relocated for a new job at the end of 2010, I decided I would open a shop and give it a try. That's when "Creatiate" was born.
How long have you been creating rubber stamps?
I started out making cards & other paper goods, and finally settled on stamps in early 2011. So it has been around 2 years of stamp designing & making.
|shown: NEW spring sprout leaf // modern triangles pattern // NEW lotus flower // be happy happy happy|
What is your favorite thing about owning a handmade business?
If I had to choose, I would have to say my favorite part is being able to change and grow into the "maker" I wanted to be. In previous jobs, there were always so many rules and people to report to if I wanted to try something a bit different. Without all that pressure, I find that my handmade business grows almost naturally - well, after a whole bunch of hard work.
When you're not making stamps, what do you love to do?
I love trying new "art things". I am always sketching and learning new drawing techniques. Lately, I've been working with Zentangles, which is very relaxing and also satisfying when it is all done. Like most crafty people, I love shopping for new art supplies, so I'm always experimenting with something new and then calling it "research!" Outside the studio, I love hiking, yoga and visiting new places - I believe there is inspiration everywhere. :)
|designs made with Polka dot Pattern Stamp c/o Creatiate|
I loved using the polka dot pattern stamp (link above) to create notecards and spruce up kraft paper for a pretty wrapping paper design. The possibilities are endless with such a versatile stamp pattern.
Head over to Creatiate and check out Sarah's beautiful stamps, including her new designs!