I've always been a doodler - you know, one of those kids constantly drawing on their notes in class? That was me. My notes, binders, my jeans, and my arms were always covered in doodles at the end of the school day. My saint of a mother eventually gave me one designated 'Doodle Jeans' which became the only piece of apparel I was allowed to draw on. She still has them! But looking back now I realize that was the way I learned and actually paid closer attention if I was doodling!
As I grew in my love for the Lord, I began doodling scripture in order to memorize them and every now and then, I would letter something meaningful the Lord spoke over me. Lettering became my own love language with the Lord. Before long, friends and family saw what I was drawing and began to ask for me to letter their favorite verse or quote. So this little shop, Joyful Papery, was born out of my love for lettering and painting, but all for the glory of God.
The name of Joyful Papery came from a season of personal growth as I learned to find Christ's joy in unlikely circumstances (Philippians 4:11, 12). If you hang around me long enough (come say 'hi' on Instagram!), you'll hear me talk about walking through things like miscarriage, infertility, foster care, and our miracle baby boy (due in January!). Through all that my husband, Ben, and I have walked through, we've drawn closer to God while seeking contentment in His Presence alone.
[Also, a fun little fact about the name Joyful Papery - I was convinced I was the most clever person and made up the word 'papery' in my decision to name the shop, you know, like a bakery, but for paper products ... Upon closer research - I didn't.]
Joyful Papery now produces greeting cards, wall decor and prints, mugs, totes, pillows, and all kinds of paper goods. I fully believe every thing we surround ourselves with has an effect on our attitudes, perspectives, and who we are. That's why everything I create is meant to keep you and I hunting for good in the simple and small gifts of every single day. I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to create meaningful products for you and your home. THANK YOU for supporting small shops like Joyful Papery, because in shopping small, you're supporting BIG DREAMS!