Hi! I’m Stephanie, I’m a redhead, and I’m a stationery geek.
I work two part-time jobs and also write novels, so I really have to keep on top of a lot of projects and responsibilities. No planning system has ever worked for me quite the way Bullet Journal does.
I’m a Bullet Journal junkie, but I could never quite find the stickers I wanted–so I decided to make my own! I’ve also branched out into political stuff and I’m going to be making more printables as time goes on.
If you’re curious about my writing, check out my author website at StephanieCainOnline.com. I write epic and urban fantasy about women who aren’t willing to sit around waiting for a guy to save them. (If you’ve seen my political stickers, you probably won’t be surprised about that!)
One of my day jobs is at a museum, where I maintain our website and social presence, do historical research whenever possible, and give tours to all of the Ben-Hur and Civil War fans who stop in to see us.
Today, I want to share our story with you all.
I’ve talked before about why I bullet journal. The system works for me–it’s flexible, it allows me to use the parts I like from other planning systems (like GTD), and it makes me mindful of what I need to be doing and when. I’ve been using the bullet journal system for almost three years, since March 2014. I’ve never used a single planning system that long!
Of course, once I started keeping a Bullet Journal, I realized one of the strengths, for me, was the way I can use it as a sort of scrapbook as well as a planner. I love scrapbooks, but I have a huge backlog of things to put in scrapbooks. With my Bullet Journal, I just use a little adhesive or washi tape to stick things like photos and ticket stubs right into my planner.
And stickers. Oh, my gosh, stickers!
I needed Stickers
At first, I bought planner stickers from other people. I loved the stickers I got from Mila Print Shop (sadly not open at the moment) and Boho Berry Paperie. After a while that got expensive. Anyway, I wanted stickers that other people just didn’t make.
I started investigating. There had to be an easy way for these Etsy sellers to make the stickers I loved so much. I did some Google searching and discovered the Cricut. Question answered!
I needed so many stickers, and other people probably needed those same stickers. I talked to my mom, whom I’d introduced to Bullet Journaling early on. Then I talked to some of my friends who were getting into Bullet Journaling. They all had stickers they wanted.
Redhead Paper’s Etsy Story
I ran some numbers and decided it was a chance worth taking. I talked to my dad, who agreed to invest in the business by actually buying me a Cricut. Dad provided the capital, Mom agreed to help with production, and I do the graphic design. As soon as the Cricut came home with me, I started experimenting.
Three months after I got my Cricut and started feeling comfortable with it, Redhead Paper came to life.
What I have in my Etsy Shop
I have about fifty listings in Redhead Paper right now. One of the first things I made was a set of daily date stickers. I know, it’s kind of basic, but having a sticker that tells me it’s Wednesday, January 24, 2018, makes my life a little bit easier on a daily basis.
Turns out, lots of people need daily date stickers for their bullet journals! These stickers are consistently high-selling items, so I know there’s a need!
I also started experimenting with habit tracking. All the habit trackers I’d seen on Etsy in the past were oriented horizontally, which meant I had to turn my bullet journal sideways to read them. I designed my habit tracker to be vertically oriented. I’ve had a lot of great feedback from people about that.
I had designed mini month calendars and month tabs for my mom even before I had the Cricut (and cut them out for her by hand). So it wasn’t much of a stretch for me to create stick-on month tabs. My friend Amanda wanted mini calendars, too, so I added those.
In addition to working at a museum and creating stickers, I’m also a fantasy author, and I wanted to have stickers that reflect my love for writing, help me track my writing progress, and more. So I designed those.
I have stickers to help you decorate for holidays, plan for Christmas, and set goals. I’ve just recently started making hobby-themed sticker sheets. I have gardening, writing, letter-writing, art, and knitting already, and I’ll be adding more as the year goes on. (If you have a suggestion, let me know!)
And that leads me to my big question…
What should I ADD to my Etsy Shop?
I would love to know what kinds of stickers you need!
I have some things in the works–things like vacation planner sets, water tracking, and birthday planning–but I love taking Etsy commissions, and some of those have given me ideas for new listings.
If you need a certain kind of sticker, comment here and let me know!