Our Mys.Coleoptera is a teen now and felt disconnected from her “Paper Princess” column. With our newly found freedom, it was good timing for her to come up with a new persona for herself. She will continue creating paper joy for all of us – prints, paper toys, and other lovelies as well as some new interactives – but her column will now be under the guise of her totem’s influence as “Rock. Paper. Fox”.
Reveling in paper-based creative joy on a daily basis is an occupational hazard of living in our house. We love playing games of every type, so the idea of rock, paper, scissors is playful. Add in that her totem is fox and and it becomes more personal.
So, to my Mys.Coleoptera: I wish you a future full of new ideas, enough time and focus to implement them, a wealth of paper joy to share, and the start of something beautiful! I’m proud of you, baby. xxoo
When I first got the idea for Kraft Paper Muse in 2006, it was as a compilation of all of my loves and the desire to be able to use my talents and skills – design, zines, handmade, tutorials, and artsy-craftsy goodness – while bringing other creatives along for the ride so that they could share too. With technology taking more of a foothold in my life, my own design work was evolving with the times along with my skillsets and I moved toward a more time efficient way of thinking. Our relaunch last year bore one issue – our 2nd, Textile – as I was swept away by the rest of my life. Being a one-woman show on the backend was a learning process.
Above anything else, though, has been the desire to create something of beauty that could be shared. And I have never wanted that sharing of soul to be inhibited by money.
Doing Something Very Freeing
Everything has been evolving rather quickly on this end. We launched on MagCloud, a fabulous platform but not for us, then a few weeks ago I moved it to my personal Etsy shop with the hopes that it would feel more at home there. What I realized, though, was that it was the involvement of money that was throwing me off. So. Decision made.
Kraft Paper Muse will be available as a free download from now on.
I will change over everything next week, so for now it is still available on Etsy if you would like to make a “donation”. I’ll announce it on our social media as well as post to the site so stay tuned in. Increasing circulation will attract advertisers and sponsorship, which in turn will provide the funding to cover our expenses. With the interest we have gotten so far, I am confident this is the way it should be. And along with this very freeing act, we are making other changes that feel right too.
Thank you for being along for the ride. We are looking forward to sharing more with you!