“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was.
If you know this, you can 
begin again,
with pure joy in the uprooting.”
― Judith MintyLetters to My Daughters

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!

Kraft Paper Muse magazine now on Etsy!

We’ve made a shift from our home MagCloud to Etsy! Now a digital only magazine, we are hoping to expedite things on this end to bring you more content. To celebrate, use the coupon code KPME02 at checkout for 2.00 off your instant download of our Textile issue, or use it for any purchase over 12.00. We’re at a publishing conference this weekend, but will be back with updates next week on our upcoming Sustainability and Education issues! Thank you for being here.

How to Publish a Magazine in Under 7 Years

The past few months have been a whirlwind of ideas, planning, thumbnail sketches, and research. It has also been an interesting learning experience.

I got my feet wet in the publishing industry working for MacMillan in the late 80s and was totally hooked. I got my first real experience on a Macintosh (back when you said the whole word and desktop publishing was the buzz) working as an Art Director and assistant-everything for a tiny, nationally distributed paranormal magazine. I later went on to publish a zine for a large roleplay group for over a year, with a staff of seven writers, the highlight of which was (poorly) interviewing Charles de Lint. Since then I have made handmade zines (including the original KPM back in 2006) both solo and with groups back when cut and paste with a glue stick, white out, and a photocopier were your tool options. Ahh, the hours of standing and the smell of toner…don’t miss it.

Publishing for mobile devices, whole new beast.

Being self-taught in most things has its advantages. There is a constant, inherent urge to research and a thirst to learn that drives you from day to day. I tend to jump in with both feet, reverse engineering things on my way down the rabbit hole. It works most of the time and, when it doesn’t, you learn to adapt and improvise very quickly. Being ADD means I have a million ideas all at once, and can multi-plan several issues, which makes for a very creative life that is never boring. Thankfully I am an avid journaler. The downside is that you constantly have to renew your focus when the world around you vies for your attention on multiple levels.

Our goal for Kraft Paper Muse, and something we will be pitching on Kickstarter, is to have the magazine printed versus going through a print-on-demand service. While MagCloud gives me a tremendous advantage in not having to front printing costs, print-on-demand base pricing tends to be high and doesn’t allow for a very good profit margin. KPM was started as an artistic outlet, for myself and others, but also to help fund Art for Cures; KPM will be making a donations quarterly and we are going for 501c3 status this year.

The other advantage to printing it ourselves? Lots of inclusions to tuck in and mail our readers, like a true zine.


Each month, we will be offering a bonus to our readers as well as giveaways here on the site. On a recent outing to visit friends in Jacksonville, they took us to Chamblin Book Mine, a 55,000 square foot used/rare maze of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves (take string or breadcrumbs and a cell phone, no lie, we got lost) where I scored a stack of various Nick Bantock books prime for gifting. Bantock has been one of the biggest creative influences in my life, so I love inspiring others with his work…and I just love giving stuff away.

So with that teaser floating around your mind of things to come, I will leave you with the anticipation of our 3rd issue, Sustainability, on the fast approaching horizon.


Preview and Update

Working on smoothing out issues with the upload on this end. To tide you over in the meantime, I thought I would give you a peek at our first issue! Thank you for your patience. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback on our first issue and moving forward with the Muse.

Ria 🙂

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Just to tease you…

Here is a sneak peek at our first issue of Kraft Paper Muse coming out on the 5th!

Erin Thursby takes a brief Vintage/Modern look at paisley’s influence throughout history.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Garlic Herb Pasta gets a doodle-rific facelift in ink and Copic marker in our first Drawn Butter installment.

Brian Kesinger, the creative mind behind the fabulously steampunk “Otto and Victoria” comic takes a few minutes to talk to KPM about his digitally-analog life and shares a couple of projects with us.

We had a terrific conversation with Stephen Fraser, partner and co-Founder of Spoonflower, about what it’s like behind-the-scenes and their wonderfully talented community.

Renmeleon will show you how to draw a paisley by hand and then use it to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop.

For our spinning and paper toy enthusiasts, download, print out, and put together an adorable hand-drawn spinning wheel paper toy by our very own Paper Princess.

Plus discover some great tech for your mobile office, visit our favorite Spoonflower designer shops as well as our favorites on Etsy, and other goodies you will have to wait to see.

We’ll say hello on February 5th

As there wasn’t much lead time on this first issue (typical when you jump right in and make something happen), we are moving launch to the 5th to make sure your introduction to the Muse is a fabulous one.

MagCloud is new tech for us, and we had some incredible last minute inclusions that we’re polishing, but don’t worry…we’ll give you a sneak peek next.

We are still looking for an eco-friendly printer. If you know one, shoot us a line at info at kraftpapermuse dot com.