When I find something wonderful, I want to share it. In part, so that those around me get the supreme opportunity to share in the goodness, and in part because I want it to keep selling so that it sticks around.
I found a really cool company that makes drool-worthy cards (some of which I am bringing to the shop this week). I am happy to introduce you to the woman who does it all, Jayme Sloan Hennel.
|Jayme Sloan Hennel produces beautiful and fun handmade cards.|
|This sweet, tongue-in-cheek birthday card is the kind your recipient will have a laugh from & always remember fondly.|
Company Name: Hennel Paper Co.
Tell us a little about who you are personally:
I'm a Michigan girl, born and raised in Metro Detroit, who has a huge fascination with the South. A jeans and t-shirt kind of girl that loves nothing more than getting my hands dirty in the studio. I'll take a day in the studio over a manicure any day of the week. I'm huge animal lover and enjoy nothing more than going on road trips with the love of my life. I snatched him up back in 2009 and haven't looked back since. Best decision I ever made.
What made you decide to start your own business:
Having my own business is something I've wanted since I was young. I have always loved drawing and it just made so much sense for me to build my business based around my passion. I can put in a full day's work and the time flies because none of it actually feels like real work. I wanted to live a life based on following my dreams, and that's exactly what I'm doing. It's really an incredible feeling. We are a two person shop, I create and produce all of our products and my husband is the behind the scenes man helping me to keep everything running smoothly. I wouldn't be able to make any of this happen without him.
What is your process for making your products?
I design and produce all of our products in our home studio. Everything starts in my sketchbook with a pencil drawing, then I ink the final design with Micron brand markers. From there I scan each drawing and take everything into Photoshop for layout and color work. Once I have my finished layout I print and produce all of our products in-house. We actually have the whole process documented here: www.hennelpaperco.com/illustration-process. We also have many photos on Instagram of before and afters that compare the original sketchbook art to the finished product: instagram.com/jaymesloan.
Do you think it's important for people to buy American handmade?
I think it is so important for people to buy handcrafted American goods. We are makers and craftsmen. When you buy handmade you are buying a work of art that has a story behind it and you are supporting not only us, but our crafts. It is our goals is to produce high quality, eco-friendly products from locally sourced materials. We support American handmade and rely on that same support from our wonderful customers.
"Some things take time." This is such a great reminder for me to slow down and produce quality over quantity. I easily get caught up in the hustle and want everything done right now, so this quote reminds me to take my time and enjoy the process.