Have You Met: Caroline

I'm pleased to introduce you to Caroline of Lina Lulu Paperie! You seriously need to check out her etsy shop. She just added some new spring designs and I'm hoping to purchase one for our new apartment when we move later this summer!

I met Caroline many years ago, when I was visiting friends at the college I attended freshman year. She ended up living on the same wing I had lived on, so whenever I visited I saw Caroline! I found out she was a design major and was impressed with her skills, so I started following her work early on. So, grab some coffee or tea, whatever your fancy, and enjoy learning about Caroline!

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Tell us 5 random facts about you. 
1.  I love potatoes, all kinds - baked, au gratin, french fries, etc - LOVE them all.
2.  I have gone skydiving - crazy and really cool experience.
3.  I love traveling, and would love to travel more internationally.
4.  I like to make up jingles or songs for everyday situations, mostly my husband hears these and often will back me up with some great harmony and falsetto -what a man!
5.  Growing up I wanted to be a zoologist, I just really love animals.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

What led to you becoming a designer? 
I grew up with both parents being designers and lovers of culture. They would implement design and art in our everyday life. Whether on a rainy day learning pastels, receiving art kits for presents, or going to the art museum as a family outing - I feel like design always touched some part of my life, and I couldn’t get enough! 

After really considering I had the talent and realizing I was happiest when I was creating art, I chose graphic design as part of my path. I loved all my art classes and wish I could have fit more into my schedule both at school and even now.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

How did Lina Lulu Paperie get started? 
I have always had a love for paper and stationery. As a kid I would make bookmarks, cards, and letterheads for myself. I loved writing and receiving cards. There is something so lovely about receiving mail and identifying someone's handwriting. Along the same vein, I have always enjoyed the shape of cursive letters, and have been curious to learn calligraphy. I formally took a class in 2013 learning the Spencerian style and fell more deeply in love with letter forms.

Lina Lulu Paperie it self was then born out of few things: My love for stationery, my love of calligraphy, and (the biggest one being) my love for creating art with my hands. At the time I started my business, my day job had me doing more technical “design” and not much “from-scratch” concept and design work. Honestly, most days I felt drained from just sitting at the computer. I needed an outlet, away from staring at a computer and that was all my own-strictly for me. Thus I began the journey to being my own boss/ business owner.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Why do you do what you do? 
I feel the happiest and most at peace when I am creating. Getting to do what I love and gives me peace while still earning a living - not everyone gets to do that. I’m going to keep fighting for that privilege and thankful that I can.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a designer? 
I would say don’t just peg yourself in one spot of design when you are first starting out. Learn studio arts like painting, drawing, or even jewelry making - you’ll be surprised how much they affect and influence your design work. Learn from the greats of the past and see what the greats of the present are working on. If you like a genre or style, own it. Just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean you have to be doing it. Be fearless and humble but know your worth, and charge for it. (I struggle with that most often). Your time is valuable and so are your concepts and work. Remember to collaborate every once in a while, you learn so much about yourself when you work with others and you learn more about your craft. I think that covers it for now...

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

What are you looking forward to this year? 
Personally, I feel like I have little trips and motivations planned that I’m really looking forward to. Among those little motivations is celebrating a whole lot of friends and family with upcoming  weddings, birthdays, babies, and just everyday life. 

Professionally, I’m excited to have a fuller line in my shop for the first time and seeing what shape that takes on this next year. 

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie
Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? 
The artist Edward Gorey. His style has had a heavy influence on my illustration aesthetic and I would of loved to work alongside him and learn from him. Someone alive, would be Jen Gotch from Ban.do - I love how colorful and funky their line is and her style. As like artist, Emily McDowell, Anna Bond, or Dana Tanamachi and it would be more like to watch their  work process as they all have very different but defining styles.

What influences your creativity? 
It comes from a lot of places. First being from my Creator - I’m so thankful God has allowed us to see color, and has passed along his amazing artistry so we may experience it. I love being outdoors, and though I adore sketching in black and white - I love color and how many ways it can transform something. Music and word play heavily influence my work too - I love how music can set a mood, and  lyrics are a fun way to practice calligraphy.

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Favorite instagram account(s) or blog(s) to follow? 
This list could go on forever but ones I check everyday:
A Beautiful Mess | @abeautifulmessofficial
logodesignlove.com | @LogoDesignLove
andkathleen.com | @andkathleen
ohsobeautifulpaper.com | @beautifulpaper

Favorite Instagrams:
@shopbando
@fig2design
@shereadstruth
@studiodiy
@woodnotephotography
@catsofinstagram

What is your favorite project/thing you've done? 
My favorite projects always involve me getting to incorporate some type of hand-done work in them.

As far as favorite overall project, I loved working on my wedding invites. Is that too cheesy to say? It took me a while (like weeks and millions of designs later) to really hone in on what I personally wanted, and not just what was trendy at the time. I love the blind emboss and the orange and gold accents. Everytime I see that font, Samantha, on a project I feel a sweet reminder it was apart of our day. I’m a werido but I couldn’t be more happier with everything about them (sigh)

Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie
Have You Met: Caroline // Lina Lulu Paperie

Coffee or tea?
Tea, most days. I go through seasons of liking/needing coffee, but tea is always my go to, especially chai and a good peach tea. 

Find Caroline!

Instagram @cehutch98/@linalulupaperie
Twitter: @linalulupaperie
linalulupaperie.com
www.etsy.com/shop/LinaLuluPaperie

Have You Met: Sabrina

I am so excited to start this series of blog posts! Backstory: in college I wanted to start a collaboration of sorts with different creative people, but I never really pursued it. It has been in the back of my mind for a few years now to introduce the creatives I do know. I always have found it encouraging, motivating, and inspiring to talk with other creatives.


Have You Met: Sabrina // An interview with creatives from brianakapper.com

I'd like to introduce you to my beautiful friend Sabrina, of Sabrina Nohling Photography! I've known her since the days of youth group, and it has been so fun to watch her love for photography grow. She took our engagement and wedding photos, and we loved how they turned out. Sabrina is one of the most kind hearted people I've ever met–and I'm always learning more thing about her heart through her Instagram posts. So, let's get on to the interview!

Have You Met: Sabrina // An interview with creatives from brianakapper.com
Have You Met: Sabrina // An interview with creatives from brianakapper.com

Tell us 5 random facts about you.
1.  My grandpa was the purple panda on Mr. Rodgers.
2.  I am an introvert.
3.  Corny jokes and puns are my favorite. For example there is one twitter account I follow (@antijokeapple) and I will laugh so hard I'm crying even if I am by myself.
4.  I am addicted to kombucha (if you don't know what that is you are missing out).
5.  A bear almost attacked my best friend and I once .

When did you get started in photography?
2010 was when I first got started. My mom is a photographer and we are very similar. But I fought that for a long time and even told myself in high school that I would not become a photographer like she was. But then God had other plans and I picked up the camera one day and fell in love. Now it is something my mom and I bond over and can cheer each other on.

Have You Met: Sabrina // An interview with creatives from brianakapper.com

Why do you do what you do? 
It breaks down to what I want my life to be about. That is loving people. As Christ followers, that is our command; to love others more than ourselves. So if loving people is the goal of my life, then I need to figure out how to do that with my gifts. Photography is one of those gifts that comes natural to me and so I use that to serve others. Photos are so special. They capture emotions and memories and can take us back to that place instantly. I am a wedding photographer because the wedding day and all of its emotions need to be remembered for a lifetime. Marriage is such a deep, beautiful thing. It is a picture of two people united together in Christ. Weddings are a celebration and a new beginning and I love being able to capture that. There is something so special about being there for the start of that incredible journey.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a photographer?
My advice would be to make your business about others and not yourself. It is such a trap that people don't warn you about. You start taking photos and you get praise and recognition and that can go to your head. And suddenly you are doing it for your own fame and name. It takes work and a constant reminder that it isn't about you. That is something I wish I would have learned early on.

Oh and another thing. Don't spend tons of money on editing actions or presets. I have spent a ridiculous amount of money thinking that would make my photos better. And now I don't use a single one of them! Develop your style and learn your camera first. 

What are you looking forward to this year?
It sounds so predictable, but honestly I am excited for all of the weddings. I have the best couples and each of their weddings are going to be amazing! 

What influences your creativity?
Nature probably has the most influence on me. Without sounding like a weird hippie, being outside totally inspires me. Whether that is a sunset, pretty trees, or even just breathing in fresh air. I feel so much more at peace and alive and that translates through my photography. It would make sense then for me to be a nature photographer but I am not. I love people and couples. I am a bit odd in that sense.

Favorite instagram account(s) or blog(s) to follow?

Blogs
http://southernweddings.com/Southern weddings make my heart feel at home. I love this blog and magazine as a marriage resource and it features beautiful weddings!
http://shaunaniequist.com/
http://www.aholyexperience.com/ – I love words, quotes, and other deep writings and these two blogs hit my soul hard every time! 
http://wellnessmama.com/ – I am all about healthy, holistic, natural living and this is my go to for that! 

Instagram
@loreferguson@laracasey 
@recipe4healing

Those are just a few! I follow a lot of influential, encouraging, Jesus loving people. It inspires me and challenges me! 

Have You Met: Sabrina // An interview with creatives from brianakapper.com

What is your favorite project/thing you've done? 
There are so many! One that stands out right now though is the time I photographed Meredith Andrews. It was in my earlier days when I did families and I randomly reached out to her. I still look back on that and asked if it really happened because it was so random yet awesome.

Coffee or tea?
Tea tea and more tea :) I am totally tea obsessed and drink 5-7 cups of it a day! I have a pretty impressive tea stash too!

You can find Sabrina on the web:

Website // Blog // Facebook // Instagram