Angela Blackburn is a graphic designer based in Virginia. I met Angela in photography school in 2009 and we’ve kept in touch throughout the years. She started her own graphic design business on Etsy called Paper Love Song. Angela designed my wedding program fans, my best friend’s bridal shower invitations and numerous prints around my home. Needless to say I admire her work! Here is my moment with Angela about her business and how she got into the creative industry.
What inspired you to start Paper Love Song? I had been doing graphic design for a few years by the time I got engaged. I told my fiancé (now husband) that I wanted to make our wedding invitations. Along with my wedding invitations, I also made a couple signs and rehearsal invitations. I found through this process that I LOVE making those types of items. After we got home from our honeymoon I started an Etsy shop and Paper Love Song was created.
Is there a story behind your shop name? My Husband actually came up with the name. I had enlisted his help, because lets face it, I’m horrible at coming up with names. I knew I wanted something that had a romantic feel, he gave me a couple of options and Paper Love Song stuck out to me.
What products do you offer? I offer nine different categories of items. Wall prints, Wedding Stationary, Custom Graphics, Flyers, Postcards, and Birth and Pregnancy announcement.
What is your favorite product to design? I really enjoy designing wedding stationary. It’s so rewarding to take a brides ideas and turn them into an invitation or announcement. It makes me feel like I got to be apart of their wedding.
What inspires you the most? As generic as this may be: life. My life to be more specific. I get inspiration of shows I watch, things I read, walks I take and conversations over coffee.
Where do you see Paper Love Song in 5 years? In five years I’d love to see Paper Love Song as a major realtor of handmade paper products. I’d love to grow PLS to be able to hire an assistant (or two!) It would be a dream to have a store front!! (maybe in ten years)
What advice would you give someone wanting to get into graphic design? Keep practicing your skill! I only went to college for Photography. I had one course in graphic design and I was HORRIBLE! It wasn’t until about 2 years later that I really started practicing my graphic design skill. It took me a long time and a lot of tears and frustration to get to where I am today. I know this may sound like a line from a Disney movie, but if you keep pursuing your dreams and work hard, you’ll get there.