Shop Talk 01: Planning for a Bright 2014!

December 30, 2013
Hey y'all! While technically the shop is still closed, I just couldn't help but popping in to say hello and telling you I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know I have had the absolute best couple of weeks just soaking up my family and taking some time to relax. The life of a small business owner can get pretty stressful so it has been nice to take a step back and focus on the past year as well as what's to come.

I don't know about y'all but I am absolutely blown away by the fact that there are only two days left of 2013. As I'm sure you can relate, it seems each year moves by faster and faster. 2013 was a big year for me and my little labor of love. I launched the official Stephanie Creekmur Shop back in July and hired not one, but two employees to travel this journey with me. Two of our products were featured in the Southern Living Holiday Gift Guide (we're still pinching ourselves over here!) and we launched lots of new SC goodies in the shop. Those highlights, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg when talking about how good this year has been to us but today I want to focus on how I am planning for a bright 2014! I have a really good feeling about this year and I can't wait to dive right in. Below are just a few points that I'm taking a look at and hopefully they will help you jump-start your own 2014 planning!

"CLEAN HOUSE" | This is a two parter. First, clean house. Seriously. Clear the clutter in your living space and get rid of/donate all the things you don't use. I'm not sure why we hang on to things but you'll be surprised how great you feel when you let it all go. Next, clear your online life. Throughout the course of a year, you pick up lots of new "inspirations". Go through your social media and blog feeds and clear out what isn't serving you best. Don't follow people who bring you down or make you second guess your own abilities. This includes even those brands that you admire. If they make you feel less worthy, get rid of 'em. Comparison is the thief of joy, my friends. Follow people who inspire and lift you up. We spend so much time online we should be careful who we let influence our lives.

WHAT WORKED IN 2013? | Make a list of things that worked in 2013. Celebrate your successes and figure out how to do it again. Rinse and repeat. For me, I think I did a great job utilizing social media to my best advantage. I love my little (and growing every day) Instagram community and I'm learning how to better engage with my audience. Secondly, if you have followed for awhile you know one of my goals was to be ready if Martha called. While it's been (and I'm sure will continue to be) a struggle, I have made great progress. When an international publication contacted me, baby I was ready and the payoff has been so worth the preparation! And probably the thing that has worked best for me, is embracing my own style and implementing handwritten elements into my work. I have created one-of-a-kind pieces that can never truly be duplicated because I've used my hand lettering. It's been so rewarding to have customers respond to something so well that really makes my soul sing!

WHAT DIDN'T WORK IN 2013? | Looking at what others are doing or what others have. This is a huge no no and it gets me every time. I have had an amazing year. I went full time at the end of May and have seen my business quadruple in size. I was published in one of my dream magazines and had sales that made last year's sales look like pennies. And yet, there were dark moments when I let the success of others overshadow what I was doing. We are all on very different paths. My business is basically a baby and I can't compare it to another business because I'm on a different journey. I need to define what success means to me and not worry about what every one else is doing. Another thing that isn't working for me is offering custom design. I don't list it as a service but I get lots of emails asking for it and sometimes I say yes. I'm not sure why I say yes because it's a struggle every time and not something I'm passionate about. In 2014 I'm saying no to custom work so I can say yes to other projects that fire me up.

SET GOALS | I'm a big believer in naming your dreams and ambitions and being specific. If there is something you want, put it out there in the universe and make it happen. YOU are in control of your life and you can't wait around for someone else to make your dreams come true. For me, I'm hoping to be more organized with my business files and finances. I'm a creative so all that really important serious stuff that comes with running a business is my downfall. I'm hoping to fix that in 2014 so my business can continue to grow rather than hitting a plateau. 

REFINE | Don't be afraid to take a look at your goals and edit or nix them. You are (hopefully) constantly changing and evolving so your game plan should too. This does not mean be a flake and change your mind every 5 minutes but it does mean not being too hard on yourself and letting your goals grow with you. I am taking a look at all of the products we currently offer and hope to offer in our shop. I'm going to be clearing out the items that aren't selling as well and that we as a company aren't as passionate about to make room for new products.

What is one thing you'll be doing in 2014 to improve or start your business?

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I'm Going to be a Speaker at Stationery Academy!

November 22, 2013

Yep! You read that right! I am so unbelievably honored (and to be honest, still a little shocked) that I was asked to be an expert at the next Stationery Academy. The sold out, first session of 2014 will be held in Nashville! I couldn't be more excited to drive 15 minutes to stay in a hotel and pretend like I'm "out of town" with 20 something other creative paper-preneurs! There will be a second session held in Chicago and seats are still available, but hop on it because they are going fast! (Register here!)

I'm thrilled to be included as a speaker alongside these all-stars - SA hosts, Whitney English, Natalie Chang, Jennifer Faught and fellow expert, Nicole Spitulnik of Libby Lane Press! I can't wait to soak up all they have to share and to hug the necks of all the new and familiar faces! February will be here before we know it! ;)

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Featured | Southern Living December 2013

November 13, 2013
Remember last week when I shared that we might possibly be included in Southern Living's Holiday Gift Guide? Well - IT HAPPENED!!! Our gold foil Sweet as a Peach print was included in their round up for the 'Ladies On Your List'. Doesn't she look so pretty! I absolutely love how they styled every page of the gift guide and I can't wait to look up all the other amazing artists, designers and makers! I am honored and absolutely thrilled to be included! Fun little fact - my Grandpa Gene used to print this magazine! How awesome? :)





AND - as if that isn't exciting enough... A few pages over, our Southern Sayin' Pencil Set made it into the magazine as well! They landed in the round-up for "Everyone Else" on your list! Again, I just love how they styled the page and I think our pencils look fabulous!


Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me text messages, emails, or has left comments on my blog! It means so much to me and I'm so thankful and grateful for every single one of you who are following along with my journey! I can't believe I get to wake up every day and do what I love! This year has been one for the books and as always, I know the best is yet to come! 

I hope y'all have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday! :)

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Pinch Me! Southern Living's Great Big Christmas Giveaway!

November 7, 2013
I think I visit this giveaway daily just to see if it's really true. Am I actually a part of the Southern Living Great Big Christmas Giveaway? YES!!! I am so excited and honored to be December 18th! You can enter daily to win a number of fabulous prizes, including our gold foil Sweet as a Peach print and  Southern Sayin' pencils!

I debated sharing this next piece of information incase it doesn't pan out how I hope it does, but because I am an over-sharer and this was a moment I was actually ready when "Martha" called, here it goes! I was contacted (through Etsy!) back in August by an Editor at Southern Living. She was interested in my Southern Sayin' Pencil Set for their HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE in the MAGAZINE and I kindly directed her to my newly launched website! I was so excited (understatement of the century) but tried not to get my hopes up. A couple weeks went by without hearing anything, and THEN.


I received an EMAIL from the editor requesting product so they could photograph in-house. I about fell out of my chair! She asked for my Heavens to Betsy print, Sweet as a Peach print (in all colors and sizes) and my Southern Sayin' pencil set. I sent those along with a few others, ya know - just in case! THEN, I received a second email asking if I'd be interested in being included in the SL Christmas Giveaway. Um, hello - YES! It all happened so quickly and I am beyond excited to see the giveaway up and online!

If there could possibly be a negative to this whole opportunity it would be that even though I provided them with all the necessary information, somewhere along the line it got mixed up. Mainly, my website is www.stephaniecreekmur.com and while the one listed will get you to a SC website, it's the Big Cartel site, not the new Shopify one we just launched on Monday! We're working on getting people who visit there redirected and I'm hoping it will get worked out on the giveaway, but regardless I am so thankful to have been included!

UPDATE* Great news! We were able to get the information updated on the giveaway and now people will be directed to our new site! We also had another product added to the giveaway - the Stephanie Creekmur Coaster Set! I am so excited and can't wait until December 18th!


Last I heard (from a copy editor), out of the items I sent, they were planning to include the Sweet as a Peach print and the Southern Sayin' pencil set in the magazine (eeeek!). Now the waiting game begins! I'd appreciate a few prayers - not that I necessarily make it in the magazine (though while you're at it, might as well add that request!) but that no matter what happens I never lose sight of why I am able to do what I do. It's so much more than creating beautiful things and I hope we're able to do amazing things (like build a well!!) in 2014 as a result of this feature!

We just got a bunch of new product samples in so I'm off to snap a few photos! Hope y'all have a wonderful day!

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Updates for Stephanie Creekmur!

November 4, 2013
In February of this year, I went ugly early and I can honestly say it was the best thing I could have done for my business. Things will never be perfect and the longer you wait for perfect to show up, the longer you'll be waiting!

The thing about going "ugly early" is that you continue to evolve and grow. As I've said before, I don't have the luxury of putting the majority of my profit back into my business. I rely on sales to pay my bills so my budget for things like branding and web development are slim to none. This has been DIY branding all the way and I can honestly say I wouldn't have it any other way. If you follow me on Instagram (I know I say that a lot, but really - you get the scoop there first, folks!) I shared a little part of the brand board below and how at the start of this journey I was bummed it wasn't in the budget to hire a big fancy team to do my branding for me, but it's hard to imagine Stephanie Creekmur looking any other way. I love the elements I've created and am completely smitten by it every single day. 

Shortly after the GUE announcement, I shared my very first brand board. As you can see in the updated version below, I have just continued to build off of the original when time or money allowed. I love the addition of the monogram and illustrated elements. Those were all things I wanted from the start so I'm extremely happy to have them added to the mix!


AND - later today we will (fingers crossed) be relaunching the website! We have been doing lots of behind the scenes (switching eCommerce platforms, etc.) work that will hopefully result in a better user experience! We will also be releasing new products later today as well as in the weeks to come! We're just so excited about it all and hope y'all will be too! Come back in just a bit - it's going to be great! ;)


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Stephanie Creekmur Exclusively for Papeleria

October 30, 2013

I am so excited to share today's news! If you're our friend over on Facebook than you may have already figured this one out, but we have partnered with a fabulous stationery shop in Nebraska to bring you an exclusive line of Christmas cards. Papeleria is a quaint and stylish shop in the heart of Kearney, Nebraska and we collaborated with the store's owner, Amy to create 8 Christmas cards (6 photo, 2 non-photo) that I hope you will love as much as we do! Four of the options feature my hand-lettering which makes my heart so happy! I've been a doodler since forever (I get that from my Momma!) and to now see my lettering on tangible products is so fun!

I will not be offering any Christmas cards this year so if you want to send some Christmas cheer with a Stephanie Creekmur flair, Amy is the girl you need to get in touch with! You will be able to purchase your Christmas cards on the Papeleria website next week! Be sure to become a fan of Papeleria over on Facebook so you can see photos of the cards that our available! :)

I'm having a hard time deciding which card is my favorite but I think it's the one pictured above!

I'd love to know - which card is your favorite? Leave me a comment with your top choice!

That's all for today but next week lots of fun things are coming your way! The new and improved shop will be launching on Monday along with lots of new products! Follow along on Instagram for behind the scene sneak peeks! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! :)
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Entertaining | Fall Dinner Party

October 20, 2013
I don't know about y'all, but today I have plain enjoyed myself. There is just something so wonderful about a lazy Sunday, especially when the weather turns cooler! As I sit here snuggled up under the covers with my furbaby Bella, I am realizing that our days outside are numbered. My sister and I moved into a new house at the beginning of the month and it has a really great outside area in the back (complete with stone fireplace!) and we are so excited to entertain! While I was searching Pinterest for "party on the porch" type get togethers, I actually came across a dinner party my aunt and I styled for Sterling Wine's, Ultimate Host Challenge. They partnered with one of our favorites, Pizzazzerie to find the Ultimate Host! We only had one day to put it all together because Christie was leaving for Hawaii. Lucky her, right? :) Bad news is we didn't win. Good news is we had a great time and now I have a gorgeous fall tablescape to share with y'all. 


September here in Tennessee is still very pleasant so we decided to set up the dinner party out on the screened in porch. We only had 4 dining room chairs so we used those (only 2 shown here for better viewing of the table) and put two patio chairs on the ends. Work with what you have. Mixing and matching adds layer, texture, and interest to your event!

Although you can't read the window in the photos, it was a big hit. Each pane featured a greeting to guests, the menu, quotes about wine and good friends (i.e. Friends don't let friends drink bad wine.) and a showcasing of the wine served for the evening.

 Because the challenge was being hosted by a vineyard we wanted to make sure the wine was front and center so we made it our centerpiece! The apple basket was the perfect fall decoration to accompany the wine in the centerpiece. We tied shipping tags with twine to our wine bottles.The tags stated "drink me" and "drink and be merry". It was a fun added little detail to the dinner!


We only had 4 green pates and thought they looked great with the brown table cloth, so we set 4 places with those and anchored the table with 2 white square plates at the heads of the table. It switched things up a bit and added another texture. Seriously y'all, use what you have! :)

We had some shipping tags left over from Christmas wrapping so we used a gold scrapbooking pen to write each guests name on them! We took our Martha Stewart Edger Punch to create the doily trim and tied a bow with some left over twine! For napkins we went through our fabric scraps and were lucky enough to find just enough of this fall floral to use. They weren't all exactly the same size but when folded up you couldn't tell! Again, use what you have!

This last photo isn't the greatest quality (it was taken with my iPhone) but it was the photo that showed the glowing candles the best. To make our table feel more grounded and more, I'm supposed to be here sort of thing, we decided to create a mason jar chandelier. It was super easy. All we needed were some s hooks, twine, mason jars, votive candles, and some sand to anchor the candles. It was really beautiful and it was sad to take it down but it worked perfectly to make our fall tablescape just a little more cozy.

Have you done any entertaining outside in the fall? I'd love to see as I gather inspiration! :)
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Checking In!

October 15, 2013
Hello friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! It's been awhile since I have posted so I thought I'd pop in and update you on what's been going on! These are all Instagram photos so if you follow me there, humor me, because you're already up to date! :)

First up, there are some minor website updates happening! Well, actually some pretty major updates, but before I get you all worked up, it's mostly behind the scenes stuff. I will be switching my eCommerce platform from Big Cartel to Shopify - more on all that later! The look and feel of the site will remain about the same because I am still in love with it! There will just be fun little surprises throughout the site and I'm hoping to offer a more enjoyable shopping experience! I will say that what you see below has already slightly changed again - so it will be a surprise! 

This next tidbit of information is something I'm pretty excited about but I'm not quite ready to let the cat out of the bag just yet! The below sketch was a pretty big hit on Instagram and it's the only hint I'm giving out today! What do you think it will be?


Last Tuesday, I headed home to one of my favorite places on Earth - Smalltown, USA. I love this time of year in my small little hometown! Harvest time was definitely in full affect every where you turned and the leaves were starting to change! It's just perfect and it was so refreshing to have a few days at home with the people I love oh so much!


Luckily, my high school's Homecoming game happened to be the same weekend I was coming home so I was able to cheer with the alumni cheerleaders! We had so much fun getting back under those Friday night lights! This is just a handful of us who were there, but these are the girls I cheered with my Senior year! 


And lastly, we moved. My sister and I have a cute little ranch house (rental) that we've been having so much fun fixing up - more pictures to come soon! That also means that our studio has a new home! If you follow on Instagram, you probably have seen the before picture and you know that the space we started with was less than desirable. It is completely lined with Cedar and we aren't allowed to paint or drywall - not exactly what my natural light and bright color loving self had in mind but we are making it work. Below are just a few of the details so far! I can't wait to reveal the end result because it's something we're pretty proud of!


Well, that's all for now folks! I have many blog posts in the works (including a new installment in the Selling on Etsy series!) so hopefully it won't be too long before I'm popping back in! That being said, I'm not making any promises - the holidays are upon us and we have lots of new things hitting the shop (on top of our website updates) so if it's quiet around here bare with us! We're still here, just working hard! :)
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The little things are the big things.

September 23, 2013

I have not done very well sharing the fun opportunities I had this summer, but with all the tasks of running a small business, blogging is the first to take a back seat! I'm still hoping to share about my return to AH Inspired and my first experience at Stationery Academy, but I'm not making any promises as to when that will happen! But, today I do want to share a little piece from Stat Acad as well as a new project we've been working on here in the Stephanie Creekmur studio!

On the first night of SA we were asked to make our "Big Crazy Dreams" list. This was pretty easy for me because I am a big dreamer and I am always looking to the future. The first thing on my list was "Build one well a month each year in Haiti and beyond." It blows my mind and breaks my heart that there are people on this planet that die simply because they don't have clean water to drink. It's unacceptable and pathetic and I want to do my part to help the situation. I know I've been given this business to do good in the world, so I'm going to try and do just that! Let it also be known that I had selfish items mixed in my list as well - be featured in Southern Living, have the opportunity to travel frequently, have a farm house - just to be clear. :)

Everyone was very supportive of my goal, including Whitney but she also wanted to make sure that if the other attendees didn't have charity work on their lists that it was OK and what they do is still just as important. I chimed in because I whole-heartedly agree. We all are in the business of making people's lives more beautiful and we focus on the little details. I said "the little things are the big things" in life. Sending someone a handwritten note is much more thoughtful than just sending a text and what we do is important. That seemed to resonate with the group so when I went to send them each a note after I returned from SA, I included that message on the front of the card (pictured above). I framed one and I'm going to hang it in my bedroom so I always have a reminder! 

Now, back to my "big crazy dream" of building wells in Haiti... While we're not quite in a position to build one a month, we are going to start small and we have set the goal to build our first well in 2014! If you take a look at the sidebar there is a new graphic where you can donate and keep up with our progress. I have already contributed the $250 to get us started! We are in the process of developing some products that are specifically designed to help you remember to do good in the world and all proceeds will go directly to the well fund. We will be back to share more information such as what products will be available to support the cause, where the well will be, exactly how much it will cost ($4,000 is my current estimate) and when it all will happen. We appreciate your prayers so much as we go forward with this project and can't wait to share more! As always if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.

P.S. How beautiful is that vintage floral fabric in the photo? It was my Grandma Shirley's and I got it after she passed away. I love it so much and miss her even more!
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New Beginnings.

September 22, 2013
Two years ago a shift happened. While I still loved (and do love) the Fall season, I was no longer anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I think this shift happened because I had graduated college and had seemingly graduated into "adult life".  There were no longer Friday night (high school) or Saturday afternoon (college) football games cheering on my team! Well, there were but it just wasn't the same anymore. No more "fall break" or getting out of school for the county fair. No more new clothes or school supply shopping. OK - I lied on that one. I still participate in 'Back-to-School' shopping. The deals are just too good to pass up and I love a good notebook!

I also have gained a deep love for the summer. I'm always loved the summer, but in the past few years I find myself almost mourning the end of it. It takes me a few weeks to embrace the time and leaves changing. I won't touch a Pumpkin Spice Latte until October. I guess this is just because every year it seems people are rushing things faster and faster. I have already seen my first Christmas commercial. Really, people? It's SEPTEMBER! Life moves fast enough as it is, let's not speed it along.

However, with all of that said. I do love the idea of a new beginning. As each season passes and a new one comes upon us, I think it's the perfect time to pause, reevaluate and regroup. There's only a quarter of 2013 left but that's plenty of time to reach any goals you may have set back in January. I know there are things I keep putting off and I think this new season is just what I need to re-light the flame.

I hope you're enjoying the last of this beautiful weekend. Happy fall, y'all! ;)

P.S. I looked all over for the person behind this photograph and fell into the deep dark hole that is Tumblr. If anyone knows whose talented work I used for this quote, please let me know!
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Branding | Button Baby

September 17, 2013

If you're new around here you may have not heard me talk about Button Baby yet. Button Baby is a super adorable online shop that sells one of a kind baby bibs and other accessories. It just so happens to be owned and operated by my mama and aunt! I designed business cards for them a couple of years ago, but we never actually established the face of their brand until now. We are so happy with how it turned out and I'm so excited to see where these fabulous women in my life take BB! I think my favorite part is the perfectly imperfect button! Too cute! :)

Be sure to check out all the adorable goodness in their shop! They make perfect baby shower gifts!

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2014 Planners | A Closer Look!

August 12, 2013

Hey y'all! I hope you had wonderful weekends! Mine was pretty fabulous - dinner at the lake, a night downtown and a Brett Eldredge concert at Southern Living's Biscuits & Jam concert series held at their 2013 Idea House here in Nashville. It was pretty fun and we got to meet Brett after the show - follow me on Instagram (@stephcreekmur) to see those photos. It was the first weekend in awhile that I didn't work the entire weekend! I'm trying to do better about giving myself "down time" but I have to be honest, today has been pretty crazy getting back into the swing of things! :)

Anyway! I wanted to pop in and share some actual photos of the 2014 Planners which will begin shipping next week! I am so excited about these and can't wait to to start using mine! I don't know about y'all but I love a colorful planner and I fill mine out with different colored pens and use pretty washi tape! So fun!

In case you missed the last planner post, here's a quick run-dow:

  • This is a complete 2014 planner that also includes the last months of 2013 as well as the entire Jan '15.
  • Dimensions: 9" x 7" - The perfect size. Large enough to be able to write down everything you need to and small enough so you can throw it in your purse and take it on the go.
  • White, Wire O binding - beautiful and durable.
  • Dated, weekly and monthly formats. 
  • Monthly Views
    • Monthly format features some of my favorite inspirational and uplifting quotes and Bible verses. 
    • I know the week technically starts with Sunday and ends with Saturday but I have never thought of my weeks in that way so the monthly format is laid out staring with Monday and ending with Sunday. 
    • The weekends are done in fun patterns to help us remember that they are different than the rest of the week and we should act accordingly! :) 
    • Space is available for notes as well as personal goals for the month. 
    • This is something that may exist in a planner out there but I have never been able to find one. I have combined all monthly views together. When I am using the monthly view, I like to flip easily between months. I don't want to have to flip through the entire weekly view of that month. 
  • Weekly Views
    • Lined sections to keep track of everything you have to get done in the day. 
    • Notes sections available for both halves of the week to keep track of any extra to-dos. 
    • Many planners I've used in the past have had super small Saturday and Sunday sections. The weekends are sometimes when I have the most going on so I tried to keep these sections large enough to fit all of our plans. 
  •  Includes a notes section for all those things you need to jot down quickly. 


The monthly views for the entire year are all together in this planner. When I am planning or scheduling ahead, I like to move quickly and easily from month to month to see what's ahead. I use this section of the planner for keeping track of appointments or any traveling I may have.

Next up in the planner is the weekly view! A lot of planners I have been finding in stores these days are going to a schedule format or setting up each day in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner. This format may work great for those of you who dictate your day by meals, but it just doesn't work for me. I like to have a block of space to use as a mini to-do list. This is also the section I use when planning for future blog posts.


I hope these photos have helped give you a better look into the 2014 Planner and have answered any questions you might have. I think they are so beautiful - if I do say so myself - and I'm so excited to get them into your hands so you can start planning too! If you still have questions don't be afraid to leave it in the comments or shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you! :)
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If Martha Called Tomorrow, Would You Ready?

August 8, 2013
My answer? Absolutely not. Have you ever had a certain opportunity come your way and it either didn't happen because you weren't prepared or the outcome wasn't as great as it could have been because you didn't take advantage like you should have? While I sadly have many examples of this, I'm only going to share the most recent and what I like to call, "the straw that broke the camels back".

Many of you know Kristin from The Hunted Interior. She's a super talented interior designer based in Atlanta. I met Kristin a few months back when she asked if I would donate one of my gold foil Hey Y'all prints for a room she was designing with Room Service Atlanta (see the finished room here). I have been amazed by the positive response as a result of Kristin's blog post on the room and the styling she did of the print. My sales saw a serious spike and I am so grateful she asked me to be a part of her project.

Fast forward a few weeks and I decided to email Kristin and see if she would be willing to style a few photos of my other wall prints. She so generously said yes and asked if I could get them to her by a certain date because The Everygirl (yes, THE EVERYGIRL!) was coming to her house for a feature. How awesome? Now my products will be seen by an even larger audience, right? Wrong. I failed to get the package in the mail in time and Kristin didn't receive the prints until after the shoot was over. Major fail on my part and major bummer. Kristin's feature on The Everygirl went live today and if you haven't already, be sure to check it out. Her home is absolutely gorgeous and much to my surprise - I spotted my thank you note pinned to her bulletin board! Thank you, Kristin!

Photos by Dash Photography for  The Every Girl
All of this to say: Set yourself up for success, people. Don't fall into the trap I have so many times before this. We really can be our own worst enemy and the only thing standing in our way. Had I planned and prepared like I should have, my prints could have been shared with thousands (and thousands) in the beautiful photos of Kristin's home.

Starting tomorrow I am going to be making more of an effort to streamline my business and workflow so that when Martha (or The Everygirl) come calling, I'll be ready. If you have any tips or tricks (having stamps on hand, setting canned email responses, etc.) for how you streamline, I'd love to hear!
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New in the Shop | 2014 Planners!

July 31, 2013
I am so excited to share this new product. This is something that has been in the works for well over a year. I created my first planner for the 2013 calendar year because I have never been able to find a planner I truly love. I hear lots of women say this so hopefully this will be their solution! It is pretty fabulous if I do say so myself!

I (and a couple of family and friends) have used the planner this past year and I was able to make adjustments to make the planners even better for 2014. They are filled with the signature Stephanie Creekmur floral and gingham patterns and have bright signature Stephanie Creekmur colors throughout.

The planners are now available for pre-order.


This is a complete 2014 planner that also includes August-December of 2013 as well as the entire month of January 2015 so you really can begin using this planner any time in the next 5 months and still have an entire year worth of planning!
  • Dimensions: 9" x 7" - The perfect size. Large enough to be able to write down everything you need to and small enough so you can throw it in your purse and take it on the go.
  • White, Wire O binding - beautiful and durable.
  • Dated, weekly and monthly formats.
  • Monthly Views
    • Monthly format features some of my favorite inspirational and uplifting quotes and Bible verses.
    • I know the week technically starts with Sunday and ends with Saturday but I have never thought of my weeks in that way so the monthly format is laid out staring with Monday and ending with Sunday.
    • The weekends are done in fun patterns to help us remember that they are different than the rest of the week and we should act accordingly! :)
    • Space is available for notes as well as personal goals for the month.
    • This is something that may exist in a planner out there but I have never been able to find one. I have combined all monthly views together. When I am using the monthly view, I like to flip easily between months. I don't want to have to flip through the entire weekly view of that month.
  • Weekly Views
    • Lined sections to keep track of everything you have to get done in the day.
    • Notes sections available for both halves of the week to keep track of any extra to-dos.
    • Many planners I've used in the past have had super small Saturday and Sunday sections. The weekends are sometimes when I have the most going on so I tried to keep these sections large enough to fit all of our plans. 
  • Includes a notes section for all those things you need to jot down quickly.


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Saying Goodbye to Fear & Doubt

July 20, 2013
Photo by Virula Imagery

I don't normally post on Saturdays but as I'm working on the final pieces of the website (launching Monday!) I just felt like I wanted to pop in and say hello! I am starting to feel hesitant about sharing what I've been working so hard on these last few months. Fear and doubt are terrible friends to have around, but sometimes they show up whether we like it or not! I am so proud of how much my tiny business has grown in the last year. I'm also very proud of my new online shop. No, it didn't cost me thousands of dollars and yes, a lot of it was DIY but I think the end result is true to who I am and more importantly true to the Stephanie Creekmur brand.

My website checklist won't be completely checked off - there are still product photos to be taken and products still in development - but my store will finally have an official home of it's very own. I hope that when people see it they see my heart and how much I love what I do.

The photo above is of my Great, Great-Grandma Alice's Bible (it was used in quite a few product shots) and it's marking one of my favorite verses, Jeremiah 29:11. I may not have it all figured out, but I know that all I have to do is put my trust in Him because He knows the plans He has for me.

With Love, State Stamps | Photo by Stephanie Creekmur
These are the With Love, State Stamps! I'm really happy with how the product photos have turned out for the new shop and I can't wait to share them all! I hope you'll all come back on Monday to see the new shop! Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter for special offerings! :)
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It's Finally Coming...

July 17, 2013
Can you guess? I can't believe it, but I've finally set a launch date for the brand new Stephanie Creekmur shop. I've actually known about this date for a few months now, but didn't want to put it out there if I wasn't able to deliver since July has been a very busy month! I haven't even been home from Haiti a week yet - more on that amazing, humbling, life-changing experience later this week!



Remember the first time I went ugly early? Well, I'm doing it again y'all and I couldn't be more happy about it. There are still close to 50 things on my checklist that won't be completed before Monday, but who knows when those will be able to be checked off. Some just take time and others take money - both of which are in low supply!

I've worked so hard on this and I can't wait to share it! I will still be selling on Etsy but I can't wait for Stephanie Creekmur to have it's very own home on the World Wide Web. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter - you may get to see the new site first and you may even get a special surprise!

Thanks to everyone who has supported and cheered me on along the way! :)
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A Quick Hello + Shop Updates

June 28, 2013
Hey y'all! I know things have been pretty quiet around here since I shared my exciting news, but the even better news is that things in the shop have been extremely busy. I was terrified I'd hear crickets so to see the complete opposite has been extremely exciting, reassuring, humbling, etc. I love what I get to do everyday and I hope that I'm able to for many years to come!

Items in my shop kind of take turns being the star of the show and currently the gold foil Hey Y'all print is filling that roll. They have sold out three times so far and the fourth batch is getting low! I'm so happy that so many of you love it as much as I do! 

Photo via The Hunted Interior | Room designed for Room Service Atlanta




















































I've had many people ask if the Hey Y'all print comes in any smaller sizes. At this time it is only available in size 11" x 14", however, there is enough white space that it can be trimmed down like one SC customer has done. I love this entire space and I love how the modified Hey Y'all print turned out!

I love to see how y'all style and use your SC products so if you snap a photo be sure to share it with me ! :)


Next - I want to share some even bigger news! Those of you who have followed me for the past year (or longer) know that it's a huge dream of mine to have my own shop. I have researched to death just about every possible option - there are so many out there (a blessing and a curse) - and I have finally settled on one I think will fit just fine! :)

I feel like since I first knew I wanted my own online shop, there have been many others pop up and as we all know it can be frustrating to watch what we want happen for others first. Not because you're not happy for them or because they're your "competition", but just because you want it so bad. One thing I've also known from the beginning is that I want to do it right. I don't want to just slab something up on the internet and call it a day. I have put my heart and soul (and many tears) into this project and when it's all said and done it will be something I'm so proud to share. This summer is going to be one very exciting time, folks!


And last - the shop will be shutting down today at 4 PM. I am leaving for Haiti on Thursday and I have lots to do around the shop as well as to prepare for my trip. I am so excited to have the opportunity to go for a third time but also nervous to be putting my business on hold. Deep down I know the customers will still be there when I return and I know that I'm meant to go on this trip. It's all part of His plan and I'm just gonna go with it! :)

So - if you're still hanging in there with me! I will be back in the office on Monday, July 15th ready to share about my trip and new things coming to Stephanie Creekmur so, y'all come back now! ;)
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