11.15.2010

giveaway: colette paperie

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! If not--then I have a feeling that meeting today's maker may help turn things around...
Fine paper + stationery fanatic Keli Catalano has dabbled in a bit of everything. Her creativity blossomed at an early age in her mother's flower shop, she then studied fashion in college, later started selling soap and now successfully runs Colette Paperie, a design boutique and paper art studio based in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Her designs are all thoughtful, unique statements. She stocks everything from gourmet soaps, screen printed dish cloths, to lovely custom stationery for every occasion. Do stop by and admire all the pretty Christmas cards, tags, and stocking stuffers!

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Today Keli is kindly giving away the perfect Christmas gift (everyone needs one. every year.) one of her brilliant 2011 calendars! {Happy Early New Year!}

Today there are 4 ways to enter & win:

1. Visit Colette Paperie and leave a comment telling which calendar is your fav.

2. Give Colette Paperie your thumbs up on facebook (then leave a comment to let me know you did!)

3. Spread the word by sharing a link to this giveaway on your own blog, twitter, or facebook. Leave a separate comment if you did.

4. Leave an additional comment sharing something special on your 2011 calendar...

Do all 4 to quadruple your odds of winning! The lucky commenter will be randomly selected and announced on Friday 11/19.

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Q|A with Keli:

1. Name your biggest source of inspiration.
I am a paper lover at heart, so it is so easy to be inspired by so many things. I love all things paper and textiles. I constantly look at Etsy and about a million little boutiques as well as bigger stores like Anthropologie. I'm also inspired by nature and make a lot of botanical designs. I want everything in my shop to have a point of view; a reason to buy it. You can get pretty cards anywhere and for really dirt cheap. I want to make a lasting impression with very special and unique items.

2. What do you love most about Colette Paperie?
I love the cutting, the folding, the wrapping, the tying up and the packaging of everything. I actually like the production of my items more than the actual designing. I also love that it is small enough that I can give all of my clients 100% of my attention and get them exactly what they are looking for. It's really fun building friendships online through a custom project.

3. What is one tool you could not live without?
My bone folder, of course. :) You can't get the plastic ones, they never fold well. It has to be real bone, which is pretty creepy - I know.

4. Any advice for other crafters and small business owners?
Oh, advice. I don't know if I would have listened to any advice. I have to learn all my mistakes the hard way! But you do learn, and you are a better businessperson as a result of it. Something I wished someone had told me (and they probably did and I didn't listen) is that you should really be prepared to spend a lot of money marketing your product. You can create wonderful products all day long, but you have to get people to look at them!

5. Where can we find more of your work?
All of my work is through my website www.colettepaperie.com.
Right now I sell primarily on Etsy, but we're working on a custom storefront through the website. We have a growing Etsy business and will never give up our little shop on there.

***Edit: Now through Friday 11/19, enjoy 20% off your etsy purchase if you mention Living the Swell Life in the notes to seller section***

41 comments:

i'm zandri said...

That library card calendar is simply genius. I love it!

Sourkraut said...

I adore the library card calendar!

Emily Ryan said...

my thumbs are both up on facebook for the adorable Colette Paperie

Emily Ryan said...

I added the oh so creative Colette Paperie to my favorite shops on etsy and can't stop thinking about that Antique Impressions Calendar!!

Simply Live said...

I have posted a link to the giveaway on my blog: http://learningtosl.blogspot.com/

Simply Live said...

I LOVE the perplexed birdies calendar. So fun and simple. Definitely something that would aid me in keeping track of my ever growing schedule.

a midwestern belle said...

The 2011 Perplexed Birdies Illustrated Calendar is my favorite!

Oh and I gave my thumbs up on Facebook too!

a midwestern belle said...

Two special things on my calendar for 2011 include the beautiful wedding of my older sister as well as my first anniversary with my husband!

Sandra said...

I love the library card calendar! Too clever!

Sandra said...

Three friends and I are planning a "Escape 2011" where we will be cruising to several tropical ports!

Melinda said...

I love the perplexed birdies. :) I need a 2011 calendar - I don't have one yet. ;)

2011 - I am planning on babysitting my best friends 2 little girls while she gets a new job - she recently lost her husband to a car accident and she has no one to watch her girls. So I am stepping in. :) I know it will be a blessing to her.

btw: thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. I truly appreciate it. God bless you sweetheart. :)

Melinda said...

ok. so I just realized you said to do a seperate comment for the 'something in 2011'. lol. I sooo still have prego brain. (or atleast that is my excuse. ha ha.)

2011 - I plan on babysitting my best friends 2 little girls while she goes back to work, after losing her husband to a car accident in September. She doesn't have anyone who will help her, and she can't afford childcare. So I am stepping in. I know that it will be a blessing for her. :)

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Kristin said...

I love the botanical calendar!

Kristin said...

I'm planning a trip to NYC with my mom, sister and two friends for fall 2011!

Kristin said...

I liked Colette Paper on fb.

Mama B said...

I love the library card calendar!

Mama B said...

I liked her on FB!

aimee said...

Yep, I love that library card calendar too! I also gave the thumbs up on facebook :)

Oh, and I have a wonderful trip to Mexico planned for 2011!!! Can't wait!

tawnya said...

The library card calendar!

Kate said...

i love the 2011 Perplexed Birdies Illustrated Calendar! so sweet

Kate said...

right now i'm most looking forward to my first vacation of twenty11, a ski weekend at boyne highlands!

Kate said...

#252 to like/thumbs up miss colette on fb.

Amanda said...

Ooh la la! As a librarian, I'm naturally drawn to the library card calendar!

Mandy said...

these are my favorite...Screenprinted Botanical Napkins!

Mandy said...

Thumbs up on facebook done! :)

Mandy said...

Next year is my 3 year wedding anniversary and my 7 year dating anniversary with my husband!

Emily Ryan said...

something special on my to do list for 2011: open my own etsy shop & i would love to buy more homemade items from etsy. there's just something so amazing about buying handmade crafts and adorable projects.

Sandra said...

I posted a link to the giveaway here http://thegirlnamedtennessee.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaways-you-need-to-know-about.html.

Amanda said...

I like perplexed birds the best--it's hard to choose though!

Amanda said...

I like on facebook.

Amanda said...

Looking forward to 2011: May 15th--our first wedding anniversary!

Eliza Jane said...

Something special on my 2011 calendar is Easter Weekend. I'm going to see my biological father for the first time in ten years.

Eliza Jane said...

I love the 2011 Antique Impressions Calendar

Hilary said...

I also love the Perplexed Birdie Calendar. So sweet.

{Amy} said...

oh wow, i couldn't even pick just one favorite...she is so talented. great stuff!

amanda fay said...

Oooh, love the library card calendar and the antique impressions one!

amanda fay said...

my thumb is up on facebook for colette paperie!

amanda fay said...

special thigns on my 2011 calendar: Trips to Florida and Maine (from WA) to visit the in-laws and celebrating our one year wedding anniversary!

amanda fay said...

Here's my tweet:

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twitter: a_laplante

Holly said...

Something special on my 2011 calendar: I will graduate from frad school on May 20.