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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Talented Artist - Miranda Pouliot from Mirkwood Scribes - Interview & Giveaway


About Miranda Pouliot


I am very blessed to have been able to be a stay at home mom for the last seven years. I have one great kid and a very supportive husband who works full time handling the finances of my families' various business ventures (farms, retail stores, antique shops, cafe, car wash, and the list goes on - he has a big job! ) while I have stayed home with our son and doing the most random assortment of design work for those businesses during naps and quiet times. I've done everything from product labels to billboards.

I love reading fantasy and sci-fi books and I am really excited to create THINGS inspired by my favorite stories. I'm also an obsessive gamer and a huge fan of Disney movies and anime. I hope one day to have a shop full of pretty things & nerdy goodies to share with all you people out there who love some of the same things I do.

Links

Website // Instagram // Pinterest

Interview


1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

My name is Miranda, I live in Missouri with my husband and 8 year old son. I am sort of a stay at home mom, but truthfully I have about three very flexible jobs, Etsy being one of them. I also run my mother's antique shop two days a week and while I am there I list her antiques on Etsy for her, and I design ads and signs for a local farm store. I love cats, books, Disney everything, and video games! And food.



2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?


I always try to make things that appeal to me. I am inspired by lost of things. I have several sets of bookmarks that are inspired by things I saw while travelling: art, patterns, or just feelings.


3) Where did you learn how to make your designs?

I actually went to college for design. I didn't love school, and never got a degree. I did go for five years (oops) and took all sorts of classes. Lots of art, geography, and equestrian instruction! Several of the courses I took used books from Lynda.com, and I still use that website as a resource when I want to learn new things. I don't feel like I am lacking by not having a degree. I can go online and learn what I want to, when I want to. I am always trying to learn new techniques!


4) What does your work place look like?

I have a large galvanized metal table for my computer with shelves (and usually a cat) under it. Its covered in a combination of nerdy toys, makeup, coffee cups, mailing supplies and little pictures my son drew for me. Behind me I have my grandpa's desk with a gigantic paper trimmer and more shelves for paper and card stock. Behind that is my big printer. This room has floor to ceiling bookshelves on the back wall, a piano, and an elliptical machine. Its a good room!


5) You make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

Harry Potter.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I designed the invites for my husband's sister's wedding and bridal shower. People kept telling me they were really good and I should start an Etsy shop! I thought about it and made a few invitation designs but was hesitant to pull the trigger on it. Because of course I imagined everyone would hate them. But my husband really pushed me to just do it, and he sat down with me one night and helped me fill in all the policies and paperwork to get my store up! I still do invitations, but I enjoy the bookish side more.


7) You use quotes for your bookmarks, where do you find them and do you have a favorite?

Usually Goodreads is where I find quotes. I've had quite a few requests for themes and I always try to take requests if I have the time. My favorite is an Edgar Allen Poe bookmark that just says "Nevermore"


8) People can buy bookmarks from you, but they also can buy the designs and print them themselves, how did you get the idea to let people print their own bookmarks designed by you?

It actually started the other way around! I only sold digital files at first because I was not confident in my printer or ability to make a great product. I have learned a lot and so many people don't want to do printing themselves. I feel really good about my prints these days as well as the quality of my card stock. I buy really good card stock. Digital files still have their place - I get a lot of teachers actually who want to print for their classroom. Another good use is party favors, book club, events, etc. I have a new-ish service in my shop called the "Bookmark Vault" where you can buy a link to my Dropbox, and have access to all of my bookmark files, forever. That includes all of the ones in my shop now, and all the ones I will make in the future.


9) You add a lot of new designs, how do you keep the ideas coming?

I like to set goals for myself. I just finished doing 100 bookmarks in 100 days! That was actually a pretty hard schedule for me, and I am really proud to have completed it. Before I started that challenge I had a notebook where I wrote down all of my ideas. I talked to friends and family, asked them their ideas for it too. A friend said her son wanted "weird pizza bookmarks", so that's what I did. Some of the things I wrote down never made it. Maybe they will some day. Other times I'll just see a nice color combination and want to theme a set of bookmarks around it. I source graphics from several places and sometimes that determines what I do. One of my more recent sets was "fairy tale" themed. That happened because I found the coolest, whimsical, watercolor owl, and I had to use him.


10) What are your plans for the future?

Some of my more popular designs are going to be on mugs soon! I looked at a huge print on demand company, signed up and started putting my designs on mugs. But I don't know. It seemed too ... cheap? I didn't love it. I have found a smaller company that does camp mugs, gold foiling, clear glass mugs, and just more than just your plain white mug. I am ordering samples from them to see how that goes.

Giveaway

Bookmark grab bag

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a bookmark grab bag from Miranda Pouliot.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

24 comments:

  1. Your designs are so beautiful and I love the idea of offering a grab bag in your shop. It's perfect when you can't deside which ones to get and I love the surprise too!

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  2. I especially like the bookmarks with the foxes! They're beautiful and charming!

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  3. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

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  4. what beautiful bookmarks! So inspiring and unique!

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  5. I just love your teal tiled bookmark
    jan

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  6. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll collect more bookmarks than I have books!

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  7. They are all so beautiful! I love the unicorns!

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  8. What gorgeous products. I love the idea of a grab bag - it's ideal for people like me who are VERY indecisive.

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  9. The items in your etsy store are so cute.

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  10. Such pretty bookmarks! Love your designs, very talented!

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  11. I love your store! So many beautiful things!

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  12. I've been collecting bookmarks for at least 30 years and each one is different. I'm an avid reader so bookmarks are a necessity. I absolutely love your collection.

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  13. Love all your designs they are sensational would love to own any one of them 100%

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  14. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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