This week we are thrilled to welcome Designs By Ryn! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Designs By Ryn, see many fantastic projects by their design team and have TWO chances to win a set of three stencils shown below (details at the end of this post).
About Designs By Ryn
Designs by Ryn is the manifestation of a dream that began a long time ago for me. I have always wanted to create a lifestyle that fits me and what I want out of my life. One that would allow me to create during working hours and give me the flexibility in my schedule to travel. For the longest time I wondered if something was wrong with me for not fitting into the multitude of ready made jobs that I tried. It wasn’t until around four years ago when I attended a seminar at the Small Business Centre in London, Ontario that I realized that many of those misfit traits of mine were what they called entrepreneurial.
I was hooked by that idea but had absolutely no working knowledge of business. The next few months I laboured over a business plan and submitted it to a program offered at the Centre – the Self Employment Benefit Program. To my absolute joy I was accepted!
I was given a foundation of business related workshops and an advisor – Gord Evans – who went over and above to help me with my project – a business that offered high quality rubber stamp designs based on my artwork. The beginnings of Designs by Ryn.
In order to have the flexibility of location that I wanted my store would need to be online. Never mind that I was almost completely technologically challenged and didn’t own a computer! The library computers just wouldn’t cut it so I walked into Staples and many questions later walked out with a laptop, printer and… A boyfriend?! Lol. That’s another story all together 😉
He became my “tech department” helping with the many issues that came with designing, printing and cutting my catalogues and product cards from home. I also bought a scroll saw – another foreign piece of machinery to me – determined to hand cut the stamps once mounted on cling cushion. The first day I was in tears having destroyed at least half of my attempts but in time I learned.
The website went through several transformations which took a lot of time and patience. The delays forced me to focus on marketing to stores and at festivals. It wasn’t until early 2012 that at long last the new version of my site was released as a fully functioning store.
I am now thrilled to see my stamps getting international exposure. I have built a Design Team of 8 wonderfully kind and talented ladies who consistently create inspiring art using the stamps – Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries (Netherlands), Anja Hardenfels (Germany), Eileen Godwin (UK), Karin van den Broek (Netherlands), Kellie Murton (US), Miranda Degenaars (Netherlands), Shirley Deatcher (Canada) and Wendy McCarthy (UK). I also encourage customers to share their work by hosting a monthly Customer Creation Challenge on my blog. I find myself constantly delighted by what people make. The most inspiring part is that this business is allowing me to connect in a meaningful way to other creative individuals around the world.
Recently I have branched into offering Unmounted Rubber Sheets of my designs to stores (listed on my site) and have also released a new line of Stencils. These are the first three!
I am giving them away to celebrate being featured in this creative space. A big thank you to the Paper Crafter’s Library for being such a wonderful support over the years!
Thank you for taking an interest in me and for reading about my journey. I hope you enjoy my Design Team’s beautiful examples and welcome you to connect with me or any of them online. Their blogs are included with their pics and my info is listed below. Bye for now 🙂
By Shirley Deatcher using Maidenhair Fern and Flowing Branches (stencils) and Dragonfly Faerie (stamp).
By Eileen Godwin using Maidenhair Fern (stencil) and Rising Bubbles (stamp)
By Miranda Degenaars using Flowing Branches (stencil), Lucine and Celtic Star Set (stamps)
By Karin van den Broek using Flowing Branches (stencil)
By Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries using Flowing Branches (stencil) and assorted Designs by Ryn stamps
By Wendy McCarthy using Flowing Branches (stencil)
By Anja Hardenfels using Maidenhair Fern (stencil)
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Designs By Ryn for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Designs By Ryn to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration! You can also follow them on Facebook and Pinterest.
In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post and for your second chance to win, leave a comment on Ryn’s blog post too! We will announce the winner of our give away next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog! Be sure to check out Ryn’s blog next week for her winner!