We are pleased to bring you a special guest today and feature her wonderful company. Please welcome Ryn Tanaka from Designs by Ryn. I’m so pleased to share her work with you as well as a chance to win some of her images. To be eligible, to win the prize, simply leave a comment below this post telling us what you like about any of the projects listed showcasing Ryn’s designs (you can see them all below). You will be entered for a chance to win a package of one of Ryn’s designs. Here is what the prize pack includes:
Before we show you a selection of Ryn’s projects, here is a little more about 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 three 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) and forced me to focus on marketing to stores and at festivals. It wasn’t until this year that at long last it became a fully functioning store.
Since it’s release I am thrilled to see my stamps getting international exposure. I have built a Design Team of three wonderfully kind and talented ladies who consistently do great samples with the stamps. Shirley Deatcher – Canada, Eileen Godwin – UK and Miranda Dagenaars – Netherlands. I also encourage customers to share their work and 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.
That dream of mine is slowly getting there. I am endlessly thankful to all of the people along the way who have purchased my stamps and supported me on this journey.
I am now taking my business for a “walkabout” and am off traveling in South America with a backpack of art supplies. I’ve left my inventory and shipping with a wonderful and trusted lady – Phylis – back home who will handle orders while I am away. I hope to focus my energy on creating new and inspiring stamp designs. My next challenge is blogging about my creations. More to come 😉
Below you can see a sample of projects created by a variety of designers using Ryn’s Designs.
Once again, to enter to win leave a comment here on our blog but make sure you take a minute to stop by Ryn’s blog because she is also giving away a fantastic prize pack. The winners will be announced next week on each blog. You can visit her blog here: http://www.designsbyryn.blogspot.com/
We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Ryn Tanaka for sharing her beautiful images and inspiration with us. And don’t forget to enter to win one of the great prize packs from Designs by Ryn. Leave a comment on this post about one of the projects Ryn showcased and don’t forget to visit her blog and leave a comment there as well. Be sure to tell her Paper Crafter’s Library sent you. Winners will be announced next week!