We are so excited to announce that for the next two weeks, Christin from the Dill Paper Company will be in the Spotlight! Dill Paper Company is a boutique studio, creating collections that invites beauty and inspires elegance through their semi-custom and custom suites and one-of-a-kind items!
Keep reading for the full interview…
“Hello! My name is Christin Dillon and I am the owner and chief creative of Dill Paper Company. We’re a boutique, New York based, wedding stationery company.”
Tell us a little bit about your business!
“Our wedding paper is rooted in traditional art practice and communication design. Our designs invite beauty and inspire elegance through a timeless aesthetic. We create custom designs for luxury wedding invitation suites and paper goods. We also offer a range of semi-custom stationery as well as carefully curated materials so that our clients can make these pieces their own. We started our business about two years ago and after year one, we gained invaluable insight to rebrand and launched our e-commerce site.”
Three fun facts about you, GO!
1. Always wanted to be an artist!
2. Enneagram 4: The Individualist
3. Calligraphy student
Spilling The Tea
Three fun facts about you, GO!
“Honing our skills and finding our niche. Allowing our work to evolve and grow organically has been the most rewarding and yet most challenging aspect of running a business. When you’re just starting out, you have so many ideas and so much inspiration that it can be difficult to focus your energy and enthusiasm for your craft. When we first launched Dill Paper Co., we wanted our designs and products to appeal to every possible client. Developing our aesthetic and sourcing our materials intentionally has required thoughtfulness as well as trial and error. Once you’ve found your style, all of the other possibilities seem to fall away and you can really get to work, creating what you were meant to.”
What do you find to be the hard part about running your own business? What are you doing to manage this?
“Putting a price on our work. When you love what you do, it can be difficult to attach a number to that, especially when it comes to your time. The biggest hurdle was shifting the mindset from hobbyist to business owner. We’re always striving to make the best decisions for the business and taking the emotion out of it, remembering it’s just numbers, has been really helpful.”
A Day In The Life
What does your typical work day look like?
“In this season of life, Saturdays are dedicated to creativity. Being most creative in the morning, spending the first few hours of the day practicing calligraphy, drawing, sketching and focusing on custom work for clients works the best. This is our bread and butter, creating pieces entirely tailored to our clients and their vision.”
What do you do to maintain work/life balance?
“This can be tricky. Time blocking is a great solution, and this includes setting boundaries. We are trying to integrate these strategies in our workflow, but it can be challenging for sure. It’s sort of like getting enough sleep or fitting in a workout, you know you should, but it can be hard to actually implement. When you do though, it pays off.”
If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
“Invest in good equipment! Our DSLR camera and tripod are our most coveted tools BTS. Second to that is our professional inkjet printer. We’re always on the lookout for the next tool to invest in, and someday when we have the studio space, we plan to invest in a letterpress so that we are able to expand our in-house printing methods and produce more projects with less outsourcing.”
What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
“Launching a business and becoming a small business owner! One day, the name for the company popped into my head and it totally felt like a lofty, someday idea. A short time went by and the more I said the name out loud to friends and family, it began to feel real. Before I knew it, we had our LLC. If you have a dream of starting your own business, just go for it.”
Teach Us Something!
“If you’re stamping and creating wax seals in-house, choose at least two colors and alternate the sealing wax sticks when you load the glue gun. This creates a marbleization and makes each seal unique as the blend will be slightly different with each seal. It gives the seals an artful and bespoke look. Our go-to is blending Antique Gold and Soft White but any two colors with a little bit of contrast will do.”
- Favorite stationery trick? “When laying out your artwork, create a slightly larger negative space at the bottom of your piece, rather than vertically centering the design. Don’t be afraid of negative space.”
- Two web tools/apps that you can’t live without? “We just began using a project management tool that offers client questionnaires, proposals, invoicing and payment all in one platform which has been really great for streamlining our processes and getting new business. We also started using a web-based shipping software that is very convenient as it allows us to print shipping labels from the studio and does not require running to the post office.”
Thank You So Much, Christin!
That concludes Part One of the Partner Spotlight with Christin from Dill Paper Company! Thank you so much for Christin for sharing her journey with us. We loved learning more about you!
To follow Christin’s journey on Instagram click here!
The Artisaire Pro Team