Please join us in welcoming Gracie from Little Fox Paperie to the Spotlight!
“Hi! I’m Gracie Nunez, the owner of Little Fox Paperie. I dreamed up this business while engaged and living in Huntsville, Alabama. I officially launched full time with it once I got married and moved to Chicago, Illinois.”
Tell us about Little Fox Paperie - What is your background? How did you start your company?
“I have always been an artist, and I actually wanted to be an architect growing up. However, I decided to pursue my math degree from Auburn University because I always loved math. Through other involvement in college, I found my passion for graphic design. I did freelance graphic design work for a while, but I wasn’t crazy about what I was creating.
I knew as soon as I got engaged that I had to design my wedding invitation, and it gave me instant clarity on what I wanted in a career. I’m able to apply my art and design background as well as my math background in running my business. It’s the best of both worlds!”
What would you say your expertise is?
“In all areas of my business, I think my attention to detail is what I do best. Whether it’s drawing an intricate venue illustration or creating an in-depth schedule for each of my couples, it helps to create a beautiful product and a positive experience.”
Spilling The Tea
What has been your biggest struggle or challenge to date? And how did you overcome it?
“Something I have struggled with (and honestly still struggle with occasionally) is comparison. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with what everyone else is doing. While it’s fun to look at everyone’s pretty pictures on social media, sometimes it’s better to stop looking.
If it’s becoming unhealthy for you to look at a certain account, unfollow them! That’s the only way I have been able to find my own style without being influenced by others. It also just takes a little time and getting more experience under your belt to gain more confidence in your own work.”
What do you find to be the hardest thing about running your own business and what are you doing to manage this?
“The most challenging part of running this business is not truly having anyone else to rely on. I am a part of multiple communities of other creative business owners where I can ask questions or get advice or moral support. However, it can still be hard when you feel your workload is too heavy and there isn’t anyone else to pick up the slack. Or you get sick and you still have to be the one to make sure deadlines are met. There is so much pride in being able to run all parts of your very own business, but that definitely comes with its challenges.”
Teach Us Something!
“When I was deciding on a business name, Little Fox Paperie was one of the front runners. But when I happened to learn how to make an origami fox, I knew it was the perfect name for my business all about paper. So, let me teach you how to make your own! Fun fact: The origami fox was my very first wax seal design.
1. Starting with a square piece of paper, fold and score in half diagonally. Unfold.
2. Fold in half the other direction diagonally.
3. Fold the two outside corners up to the top corner.
4. Fold the square in half (left side towards the back).
5. Rotate 45 degrees.
6. Fold the top flap at an angle upwards.
7. Bring the middle flap up to the center.
8. Fold the top of the middle flap down, letting it open, to create the face.
9. Fold the left corner in to create the tail.”
- Favorite place to add wax seals? “I love using them to attach silk ribbon around the invitation!”
- Favorite sealing wax color? “How do you choose? Dusty Blue, Rosa, or Clay”
- Favorite place for inspiration? “Architecture and antiques”
Thank You So Much, Gracie!
That concludes Part One of the Partner Spotlight with Little Fox Paperie. A huge thank you to Gracie for sharing her story with us. We loved learning more about you and your journey into stationery! Be sure to check out Little Fox Paperie on Instagram here!
The Artisaire Pro Team