Dio (Paisley in Paris) always knew she was creative, and worked as a full-time graphic artist for well over a decade before stumbling onto Zazzle. She soon found her niche in stationery. Dio took some time to talk to us about her background and her favorite products.
I love stationery — invites, stickers and address labels. I love designing for baby showers and birthday parties, while keeping the designs minimalistic and whimsical with a pop of color.
I’ve always been a doodler and it shows in my work. I keep my designs the focal point and include minimal text.
Here are my favorite products:
TEA SET INVITATIONS
I like the versatility of this design. It’s great for a Mother’s Day tea, a Baby Shower or “Sip and Sea,” and of course, a Bridal Shower.
COUPLE WITH BABY
I created this thank you note card for a customer who had used my “Expecting Couple” design for her baby shower invitations. It’s basically the same design, except that the mom-to-be displays a lovely baby bump. My customer liked that design so much, she requested thank you cards, with the couple and their newborn baby.
MOMMY’S LITTLE PUMPKIN
A couple of years ago, one of my cousins asked me to create a “Mommy’s Little Pumpkin” invitation suite for her sister’s baby shower. This design is special to me because it was created with my cousin and mind, and because there’s nothing I love more than family time! Most baby showers in my family are coed. An event like this (an addition to the family) is something to be celebrated by all!
BABY IN TEA CUP
This is one of my favorite designs. I love that it came about through a friend’s request, and since then, has become one of my popular designs. It just proves that no matter how creative you are, friends, family and customers will always be there to provide inspiration — with their input, requests, stationery needs and just by being who they are.
ALLIGATOR BABY SHOWER
I’m big on recycling. This little alligator was originally created as part of a mock-up for a customer who hired me to design his business logo. He opted for another design and this cute little fella, combined with whimsical font and bright colors, made for a cute baby shower invitation and postage.
TOTALLY 80′S PARTY INVITATION
Not only is this one of my favorite designs, it’s is also my best seller. I created the invitation for my sister’s 30th birthday party and we celebrated 80′s style! I believe that the invitations are the first glimpse your guests get of your event and I think this design definitely set the tone for this wonderful night!
Here I am with my sister at her 80s party. Yes, I was a New Kids on the Block fan. Who wasn’t?
WHIMSICAL HOUSEWARMING PARTY
This design will always remind me of the day I discovered my own style. It was from this point on that I feel my work became a bit more refined and easier to identify as a Paisley In Paris™ piece. I still have quite a way to go as an artist. Creating is my passion. It takes me on a journey of growth and I can see myself evolving through my artwork. It’s what keeps this all fun and interesting.