My wee little etsy shop gets its fair share of custom orders, particularly in light of the hobby nature of the shop and my modest sales. Don't get me wrong, I do alright. I just re-opened my shop on Thursday after taking a work overload break and have already made 3 sales, 1 of which is a custom order.
And I love the custom orders for two reasons.
1. While it's always a little amazing to know that something you've made is going to take a space in someone else's life, it's even more amazing to know that you've crafted something specific to their needs. That not only have they liked you style enough, but that they also trust your creativity to make them that something special.
2. Best part: custom orders push you to try something new. In this particular case, to try something that I've been contemplating for a while: lined paper.
What you see in the photo on the right is a trial run. I still have to adjust the lines a bit and it's on regular printed paper, not good quality card stock. But I like it.
Even better... my colleague at work helped me brainstorm and plan how to create the lines just right. It takes a village people! I suspect that if I bring it to my husband's attention (hint, hint), he'll even take it a step further and get the lines just right to mesh with the stamped image (cause he's really amazing at that kind of attention to detail).
All in all, I'm pleased with the order because it forced me to take the time to create a custom template for creating lined stationery, something that I prefer for my own personal snail mail papers!