My Story

Hello! I’m Heather Harris, captain and founder of Copper Bottom Design.

 
 

An avid organizer, list maker, and devoted print girl, I’ve been specializing in quality day planner design since 2004. I arrived at the world of fine stationery by way of Graphic Image, where I learned the ropes designing planners internally and for clients like Barney’s, Brooks Brothers, and Tiffany & Co. My love of high-end paper products is a near obsession, shaped by how a carefully crafted design becomes a beautiful, functional part of our daily lives. My time as Director of Creative Services at momAgenda further expanded this passion—aside from leading all design, I spent years managing the editorial process and overseas production.

Creating new products is why I started Copper Bottom Design. I take such joy in making each client project a unique, personalized experience that can include everything from helping you choose the right materials to customizing designs and making them your own. Together with my team of editors, we dot every i and cross every t until your planner or desk product is ready for manufacturing. Then I navigate the waters of overseas production from start to finish for you, negotiating rates, schedules, and shipment times with select factories around the world.

Tell me where you want to go and I’ll steer the ship to your destination.

 

 
The term copper-bottomed means to be trustworthy, reliable, and certain to succeed. I couldn’t find a better foundation to build a business on. Plus, as a sailor’s daughter, the term’s nautical origins are close to my heart. Copper Bottom Design is the perfect combination of what I strive for in business and what I live every day.
— Heather Harris, captain and founder
 
 
In the late 18th century, the British Royal Navy began putting copper sheathing on the hulls of their ships. Copper-bottomed ships were known to be trustworthy, reliable, and certain to succeed.

BEHIND THE NAME

In the late 18th century, the British Royal Navy began putting copper sheathing on the hulls of their ships. Copper-bottomed ships were known to be trustworthy, reliable, and certain to succeed.

Pictured above is my inspiration . . . my dad. The most trustworthy and reliable man I know—and if you’re familiar with his racing record, you know that when he’s at the helm, you’re winning.

MY INSPIRATION

Pictured above is my inspiration . . . my dad. The most trustworthy and reliable man I know—and if you’re familiar with his racing record, you know that when he’s at the helm, you’re winning.

 

Meet the Editorial Team

My team of editors have been proofreading planners together since 2010, saving thousands of mistakes from being immortalized on paper. 

 
 

Sarah Chaffee Paris, editorial first mate

A proud graduate of Sweet Briar College with degrees in English and Creative Writing, Sarah Chaffee Paris works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She began her publishing career at Bulfinch Press, an imprint of Little, Brown and Co. as an assistant to the publisher, and then went on to become the managing editor at Rockport Publishers. After her first child was born in 2001, Sarah began her freelance career. She has worked for all the big houses in New York and Boston and many of the little ones as well, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Candlewick Press. Sarah enjoys reading what her teen daughter is reading, mostly YA fantasy, and working on her novel. She has been a trusted resource to our founder since 2010 — working on every planner that comes our way, as well as helping to develop our e-books and holiday resources.

Amy Michel, proofreader

Amy has always had a passion for reading and the written word. However, it took some time for her to turn that love into a career. After graduating from Sweet Briar College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish, Amy worked for the State of California as a 911 dispatcher. After getting married and starting a family, Amy decided she needed a career that would allow her to stay home with her children, and yet engage her mind. She turned to her love of words for direction, and in 2011 she completed a course to become a freelance editor. Since then, Amy has worked exclusively for Copper Bottom—although she has been known to work gratis on anything from resumes and blogs, to essays and novels for her family and friends.

Amy Carlisle, proofreader

Having developed a deep love for reading and words during her childhood, Amy studied English Literature at Wells College. After some twists and turns, she found herself embarking on a career in children’s book publishing first at Candlewick Press and then at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Associate Managing Editor turned Managing Editor, Amy has shepherded hundreds of books for children of all ages through pre-press stages, keeping books on schedule while always adhering to the highest standards regarding copyediting and proofreading. After a recent move from New York City to Northampton, Massachusetts, Amy is happily taking deep breaths of country air and taking on freelance projects that keep her mind and passion for words, dates, and deadlines active.

Heather Harris, captain and founder

With a BFA in Graphic Design and over a decade of experience managing day planner design and proofreading, Heather perfectly rounds out our editorial team. She leaves editing to the experts and comes to each project with a technical, yet creative approach. Heather looks at each planner as a customer and creative director; reviewing each page carefully with an eye for balancing the technically correct with the aesthetically pleasing. Acting as the liaison between our clients and editors, she reviews all comments from each round of proofreading and will intercept any editorial inquiries to keep projects moving on schedule.