We all have a collection of journeys and jaunts in the great big voyage of life. Some we navigate simultaneously, some back-to-back, and others are more like a series of sprints. It’s taken me a long time to get to the point of launching Copper Bottom Design Co. It’s been one of my life’s greatest journeys. How did I land here?
Here’s the story.
MY JOURNEY TO LAUNCHING COPPER BOTTOM DESIGN
Throughout my career as a graphic designer, I’ve always created products for other people – clients, my boss, friends, and family members. I got to a point where I was burnt out. I wasn’t feeling like I could express myself creatively. Always restricted to the guidelines of someone else’s style or brand. I wanted to create products for myself. So I did — for like, three minutes.
Turns out, creating products on my own was lonely and not at all like I had imagined it to be. It was a very independent experience that I knew I would not be able to sustain. I am a collaborator, and working alone was not going to make me happy for the long haul. I like helping people too much.
So I stepped back and took a look at my career. What did I enjoy most about my past experiences? The answer was clear. I enjoy creating stationery products. All of them. Not just cards or day planners, but home organizational tools and desk products, too. It’s the most intricate projects that make me happiest. I love to work a puzzle. I completely geek out when creating products with pockets, magnetic closures, or specific packaging requirements.
It took a while for me to accept that I should be growing a services business, not my own product line. The dream to have my own product line is still there, but my true passion is helping people. I am a serial volunteer and always put more energy into other people’s projects than my own. So this is a completely natural evolution for me. All I needed to do was expand upon what I have been doing for the past twelve years and offer my design, proofreading, and production services to more than one brand — and Copper Bottom Design Co. was born.
The term copper-bottomed means to be trustworthy, reliable, and certain to succeed (source). 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.
My team of editors and I are so excited for this new journey and cannot wait to help you create the products of your dreams. Welcome aboard!