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Nov 24, 2014

by Mimi Kim

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi, my name is Mimi Kim. I’m the designer behind the stationery brand Clap Clap. I live and work in the arts district neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. My line is named Clap Clap because clapping your hands makes you happy!

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Before starting Clap Clap, I worked at an advertising company in Seoul, Korea. Back then, I often felt frustrated working for clients because I couldn’t design what I truly wanted. I started thinking about going to graduate school; for my portfolio, I made a calendar with 12 recipe cards. To my surprise, the people around me really loved it – I ended up making 200 additional calendars and they all sold out! The whole thing was unexpected but so exciting. I was able to hear directly from people who bought my work that they liked it, which I never had working at a large company. It was so great to control every part of the process, from design to production. The experience made me think about running my own business, and my husband Bert was completely supportive.

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I usually decide what color scheme I’m going to use before I start drawing. This is the most important part of my process. I get inspiration from different mediums: fashion lookbooks, packaging design, and even nail art. Sometimes I even find a great color combination while eating at a Chinese restaurant!

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I draw all of my designs using my iMac. I’ve been told that my work looks like it’s hand-drawn because it’s so detailed, but it’s actually all done on a computer. After I’m finished with a design, I have it printed at a local printer. Even though I had experience with the printing industry in Korea, it wasn’t easy to find a reliable printer here in Los Angeles – I had to learn a lot of technical terms and research the differences in paper types. Once everything is printed, Bert and I photograph each item in our loft, which I truly enjoy. I especially like the photos for my catalog because the colors and layouts go really well with my products.

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I opened my Etsy shop before I even officially launched Clap Clap; my only item was the recipe card calendar. Since then, Etsy has helped me learn valuable lessons about running a business and sharing my work with people around the world that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’m thankful for that. My goal for next year is to participate in the National Stationery Show in New York. This will be Clap Clap’s first big step for the international wholesale market, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m also planning to add a line of fabrics with my prints. Printing on fabric has always fascinated me because of all the possibilities using texture. Thinking about the future of my business is always exciting, and I hope that Clap Clap will take even bigger steps one day.

Follow Clap Clap on Instagram and Facebook.

All photographs by Bert Youn and Mimi Kim.

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ANY 8 CARDS SET
ANY 8 CARDS SET
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Botanical Pocket Planner - Pink
Botanical Pocket Planner - Pink
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$16.00 USD
Retro Flower Birthday Card
Retro Flower Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Pink Tulip Birthday Card
Pink Tulip Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Life is Beautiful Card
Life is Beautiful Card
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$4.50 USD
Sparrow Botanical Birthday Card
Sparrow Botanical Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Hats Off To You Congratulations Card
Hats Off To You Congratulations Card
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$4.50 USD
Botanical Pocket Planner - Navy
Botanical Pocket Planner - Navy
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$16.00 USD
Pink Rose Valentine's Day Card
Pink Rose Valentine's Day Card
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$4.50 USD
Don't Worry Be Happy Bouquet Card
Don't Worry Be Happy Bouquet Card
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$4.50 USD
Mint Cat Valentine Card for Valentine's Day
Mint Cat Valentine Card for Valentine's Day
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$4.50 USD
Chocolate Dessert Be Mine Valentine's Day Card
Chocolate Dessert Be Mine Valentine's Day Card
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$4.50 USD
Oriental Poppy Birthday Card
Oriental Poppy Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
JOY Christmas Card for Holidays - Gold
JOY Christmas Card for Holidays - Gold
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$4.50 USD
Kiwi Botanical Thank you Card
Kiwi Botanical Thank you Card
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$4.50 USD
Tsubaki Camellia Thank You Card
Tsubaki Camellia Thank You Card
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$4.50 USD
Wildflowers Happy Father's Day Card
Wildflowers Happy Father's Day Card
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$4.50 USD
Animals Greeting Cards - Box Set of 8
Animals Greeting Cards - Box Set of 8
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$19.60 USD
Baby Cookies Card
Baby Cookies Card
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$4.50 USD
Strawberry Donut Happy Birthday Card
Strawberry Donut Happy Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Chocolate Cake Happy Birthday Card
Chocolate Cake Happy Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Tulip With Love Card
Tulip With Love Card
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$4.50 USD
Hibiscus Thank You Card
Hibiscus Thank You Card
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$4.50 USD
Oh Baby Card for Baby Shower
Oh Baby Card for Baby Shower
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$4.50 USD
White Poppy Sympathy Card
White Poppy Sympathy Card
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$4.50 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Sandalwood
Botanical Scented Card - Sandalwood
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$6.50 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Bamboo
Botanical Scented Card - Bamboo
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$6.50 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Geranium
Botanical Scented Card - Geranium
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$6.50 USD
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Fuscia -
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Fuscia -
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$4.50 USD
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Blush -
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Blush -
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$4.50 USD
Vintage Flowers Birthday Card
Vintage Flowers Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Botanical Pocket Planner - Black
Botanical Pocket Planner - Black
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$16.00 USD
Squirrel Thank You Card
Squirrel Thank You Card
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$4.50 USD
Forest Animals Notebook - Yellow -
Forest Animals Notebook - Yellow -
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$16.00 USD
Put A Bow On It Card - Blue - Congratulations! -
Put A Bow On It Card - Blue - Congratulations! -
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$4.50 USD
White Rose Congratulations Card
White Rose Congratulations Card
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$4.50 USD
I Love You Card - Fox
I Love You Card - Fox
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$4.50 USD
Green Geese Card
Green Geese Card
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$4.50 USD
Anemone Flower Wrapping Paper Pink
Anemone Flower Wrapping Paper Pink
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$9.00 USD
Olive Rabbits Card
Olive Rabbits Card
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$4.50 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Fig
Botanical Scented Card - Fig
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$6.50 USD
You are a Peach Card
You are a Peach Card
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$4.50 USD
Monkey Family Happy Father's Day Card
Monkey Family Happy Father's Day Card
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$4.50 USD
8 SAME CARDS Boxed SET
8 SAME CARDS Boxed SET
clapclapdesign
$19.60 USD
Put A Bow On It Card - Red - Congratulations! -
Put A Bow On It Card - Red - Congratulations! -
clapclapdesign
$4.50 USD
Apple of My Eye Love Card
Apple of My Eye Love Card
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$4.50 USD
Dusty Pink Floral Congratulations Card
Dusty Pink Floral Congratulations Card
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$4.50 USD
Animal Ghosts Halloween Card
Animal Ghosts Halloween Card
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$4.50 USD
Dressed Up Penguins Card
Dressed Up Penguins Card
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$4.50 USD
Mom and Baby Monkey Happy Mother's Day Card
Mom and Baby Monkey Happy Mother's Day Card
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$4.50 USD
Wild Animals Notebook - Cream
Wild Animals Notebook - Cream
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$16.00 USD
Anemone Congrats Card - Pink - Congratulations! -
Anemone Congrats Card - Pink - Congratulations! -
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$4.50 USD
Chiffon Cake Birthday Card
Chiffon Cake Birthday Card
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$4.50 USD
Hibiscus Notebook - Blue
Hibiscus Notebook - Blue
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$16.00 USD
Duck thank you card
Duck thank you card
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$4.50 USD
Botanic Birthday Card - Navy
Botanic Birthday Card - Navy
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$4.50 USD
Assorted Botanical Thank You Card - Pink
Assorted Botanical Thank You Card - Pink
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$4.50 USD
Magnolia Birthday Card - Black
Magnolia Birthday Card - Black
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$4.50 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Hinoki
Botanical Scented Card - Hinoki
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$6.50 USD
Fruit Friendship Card
Fruit Friendship Card
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$4.50 USD

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