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Featured Shop: Clap Clap

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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Pink Flower Pocket Planner, Mini Monthly Planner, Monthly Pocket Planner, Purse Size Planner, Small Weekly Planner, Open Dated Planner
Pink Flower Pocket Planner, Mini Monthly Planner, Monthly Pocket Planner, Purse Size Planner, Small Weekly Planner, Open Dated Planner
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Margot Pouch Medium - Black Canvas Cotton
Margot Pouch Medium - Black Canvas Cotton
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Travel Gift, Pink Cotton Canvas Dopp Kit, Flower Pattern Travel Pouch, Makeup Organizer, Wedding Flavors, Floral Beauty Bag
Travel Gift, Pink Cotton Canvas Dopp Kit, Flower Pattern Travel Pouch, Makeup Organizer, Wedding Flavors, Floral Beauty Bag
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Stay Safe We Are All In This Together Card
Stay Safe We Are All In This Together Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Marine Blue Hibiscus Floral Notebook, Hibiscus Journal, Floral Ruled Notebook, Floral Pattern Notebook, Pink Hibiscus Notebook
Marine Blue Hibiscus Floral Notebook, Hibiscus Journal, Floral Ruled Notebook, Floral Pattern Notebook, Pink Hibiscus Notebook
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Grapefruit
Botanical Scented Card - Grapefruit
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Travel Gift, Black Cotton Canvas Passport Cover, Peony Floral Illustration Wallet, Document Organizer, Wedding Flavors, Floral Card Case
Travel Gift, Black Cotton Canvas Passport Cover, Peony Floral Illustration Wallet, Document Organizer, Wedding Flavors, Floral Card Case
clapclapdesign
$26.00 USD
Pink Poppy Floral Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
Pink Poppy Floral Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Brown Apple Print Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
Brown Apple Print Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Pink Coral Peony Flower Motif Washi Tape, Floral Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape
Pink Coral Peony Flower Motif Washi Tape, Floral Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Blossom Gold Greeting Card - White Petal
Blossom Gold Greeting Card - White Petal
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Hawaii Lei Congratulations Card, Hawaii Graduation Card, Hawaii Engagement Card, Hawaiian Hibiscus Wedding Card
Hawaii Lei Congratulations Card, Hawaii Graduation Card, Hawaii Engagement Card, Hawaiian Hibiscus Wedding Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Waterproof Sticker for Water Bottle, Raspberry Fruit Sticker, Cute Laptop iPad Decal, Tumbler Sticker, Waterproof Car Vinyl Sticker
Waterproof Sticker for Water Bottle, Raspberry Fruit Sticker, Cute Laptop iPad Decal, Tumbler Sticker, Waterproof Car Vinyl Sticker
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Red Rose Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker, Car Sticker
Red Rose Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker, Car Sticker
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Retro Pocket Notebook
Retro Pocket Notebook
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Blossom Gold Planner - Red Petal
Blossom Gold Planner - Red Petal
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Blush Peony Car Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Flower Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker
Blush Peony Car Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Flower Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Black Christmas Wrapping Paper, Holiday Wrapping Paper, Woodland Animals, Christmas Gift Wrap, Holiday Gift Wrap
Black Christmas Wrapping Paper, Holiday Wrapping Paper, Woodland Animals, Christmas Gift Wrap, Holiday Gift Wrap
clapclapdesign
$15.00 USD
Lei Congratulations Card - Navy
Lei Congratulations Card - Navy
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Fruit Friendship Card
Fruit Friendship Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Blossom Gold Planner - Gold Petal
Blossom Gold Planner - Gold Petal
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Grizzly Bear Pink Floral Motif Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi
Grizzly Bear Pink Floral Motif Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Pink Flower Motif Washi Tape, Floral Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
Pink Flower Motif Washi Tape, Floral Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Green Floral Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape, Packaging Tape
Green Floral Washi Tape, Bullet Journal Washi Tape, Paper Craft Decorative Tape, Scrapbooking Washi Tape, Party Washi Tape, Packaging Tape
clapclapdesign
$6.00 USD
Margot Passport Cover - Black Canvas Cotton
Margot Passport Cover - Black Canvas Cotton
clapclapdesign
$26.00 USD
Margot Dopp Kit - Black Canvas Cotton
Margot Dopp Kit - Black Canvas Cotton
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Dark Green Christmas Wrapping Paper, Pine Cone Wrapping Paper
Dark Green Christmas Wrapping Paper, Pine Cone Wrapping Paper
clapclapdesign
$15.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Orange Blossom
Botanical Scented Card - Orange Blossom
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Gnome Birthday Card, Funny Birthday Card, Happy Birthday - Cute Birthday Card - Whimsical Birthday, Wes Anderson Greeting Card
Gnome Birthday Card, Funny Birthday Card, Happy Birthday - Cute Birthday Card - Whimsical Birthday, Wes Anderson Greeting Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Floral Illustrated Journal, Poppy Botanical Journal, Flower Lined Notebook, Floral Patterned Notebook, Floral Stationery
Floral Illustrated Journal, Poppy Botanical Journal, Flower Lined Notebook, Floral Patterned Notebook, Floral Stationery
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Oriental Poppy Notebook - Vanilla
Oriental Poppy Notebook - Vanilla
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Hibiscus Thank You Card
Hibiscus Thank You Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Don't Worry Be Happy Bouquet Card
Don't Worry Be Happy Bouquet Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Hibiscus Notebook - Ivory
Hibiscus Notebook - Ivory
clapclapdesign
$16.00 USD
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Fuscia -
Forest Wildflowers Birthday Card - Fuscia -
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Peony Valentine's Day Card
Peony Valentine's Day Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Pink Rose Valentine's Day Card
Pink Rose Valentine's Day Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Polar Bears Hanukkah Card
Polar Bears Hanukkah Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Parrot Botanical Thank You Card - Pink
Parrot Botanical Thank You Card - Pink
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Vegetable Friendship Card
Vegetable Friendship Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Floral Botanical Birthday Card, Flower Birthday Card, Birthday Card for Friends, Bird Birthday Card
Floral Botanical Birthday Card, Flower Birthday Card, Birthday Card for Friends, Bird Birthday Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Poppy Thinking of You Card
Poppy Thinking of You Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Bamboo
Botanical Scented Card - Bamboo
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Camellia
Botanical Scented Card - Camellia
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Bulgarian Rose
Botanical Scented Card - Bulgarian Rose
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Botanical Scented Card - Peach
Botanical Scented Card - Peach
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
I Love You Heart Card - Pink
I Love You Heart Card - Pink
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Rose Scented Thank You Card, Rose Mother's Day Card, Wedding Favor, Rose Fragrance Card, Rose Scratch Sniff, Rose Botanical Illustration
Rose Scented Thank You Card, Rose Mother's Day Card, Wedding Favor, Rose Fragrance Card, Rose Scratch Sniff, Rose Botanical Illustration
clapclapdesign
$7.00 USD
Pink Flower Planner, Floral Monthly Planner, Pink Gold Monthly Planner, Floral Weekly Planner, Open Dated Planner
Pink Flower Planner, Floral Monthly Planner, Pink Gold Monthly Planner, Floral Weekly Planner, Open Dated Planner
clapclapdesign
$24.00 USD
Tsubaki Camellia Thank You Card
Tsubaki Camellia Thank You Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Pink Flower Car Sticker, Cute Car Accessories, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Vinyl Sticker, Flower Laptop Sticker
Pink Flower Car Sticker, Cute Car Accessories, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Vinyl Sticker, Flower Laptop Sticker
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Pink Flower Car Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Flower Laptop Sticker, Pink Car Accessories
Pink Flower Car Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Flower Laptop Sticker, Pink Car Accessories
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Christmas Present Card - Deep Green
Christmas Present Card - Deep Green
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Pink Rose Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker, Car Sticker
Pink Rose Sticker, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Dishwasher Safe Sticker, Car Sticker
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Flower Laptop Decal, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Red iPad Sticker, Dishwasher Safe
Flower Laptop Decal, Water Bottle Flower Aesthetic Sticker, Waterproof Vinyl Decal, Cute Laptop Sticker, Red iPad Sticker, Dishwasher Safe
clapclapdesign
$3.50 USD
Jungle Animal Safari Cheetah Birthday Card - Cream
Jungle Animal Safari Cheetah Birthday Card - Cream
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Blossom Gold Greeting Card - Pink Petal
Blossom Gold Greeting Card - Pink Petal
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Christmas Wrapping Paper, Holiday Woodland Animal Wrapping Paper, Wes Anderson Wrapping Paper, Winter Holiday Gift Wrap
Christmas Wrapping Paper, Holiday Woodland Animal Wrapping Paper, Wes Anderson Wrapping Paper, Winter Holiday Gift Wrap
clapclapdesign
$15.00 USD
Mom and Baby Monkey Happy Mother's Day Card
Mom and Baby Monkey Happy Mother's Day Card
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD
Holiday Dessert Card - Deep Green
Holiday Dessert Card - Deep Green
clapclapdesign
$5.00 USD

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