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Aug 14, 2015

by Kristen McGillivray

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello there! I’m Kristen McGillivray, and I spend my days doing what I love: creating personalized wedding invitations, temporary tattoos, and other party favors for customers around the world. I live in Portland, Oregon.

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I’ve always been a creative person with varied interests. Throughout high school and college, I couldn’t get enough of my art classes — particularly drawing, printmaking, jewelry making and darkroom photography. However, after I finished school, I found myself in a job that didn’t offer much creative opportunity, so I decided to go back to school and learn graphic design. Not long afterward, a friend told me about Etsy, and I opened my shop.

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Sales were slow at first, but I loved having a new creative outlet and a platform to share my designs. With time, I began working with more customers, and I found that my favorite part was helping people create party favors that made their events feel more personal and authentic. To this day, that early experience and customer feedback has an influence on my work: I still offer full-service custom design, along with custom options on nearly all my products. No matter how unusual or complex, if someone has an idea, I will help them actualize it.

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I want to convey utter happiness and jubilation in everything I create, so I tend to gravitate toward bright pops of color, bold geometric elements, and memorable typography. I keep a ton of journals and sketchbooks, and I bring one with me everywhere I go to jot down ideas or make a quick sketch when inspiration hits. These initial sketches can be pretty rough, but they help me flesh out my ideas before I start working on the computer.

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My experience selling on Etsy has been absolutely amazing. This past October, I was able to quit my day job and focus solely on running this business. Sometimes I still can’t believe it: It’s such a blessing that I get to pursue my dream full time, and that it keeps me busy and happy. Etsy is such a supportive community of buyers and sellers, and I really value the feedback I’ve received here. It’s made me a better designer, and one who welcomes collaboration.

Follow Kristen McGillivray on her blog, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

All photographs by Kristen McGillivray.

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If lost Buy Me A Drink Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo,  Martini, Hen Party, Fake Tattoo
If lost Buy Me A Drink Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Martini, Hen Party, Fake Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bride Tribe Gold Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Bride Tattoo Available
Bride Tribe Gold Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Bride Tattoo Available
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Heart Temporary Tattoos, Sailor Jerry, Retro Tattoos, Old School, Flash Tattoo, Pin Up Tattoo, Party Favors, Heart Tattoo Wedding Favors
Heart Temporary Tattoos, Sailor Jerry, Retro Tattoos, Old School, Flash Tattoo, Pin Up Tattoo, Party Favors, Heart Tattoo Wedding Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
21st Birthday Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, 21st Birthday Party, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Finally 21, 21 and Legal
21st Birthday Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, 21st Birthday Party, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Finally 21, 21 and Legal
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
10 Rainbow Pride Hearts, Party Pack of Temporary Tattoos! Rainbow LBGT Hearts Party Favors, Love Wins, Love is Love, LBGT Tattoo, Gay Tattoo
10 Rainbow Pride Hearts, Party Pack of Temporary Tattoos! Rainbow LBGT Hearts Party Favors, Love Wins, Love is Love, LBGT Tattoo, Gay Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Oscar Party Invitation, Movie Night Party, Movie Ticket, Ticket Stub, Ticket Invitation,  Invitation Template, Printable Invitation
Oscar Party Invitation, Movie Night Party, Movie Ticket, Ticket Stub, Ticket Invitation, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Nautical Bridal Shower
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Nautical Bridal Shower
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Custom Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Tropical Bachelorette, Island Bachelorette, Hawaiian Bachelorette
Custom Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Tropical Bachelorette, Island Bachelorette, Hawaiian Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Love Temporary Tattoo, Perfect for Weddings, Valentines Day Gift, and Showing your LOVE, Husband and Wife, Bride and Groom, Wedding Favor
Love Temporary Tattoo, Perfect for Weddings, Valentines Day Gift, and Showing your LOVE, Husband and Wife, Bride and Groom, Wedding Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$2.50 USD
Drink Ticket, Ticket Stub, Editable Ticket, Souvenir, Memento, Cocktail Ticket, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download, Drink Coupon
Drink Ticket, Ticket Stub, Editable Ticket, Souvenir, Memento, Cocktail Ticket, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download, Drink Coupon
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Wedding Ring Temporary Tattoos, Initials, and Wedding Date Tattoo,  Customized Tattoo Wedding Party Favors
Wedding Ring Temporary Tattoos, Initials, and Wedding Date Tattoo, Customized Tattoo Wedding Party Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Scratch Off Greeting Card, Pop Fizz Clink! Pop Champagne, Write a Secret Message, a Scratch Off Sticker, Will you be my Bridesmaid
Scratch Off Greeting Card, Pop Fizz Clink! Pop Champagne, Write a Secret Message, a Scratch Off Sticker, Will you be my Bridesmaid
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 USD
Mr. and Mrs. Temporary Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo- Mister and Misses Tattoo, Mr and Mrs Tattoo, Bride and Groom Gift, Husband and Wife Tattoo
Mr. and Mrs. Temporary Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo- Mister and Misses Tattoo, Mr and Mrs Tattoo, Bride and Groom Gift, Husband and Wife Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 USD
OMG! Baby Shower Temporary Tattoos,  Baby Announcements, Baby Shower, Shower Favors, OMG, Hashtag, Rattle, Emoji Tattoo, OMG Tattoo
OMG! Baby Shower Temporary Tattoos, Baby Announcements, Baby Shower, Shower Favors, OMG, Hashtag, Rattle, Emoji Tattoo, OMG Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Custom & Personalized Arrow Tattoos with the Couple's Initials and Silhouette - Tattoo Wedding Favors
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Custom & Personalized Arrow Tattoos with the Couple's Initials and Silhouette - Tattoo Wedding Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
North Carolina Save the Date Postcard, State Save the date, Destination Wedding, NC, Carolina Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
North Carolina Save the Date Postcard, State Save the date, Destination Wedding, NC, Carolina Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Printable Idaho Save the Date Postcard, State Save the date, Destination Wedding, ID, Idaho Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
Printable Idaho Save the Date Postcard, State Save the date, Destination Wedding, ID, Idaho Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
A Custom Order for xtinelei, custom tattoo design, custom tattoo order, customized tattoos, personalized tattoos, KMD
A Custom Order for xtinelei, custom tattoo design, custom tattoo order, customized tattoos, personalized tattoos, KMD
KristenMcGillivray
$65.00 USD
Feminist AF Temporary Tattoo, women's symbol, women's march, protest signs, gender equality, political tattoo, feminist tattoo, women
Feminist AF Temporary Tattoo, women's symbol, women's march, protest signs, gender equality, political tattoo, feminist tattoo, women
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
International Expedited Shipping- Custom Listing for Alison Dubray
International Expedited Shipping- Custom Listing for Alison Dubray
KristenMcGillivray
$17.00 USD
Gold Bride Temporary Tattoo, Diamond Ring, Individually Packaged Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, Flash Tattoo, Team Bride Tattoo Available
Gold Bride Temporary Tattoo, Diamond Ring, Individually Packaged Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, Flash Tattoo, Team Bride Tattoo Available
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Wine Bachelorette Party Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wine Tasting Bachelorette
Wine Bachelorette Party Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wine Tasting Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
LGBT Gay Wedding Bachelor Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Gay Tattoo, LBGTQ Tattoo, Party Favor
LGBT Gay Wedding Bachelor Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Gay Tattoo, LBGTQ Tattoo, Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Printable 60th Birthday Party Invitation, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, Editable Template,  DIY Birthday Invite
Printable 60th Birthday Party Invitation, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, Editable Template, DIY Birthday Invite
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelorette Tattoos, Cowgirl Bachelorette Bash, Giddy Up, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor, Bachelorette Party Favor
Bachelorette Tattoos, Cowgirl Bachelorette Bash, Giddy Up, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor, Bachelorette Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
40th Birthday Temporary Tattoos, Forty Birthday Tattoo, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Tattoo, Personalized Party Favors for a 40th Birthday Party
40th Birthday Temporary Tattoos, Forty Birthday Tattoo, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Tattoo, Personalized Party Favors for a 40th Birthday Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Love Sculpture Temporary Tattoos, Pack of Custom Tattoo Wedding Favors, New York, Philadelphia Weddings
Love Sculpture Temporary Tattoos, Pack of Custom Tattoo Wedding Favors, New York, Philadelphia Weddings
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Safety Tattoos,  If Lost, Call, Temporary Tattoo, Emergency Contact Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Anchor Tattoo
Safety Tattoos, If Lost, Call, Temporary Tattoo, Emergency Contact Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Anchor Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Carnival Ticket Invitation, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Birthday Party, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download,
Carnival Ticket Invitation, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Birthday Party, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download,
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Sh*t Got Real Temporary Tattoos, Wedding Tattoo, Funny Tattoos,  Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Favors, Party Favors, Cheeky, Mature
Sh*t Got Real Temporary Tattoos, Wedding Tattoo, Funny Tattoos, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Favors, Party Favors, Cheeky, Mature
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Arrow & Heart, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo, Wedding Favor, Wedding Logo, Party Favor
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Arrow & Heart, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo, Wedding Favor, Wedding Logo, Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Adventure Awaits, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Wedding Favors, Arrow Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Adventure Begins
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Adventure Awaits, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Wedding Favors, Arrow Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Adventure Begins
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, I Do Crew, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Favors, Anchor Tattoo, Beach Bach
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, I Do Crew, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Favors, Anchor Tattoo, Beach Bach
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Gold Bride Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged, Gold Tattoo, Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Bride Tribe Tattoo Available
Gold Bride Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged, Gold Tattoo, Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Bride Tribe Tattoo Available
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Movie Night Party Invitation, Admission Ticket, Ticket Invitation, Ticket Stub,  Editable Invitation, Editable PDF,  Instant Download
Movie Night Party Invitation, Admission Ticket, Ticket Invitation, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Editable PDF, Instant Download
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos, Kiss Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos, Kiss Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
30th Birthday Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Dirty Thirty, Dirty 30, Thirtieth Birthday Party, Party Favors, Personalized Tatt
30th Birthday Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Dirty Thirty, Dirty 30, Thirtieth Birthday Party, Party Favors, Personalized Tatt
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Cowgirl Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Cowboy Boots & Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos, Cowboy Bachelorette
Cowgirl Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Cowboy Boots & Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos, Cowboy Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
OMG! Bachelorette Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos,  Getting Married, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favors, Personalized Tattoos
OMG! Bachelorette Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos, Getting Married, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favors, Personalized Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Kiss Temporary Tattoos, Hot Pink, Pale Pink, Red and Purple, Kiss mark, Lipstick mark, Lip and Kisses, Party Favors, Bachelorette Tattoos
Kiss Temporary Tattoos, Hot Pink, Pale Pink, Red and Purple, Kiss mark, Lipstick mark, Lip and Kisses, Party Favors, Bachelorette Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bridesmaid Temporary Tattoos, Calligraphy Bridesmaid Font Tatts, perfect for Bridesmaid Gifts or Bachelorette Parties
Bridesmaid Temporary Tattoos, Calligraphy Bridesmaid Font Tatts, perfect for Bridesmaid Gifts or Bachelorette Parties
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Hens Night Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Personalised Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favours, Hen Party, Hens Night Tattoo
Hens Night Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Personalised Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favours, Hen Party, Hens Night Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Printable Save the Date Postcard, Oregon Save the Date, Editable Save the Date, Editable Wedding Invitation, PDF Template, Modern
Printable Save the Date Postcard, Oregon Save the Date, Editable Save the Date, Editable Wedding Invitation, PDF Template, Modern
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Shipping Upgrade
Shipping Upgrade
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 USD
Custom Quantity Order - Custom Quantity Order, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor
Custom Quantity Order - Custom Quantity Order, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$3.00 USD
Tropical Birthday Temporary Tattoos,  Birthday Party Favor, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Beach Birthday, Hawaiian Birthday
Tropical Birthday Temporary Tattoos, Birthday Party Favor, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Beach Birthday, Hawaiian Birthday
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Mexican Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, Cinco De May, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Margarita Bachelorette, Cactus
Mexican Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, Cinco De May, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Margarita Bachelorette, Cactus
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Tattoos, Champagne Tattoosm If lost Buy Me A Drink,  Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo,  Fake Tattoo
Bachelorette Tattoos, Champagne Tattoosm If lost Buy Me A Drink, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Fake Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Last Splash Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Mermaid Party, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Nautical Bachelorette Favors, Mermaid Bachelorette
Last Splash Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Mermaid Party, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Nautical Bachelorette Favors, Mermaid Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Dirty 30 Tattoos, Personalized Temporary Tattoos, Dirty Thirty, 30th Birthday Party, Customized Tattoo Party Favor, Thirtieth Birthday Party
Dirty 30 Tattoos, Personalized Temporary Tattoos, Dirty Thirty, 30th Birthday Party, Customized Tattoo Party Favor, Thirtieth Birthday Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Illinois Save the Date Postcard, State card, Destination Wedding, Location Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
Illinois Save the Date Postcard, State card, Destination Wedding, Location Wedding, Illinois Wedding, Instant Download, Editable Template
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Oscar Party Invitation, Movie Night Party, Movie Ticket, Ticket Stub, Ticket Invitation, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, Editable
Oscar Party Invitation, Movie Night Party, Movie Ticket, Ticket Stub, Ticket Invitation, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, Editable
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Washington Save the Date Postcard, Washington Destination Wedding, Location Wedding, Wedding Map, Editable Save the Date, DIY Wedding
Washington Save the Date Postcard, Washington Destination Wedding, Location Wedding, Wedding Map, Editable Save the Date, DIY Wedding
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Tasting, Wine Theme, Bachelorette Favor
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Tasting, Wine Theme, Bachelorette Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Rush Production of Tattoo Orders, Expedited Production, Rush Production, Fast Tattoos, Urgent Order, Last Minute
Rush Production of Tattoo Orders, Expedited Production, Rush Production, Fast Tattoos, Urgent Order, Last Minute
KristenMcGillivray
$17.00 USD
50th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Tattoo, 50 and Fabulous, Personalized Party Favors, Fiftieth Birthday
50th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Tattoo, 50 and Fabulous, Personalized Party Favors, Fiftieth Birthday
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Escort Card, Table Number, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Reception Table, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download, DIY Printable
Escort Card, Table Number, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Reception Table, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download, DIY Printable
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Wine Party Temporary Tattoos, Wine Theme  Party, Wine Party, Birthday Tattoo, Birthday Party Favor, Party Favors, Wine Favors, Wine Bottles
Wine Party Temporary Tattoos, Wine Theme Party, Wine Party, Birthday Tattoo, Birthday Party Favor, Party Favors, Wine Favors, Wine Bottles
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
A Custom Order for Elisabeth Chand A Custom Quantity & Design, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoos, Customized Tattoos, KMD
A Custom Order for Elisabeth Chand A Custom Quantity & Design, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoos, Customized Tattoos, KMD
KristenMcGillivray
$100.00 USD
Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Tattoos, Beach Bachelorette, Nautical Bachelorette, Anchor, Cruise, Custom Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favors
Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Tattoos, Beach Bachelorette, Nautical Bachelorette, Anchor, Cruise, Custom Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD

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