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Featured Shop: Kristen McGillivray

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,  incl. Bride Tattoo, Fake Tattoo
If lost Buy Me A Drink Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, incl. Bride Tattoo, 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
Vegas Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas Custom Temporary Tattoos, Tattoo Party Favors, Vegas Baby!
Vegas Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas Custom Temporary Tattoos, Tattoo Party Favors, Vegas Baby!
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Booze Cruise Custom Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Pack of Nautical Tattoo Favors including Matching Bride Tattoo
Booze Cruise Custom Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Pack of Nautical Tattoo Favors including Matching Bride Tattoo
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
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Party, Wine Theme, Bachelorette Favor
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Party, Wine Theme, Bachelorette Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Graduation Party, Printable Invitation, Admission Ticket, Ticket Stub, High School Grad, College Graduation, Graduate, Editable Invitation
Graduation Party, Printable Invitation, Admission Ticket, Ticket Stub, High School Grad, College Graduation, Graduate, Editable Invitation
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 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
Red Solo Cup Temporary Tattoo, 30th Birthday, If I'm Lost, Buy me a Drink, Personalized Party Favors, Tailgate, Beer Pong or Flip Cup Party
Red Solo Cup Temporary Tattoo, 30th Birthday, If I'm Lost, Buy me a Drink, Personalized Party Favors, Tailgate, Beer Pong or Flip Cup Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Medical Alert Tattoo, Diabetic Tattoos, ICE Tattoo, Insulin Tattoo,  Emergency Tattoo, Kids Safety, Fake Tattoo, Insulin Dependent, Medicine
Medical Alert Tattoo, Diabetic Tattoos, ICE Tattoo, Insulin Tattoo, Emergency Tattoo, Kids Safety, Fake Tattoo, Insulin Dependent, Medicine
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
Printable Placemats, Paper Placemats, Name Cards, Table Setting, Instant Download, Christmas Placemat, Thanksgiving Placemat, Dinner Party
Printable Placemats, Paper Placemats, Name Cards, Table Setting, Instant Download, Christmas Placemat, Thanksgiving Placemat, Dinner Party
KristenMcGillivray
$3.00 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
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
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Sorry Boys She's Taken, Temporary Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Sorry Boys She's Taken, Temporary Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Baby Shower Invitation, Printable Shower Invitation, Invitation Template, Editable Invitation, DIY Invitation, Polka Dot, Gender Neutral
Baby Shower Invitation, Printable Shower Invitation, Invitation Template, Editable Invitation, DIY Invitation, Polka Dot, Gender Neutral
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Drink Ticket, Ticket Stub, Editable Ticket, Souvenir, Memento, Cocktail Ticket, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download
Drink Ticket, Ticket Stub, Editable Ticket, Souvenir, Memento, Cocktail Ticket, Editable PDF, Editable File, Instant Download
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelor Party Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink,  Bourbon Party, Whiskey Party, Custom Tattoos, Bachelor Party, Party Favor
Bachelor Party Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Bourbon Party, Whiskey Party, Custom Tattoos, Bachelor Party, Party Favor
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
Graduation Party Invitation Template, High School Grad, College Graduation, Graduation Party, Grad Party, Editable, Printable Template
Graduation Party Invitation Template, High School Grad, College Graduation, Graduation Party, Grad Party, Editable, Printable Template
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
Editable Birthday Party Invitation, First Birthday, 1st Birthday, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, DIY Birthday Invite
Editable Birthday Party Invitation, First Birthday, 1st Birthday, Invitation Template, Printable Invitation, DIY Birthday Invite
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 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
Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos- wine theme Last Taste of Single Life Tattoo Pack includes Matching Bride Tatt
Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos- wine theme Last Taste of Single Life Tattoo Pack includes Matching Bride Tatt
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wine Bachelorette Party Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wine, incl. Bride Tattoo
Wine Bachelorette Party Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wine, incl. Bride Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Crown, Queen, Pack of Personalized Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Crown, Queen, Pack of Personalized Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
DIY Save the Date Postcard, DIY Editable Template, Editable Save the Date, Editable Wedding Invitation, Editable PDF, Instant Download
DIY Save the Date Postcard, DIY Editable Template, Editable Save the Date, Editable Wedding Invitation, Editable PDF, Instant Download
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Baby Shower Invitation, Printable Invitation, Editable Invitation,  Printable Baby Shower Invitation, Editable PDF, Instant Download, DIY
Baby Shower Invitation, Printable Invitation, Editable Invitation, Printable Baby Shower Invitation, Editable PDF, Instant Download, DIY
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 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
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Buy Me a Shot, Tying the Knot, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Bachelorette Tattoo
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Buy Me a Shot, Tying the Knot, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Bachelorette Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Shipping Upgrade
Shipping Upgrade
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 USD
Bride Temporary Tattoo, Calligraphy Font Tattoo, Cursive Writing, Engagements, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Bride Gift
Bride Temporary Tattoo, Calligraphy Font Tattoo, Cursive Writing, Engagements, Bachelorette Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Bride Gift
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Mardi Gras Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, New Orleans Bachelorette, Personalized Tattoo, Mardi Gras, Fake Tattoo
Mardi Gras Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, New Orleans Bachelorette, Personalized Tattoo, Mardi Gras, Fake Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Printable Gold Invitation, Great Gatsby, Art Deco, Speakeasy Party, Editable Invitation, Holiday Invite, Instant Download, Printable
Printable Gold Invitation, Great Gatsby, Art Deco, Speakeasy Party, Editable Invitation, Holiday Invite, Instant Download, Printable
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Pack includes Matching Bride Tatt
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Pack includes Matching Bride Tatt
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
40 and HOT! 40th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoo, 40 & Fabulous- Pack of Personalized Tattoo Party Favors,
40 and HOT! 40th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoo, 40 & Fabulous- Pack of Personalized Tattoo Party Favors,
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
A Custom Order for kristin eberle A Custom Quantity & Design, Custom Tattoo Design, Custom Tattoo Order
A Custom Order for kristin eberle A Custom Quantity & Design, Custom Tattoo Design, Custom Tattoo Order
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Arrow Wedding Temporary Tattoo, Heart Initials and State Map, Party Customized Favors, Arrow Tattoos, Hipster Wedding, Wedding Logo
Arrow Wedding Temporary Tattoo, Heart Initials and State Map, Party Customized Favors, Arrow Tattoos, Hipster Wedding, Wedding Logo
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
Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos,  Tropical, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo
Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, Tropical, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Gay Bachelor Party, Gay Temporary Tattoos, Gay Wedding, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo ,LBGT
Gay Bachelor Party, Gay Temporary Tattoos, Gay Wedding, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo ,LBGT
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Dirty 30 Temporary Tattoos, Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table!  30th Birthday Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Party Favors
Dirty 30 Temporary Tattoos, Time to Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table! 30th Birthday Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Party Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Drunk in Love Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged Bachelorette Party Favor, Bachelorette Tattoo, Bride Tattoo, Engagment Tattoo
Drunk in Love Temporary Tattoo, Individually Packaged Bachelorette Party Favor, Bachelorette Tattoo, Bride Tattoo, Engagment Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Party Pack of Temporary Tattoos, Pink Diamonds, Mustaches, Kisses & Cheers B*tches! Bachelorette, Birthday Party, Assorted, Finger Tattoos
Party Pack of Temporary Tattoos, Pink Diamonds, Mustaches, Kisses & Cheers B*tches! Bachelorette, Birthday Party, Assorted, Finger Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$15.00 USD
Gold Bride Tribe Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, 10 Individually Packaged, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Incl. Bride Tattoo
Gold Bride Tribe Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo, 10 Individually Packaged, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Incl. Bride Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$20.00 USD
Texas Wedding Temporary Tattoo, Love Tattoo Customized Wedding Tattoo, Destination Wedding, State Silhouette, Love Statute, Wedding Favor
Texas Wedding Temporary Tattoo, Love Tattoo Customized Wedding Tattoo, Destination Wedding, State Silhouette, Love Statute, Wedding Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
California Temporary Tattoos, Custom and Personalized Wedding Tattoos with the Couple's Name & Wedding Date, Tattoo Wedding Favors
California Temporary Tattoos, Custom and Personalized Wedding Tattoos with the Couple's Name & Wedding Date, Tattoo Wedding Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Kiss Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Bachelorette Tattoos, Lips Tattoos, Personalized Tattoos including Bride Tattoo
Kiss Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Bachelorette Tattoos, Lips Tattoos, Personalized Tattoos including Bride Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
OMG! Bachelorette Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos,  Getting Married, Pack of Custom Tattoo Party Favors for a Bachelorette Party
OMG! Bachelorette Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos, Getting Married, Pack of Custom Tattoo Party Favors for a Bachelorette Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos,  If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo, Kiss Tattoo
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Kiss Lips, Personalized Tattoos including Matching Bride Tattoo, Kiss Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
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
Pole Dancing Party Temporary Tattoos,  Bachelorette Party, Last Fling before the Bling, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Party Favor
Pole Dancing Party Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Last Fling before the Bling, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Tattoos, Beach Bachelorette, Nautical Bachelorette, Anchor,  Custom Bachelorette Party Favors
Let's Get Nauti! Bachelorette Tattoos, Beach Bachelorette, Nautical Bachelorette, Anchor, Custom Bachelorette Party Favors
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
Airplane Baby Shower Invitation Template, Vintage Plane, Editable Invitation, Printable Invitation, Baby Boy Shower, DIY Shower Inivitation
Airplane Baby Shower Invitation Template, Vintage Plane, Editable Invitation, Printable Invitation, Baby Boy Shower, DIY Shower Inivitation
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD

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