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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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Unicorn Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Princess Birthday Party, Party Favor, Unicorn Party, Rainbow, Girl
Unicorn Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Princess Birthday Party, Party Favor, Unicorn Party, Rainbow, Girl
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
Photo Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Temporary Tattoos, Groom Tattoo, Boyfriend Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Husband Tattoo, Fiancé Tattoo
Photo Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Temporary Tattoos, Groom Tattoo, Boyfriend Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Husband Tattoo, Fiancé Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$20.00 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
Photo Temporary Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Wedding Favors, Custom Portrait, Head Tattoo, Face Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Bride Tattoo, Groom Tattoo
Photo Temporary Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Wedding Favors, Custom Portrait, Head Tattoo, Face Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Bride Tattoo, Groom Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$20.00 USD
Silhouette Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Cameo Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Bride and Bride Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Wedding favors
Silhouette Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Cameo Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Bride and Bride Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Wedding favors
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
Photo Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoos, Bride Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor, Face Tattoo, Head Tattoo, Team Tattoo, Team Bride, Custom Tattoo
Photo Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoos, Bride Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor, Face Tattoo, Head Tattoo, Team Tattoo, Team Bride, Custom Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$20.00 USD
Booze Cruise Custom Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Nautical Tattoo Favors, Nautical Bachelorette, Beach Party
Booze Cruise Custom Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Nautical Tattoo Favors, Nautical Bachelorette, Beach Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Rush Production of Tattoo Orders, Expedited Production, Rush Production, Fast Tattoos, Urgent Order, Last Minute, Bachelorette Tattoos
Rush Production of Tattoo Orders, Expedited Production, Rush Production, Fast Tattoos, Urgent Order, Last Minute, Bachelorette Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$17.00 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
Emergency Tattoo, Safety Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Unicorn Tattoo, If lost tattoo, Contact Information Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Temporary Tattoo
Emergency Tattoo, Safety Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Unicorn Tattoo, If lost tattoo, Contact Information Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Temporary Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
If lost Buy Me A Drink Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo,  Martini, Hen Party, Fake Tattoo
If lost Buy Me A Drink Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo, Martini, Hen Party, Fake Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
50th Birthday Tattoos, Fifty & Fabulous, 50 and Fabulous, 50th Birthday Party, Personalized Temporary Tattoos, Customized Party Favors
50th Birthday Tattoos, Fifty & Fabulous, 50 and Fabulous, 50th Birthday Party, Personalized Temporary Tattoos, Customized Party Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Unicorn Bachelorette Tattoo, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Unicorn Theme, Unicorn Party, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo,
Unicorn Bachelorette Tattoo, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Unicorn Theme, Unicorn Party, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Tattoo,
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
Michigan Tattoo, State Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Michigan Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Party Favors, Wedding Favors, Destination Wedding
Michigan Tattoo, State Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Michigan Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Party Favors, Wedding Favors, Destination Wedding
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
A Custom Order custom tattoo design, custom tattoo order, customized tattoos, personalized tattoos, KMD, approved design
A Custom Order custom tattoo design, custom tattoo order, customized tattoos, personalized tattoos, KMD, approved design
KristenMcGillivray
$17.00 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
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
Wild One! First Birthday Temporary Tattoos, Birthday Party Favors, Kids Tattoo, Kids Birthday, 1st Birthday, Where the Wild Things Are
Wild One! First Birthday Temporary Tattoos, Birthday Party Favors, Kids Tattoo, Kids Birthday, 1st Birthday, Where the Wild Things Are
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
30 & Fabulous Temporary Tattoos, Fabulous Thirty, Dirty Thirty, 30th Birthday Party, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoos, Dirty 30
30 & Fabulous Temporary Tattoos, Fabulous Thirty, Dirty Thirty, 30th Birthday Party, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoos, Dirty 30
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Whiskey Bachelorette Party Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Bachelorette Tattoos, Bourbon Party, Whiskey Party, Bachelorette Party Favor
Whiskey Bachelorette Party Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Bachelorette Tattoos, Bourbon Party, Whiskey Party, Bachelorette Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Shipping Upgrade to either USPS Priority Mail or USPS Priority Express
Shipping Upgrade to either USPS Priority Mail or USPS Priority Express
KristenMcGillivray
$5.00 USD
Mermaid Tattoos, Mermaid Birthday Party, Girl Birthday, Kid Birthday Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Party Favor, First Birthday
Mermaid Tattoos, Mermaid Birthday Party, Girl Birthday, Kid Birthday Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Party Favor, First Birthday
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Gay Temporary Tattoos, Gay Wedding, Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Gay Tattoo, Party Favor, LGBT Tattoo
Gay Temporary Tattoos, Gay Wedding, Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Gay Tattoo, Party Favor, LGBT Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
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
Llama Tattoo, Birthday Party Tattoos, lama tattoo, kids birthday tattoo, custom tattoo, personalized tattoo, party favor, child birthday
Llama Tattoo, Birthday Party Tattoos, lama tattoo, kids birthday tattoo, custom tattoo, personalized tattoo, party favor, child birthday
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Ice Cream Cone Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Ice Cream Party, Party Favor, Ice Cream Social, Rainbow, Cute Tattoo
Ice Cream Cone Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Ice Cream Party, Party Favor, Ice Cream Social, Rainbow, Cute Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Slumber Party Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Sleepover Birthday Party, Party Favor, Sleeping mask, girly
Slumber Party Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Sleepover Birthday Party, Party Favor, Sleeping mask, girly
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
International Expedited Shipping- Custom Listing for Vanessa
International Expedited Shipping- Custom Listing for Vanessa
KristenMcGillivray
$51.00 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
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
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Last Ride Before She's a Bride, Cowgirl Party, Personalized Custom Tattoos, Cowboy  Party, Western Party
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Last Ride Before She's a Bride, Cowgirl Party, Personalized Custom Tattoos, Cowboy Party, Western Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Pole Dancing Party Temporary Tattoos,  Bachelorette Party, Last Fling before the Bling, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Stripper Party
Pole Dancing Party Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party, Last Fling before the Bling, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Stripper Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Virgo Nursery Print, Zodiac, Nursery Decor, Printable Wall Art, Instant Download, Nursery Printable, Custom Birth Poster, Baby Print
Virgo Nursery Print, Zodiac, Nursery Decor, Printable Wall Art, Instant Download, Nursery Printable, Custom Birth Poster, Baby Print
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 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
Custom Order for Rush Production and/or Expedited Shipping
Custom Order for Rush Production and/or Expedited Shipping
KristenMcGillivray
$6.00 USD
40 and HOT! 40th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoo, 40 & Fabulous, Custom Tattoos, Personalized Tattoos Party Favors, Birthday Tattoos
40 and HOT! 40th Birthday Party Custom Temporary Tattoo, 40 & Fabulous, Custom Tattoos, Personalized Tattoos Party Favors, Birthday Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
Safety Tattoos, Lost Child, Temporary Tattoo, Emergency Contact Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Anchor Tattoo
Safety Tattoos, Lost Child, Temporary Tattoo, Emergency Contact Tattoo, Kids Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Anchor Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Wedding Initials, Wedding Date Tattoo,  Wedding Ring, Customized Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo Wedding Party Favors
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Wedding Initials, Wedding Date Tattoo, Wedding Ring, Customized Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo Wedding Party Favors
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
Safety Tattoos, Kids Tattoo, Child Tattoo, Child Safety, Child Identification, Butterfly Tattoo, Travel Tattoo, Contact information Tattoo
Safety Tattoos, Kids Tattoo, Child Tattoo, Child Safety, Child Identification, Butterfly Tattoo, Travel Tattoo, Contact information Tattoo
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
Mexican Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Margarita Bachelorette, Cactus, Fiesta Bachelorette
Mexican Bachelorette Party Temporary Tattoos, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Custom Tattoos, Margarita Bachelorette, Cactus, Fiesta Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Party Invitation, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, DIY Template, Printable Invitation, Instant Download, Budget Bachelorette
Bachelorette Party Invitation, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, DIY Template, Printable Invitation, Instant Download, Budget Bachelorette
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Sunshine Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, You are my Sunshine, Party Favor, Unisex birthday, 1st birthday
Sunshine Birthday Tattoo, Kids Birthday, Temporary Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, You are my Sunshine, Party Favor, Unisex birthday, 1st birthday
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 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
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
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
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
Printable Halloween Placemats, Print it Yourself! Eat Drink & Be Scary, Hey Pumpkin, Boo, Pick your Poison, Trick or Drink, Instant Download
Printable Halloween Placemats, Print it Yourself! Eat Drink & Be Scary, Hey Pumpkin, Boo, Pick your Poison, Trick or Drink, Instant Download
KristenMcGillivray
$3.00 USD
Halloween Banner, Halloween Bunting, Instant Download, Printable Template, Printable Banner, Printable Bunting, DIY Bunting, DIY Banner
Halloween Banner, Halloween Bunting, Instant Download, Printable Template, Printable Banner, Printable Bunting, DIY Bunting, DIY Banner
KristenMcGillivray
$3.00 USD
Halloween Party Invitation, Ticket Invitation, Invitation Template, Instant Download, Party Template, Printable, Editable, DIY Template
Halloween Party Invitation, Ticket Invitation, Invitation Template, Instant Download, Party Template, Printable, Editable, DIY Template
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Halloween Invitation Template, Eat Drink and Be Scary! Editable Invitation, Invitation Template, Instant Download, Halloween Template
Halloween Invitation Template, Eat Drink and Be Scary! Editable Invitation, Invitation Template, Instant Download, Halloween Template
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Donut Temporary Tattoos, Birthday Party, Donut Party, Kids Birthday, First Birthday, Donut Theme, Personalized Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, One
Donut Temporary Tattoos, Birthday Party, Donut Party, Kids Birthday, First Birthday, Donut Theme, Personalized Tattoos, Custom Tattoo, One
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Wedding Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Arrow Tattoo, Wedding Favor, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Reception Favor, Wedding Favors
Wedding Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Arrow Tattoo, Wedding Favor, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Tattoos, Reception Favor, Wedding Favors
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD

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