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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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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
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
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
Personalized Bachelorette Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Tasting, Wine Tattoo, Bachelorette Favor
Personalized Bachelorette Tattoos, Wine Bridal Shower, Wine Bachelorette Party, Wine Bottles, Wine Tasting, Wine Tattoo, Bachelorette Favor
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
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
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
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Arrow Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Bride & Groom, Couple Silhouette, Wedding Favors
Wedding Temporary Tattoos, Arrow Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Bride & Groom, Couple Silhouette, Wedding Favors
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
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
Gem Stone Tattoos, Diamond Tattoos, Bing Tattoos, Fake Tattoos, Party Favor, Engagement Ring Tattoo, Tatts, Bachelorette Tattoos
Gem Stone Tattoos, Diamond Tattoos, Bing Tattoos, Fake Tattoos, Party Favor, Engagement Ring Tattoo, Tatts, Bachelorette 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
$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
Intl. Order for  Ellia Foucard A Custom Design  w/ optional Expedited International Shipping, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoo
Intl. Order for Ellia Foucard A Custom Design w/ optional Expedited International Shipping, Custom Tattoo Design, Personalized Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$70.00 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
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
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
Gold Team Bride Temporary Tattoo, Diamond Engagement Rings, Individually Packaged, Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo
Gold Team Bride Temporary Tattoo, Diamond Engagement Rings, Individually Packaged, Party Favors, Flash Tattoo, Metallic Tattoo, Gold Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$2.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Buy Me a Shot, Tying the Knot, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Party Favor, Nauti
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Buy Me a Shot, Tying the Knot, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Bachelorette Party, Party Favor, Nauti
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Engagement Party Invitations, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Bachelorette Party, Editable PDF, Instant Download, DIY Printable
Engagement Party Invitations, Ticket Stub, Editable Invitation, Bachelorette Party, Editable PDF, Instant Download, DIY Printable
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
A Custom Order for Kriscita
A Custom Order for Kriscita
KristenMcGillivray
$240.00 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
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
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
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
Gold 21st Birthday Tattoo, If I'm Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoos, Gold Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor
Gold 21st Birthday Tattoo, If I'm Lost, Buy Me a Drink, Temporary Tattoos, Gold Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Nauti Bachelorette
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoos, Nautical Themed, If Lost, Buy Me a Drink Anchor Tattoo, Nautical Bachelorette Party, Nauti Bachelorette
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
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
Reship a package to new address
Reship a package to new address
KristenMcGillivray
$3.65 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
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
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
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
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
Hi Five Tattoos, High Five Party, 5th Birthday Party, Hi Five Theme, Party Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Kids Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos
Hi Five Tattoos, High Five Party, 5th Birthday Party, Hi Five Theme, Party Tattoos, Custom Tattoos, Kids Tattoos, Temporary Tattoos
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Custom Order for Rush Production and/or Expedited Shipping
Custom Order for Rush Production and/or Expedited Shipping
KristenMcGillivray
$6.00 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
Retro Tattoo, Old school tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Banner Tattoo, Wedding Logo
Retro Tattoo, Old school tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Wedding Logo, Banner Tattoo, Wedding Logo
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
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
Quinseañera Tattoo, Sweet 16 Tattoo, Birthday Party Tattoo, Photo Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor, Birthday Tattoo, Party Tattoo
Quinseañera Tattoo, Sweet 16 Tattoo, Birthday Party Tattoo, Photo Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Party Favor, Birthday Tattoo, Party 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
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
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
Bachelorette Tattoos, Champagne Tattoos If lost Buy Me A Drink,  Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo,  Fake Tattoo
Bachelorette Tattoos, Champagne Tattoos If lost Buy Me A Drink, Temporary Tattoos, Bachelorette Party Favor, Custom Tattoo, Fake Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Arrow Tattoos, Wedding Temporary Tattoos,Retro Tattoo, Retro Wedding Favor, Custom Tattoo, Tattoo Favors, Bow and Arrow, Wedding Logo
Arrow Tattoos, Wedding Temporary Tattoos,Retro Tattoo, Retro Wedding Favor, Custom Tattoo, Tattoo Favors, Bow and Arrow, Wedding Logo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Beach Bachelorette Tattoos, Last Sail Before the Veil, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor, Nautical Bachelorette, Cruise, Beach Party
Beach Bachelorette Tattoos, Last Sail Before the Veil, Custom Tattoo, Bachelorette Party Favor, Nautical Bachelorette, Cruise, Beach Party
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
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
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
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoo, Beer Tattoo, If I'm Lost, Buy Me a Beer, Bachelorette Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Beer Party
Bachelorette Temporary Tattoo, Beer Tattoo, If I'm Lost, Buy Me a Beer, Bachelorette Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Beer Party
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Printable Graduation Invitation, Graduation Party, Grad Party, Printable Invitation, High School Grad, College Graduation, Instant Download
Printable Graduation Invitation, Graduation Party, Grad Party, Printable Invitation, High School Grad, College Graduation, Instant Download
KristenMcGillivray
$10.00 USD
Infinity Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Name Tattoo, Cursive Name Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo
Infinity Tattoo, Wedding Tattoo, Couple Tattoo, Name Tattoo, Cursive Name Tattoo, Custom Tattoo, Personalized Tattoo, Customized Tattoo
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Texas Temporary Tattoo, Customized with Couple's Names & Wedding Date, Texas Wedding, Destination Wedding, Gift Bag Swag, Wedding Favor
Texas Temporary Tattoo, Customized with Couple's Names & Wedding Date, Texas Wedding, Destination Wedding, Gift Bag Swag, Wedding Favor
KristenMcGillivray
$12.00 USD
Shipping Upgrade
Shipping Upgrade
KristenMcGillivray
$4.00 USD
DIY Editable Floral Placemat, Flowers, Spring, Peonies, Peony, Watercolor, Printable Placemat, Wedding Seating Chart, Place Card
DIY Editable Floral Placemat, Flowers, Spring, Peonies, Peony, Watercolor, Printable Placemat, Wedding Seating Chart, Place Card
KristenMcGillivray
$3.00 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

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