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Oct 28, 2015

by Allegra Cheung

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello! My name is Allegra Cheung, and I create DIY printable gift boxes and paper toys for my Etsy shop Little Luxuries Loft. I live in Vancouver, BC, where I work as a graphic designer and a 3-D animator for television.

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I opened Little Luxuries Loft in 2011 while I was attending university. When I first started out, I was sewing baby shoes, superhero phone cases, and random felt ornaments. I didn’t really know what direction to go in, and as a result, I felt my shop was lacking an identity. It wasn’t until December 2014 that I started experimenting with 3-D paper designs. I created a series of tiny hot chocolate cups for Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t think people would be very interested in them. Then I noticed a big spike in views and favorites, and I realized that there were other people as excited about paper crafting as I was! From that point on, I decided to focus my energy on designing paper kits that people could download and assemble themselves.

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When I’m trying to come up with ideas for a new product, I usually don’t have to look far. Often I have more ideas for products than I have time to make. I get inspired by pretty much everything around me — the latte art at my local coffee shop, the cotton prints at my favorite fabric store, and (of course) cute animals. Who doesn’t like cute animals?

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Once I have an idea for a design, I make a rough sketch in my notebook. Then I create a template for the design in Illustrator and print it out for testing. From there, it’s really all trial and error: I keep testing it until the item folds together nicely and I’m happy with the way it looks. If I’m really stuck on the assembly, sometimes I will build a mock-up design in my 3-D software, but usually I prefer to figure it out with paper because I love working with my hands.

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Running my Etsy shop has been a roller-coaster ride; for me, it’s been all about experimenting until I found something that clicked. As an artist, it’s incredibly liberating to design what I love and share it with the world. Another thing I like about selling on Etsy is that there’s no pressure. I feel like I’m able to create the kind of store and experience that I want — in my own time. In the future, I’d love to continue growing my shop and someday have pre-made templates for people who don’t want to print and cut at home. I’d also love to get more engagement going on Instagram, and maybe do a collaboration with another maker at some point. For now, I’m pretty content to keep making cute stuff. As long as I have paper, glue and coffee, I’m set!

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Printable Winter Woodland Cookie Boxes, Set of 3 printable Gift Boxes with matching gift tags, Woodland gift wrap
Printable Winter Woodland Cookie Boxes, Set of 3 printable Gift Boxes with matching gift tags, Woodland gift wrap
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$4.50 USD
DIY Printable Easter Bunny Gift Boxes, Easter Party Favor Boxes, Spring Celebrations
DIY Printable Easter Bunny Gift Boxes, Easter Party Favor Boxes, Spring Celebrations
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$5.75 USD
Printable Hot Chocolate Hut Gift Box, Christmas Gift Box, DIY Gift Wrap, Paper Shop, Christmas Printables
Printable Hot Chocolate Hut Gift Box, Christmas Gift Box, DIY Gift Wrap, Paper Shop, Christmas Printables
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$4.75 USD
DIY Woodland Favor Boxes, Hedgehog Gift Box, Printable Woodland Baby Shower Party Favors, Printable PDF Gift Boxes, Instant Download
DIY Woodland Favor Boxes, Hedgehog Gift Box, Printable Woodland Baby Shower Party Favors, Printable PDF Gift Boxes, Instant Download
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$4.75 USD
Printable Winter Fox Gift Boxes, DIY Christmas Party Favor, Children's Stocking Stuffer
Printable Winter Fox Gift Boxes, DIY Christmas Party Favor, Children's Stocking Stuffer
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$5.75 USD
Printable Hedgehog Christmas Cookie Boxes, Set of 3 DIY Christmas gift boxes with matching gift tags
Printable Hedgehog Christmas Cookie Boxes, Set of 3 DIY Christmas gift boxes with matching gift tags
LittleLuxuriesLoft
$4.50 USD

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