Feature Friday – Invited by Lamaworks
I couldn’t be more excited about today’s feature! She is a fellow creative entrepreneur and friend. Meet Laura Mays!
She is the stationery expert behind Invited by Lamaworks
Learn a little more about Laura…
She has been designing wedding and social stationery since 2008 and one thing she has learned is that no two weddings are the same. To the bride and groom who have spent hours, days, months researching the perfect wedding details and you deserve to get it right. You get to invitations and you find every store is the same – you can pick from these and handful of colors, the same 20 fonts, these 3 papers and in the end it just isn’t quite YOU.
She believes that every invitation deserves to be customized to your tastes. She has done the legwork of finding the perfect paper vendors that aren’t flimsy or cheap looking. She’s got the graphics, the fonts and all the technical know how to make your beautiful ideas come to life.
She says her friends may think that she’s a bit nutty about printed products and a smidge bit critical about it, but she only prints what she thinks is best!
The coolest part is that she prints most of her orders herself at her design studio – one by one, with her own two hands! You can even ramp up your design with letterpress, thermography, gold foil or embossing – she sends those special requests out to only her most trusted printers who know her by name!
You seriously won’t get a more customized approach to your invitations. Laura is your girl!!
Hear straight from Laura about why she started it all!
I started Invited by LamaWorks (just as LamaWorks then!) back in 2008. I had just gotten married and suddenly found my life void of craft projects. I started knitting some hats – that my friends all loved – and found Etsy. LamaWorks was started partially as a hobby and partially as a creative way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. One sale turned into ten, turned into fifty. A year later I my husband and I decided to leave Chicago and relocate to his home town of Quincy, Illinois. I took the leap and quit my day job to start a new adventure. Knits were seasonal so I started selling small wedding accessories – cards and table numbers – during the summer. Before I knew it the knits were gone and I was fully invested in the wedding business.
Since then I have opened up a design studio where you can find me designing, printing and trimming a few hours every week. You can find me right next door to Lavish Floral Design on 10th and Maine to combine the power of flowers with invitations.
Every year new products get added, new occasions celebrated, but the message always stays the same – stationery that is joyfully, and uniquely YOU.
BONUS FUN FACTS
- Laura’s husband and mine were college roommates at Marquette University which is what brought us together so long ago! We reconnected when we both started up our own shops on Etsy to find a creative outlet.
- She is a mama to 4 beautiful and busy boys!
- She has a background in biomedical engineering and has a masters degree in neurorehabilitation engineering. She gave it all up to start a family and a career that allowed her the freedom to work how she wanted, when she wanted and with my kids by her side (a theme we talk a lot about here at Grateful to Create!). At least one of her four boys is with her on any given day. She can take breaks to snuggle, play catch and savor those little moments that matter.
If you’re planning a wedding – or if you just LOVE paper products. Her social stationery is dreamy too!