Maker Collaboration with Jennifer @_paper_and_such

July 05, 2024

Maker Collaboration with Jennifer @_paper_and_such

We're super stoked to introduce Jennifer (@_paper_and_such) from the Netherlands who has so graciously accepted our new Maker Collaboration challenge! We sent her a Mic Moc pack of goodies to see what she'll come up with using her unique grunge style! We documented our recent chat with Jen and what she loved most about our brand, stamps and paper products, what makes her tick, what inspires her most and how she starts her creative process:
Do introduce yourself Jen! Tell us a little something or more about yourself we don’t know!

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer and I’m a professional home-maker and mum of twins living in The Netherlands.  Im so happy to have gone form being a customer of this creative brand to being selected to collaborate with Mic Moc using their stamps and paper goods!
Along with my recent order, I’ve received a special collaboration pack to play with to create vintage style collages, a junk journal and other fun embellishments.
More on that later, but I’ve been asked to introduce myself and share a little about my creative process.

I’ve always loved to craft for as long as I remember.   As a little girl I was always colouring, cutting out images from magazines, writing letters and making cards. As a young mum I was sewing and selling dresses, skirts and jewellery for children.
In 2017, I picked up journaling which turned into creative journaling and ever since I’ve been exploring with all sorts of creative mediums. Through all these stages in my life being creative has always been my ‘happy place’.  Besides creating with paper I also enjoy creating in the kitchen, making delicious treats from scratch like baking sourdough bread, a favourite at our household!

Besides baking and crafting I also enjoy hunting  for vintage treasures in thrift stores and online, especially special finds which I can incorporate into my paper crafts.  I love to combine real vintage items with the Mic Moc vintage-inspired junk journal and collaging products. In fact I just absolutely adore the whole vintage vibe of the entire Mic Moc range!

How did you first discover Mic Moc rubber stamps and paper goods?

I vividly remember seeing the ‘You’ve Got Mail' (Pom Pom Girl) rubber stamp for the first time on Instagram a few years ago and I fell in love…"Well who is this cute girl and where do I get this stamp ?!" I’ve been collecting Mic Moc stamps as well as their other range of vintage-inspired stamping and journalling products ever since.

What do you love most about their products and why?

Currently I’m obsessed with all the different kind of vintage inspired PET tape labels and tags! Tiny specimen labels , big labels with beautiful French typography and rusty metal tags which look like' the real deal' just blend perfectly into my junk journals comprising of vintage book pages and ephemera. 
So I would say what I love most is the overall vintage aesthetic of the brand, the exquisite details and great quality of the stamps { yes the stamps being my first Mic Moc love } and the different fun themes within their different product lines which all work so well together!

How do you think using Mic Moc items to create your junk journals and embellishments help in your creative process? 

I’m currently enjoying the new Mic Moc PET tapes which I find so easy and fun to use—these quickly help me add just small finishing touches in my junk journals. The realistic-looking vintage ephemera is so great because we all know it can be hard to source for the real thing sometimes and  if even when we do the costs add up quickly!
With the Mic Moc range I can now conveniently reach for multiple ephemera when I need to add vintage elements.  This goes for all the products like the little vintage photo images ('Petite Portraits' series of vintage photo replicas) the vintage price tags,  grungy numbers die cuts and similar images in their range of PET tapes like Grungy Numbers, Lost and Found (for mail-themed paper crafts) and the newest Shabby Windows and A Bit French PET tapes which I'm mad for at present!

Can you share how your creative process usually begins? 

When I start a project I usually have a theme and colour combination in mind. I prefer a neutral colour palette limited to one or two colours. Inspiration comes in many different forms like nature, seasons, interior design, movies and series (I like period dramas, ha) Often, crafting products themselves ARE the inspiration. 
I then go through my supplies and collect everything in fitting the same theme and colours I’m working with. I often don’t use everything but this gives me a mood board from which to begin my project…I hope to show you my junk journal created with what Kat has sent me; won’t be long—thank you for reading about me!
To see more of my work, find me on IG @_paper_and_such