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Steph Calvert: Hearts and Laserbeams

Academy Of Handmade

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business: Steph Calvert is the work at home mom, graphic and web designer, and illustrator behind Hearts and Laserbeams. Her work has been seen worldwide on apparel, in print, and online, and she’s been writing the Hearts and Laserbeams blog for over 10 years. Steph lives in Savannah, Georgia with her hilarious partners in crime, husband Josh, son Phil, and mom in law Carole. She enjoys coloring with her son, karaoke, and a good glass of wine every now and then. (But preferably now, thanks.)

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Pigma Micron pens, Staedtler Lumocolor pens, Wordpress, Photoshop, Illustrator

Q: Who inspires you? My son Phil gives me crazy new inspirations for personal projects all the time!

I'm also inspired by my internet entrepreneur peers like Nicole Longstreath of The Wardrobe Code--we've been collaborating on her upcoming book The Wardrobe Bible, and I can't wait to show off all the hard work that went into it!

You can check it more info on it at

Q: Name three guilty pleasures of yours: I don't feel all that guilty about loving karaoke, slapstick comedy movies, or weird flavors of ice cream. In fact, I feel proud to say all that.

You should go watch Hot Rod like right now.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a maker? I LOVE the process of coming up with a whole new design package for an indie biz. There's something so rewarding about getting to the bottom of what makes that indie business tick, and how to best represent that visually. Bonus points if I get to take it a step further and rock my Wordpress skills to build a web site to match!

My favorite part about being self employed with a broad range of design and illustration skills is I have so much to offer my clients, and every work day brings a different art and design adventure!

(Yesterday I got paid to draw a butt. True story.)

Q: As a professional in the booming handmade economy, what part of your work do you find most difficult? Working from home, I tend to get lost in the bubble of isolation every now and then. It's so important to keep up your connections with your colleagues and peers! It helps you remember that you're not in this alone, and it helps you keep fighting.

As business has grown, I've also been getting more of a handle on my organizational skills. I've always been really organized, but now I have so many projects going at once I need to adjust to that level of busy on the project calendar! Planning out the work week using chunks of color-coded time on Google Calendar has helped with that immensely.

Q: What drives your creative process? The innate need to keep creating. I'm not a workaholic, but I'm always working. When I'm off of work, I'm rolling creative ideas around in my brain. When I sleep, I'm working out tech issues for websites. I just NEED to do this.

I probably won't retire until I'm 90.

Q: Where can people find your stuff?

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