Vendor Spotlight: Poppy Pedals

In the wedding industry I am always running into new photographers, floral designers, planners and even stationary designers. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen me tag @poppypedals quite a bit. Why? Because she is FREAKING AWESOME! If not, 1.) you should follow me and instagram (@evangcooper) and 2.) Let me introduce you! World, Meet Courtnie Johnson. Better known as Poppy Pedals. 

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I was introduced to Courtnie’s work by my sweet friend Kim Box.  I took one look at the birth announcement she did for Kim and I was instantly a fan. Since then Courtnie and I have worked on several projects together. From Wedding Invites, photo shoots, Bridal Faires, baptisms and our most recent project #TheChapelMarket. We’ve had our share of fun and exciting projects together and I’ve enjoyed each of them every step of the way! Poppy Pedals is seriously one of my FAVORITE local vendors and I am blessed to work with her often.

This is that adorable announcement Courtnie designed for Kim. Isn’t it GREAT?!

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With that being said I thought it would be fun to showcase and highlight some oh her work and also give the blogging world a chance to meet Courtnie. She’s seriously one of the most precious people you’ll meet and it doesn’t help that she does good work too! 😉 Below is some of her most recent work shot by Crazy Talented Local Photographer Suzanne Williams and a few fun questions so you guys can get to know her a little better.

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EGC: So, tell me some basics about you? Where are you from, where you went to college, what you studied why you got in to this and why are you passionate about it? 

Poppy Pedals: I’m a mother of three, and this December, I will celebrate 10 wonderful years of marriage with my husband, Marc. I grew up in Eufaula, Alabama. After high school, I attended Troy University and was fortunate enough to connect with a great counselor. I had no clue what I wanted to major in, and he helped to sift through my many interests and point me towards the art department. Although I took a few fine art classes, my focus was more in the digital art realm. I was hooked from the beginning.

EGC: How did you get started in design and how long have you been doing it for?

Poppy Pedals: I started designing in college, but I never intended to transition to invitation design. It’s something that has happened over a long period of time. Right out of college I worked as a designer at a local advertising agency. I worked there for five years before moving to a part-time position at my church. My position at the church is more slow-paced, allowing me to explore and experiment more. Believe it or not, children have also had a huge impact on my design transitions. Birthday party invitations, birth announcements and baptisms were all in order, and I found it ridiculous to pay for invitations when design is what I do. The more invitations I designed, the more interested I became. After a while, I started entering minted.com invitation competitions. After being chosen a few times, I opened an online Etsy shop, connected with various stationers that could incorporate my calligraphy, and met local event and wedding planners that have introduced my services to brides. This year marks my ninth year in graphic design, and I’ve been doing lettering and calligraphy for about 3 years now.

EGC: Who would be an ideal client for you right now?

Poppy Pedals: An ideal client would be a passionate, open-minded bride. I’ve been lucky enough to work with many of these lately!

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EGC:  A lot of designers tend to ask a lot of specific questions when going in to a project, what do you usually ask? What do you do when a client comes to you and doesn’t have a lot of direction?

Poppy Pedals: I always ask each client to create a Pinterest board for inspiration. It allows me to get a feel of what the client intends for their business or event. By looking through other boards they have created I can get a sense of their style and interests. It definitely depends on the project.When a client doesn’t have a lot of direction I try to ask more questions and again ask that they provide a Pinterest board. It’s important that they understand what they like and don’t like or you’ll be running in circles, wasting too many design hours in the process.

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EGC: What are your favorite type of projects to work on? 

Poppy Pedals: I love anything that incorporates calligraphy or lettering. Starting out with pen/pencil and paper is my very favorite.

EGC: Do you use any special techniques or supplies that you like using?

Poppy Pedals: I love supplies so I’m just going to list a few things! Bristol smooth paper (http://www.dickblick.com/items/13329-2023/), Tracing paper (http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-tracing-paper-pads/?clickTracking=true), Micron pens (http://www.dickblick.com/products/sakura-pigma-micron-zentangle-sets/?clickTracking=true), Oblique pen holder (http://www.paperinkarts.com/carobl.html) , Brause EF66 nib (http://www.paperinkarts.com/bref66.html), Brause blue pumpkin nib (http://www.paperinkarts.com/brs361.html), India ink, Dr. Ph Martin’s pen white (http://www.paperinkarts.com/inks-dr–martin-s-pen-white.html), Dr. Ph Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate gold (http://www.paperinkarts.com/irides.html)… just to name a few

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EGC: Where would you see yourself with your company in the next five years?

Poppy Pedals: That’s a tough question. I’ve tried to be very intentional when it comes to the growth of Poppy Pedals. My children are still very young, so I’m in no hurry to grow too much. In five years I hope to see Poppy Pedals thriving, but I can’t really say what my idea of thriving looks like right now. I’m hopeful that it will continue to be as enjoyable as it has been thus far. It’s a true blessing to do something that I whole heartily love.

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Hopefully you know a little more about Courtnie Johnson and her company, Poppy Pedals. Hey! And how you have someone for all your design needs. Thanks for reading! Until next time…

Comments

  1. Rachel Odom says

    Great article, Evan!! Courtnie is definitely one of my favorite stationers that I follow on Instagram! I have been so intrigued by her magnificent talent and artistic abilities. I, too, am currently in college studying Graphic Design with a minor in Photography and seeing her work has been such an inspiration! I’m thrilled that you featured her because I’ve been wanting to know more about her!

    Sincerely,
    Rachel Odom

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