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CARDS & PRINTS THAT SMILE
Hi I'm Malia. This is my story.
I grew up sitting next to my mom at the kitchen table and watching her draw and hand letter wedding invitations and baby announcements for friends and family. To keep my siblings and I busy while she worked, she gave us pens and an endless supply of paper. We would create worlds of paper dolls with matching outfits and intricate backdrops to imagine their stories. We illustrated our own books and painted murals on the side of our barn in Puyallup, WA. Childhood was magical for me and I am so grateful for creative parents. In high school, I doodled on my biology notes and on the backs of tithe envelopes at church, but never for anything more than to pass the time. I figured I needed a real job and that that my doodling was not going to pay the bills, so I put my sketch book on the shelf. Instead, I got my BA in sociology at the University of WA. It wasn’t until I became a mom, that I began draw again. Suddenly, I was desperate for a creative outlet and being home alone all day with babies made me desperate to connect with people. So I started designing greeting cards and prints during nap times to send to my friends and family. One thing led to another and Cheerful Ink was born. I wanted to create a stationary company because I am passionate about paper and people. There is something so rich and gratifying about the ritual of putting pen to paper, folding the card, slipping it into an envelope, addressing it and sending it out to those you care about. And there is just nothing that makes my day better then being on the receiving end of a thoughtful card. Cheerful Ink designs are whimsical and playful and reminiscent of childhood experiences. It’s those experiences that speak the loudest to our hearts because deep down we’re all just grown up versions of our childhood selves.