About Me + My Shop
Hello! My name is Kynley Michal- I’m the owner and designer here at Live Beautifully Paper Company! I grew up in an itty-bitty little town in the Colorado mountains. I moved to Denver when I was eighteen where I found my life mate, earned my BA in graphic design, and fell in love with city life.
I love Christ, holding my husband’s hand, loose leaf tea, shopping consignment shops, eating chocolate, being barefoot, the idea of Paris, and living in a place where I can see the mountains. I live in skinny jeans and have a thing for J. Crew.
I’m utterly imperfect. Being creative, though, and dwelling on beautiful things makes me feel alive- and this little part of the world wide web is where I thrive.
Going to school for graphic design exposed me to a huge world of possibilities when it came to making beautiful, functional things. It was in school where I first fell in love with typography and ever since I have been fascinated with letters and typography… especially hand lettering.
While looking for a creative outlet – I started creating my own cards for loved ones with nothing but some cardstock, pens, and markers. I just fell in love with the uniqueness of the look- plus I loved skipping the card isle and giving cards that were loving crafted by hand.
After being poked and prodded by my friends and family- until I finally took the plunge and started looking into turning my hand lettering into a business for myself. I took a lot of time to source my paper, collect the best pens and markers, reasearch an amazing home printer, and find the perfect equipment so that I could hand make every card beautifully and professionally.
I still personally touch (design, print, score, fold, and package- phew!) each card that I sell so you know that the card you are giving has love and energy and care poured into it. Also as a extra bonus- a percentage of all of my card sales will go to charity because giving really is the best feeling in the world.
About This Blog
You know that picture you have in your head of what ‘perfect’ looks like? Mine is an always clean home with perfectly decorated rooms; a stylish, flattering wardrobe; a slim, tone figure; home cooked meals all the time; a mountain-shaking faith; a blissfully serene family life; and a rock star career. Perfection.
Real life and stress seep in through the seems though. A few years ago I started to notice this feeling of failure sinking into my soul. I was constantly comparing myself with others around me- feeling a pressure to compete.
Then I was diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) which rocked my world a bit- but I then believed I had a sole culprit for all of my internal struggle. I thought a little therapy and poof things would be great and the anxiety would wash away. I would easily slip into the vision of a perfect life that I still held in my head.
It definitely doesn’t work that way- it took me a lot of time (even after therapy) to realize that. A fully lived life is messy and never something I can just slip into. It is definitely not that unattainable picture in my head. That realization has changed the way I look at my little tiny blog.
This blog is going to be a little bit messy and a little, tiny bit uncensored. I’ll share with you every resource that I seek out and stumble across that empowers me through the never-ending, but always improving venture toward a more beautiful and fully lived life.
I’m a graphic designer working in the corporate world as an in house designer. I’m responsible for the visual designs of new products, but also work on a plethora of different projects and was part of a massive redesign and rebranding effort in 2012. I love the creative department I work in and love what I do, but this blog is where I get to be fully and wholly my imperfect and unprofessionally quirky self. :)
photos by : Kyle Loves Tori Photography