September 28, 2023


Make Some Fun

Meet the Maker Characteristic: Colleen

4 min read

Wish to be taught extra about our whimsical and enjoyable window shows? Meet the Maker and behind-the-scenes creator of our eye-catching shows within the month’s function. Colleen will not be solely crafting her profession at Paper Supply, but in addition shares her heartfelt passion with us right here: 

Paper Supply window shows draw our prospects in and welcome their inventive ingenuity with curiosity and marvel.  Who’s the star behind these stunning belongings and the creativeness that sparks these elaborate artwork installments? Colleen, our Director of Visible Merchandising. We wished to know extra about Colleen’s inventive basis and private story. We requested Colleen to inform us slightly about herself.

The place are you from and the way lengthy have you ever been with Paper Supply?

  • I grew up in Libertyville, IL. A suburb exterior of Chicago and shut by to our company HQ. I then attended Savannah Faculty of Artwork and Design with a spotlight in Illustration and Printmaking. That is how I ended up working at Paper Supply, it was a ardour for artwork and paper. 
  • I’ve been with Paper Supply for over 12 years! My profession began on the retailer degree. My first job was as Assistant Retailer Supervisor. In a short while, I labored my means as much as Retailer Supervisor and oversaw Midwest Visuals for the corporate. My path has introduced me to the Retailer Operations group in main Visible Merchandising and Retailer Communication.


What’s your favourite Paper Supply colorscope coloration and why?

There are too many who I like and have modified over time like Fuchsia, Mint, Spruce, Royal, and Peacock.

The very first thing our prospects see is our welcoming and enjoyable window shows! We love the colourful accents, the magical creatures, the daring shapes and the capturing of seasonality with every altering show. What’s the method of making the Paper Supply Window Show?

  • Step one of making the window show is to find out what the theme is for the season.  As soon as the theme is set, we then assessment the product assortment to hunt inspiration for the window that matches throughout the chosen theme. I additionally search inspiration from my paper supply friends, paintings, and paper crafts.
  • I historically current 2-3 choices for the window to our management group to find out which course we must always take. As soon as I obtain approval I then begin to create a sketch and work via the logistics on how the window can be made. I additionally companion with our advertising and marketing group on the signage that’s included with the window. 
  • As soon as the sketch is permitted, I then create the window myself to make sure that the window is simple to create and stall. We additionally create a step-by-step information to offer to the shop groups so they’re able to assemble and set up the home windows themselves for our prospects get to see the ultimate product!


The place do you get your inspiration for creativity?

I spend lots of time artwork books, wanting on-line (Instagram, Pinterest, and so forth…) and simply being out on this planet’ to assemble concepts and immediate my inventive shows. 


Colleen’s creative endeavors are greater than a 9-5 dedication. She makes exceptionally lifelike resemblances of individuals, locations, and issues with Paper Dolls and blended media. When did you begin your passion of Paper Doll Making?

I’ve been mixing paper with illustrations since school, nevertheless, I didn’t begin creating paper dolls till I used to be in Paper Supply shops. As a inventive outlet in shops, I’d create paper dolls for our retailer group members utilizing our Paper Supply Paper Doll Equipment. By creating these dolls, I spotted that I’ve a knack for creating folks’s likeness by honing in on their clothes fashion, and what makes them distinctive. That then lead me to create my very own fashion of paper dolls. 

Check out among the incredible examples on Instagram!


If you end up not inspiring creativity out and in of labor, what else do you love to do in your spare time?

I spend lots of my time with my household and English Bulldog Emma, studying and creating artwork. Many of the weekends that I’m out of the workplace, I seize some recent air at my household cabin in Wisconsin. 


We all know our readers have an interest, what recommendation would you give others seeking to comply with a inventive profession?

I by no means thought that my inventive background would lead me to a profession in retail, so I’d say maintain an open thoughts when searching for a inventive profession


On the finish of the day, you by no means know what paper ladder door will open…



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