Kelsey from Paper + Oats – design + branding for digital products


I've always been an entrepreneur at heart – as a kid, I would set up shop in my dad's home office and sell him his own office supplies. A little scammy, no? Thankfully he played along, and I learned a lot about business and marketing from him as I grew up.  I spent a lot of my childhood making PowerPoint presentations, doodling in MS Paint, and making paper crafts. As I neared college, I realized there was a career for all this – graphic design!

I jumped into doing freelance graphic design on my first day of college via Craigslist ads (I would not recommend this today!), but it wasn't until I graduated in 2011 that Paper + Oats was born, combining two of my favorite things: design and organization.

2014 was a major turning point in my life as I became a single mother. This not-so-little detour lit a fire under me, and I poured myself into Paper + Oats, growing it into the business it is today. What started as just a few printable planners on Etsy has grown into a brand that provides effective design resources, teaches other creatives how to design high-quality digital products, shares tools + tricks for small business success, and encourages other work-at-home moms and creative entrepreneurs to create the life they've always dreamed of.

I recently moved back to my hometown in southwest Missouri (after a brief stint in Nashville!), enjoying life with my strong-willed toddler Penelope (aka Poppy), and chasing my gets-away-with-everything border collie Cooper.

Want to hear more about my story? Listen to my interviews on She Percolates, Grit & Glitter, or Pregnancy Perfect. 

But the best way to see my entire story is with this short film produced by Bryan Harris and the amazingly talented team at Armosa Studios.

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