Father's Day: Make Your Card the Gift With This DIY Gift Idea for Dad June 06 2017

DIY Father's Day gift idea


Photos are one of my favorite things to give for special occasions — and when you pair one with your favorite handmade card, you've got a really personal and fun gift. I've used a Father's Day card in the example, but this works great for all kinds of occasions. This DIY is super quick and easy!


DIY Father's Day Gift from Kids


  • 8x10 picture frame
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Double-sided tape 
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • A favorite 4x6 photo 
  • World's Best Dad card 

DIY Father's Day Idea


STEP 1: Cut your scrapbook paper to 8 by 10 inches. Use the double-sided tape to adhere it to the frame backing in all four corners.

STEP 2: Align your card and photos to the center of the backing. Adhere them with the double-sided tape.

STEP 3 (OPTIONAL): Write a message inside your card. I like to leave my card open so that the message I've written inside is still visible, but you can also close the card using the double-sided tape if you prefer. 

How to frame a greeting card

STEP 5: Assemble your frame without glass and display on your photo gallery wall or other favorite spot.

Father's Day DIY

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Win a $15 shop credit + a fun bookish necklace! May 31 2017

I've got a fun giveaway happening on the Type Shy Instagram account right now. 

One lucky person will win a gorgeous skeleton key necklace from Pretty Bookish + a Mr. Darcy greeting card and $15 shop credit to Type Shy. 

Enter on Instagram

Upcoming spring/summer craft shows April 19 2017

Type Shy Summer Craft Show Schedule

Type Shy will be at the following craft shows this spring and summer. Our in-person appearances are always special because we bring designs in many colors not available on the site + offer in-person discount pricing. Visit each event's page for more info on them, including show times and other vendors. 

5/13: Maker's Mart

@ Handmade Toledo

Toledo, OH

More info

6/17: INDIEana Handicraft Exchange

@ Harrison Center for the Arts

Indianapolis, IN

More info

7/22: Made in Michigan Pop Up Marketplace

Downtown Market

Grand Rapids, MI

More info

8/26: Made in Michigan Pop Up Marketplace

Downtown Market

Grand Rapids, MI

More info

Literary Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Ideas for Book Lovers and Writers November 29 2016


Have a bookworm on your holiday gift list? These fun and unique literary gift ideas are sure to be a hit with readers and writers!

1: These Typewriter Magnets from Jodi Lynn Doodles would be so cute in a writer's office.

2: Type Shy's Library Card Notebooks are the perfect stocking stuffer or co-worker gift. You can choose between adult fiction and children's storybook titles. See our full line of literary gift ideas.

3: Frostbeard's bookish candles smell amazing and are all handcrafted. The Bookstore and Old Books scents would pair perfectly with a gift card from your favorite local bookstore.

4: This print from Alisa Bobzien is the perfect sentiment for the book obsessed.

5: Finally, you can't go wrong with a book subscription box. OwlCrate (for YA fans) and Literati Cultura (with signed, first editions) are two of my favorites.

Michigan Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Ideas Made In Michigan November 22 2016

Shop local this holiday season with a selection of gorgeous handmade gift ideas made in Michigan.

1: Proud to be a Michigander tote by Arthur's Plaid Pants

2: Handprinted welcome sign by All Things Grow 

3: Take the Scenic Route vintage map art by Type Shy

4: Enamel Earrings by Courtney Fischer Jewelry

5: Birchbark vases by Bettula

All of these gifts will be available at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Dec. 2-4, 2016 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Check out the full lineup of vendors.

Holiday 2016 Show Schedule November 15 2016

Type Shy will be at the following holidays events this season:
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26
Breton Village West Elm, Grand Rapids, MI
Dec. 2-4
Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
Dec. 10-11
Riverview Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI
Thru Dec. 23
Lansing Art Gallery

Emily Bronte Autumn Quote September 28 2016

Emily Bronte fall quote paper cut by Type Shy

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

fluttering from the autumn tree."

— Emily Bronte

New for Fall September 16 2016

New fall cards and artwork is now available in the shop. This release is the most varied to date, including greeting cards for many occasions, holiday items and my signature romantic travel items that I've started calling the Wanderlove Collection

This collection is inspired by soulmates of all kind, and the special role that place plays in our relationships. Place often changes our connection to each other and these items seek to strengthen that connection. With all of my work, I am trying to create a sense of sweetness and romance and nostalgia without tipping into the too sappy territory. Basically this: 

(Screenshot of my personal inspiration board on Pinterest.)

Thanks for checking out the new stuff.


All About Custom Map Artwork September 09 2016

Do you like one of the Wanderlust Collection designs but wish you could choose the map? Well, over in the Type Shy Etsy shop you can! Any of the in-stock map artwork can be customized with the location of your choice. This graphic helps answer how it works. 

STEP 1: Pick your design. Any in-stock artwork design can be customized with the location of your choice. (Yes, even ones that are not currently offered as map artwork.)

STEP 2: Place your order via the Type Shy Etsy shop and be sure to write your location choice(s) in the "Note to Seller" field at checkout.

STEP 3: You'll receive 2-3 map selections with in 48-72 hours of placing your order. 

STEP 4: Once your map is selected, your order enters my production queue and will be made within 2 weeks. You'll receive an email with tracking info when you order ships.

STEP 5: Your art arrives ready to pop into your favorite frame for gifting. 

Here's some common questions about the process ...

Custom Map Artwork FAQs

Why don't you offer custom maps on your own web site?

Simply, because it's easier to do custom work on Etsy. Etsy allows me to contact you directly through your order and attach photos for approval. It keeps the whole process together, making it easy peasy.

How long does it take?

Generally, it takes up to 2 weeks from payment for your artwork to be made. Sometimes (like during the busy season around the holidays) it takes a bit longer. I do my best to communicate an accurate custom timing in my "Announcement" section at the top of my Etsy shop. It never hurts to place your order as early as you can.

What does the custom fee cover?

Custom orders take extra time, so the added fee allows me to offer them. Specifically, it covers the time to find and photograph map choices, and to work with you on creating your one-of-a-kind piece. 

Should I contact you before I place my order to make sure you have my map?

The short answer is no. My map stash is big. Like, really, really big. Like, the fire department would not like it, big. That being said, it you think your location might not work, then yes. Although I am unable to send any photos of specific maps, I can let you know if what you're thinking is possible.

Will you send what it looks like before I order?

I'm so sorry, but due to the large number of requests, I'm not able to provide this.

But I want a tiny town that no one has almost ever heard of, can you do that?

Having a few places in mind makes for more map options. 90 percent of the maps depict the entire country or state, so really super small places may not be named. I will work with you to find a great alternative if your location is not available. Sometimes the design needs a minor tweaking (like adding a heart, or making words larger or smaller) to show your location, but this is all communicated in the custom process. 

But what if I don't like it after I see it?

If you truly do not like any of the maps available, I am happy to refund your order minus the custom fee of $10. But that's pretty unlikely. In over 3 years of custom work, I've only had to do this once.

Can I return custom orders?

Because custom work cannot be resold, it cannot be returned. Once I receive your approval on the design, your order cannot be cancelled. I make sure you love your design before it's sent, but please reach out if you have any questions before your item is made.

I trust you and don't need to see it beforehand. So it's not custom, right? 

Awesome, I love surprising customers with great maps! Just let me know in the notes section of your order that you don't need the whole rundown. However, because it is made to order, the custom fee still applies for any and all specific location requests. Thank you for understanding! 

Can I customize a map card?

Custom maps are only available on artwork at this time.

I'm ready to order!

Awesome! Head to the Type Shy Etsy shop to select your design.

I have another question!

No problem! Send me a message and we will chat.  

Kerrytown BookFest on Sept. 11 September 07 2016

Kerrytown BookFest 2016 information

The 2016 Kerrytown Bookfest will take place from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Type Shy will be vending at the event, with our collection of handmade paper goods, perfect for book and paper lovers. You can find my booth in the aisle of vendors closest to the Kerrytown Market & Shops.

The Detroit Free Press recently ran a nice article on the book fest. Schedule and info on the event on the Kerrytown Bookfest site.

Hope to see you there!



Valentine Greeting Cards and Gift Ideas January 03 2016

You can now find a collection of greeting cards and gift ideas perfect for Valentine's Day on the site. Many of these cards and gifts can be customized with a map of your choice for a few dollars more. Please contact me to order your custom piece.

And just an FYI on deadlines in time for Valentine's Day: Custom orders must be placed by Jan. 31 (domestic). All other domestic orders must be placed by Feb. 5 for Valentine's Day delivery. It's always best to order early since the post office has been known to miss delivery dates!

Holiday Break: Web Shop Closed Until Jan. 4 December 16 2015

Just a quick note to say that the Type Shy web shop will be closed for the holidays until Monday, Jan. 4. If you need something in the meantime, please use the contact form to get in touch. Although my shop is closed, I will still be answering messages, though it may be on a slower timetable.

During these two weeks "off," I plan to make all the holiday cookies (and eat them all), begin moving my studio to the (much larger) finished lower level of our house, and, in general, spend lots of time with my family and friends. In the final weeks of 2015, I hope you get lots of that last one, too.


Holiday Show Schedule November 09 2015

It hardly seems possible, but the holiday season is just around the corner. You can find me at the following craft shows through the end of the year:
Maker's Mart
Nov. 14, Toledo, OH

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Dec. 4-6, Detroit, MI

Dec. 11-12, Ypsilanti, MI

West Elm Pop Up Shop
Dec. 19, Grand Rapids, MI
Hope to see you there!

Type Shy at Kerrytown BookFest August 19 2013

We're excited to be returning to the Kerrytown BookFest on September 13, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We had an absolute blast getting our literary geek on last year and can't wait to show off some new bookish goodies this year. 

More info about this year's event is available on the Kerrytown BookFest site.