This is an interview which I conducted with Cristina from Sombras Blancas Art & Design.
I personally find her a humble and down to earth Spanish girl.
She is the woman to look for if you are starting a business or just want to renew your image.
Cristina owns the shop named sombrasblancasdesign on Etsy.
My name is Cristina and I am the owner of Sombras Blancas Art & Design.
I specialize in branding for small businesses and startups: logos, websites, stationery…
Everything a brand may need to put the word out in a professional way.
~Describe your goals~
My main goal is to provide an excellent service and reach more people who are in need of a new image.
~What inspires you with your craft designs?~
I look for inspirations EVERYWHERE: from an ad that I see on TV to a song or a children’s book.
Recently, I’m using Pinterest as a source of fresh ideas almost every day.
~Describe what experience you encounter with your craftwork and how did you overcome it~
I am a (almost) self-taught graphic designer and I’ve been learning everything slowly but steadily.
I solved it with a lot of Google search with trial and error.
~How do you juggle your busy family/work schedule with your craft business?~
Graphic design is my full-time job.
I work from home and that can be hard to manage sometimes.
I wake up early every morning and write a very detailed to-do list before start working.
That helps me focus, not wasting too much time between tasks and being more organized to have some free time to go out. I don’t always succeed, tough😛
~What was most rewarding about your job?~
I enjoy receiving lovely feedback from happy clients when the work is finished.
The feeling from a good work achieved is always rewarded.
~What are your guidance to other entrepreneurs?~
Stop looking at what others are doing and work harder.
It’s always great to take a look at your competitors to get new ideas but those ideas won’t work unless you do.
~Do you have any craft entrepreneur that you admire?~
There are many women in business doing great things to help other female entrepreneurs and I really admire them.
My current favorite is Marie Forleo.
~Where can people shop for your products that you made?~
I have a website (www.sombrasblancasdesign.com) where you can find info about what I do, my portfolio, my blog (with very interesting content for entrepreneurs) and a shop with more than 300 pre-designed logos and custom services.
I also have an Etsy shop (www.sombrasblancasdesign.etsy.com) where I actually started marketing my brand more than 2 years ago.
~What is your favorite beverage and cuisine: ~
Black milk tea and Japanese food.
~What is your favorite book:~
There are too many I can’t choose one.
José Saramago and Juan Gelman are some of my favorite authors.
~Do you have a pet:~
I don’t have any pets right now but I’ve had a chicken and a hamster some years ago.
~What are the three items that you can’t leave your house without:~
My mobile phone, wallet and a USB flash drive.
~What do you love to do most during your spare time?
Watching films, playing the guitar and stargazing through the telescope.
~Which is your next target destination country to travel:~
I think it will be France or Germany.
I have some friends there and I’m willing to pay a visit.
~How do you see yourself in the next 3 years:~
Probably living in a different city (I’m moving soon!), learning new things and still working on this business.
~What is the weirdest food combination you have ever tasted before:~
I love sushi SO MUCH but some combinations are way too weird, even for a sushi lover.
I can’t even remember the names of the ingredients.
~How long have you gone without a shower:~
A couple of days while traveling with friends. Rideshare journeys!
~If you were given a pet what would you name it:~
Charlie (Chaplin) or (Juan) Gelman
*Kindly be informed that all the above information are given by Cristina herself.*
End of Interview
Products that I loved from her store are:
Custom Logo Design (Platinum Pack – 4 concepts – with Business Card) – Custom designed logo – Custom logo
5 Page Custom Website Design on WIX – Professional e-commerce website for your business
OOAK Premade Logo Design – Happy Puppy
Premade Logo Design – Whimsical Frame
Premade Business Card Design – Vintage Lamp
Custom Vector Portrait
Custom Vector Couple Portrait
Digital Printable – Striped Gift Tags
Digital Scrapbooking Paper Pack – Pastel Purple Blue
(all images here are the property of Cristina from sombrasblancasdesign)
~Thanks for reading~
Interview was hosted by Bianca (www.benedettacrafty.com) dated 29th April, 2014