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Hi! I'm Laura, the thought process and sleepless nights behind the designs in my Cartamodello store (http://cartamodello.etsy.com).

My earliest memories of my own fascination with design and typography are from when I was about 9 and asking my parents to show me how to do "old fashioned cursive" because I didn't like the modern cursive they taught us in school. (Rightly so. It's HORRIBLE.) Even at a young age I had very tidy handwriting so I adapted very quickly to this "fancy" style of handwriting. Within a few weeks I had adapted this style further and named my different writing styles, writing each in full, letter by letter, and titling each page. I would use a different style depending on what mood I was in. I think without realising it I was actually creating a portfolio of handwritten fonts (though, not even owning a computer back then nor having them at school meant I…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 30
  • Joined January 5, 2011

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ribbons, sequins, paper, cardstock, kraft paper, mac book pro, imac, adobe illustrator, digital graphics

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About

Hi! I'm Laura, the thought process and sleepless nights behind the designs in my Cartamodello store (http://cartamodello.etsy.com).

My earliest memories of my own fascination with design and typography are from when I was about 9 and asking my parents to show me how to do "old fashioned cursive" because I didn't like the modern cursive they taught us in school. (Rightly so. It's HORRIBLE.) Even at a young age I had very tidy handwriting so I adapted very quickly to this "fancy" style of handwriting. Within a few weeks I had adapted this style further and named my different writing styles, writing each in full, letter by letter, and titling each page. I would use a different style depending on what mood I was in. I think without realising it I was actually creating a portfolio of handwritten fonts (though, not even owning a computer back then nor having them at school meant I really had no idea what a font even was).

All through primary school and well into high school I liked to create handmade birthday cards and invitations. I made invitations for events that didn't even exist, just so I could make a hypothetical invite. Some might call that odd; I call it "creative". (Maybe just a little bit odd, actually.) Even in high school I would forge school dance tickets (using an old fax machine, repurposed coloured manila folders, and black texta) for my friends when the school sold out of them. The forgeries must've been somewhat decent because our tickets always granted us access (booyah!). Clearly, even without the sophistication of the hardware and software I use today, and "blessed" with far-less-refined artistic skills, I still managed to do a decent job.

Throughout my life, design and typography have always been the things that I fall back on to in my downtime... so I figured, why not make a bit of a job out of it? It's now 20 years since I was that little girl meticulously copying my parents' handwriting, my fingers clutching my trusty 4B pencil (because HB pencils truly suck). These days my artistic weapons of choice include a powerful MacBook Pro (plus a big screen iMac for fiddly stuff) and my beloved Creative Suite, and I work as a freelance designer and social media person in the "real world" (offline), and have kickstarted my little Etsy biz as a side project online. Just quietly, though, I'd love for it to become my full time job at some point!

I absolutely love what I do and I hope you do too. Please check out my shop... and if you would like to keep up to date with what I'm up to and take advantage of the occasional discount code, you can check out my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Cartamodello.

Thank you for reading!

Laura xoxo

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