Travel Journals, Guest Books, Recipe Cards, Tags

Tacoma, Washington · 7223 Sales


Travel Journals, Guest Books, Recipe Cards, Tags

Tacoma, Washington 7223 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Welcome to Istria Design! We offer a variety of vintage style paper goods - from travel journals, personalized guest books, recipe cards, wish cards & art prints to party favors, thank you cards and tags.


Last updated on Jan 25, 2017

Welcome to Istria Design! We offer a variety of vintage style paper goods - from travel journals, personalized guest books, recipe cards, wish cards & art prints to party favors, thank you cards and tags.


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Work in progress. A very vintage looking mermaid journal - to be listed soon.
I love these Halloween weddings, just shipped off a bunch of skeleton couple guest books.
A bunch of new products waiting to be photographed. To be listed soon.
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Take the Road Less Traveled

I was born and raised in Croatia, where I got my Bachelor's degree in Business in 2007. For the first time in my life I found myself feeling confused and uncertain of what to do next. I just couldn't picture myself caged in an office for the rest of my life, but then again - I didn't want to be a starving artist either. Because that's what artists do, right? They starve. At least that's what we've been taught.

So, I prayed and prayed some more and slowly, but surely, the road started unfolding in front of me. One thing led to another and I ended up marrying a guy who lived across the World and moving to the United States in 2010. It was both scary and exacting at the same time.

In 2011 I found myself unemployed with a new baby. We struggled to make ends meet and I was trying so hard to get a job, but with no luck. While scrolling thorough my Facebook news feed I came across a link that led me straight to Etsy. Within minutes, I was hooked.

I remembered how much I enjoyed altering and making my own journals when I was younger, making keepsake boxes with my dad. I remembered my lost collection of antique Holy cards and all the old tattered post cards and love letters from my grandma's attic. All of a sudden, it all made sense. My heart skipped a beat and I decided to give it a try.

Three years later, Istria Design is my full time job and it significantly contributes to our family's budget. I am on a mission to provide my customers with high quality vintage style paper goods and gifts for all those special moments in their lives - from journals and recipe cards to gift tags and favor bags. Having my own business has been a huge learning experience, one I am thankful for every single day.

I am very passionate about learning and improving my skills as a designer, crafts person and a business owner. While growing my business I also try to support other small women/family owned businesses, that's why I source most of my supplies directly here on Etsy.

All of my products are handmade and/or altered in my studio that used to be our living room before I started this adventure. I am currently working on a new line of hand crafted journals while also working on my own stand alone website.

In my spare time I do some painting, hand lettering, doodling... I love mixed media art and I hope to find more time for it soon. I also collect antique post cards (Halloween and Christmas themed ones are my favorite).

In the future, I am hoping to still be here, designing and crafting pretty things and hopefully I can inspire other women that may find themselves in my situation to take the road less traveled because it is the most reward road of all.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story,


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Shop members

  • Ivana Watkins

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on December 2, 2016
Welcome to Istria Design - the home of vintage inspired paper goods and gifts!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Istria Design accepts Paypal, all major credit cards and Etsy gift cards.

Istria Design is a registered business, therefore Washington State buyers will be charged sales tax.
Our current processing time is 3-5 business days. All of our items are handmade and made to order, so be sure to place your orders with that in mind. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

All of the orders are shipped with USPS First Class Mail, with the exception of a couple of items that are too heavy and have to be shipped with Priority Mail. Sometimes, orders with multiple items will be shipped with Priority mail as well, if the total weight exceeds 16 oz.

I provide tracking number for all the parcels, you will usually receive a message through Etsy with your tracking number as soon as your package is on the way.

My shipping costs include the cost of shipping and packaging materials. Most of the packages are shipped in bubble mailers. I often use recycled boxes as backing to give extra sturdiness to the package and to make sure you receive your items in a perfect condition.

Art prints are shipped flat in sturdy "no-bend" mailers.

International customers, please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and custom charges that may occur.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your order, we accept returns within 15 days of receiving the item. The item must be returned in its original condition. Upon receipt of the item you will be issued a full refund (minus the shipping cost).
If you receive a damaged product or the product is not as described, please send us pictures of it (for insurance purposes) and you will be issued a full refund or you will receive a replacement.

We do not accept returns on personalized and custom made products, unless they are faulty or we made a mistake.

If you have any problems or concerns regarding your order, please don't hesitate to message us prior to leaving feedback. We strive for a 100% customer satisfaction and we will be happy to work with you and resolve any issues that may occur.

More information

Last updated on May 21, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do you offer custom and personalized products?

Most of our products can be personalized with your event information (for example: name/s, event date, or even a favorite quote). If you need me to personalize a certain product for you please don't hesitate to message me and we can discuss the details. I also offer custom products, but availability of custom orders is limited and it depends on how busy I am at the moment. If you have an idea for a custom product feel free to message me and, if at all possible, I'll be happy to accommodate.

Do you offer a certain product in a different size?

Unfortunately, the sizes I have listed in the shop are the only ones I am currently able to offer.

Do you offer wholesale?

Yes, we do. Many of our products are available for wholesale. We are already wholesaling our recipe cards, notebooks and art prints to a range of boutiques throughout the United States. The only products not available for wholesale are our personalized and custom products. If you are interested in our products, please feel free to message me and I'll be happy to provide more details regarding the minimum quantity and pricing.

Do you offer gift wrapping and how much does it cost?

Yes, we do! We will be happy to gift wrap your order free of charge. We will even add a note for the recipient if you want to. All you have to do is leave a note in the "note to seller" box when checking out and we'll take care of it.