Announcement   if you want something and it’s out of stock, please DM me! i’ll make it to order. i’m taking a little hiatus from stocking. if you'd like to commission me to make something special just for you, visit


Last updated on Apr 5, 2018

if you want something and it’s out of stock, please DM me! i’ll make it to order. i’m taking a little hiatus from stocking. if you'd like to commission me to make something special just for you, visit

alyssa giannini

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alyssa giannini


like craft or die, but with less dying and more diy-ing.

this etsy shop was born out of, where i sold zines and buttons on a sliding scale/pay what you can pricing model sans online shopping carts. i decided to make an etsy, as it seems easier for people to navigate. i am always down to trade/do pay-what-you-can pricing here though if you message me about it!

~ humble beginnings~
craft or diy is a thing that started at the second annual make it on your own (2011) in west chester, pa. my friends at the horror parlour organized it, and it was the most honest to goodness punk rock flea market i’ve ever been a part of. it was held in their spacious yard with musical acts and free tables. i spent a few months crafting relentlessly to prepare for it, and the leftovers from that event turned into craft or diy. i held off on making an etsy for a long time because i wanted to keep everything pay-what-you-can, but people seem to find this kind of shop a lot easier to use than mail order, so here i am.

i have met so many lasting friends and pen pals through this creative venture. everything in my shop is handmade by me (alyssa giannini).

~ these days ~
craft or diy is now based out of olympia, wa; a long way away from its birthplace in lancaster, pa. zines have become my main focus currently, mostly informational guides & perzines. all of them contain illustrations and text with a heavy focus on mental health, the diy music community, heartache & personal ramblings.

i am a proud organizer of the olympia zine fest with some other lovely folks!

distros that carry my zines sometimes:
sweet candy distro
letters from bummer camp distro
alrededor de la luna

zine libraries that carry my zines:
olympia timberland library in olympia, wa
little zine library at obsidian in olympia, wa

zines/publications i’ve contributed content to:
third point press issue #1
letters from bummer camp volume 2
mad dog #1
appalachian monsters #3
the miscreant issue #52
third point press issue #3
minimum rock n roll issue #3

Shop members

  • alyssa giannini

    Owner, Creator

Shop policies

Last updated on March 10, 2017

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase, or it has been damaged or lost in the mail, message me and i can refund you (or send you a replacement, if it's not a 1-of-a-kind thing).
i accept paypal and pretty much whatever else works for you, message me if you have a question. if you're interested in being my pen pal we can take the snail mail route too!
orders are shipped out within 3-5 days of purchase. they should generally take 3-5 days to arrive within the US, 7-10 days internationally. i ship first class, USPS. if your order has shipped and it's been longer than 10 days (perhaps a little longer for international), please contact me and i will see about sending a replacement (if it's not one of a kind) or a refund!
Additional policies and FAQs
if you really want something in my shop and can't afford it, shoot me a message! i'm open to trades & pay-what-you-can pricing.

pleaseeeee make sure your address is accurate before ordering, or let me know if it's inaccurate asap after ordering.

i ship things out between 3 and 5 business days after purchase, and items take 3-5 days to get to you (if you're in the us) once they are in the hands of usps. international orders take a bit longer. if your order seems late according to these timeframes, please drop me a line! your order has probably been eaten by the mail troll and i will get a replacement out to you.