moonscapehandmade

Wedding guest books, invitations, announcements

California, United States · 1135 Sales

moonscapehandmade

Wedding guest books, invitations, announcements

California, United States 1135 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(380)
Shop owner

Melissa

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Announcement   Hi, welcome to my shop! I create hand-bound wedding guest books, invitations, birth announcements & other paper-made goods.

About me: My name is Melissa. I have a degree in graphic design, but I am an artist first and foremost. As such, I put a lot of thought & care into each of my designs. I love to draw, paint, sew, cook & craft— follow me @themoonandthemountains on Instagram to follow my everyday creative explorations!

Half of all profits from my sales go to support the Charis Project, a non-profit organization working in Thailand to establish a model for sustainable orphan care.
In addition to creating family homes for the orphans they do care for, they are working to help keep children out of orphanages in the first place. Most children in Thai orphanages are not truly orphans, but rather were sent there because their parents could not afford to feed them. The Charis Project is working to develop businesses and jobs as well as offering educational opportunities for locals in order to empower them to better provide for their families. This, in turn, keeps families together. Upon request, I can send you their brochure with your purchase. Please visit their website at www.thecharisproject.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecharisproject to learn more about what they do! You can also follow them on Instagram @thecharisproject or Twitter @CharisProject.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

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Last updated on Sep 19, 2015

Hi, welcome to my shop! I create hand-bound wedding guest books, invitations, birth announcements & other paper-made goods.

About me: My name is Melissa. I have a degree in graphic design, but I am an artist first and foremost. As such, I put a lot of thought & care into each of my designs. I love to draw, paint, sew, cook & craft— follow me @themoonandthemountains on Instagram to follow my everyday creative explorations!

Half of all profits from my sales go to support the Charis Project, a non-profit organization working in Thailand to establish a model for sustainable orphan care.
In addition to creating family homes for the orphans they do care for, they are working to help keep children out of orphanages in the first place. Most children in Thai orphanages are not truly orphans, but rather were sent there because their parents could not afford to feed them. The Charis Project is working to develop businesses and jobs as well as offering educational opportunities for locals in order to empower them to better provide for their families. This, in turn, keeps families together. Upon request, I can send you their brochure with your purchase. Please visit their website at www.thecharisproject.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thecharisproject to learn more about what they do! You can also follow them on Instagram @thecharisproject or Twitter @CharisProject.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa

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Melissa

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(380)
sarascullin

sarascullin on Jul 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely loved the invitation!! Just perfect and so unique. Melissa was so fast and responsive when I was in a time crunch and the invitations were a huge hit.

ryangifted

ryangifted on Jul 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This item was terrific, especially for a bridal shower featuring two people from different locations. She did a great deal of customizing for a low price. And she also donates half of her profits to the Charis project.

ryangifted

ryangifted on Jul 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Creating this invitation was my first Etsy experience, and Melissa made it easy by quickly answering my endless questions. Her design is terrific and definitely unique. Perfect for me!

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About

Lifelong artist turned graphic designer turned self-employed bookmaking enthusiast

I have been an artist always & forever. Before I can remember, drawing & crafts were my thing. My mother tells me that in kindergarten I was often the last kid at the table meticulously putting the final touches on my craft, long after the other kids had lost interest.

Moonscape began as a project in college, during my last year at San Diego State University. I was prompted by an assignment to develop a project for my portfolio that encompassed what I had passion for. The reason I was an artist and subsequently a designer. The answer to that question: my art, my letterpress printing, and my bookmaking.

When I was 21, I had an experience that has transformed me and inspired me. I began hiking around this time to exercise, clear my mind, listen to God & pray. There have seldom been times since then as invigorating, healing & transformative in my life. There's nothing quite like being the only person for a few square miles to help quiet your mind & escape the chaos of life. Then, September 2007 came. Wildfires were running rampant in San Diego. My family was evacuated, which left me feeling completely helpless. To top it off, my absolute favorite hiking trail, Mount Woodson, was burning. I was in a state of shock for a few days. I still remember the smell of ash in the air as I drove around the day after, the sky orange and hazy.

My family's home survived. And after a couple months, I revisited my favorite trail. It was a whole new place. The brush was completely cleared. The rocks were charred & cracked. The trees looked dead. All was black, all was dead. But, when I looked closely, new little sprouts were popping up from the incredibly fertile soil. I was able to explore areas I'd never been, and I felt like it was a reflection of myself. The burning of the dead parts, to make way for the new. God transformed me during this time, stripping away what was no longer growing (certain relationships & my job), and making way for the new (within a few months, I had a new, way better job, and I met my now husband). Fire & it's power to destroy in order to make way for new growth has remained a strong symbol in my life.

Moonscape means a landscape on the moon, or any landscape that looks like the moon, desolate & barren. I have always loved the moon, too, so this name is a reminder of the beauty of the moon & the post-fire landscape. Even in desolation, there is beauty, & there is hope for the future.

Slowly, my Moonscape school project evolved from centering around my art prints to creating hand-bound, carefully designed books to be used as wedding guest books, journals, or photo albums. I have a love/addiction for beautiful decorative papers, and Moonscape is my enabler. I opened my Etsy store in 2010, first selling a few tiny hand-bound books I'd made & photographed. It took a long time, but I slowly increased my guest book inventory, and eventually added invitations. After the birth of my daughter, I added my birth announcement design, which is an adaptation of the design I did for her announcement.

Today, I fill orders in our Southern California apartment, often while watching Netflix, with a 3-year old watching & "helping" from the sidelines, and my infant son crawling about nearby.

Some of my interests: cooking, health & nutrition, human anatomy, astronomy & physics, sewing, music (indie, alternative, punk rock), typography, babywearing, attachment parenting, fashion.

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  • Melissa

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    I'm a wife of 6 years to my amazing husband, a mama to our hilarious 3 year old daughter & sweet infant son, and the owner-operator of Moonscape. I have a degree in Graphic Design from SDSU, where I graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2009.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2014
Welcome to my shop policies. If your question is not addressed here, please feel free to contact me directly!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I only accept Paypal and Etsy direct payment as payment methods. Payment must be received within 48 hours of purchase.
Shipping
Ready-to-ship items will be shipped via USPS Priority mail within 1-2 business days of purchase. For made-to-order guest books, please allow up to 10 business days for me to make and ship it out to you. For made-to-order invitations and birth announcements, please allow up to 3 weeks for me to ship them out.

Once I've shipped your item(s), Priority mail typically takes 2-3 business days to deliver within the US, or 6-10 business days internationally. However, please note that USPS does not guarantee these delivery times, and in occasional cases, it may take longer to deliver to you. Within the US, a tracking number will be given upon shipment of your order. For international orders, no tracking number will be given as USPS does not offer them for Priority mail shipping. If you'd like to upgrade your shipping to Express (which does offer international tracking numbers), please contact me for a price quote before placing your order.

Please note that custom orders may require additional time for assembly. Since this varies, I will let you know via our communications when I expect to ship your item.

If you need an item you're interested in within a short time frame, please contact me, and I'll do my best to accommodate you.
Refunds and Exchanges
I happily accept returns on most items within 30 days of purchase, provided the item is returned in original condition and the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs. I will not issue any refunds until I have received the return item. I do not accept returns on custom orders. Refunds will be issued via the method of payment. Please contact me if you intend to return a purchase.

If you are unhappy with the item you received, please contact me. I'd be happy to work with you to exchange the item for something you will be completely happy with! Please note that in the case of exchanges, the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Any questions, just ask! I will make my best effort to respond promptly.