Whimsy Spot

Santa Cruz, California 844 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (45)


Whimsy Spot

Santa Cruz, California | 844 Sales

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Alexa Shoemaker Brooks

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Alexa Shoemaker Brooks

Announcement    Whimsical wildlife paper art and greeting cards.


Last updated on Mar 25, 2018

Whimsical wildlife paper art and greeting cards.


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About WhimsySpotDesigns

Sales 844
On Etsy since 2010

About Whimsy Spot

The natural world has held an interest for me my whole life. I grew up among the redwoods where there were constant encounters with blue jays, raccoons, deer and even the occasional coyote. In addition, my sister is an underwater photographer, and I grew up with her beautiful images of manta rays, nudibranchs, whales and all kinds of tropical fish. It has always seemed to me that not only do individual animals have their own personalities, but that they have, as a species, characteristics that could be expressed in an artistic way. I try to place animals into humorous situations that play off those characteristics. My greeting cards--with simple silhouettes of creatures and flora in the wild that already exhibit magnificent color variations--are expressed in the beautiful patterns of paper.

Shop members

  • Alexa Shoemaker Brooks

    Owner, Designer, Paper Fiend

    Hello! You can usually find me ogling vintage typography, sneaking sour gummy candies, or color-coding my fine paper collection. I discovered a passion for paper art in high school and haven't been without an X-acto knife since.

Production partners

  • StationeryHQ

    Santa Clara, CA

    I use StationeryHQ for almost all my printing needs. I create the original artwork, scan it, edit it, and prepare it for printing. I then upload the images, and they print the artprints and cards. I then hand package everything myself.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 25, 2018
Welcome to Whimsy Spot!

Whimsy Spot offers a unique, handmade experience that feels playful, carefully crafted, and ultimately whimsical. We make everything from small gift tags to sets of greeting cards to larger collages. Every item is created with high quality papers and adhesive—no glue gun and construction paper here!! Every paper is selected specifically for its color, pattern, and texture. Whimsy Spot is perfect for gift giving—but beware, many customers have decided to keep their gifts for themselves!

I am more than happy to take requests and make custom orders. Due to the uniqueness of handmade papers, some patterns and/or colors can become unavailable. I can usually find a similar color in stock or find another at an additional charge.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If your order is damaged upon receipt, send me a message with a photo of damaged item, and I will gladly send a replacement if it is in stock or provide you with "store credit."

If there is a situation where the item is not damaged - but it is different than you hoped or expected (essentially an issue of personal taste or "buyer's remorse"), returns are not accepted. I do my best to represent the item descriptions and measurements and photos - please look carefully and ask any questions BEFORE making your purchase.
I do my best to get your items in the mail to you as soon as I receive payment! Due to Etsy's system, estimating shipping can be tricky. If you are overcharged for shipping in any amount above $1, I will gladly refund you.

If you need to cancel a purchase, please contact me within 24 hours.

California purchases will be charged tax.
Orders of ready made items are shipped within 1-3 days of payment. I ship all packages to the address you provide to Etsy. If you would like me to ship to a different address please sent me a note here on Etsy. Card sets are sent via priority mail flat rate. Individual cards and MENAGERIE are sent via USPS.

Any items shipped via priority mail flat rate come included with $50 of insurance. Please let me know upon purchase if you would like to purchase additional insurance.
Additional policies and FAQs
I always welcome custom orders! Please email me with specifics (inspiration images/colors/scale) so I can give you a price & timeline estimate!

All images copyright © Alexa Shoemaker Brooks