Creative Director and Designer of Design Love Planner
When Marissa was 14 years old she began to create her own planners. She was always on the hunt for the perfect day planner, but it was something she could never find. This led Marissa to buy multiple planners at a time. She would add her own covers and pockets that were designed to fit her needs. Pulling papers from her binder that included 100 different samples, she would create planners that reflected her creativity and style. Who would of thought that her habits at 14 years old would one day turn into her own business?
With a background in Graphic Design and Communications, Marissa began to work for herself last year and was in need of a new planner. She made her way to Chapters (like most of us would) but didn’t find anything. “Nothing made sense for the amount of work I had to do,” says Marissa. She decided to buy multiple planners. “I laid them out on my floor and decided what was working and what wasn’t. I smooshed them all together and made one,” explains Marissa. She had her new planner printed at Kinkos after assembling it together and applying gold polka dots (each one by hand).
Marissa decided to put her passion to the test and sold her planners on Etsy. “It was a success! I sold out and then manufactured a few more and was able to get a few stores on board,” says Marissa. Design Love Planner was born and is now Marissa’s full-time job. She pours her heart and soul into her business and has created the new it day planner.
Design Love Planner includes two pockets to store notes and business cards. Each month always features an inspirational print that is perforated, which you can take out or give to a friend. A monthly calendar, weekly checklist, a weekly schedule and a budgeting and to-do list are included. Marissa has literally thought of it all in creating a sophisticated day planner for the modern professional woman.
Having the opportunity to work for herself, Marissa enjoys having the ability to create her own schedule. “I respond to myself and I’m my own boss. It forces me to be the best version of myself because no one is going to do my work unless I’m proactive about it,” says Marissa.
While owning her business and facing many new learning curves, Marissa still has some advice to offer. “You have to give up a lot in order to gain a lot. You’ll have to give up your social life if you want to make it. You have to be invested 150 percent because if you’re not invested in the beginning you’ll never really get there,” says Marissa. She also says, “Not everyone is going to understand the choices you’ve made and a lot of people will judge you. Remember to look past it and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place. Especially as a woman.”
As Design Love Planner continues to grow, Marissa is always looking for lovely young ladies who are just as much in love with stationary as she is. If you’re interested in a different experience and want a first hand look at what it’s like to run a small business contact Marissa!