Hi hey hello! I’m Ashley Steiner, the artist & owner of Ashley Ink & Paperie. Currently dwelling in Birmingham by way of Overland Park, Fayetteville and Milton, I love planting roots in my home place with my people. I can most always be found with a pencil in one hand & a camera in the other. I love drawing, working with my company, exploring local places, & sipping coffee in my favorite cafes. I’m a stationery & planner junkie who spends hours in art stores. I love spreading the Gospel with the gifts I’ve graciously been given. I strive to live out Esther 4:14, believing that we’ve all been created “for such a time as this.” I’m oh so glad you’re here!
I believe entrepreneurs are some of the best storytellers because we have the opportunity to write the story of our companies. (& a whole LOT of stories come from that experience alone!) My prayer for this blog is to share the story of Ashley Ink & Paperie & the beauty of the Gospel that shines through every crack. My hope is to give you a true glimpse into my everyday as a Jesus-follower, artist, business owner, & college gal.
NOW A LITTLE ABOUT ASHLEY INK & PAPERIE —
From the day I could double-fist crayons at less than a year old, I have loved drawing. Growing up, I always created homemade greeting cards to give friends & family for most any occasion. The idea for turning my drawing passion into a business came during my sophomore year of high school when I made four cupcake drawings for birthday cards. Instead of giving my original drawings away, my mom suggested I make copies into cards & keep the originals. So I did! These copies sparked an idea that turned into a business. In August 2013 before my junior year of high school, I started Ashley Ink, which evolved in 2016 to Ashley Ink & Paperie to include all of its fun paper goods.
Ashley Ink & Paperie is rooted in faith and dwells in promoting the sweet moments in everyday life. Products include notecards, prints, custom stationery, invitations, calendars, and planners of my handmade illustrations. I create all drawings using a blend of markers and colored pencils.
Ashley Ink & Paperie has a online Etsy shop at ashleyink.etsy.com and wholesales in stores around Arkansas, Alabama, and Missouri. My company loves reaching local customers through pop-up shops, farmer’s markets, and flea markets. I am excited to see my company grow to reach more customers worldwide!
My company’s mission statement comes from Psalm 138:3, “He made me bold by strengthening my soul.” I have learned as a business owner, that I can’t rely on my own strength, but I must draw my strength from the One higher than me. This strength has given me the boldness to step out in faith to pursue my passions in ways I never knew were possible. My goal is Ashley Ink & Paperie’s products will encourage others to step out in this same boldness with me. Let’s leap together!
I am so thankful for my people — the family, friends, professors, advisors, & customers — who have helped though this journey. I could not do this without you!