Vana Chupp

Forth Favorites From The Online Shops of Our Etsy Shop Owner Panelists by Natalie Pavela

You may have heard that on July 8th we're hosting a panel talk on the Ins and Outs of Etsy Shop Ownership at Design Cloud. Oh boy, are we excited! We're lucky enough to have some talented Forth alums who are also experienced Etsy shop owners. Four of these gals are going to be sharing their wisdom at the panel talk - Olivia Suchman Joffrey of Vigilante Paper, Johanna Winter Harper of JWH Designs, Julie Morelli of Nourishing Notes, and Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio. Today we're sharing a few of our favorite items from each of their Etsy shops.

Vigilante Paper is a purveyor of unconventional, colorful wedding invitations. Their collection marries hand-drawn illustration, pattern and lettering with the affordability and color of digital printing technology. We're loving this Mexican themed wedding invitation for a destination wedding and this sultry floral wedding invitation

Vigilante Paper Mexican Themed Wedding Invitation

Etsy Vigilante Paper Wedding Invite

JWH Designs creates whimsical dish towels, tea towels, and prints. We're swooning over the abstract layers flower sack dish/tea towel and the set of blue windmill flour sack napkins (perfect for jazzing up your table when dining alfresco!).

JWH Designs Abstract Design Dish Towel

JWH Designs Blue Windmill Napkin

Nourishing Notes makes letterpress printed greeting cards, art prints, screen printed kitchen towels. The preserve fruits and family recipes flour sack kitchen towel looks awesome when hanging on a blank wall in your kitchen. Julie's also got a great sense of humor, incorporating food into her messages for special occasions. We're especially digging the thank you berry much & cheese louise you're old cards. 

Etsy Nourishing Notes Towel

Nourishing Notes Cards

Le Papier Studio specialize in custom silhouette creations for young and old, fine art prints, silhouette jewelry, gifts for home, custom invitations and stationery. The father and son on swing silhouette printcouple on bikes gold foil print and gold foil birth announcement are a few beautiful ways to commemorate your loved ones.

Le Papier Studio Father and Son Etsy Le Papier Studio Goldleaf Print

Le Papier Studio Birth AnnouncementWant to hear more from these wise, wonderful women? And drink the first bottles of Penrose beer? We thought so. Seating is limited so get your ticket.

4xForth: Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio by Natalie Pavela


Each Friday we’re highlighting one of the lovely women in our community by learning about her favorite Chicago places and restaurants, hearing what websites she’s all jazzed about, and gaining some inspiration from destinations she’s dreaming of traveling to next.

It’s 4 x Forth Friday and today we’re talking to Forth alum Vana Chupp - owner and creative director of Le Papier Studio. Vana illustrates elegant custom silhouettes and will be speaking at our Etsy Shop Ownership Panel Talk on July 8th (details and tickets here).

Places that inspire me in Chicago:

1. Art Institute of Chicago - My husband and I love to check out any interesting new exhibits every chance we get. We make a date out of it! It gives us a chance to be together and enjoy something we both like (we’re both trained as architects).

2. Millenium Park- We love taking our little family downtown for a long stroll and a picnic in the park in the summertime.

3. Bottle and Bottega in Evanston has become a favorite place for us to sip some wine while we freshen up our painting/drawing skills. We always end up meeting fun couples in there.

4. The Boarding House is our most favorite restaurant to dine at and bring friends/family to. I am particularly fond of it because I got to do some work for the owner (Alphana Singh).

Places I'll go someday:

1. Paris - there’s always Paris! - and it's at the top of my list. I’ve been there before but I can’t get enough of it. We are planning a long anniversary celebration there soon.

2. Savannah, GA - is a place I dream of living in and owning a little boutique studio someday. The architecture and the charm of this city has been capturing my heart for years now.

3. French Riviera - The south of France offers some of the most pristine vacation places. I dream of a long summer vacation in the Mediterranean Sea with our entire family.

 Best Bites in Chicago:

1. The Boarding House (see above) - we like to spoil ourselves when we’re here. They have a huge collection of wines and wonderful pairings. We often order a few dishes and end up sharing them. My favorite item on their menu is the New York Strip Steak with asparagus, roasted carrots, and potato puree. Amazing every single time.

2. Mercat a la Planxa  has become our anniversary celebration spot. We love the tapas menu and they have the best sangria there too. Favorite item in the menu: dates wrapped in bacon.

3. Le Pain Quotidiene in West Loop is a favorite place to do brunch with local friends. Was first introduced to LPQ in Los Angeles (fun outdoor dining) and have been hooked ever since.

4. Capannari’s Ice Cream in Mount Prospect is our guilty pleasure. We take the boys there almost weekly - they each have a favorite flavor they love. Mine is Dolce de Lece (a rotator, so make sure to order it when available!)

Sites I lurve:

1. - when I need to daydream of life in Paris.

2. - is a cool new site both my hubby and I love. It’s a collection of cool architecture, products and designs.

3. - coolest new boutique/site to shop handmade goodness. It’s curated by some of the biggest bloggers.

4. - for all the business advice and inspiration I ever need.

Thank you for sharing Vana! Agreed, picnics in Millennium Park are hart to beat, The Boarding House is a total gem (their decor is to die for!), and we'll be daydreaming of Paris alongside you with

You can keep up with Vana and Le Papier Studio through her BlogFacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!