Mariah Halvorson started MJ Creative Co. as a freelance designer & blogger, specializing in custom paper goods, graphic design, calligraphy, & more!


Tell us about yourself! How did you come to start MJ Creative Co? 
I have been interested in graphic design since high school, and before the start of my business, I had only been doing odd design jobs for family and friends. I knew for a while before I started that I wanted to at least design part time, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer and beat it in 2017, that I decided to bite the bullet and launch MJ Creative Co. It has since turned into a culmination of all my design experience, plus my love of old school activities, like calligraphy and sending snail mail.

What has been the biggest lesson learned since starting your business?
Starting a business, especially when you’re also working another full time job, is difficult in itself. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned since the start is that I can do anything in put my mind to, but that doesn’t mean I have to do everything. In the beginning, I was pushing myself too hard to do everything that I felt my business needed, and I was overworking myself. I have since slowed down, and realized that I don’t need to get everything I want to do done at once.

What are you exciting goals for the future? 
I recently purchased a very old, manual letterpress machine, and I am so excited to start launching custom letterpress invitations, cards, and paper goods of all sorts. Letterpress is an old art form that I love, and I think it is quickly starting to become a truly unique way to present the paper goods at an event.

What do you love most about running your own business?
I love so many aspects of running my business, but what’s I love the most is the freedom to express my design and calligraphy style to meet a client’s vision. Being adaptable but still staying true to myself is a challenge, but a challenge I love to take on.

What makes MJ Creative Co. shine?
I am very passionate about what I do, and my business shines because I am able to show my passion in each and every piece that I create. I am in love with what I do, and every piece that I create, and I think it makes clients excited to work with me and to buy my products.

What advice do you have for someone who is in the beginning stages of event/wedding planning?
Don’t overlook the paper! Invitations are your guest’s first glance into your event, so keep them a priority in your planning.

Finally... tell us a SUPER fun fact about yourself.
I am obsessed with pugs - I actually have two pugs at home, Roxy and Penelope. A few years ago, I designed a bunch of paper & a t-shirt for the largest pug charity event in the US, Milwaukee Pug Fest (and yes, it’s literally a big event that you bring your pug to, over 1,000 pugs show up on this one day!)

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