Hi there, I’m Mara Korstanje Snape, a graphic designer, wife, mum, and aspiring children’s book writer & illustrator.
THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER.
As a graphic designer (BA Design), I love to play around with the combination of creating things by hand (drawing, watercolour, hand lettering and the occasional origami) and using my technical computer skills (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign) to make a well thought through design that brings you joy and fulfils your desires.
Before founding Paper Whale, I was the visual designer at a local branding agency. I led the design house and worked with clients to visualise brands and communicate ideas in a way that’s both beautiful and effective.
Do you have a vision for anything creative but don’t quite know where to start? Are you in need of a logo, business stationery, invitations for your wedding day, or are you having a birthday party or baby shower that needs some great graphic design? Let me help by executing your vision with precision and through an excellent eye for detail. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the ‘say hello’ page.
“Mara from Paper Whale helped with my wedding stationery and also designed a few of my friend’s hens night invites. She is my go-to lady for all design related work! Every time her turnaround was quick, the price was great and the products exceeded my expectations! She really has a knack for understanding your requirements and vision and creating personalised and beautiful pieces. Thanks Mara for all of your help!”
Meet Jared, the man who keeps me focussed and on my toes. A strategy master with a heart of gold who stole mine and gave me his in return. (Oh and he makes a killer spreadsheet!) He helps with Paper Whale wherever he can (this is where those spreadsheets come in) and gets to indulge his strategy skills. I’m creative and like to follow my instinct, Jared is logical, and thinks with his head, which means I’ll often get a fresh perspective to conquer any challenges I face in the day to day operating of Paper Whale. Now if that’s not teamwork!
“Mara designed my engagement invites and she did such an amazing job. They were simple and beautifully crafted, exactly the way I wanted. Mara’s attention to detail and approachable and friendly manner made it an absolute delight working with her.”
In August 2017 William was born, and I was promoted to mum, or “Mama” as William likes to call me. It meant finding a new balance between Paper Whale and looking after a tiny human being. As a WAHM (Working At Home Mum) I’m able to do something that I love and earn an income while giving me the flexibility to be available for my child. (Clearly, work slows down with a toddler around, so William is in care on the days I work, or I’ll get a little bit done when he’s asleep.) Juggle, juggle, juggle!
“Beautiful invitations, with attention to detail! Lovely service, could not fault. Would definitely recommend!”
THE ASPIRING CHILDRENS BOOK WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR.
One of my dreams is to one day write and illustrate a children’s book. Watch this space to follow my journey on fulfilling this ambition.