Vendor Spotlight: Custom Wedding Gifts by KNF Kreations
I met Karli earlier this summer when I shot her and Patrick’s engagement session at Ping Tom Park. Not only were Karli and Patrick a sweet and fun couple to work with, but she also brought an amazing handcrafted wedding sign to use a prop throughout the session! When I asked Karli where she got it, she surprised me by replying that she made it herself, and she had a small business designing and crafting custom products for weddings, babies, and other life events.
Because I believe in lifting up and supporting other small businesses, it’s my pleasure to present KNF Kreations as the first featured business in my new vendor spotlight series:
Custom Wedding Gifts: An Interview with Karli of KNF Kreations
Please introduce yourself and KNF Kreations. Who are you, and what sorts of things do you create?
Hi, I’m Karli- a Chicago native with a mind that’s always been creative and a heart that loves to make people happy! I love creating custom designs for basically any event or reason you can think of.
How did you start KNF Kreations?
I started in 2018 just making things for family and friends and with their support, the new 2020 year happening, and a wedding to pay for, I finally decided to take the plunge and start selling my items to the public. Once I started planning a wedding, I realized how many custom things are out there and how crazy expensive they are! I pride myself on selling items at a fair price- if I wouldn’t pay that for myself, I would never expect a customer to, either!
What sorts of custom products do you make, and what inspires you?
This question is always tough to answer because truthfully, I make tons of custom products- custom wedding gifts, clothing, hats, signs, drinkware, bags, home décor, masks, tags for furry friends – and if I haven’t made it before I am always down to figure out a way to make it happen! I would say I’m inspired most by getting to play a part in such special times/memories for people- making things for baby announcements, wedding proposals, memory boxes for deceased loved ones- I love making people feel something from the things I created!
Tell us a little about your design process. How do you work with customers to make all of these cute products?
When a customer has an idea, I start right away by asking them as many questions about their vision as possible. I then go to my digital drawing board and try to create a few variations of the design that matches what the customer is looking for- I do this so they feel very involved in the product they’re getting, and to let them know that basically anything can be changed or altered to be exactly what they’re looking for. I am very straightforward from the start about pricing and estimated shipping times and have been told by customers that they appreciate that – and that’s why they return!
What do you love most about KNF Kreations? Favorite product or design activity?
The thing I love most about KNF Kreations is the fact that I started this from basically nothing, and it’s something I’m really proud to have my name (well…technically initials) on! I’m personally a sucker for home décor, especially holiday décor, so my favorite products are those revolving around the holidays.
What’s the best way for someone to contact you with a custom design idea?
If you have a custom design idea, the best way to contact me is by email, [email protected], or through a message on my Etsy shop, KNF Kreations.
Where can we find you online?
Keep in touch with me online at KNFKreations on Instagram and Facebook, or of course on my Etsy shop, KNF Kreations. Make sure to give me a follow- I’m always posting new custom wedding gifts and other things!