Come Meet Abbie Friesen! HOTP’s Newest Designer!

Abbie taking a break for a quick pic ~ SMILE


I had a moment to sit and chat with Abbie, once she settled into Paper Wishes™ & Hot Off The Press.

Most days you’ll find Abbie with her headphones on and working on her crafting projects, but as many of us at HOTP, we have a couple of roles we get to play. Abbie not only is talented in the “creating” world but her background also comes with talents in the Graphics world. Lucky us!!! From time to time you’ll also find her in the Graphics Department – helping and designing where needed.

Abbie creating in the Graphics Department 🙂

Some of Abbie’s Favorites & Inspirations –


Abbie’s Favorite craft

I enjoy mailing homemade cards to my family and friends who live out-of-state. It is a great way to connect to them, and I enjoy engaging myself in a creative project and to have fun with it.


Gathering her inspiration –

I try to listen to the sounds around me while I work on projects. Lovely and fulfilling images come to mind that I put back into the work. And when I am uninspired, I go straight for my headphones and listen to music. Of course, I also go to the computer and search online when there is time. Pinterest is great!


A history lesson by Abbie –

My first crafting project was also a small business endeavor I began when I was nine–producing cheap stationary sets for my family to buy. The business didn’t last very long, but my enthusiasm for design and creating did. When I was older my cousin sold scrapbook supplies and introduced me to a serious side of crafting. And graduating with art degree in college was great preparation for the crafting and creating I do today. 🙂

I was last employed for a small private school in Salem. I began designing materials for their admissions department, and the position eventually expanded to also include communications and marketing. It’s a switch for me to have coordinated school publicity and now be given creative projects to work on at HOTP, and I think focusing on my roots in art is good for me. I sure enjoy it, even on my bad days. 🙂


First day’s are always fun….

My first day at HOTP was somewhat of a blur. Coworkers shared about the different kinds of projects and product techniques, initially flying over my head by the end of the day. But everyone encouraged me to jump into a project and begin experimenting with the materials to help their insight begin to marinate that day. Now I sit in my workstation at HOTP and gather, measure, cut, glue, Zot™, and share in feedback sessions with other designers. On any given day, I can be found also helping in graphics and prepress using my computer skills.


Something exciting you are working on or about to work on…

  • There are many projects I have not worked through yet, but I will say Girlfriend’s Getaway was fun! 🙂
  • I get excited about the new products I get a preview of at HOTP, helpful for a heads-up planning of future projects. And getting a jump on the creative possibilities for them is exciting for sure.


On a personal note –


Abbie with friends & family 🙂

I grew up in the Midwest where my family still lives today. And while I am the independent girl living a flight away from them all, I am okay with the travel. I quite enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest and being near great friends who have become like family to me over the years. A bonus is living among the wooded landscapes, ocean beaches, and snow-capped mountains!


My interests help describe me best, not only because I use them frequently at HOTP, because my interests are varied.

–  Vocal and Instrumental Music

–  Biology

–  Fine and Computer Arts

–  Athletics

–  Creative and journal writing

–  Playing with technology


High School Girls Softball coaching – Leading her girls to State Finals




Thanks Abbie for taking some time and letting us into your world 🙂 Welcome to Paper Wishes & HOTP – we are sure glad you are here!


And don’t forget to SMILE, it’s the best thing you can wear!

Thanks for reading my little blog

~ Cristina 🙂



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