My name is Line (French version of the first name Lynn) and I'm fond of watercolor, sketching and funny animals. As I mentionned it in the introduction, drawing has been a big part of my life since I can remember.
My imagination has always been richly fed with French and Belgian comics as well as with all the novels I could grab in the school library. I could spend hours in this small comfy bubble and I'm still thankful for it as a grown up woman.
Linou is the nickname I received during my medical school. We were two girls with the same first name, so that another one decided one morning to attribute us a distinctive nickname. Ten years later they are still in use.
Pots comes from the first idea of making labels for jars of jelly (in French "pots de confiture"). Pots could also refer to the tin of paint, also called "pots" in French. And "spots" would refer to watercolor spots finally making together pretty illustrations.
Opening of Linou's pots
The opening of my Etsy shop happened on the 1st of January 2015. I first tried to sell some handmade jelly labels but I must honestly confess that it didn't function at all. I maybe had one sale in 6 months. Wow!
In the meanwhile I discovered the Planner Community with their love for paper, crafting, stickers, colors and creativity. I discovered some Etsy shops with more than 100'000 sales of stickers (yes, stickers!) and I first couldn't trust my eyes!
But the things I discovered were nice and I decided to try my way in this new world. The first assays weren't successfull again. So in September I paint a first watercolor kit with mushrooms and fall illustrations. In this kit I stayed true to myself for the first time since the try with marmelade labels. I came back to the goofy illustrations I was used to paint and I can remember telling myself "If THIS doesn't work, I'll stop this adventure".
Take-off and Evolution
... And the miracle happened. I couldn't believe my eyes. People liked it and the sales happened. People spoke about it and it took off! That's how Linou's pots really went to life in Fall 2015. More kits followed and more people discovered this little universe that has been growing since then.
This beginning was for me a little spark to be maintained alive and to be nurtured. All the sweet comments and encouragements from happy planner girls helped me a lot to hold the business until now.
In 2016 I was contacted and glad to sponsor one of the first European Planner Meeting in Amsterdam - Plansterdam. This allowed me to virtually meet some great people of the Planner Community and opened a door for the coming big planner events that had to take place in 2017.
2017 was a real busy year with an ongoing growing business and the participation to the first official European Planner Conference in Brussels - PlannerCon Europe 2017. This great meeting allowed me to meet other great planner shops and meet some incredible zealous planner girls in the organisation of this big event. 300 people were attending this 2 days from all over the world!
2018 has been a more quiet time, reconsidering the development of my work as my private life evolved a lot. I began a newsletter, which has always been close to my heart. My idea was to share more than stickers. Stickers can help and make your every day life more colourful but I wanted to share more.
I also began to offer more size for other planners - particularly printables for Traveler's Notebook and ringbound planners.
Since the beginning of Linou's pots, I was thankful to collaborate with and sponsor a few Planner Events:
- Plansterdam in Amsterdam, 2016
- Malmö's Planner Meeting, 2016
- PlannerCon Europe in Brussels, 2017
- Planner Lovers Finland, 2018
- Planertreffen, Dresden, 2018
- European Planner Sale, 2018
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