Breathless Paper Co: Tell us a little about the story and progression of The Sercy Studio and its mission.
MacKenzie: The Sercy Studio is a dream come true, but it didn’t happen overnight. After my first daughter was born, I decided not to return to my design job at a local architecture firm. But I knew I wanted to work! At the same time, my aunt was sick and received prayer beads. I loved the gesture and thought it could be expanded into a gift line.
My aunt Ruth also used the term “sercy” to describe a little gift given for no reason except love. I created my own version of beads and eventually called them “blessing beads”. It was perfect because I have always been crafty, and I got to put my Fine Arts degree to use! Seven years later, The Sercy Studio has evolved and become much larger than I could have ever imagined. We sell blessing beads and other sercies online and in over 300 retailers across the country.
BPC: What do you love most about your job?
M: Creating blessing beads for special occasions and milestones that people want to remember!
BPC: How long have you known Jess / BPC?
M: Gosh, 5 years? Jess and Matt were so kind to help me take my first professional photos. I was new to wholesaling and Jess helped me get off the ground!
BPC: How did this collaboration with BPC come about?
M: We have lots of time to create and collaborate mart week! Jess's encouraging cards sets were the perfect compliment to our little sercies.
BPC: Describe to us a little bit about the line you designed with BPC and why your brands align.
M: We hope the card sets and tokens make people smile! The cards have encouraging words and the token are a sweet addition. I know several people that keep the box in their purse and hand them out when they encounter someone that may need a sercy.
BPC: What do you hope this collaboration accomplishes and provides for customers?
M: I hope our card packs make it easy for our customers to be thoughtful and show love to others.
BPC: A large part of BPC's mission is to promote the importance of handwritten notes / love notes and sending real mail -- what is your personal opinion on the importance of this?
M: I have a whole cabinet at my house with stationary, cards and tags for me and my kids. I totally believe in the power of a handwritten letter! I am a gift giver but no gift would be complete without a handwritten note. And on the flip side, I think it is important to show appreciation when I receive a gift.
BPC: Anything else you want us to know?
M: I feel blessed to know Jessica and Matt. They are an inspiring couple that has been encouraging to me on my entrepreneurial journey.