Since I became a rubber stamp, shall we say enthusiast, I have tried to create rubber stamped stickers. At first it was a labor-intensive process of stamping and coloring images on adhesive-back paper, then cutting them out with tiny scissors that caused my thumb and index finger to go numb. For a time I'd found a photocopy shop that could print on sticker paper (this was in the early 1990s) but the cutting-out was still by hand, an almost zen-like activity which I enjoyed regardless of discomfort. Once I had stamp designs of my own, the wish for stickers of those images seemed to hover just out of reach. And now, a wish fulfilled.
MOO Online Printing offers booklets of 90 stickers - and you can upload 90 different designs, think of it - each sticker just less than an inch square for $9.99. Kristen Powers, owner of RubberMoon, shared a week or so ago about ordering new business cards AND STICKERS from MOO, which was all the information I required. I uploaded nine designs. The booklet arrived today
vistaprint, which also does a quick and satisfying job of turning digital photos into bright and glossy postcards. However, the sticker booklet, reminiscent of a vintage post office product, is all glee and gladness. At such a reasonable price for custom printing, all manner of things could become stickers: leetle (to borrow a word from a Seattle writer friend) photo portraits, the plate of fish tacos with handmade tortillas, the bowl of jap chae produced one evening without a kitchen light, roses, red shoes, doll faces, a divine antique button. When I finally get my notebook/planner up to speed, I can make lists in it of all potential sticker fodder, and then stick the stickers in it. A circular process which makes me a bit woozy, but only in the very best way.