Danie Pout | Blank
Today on the blog we welcome the super lovely Danie Pout
from Blank Supplies & Inspiration.
What is the essence and vision of your shop that you strive to bring
to your customers? BLANK was created to provide creative souls with an ever-changing
toolbox for personalised goodies, projects and creative play. Our simple but inspiring
range of BLANK packaging and project supplies allow you to create and decorate just
the way you like. We also love sharing ideas and inspiration on how to have fun
with our products.
Who shops at Blank? What brings customers to your store?
Creative souls who love to make, bake, give and decorate. Predominantly
women of all ages – planning for their weddings, craft groups
(old and young), party and event planners, stylists, home bakers, mums,
Grandmas and Aunties looking for kids gifts and projects.
Our customers love to visit our store for the inspiration and ideas.
When you select a BLANK product to view you will see a gallery of images
showcasing creative ways to use our products. Customers soon start to
imagine the possibilities for personalising our products!
What is the best thing about owning your own business?
Doing what I am passionate about, being brave, growth, and realising
my dreams. I also love meeting our customers at the markets.
They inspire me as much as we inspire them.
How much of your style flows into how you live, how you dress,
what you read? BLANK is pretty much reflected in most areas of my
life – most of the time I am making, creating and day-dreaming
I love to cook, bake, entertain and put on the best birthday parties ever
for my girls! I am addicted to Pinterest and Instagram and love to create
craft projects with my two daughters. I read mags and blogs all related
to design, craft, interiors and cooking. BLANK is an extension of
how we live.
We know what we love about Blank but what do you love
about Paper Runway? Paper Runway celebrates and shares my life
long love with paper. I am grateful for Paper Runway introducing me
to a world of wonderful paper goodies and amazing creative talent.
What enlivens your creativity day in, day out? BLANK is only
6 months old – so there’s plenty of ‘colouring in’ to realise our vision.
I am very excited with the product ideas I have on my BLANK wishlist .
This is a big motivation for me every day!
What makes you happy?
I discovered Hailey Bartholomew’s 365 grateful project
(www.365grateful.com) and decided to work on my own! Taking these
daily photos transformed my perspective on life – and now I bask in the
small stuff – the details that make me smile.
I also cherish working in my studio with my buddies! Working at home
alone for days can make me crazy!!
Which blogs do you read daily? Your best blog find?
I don’t read blogs daily – it’s usually a regular blog ‘binge’ that can see
me up to all hours of the night! My top five faves are
I think my best blog find is a French blog featuring artwork and projects
for kids. It’s beautifully designed and so inspiring!
What is your favourite paper product?
I would say kraft paper/ board – it’s easy to use, not too precious and
there’s a world of possibilities. It can be sophisticated or playful and
can be transformed into amazing projects. There’s no better backdrop
when decorating with coloured gel ink pens, washi tape and neon stickers!
I also love our coloured BLANK gift boxes. The pretty colours turn a
simple cardboard box into something more special. I also love using
them for packaging my baked goodies!
What is your relationship to paper?
I pretty much have had a crush with paper ever since I was little -
dreaming in the stationery department of the local newsagent! Paper
is my longest lasting pal – always an important ingredient to my creative
endeavours – graphic design, illustration, collage and image making
and craft projects and now with BLANK.
How different is working on paper to working with any
other medium? Compared to working in a digital format, paper is
an accessible, affordable and tactile material. It can be nostalgic
and precious. And best of all, you are only limited by your imagination.
What freedoms does it allow and what are its limitations?
Working with paper is the freshest form of creativity for me. It keeps
my creations free and spontaneous. The flipside with paper is there is
no Command Z!! Once printed, painted, cut or glued that’s it!