Etsy Monday: Subu

by Lisa on June 22nd, 2009



I have talked about one of my favorite Etsy stores, Subu, a few times on here. Subu creates the most beautiful recycled notebooks – I personally love giving them as gifts. (And as giveaway items!)

Do you, or your own mom, have a good sense of humor? If so, this notebook is a personal favorite of mine. (If I had any friends that were expecting children I am fairly certain this is a little gift I’d send their way!)

It is humorously titled the Happy Mother’s Day Recycled Notebook.

Looking for something a little more family friendly? How about this?

This is the Just Ducky Recycled Notebook in Yellow. That yellow is so vibrant!

While the two notebooks above cost just $6.00 each, when you buy 2 or more you get them for $5/each! Plus – the notebooks are fully customizable in terms of size, color, design, etc.!

If you’re curious, this is similar to what the inside of each recycled notebook looks like:I love that each of these books is so unique and each is one-of-a-kind!

Emily, the creator of Subu was kind enough to answer a few questions about her shop for all of you fantabulous readers – Enjoy!

When did you first start making notebooks/ paper items? How did you decide that was what you wanted to make?

I started making (and selling) the recycled notebooks about 3 years ago. I had no intention of ever making books, and quite literally stumbled into it.

My initial idea for a business was personalized magnets. That led to a brief love affair with lip balms until I found a small little section on Craftster for paper goods. My first book was a disaster, but it didn’t matter. I was already hooked.

The more I started to make, the more my friends and family kept pushing me to sell them. The more I became confident in what I was doing and the more excited about it I became. And it’s continued on, for three years. I still love it, and fall in love with each book all over again.

Where do you find the inspiration for the cute designs on the covers of the notebooks?

I actually think that inspiration finds me. The books sort of create themselves. I know that probably sounds silly, but they each have a very distinct personality to me. And come together on their own. All I do is choose the color for the cover. The rest is up to the book.

Is there any particular design that you consider to be a favorite?

I’m not sure that I have a favorite. I think at one point in time, they are all my favorites.


Where does the name Subu originate?

After countless lists, pow-wow’s, and hours spent figuring out what to use for the name of my business, inspiration hit: why not name this after the most important thing in my life, aka my family. Subu was the nickname my father called his mother. Rose, along with being my favorite flower, is the name of my mother’s mother. Perfect.


Do you have any plans to expand your shop into other areas?

I don’t know that I ever had any plans to expand, and yet it happens. A lot of times a custom order will turn into a new product line in the shop. The Large Recycled Notebooks and the Bound Recycled Notebooks came about in that way. I really love the way it grows in an organic and natural way.

Thanks so much, Emily!

2 Responses

  1. subu says:

    thanks for the great feature!

  2. MerCurios says:

    Love Subu's recycled notebooks! always been a favorite of mine.

    xoxo,
    MJ
    MerCurios