Hi, my name is Carmia Cronjé, a South African graphic designer, blogger, and the founder of Clementine Creative. I have a passion for graphic design, stationery, pretty colours and patterns. That’s why Clementine Creative was born!
How I started my business
After I graduated Graphic/Web Design in 2007, I discovered blogs and websites of freelance graphic designers, and some of them have already started freelancing while still attending university. I found it amazing that people hired them even if they have never met them before. I became increasingly interested in working for myself rather than for a boss. I did go for a few job interviews, but it just never felt right. I couldn’t picture myself having a 9 to 5 office job.
In 2009 I decided to start studying again – this time BA Communication Science through a distance learning university here in South Africa. My studies kept me busy, but when I had some free time I would keep reading articles about freelancing and improving my design skills by trying out different tutorials.
In 2011 I launched this website, my printable stationery shop. This is my baby. I love designing stationery and other downloads, and sharing them with the world. I started this shop because I can design anything I want, and it allows me to make passive income.
When I finished my degree in 2012 and finally had time to work on my freelance design business full-time, I decided to try out Elance – a website where freelancers can find work.
As soon as I would complete a job there, I would write a case study about it on my graphic design blog. A few months later people would start finding my website through Google search and ask me to design something for them.
This is where everything started. I later ditched Elance, because now I was getting all my clients through my blog.
My journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
Elsewhere on the web
Do you need a designer? I specialise in creating brand identities for creative entrepreneurs. Hire me here.
You can find my DIY wedding stationery templates and other printed goods on Zazzle.
My printables are also available on Etsy.
Want to send a digital invitation, e-card or announcement? Check out my designs on Greenvelope.com.
You can make your own designs on Canva by using my layouts! See my Canva profile.
The Hungry Jpeg – coming soon!
She’s Connected: About what I do and why I started a business
Becoming You: About things I love
Clever Bird Banter: About my business and random stuff about me
She Owns It: About my business
Hello Kai Creative: About freelancing
True Stories: How I started my business, graphic design tips, and a tutorial
Some of my favourite blogs
Spoon Graphics (graphic design tutorials)
How About Orange (craft tutorials)
WP Beginner (WordPress tutorials)
Create and Thrive (business advice for creative entrepreneurs)
Graphic Design Blender (business advice for graphic designers)
Design is Yay! (free printables)
By Regina (business and blog advice)
Random facts about me
- I live in sunny South Africa
- I have very small hands and feet. I wear a UK shoe size 4 (US size 5)
- I’m a follower of Christ
- My first language is Afrikaans
- I don’t own a single pair of high heels
- I love animals more than humans, and I’m not ashamed to say it
- My name, Carmia, seems to be of either English, Hebrew or Latin origin. It either means song, garden or orchard
- My surname, Cronjé is of French origin and the original French spelling was Cronier
- Both my parents are high school teachers. My dad is also a cartoonist and artist
- I’m an introvert and proud of it 😉
- When I am not designing you can also find me reading, surfing the web, going for walks, watching series, and spending time with my fiancé.