A Little Bit About Me

Hello and welcome! I am honored you have decided to visit my About Me page. My name is Dawn, and I am the owner and designer for Alba Marie Designs, your source for beautiful, custom Christian products for weddings, occasions and every day living.

Dawn, Owner and Designer behind Alba Marie Designs

I was born and raised an Italian, Jersey girl who has always been drawn to the creative arts. Since childhood I have always kept my hands busy with things like cake decorating, decoupage, crocheting, embroidery, piano playing, and baking.

My introduction to graphic design and my development as a designer came about almost serendipitously. In the early 2000’s I was working as a translator and virtual assistant in Rome, Italy when some of my clients began asking me to help them with the design of their marketing materials and websites. Eventually, I moved back to the United States, settling in my current home of Savannah, Georgia, where requests for my design services continued to grow alongside my translation work, that was until I was forced to take a hiatus from my professional life to care for my mom, who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Dawn, her Mom and Kids
This is a photo of me with my four children and my dear Mom, Jessie, taken on Thanksgiving 2017, a year before she succumbed to her illness.

As my Mom’s illness progressed her health took a turn for the worse, and I found myself in the midst of this extremely challenging period longing for something to bring some peace and light into my days. That’s when I stumbled across the print-on-demand company Zazzle. This online design platform was truly a blessing, allowing me to create beautiful products in my spare moments.

My Mom eventually succumbed to her illness in January 2019. For a period, as I worked through my grief, I totally forgot about my design work. Then, one day, I checked in on my Zazzle account and couldn’t believe my eyes. During my time of inactivity I had earned a sale! It was a child’s nursery lamp, and I think I made $3.20, but oh my goodness, was I excited! To think that someone now owned and enjoyed a product I had designed. I was hooked!

I absolutely love Zazzle’s business model. They take care of all the printing, shipping and customer service allowing me to focus on what I truly love about my business – creating gorgeous, faith-based designs.

Zazzle has allowed me to focus on what I truly love about in my business – creating gorgeous designs that honor my Christian faith.

What a joy it is for me to share my love for my faith with other Christians. I feel especially blessed to create spiritually meaningful wedding stationery for Christian brides and grooms as they begin their journey into marriage. Please browse through my weddings shop, which has more than 20 collections, most with 50+ products, offering wedding invitation sets, ceremony programs, signage, favors, pre-wedding stationery like save-the-dates and bridal shower invitations and so much more.

Don’t forget, in addition to my wedding products, I also offer baptism, first holy communion, and confirmation invitations, nursery decor, baby gifts and more in my Alba Marie Babies shop. In my Alba Marie Designs shop you will find special event invitations, gifts, business cards, small business stationery, holiday items If you have any questions or requests for custom designs, please contact me at admin@albamarie.com. I’d be happy to help!