Create-A-Design offers a full line of wedding invitations, customized party favors, and save-the-date and stationery.
Founder, Shirley Abelsohn, arrived in San Diego, from South Africa, via Virginia. She worked for a non-profit organization and one of her of duties that she had was to create a weekly newsletter, which in those days was by hand – cutting and pasting. After several months computers were introduced. Then came the big challenge of having to do the monthly newsletter as well, on this intimidating monstrosity… the computer.
Shirley was told that unless she learned to use it, she would be without a job. That was the beginning of her success. “Playing” on the computer she learned many programs and started custom wedding and invitations and cards for friends. Soon this caught on and before she knew it, she had given up her job and CREATE-A-DESIGN was born.
Shirley made and sold her custom invitations from home until 1996, when she and her husband Rufus, decided to take a huge gamble and bought a store, CLONE Duplicating and Printing in Del Mar. CREATE-A DESIGN then moved to Del Mar, where it has become a very lucrative business. Customers have come from as far as France, London, Israel, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas and within California. It is not as if these invitations could not be purchased in these places, but the knowledge and the patience that Shirley exhibits, is what has made her successful.