In preparation for Re:Make SF (it’s THIS weekend folks!), we have been stalking our featured artisans. Kidding! Totally kidding. But we have been prepping our shopping lists, and reaching out to makers and artists for some creative advice and studio tours.

That’s how we got the “in” to see the studio of Missive’s Lisa Willis, and oh boy, is her studio space cool. You can find Lisa working on her letterpress inside a huge, old airplane hangar on Treasure Island. Um… what?! As if that workspace isn’t inspiration enough, Lisa also shared several tips on how to live creatively.

In general, managing a small business is a tough, full time job. Add a toddler son to the equation and it’s no surprise that Lisa is constantly working. Each day’s tasks vary, and Lisa either finds herself in front of the letterpress or working at her computer. She reserves her down time for catching up on social media and e-mail. The woman never stops.

So how does she stay on top of everything? Lists, lists, lists! We wholeheartedly agree. Lisa told us that she loves putting tasks down on a physical sheet of paper because it creates a feeling of accomplishment when things start getting checked off. Lisa also admitted to using the voice memos app on her phone —“great for reminders when you’re on the go!” We just might steal that life hack.

Productivity aside, Lisa manages to find creativity in each day. She shares the airplane hangar workspace with many other artists and makers, and she has found that talking to others about her projects can lead to new perspectives. Also, what’s a maker without her creative playlist? Lisa works to the beats of Lorde and Lana del Rey.

So yes, we are impressed and in love with Lisa of Missive, and her beautiful studio spaces. Seriously, sign us up for the next open spot within the airplane hangar. We asked Lisa to leave us with one last bit of advice on pursuing the maker dream. She said to start small, set achievable goals for yourself, and you will eventually get closer to the career you’ve always wanted.

Be sure to check out Lisa’s letterpress goods at the Missive booth during Re:Make’s Saturday festival. That’s where we’ll be!

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What do you think of Lisa’s workspace? Let us know in the comments below!