Anna Vance Paper Co is a handmade Minnesota home based business run by Anna and Mathew Vance (with occasional help from their budding entrepreneur daughter).
Hello, I'm Anna. My vision for Anna Vance Paper Co is to create products that aid in intentional living and create quality paper items for your homeschool that are carefully handcrafted instead of mass produced.
We are passionate about keeping this home business running using high quality American made materials when available.
Above all, we want the business to always glorify the ultimate Creator and Maker of the world. (Genesis 1:1)
If you've shopped with us before, we thank you and hope you'll continue on this journey of purposeful living with us. If you're new here, we hope you'll stick around and feel inspired
Hi, I'm Anna.
I am passionate about pursuing my savior, Jesus Christ, home educating, intentional living and leading a purposeful life. Here you'll find things that are the product of my pursuits.
Everything I create, we either currently use, have used, or will use...
My biggest weakness as a business person is my strong conviction to only create things I or someone in our family will actually use. For this reason, you will only find products in my shop that we are either currently use, will use, or have used in the past. If you haven't already, find us on Instagram where I (attempt) to share the use of our products.
Because I am passionate about sharing my intentional living journey, I feel the need to be transparent about my history because it is part of the Anna Vance Paper Co story.
I was born in the Philippines and came to America when I was seven. If I were to compare my own childrens' childhood to mine, I would say my childhood was full of so much sadness but this beautiful sadness was necessary to make every part of me possible today.
I was born to a severely abusive father. (A hair burning, hot water pouring, dignity stealing, alcohol abusing father just to name a few.) Although I found Jesus as a young teen, later in life, I'd come to devalue my life and marry at a young age for all the wrong reasons. This broken marriage (full of infidelity, emotional/physical abuse and everything you would not want for your own daughter) however, produced the most life changing bundle of joy. My daughter. She changed everything. God allowed a sad and very broken young woman like me to have a beautiful (in every way) daughter that changed my life for the better.
Fast forward to when life began to make sense... a divorce, remarriage and birth of our son later... Here I am. My husband, Mathew, a soft hearted, patient, God fearing man aided in my healing and continues to do so all. the. time. He saw through my brokenness and kept uttering the words, "You have so much love to give and I see it," even when I didn't believe those words and felt so unworthy and undeserving of anything good.
A few years after being married to the man I am convinced God made 100% just for me, I felt a constant urge to pursue a home business. Partially because I was attempting to prove myself capable of doing more than just the stereotypical 'woman stuff' like being a mother and wife (a lie that was the result of years of abuse and tearing down since my childhood because women reading this, everything God has called you to do is enough and it is God you need approval from, not the world).
My selfish passion for pursuing and growing a home business was met with many failed attempts and an accidental but not so accidental birth of Anna Vance Paper Co.
God created beauty from the ashes I had to offer.
"To provide for those who grieve...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes." Isaiah 61:3
My hope in sharing my testimony is to encourage the one with broken wings to take flight, the bruised and battered to find healing through Him, the lost and broken to find the courage to pursue Gods' story for you.
If you are in the midst of abuse, please, seek help. If you feel unsafe, there are many, many options for you. You don't have to live in constant fear and darkness. Even if you are bound by marriage, this is not what God wanted for you. Just like me, God can create beauty from your ashes.
My love for all things spreadsheets...
When I was a little girl, I enjoyed watching my mother (who was an accountant) use Excel to create spreadsheets for our home. Though pinball, mine sweeper and solitaire were fun ways to use the computer, I spent countless hours creating spreadsheets of my pretend future life on Excel.
Fast forward to motherhood and preschool days with my daughter; I began making spreadsheets for a personal planner, home organizing, record keeping, curriculum creating and everything I could think of.
Years later, God put it in my heart to pursue a home business. After much trial and error, Anna Vance Paper Co was born by God's grace.
Thank you for sticking around and I hope you caught a glimpse of the inspiration and fuel behind Anna Vance Paper Co.
I am living a life that has been far from perfect, but I am thankfully saved by Grace. Jesus Christ gave His life for me and for you. We are all daughters and sons of a wonderful King, and He makes our business possible. With humility, we give all of the glory to our Father in heaven.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16