I have always been obsessed with pretty stationary and while I was working in a book store part-time while studying at university, in between doing all the usual tasks of serving customers and tidying the shop you could find me in two places. The first was in the blind spot of the store where I would sit and read books I couldn’t afford (even with my staff discount) and the second was the card display. I could spend hours just looking at all of the beautiful cards, I loved looking at one brand in particular – Papyrus cards. Each card looked beautiful and I just loved the founding story, a company started in a family kitchen making homemade crafts. I contemplated buying some of the cards not to give to anyone but just to keep because I thought they were a beautiful form of art.
I started making cards with the cheapest supplies for only my close family. They were simple but I loved making them and my parents and grandparents seemed to love them and it really made me happy to make them. Soon I would go into stationary stores and look at all of the scrap booking supplies and spend hours just looking at all of the pretty things.
Then the most amazing thing happened. My brother-in-law started his own paper craft business and then I spent hours looking at his stock hoping one day I would be able to own it all. On my 21st birthday his family gifted me my very first die cutting machine – a little cuttlebug and a few simple dies. I was so happy I nearly cried and I have truly cherish that little bug which I still use three years later.
After that I was obsessed, I made cards for almost every occasion I could from birthdays to wedding to new babies and even just to say hello. I had only 4 sets of dies but I made them work, soon I saved up to buy a few more and my collection started. I think if I didn’t have such a close connection to a craft store I really wouldn’t be where I am now with my cards.
Now I have over 100 dies and more paper then I know what to do with. I have a room dedicated to my crafts and I am in there nearly every day. I am trying to run a small side business which I hope to one day become a full time thing, I am putting all of my energy into it by creating an Instagram account, Pinterest and even this blog to showcase my passion for paper craft and card making. I hope you all appreciate the effort I am putting into this endeavor and I hope to keep you all updated on the journey I am having with my little business.