Welcome to my world of DIY and crafting. I’m so happy to have you here with me where one day I’ll give you tips on painting wood paneling, and the next we could be making paper flowers for a scrapbook page.
Yep, this blog is that diverse – I’ve even been known to toss in a good recipe here or there if I think you might like it – we crafters do need to eat!
My journey into the arts began in the late 90s when a co-worker-turned-friend invited me to attend a Friday Night Crop with her at a local scrapbook store. I had no idea what I was in for. I took some photos with me and discovered that night that I could make art. You see, I hadn’t inherited those talented drawing skills from my mother that I so wanted. I would sit and practice for hours with paper and pencil but it just never happened. My drawings were flat and lifeless, but with Scrapbooking – and now Art Journaling – I can make art – and make it my way!
My crafting led me to a position managing a local scrapbook store where I learned that I enjoyed teaching others. My teaching repertoire has taken me to several scrapbook and stamp stores in Michigan where I shared my skills with so many wonderful students. Today I teach at a local studio in town and my local Michaels Store. My goal for 2020 is to set up an online classroom so I can share the joy of crafting with so many others. As adults I believe we all need to make time for creative play and attending classes is one way to make it happen.
Through the years I’ve served on Design Teams for Xyron, Art Glitter, Dreamweaver Stencils, and Globecraft. My projects have graced the beautiful pages of Somerset Studio, Somerset Memories, and Somerset Apprentice. I am a paper crafter at heart but my love of incorporating other mediums has led me to branch out into mixed media and art journaling. Teaching allows me the opportunity to share my passion with others.
And though my love of paper crafting and the arts is a learned and practiced skill, I think DIY is in my blood. I feel it’s been passed down through generations, born of necessity. From gardening and canning to being able to sew my clothes, I’ve dabbled in it all over the years. So when my daughter suggested we open a shop and refurbish furniture in 2013 I jumped at the opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to work with their daughter and own their own business?
It was fun and a great learning experience and there are days we still miss it, but we closed shop three years later moving instead, to renting a booth and offering custom work. It suits us better and allows more flexible family time and a more enjoyable retirement.
So, whether it’s furniture-flipping, painting my living room, building a pretty scrapbook page, or creating an art journal spread, I intend to share those learned skills with all of you here on this blog. This is how my blog came to be called PaintPaperPlay. I invite you to stick around and visit often. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or make suggestions.