When did you start making paper flowers?
I started in 2009 for my scrapbook projects but started to sell my little paper blooms on Etsy in 2010.
What has it been like to be able to help so many paper flower enthusiasts with your book?
INCREDIBLE!!! ...Truly...I went through what you call a "baby blues" phase after the book was released. I felt vulnerable and insecure because so much of me was now open to the world...but soon after I started to receive messages from people who purchased the book, showing me photos of their flowers they made with my techniques -- let me tell you... all that love felt like fuel that brought me back to life...it gave me that push I needed to get back into creating paper floral designs again!
What is your absolute favorite tools?
I've been using a tiny pair of scissors for years and I honestly don't know what I'd do if I ever lost them!
What type of flower do you love making the most?
I love making my peonies and custom flowers made with music sheets or book pages.
If you could describe your studio in three words, what would they be?
Unorganized Crafting Haven
How long did you make paper flowers before you sold your first one?
A good year and as soon as I started listing my mini paper blooms online as "scrapbooking supplies" they sold like hotcakes all over the world.
Do you prefer create a more realistic rendition or do you like to add whimsy to your flowers?
I like to create flowers using cardstock because it gives that "whimsy" look to my blooms!
Have you had a client good or bad that you will always remember?
I remember most of my awesome clients! In 2013 I had the pleasure to make all the paper flowers for my bride's wedding and then 2 years later she came back to order a mini backdrop for her baby girls nursery. My heart exploded with joy!
Do you have any advice for folks just looking into starting their paper flower business?
Don't be afraid to show your personality in your floral compositions...Embrace your unique style and remember there is no such thing as an ugly flowers in God's garden and that applies to your paper flower creations!
What is the best part about where you live now?
The community. The support for the local artists and small business owners is phenomenal. I'm surrounded by a group of strong, inspiring and caring women that have your back no matter what. That feeling is it's priceless.
What really gets you in the flow and excited to create flowers?
When I get a new tool or new supplies...I just have to plug in my hot glue gun and play for a while!
What is it in your life right now that really excites you?
There is so many things but there is a couple projects I worked on that will be coming out in the Spring and I cannot talk about them yet... but when I think of them it feels as if I have butterflies in my stomach!...lol
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