Have you ever been asked what you like most about your hobby, about papercrafting?
I have, numerous times, and my answer is always the same:
- I love paper;
- I love creating;
- I love making gifts and seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they receive them; and,
- I love documenting my life and that of my friends and family.
But, what I love most about this fun hobby is the people.
Yes, the people.
Not only have I met many great people as a result of becoming interested in cardmaking, rubber stamping, scrapbooking, quilling, art journaling, Zentangle, home decor creation, papermaking and origami, I have had the opportunity to learn about these people connected by paper and papercrafting.
As a kid I learned the basics of origami and met a few masters of it at a Japanese cultural event. They were masters of their craft and so very patient with me as I fumbled with making nice corners. Without their guidance I’m sure I would have given up right away!
When my sister-in-law became a Stampin’ Up rep and sucked me into the world of cardmaking, she and I found a pastime we could share at family events. Soon after I I spent every spare moment trying to learn how to make cards and all the embellishments I wanted to use on them. The wonderfully patient and caring ladies I met at the classes I took are largely responsible for my continued love of cardmaking.
Then, when I discovered a wonderful independent scrapbook store in my hometown of Carlsbad, CA, and immediately got enamored with (o.k., addicted to!) scrapbooking, I made fast friends with the owner, Camille, and with several of the gals who showed up when I hosted a local crop for San Diego-based scrappers whom I had “met” online. I am sure I never would have met these great women had it not been for scrapbooking. Wow, I met those ladies 10 years ago and several of us craft together every chance we get, even with 2K miles separating us!
My curiosity about rubber stamping, quilling, art journaling, mixed media art and Zentangle led me to seek out classes both in the “real world” and online and resulted in my meeting even more wonderful ladies (and a few crafty guys!). I must confess that I have a few artist and crafter “crushes!”
Have you seen the amazing Zentangles we have on our Pinterest board, “Papercraft – Zentangle?” There are some really talented folks doodling their hearts out and I am a freshly minted Zentangle addict.
When traveling, I seek out local papermakers, always interesting folks who are dedicating their lives to making paper from scratch and sharing their love of the craft with travelers like me. It is still such a thrill to start with shreds of pulp and, after a little effort and time, hold a finished, beautifully handmade, piece of paper in my hands! And yet, as wonderful as it is to use the paper I make in my projects, it’s reflecting on the experience of making the paper with the papermakers I’ve met that brings me the most joy.
Finally, as a branding consultant who was recruited to become a trade columnist for the industry, I have had the opportunity to meet many, many store owners, manufacturers, designers, industry suppliers, and other industry writers, editors and publishers. I learn so much from each of them and do my best to share what I know to help them in their businesses. Again, without papercrafting, I am sure our paths never would have crossed.
So, what have I learned so far about these people, papercrafters from all walks of life?
It is our diversity that makes us interesting;
It is our diversity that gives us strength;
It is our diversity that enables each of us to go about our hobby in different ways.
But, it is our common love of papercrafting that enables us to so quickly and easily connect, create, share, learn, laugh and become fast friends.
Yes, for me, it is about the people.
I am thrilled, and honored, to be a part of the papercrafting community, and especially of being a part of PaperCrafter’s Corner.
Yesiree, a creative life is where it’s at!
I’m curious, what’s YOUR favorite aspect of this hobby?
And, what can you share about the papercrafters you’ve met along the way?
I look forward to your thoughts on why YOU love papercrafting.
Thanks for being a papercrafter and a treasured part of our community,