Today it's another Q and A and if you don't know this creative, then you're about to. Today I have Cecily and not only have I followed Cecily for some time, I NOW buy her kits that Cecily designs and sells herself. Cecily releases kits that I always want to hoard but know better. Then add in that Cecily does inspiration layouts and creative pocket pages. Now let's get to know even more about Cecily from her own words.
Where are you from and where are you now?
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Providence, Rhode Island, mid high school. Now I currently live in New York City and I love the energy the city brings!
How did you get you into paper crafts?
I can’t remember what initially drew me to scrapbooking, but by the age of nine you could find me trimming around our family photos and collaging them into what I thought were masterpieces. I always made a mess of scraps wherever I went!
Where did your blog title come from?
I came up with the blog title ‘The Paper Curator’ after making lists upon lists of ideas that could work. I settled on The Paper Curator because I really wanted to portray the idea that I’m the one putting together this collection of beautiful things, hence the name ‘Curator’ and I didn’t want to limit myself to scrapbooking so I went with the more generalized ‘Paper’ term and voila–The Paper Curator was born!
Favourite social media to use?
As with many visual people, I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m wholly addicted to Instagram. I’ve always loved photography and I like the idea that I can just scroll through for hours and consistently be inspired by what others are doing around me.
Coffee or Tea drinker?
Coffee, definitely coffee. I’m actually kind of repulsed by the taste of tea but I could drink coffee every hour of the day!
What made you decide to get into producing your own [amazing] kits?
I had dabbled in producing digital items before but I found that those weren’t as true to who I am as a designer and scrapbooker. I absolutely love paper, that’s why I do what I do, and I found that if I was purchasing items, they were physical pieces so I wanted to give it a go at making my own kits. Plus, designing patterns, lettering and special treatments for each month’s kit is so fulfilling! I’m really having a blast making them and seeing them being used all over the world!
Where do the ideas come from each month for the kits?
Every month when I start a new kit, I turn to the project planning page in my Get to Work and start jotting down ideas. This is the space where I just throw everything together whether they are good ideas or bad ideas. This is how it all begins for me. I have a column where I list visual ideas–the prints, drawings, images I want to include, and a column for words–certain phrases or themes I want to explore in type. After my initial brain dump, I begin browsing Pinterest and formulating my mood board. I even share those each month with my customers so they have an idea what inspired the collection as well! I try to pick a theme that I think fits with the season or month and then I get rolling with visual language for the kits.
Have you always been into crafts?
I think my love for crafts started at a very young age but got even more nurtured in my time as a Girl Scout. My Mom was always my biggest supporter and when she became our leader in Girl Scouts as well, we tried tons of different things including weaving, wood carving, stamp making, batik and everything crafty in between. She gave me the confidence to try new things and to believe in my own creativity.
Favourite tune right now?
My favorite tune at the moment might have to be Lush Life by Zara Larsson. It’s so darn catchy!
My favorite podcast has got to be Elise Gets Crafty–it’s just so darn good!! But I definitely want to start branching out and listening to more so I’ve got a few on the list to look into!
Do you have anything new and exciting you can share with me readers?