Monday, 10 March 2014

What I love about paper!

I absolutely love paper!  I couldn’t do my job without paper, it’s where all of my designs begin.  Even when I’m using my tablet I begin with drawing in my sketchbook.  I love that when presented with a new, crisp, blank piece of paper the possibilities are endless, it’s just up to your imagination what you can do with it.

I’m a surface pattern designer and illustrator and begin every new design with just this, a blank piece of paper and a pencil.  I have folders stacked full of my sketches which very few people will ever get to see.  So just for you I’ve taken a photo of a tiny section of these initial ideas.

A tiny selection of my sketches

I get so excited about getting a new sketchbook or notebook, then the terrified feeling that I’m going to mess up the first page and ruin it all (as I’m sure every other stationary lover does too!).  This means I have some beautiful notebooks that have never been written in! I’m waiting for an amazing project that feels worthy of writing in them.  Am I alone in this? I suppose we all have our little quirks, if anyone has any suggestions of how to use them let me know!  I mean look at them, they’re just too beautiful to use!

I’ve taken part in quite a few different snail mail projects, ones where we send each other a beautifully illustrated envelope, or send little drawings inside and I’m taking part in one at the moment where we send little gifts (more to come later this week!).

An illustrated envelope I've sent

My world seems to revolve around paper and card at the moment, I have a greeting card and notebook collection currently for sale with more on the way.  There’s something so wonderful about holding a printed version of your work and my love of stationary made it clear what to manufacture first.

I’m so happy to be part of this bloghop where lots of paper lovers are sharing why they love paper, make sure you keep reading =)

Here is the participant list so you can easily find your way:

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.


  1. I so love doing this blog hop. So nice to read about every once love for paper. Thank you for sharing yours.
    /Camilla Olsson - also in the blog hop

  2. I really like your drawings, so quirky and happy. {*}

  3. I can totally relate to your fear of writing in new notebooks/journals. I have at least four on my bookshelf next to my bed that are not written in and then there's piles and piles more upstairs in my craft room! Not to worry... we'll get there eventually! ;)

  4. Beautiful blog post Emma with real paper goodies !

  5. Your art is beautiful. I really like the cards. Love seeing all the posts on the blog hop.

  6. Lovely post!!
    At one point in my life I counted 12 blank notebooks (they were all given to me). One day, i put them outside in a box, so people could take them. They were too much, and they had become a weird burden. I felt really good afterwards. I now only keep what I really want ;)

  7. It was such a thrill to be a part of this blog hop. I loved sharing my love of paper and the craft of decoupage with everyone. and even more excited to read about everyone else’s. #paperlove #bloghop In the blog hop –

  8. Such beautiful work. I have a stash of Journals waiting to be used too!

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog, this bloghop is so much fun. I love all of your little drawings and your pretty sketchbooks. Thanks for sharing your love of paper :)

  10. Lovely post Emma. Love the pages of sketches and drawings and your greetings cards too.

  11. Love your work. It's been so nice "meeting" so many new, talented people on this blog hop. I was also happy to read about your new printer as I have been contemplating replacing my old one.