The “artistic one” in my family, I’ve been designing and creating my entire life. Growing up, I was glued to my sketchpad (literally – I always had pencil smudges on my hands and face!)
I also had a love of crafting and DIY from a young age (an influence my sister and I got from our mom). Seriously, how many 11 year olds do you know who watched Aleene’s Creative Living and made “bread dough” roses and played with decoupage?!
For the longest time, I wanted to be a cartoonist or animator, but as a teenager, my creative outlets started to shift when I developed an obsession with pretty clothes. I turned my love of drawing and making things into a BS in Fashion Design from Drexel University.
I worked as a fashion designer in the heart of Manhattan’s garment district for a few years (which, btw isn’t always as glamorous or creative as it sounds!) before teaming up with other designers to start a free fashion templates site (shout out to designersnexus.com!). That’s when I fell in love with vectors, and honed my skills using Adobe Illustrator to create graphics and patterns.
Despite designing for the fashion industry, I still loved crafting with paper, and always found time to design and make invitations and party decorations for my family and friends’ birthdays and occasions. I designed my wedding invitations, save the dates and other stationary (I was a total DIY bride!), invites for a friend’s big 30th birthday hoopla, my sister’s wedding invites, bridal and baby shower invites and decorations, the list goes on an on. Oh, if only I could go back in time and get my Silhouette sooner, I could’ve saved myself HOURS of tedious hand cutting with X-acto knives!
In 2013 my sister (a teacher and avid scrapbooker) got a Silhouette Cameo for her birthday and introduced me to the world of cut files….she kept telling me “You should do this!”
In 2015. I finally listened, got my own Cameo, and started Printable Cuttable Creatables!