So I thought I would get my new Plog (paper + blog = Plog crazy I know!) started with a short – Who Am I? So I am Emma a 30 something mother of a 5 year old, 2 fur babies (Stella and Magners don’t judge LOL!) my hubby supports me continually no matter what even with my mad, crazy and air brain ideas (which is an almost weekly occurrence!) and who I hide the paper stash from…. Oh yes the paper….
Why paper? Oh my… why not? Ever since I can remember I have carefully unwrapped presents to keep the wrapping paper, the tag or the gift bag… I often found myself keeping magazines, bits of card from packaging. I never really knew what to do with it… I just kept it…. I mean I have washi tape that matches this so it MUST be salvageable, right!!??
I have always loved beautiful things and making things and by 11 I started to show a keen interested in flowers and floristry and eventually this was the career path I chose. I loved being creative and having such an impact on people, being part of the most important milestones in people’s lives the births, marriages and sadly the deaths.
After many years, floristry took its toll on my health and I retired. I worked for a few years in an office in debt collection… I made some amazing friends BUT it certainly didn’t light my life up and fulfil my creative juices. If there was a project in the office to design, decorate or make something I was usually the first person to jump in with glue and my box of paper and card from the paper mill, nothing could stop me. I started at this time to dabble in paper cutting, cutting up magazines and making collages, scrap booking and kirigami (the art of folding and cutting paper) and when I got married I did my invites, my flowers, my favours and I was in my element. This was my wedding bouquet and yes it's artifical :)
Unfortunately, in January 2013 I unexpectedly lost my sister to a heart attack. It was a very trying time for me especially as I was very ill myself at the time. I needed a distraction and again turned to being creative. Sharon always harped on at me to start my own business and sell my makes, "they are lovely, people will buy them" she'd say. SoI picked up my scissors, my scalpel and started to cut paper again and with that Shadow PaperCuts was born.
At the time I didn’t see it being a successful business, just an outlet for my creativity and a happy distraction from the difficult blows life was dealing me but soon it started to bloom into the business it is now. 2.5 yrs on I have gained so much, new friendship from customers who I have worked with, knowledge from my mistakes along the way and most of all confidence; that I can build a successful handmade business selling paper items people like and want and yes dare I say it “people will buy them"