We catch up with de­signer and vin­tage pa­per cu­ra­tor, Julie Kirk

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We chat to Julie Kirk about her pas­sion for crafting

How did you get started as a de­signer?

In a world be­fore In­sta­gram be­came the place to share your cre­ative work, I posted my projects on a craft fo­rum. Af­ter see­ing my work on the fo­rum, Shimelle Laine – who at the time worked for the no longer in print Scrap­book in­spi­ra­tions, a sis­ter ti­tle to Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions – in­vited me to con­trib­ute to the mag­a­zine. That was in 2007 and I’ve been de­sign­ing ever since!

How has your style de­vel­oped?

I’m not sure it’s changed a great deal. I’m as much a fan of lay­er­ing prints and pat­terns, play­ing with colour and cre­at­ing a laid back feel as I ever was. In recent years, when I’ve been crafting for fun, I’ve turned to mak­ing min­i­mal­ist col­lages with any­thing I have to hand – even junk mail! So, I guess you could say I’ve de­vel­oped a love of pa­per in all its forms, not just in shop bought de­signs.

Do you have a favourite project so far?

I re­ally en­joyed find­ing and work­ing on ten dif­fer­ent ways to use old book pages for Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions is­sue 175. I’m es­pe­cially pleased with the dé­coupaged mini prin­ter tray and the col­lage style 50th birth­day card. And, as I love mix­ing new sup­plies with some­thing a lit­tle bit older, this was an ideal project for me. Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion from? My start­ing point for any craft project is al­ways the ma­te­ri­als. Rather than think up what I want to do first, then choos­ing the ma­te­ri­als, I pre­fer to have a pile of sup­plies on the desk in front of me and then de­cide what to make with them! I’ve been de­sign­ing for the 10 In­spi­ra­tions fea­ture for sev­eral years and the ideas al­ways come di­rectly from the sup­plies that fit that month’s theme. Plus, I find that hav­ing the oc­ca­sional stash swap with friends or buy­ing a lucky dip box of sup­plies never ceases to spark off a cre­ative idea!

Do you have any prac­ti­cal ad­vice for bud­ding de­sign­ers out there?

Yes! Mag­a­zine com­mis­sion­ing edi­tors are al­ways look­ing for great new projects to fill their pages, so don’t be afraid to ap­proach them with an idea, that’s how I be­gan work­ing for Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions. When Scrap­book in­spi­ra­tions ceased pub­lish­ing, I wanted to con­tinue de­sign­ing and so I pitched a scrap­book­ing and card mak­ing cross­over project to Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions and it was ac­cepted. That was in 2010 and I’m still here, de­sign­ing for the mag! Are there any crafty trends that you’re re­ally lov­ing right now?

I’m en­joy­ing see­ing the growth of smallscale scrap­book­ing and mem­ory keep­ing di­rectly into note­books. As some­one who loves note­books and craft sup­plies in equal mea­sure, it’s the per­fect hy­brid craft!

And you’ve writ­ten a book! Tell us more. It’s called Snipped Tales and is a col­lec­tion of tiny, touch­ing, funny, and oc­ca­sion­ally odd, tales cre­ated us­ing words and phrases cut from old books. It be­gan life as some­thing I did purely for fun, us­ing noth­ing but old book pages, a glue stick and scis­sors. Now, in a trans­for­ma­tion I still find in­cred­i­ble, it’s found a new home with read­ers right across the world!

You have a store on Etsy, what kind of things do you sell?

I call it all pa­pery trea­sure! The items

I sell in­clude things like bun­dles of vin­tage pa­pers, post­cards, maps and ephemera, sup­plies crafters can make things from, but also vin­tage note­books, jour­nals and ledgers that can be used to make things in – ba­si­cally, crafting sup­plies with a back­story. All that, plus craft kits com­piled from re­claimed sup­plies, my Snipped Tales book, lucky dip packs of col­lage scraps and my in­fa­mous washi tape stor­age hoops!

Julie’s book, Snipped Tales, is cre­ated us­ing words and phrases cut from old books

Noth­ing goes to waste in Julie’s de­signs, even junk mail finds a home!

Julie loves lay­er­ing prints and pat­terns

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