Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

New Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace, Plus The Story of Paperlaces.com

Celebrate Layout with Paper Lace by Amy Solovay

Supplies Used:

Patterned Papers:

Stamps:

Ink:

Punches:

  • Heart Hand Punch by Fiskars
  • Small Dot Hand Punch by Fiskars

Paper Edgers / Decorative Edged Scissors::

  • Victorian Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Seagull Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Plus another unknown pair of decorative scissors

Other Embellishments & Supplies:

The Story of Paperlaces.com:

Back in 2006, I purchased a whole bunch of Fiskars hand punches and paper edgers. One day I was playing with them, just punching and cutting my paper at random, trying to come up with ideas for how to use them. One of the designs I made reminded me of paper lace, and an idea was born. I have lots of ideas - sometimes dozens of them in a day- so at the time it didn't occur to me that there was anything special about that one idea. Like most artists, I have more ideas than I could use in a lifetime. But, as time went on, I decided to develop this particular idea further and see what I could do with it. I spent several months designing different paper lace borders, and it occurred to me that my paper lacemaking techniques might make a good scrapbooking or cardmaking or paper crafting idea book.

At that point, I thought it would be wise to see if anyone else had already written a similar idea book. I was surprised at how little information was available online about paper lace. I couldn't even find that many web sites specifically dedicated to paper lace, although there are plenty of stores that sell doilies and things like that.

I did find several books which have some similar ideas (take a look at my book reviews page and you will see a few of them.) But I could not find any idea books that had projects like the ones I had been creating.

So, I wrote up a book proposal and sent it off.

My proposal was rejected. And rejected. And rejected. I was told that there would not be enough interest in paper lace to make it worthwhile to publish the book. I disagreed then, and I still disagree now. A year later I can say that thousands of people have come to paperlaces.com, and MANY of them have been searching for instructions for how to make their own paper lace. So, I think that the publishers were absolutely wrong!

I decided at one point that I was going to self publish my idea book. But, when I researched the process of self publishing, I decided that it wasn't something I was ready to jump into without testing the water first. Considering that I already have a career as a textile designer- I wasn't sure I'd be able to do all the writing AND all the photography AND all the graphic design AND all the marketing AND all the sales AND all the packing, shipping and distribution of the book. All that seemed like a daunting amount of work.

But, I wasn't ready to let the idea die. I still think this idea is worth sharing with other paper crafters.

Enter paperlaces.com. When I decided to start this web site more than a year ago, Doodlebug Paper Frills were one of the very few commercially available scrapbooking embellishments I could find that resembled paper lace. Fiskars also made some lovely lacy paper punches that thrilled me! Nowadays there are too many lovely lacy supplies to count- diecut lace papers, paper lace stickers, paper lace ribbons and trims and borders, punches galore, and soooo many others. How delightful! It is definitely an exciting time to be a paper lace enthusiast.

However, I still think there is room for handmade paper lace like the kind that I create, and I still want to share these ideas with crafters all over the world.

SO...think of paperlaces.com as your new FREE PAPER CRAFTS IDEA BOOK! Only instead of publishing the idea book in book form, I'll be publishing it in blog format. Within the next few days (hopefully) I will be publishing chapter one online, right here in this blog. You can take a look at the layout above if you are curious about the type of projects that you will learn to make in this "Free idea book" paper lace blog. The paper laces shown there are just a couple of the hundreds of paper lace designs I've developed. So I hope that you will add this blog to your feed reader, or bookmark it and check back! Thanks for your interest.

2 Comments on “New Scrapbooking Layout With Paper Lace, Plus The Story of Paperlaces.com”


  1. Beautiful layout!


  2. Hi Caryl! Thanks. :)

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