I grew up dreaming of becoming an children’s author and illustrator. When I was about 10 years old. My my mom picked up a catalog of lettering transfers (Letraset) at a local art supply store and gave it to me. I fell in love with the shapes of letters and spent many hours teaching myself to draw the fonts in the book. I fell in love with lettering before I knew there was such a thing.
Our house was always full of arts and crafts supplies. My parents were both incredibly creative, my mom was a full-time miniature artist and my dad specialized in car restoration. I was experienced in several types of needlework and sewing by the time I graduated high school. I still enjoy both to this day!
Life takes lots of twists and turns. Although I dreamed of writing and illustrating, I ended up going to college and studying Criminal Justice. I became a police/fire/ems/911 dispatcher and worked that job for over 17 years.
One the side, I became involved with the papercraft industry. I started by being on several different design teams. Over time, I was able to leave my dispatching career and work full-time in the craft industry. I was a sample maker and project designer for several leading brands and managed design teams and social media accounts as well.
I continued to draw and letter but never shared it with anyone. It was like my little secret. I think I felt insecure about it, not thinking it was great in comparison to artists I admired.
In 2015 I randomly shared a lettering doodle on Instagram. The comments were so encouraging that I began to share lettering more. Not long after, I was offered the opportunity to create a line of stamps and dies featuring my lettering and illustrations! I sat in the parking lot of the bank and cried tears of joy the day I deposited my first check for that line. At 45 I was realizing a dream I had in my heart since I was just a girl. The result isn’t the exact one I imagined, but it was exactly the one it was supposed to be. I pinch myself nearly every day that I get the draw and paint and craft and call it work.
My life is so incredibly rich and full. I am so blessed and so thankful.
FTC Notice: I am blessed to work in an industry I love. As a project designer and instructor I am often given products to work with. Some of the products I work with have been given to me by companies I design for or sold to me at a discounted rate. While this in no way controls my content (I only use and blog what I love) the government says I have to tell you that I might have gotten some things for free.
This site features affiliate marketing ads. Any purchase made through an affiliate ad or text link results in a small payment to me by the merchant. It is through these ads that I am able to pay for my web host and the associated expenses running this site. Your purchase through these links enables me to offer free content. I appreciate your support to the vendors I choose to partner with.