I’m happy to write this: another wonderful feature right here, on Opinion9! Today, it’s about paper floristry, as Julie herself puts it. I always have had a high regard for multi-taskers, and Julie sure is one of them-she makes beautiful paper flowers, and she also writes a blog with her two sisters!
It’s lovely to see that she makes time for herself by crafting flowers, and she also works with family on her blog A Life Curated.
Read on to hear what she has to say.
Please tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi there, this is Julie! I’ve always loved arts and craft, but it was only this year that I started spending more time on my creative interests. My creative milestones this year are launching a blog with my sisters called A Life Curated (@alifecuratedofficial) and starting an Instagram account Paper Play Design (@paperplay_design) where I document my paper flower journey.
Aside from my creative interests, I love my coffee, travelling and diving.
What is your creative process like?
I wish I could say I’m very methodical in my creative process but what really happens is that I wake up each day and think…”Okay, what flower am I going to make today?”
What are the things that inspire you the most?
Seeing other creatives turn their talents into a career inspires me. It reminds me that everyone is different and that this world needs creative people!
How did you get started with crafting flowers? What keeps you motivated?
I remember my very first flower was when I was 12 years old. My childhood friend and I used to spend school holidays making all sorts of arts and craft things. One day, we made a bunch of flowers for my mum from toilet paper! It wasn’t until this year (19 years later!) that I decided to make paper flowers again for my mum for Mother’s day. That’s really when it started and I was hooked!
My family and friends keep me motivated. Everyone has been very encouraging of my creative pursuits and it really keeps me going.
(Julie’s desk where she makes her beautiful floral creations!)
What would your ideal day be like?
I love my morning routines so every day I wake up, swirl my coconut oil for 20 minutes (yes, this actually works!) while I potter around the house and clean up. Then I drink my warm lemon water, eat breakfast, buy my morning coffee, turn on my music and then I sit down to start crafting.
How good my day is often depends on how good my flowers end up looking. I’m extra happy if I can manage to take a good photo of my end product so that I can share it with my fellow Instagrammers!
Wednesdays are one of my favourite days of the week because that’s when my sisters and I chat over skype about our blog (amongst other silly things which usually ends in hysterical laughter).
In the midst of creativity and life, how do you keep yourself focused?
I’ve got some key milestones this year related to Paper Play Design which I’m very excited about. I’ll share more on my Instagram account in the next couple of months, so stay tuned! So working towards these goals keep me focused.
What’s the part in your creative process that makes you the happiest?
I try really hard at coming up with my own flower templates so I am extra proud when I can work it out!
Just for fun: what’s your favourite animal and flower and why?
I love French bulldogs! I especially love Stella, the French bulldog from Modern Family.
As for favourite flower, this changes nearly every two days because I constantly feel like I’m discovering new flowers when I’m going through Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Today, I love poppies.
Thank you, Julie, for showing us a glimpse in your creative process! Wishing you all the best in all your future endeavours!
Find Julie here:
Follow Julie’s instagram to keep up to date with her paper flower journey: (@paperplay_design)
Read her blog: www.alifecurated.com.au