Hello & Welcome
I am one of those people who have 'been there, done that & got the t. shirt', with a work background as diverse as my crafting interests. At one point in the early 90's I was in business creating beaded jewellery - long before it became as popular as it is now.
I can turn my hand to all sorts of different crafts at a basic level, from soap & candle making to the beautiful art of knots, otherwise known as macrame, from knitting to soft furnishings!
My working life began in a factory, since then I have been a chambermaid in Bournemouth in the early 80's, & a nanny in Toronto, Canada later that decade. I trained as a croupier in the casino's at one point & finally ended up in London managing bars through much of the 90's & well into the 'noughties', which is where I first got the bug for teaching!
I returned to the North East of England & qualified as an Adult Education teacher in June 2007, specialising in the old Microsoft Office programs. But my first love has always been the world of design & craft so while I was studying for the qualification I took the opportunity to look around to see where I could use it to establish craft groups in the local community.
Initially I volunteered with many charitable organisations, working with special needs & the eldery mainly, then I was 'adopted' by Age Concern (as they were back then) it proved to be a very good partnership.
Throughout the 5 or 6 years that I teamed up with them, they used my teaching qualification to send me out on the road with the outreach team, I accompanied the team of volunteers armed with laptops, on a mission to educate people to the benefits of a computer.
I also worked in the computer suite at HQ, alongside their resident tutor & taught computer skills to people who registered on courses there. But eventually I was able to focus my teaching skills in crafts & now that is all I teach.
The whole concept of 'The Paper Craft Tutor' stemmed from the voluntary work that I still do in the community - teaching paper crafts!
I launched the original website in January 2009 (& closed in July 2012 when I moved here). It was always intended to be an extension of my group teaching, offering original stuff such as projects, papers, templates etc. not just for those I teach, but for anyone who wanted to use them.
But as the site grew so did my design skills on the computer - with the help of my trusty Serif software!
Over time, I have spent less & less time in the craft cupboard & more & more time on the computer. I still teach in the community though nowhere near as often as I did, as digital design has gradually taken over from the paper, card & embellishments!
Anyhow, I would be delighted if you chose to use anything from the site to create your projects to sell for your charity, or for yourself. I give you all of my work freely, so all I ask is that you do the same & do not print off the sheets themselves to sell.
You may notice that I have created almost everything against a white background - this is to save your ink costs, I know it would be far more attractive on a pretty background, but ink is way too expensive to begin with! But that doesn't stop you from using coloured or patterned paper to print the designs out onto.
Where would I like to be in five years?
I guess the eternal optimist in me would say running workshops from a posh shed in the garden but otherwise doing just about what I am doing right now. Quite honestly, having never realised that I was searching, I think I have finally found my niche in life!
Don't you sometimes think that you were always meant to end up right here, right now - no matter what else you did along the way?
Enjoy the site!