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Where did you find the inspiration for this club?
I found inspiration for this club from my years of paper scrapping and crafting. I used to love to cut out pieces of paper and layer them to create fun effects on my scrapbooking layouts and handmade cards. A few years ago, when I first saw the Silhouette cutters, it blew me away that the little cutter could cut basically any shape that I wanted! Intricate cuts like the Alpha in this club would have been nearly impossible (or at least extremely time-consuming!) to do by hand. I wanted to bring some of that look and feel into the digital crafting realm with this club.
The club includes several products. Did you start and complete each one before moving on to the next?
I worked on several of the pieces of the different products in tandem. The two embellishment sets are really designed to be used together with the shapes in one set and the ribbons and buttons in the other, so it was easiest to work on those together to ensure that they worked well together.
What was your favorite thing to design?
What a tough question! In trying to decide how to answer this question, I kept flip-flopping from one product to another. I loved creating the embellishment sets because it was fun to figure out how the ribbon would best “thread” through each of the shapes. I enjoyed working on the paper backgrounds because I felt like I was paper crafting again. But I think I might choose the word art as my favorite because I love hand-lettering and typography and it was fun to get out the paper and pens and write the key words and then figure out the typography of how those hand-lettered words would fit together with the typeset words.
About how long did it take you to design this club?
I started on the club about 3 months ago, with sketches and ideas and worked on it off and on for a couple of months before it was complete.
How did you come up with the name of your club?
I am a lexophile (lover of words) and I thought about the play on words for the phrase “Paper Cut”. On the one hand, the club is designed to be reminiscent of paper crafting and cutting pieces of paper and putting them together. So the phrase “Paper Cut” works for that. But on the other hand, I thought it was a bit of irony that—since this is digital scrapbooking and crafting—that nobody would actually be getting any paper cuts! So I’ll save you some band-aids.