Feature Friday: Paper Crafts by Laurel

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Welcome back to Blitsy's Feature Friday, where we chat with a top craft blogger and learn what inspires them! This week we're hearing from Laurel Beard, mom, blogger at Paper Crafts by Laurel, and Blitsy Creative Team member! Read on to learn about her favorite craft products and learn what project has meant the most to her.

How did you get started in crafting?
I started about 7 years ago when my son was in preschool. I wanted to make something for his teacher so I made an altered clip board. It was not very pretty, lol.

What is your favorite project that you have done so far and why?
This is a tough one because I have made so many things with so many different mediums and products. It is hard to pinpoint one thing that is my favorite so I will share with you what is my most meaningful lately! Some bookmarks I made for my son's class. While this may not seem like much to you, this was the first time my son ever asked me to make anything for him or his class! I eagerly jumped at the chance. He is 9 now and I was honored he asked me to do something for him.

Where do you get inspiration for your projects?
From fellow crafters! I am constantly left in awe by the talent out there!

We love inspiration over here. What is your Mantra that motivates each day?
Just Do It! You know, from Nike? LOL! I don't put any stress on myself. I don't sit down at my desk with a plan in mind. I just sit down and create. I grab a stamp set or product I want to work with and go from there! I find if I try to pre-plan something, it stresses me out and takes the fun out of it. And crafting is fun! It is a release for me! I enjoy it and certainly don't want to put pressures or limitations on myself.

What is your biggest #craftfail?
I can not for the life of me tie a bow Seriously. I can't! And sequins? Don't get me started. They stick to everything but where I want them to be.

What craft product you can not live without?
Distress Inks. I love them so much. Gelatos rank up there with them too. So it's a tie!

Cats or Dogs?
DOGS! We have a rescue dog named Sadie. Best dog ever!

How has your blog changed since you started?
It has more content, it is much prettier and organized!

How do you fit crafting into your everyday life?
I kind of doing it when I can. I have two kids and I can't really make a schedule. So I basically do it when I have time. Again, its freeing for me so if I try and commit to a schedule, it doesn't really work out for me!

Is there anything you learned the hard way while crafting?
Don't compare yourself to someone else. I learned that I am my own person. I have my own strengths and my own weaknesses. To compare myself to someone else is completely useless. I am me. And she is she. Hey, that rhymes.

What do you love about papercrafting?
Its my zen. It's calms me!It's like my yoga, lol!

What was the first thing you ever made?
An altered clipboard. I took a clipboard and some patterned paper and some Mod Podge. Oh yea, it was ugly.

Thanks for chatting with us, Laurel! Make sure to visit Paper Crafts by Laurel and check the Blitsy blog to see her tutorials!