Today we have Cecily Moore on the show. Cecily is somewhat of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to crafting, but primarily she is a graphic designer + illustrator. She lives + works in New York City blogging and selling artfully designed paper goods for modern creatives at The Paper Curator, her online store. Her aesthetic is artful, bright, & modern & she specializes in hand-lettering + scattering handmade textures and patterns throughout her work.
Cecily Moore starts with her background as a Girl Scout, scrapbooking since she was 9, her crafty mom’s influence, having a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, switching to become a graphic designer, and then starting The Paper Curator.
The girls also talk about losing your ‘craft mojo’ and getting it back, digital scrapbooking vs. manual, and realizing your niche. Cecily reveals her 5-year plan for The Paper Curator, and the process of making a collection!
FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //
Cecily on working smarter, not harder :
"I’m an utter perfectionist, and I find it hard to release things when they’re not ready, so I found that, you know, just keeping a log of everything that I think is great, and then repurposing it where I can has been really beneficial for me…that’s half of my business now is stationery - which started because I had all these extra patterns that I had already scanned & already had digitized …that didn't end up going into a kit, but I loved them…and how can I repurpose them for something more functional? A lot of times, I’ll just make a bunch of brushstrokes and scan them and turn them into prints later, and so that’s one technique I’ve found to be smarter, not harder, and has really helped me when I am in a creative slump and I have no energy to sit there and paint or do hand lettering, I just, you know, pull out my library of things and can turn them into magic pretty quickly.”
SHOW NOTES //
• Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
• Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
• Shillington School of Graphic Design
• Amanda’s past blog posts on Shillington
• Cecily’s monthly scrapbook kits
• Cecily’s stamps
• reno alpha clear stamps
• Bust Craftacular at Maker Faire
• Hall of Science
• Renegade Craft Fair
• FAD Market
• Cecily’s Project Life
• Kristin’s morning pages
• The National Stationery Show
• NY NOW
• Cecily’s Crisp Air kit
• Cecily’s HEAVY DUTY paper-cutter
• Top 6 Must-Haves for Running a Stationery Business
Cecily’s LESS/MORE //
LESS: humidity & heart
MORE: money & tacos & snuggles with my cats
CURRENTLY ROUND //
(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)
WATCHING: Iron Fist & I Am a Killer
READING: Make + Mend
LISTENING TO: Spotify, Creative Biz Rebellion, Proof to Product
MAKING: sashiko embroidery + new products
FEELING: excited for the Fall + to visit The Color Factory
PLANNING: next year’s goals + the next winter collection
LOVING: MY CATS!!!
AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //
Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Cecily to hear the convo continue! See ya there!