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Meet the Maker: Laura Machado with The Papertarian who is addicted to paper

As we approach the busiest season for sending cards - we encourage you to shop small in every way you can this season. Greeting cards are an easy affordable way to send your holiday and Christmas greetings while supporting small business.

We'd like to introduce you to Laura Machado, the master papercrafter behind The Papertarian. Laura is the maker of a line of amazing greeting cards (her Christmas line is available now)


. So we asked her to tell you – who is Laura? what inspires her? In her own words...here she is!


Crafting history

My crafting history goes so far back that some of my earliest memories are crafty. I remember, around age 4, wrapping up toys to give to my family. After they expressed their excitement and thanked me, I’d take the item back and wrap it up all over again. So, even as a tiny person, I was addicted to paper. My parents, brother and I made all kinds of things and loved seeing the work of others at craft fairs and galleries. Many of the things we created were constructed with second hand or repurposed materials.


How she crafts today

Today, I still love to find things at thrift shops or yard sales and give them new life. Making greeting cards allows me to use some of my favorite ingredients and techniques on a smaller scale - which is crucial to the way I operate. I’m a fickle papercrafter and can’t commit to just one style. There are so many papers to love!


Her creativity and originality

Since I enjoy trying new things, most of my cards are made in very small batches (usually 3-8 cards) or are one-of-a-kind. Each one is made completely by hand. Some of my favorite techniques are inking the edges, highlighting with shimmer ink, embossing, stamping and distressing. Many cards feature twine, rhinestones, pearls, glitter, and vintage items like buttons, ribbon and trims.


On a personal note..

I’m the only papercrafting nerd in my family (despite my efforts to recruit). My husband and two teenage sons have their own hobbies and, luckily, seem to understand my obsession. If they need to find me, they check the craft room first. Our two cats, Parker and Gerald, can usually be found there, too. They like to sun in the window, chomp on a cardboard box or incubate under my desk light.

The opportunity to make and sell the crafts that I love is truly a dream come true.

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