Originally published in 2016.
I was so inspired when I read this story from Lia. And I’m happy to share it with you today! Lia’s an inspiration to me and I know this will encourage you today too!
Hi Lia! Share with us what you do.
I run my own creative lifestyle brand. Together with my team we share daily DIY projects that people can download and make at home. Our mission is to teach, inspire and reignite creativity. By sharing our DIY projects we hope to encourage others to get in touch with their creative side, explore their potential and generally have a good time!
How did you get started? Tell us your story!
I was working at a wedding stationery company as a graphic designer and I began sharing my paper flower designs on their blog. My first paper rose received such a positive response that I took the opportunity to start my own blog and it grew from their. I now work in a studio out of Portland, Oregon with a team of 10 writers, crafters, photographers and designers. We have our own crepe paper and tissue paper line, designed specifically with exquisite crafting in mind. We have our own line of Halloween and Fall craft kits in Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores and a line of Lia Griffith crafting tools due to launch next Spring – it’s all very exciting!
That is so amazing – you just keep growing!! Do you have advice for those looking to get started?
Be brave and give it a go. I had a very clear plan when I started; to publish one blog post per day every day for an entire year. Having that to aim for helped drive me every day. I taught myself the business behind blogging and watched endless YouTube videos on how to take great photographs. I strived to create high quality content every single time and I think that helped my business to grow as quickly as it did. I had a strong idea about my brand image and I kept that in mind with every post I published and every photograph I took. It was hard work, it still is, but that hard work is paying off and I feel very lucky to be where I am today.
Lucky? Or hard work? 🙂 How do you define success and how did you get there?
I am able to wake up every day and do what I love. That to me is the definition of success. To be able to make a living doing what I enjoy most, around people I adore is just the best.
How did you get these amazing crafting skills and is it something you have to work at?
I have been crafting since I was 6 years old. It’s in my blood. It wasn’t until I found my passion for paper craft that I really started to focus on honing my skills. I have learned the most just by “doing”. I always have a pretty clear idea of what it is that I want to achieve and so I keep working at it until I get it. Sometimes it comes quite naturally to me, other times I’ll be surrounded by bits of paper and glue and floral wire for hours trying to figure out just one tricky petal. Every so often I’ll get bitten by a new craft bug – watercolor has been my “new” craft this year. I’ve spent time playing, trying things out, reading books and watching YouTube videos to find my own style – it’s such good fun. I think it’s good to approach anything new with an open mind and a willingness to fail a few times before you see some success.
Every so often I’ll get bitten by a new craft bug – watercolor has been my “new” craft this year. I’ve spent time playing, trying things out, reading books and watching YouTube videos to find my own style – it’s such good fun. I think it’s good to approach anything new with an open mind and a willingness to fail a few times before you see some success.
How do you manage your family, company, blog and a life?!
I’m fortunate that my daughter is grown up and so I have the time to dedicate to my work.
Where can we find you?!?
Go check out our website www.LiaGriffith.com and find something you’d like to make! See you there!