Paper Talk with Barbara from Indiana, US

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Barbara started paper crafting almost 25 years ago. At first it was scrapbooking that made her interested in paper crafting. Being intrigued with beautiful album pages and embellishment it led to her ultimate passion – making her own embellishments for scrapbook pages and cards – also known as paper piecing.


Who are you? Can you tell us about yourself?
My name is Barbara Mahlmann aka Paper Piecing Memories by Babs. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for over 25 years, which has allowed me to enjoy my love of paper crafting and my passion of paper piecing.


When did you start paper crafting? Why did you start paper crafting?
I started paper crafting when my oldest daughter, now 25, was a toddler. I discovered scrapbooking and was intrigued with how beautiful photo album pages looked with cardstock, embellishments, and flowers. The creative possibilities seemed endless to me. This led me to my ultimate passion for creating finished embellishments for scrapbook pages and cards, also known as paper piecings.   

What is the best thing about paper crafting?
I enjoy paper piecing from start to finish, from the process of cutting each piece from colored cardstock, to the detailing of each piece, and the assembling it all together.  I’m always anxious to see how the finished piece will look.

Pattern used from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs

Have you made any mistakes when paper crafting and would you like to tell about it?
I’ve always felt that mistakes in paper crafting have led to new ideas and creativeness.

What kind of paper projects do you make?
I create finished paper piecings, created using an SVG pattern purchased from various companies. The pattern is cut out of colored cardstock, using an electric cutting machine, such as a Silhouette Cameo or a Cricut. I then ink and chalk each piece to give dimension, before gluing it all together. Finally, adding the fine details, to bring the piece to life. The finished piece is then ready for a scrapbook page, card, or tag.

Pattern used from KaDoodle Bug Designs
Pattern used from Too Cute by Jessica

How often do you craft?
I paper craft every day. It’s my creative outlet and my down time to relax.

Can you describe your style? Has your style changed since you started?
I’m not sure how I would describe my style, other than details are very important to me. The tiniest detail can make a piece pop. I don’t think my style has changed over the years, but it has definitely evolved through the use of different paper crafting products.

What inspires you?
When I need some crafty inspiration, I will scroll through Pinterest or take a trip to the craft store.

Pattern used from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs
Pattern used from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs

Is there anything in paper crafting you would like to learn?
I would love to one day master the technique of using Copic markers. I’m my worst critic, so I struggle with Copics.

Can you mention five products/tools you cannot live without?
It’s hard to name just five. I could not live without my Silhouette Cameo, chalks, inks, Art Glitter Glue, Stickles, cardstock, crafting tweezers, and embossing folders.

What is on top of your wish list right now?
A Silhouette Cameo 4

Pattern used from KaDoodle Bug Designs
Pattern used from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs

Can you describe your craftroom?
My craftroom is small, but organized. My paper racks are organized by color. I store my patterned paper in plastic totes, labeled by season and holiday. I’ve purchased ink pad storage racks, which have allowed me more work space, while being in reaching distance of my work area. When I first started paper crafting, I over bought many supplies. I’ve downsized quite a bit over the years.


Pattern used from KaDoodle Bug Designs

Other things you would like to mention in the presentation?
Paper piecing is a craft that just takes some practice. Like anything new, it can be intimidating at first. The creative possibilities are endless and it’s fun to put your own twist on the finished piece to make it your own. That’s what makes each person’s work unique.

Where can we find you?
You can follow me on Facebook:
Paperpiecingmemories Bybabs

Pattern used from Cuddly Cute Designs