In the series “Professional Crafters” we are having interviews with (small) business owners that monetize their crafting skills. The goal of this series is to give you an exclusive insight in what drives these entrepreneurs.
In Episode 3 we will be having a chat with Julie from Whimsicality Graphics.
Julie is founder of Whimsicality Graphics and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest or check out her Etsy Store. We also have a great Whimsicality Graphics bundle – go check it out!
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am Julie with Whimsicality Graphics. I live in the south and understand truly what it means to love God, family and football. I met my Prince Charming in 2007, we married 7 months later and filled our home with two step children and three cats. I try to have interests outside of design. I love reading a good love story. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte will always be my favorite. I am a technology nerd. I want the newest smartphone or tablet, am always trying different apps and programs. My love for chill and Netflix concerns my husband. I see nothing wrong with watching every episode of Greys Anatomy for the 6th time. I’ve told him he’ll always be my person.
How did you get introduced into Crafting
I have always had a creative brain, even from when I was a little girl. I just was too introverted to share it with others. One day I was looking at a picture of something someone created and I thought to myself, “I can do that!” So off I went to find out any info I could on what it would take to make it and what money would it cost.
That was 2011, and since then, I’ve been building this small, teeny, tiny business called Whimsicality Graphics. I started my business as an online gift store, using my small Cricut to cut monograms in vinyl and slapping them on anything standing. I was fortunate to be introduced to website design and graphic software with a new job. Eventually the designing merged with the vinyl cutting and I started making digital files for my own use. The Cricut multiplied into a professional 24 inch cutter and monogramming requests also multiplied. The designing for me turned into sharing with others and then selling my designs online.
Learning to use a cutter and its many accessories was not simple for me when I began my crafting. It was hours of reading forums, blogs, advice and hints given by other crafters and trying to find free SVGs or ideas for objects and free clipart that I could use. People starting out now with cutters like Cricut and Silhouette have so much more information at their disposal. Video tutorials, Pinterest and forums have accelerated the learning curve.There are also so many websites offering designs, free files, bundles and things like that. It does make learning and experimenting more fun and less stressful for the “newbie”.
Tell us about Whimsicality Graphics
When I began crafting with cutters and vinyl, I loved monogramming cups. It has grown into so much more than that 5 years later. There are so many things that can be created that people love buying. As I’ve transitioned into digital designs, I still keep the mindset of someone who will be cutting. Some designs take only 30 minutes to create. I like those for time management. The designs that take more planning and time in creating I love more because I am more creative with those. They show more love in them. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone that is starting out into crafting and buying a machine is pay attention to the forums, blogs, video tutorials, etc. that are out there for your certain machine. It all helps you tremendously. Also, do not rely on those things to help you 100% know your machine. You have to try things, experiment and have confidence in yourself, even if you are scared to death to try.
What tools do you use
When I am working with vinyl for projects, I know that I cannot live without my Sure Cuts Alot software. I’m not being paid to endorse it, but I don’t know how I could do as much as I have done with working with any of the other software provided. I use mostly Oracle 651 vinyl in anything that I create. Just keep in mind that once it is there, it will leave behind its mark if it comes off. For cars and walls, Oracle 631 vinyl is easier. I love glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV). It looks so pretty on bags, makeup totes, etc. when using it.
What is your favorite piece of craft
One of my favorite things that I’ve helped to create is a large 6’x5′ outdoor sign for my parents. My mom wanted something personal to put outside and I came up with using the word “Home” with their home state replacing the “O” with an established date underneath. I designed it and had it cut out of double edged burnished metal that was painted in Red and Black, which happens to be our favorite football team’s colors, The Georgia Bulldogs. My parents were so proud to hang it and know that I had a hand in creating it.