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I'm Cecelia Louie, a graphic designer, a quiller, and a die cutter. Paper Zen is the calming serenity I feel when surrounded by a pile of paper scraps.

My love of paper started when I folded my first origami balloon at age 6. I enjoy giving quilling a modern twist and designing paper projects. I first started this blog to record work I gave away, and am thrilled to know that it's been inspiring to others.


Contact

paperzeninfo (at) gmail.com


Books

2018: Quilling Lowercase Letters (Self-published Author)
2018: Quilling Numbers (Self-published Author)
2017: Quilling Letters (Self-published Author)
2017: Quilling Creations: Flora & Fauna: Craft 10 Charming Paper Art Vignettes, becker&mayer! (Author)
2014: Pretty Quilled Cards, Lark Crafts (Author)
2015: All Things Paper, 2015 (Contributor)
2011: The New Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques (Contributor)


Instructor

Bluprint / Craftsy: Quilled & Sculpted Cards


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25 comments:

  1. so glad I found your site. beautiful work

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  2. Hi Cecelia, just found your blog and I love the variety of the posts. Your work is beautiful - I'll definitely be back!

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    1. Hello Jen, I'm so thrilled to hear I have a new reader! Thanks so much for your kind words. :D
      Cecelia

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  3. Hi Cecilia is me Tita and I have finished my project in Quilling. Do you have a email that I can send to you for one look on and tell me what do you think??? Will be so wonderfull...

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    1. Hello Tita, your first project is simply stunning! I can't believe it's your first and I know you are in your element right now - congratulations on your beautiful achievement!!!
      Cecelia

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  4. How do I keep my quilling paper so it does not tangle up. Mine is in a bunch and it is not organized at all and it is driving me crazy. Thanks, Bettie

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    1. Hello Bettie, yes it does get quite tangled doesn't it? I have written a blog post about how to organize them here: http://paperzen.blogspot.ca/2014/09/how-to-organize-messy-quilling-strips.html
      Cecelia

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  5. I love your clear directions. You are so mellow, that’s a reminder to me to enjoy the process!! I have a glue bottle that has a fine tip which is great. However, when I attempt to spread a layer of glue on a card to gently press pieces and place on my background, by the time I have an adequate area spread evenly, the glue is tacky already. I use Aleen’s Original. I notice in your examples you spread your glue evenly and rather quickly. I can’t get mine out quickly enough. Do you use a specific tip or specific Aleen’s.

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    1. Hi Kathleen, Thank you so much for your kind words Kathleen! I'm happy to hear you're enjoying my tutorials. When I want to spread a larger amount of glue, I tend to use the larger bottle rather than my fine tip bottle because the bead of glue will be larger. Then I spread that with a piece of cardstock. If you watch this video here, you'll see how I do it. My glue tends to get tacky faster on a hot day and when I have my windows open. Hope that helps you!

      https://youtu.be/o2NpKf6um8o?t=14m10s

      Cecelia

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  6. Where in the Greater Vancouver area can I purchase quilling paper and supplies?

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    1. Hello, I have seen some supplies at DeSerres: https://www.deserres.ca/en/ssearch/?q=quilling

      However, I tend to buy mine online because the selection is greater.

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  7. Wow! What you do is amazing. You have inspired me to start quilling. I would love to use maps and sheets of music but am afraid those papers would be too flimsy. Can I glue maps, etc, to quilling paper and then cut them? If that is possible, is there a basic cutting machine you would recommend? (At this point I don’t want to commit to an expensive Cricut do-it-all type machine, but don’t see myself cutting by hand.). Thank you so much - Sue

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  8. Thank you so much Sue! You gave me such a huge smile this morning! This is what I love to hear! It's just paper and glue, so as adults we have to let go of what our idea of "shoulds" be, and just PLAY!!!

    I'm not sure how thick your music paper is, but my suggestion is to just cut a strip and test it out. If it's not curling the way you want, then try something else. I once unfolded an envelope and made strips out of it because it was metallic.

    You've identified the least expensive (by hand), and the most expensive (by Cricut) methods. To be honest with you, the least hassle is actually buying it pre-cut. They offer multiple colors in one package, so you're set to start on any project. Here is a popular brand and package by Lake City Crafts: https://amzn.to/2PnOdKi

    However, if you also need a slotted quilling tool, this book is the one I always recommend to newbies because it comes with paper and fantastic instructions too: https://amzn.to/2RBEGAN

    Happy quilling to you!

    Cecelia

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  9. Hello Cecilia. I love Your tutorials very much. You are extremely talented 👍 Where did You purchased the Cricut Explorer One? I am having trouble finding it where it can also be shifted to Denmark 🇩🇰.

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    1. Hello there and thank you so much for your kind words! I bought my Circut on Amazon. I think I found something similar on the Denmark version of Amazon here: https://www.amazon.de/Cricut-Explore-Air-2-Machine/dp/B01MCW9D49/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=cricut&qid=1552573649&s=gateway&sr=8-4

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    2. Thank You very much for Your Quick reply. I can't watt to get started 😃🇩🇰

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  10. Hola acabo de suscribirme a su lista,deseo aprender mucho de usted, gracias, saludos cecilia

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    1. ¡Gracias por suscribirte y bienvenido a Quilling! Espero que disfrutes quilling tanto como yo.

      Thank you for subscribing and welcome to quilling! I hope you enjoy quilling as much as I have.

      Cecelia

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  11. Cecilia, Thank you for the beginners video. I haven't started yet but it was nice to see and hear how to get started without having to invest in much to start with. Pat

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    1. Yay! Pat, I'm so glad you found this beginners video so you can see you can dip your toe into the waters without getting wet. People are often surprised how quickly they get hooked into feeling tranquil just playing with paper strips.

      Cecelia

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    2. Hi Cecelia! Thanks you so much for all your wonderful tutorials! Fantastic tips even for experienced quillers! I have recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 and have been trying to figure out how to cut my strips on it, but I'm not having much luck! Do you have any tips you would be willing to share? Regards, Jen

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    3. Hello Jen, welcome to my blog! So glad my tutorials are helpful! Here is my blog post where you can download SVG files to cut your own quilling paper using your Cricut Explore Air 2: http://paperzen.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-quilling-strips-tutorial-with-free.html

      You would need to import the file to Design Space before cutting.

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  12. Can you tell me where in your blog to purchase this svg file?https://i.pinimg.com/564x/05/92/6b/05926bfcf3a3dba2b92b8c4faf837005.jpg It says it is from 2013.

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  13. Hello Reese, thank you for asking about my Yin Yang card. It's available here in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/91011083/valentine-collection-yin-yang-card-gift?ref=shop_home_active_18
    Cecelia

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