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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 first started in grade 2, when I folded my first origami balloon. 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.

My book, Pretty Quilled Cards, was published by Lark Crafts, March 2014 and has been translated into French and Chinese. My second book, Quilling Creations: Flora & Fauna: Craft 10 Charming Paper Art Vignettes, was published by becker&mayer!, October 2017.

I've also contributed to All Things Paper, 2015 and The New Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques, 2011.

I am also an instructor on Craftsy, and teach how to make Quilled & Sculpted Cards.

I love hearing what other paper crafters are working on, so please email me at paperzeninfo (at) gmail.com


10 comments:

  1. so glad I found your site. beautiful work

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    1. Thanks so much for making my day! :D

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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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