In today’s blog post, we caught up with celebrated designer and instructor as well as fearless leader of The Paper Trail, Eileen Hull. When Eileen isn’t driving her retro camper, Scotty, around the county teaching crafting classes, this scrappy designer has her scissors and dies in a number of different projects, making her one of the busiest designers we know.
Eileen, could you tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you found your crafting passion?
Well, I married a military man and we moved around a lot – 13 times to be exact! And while we had numerous places we called home, there was one constant: art. No mater where we were, there was always a project in the works. Together, these things developed my strong ability to think creatively. When my four children left home, I had the time to truly explore my independent, artistic side. And, through hard work, imagination, and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to create a strong brand for myself doing what I love most. I’m really fortunate and thankful for that.
You are – literally and figuratively – always on the move. What have you got going on right now?
Ha, it certainly feels that way, and I know my husband would agree! Besides working on new Scoreboard™ dies for Sizzix and ideas for my line of multi-purpose ColorBox™ inks for Clearsnap, you’ll find me in my studio with a Diet Coke designing classes, keeping up with social media, and doing my favorite thing of all: making time to sit, play and make stuff. I post the projects on my blog, and when you visit, you’ll be blown away by what my 12-person Inspiration Team comes up with as well. They combine their styles with unexpected materials and awesome techniques to provide creative, new ways to use my dies. But right now, most of my energy is focused on preparing for the upcoming Paper Trail.
We’re all curious, what exactly is The Paper Trail?
Well, to truly understand The Paper Trail, you need to know my right-hand man, Scotty – without him, The Paper Trail wouldn’t be what it is.
He’s my vintage camper! When I found him in the summer of 2014, it was love at first sight. I brought him home, cleaned him up with a trendy retro-makeover, loaded him with craft supplies, and then hit the road on a promotional teaching tour that was to become The Paper Trail. In two months, Scotty and I logged about 9,250 miles through 22 states, taught 38 classes in 22 venues, filmed 14 videos, and visited crafty celebrities along the way. It was so fun, I knew we’d be repeating it!
Wow! Educational and adventurous – any memorable moments from the road?
Ha! Yes, tons. A few include: getting locked in the camper only to be rescued by a handsome, shirtless young man named John; a trip through a bank drive-thru which left Scotty wounded, and a spine-tingling drive through the Rockies. I can’t even imagine what’s in store this trip!
Speaking of, when’s your latest tour happening and where’s it taking you?
It kicks off on September 9th and runs till October 30th. We’ll be visiting Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Indiana. It’s quite the trip, and the classes are sure to impress and educate. But, if you can’t make it to one of my classes, you can always follow our adventures on my blog and social media!
Good luck to you and Scotty, Eileen! We will definitely be following you – but be careful at those drive-thrus!
In celebration of her Paper Trail, Eileen has kindly created an exclusive free video tutorial for Archiver’s using her flower petal die and ColorBox inks. In addition, she’s provided us with her Inspiration Team’s creative new takes on her recipe box die, flower with heart petals die, and more! Also, click here to see Eileen’s fabulous products that are available at Archiver’s!
Eileen would like to thank her Paper Trail sponsors, Sizzix, Crescent Cardboard, Clearsnap, Therm O Web, Graphic 45 Paper, Beacon, Sakura, M-D Hobby and Craft, Little B, and, of course, Archiver’s. (To browse each brand’s products currently in stock, just click on their name above.)