Monday, 11 July 2011 17:27

Picnic Week: Paper Crafts with Julie Dye

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Welcome to day two of Picnic Week! Today I am pleased feature and share a DIY bookmark craft from the super talented paper crafter, Julie Dye.  I first discovered Julie in Florida at the St. Petes Farmer's market. Julie is one handy girl when it comes to paper craft making! frontpage

I knew that she would be perfect for THURSDAYS and her DIY Origami Bookmark would be just the thing you need for any picnic.  

Check out what Miss Julie Dye is all about!


1. Your crafts are seriously cute! How did you decide to start a crafting business?
I’ve always been a pretty crafty girl.  Growing up, my mom was always working on knitting or sewing projects.  Taking after her lead me to discover my love of always keeping my hands busy at a young age.  When I was in art school at the Ringling College of Art and Design, I took a bookbinding class for the first time.  I became fascinated with the art form and continued to make all kinds of handmade journals.  A couple of years ago, I decided to try opening an online shop on Etsy, with the intention of trying to sell all the handmade journals I love creating so much.  When I first started, I was selling only journals made with Japanese paper covers, but felt like I wasn’t reaching as large of an audience as I could.  So, I began coming up with ideas for other items I could create with the same beautiful Japanese papers.  I now create many different items including jewelry, accessories, and home accents all made with Japanese paper. 

2.  I imagine these are a labor of love! Do you have a favorite?
I’d have to say that my favorite item to create is constantly changing.  Recently, it would probably be my Kusudama origami flower balls.  They have 60 sheets of paper in each one and are very time consuming to create, but are so beautiful and rewarding when they are finally complete.  I also love that origami is the kind of craft that I don’t need to be at my desk to create.

3.  We've now seen you at the St. Pete’s farmers market and the Brooklyn Renegade Craft fair.  How beneficial do you find having booths at a weekly event such as the farmer's market? What about annual craft fairs? Do you have a favorite crafting event?
I really love participating in weekly farmer’s markets like The Saturday Morning Market in St Pete!  I feel like the farmer’s market is a great way to promote my business locally and it’s always great to experience the public’s reaction to my work.  I also love the community of crafters that I meet when I participate in shows.

My favorite event that I have been involved in is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, NY.  This year was my first time participating and it was a lot of work to get ready for, with producing inventory and planning the travel arrangements, but it was definitely worth it in the end.  There was such a great energy at the fair and it was so exciting to see all the different crafts being created by crafters from all over the US.

4.  Running a small business and being in school must be challenging! How do you stay organized?
I’m pursuing a second undergraduate degree in Graphic and Web Design.  I am in school full time during the year and it can be intense sometimes to get everything done.  I find it easiest to stay organized if I focus on one thing at a time.  For example, each week I spend a day or two concentrating on homework.  I try to get it all done at once so I can spend the rest of the week working on my crafts. 

5.  When you're able to squeeze in some downtime, what's your favorite thing to do with your girlfriends? Do you guys have any traditions to help you stay in touch?
I am a big fan of craft beers.  My favorite thing to do with my girlfriends is to go to a local craft beer bar and try something new.  I especially like dark beers that taste like chocolate or coffee.  I am lucky to have a few girlfriends that live close by and we always make a point to get together every couple of weeks to catch up and enjoy some good beer.

DIY Origami Bookmark
by Julie Dye


What you need: 

  • one sheet of origami paper

What to do:


  1. What you’ll need:  One sheet of origami paper
  2. Fold the paper in half diagonally, with the patterned side facing out
  3. Fold the sides of triangle into the center
  4. Unfold the sides of the triangle, and fold the top point of the triangle down to fit into the creases you just made
  5. Fold the sides of the triangle up and tuck the point into the pocket you just made
  6. Use your new bookmark on the corner of a page in your book to hold your place!
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