Today, we are delighted to share Julie Grandbois, who was the recent winner of Meylah's photo contest. Her journey is remarkable and we asked her to share her story in her own words! Here it is Julie Grandbois....
My name is Julie Grandbois and I am originally from the Greater city of Sudbury, in northern Ontario, Canada, but I have moved to Edmonton, Alberta for work. I am a MSc. Biology graduate working as a laboratory technician in the pharmacology department at the University of Alberta.
I am a photo prop enthusiast and I love making them in my spare time. All of my family and friends have told me that my crafts are beautiful and should be shared with the world!
Therefore, I started my shop, Julie’s Elegant Crafts, in April of 2013. The source of inspiration for my creations mainly comes from Pinterest, where I have created a group board and many of us share our own crafts and crafty ideas. I find the more we see, the more we get inspired, and more likely to create beautiful things!
I make elegant pom pom arrangements that have beautiful garlands and I also make wonderful tassel garlands.
My favorite material to use is the tissue paper. It’s so delicate and screams elegant and fun! And I also love lace, which is another elegant material! What makes the items in my shop much different than in others is that I take extra time to beautifully decorate items and I also make sure that everything looks PERFECT!
Many people have told me that I am a perfectionist and I think to myself, “What's the point of selling something to someone if I don't even like it?”
So I make sure that everything is perfect for every customer. Custom orders are always welcomed, since I always love trying to make new and exciting things! I often re-list and make more of those custom items, and I find that people love buying those items as well!
A new avenue that I have recently been exploring is fabric photo props such as little lace crowns and hand dyed cheesecloth for newborn photography.
I hand paint lace and shape it so that the lace stands up in the shape of a crown. I also embellish the crowns with lace flowers, jewels, or pearls, as per the request of a customer. I also enjoy hand dying cheesecloth that photographers use to lay over or wrap newborns. I love how I get to experiment with different color combinations to make new colors and different shades.
My heart just melts whenever I get photographs back with newborns wrapped up the cheesecloth or have a pretty little crown on their heads.
For me, a typical day is working as a scientist by day, and a crafter by night! I love that I have a “dual” life and it makes things interesting!
I get to meet and talk to new people every day, whether it`s a photographer planning out a themed photo shoot, or a mother trying to figure out the décor for their child’s birthday. I often work with photographers and give them a discount, and in exchange I get a few photographs in return that I can use to show off my wonderful creations! I enjoy making these props since I find it to be relaxing and it's a wonderful de-stressor!! After a bad day, I usually get lost in the wonderful world of crafting!
As I mentioned before, I’m greatly inspired by Pinterest. I have created many community group boards that many other vendors actively participate in and pin their creations. It is so much fun to mediate such beautiful boards that show off everyone talents. I also love helping others with promoting their hard work, which is why I started making these boards.
I have over 16000 followers and gain more and more fans on a daily basis. I believe in a concept called “paying it forward”. I have learned from so many and would want to repay the favor, so instead I have decided to help and mentor others.