Lia Griffith - handcraft your life on Facebook

About Lia

Lia-Griffith-with-Hydrangea-1024x682Handcrafted lifestyle is what Lia knows best. With a background in graphic design, Lia is a daily DIYer, photographer, stylist, paper craft designer and big dreamer. She launched her handcrafted lifestyle blog in the Spring of 2013, offering daily projects, printables and inspiration. She immediately began to see her work being published in magazines all over the world. Currently her designs and tutorials are featured in 16 publications to include Mollie Makes, Made in Paper, ReLoved and Creative Spaces.

Before starting her blog, Lia launched her Papier Couture project making 35 dresses over the years. She also won the 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper contest in New York City. You can view her media tour videos and articles here, including a live interview on Martha Stewart Radio.

Currently, Lia is a contributor for Martha Stewart and is part of the Michaels Makers team. She is continually building her series of video tutorials both on her YouTube channel and with Creativebug. Her dream is to have a “Handcraft Your Life” syndicated show. She has been featured on many creative sites and blogs including West Elm, Apartment Therapy, Seventh Generation, SheKnows, DIY Network.

To develop a line of paper products, Lia has recently teamed with Webster’s Pages. They are lunching their first line of 3D paper kits to include a few of her well known paper flower designs that will be available in retail stores around the world in Fall 2014.

You can also find Lia’s stationery designs at Elli and Shutterfly where she features wedding, baby and holiday cards. Lia is also teaming with Cricut in designing and developing unique designs for cutting machine projects.

FROM LIA: I grew up in a family of DIYers. My parents were artists and we all found joy in the challenge of learning to sew, cook, upcycle, recycle and reinvent things in addition to our own art projects. I chose an education in graphic design and that has served me well, as I have had a flourishing and colorful design career. Along with branding, packaging and print design, I have had the opportunity to design many restaurant and retail spaces, owned both a children’s boutique and a European style flower shop and had a children’s clothing line that was sold at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and even the Disney stores. Before focusing on this new adventure, I worked as a creative director for an online wedding stationary shop where I started my love affair with blogging. I currently live in Portland, OR with my daughter, Emily and Italian Doxi, Enzo, both who are frequent models on my blog.

On this blog, unless otherwise noted, I have photographed all of the images. I use natural light (always), a Canon 5D Mark II and a 55mm 1.8 lens (Photo & video above from Creativebug).

  1. Hi Lia, I just found your blog via Pinterest, and I love it! I’ve been working up nerve to paint my inherited 70’s dining room furniture, and now I think I’m ready to dive in!
    Is Lia your full name or a nickname? That’s what I call my sister, but her full name is Malia.

    • Hello Andrea! Yes!! Paint it! My favorite things to paint are those clunky 70’s 80’s pieces. They are often very solid but have that dated look. Once they are painted. . . LOVE! My white bedroom furniture was all 70’s Broyhill and Basset pieces. The thing is, I don’t feel bad about painting over that era. haha.

      Lia is my nickname too. My real name is Linda. I NEVER use it anymore so it is odd to even say. Love the name Malia.

  2. Hi Lia,

    I am so obsessed with your website. I stumbled upon your work in few days back and from then on, I am so kicked about handcrafting things. You are truly inspirational :-)
    I second your words : “It is the delight of making something by hand that adds to the richness of everyday life”

    Can’t wait to see how you set up your new home :-) Have fun!

  3. Love, love , love your whole website. Came across you about 6 months ago on Pinterest, fell in love! Love your motto, handcraft your life. That is so me, love anything handmade! Saves money and is so much more unique than a store bought item. You are very talented, thank you for sharing it with the world! May you continue to be blessed!!

    • Ohhh. . . thanks Michelle. What a wonderful note to wake to this morning. It really warms my heart to know that these projects I post are enhancing peoples lives. Your life. Hugs! Lia

  4. wow I just spent a lovely hour reading your website and tutorials – lots of inspiration thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try some!

  5. You’re an ispiration for every person who loves crafts. Even far away, i thank internet and the incredible technology we have so we can follow amazing people like you. Thank you so much and congratulations for such beautiful work.

  6. Congrats on your new website! I’ve been checking your blog weekly on and have loved your diys and printables. Can’t wait for more tutorials and free printables! Thank you so much.

  7. Congrats on your new website/blog! Can’t wait to see the amazing things you will continue to do!

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