Lia Griffith - handcraft your life on Facebook

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LiaBioPageHello, I am Lia Griffith, daily DIYer, designer, photographer, stylist, creative inventor and big dreamer. I live a handcrafted life and am here to share it with you, to inspire you, to help you remember that creative genius living inside of all of you.

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.

For the last few years I was the creative director for Elli.com, a wonderful online stationery shop. It was while we were waiting for our site to launch that I began to spend more time creating posts for our blog with the idea of forming a paper loving community. That was where this all began and when I knew I had found my path. In March of 2013 I took the leap, left my job and started my media company so I can give my all to creating new projects and fresh ideas on ways to handcraft your life.

Though I have always had a knack with paper crafting, it was when I was able to showcase my work in a fully produced runway show featuring seven of my paper gowns that it started to set the stage. My Papier Couture adventure influences the paper flowers and tutorials that I create. This love of paper also helped me win the 2012 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper contest in New York City. You can view my media tour videos are articles here.

My paper creations as well as other DIY projects have been featured in 6 printed publications from the UK, France and Hungary. I have also had the honor of being a guest writer and creative content developer for Seventh Generation, SheKnows, DIY Network and Good Housekeeping (AU). I am currently working on my first book to be published in 2014.

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. * Headshots by Brian McDonnell at BMAC Studio. Image by Siene River, Paris, France by Shreyas Sagar.

  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 ellinee.com 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 ellinee.com 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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