Sometimes, an idea will hit you out of nowhere. For some, it remains just that, an idea. For others, it becomes something bigger, an idea that takes on a life of its own. That idea came about for Eileen Hull while driving with her husband in the fall of 2013. Seeing a vintage trailer on the road, Eileen was thrown back into a whirlwind of happy, fond memories: camping with her mother and 6 siblings, moving 13 times across the US (due to being in a military family), getting to explore out of the way towns and places. Suddenly, it was not just something she could look back on filled with joy- she could make something happen. And make something happen, she did. All it took was seeing that vintage trailer to pave the way for Eileen Hull's Paper Trail Tour.
Learning the love of travel and adventure first hand from her mom, Eileen's purchase of her 1976 Serro Scotty (though we feel that the term would more appropriately be "adoption" rather than purchase) shortly after the fall drive with her husband quickly unfolded into outfitting her beloved Scotty into a mobile studio, hooking him up to Big Daddy, her Ford F150 and leaving tire tracks, no, Paper Trails all across the United States. Teaching classes using her Sizzix dies and Clearsnap inks, Eileen has successfully completed 6 of these tours, fulfilling not just her excitement for crafting (she is the Queen of Scoreboards after all) but imparting her love and knowledge of crafting on those she meets along the way.
Prior to her Paper Trail tour beginning, in 2009, Sizzix launched Eileen's signature line of Scoreboards dies, which are specially designed to cut and score matboard and thicker materials, creating versatile and sturdy 3D art. From the Passport Book die, to her Trailer die, and the addition of her new Sewing Box, Eileen has crafted a world of fun for those who love using her Scoreboards, Thinlits and soon, her launch of Stitchlits- a new round of thinlit dies made to cut, emboss, or stencil a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum. Stitchlits will be Eileen's twelfth Sizzix collection, due to be released October of 2015.
So all of this begs the question, are you packed and ready to hit the road with Eileen and Scotty as they embark on their 7th Paper Trail Tour? We cannot wait to follow along as they trek across the Midwest. Want to see if she will be teaching a class near you? Don't fret. We have the schedule right here for you, complete with addresses, store links and even phone numbers to the stores and locations hosting Eileen.
But what if she won't be near you this Paper Trail time? Easy peasy, we got you covered there as well. You can follow along from your phone or computer by simply going to one of these many social links:
Buckle up, get comfortable and get ready. Adventure awaits with the kick off for Eileen and Scotty's 7th Paper Trail tomorrow morning. Don't miss out!