About Me

The life and times of Paige Taylor Evans 

Since I was a little girl, I have always enjoyed making things with my hands - whether it was a cardboard palace for my hamsters to run around in or a pencil drawing of my favorite country singer Faith Hill, I have enjoyed the hands-on approach to life. 

I took a couple of art classes in junior high but in high school I was too busy trying to complete my GE classes to fit in any art. My senior year I wanted to take Advanced Placement (AP) Art but since I had not taken the pre-requisite classes, I was denied from the program. However, I became the teacher's assistant (TA) and spent the first couple class periods cleaning and organizing art materials. Shortly thereafter I was invited to participate in the first assignment - using conte and charcoal to draw a pine cone on an 18 x 20" sheet of gray paper. Needless to say, I was immediately let into the program once the teachers saw my work. Throughout the year, I visited local junior high schools to inform them about the AP program, won the ASB art award for the year, had one of my pieces purchased and hung in the school, and received a 4 (well-qualified) on my AP Art Portfolio. It was meant to be. 

I graduated from Brigham Young University in December of 2007 with a BA in Art Education. I started in the fall of 2003 with the intention of becoming a veterinarian. However, after failing my very first chemistry class, I decided that was not the route for me... Instead, I followed my heart and decided to become an art teacher. I was admitted into the program in the fall of 2004 and enjoyed every minute of my college days. I will always remember this quote that hung on my AP Calculus (let's not go there...) teacher's wall: Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. 

My very first job was at a scrapbooking store in Redmond, WA called Yesterday's Scrapbooking & Stuff. It was a very spur of the moment job choice. When I was 16 my mom and I went downtown and picked up applications at Safeway Food and Drugstore, Confetti Junction (a party decor store) and various other non-interesting places. When we walked into Yesterday's just for the fun of it, they did not even have any applications. The lady just wrote down my name and number and a couple of days later, Judy called me and invited me for an interview. During the interview, I noticed she was wearing a Choose The Right (CTR) ring and we immediately started talking about our religious similarities. I got the job. I mostly worked behind the register and helped customers find things. But it was more than just customer service and retail. I soon found out that scrapbooking was a perfect outlet for my love of art and hands-on creativity. After about a year of working at Yesterday's, I made some super cute cards using Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers (made by EK Success) and was asked to teach a couple of card classes. At the young age of 17, I taught "Paige's Perfect Cards" to plenty of eager card-making women. Perhaps it was at this time I decided in the back of my mind that teaching art sounded ideal. After I left for college, I returned to Yesterday's for a couple of Christmas breaks and in-between term vacations, but the business went under. Luckily, the scrapbooking industry is booming in Utah. 

One day in September of 2005, I was eating my Taco Bell bean burrito at the Cougar Eat on campus when I was flipping through the Daily Universe (BYU's newspaper). I noticed a scrapbook magazine was hiring for an editorial position. I didn't really know what editorial meant, but it had the word scrapbooking in it! I ran home, emailed my resume and had an interview set up within minutes. After a couple of interviews with Tammy and the other head honchos of Scrapbook Trends, I was hired as the Assistant Editor of Paper Trends. Northridge Media is the official name of the company and they publish Scrapbook Trends and Cards monthly, and Paper Trends, an Idea Book and Bead Trends trade off every other month (check out scrapbooktrendsmag.com to see their stuff). I typed instructions for all the projects for the first two years, then once I began student teaching, I became the Copy Editor. I rarely go into the office anymore, which is too bad because I love all the people, but I can do most everything from the convenience of home. It's such a fun place to work and I love being so involved in the ever-changing industry.

After graduating from college, instead of pursuing the teaching field as I intended, I accepted a job as a Product Designer/In-House Scrapbooker at American Crafts (AmericanCrafts.com and AmericanCrafts.typepad.com) - a very well-known scrapbooking company also in Orem, just up the street from Scrapbook Trends. What a dream job! I design scrapbooking supplies all day and make layouts and cards and get paid to do it. Not to mention they flew me out to CHA in February 2008, took me to Disneyland, bought me new clothes to be in an advertisement, and let us leave a few hours early once in a while when we've finished our tasks. It's the best, that's all I can say.

You're probably wondering, okay, so she likes scrapbooking and art, but what about bookbinding? Well, in the fall of 2005 I took a bookbinding class at BYU and absolutely loved it. Even after the class was over, I continued making books. For Christmas 2006, my dad, I mean Santa, gave me about 10 different bookbinding books with more bindings, techniques and styles than I will ever be able to complete in a lifetime. (I got every single book made by Keith Smith from keithsmithbooks.com). Bookbinding is just another way for me to express my creativity, not to mention that awesome feeling of holding a newly finished book in my hands and thinking to myself "I made this? I made an actual book? Cool!" Plus, handmade books are so fun to give to friends and family.

Aside my obsessively art-oriented life, I got married on May 8th, 2007 to the love of my life. Chris and I met January 22nd, 2004 in our Art History class (of course it was in an art class!) Turns out we were in the same ward and lived across the street from each other. How convenient! We dated for about six months, then he left for two years to serve a mission in the Philippines. He got back at the end of July 2006, we got engaged in November of that same year and were married for time and all eternity in the Nauvoo temple. And we have lived happily ever after.

I love everything and anything that has to do with art. From scrapbooking, photography, bookbinding, to more traditional painting and drawing, art is where my heart is. I hope to share a piece of my love of art with you as you explore my site. Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me! 

Paige Taylor Evans