Hello! My name is Natalie Bowers, and I am a media-mixer, memory-keeper and paper-planner, living in the south of England with my husband and two children.
As a gregarious loner and shameless peoplewatcher, I can often be found haunting the dark recesses of coffee shops and cafes, my pencil poised above paper. When I’m not writing or drawing, I’m either crafting in my shoffice, or packing orders for my shop. I also like to trawl charity shops for vintage paper, comb local beaches for sea glass and potter around my garden, listening to birdsong. I hate housework, but love cooking.
Once upon a time, I was a fiction writer and my short stories were published online and in print. Nowadays, though, I sell my hand-painted cards in person, and, since the summer of 2019, I’ve been selling papercraft and journaling supplies in my Etsy shop. Over the last few years, I’ve been a member of several planning and papercraft design teams, and have regularly written tutorials and made videos about card-making, planning, memory keeping and journaling. I’ve also been a guest designer for a number of companies and have had my designs turned into stamp sets and a papercraft kit by Mama Makes.
On a more personal note, I have overcome severe depression and anxiety and readily share the story of how I’m recovering by discovering wellness, resilience and purpose through creativity, mindfulness, mediatation, and planning.
This blog used to be a catalogue of over ten years’ worth of interests, jobs, challenges, experiences and thoughts. Recently, though, I’ve made over 1000 posts private, so that my mental health posts are easier to find. I hope you find them helpful.
There are a couple of ways to find me:
You can also contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.