About me

Hello there,

A little bit about me, I’m Deb, owner of Hand-Held-Designs, designer, art director, receptionist, technical guru, quality control officer, marketing manager, post women and a complete paper obsessive!
That’s it, I said it. I love PAPER.  I love the bright ones, sparkly ones, patterned ones, spotty ones,plain ones, textured ones…you get the idea. I am constantly looking for new ways of folding,cutting, printing, or scoring paper in some way or another.


I started my creative career as a hair stylist, spending 8 years in a salon as a full time stylist, then after getting married in 1995, I decided to ‘go it alone’  setting up my own hairdressing business.
I have always loved drawing, painting, making things, so after having my twin girls in 2002,I decided to return to education, studying for a degree in Textiles and Surface Design. It was during this time that it all happened, I fell in love with paper cutting. Spending hours sat at my kitchen table with a craft mat and scalpel.  The excitement of creating something beautiful from paper…….. The magic of starting with a sheet of paper and seeing a design appear little by little……………………. The way the light cast shadows through a cut design……………                                                                              

These are my inspirations, and how Hand-Held-Designs was born.


Whatever your style may be, Hand-Held-Designs is here to bring  your vision to life, everything is completely tailored to your special day.  Hand-Held-Designs offers everything you can think of for making your wedding day special —save the dates, invitations, menus, order of service, place cards /tags, table plans and more, just ask.  We work together throughout the whole process to create the perfect look.  Nothing gives me more joy than being a part of your special day, no matter how big or small.

Hope you find a design in my collection that fires a spark in you too!