- About Me
Welcome to PPbN Designs! My name is Nikki Calmes. I am the owner and designer of PPbN. I am a stay-at-home Mom to my 4 year-old daughter Alex. I also have a 9 year-old daughter, Samantha and a 6 year-old son, Ben. I have been married to my soulmate and best friend, Rick, for almost 13 years and we live in the Western New York area in a small town that we both grew up in.
I went to school to be an elementary school teacher and after graduating from Buffalo State College, Rick and I moved to Charlotte, NC where I taught 4th, 3rd and 1st grades consecutively, while we lived there. After having our first daughter Sam was born, we moved to Phoenix, AZ where Rick was promoted to a higher position in his job. After a short 8 months in Arizona, Rick was promoted once more, bringing us back home to Western New York where we could be reunited with all of our beloved family and friends. I continued to teach when we arrived back in WNY, teaching Universal Pre-K at a local Day Care Center until our son Benjamin was born. It became more beneficial for me to stay home than to work outside of the home once we had two children. And that's when Paper Piecings by Nikki was born!
I always knew that I had a creative side trying to get out, but I never could find a way to do that, that made me happy until I found the world of paper piecing patterns! For awhile, I made my own paper piecings and sold them on eBay but by the time our third child, Alex, came along, that became too time consuming to do with a 2 year old and an infant on my hands. I had been doing very well with my eBay paper piecings and I didn't want to lose that source of income so I began vigorously searching, googling and watching endless YouTube videos on how to design my own files. This way, I would be able to work when I could and the digital download aspect of doing this work become something I could be making a little money with without having to spend hours each day consumed by paper and glue. After two years of "Google University" (I like to call it :) I created my first SVG file. I found a cheap but efficient website host and opened up shop in 2011.
Over the next 3 years I have evolved and grown into PPbN Designs. Now, instead of just paper piecing patterns, I create layered cutting files (very much similar to those you would find on the "Bug" Cartridges) as well as paper, SVG print and cut files for the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software, clipart sets on Etsy and, most recently, full scrapbook layouts that you can either cut on your own or buy pre-cut if you don't have a cutting machine. I've also just started selling my kits at wholesale prices for those of you who would like to sell them and make a little extra cash from your scrapbooking friends and family.
I adore creating graphics for you to use on your paper and scrapbooking projects! I strive for your 100% satisfaction and work tirelessly for you until you are completely happy with your entire PPbN experience. Without you, I am nothing, so YOU are my number ONE priority, always! I want you to be so happy with PPbN that you can't wait to tell all of your crafty friends where to find me and how to use my designs! Like I said, you are my number one priority and the most important part of what I do :) I love hearing your suggestions, concerns, feedback, requests and whatever else is on your mind, so please don't ever hesitate to contact me with anything you feel would make yours and your friends' experience the best that it can be :)
Thank you so much for visiting me and if you ever need anything, I am only a chat or an e-mail away :) So, have fun, get creative and don't forget to share your PPbN projects with us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/paperpiecingsbynikkidesigns so that others can be inspired by YOUR creativity!