PORTLAND, Ore. -- At her Northwest Portland headquarters, Lia Griffith is building a paper crafting empire.

There’s a television studio where Griffith records daily tutorials for her popular website, a well-stocked craft room and designers at work. It’s hard to believe it has all come together in just a few years.

“When I started by myself three and a half years ago, it was just me,” Griffith said.

That’s when the designer found herself unemployed and decided to turn her successful DIY blog into a business.

“I did all the projects, graphic design, photography, public relations, wrote the stories, the social media, everything," Griffith said.

Griffith's business has taken off because sponsors love her and so do crafters. Ask Griffith, and she'll tell you she's a teacher at heart.

"We are not having people go out and buy a lot of tools," she said. "We want them to do this simply and easily and feel good about it.”

Griffith can clearly do it all, but there is one thing she does better than just about anyone. She makes the most amazing paper flowers -- a talent she is happy to share.

“My gift is creativity, that’s what I know," she said. "That's what I breath, that’s what I live. When women get to create again, get to make things, it’s healing and it refills our soul.”