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Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog, Design, Illustration, Papercutting | 19 comments

My Papercuts in Real Simple Magazine

My Papercuts in Real Simple Magazine


Dear friend,

I’m excited to tell you that four of my papercuts appear in the latest edition of  Real Simple. Back in May, talented Alex Mooney (Senior Designer at Real Simple and a wonderful person) commissioned me to create some pieces for an article about family roots by Sarah Engler. Working with Alex was such a great experience. She knows how to get things right because she’s an artist herself. Check out her website to see it with your own eyes. Her work has won SPD, AI-AP, and ADC awards.

Real Simple at ArtisaWay.comThe love and attention to detail that goes into the making of this magazine is inspiring. It is also tons of work for someone like Alex, who has to consistently keep up a great communication with different artists. But that is why Real Simple has so many loyal fans everywhere. Behind anything good there are unique people giving their best.

Papercut for Real Simple magazine by Elsa Mora copy

I want to thank Sarah Engler for her article. She inspired me to do something that I never thought about before: starting my family tree. I will blog about that in the future when I have more elements. It has been fascinating so far. And I want to thank Alex for inviting me to be part of Real Simple in this way. I feel honored. Thanks, Alex, for the thoughtful note that arrived with the copies of the magazine! It is remarkable how, with so much on your plate, you still find the time to write a thank you card. That was touching and appreciated. 🙂

And  here are the papercuts for you. (The background colors in these pictures are not the same as the ones in the magazine). ↓

Elsa Mora for Real Simple 1

Elsa Mora for Real Simple 2

Elsa Mora for Real Simple 3

Elsa Mora for Real Simple

I wish you a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!




  1. Beautiful, Elsa!
    I’ve always been fascinated by family trees and all that…

  2. These are beautiful!! I always look forward to your papercut news. Thank you for letting me know about the issue so I can buy it! You are my papercut hero!

  3. Stunning work! I will definitely pick up a copy of the magazine. Congratulations on the feature!

  4. I have a subscription to Real Simple, and I saw them in there! They certainly brightened my day when I laid eyes on them. I find them mesmerizing! I love looking at every little detail and picturing you making them 🙂

  5. I saw those and loved them! I thought they were particularly well done. Didn’t know they were done by someone I “know” (okay, I don’t know you, but I’ve been visiting, reading, and lurking at your blogs for a few years now). Congratulations! I look forward to reading more about what you do with that subject personally.

  6. Oh this is wonderful! Congratulations.

  7. Oh Elsa, this is wonderful! I get Real Simple (and I love the texture of the magazine’s paper BTW), but am woefully behind on reading them. So happy that you posted this so that I could keep and treasure this copy. The paper cuts are beautifully intricate. Congrats! 🙂

  8. Awesome, beautiful, Elsita!!!!!

  9. Elsita,
    I am so glad that you are being featured in Real Simple and American Craft. You deserve it for being a fabulous creative and for inspiring people all over with nudges, posts and pictures.
    I love your attention to detail and these paper cuts are wonderful. I especially like the one with the single woman surrounded by her ancestors–the royalty man with his little crown, Victorians and Elizabethan style woman.

  10. Dear friends, I’m sorry that I didn’t reply to your comments one by one. It has been so busy over here! But a kind of busy-happy. My family from Miami is arriving tomorrow morning. Yay!! I had to take care of all the details such as buying an inflatable mattress in the last minute 🙂 I think that we’re all setup now. It is 9:38 PM over here, the kids are asleep and I am ready to do the dishes. But before I do that non-preferred activity I wanted to stop by and say THANK YOU! Your words inspire me to keep creating and sharing what I do. I send my love to each of you, combined with a hug!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Elsita 🙂
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  11. superbe!

  12. Congratulations! What a great opportunity. Your papercuts are gorgeous, and it’s great that more people will get to see them.

  13. Amazing work. They are all beautiful, but I fell in love with the woman silhouette. Looking forward to see your papercut blog 🙂

    Enjoy the company of your family!Those are pretty special moments.

  14. Simplemente precioso! Un gran trabajo!

  15. Wow! Beautiful work, Elsita! Congrats. How great to work with such a wonderful art director. I’ll check out her work.

  16. These are beautiful and inspiring. Are you going to sell the papercut prints? If so, how can I buy them?!?


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